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
3/4 88% Diamantino (2019) The whole enterprise has a charm to it and it certainly is never boring. Bewildering, maybe, but never boring. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
100% War and Peace (Voyna i Mir) (1968) This is a constantly interesting and exciting film to watch that sees Bondarchuk finding an audacious visual approach that uses every trick in the book at that time to keep viewers interested... - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
61% Trial by Fire (2019) Simply too one-note and manipulative for its own good -- so much so that even those who are passionately against the death penalty in all circumstances are liable to find it to be little more than a well-meaning bore. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) As if someone took a delicately prepared filet mignon and then dumped a gallon of marshmallow fluff on it. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
72% All Is True (2019) All is True is an odd, uneven and occasionally affecting work that is kind of a mess in the broad strokes but which does contain some strong and worthy moments here and there. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
67% All Creatures Here Below (2019) A grim but hollow dud that will leave most viewers feeling bored rather than despairing. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
4/4 89% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) A work of pop cinema so blissfully, albeit brutally, entertaining that you come out of it feeling even more resentful of its multiplex neighbors for not making a similar effort. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
1/5 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Detective Pikachu merely veers between dullness and incoherence in a battle in which there are no winners, especially amongst ticket buyers. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
1/5 15% The Hustle (2019) The whole thing winds up having all the wit, energy and fizz of a not-incredibly-funny joke being told for a third time. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
87% Satan & Adam (2019) Proves to be surprisingly touching and engrossing for the most part, even as you keep wishing that it filled in more of the details about the life and work of Satan & Adam. Oh yeah, the music is pretty good as well. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
45% Mary Magdalene (2019) Unfortunately, rather than explore what exactly it was that drove [Mary Magdalene] along, Garth Davis's film is more content to simply push her personal narrative to the side while going about the usual Bible-movie business. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
30% The Intruder (2019) The Intruder is such an aggressively dumb movie in so many ways that even the least discriminating of moviegoers will sit through it while trying to figure out how something so idiotic could have ever made it before the cameras. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
94% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Westheimer is as delightful as ever and to see her simultaneously looking back on her life while continuing to press forward with her life's mission to improve sex lives is touching, inspiring and ultimately quite entertaining. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) The end result is a work that contains enough charm and wit to sort of warrant a recommendation, but only with the caveat that some of the elements on display are really not going to play well with some audience members. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
2/4 43% Clara (2019) Even if you put all the Manic Pixie stuff aside, Clara is still a frustrating experience. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
72% Stockholm (2019) After a while, ''Stockholm'' itself begins to feel like an ordeal, but it is unlikely that its victims -- sorry, viewers -- will wind up on its side by the time it concludes. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
56% J.T. LeRoy (2019) A strangely frustrating misfire thanks to a couple of key flaws that cripple it right from the start. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
75% Family (2019) These performances are all good and amusing, but they never quite keep you from having the sense that Family is less a movie and more like an extended sitcom pilot that did not get picked up for any number of very good reasons. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame is mostly adequate, if overlong, but if it had spent a little more time on imagination over spectacle, it might have had a chance of being the kind of overwhelming cinematic epoch that it is clearly aiming to be. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) Once it establishes its conceit, the film doesn't really have anyplace else to go. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
96% Little Woods (2019) There is something about the miseries that it doles out that come across as pure soap opera than neo-realism. The storyline never quite feels as authentic as it clearly wants to be. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
95% Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (Hagazussa) (2019) Though some of it may be a little too stomach-churning for some viewers, Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse is a solid piece of filmmaking and announces Lukas Feigegeld as a name to keep an eye on in the future. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
5/5 85% Her Smell (2019) The film, like the character at its center, is a nightmare, but one that is presented in such a fascinating manner that you cannot turn away from it. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 55% Under the Silver Lake (2019) The film proves to be a weird and wobbly sort-of triumph. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/4 98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Homecoming deserves consideration as one of the great concert movies of all time. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
89% Missing Link (2019) An absolute delight--the kind of film that is perfect for the entire family (though a couple of the action beats might be a tad intense for the younger ones) and is worth turning up for even if you don't have any kids to bring along as an excuse. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
87% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2019) Those with a taste for martial arts cinema or are member of the Michelle Yeoh fan club should come away from it feeling reasonably satisfied. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
20% Crypto (2019) A plot that is so generic and devoid of surprise that you keep half-hoping that it is trying to lull you into some state of complacency before going full-tilt gonzo. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
44% The Chaperone (2019) One of those movies that has an initial premise that sounds so good when you hear it that you end up feeling kind of befuddled by how the whole thing doesn't quite work. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) The cinematic style employed by Pollack is as simple as can be. However, with a performer like Franklin at its center, even the most elaborate visual pyrotechnics would come across as puny and inadequate next to her. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
5/5 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) Not every moment adds up, of course, but the stuff that does work is presented with such heedless energy and mad ambition that only the stoniest of hearts could fail to respond to them. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
80% The Wind (2019) A stylishly made but ultimately confused work that never comes close to hitting as strongly as one hopes that it might. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
66% Storm Boy (2019) I confess I have never been a big fan of films involving kids and animals bonding, but even I will admit that as long as Storm Boy sticks to this particular path, it is uncommonly good. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
61% The Public (2019) A film that has both a good idea and good intentions going for it and absolutely nothing else. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
84% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) The stuff that I liked -- chiefly Gonzalez's impressive appropriation of the standard gallo visual tropes and the performance by the undeniably charismatic Paradis -- were more than enough to keep me going. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
12% The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) A spectacularly tasteless and dramatically inept take on the tragedy that tries to add an element of the paranormal to the proceedings in order to goose things up for reasons that elude me. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
83% The Brink (2019) 'The Brink'' may prove to be essential, even if you want to take a long ''Silkwood''-style shower afterwards. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Ash is Purest White may be a sprawling epic -- albeit one grounded more in emotion than spectacle -- but Zhao proves to be the beating heart at its center that gives it life and makes it into something that you should not miss. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
1.5/4 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Although Pet Sematary is a largely dreadful film, it is slightly better and never as offensively bad as the first version. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 90% Shazam! (2019) Zachary Levi is easily the best part of "Shazam!"... Unfortunately for him, the film more or less turns out to be a one-man-show that sags considerably when he is off the screen. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
93% Screwball (2019) Proving once again that truth is much stranger than fiction... Screwball is no home run, it is still a solid base hit of a film. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
14% Making Babies (2019) A major misfire that is one of the least funny comedies to come around in many a moon. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) There is no earthly reason for anyone to sit through what is certainly one of the least enjoyable cinematic experiences of recent memory. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
No Score Yet We (2019) Yes, there is plenty of material on display here that might conform to the dictionary definition of ''shocking,'' but it is all so devoid of any point, purpose or meaning that you will walk out of it feeling as benumbed as the characters. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
58% Touch Me Not (2019) How much it will work for you will depend to a great degree for your tolerance for hearing other people talk at length about their sexual problems... Interesting enough for those curious by the description to consider checking it out. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
No Score Yet Emma Peeters (2018) I confess to finding myself losing patience with both the character and the film fairly early on and never recovering it. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
No Score Yet Aleksi (2019) Slim and decidedly lame work that offers up some pretty scenery but precious little else. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
5/5 97% Starfish (2019) Smarter, trippier and more consistently ingenious and thought-provoking than any dozen studio genre behemoths that you or I could name. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
1/5 47% Dumbo (2019) The basic narrative structure of Dumbo is so delicate in its construction that it cannot possibly support the additional weight of the extraneous material that Burton and Krueger have tacked on and it pretty much gets buried under it all. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
No Score Yet Word of God (Gud taler ud) (2017) I cannot say that I was completely captivated by this film, but I was never bored with it and Malling's cheerfully overblown performance is certainly memorable. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019