Peter Keough

Peter Keough
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 85% White Noise (2020) "White Noise" is an expertly edited, four-year immersion into a phenomenon that has shaped the volatile politics of our time. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
3.5/4 100% Pariah Dog (2019) Heartbreaking and luminous. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
100% Softie (2020) Softie will inspire those who feel that resistance to power is futile and serve as a warning to those who think such a degradation of democracy as is happening in Kenya can't happen here. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3/4 83% The Andorra Hustle (2020) Though initially an almost-opaque flurry of acronyms, documents, and indignant interviewees, the film ultimately presents yet another indictment of those who crush with impunity whatever stands in the way of their power and profit. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
3/4 67% The Blech Effect (2020) Greenwald depicts Blech unsparingly but sympathetically. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
92% Epicentro (2020) A hypnotic immersion into a country and culture embargoed by decades of our country's foreign policy, "Epicentro" combines the absurdist cinematic meditations of Werner Herzog with... John Gianvito's poetic investigations into American imperialism. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
3.5/4 100% A Thousand Cuts (2020) Suspenseful and depressing... - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
3.5/4 98% Red Penguins (2020) Rollicking, absurd, outrageous, and ominous. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
3/4 98% The Fight (2020) The filmmakers capture all four lawyers in both vulnerable and heroic moments. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
No Score Yet The Good Daughter (A zi) (2019) Relentless and infuriating, Wu's film exposes an extreme example of a universal injustice. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
100% The Rabbi Goes West (2019) Peary and Geller observe the rabbi's progress with humor, acuity, and empathy. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
100% Our Time Machine (2020) S. Leo Chiang and Yang Sun's vibrant documentary about this labor of love proves to be a multi-layered metaphor of the interplay of art, memory, loss, and reconciliation, as well as a study of a touching and fraught father-son relationship. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
60% Women in Blue (2020) This is an unflinching study of a complex situation, showing gray areas where often only black and white are seen. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
100% Suzi Q (2020) With Quatro as guide, Firmager follows her progress, from the all-girl garage band she formed in 1964 with her sisters after they saw the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show" to the ups-and-downs of her solo career, to eclectic side trips... - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2020
No Score Yet The Cost of Silence (2020) thorough and unsettling documentary... - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2020
95% Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things (2020) The inventiveness and virtuosity will dazzle you, but the depth and eloquence of her rendition of "Summertime" will stir your soul. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
100% Return to Hardwick (2020) "Return to Hardwick" pays heartfelt tribute to American heroes who should never be forgotten. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) Shot by France in guerrilla documentary style, the scenes where they pass through checkpoints, learn of people disappearing, and deal with blown covers build in suspense like a fictional thriller. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
3.5/4 100% Rewind (2020) Throughout it all Neulinger remains undaunted and relentless but also artful, as he shows how cinema can both conceal and reveal, how it can evade the truth, or confront it, and by so doing transcend it. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
99% On the Record (2020) [I]t is difficult but essential viewing. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
No Score Yet The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor (2015) The film combines archival footage, TV interviews, and public appearances by Ngor with eloquent, minimalist animated reenactments of Ngor's nightmarish experiences. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
100% Salesman (1968) "Salesman" presents an archetype of America, epitomized by Brennan's face - shot in candid close-up, blank with desperation, wizened with sardonic glee, or twisted with terror and rage, it is as close to reality as cinema can get. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
3/4 90% The Booksellers (2020) Though it opens with a quote from Susan Sontag invoking Jorge Luis Borges's belief... the film is not about the content, but the container - the tactile, redolent artifact essential to book lovers and sought by collectors. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
3/4 100% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2020) How would you respond to a disaster, an oppressive situation, or the memory of a past trauma? These are subjects explored in the five Oscar nominees for documentary... - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
4/4 89% Cunningham (2019) Though the film provides a clear chronology of these formative years, it does so in an inventive, unorthodox manner inspired by Cunningham's own untethered creativity. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
100% To Kid or Not to Kid (2019) It's rare that parents are asked why they have children. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
95% Well Groomed (2019) Though the subject seems to call out for the dry irony of early Errol Morris documentaries or the absurdist parody of Christopher Guest's Best in Show, Stern opts for respectful curiosity and empathy. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
86% Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) Like a well-crafted piece of music, Irene Taylor Brodsky's Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements achieves structural elegance, personal intimacy, and universal significance. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
No Score Yet Finding the Way Home (2019) These are heartbreaking, Dickensian tales about innocents victimized by greed, injustice, indifference, and cruelty. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
3.5/4 99% Knock Down the House (2019) Regardless of one's partisan leanings, it's hard to resist the dramatic momentum of these intertwined narratives. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/4 98% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) For those who might regard "Fiddler on the Roof" merely as just another warhorse musical and a favorite of dinner theater and high school drama societies, Max Lewkowicz's rowdy and informative "Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles" might change their minds. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/4 98% One Child Nation (2019) Wang hopes her film will serve to bear witness to the suffering of this shameful period, now being purged from the collective memory with "Nineteen Eighty-Four"-like efficiency. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
2/4 87% Pavarotti (2019) To learn more about that Pavarotti, and not the myth, we need a better documentary. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3/4 92% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) After counseling thousands, Dr. Ruth faces her own pain, which defies healing. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/4 82% High Life (2019) It ends like most lives, poised before inevitable death, buoyed by love and irrational hope. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/4 61% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) Oblique, often beguiling, and portentously cryptic, the film offers no satisfying solution. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/4 95% The Mustang (2019) It is handsomely shot, affectingly acted, and narratively predictable. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3.5/4 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) A network of recurring motifs unifies these episodes, such as the gun, the trains, vast, unfinished construction projects, and a volcano which inspires the film's title. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
No Score Yet Turtle Odyssey (2018) Though the images of ocean vistas and sea life are breathtaking, a critic might sniff at the film's anthropomorphism and manipulative, formulaic narrative. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/4 93% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2019) Each film, some more artful than others, offers a taut packet of upsetting emotions: anger, grief, outrage, and horror, with only tentative glimpses of hope. Why watch them? Because you must not look away. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
62% American Dharma (2019) What Morris does do, though, is more cinematic. He intercuts some of his subject's claims with montages of headlines or media clips that contradict him. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/4 86% The Mystery of Picasso (Le mystère Picasso) (2000) [T]his film demonstrates how an artwork made in time and from time can offer a glimpse into eternity. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
1.5/4 73% Destroyer (2018) Neither dense, distracting makeup nor confused, convoluted chronology can disguise the fact that Karyn Kusama's "Destroyer," scripted by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, is a mediocre mash-up of genre clichés. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
3/4 91% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) Peripatetic and provocative... - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/4 100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) The deeper layers delve into the limitations of irony, and how a jaded, ironic point of view can turn into its opposite, an earnest ingenuousness. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/4 79% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Dafoe may be the best actor around for expressing an inner life in extremis. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/4 72% The Happy Prince (2018) The title of Oscar Wilde's fairy tale "The Happy Prince" was not his subtlest use of irony, but as seen in Rupert Everett's film that bears the same name, it was tragically apt. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
2.5/4 87% Colette (2018) Knightley... not only brings to life a woman discovering new desires and needs and finding the strength to act on them, but conveys the inner toil of the writer's creative process. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
98% Rodents of Unusual Size (2018) Rodents of Unusual Size is also a look at how human folly can contribute to environmental disaster, but awareness and ingenuity can help bail us out. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
63% Calling All Earthlings (2018) [A] brisk, sometimes glib documentary about Van Tassel and his followers. - Boston Globe EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018