Peter Sobczynski

Peter Sobczynski
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Writer. Film Buff.
Favorites:
All-Time Faves:Buckaroo BanzaiIt's a Wonderful LifeDuck SoupDumboGoodFellasHeathersJawsVivre Sa VieThe ShiningRio BravoBlow OutFaves of 2002Femme FataleGangs of New YorkSpirited AwayAdaptationPunch-Drunk LoveFar From HeavenBowling For ColumbineThe PianistConfessions of a Dangerous MindResident EvilFaves of 90'sGoodFellasPulp FictionThree Colors TrilogyBram Stoker's DraculaRushmoreShort CutsSevenUntil the End of the WorldLovers on the BridgeBullet in the Head
Location: Chicago, IL

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) It is almost never as smart and clever as it clearly thinks itself to be. The cliches that it mocks are the most obvious ones and while a couple of the jokes are funny, too many of them find the filmmakers swinging at extremely low-hanging fruit. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
1/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Wasting both a game group of talents on both sides of the camera and untold millions of dollars, Alita: Battle Angel is the first unquestioned cinematic disaster of the year. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3.5/4 85% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) A film that has both a narrative and an approach that transcends the expected cliches in order to give viewers a more ambitious experience. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 67% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) A smashingly entertaining film that retains all the stuff that worked the first time around while improving on the stuff that didn't quite click. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
36% Untogether (2019) The material that does work is strong enough to both make the rest of it at least somewhat bearable and make you wonder what Forrest will come up with next. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
46% Under the Eiffel Tower (2019) Like many of the countless number of glasses of wine consumed by the characters throughout, it goes down easy and leaves a pleasant, if ultimately short-lived, afterglow. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
65% St. Agatha (2019) As modern-day nunsploitation exercises go, ''St. Agatha'' is pretty bad... [Director Darren Lynn] Bousman seems to have no idea of how to tell the story in an interesting manner and the whole thing just becomes a seemingly endless slog - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
88% Arctic (2019) A smart, spare and convincing tale of one man going up against the elements that will leave most viewers with the desire to bunker down in their homes and not step outside again until at least mid-May. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
100% Among Wolves (2019) Smartly, Convey doesn't go out of his way to try to make the men overtly likable, but watching them try to come to terms with themselves, each other and their shared experiences does make for an ultimately engrossing film. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet The Amityville Murders (2019) A wheezy and utterly incompetent attempt to further extend the life of a franchise that was already running on fumes back when Ronald Reagan was still a first-term president. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 74% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) Certainly a odd movie, but it is also a surprisingly charming and earnest one to boot. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) A more-than-worthwhile followup to a great piece of popular entertainment, one that builds on the accomplishments of its predecessor instead of merely repeating its best bits. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/4 19% Berlin, I Love You (2019) The film does not exactly make a convincing case for the idea of Berlin as a hub of passion. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 92% Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018) The uncommonly smart story on display -- one that viewers of all ages should have no problem grasping -- is equalled by the striking visual style that it employs throughout. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 93% High Flying Bird (2019) Much of the fun of the film comes from the electrifying lead performance from Holland, who perfectly conveys the attitude of a guy who is constantly searching for an angle in any situation that he can use to his advantage. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
89% Studio 54 (2018) Studio 54 is not a great documentary by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a reasonably entertaining experience and, unlike most late nights at Studio 54, you probably won't hate yourself the morning after. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The Guilty is a bit of a gimmick film, but proves to be a sensationally effective one thanks to the combination of Moller's gifts as a filmmaker and the wonderful performance by Cedergren as the antihero at the center. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
98% Free Solo (2018) Once Honnold finally begins his long-awaited ascent of El Capitan, ''Free Solo'' comes alive with breathtaking footage that looks jaw-dropping (not to mention gorge-inducing if you have even the slightest thing about heights). - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
52% An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) Not just one of the least funny films that I have ever seen that considers itself to be a comedy, it is one where I am at a total loss as to explain how any of it ever could have possibly been funny in the first place. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
77% Mid90s (2018) At times feels like a rough draft for something smarter, funnier and more incisive. However, it does have its moments of glory and some nifty performances - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
37% Hunter Killer (2018) A cheesy, laughably simplistic and oftentimes ludicrous work that now feels like a musty relic from an era that has no great degree of nostalgia attached to it. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
50% Bullitt County (2018) Unfortunately, McCracken's screenplay quickly reveals itself to be little more than a pastiche of bits culled from a wide variety of other films. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
38% Viper Club (2018) Viper Room is sincere and well-meaning enough in theory, but lacking any recognizable spark of life, it just comes across as an increasingly hollow and manipulative drag. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
69% Monster Party (2018) One of those movies that has the kind of premise that initially sounds intriguing enough to make you wonder why no one had ever tried to tell such a story before and then spends the next 90 minutes showing you exactly why no one has bothered to do so. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
89% Bodied (2018) Bodied is probably not for most audiences, but those who like their humor to be both crude and knowing will likely have as much fun watching it as I did. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
89% Prospect (2018) Hits more than it misses and even when it stumbles, it is still making more of an effort than a lot of recent genre efforts. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
62% The New Romantic (2018) Cannot decide if it wants to be a smutty sitcom or a terrible made-for-TV movie torn from last year's headlines and winds up coming across as a mashup of both. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
91% Hal (2018) The film presents its case that Asbhy belongs right up there in the pantheon with his more celebrated contemporaries. It does a pretty good job of it as well. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
15% Robin Hood (2018) The results feel less like an inspired new perspective and more like the stammerings of a kid trying to deliver an oral report on a book he never actually read by bulls----ing his way through it. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
79% Green Book (2018) A glib road movie/buddy picture hybrid that is so slick, stupid and obnoxious that it would not surprise me in the slightest if it did go on to become one of the front-runners in this year's Oscar derby. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
59% The Front Runner (2018) By refusing to hold Hart himself up to any critical scrutiny for his actions, Reitman essentially reduces the material into the kind of alternately hectoring and toothless form of media bashing. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
84% Creed II (2018) Creed II is okay -- the kind of movie you could easily watch on cable without feeling as if you had totally wasted your time -- but it is by no means a knockout. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) This may sound like the basis for an especially indigestible bit of treacle, but the great filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda has more on his mind than that -- even as he is doling out passages of quietly exquisite beauty. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
26% Mortal Engines (2018) A botch more concerned with creating a would-be franchise than in making a movie entertaining enough to make audiences want to see more. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) One of those plodding period pieces that is as handsomely mounted as one could possibly hope but which is utterly lacking in the kind of spark that would have elevated it beyond being a showcase for the costume and art direction departments. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
20% Hospitality (2018) The story is certainly complicated enough but never in ways that are especially interesting and as the twists develop and the blood spills, most viewers will find it increasingly difficult to care much about any of it. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
80% Ben is Back (2018) Features good and incisive writing from Peter Hedges (who also directs) and effective performances from Roberts and Hedges... But not even their work can quite justify their increasingly tedious and unbelievable surroundings. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
38% State Like Sleep (2019) State Like Sleep is certainly a little more interesting than the cookie-cutter thriller that the ads suggest, but it is more likely to put most viewers into a state like sleep themselves. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
48% Escape Room (2019) The film goes all to hell with an explanation so inanely preposterous that it would have been much better off if it had not bothered with an explanation at all. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
90% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) A smart, incisive and sometimes scary look at how we got to this particular place in our history. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Pulls off its biggest emotional beats in the same way that the boys got their biggest laughs -- by basing them more on character than on empty mechanics. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
11% Replicas (2019) A very dumb thriller that has deluded itself into thinking that it is a lot smarter than it actually is. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
77% Pledge (2019) Pledge isn't great, but it knows how to work viewers over without forcing them to wallow in complete depravity and it leaves you curious to see what Robbins and Weiner come up with next. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
72% Destroyer (2018) The most disappointing aspect of the film, strangely enough, is the performance by Kidman -- normally one of the better and more inventive actresses of our time, her work here is unusually one-note and unconvincing. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
86% Beyond the Night (2018) Gets the job done in a clean and efficient manner and those in the mood for some low-key spookiness that avoids being either too gory or too stupid are advised to give it a chance. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
99% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) As astounding as the technical accomplishments of the film are, they don't really register as much while watching it because the story that Jackson has weaved together out of the mass of footage is so absorbing. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
71% Piercing (2019) A one-of-a-kind movie -- alternately funny, creepy and maybe even a little sexy in a very bizarre way to some eyes. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 88% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) An exhilarating hurricane of sound, vision and heady thoughts that is as powerful to experience as it is elusive when it comes to summing it all up afterwards. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
.5/4 26% Polar (2019) A gross, stupid and relentlessly ugly film from start to finish. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/5 21% Serenity (2019) Serenity is nuts -- deeply and innately nuts from beginning to end -- but to these eyes, it is at least the right kind of nuts. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019