Peter L'Official

Peter L'Official
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Village Voice film critic.
Publications: Village Voice

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
61% ATL (2006) It unpretentiously serves class consciousness and conflict with its Cadillac music, attempting to capture -- not capitalize on -- the Atlanta scene that's spawned an aesthetic and a mythology all its own. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2006
82% Mirage (2006) Marko's story is far from novel, but its wicked evocation of hopelessness transcends any familiarities. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2006
72% Eight Below (2006) The plot's slavish schmaltz proves as oppressive as the harsh winter that descends upon the dogs. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2006
70% Curious George (2006) Misanthropic toddlers will be rolling in the aisles. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2006
13% The Tollbooth (2006) The question of whether Sarabeth will make it as a big-city artist is less fascinating than wondering when she'll discover that her art is terrible. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2006
31% Tristan & Isolde (2006) I dub thee tolerable. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2006
80% El Carro (2003) First-timer Luis Orjuela paint-rollers on soupy layers of humor and emotion while mixing in measured shots of class commentary. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2006
75% Zathura (2005) Let's play Jumanji! No, let's not, but say we did -- in space! - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2005
24% G (2005) No green light but the one mistakenly given to start production. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2005
62% The Dark Hours (2005) [A] taut '70s throwback thriller. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2005
No Score Yet Life, Translated (2005) Kiefer Liu's eccentric bit of teen sigh candy is veined with enough chewy oddities to give it texture, but its sappy center isn't sustainable over 100 minutes. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2005
No Score Yet Santo Domingo Blues (2005) Wolfe's anecdotal musicology succeeds precisely because of its bare-bones, bawdy yet beautiful approach -- just like the music Vargas makes. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2005
No Score Yet Into the Fire (2005) If there's an element of Into the Fire that isn't rank and offensive, I've failed to find it. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2005
No Score Yet Human Error (2005) Watch it with your eyes closed. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2005
47% Green Street Hooligans (2005) Hooligans loses the plot late though -- in the filmic and Brit-speak sense -- revealing Hollywood, not hooligan, roots. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2005
38% Margaret Cho: Assassin (2005) Her embrace of controversial political topics might be welcome if her jokes weren't so predictable. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2005
14% The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) Prepare to witness an amazing feat of filmmaking: Shocked and delighted will you be to see real Hollywood actors and real musicians outperformed by your favorite inanimate objects! - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2005
71% Crónicas (2005) Oscillating between furor and languor, rage and repose, Crónicas mixes ethnography with media critique. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2005
22% The War on the War on Drugs (2002) Ineptitude is so thorough here that War on . . . could only make sense as a sinister governmental smear campaign to justify the war on drugs and total sobriety. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2005
92% POV (2005) Weisberg, whose stripped-down style seems refreshing amid the current spate of super-produced docs, gives you what you want, if what you want are dismally deferred American Dreams and harsh economic realities. And you should. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2005
58% Après vous (After You) (2003) As genre fare, Après Vous is saved by its irresistibly sympathetic performances. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2005
32% Bomb the System (2003) A needlessly circuitous plot twist leaves a bitter taste, but not before the film's scruffy charm does its work. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2005
No Score Yet Red Passport (2003) I'm in jail. Whoops! Now I'm not. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2005
17% xXx: State of the Union (2005) Explosions abound, along with expository dialogue and a ham-tastic triad of performances from Sam Jackson, Willem Dafoe, and Peter Strauss. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2005
47% Death of a Dynasty (2003) In Dynasty, even caricature becomes commodity. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2005
2% King's Ransom (2005) Little in this film suggests 'director' Jeff Byrd and writer Wayne Conley possess any facility -- or familiarity -- with irony or any other comedic device. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2005
57% Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (Perlasca. Un eroe italiano) (2005) More courageous than Spielberg in its depiction of Nazi brutality, Perlasca occasionally feels like the made-for-Italian-TV film that it is. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2005
42% Guess Who (2005) The film is predictable and its humor is tension free. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2005
50% Naked Fame (2005) There are many dreadful elements in this chronicle of aging gay male porn star Colton Ford's quest for crossover success in the music industry: sub-amateurish camera work, a maddeningly repetitive score, and a listless narrative. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2005
50% With Friends Like These (1998) Plot and characterization are drawn strictly off the rack. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2005
87% The Letter: An American Town and the 'Somali Invasion' (2005) Hamzeh's film eschews voice-over to allow the more despicable characters to embarrass themselves with their ludicrously foolish invective. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2005
76% Assisted Living (2005) The problem with Greenebaum's approach is that in courting the confusion between real and constructed realities, he allows our emotional response to become similarly confused. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2005