Peter Gray

Peter Gray
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Peter began his freelance writing career in 2010 with QNews, one of Australia's top-rated LGBT-friendly magazines. Biding his time between film reviews and entertainment reports and interviews, his freelance career has grown to include a multitude of outlets based across Australia (The AU Review, This Is Film, Brisbanista) covering weekly film releases and national events and premieres.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
20% Like a Boss (2020) Given how much proven talent there is collectively on board here ... you can't help but feel deflated when the resulting product is so mediocre, so by-the-numbers, and so predictable. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
2.5/5 49% Underwater (2020) There's moments of genuine thrill peppered throughout but, sadly, this sinks more than it swims. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
4/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A film that's perhaps too good for the current climate but needed all the same as its old-fashioned craft and positive outlook on existence suggests the good we're all capable of if we just took the time to listen to ourselves. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
84% Just Mercy (2020) Just Mercy is an important venture that highlights both how far we've come as a society yet how much further we have to travel in order to truly achieve equality when it comes to the law and its relationship with people of colour. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
3.5/5 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Leans just enough on nostalgia and the genre cheese we'd expect to warrant a recommendation for anyone who embraced the bombasticness of the originals. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
3/5 16% Dolittle (2020) As a vibrantly coloured, loud, rather ridiculous, age-appropriate adventure film, it's very much in the lane it needs to be; and, sometimes, there's nothing wrong with a film that aims for simplicity. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
3.5/5 69% Bombshell (2019) Though it's telling an important story, Bombshell's nonetheless aiming for an entertainment factor too. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
1.5/5 67% My Spy (2020) It sadly isn't sure what type of movie it wants to be though, and in dipping its toe into so many options it drowns itself in a sea of indecisiveness. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
4.5/5 89% 1917 (2020) It's visually spectacular and undoubtedly a polished feat of filmmaking craft. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2020
76% Spies in Disguise (2019) It's a concept that could work, but the Brad Copeland/Lloyd Taylor-script never really delves beyond the shallows of its premise. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) A sharp, emotional, and often funny feature that very much harnesses its own identity despite the story's familiarities. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2019
3.5/5 72% The Gentlemen (2020) This may not be the most pleasant film, but you're still likely to enjoy its immorality all the same. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
3.5/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Manages to avoid serious franchise fatigue by adopting just enough freshness within the expected formula to be deemed a worthy adventure on its own accord. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
20% Cats (2019) What could've been beautiful imagery in an avant-garde cinema setting is a kitty-litter show of inexplicable choices, one that takes all the fun out of the industry punching bags that are [Rebel] Wilson and James Corden. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Panders so much to the fans that anything that should feel remotely heartfelt comes off as inauthentic service. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
21% Playing with Fire (2019) There's no wit about it and it taps nearly every single melodramatic trope you'd expect along the way to the point your eyes may be hurting from rolling so much. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
2.5/5 40% Black Christmas (2019) Can't help but feel like a missed opportunity to truly stick it to the man. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) As psychologically involved as the film is, Jojo Rabbit is no-less hilarious, with Waititi's signature left-of-centre jocularity a consistent presence throughout. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 64% The Good Liar (2019) Plot failures aside, The Good Liar is constantly watchable, thanks to a lead duo who keep the film afloat with their dedication. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
44% The Addams Family (2019) Can't help but feel like a wasted opportunity to truly embrace the source material's dark yet likeable temperament. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 77% Frozen II (2019) May not take you into the unknown ... but it's a worthy-enough sequel that will ironically play strongest to older kids and adults who are spiritually equipped to handle its developing themes. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) A fresh spin on old-fashioned fun, and deserves to be witnessed by all who appreciate the medium - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
2.5/5 75% Judy & Punch (2019) The film is never funny enough to be considered an all-out comedy, and I imagine the film's graphic bouts of violence will deter others. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
2/5 51% 21 Bridges (2019) It's the type of man-hunt actioner we've seen countless times before, and usually done much better. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) A film that's as equally honest and transparent, and as bitter and witty as the performances at its core. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
2.5/5 59% Fisherman's Friends (2019) These Friends can't quite provide you with the greatest hits you'll want to hear on repeat. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
83% Official Secrets (2019) Whether you're a politically-minded person or not, Official Secrets should reel you in with its true-to-life dramatics - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 82% The Report (2019) An uncompromising film that adopts a documentary-type mentality in order to relay its story as unsensationally as possible. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) This 2019 Charlie's Angels is stupefyingly entertaining and genuinely hilarious, offering itself up as a stylish alternative to the destructive blockbusters that have saturated the market. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) An old fashioned star vehicle and arguably the most entertaining film Matt Damon and Christian Bale have attached themselves to in the last few years. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
3/5 46% Last Christmas (2019) A fine, amusing comedy that's warm enough as holiday entertainment but is unlikely to keep you warm year after year - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3.5/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) It's a strong adaptation, one that beautifully brings to life one of King's most interesting villains, and as an ambitious sequel, it's far stronger than it has any right to be. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
62% The Furies (2019) Delivers with a gory glee - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
2.5/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) The emotional connection that the original film and its sequel were able to create is a sorely missed ingredient here. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 91% Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018) Could either alienate general audiences expecting something a little more even or rope enthusiasts in with its natural, hand-held aesthetic. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2019
4/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Bloody, twisted, and hilarious, Ready or Not is an absolute treat as both a fresh offering for horror fans and cinema in general for 2019. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
44% After the Wedding (2019) It's difficult to dismiss it in its entirety as [Michelle] Williams and [Julianne] Moore are both stellar, elevating their characters beyond the simplistic outlines of their descriptions. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Yes, this is a "message movie" about following your heart, never giving up, and just how transformative art can be to the individual consumer, but it's an honest feature all the same, one that owns its cheesy enthusiasm and wears it with pride. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
3.5/5 67% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) As entertaining as it needs to be for a slice of Halloween-season escapism. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Heavy on visually-stunning imagery but light on the substance behind why such pictographs deserve to be seen, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil never really delves deeper beyond being aesthetically pleasing - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/5 82% Judy (2019) Renee Zellweger's dedicated turn as a tragic Judy Garland elevates a film working with a tried and true formula to something of genuine wonder. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers transcends its initial Showgirls-meets-Magic Mike aesthetic ... by adopting a more Scorcesian temperament; Goodfellas set within the world of exotic dancers? Don't mind if I do. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
5/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) The most emotionally naked feature [Pedro Almodovar] has delivered yet. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) A devastating watch that is likely to linger long after you've witnessed its goodbye. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
3/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) Whilst Gemini Man will sell itself on the 3D technology and the higher frame rate, it's the Smith v Smith hook that is ultimately the draw, and for the most part it's an effective enticement. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 64% The Day Shall Come (2019) As ridiculous as the film proves to be, [Chris] Morris is always aware that truth is stranger than fiction, and The Day Shall Come revels in that mentality with a dark glee. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) Overly long, thematically disjointed, confusingly acted... and questionable in its depiction of its timeline. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
69% Joker (2019) Regardless of where you will personally sit in reaction to its material, the fact it's inspiring conversation is an achievement in itself, and what [Todd] Phillips and particularly [Joaquin] Phoenix have created is nothing less than admirable. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) The horror set pieces on hand are particularly entertaining, and highlight the horrific potential the material has. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
1.5/5 55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Life's far too valuable to waste on underwhelming cinema such as this. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019