Peter Sobczynski

Peter Sobczynski
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Writer. Film Buff.
Favorites:
All-Time Faves:
Buckaroo Banzai
It's a Wonderful Lif
eDuck Soup
Dumbo
GoodFellas
Heathers
Jaws
Vivre Sa Vie
The Shining
Rio Bravo
Blow Out
Location: Chicago, IL

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/4 98% Zappa (2020) A complex and surprisingly satisfying portrait of an artist who defiantly marched to the beat of a different drummer (or two). - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2020
78% Uncle Frank (2020) [Uncle Frank] seems to think that it is trying for something deeper and more personal, but after the admittedly effective opening scenes, it just becomes an exercise in cliched storytelling that viewers are likely to find more frustrating than edifying. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
17% Stardust (2020) A weird, cheap-looking film that feels like a quick ripoff designed to ride on the coattails of a more elaborate film version of Bowie's life that has yet to appear. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
84% The Mystery Of DB Cooper (2020) The Mystery of D.B. Cooper is more interested in exploring the need for modern myth-making than in supplying answers and in that regard, it is a success. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
83% Happiest Season (2020) Comes across like a shotgun wedding between the usual Hallmark Channel piffle and the still-odious-after-all-these-years La Cage Aux Folles. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
62% Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square (2020) In many ways, the film is fairly insufferable -- the story drags in so many elements designed to tug at the heartstrings... [But] Christmas in the Square still has a couple of assets that even the biggest of churls would be hard-pressed to deny. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
74% The Croods: A New Age (2020) If there is going to be any more of these down the line, I can only hope that an accelerated form of evolution occurs during the scripting phase. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
29% Vanguard (2020) Although Chan is the best thing about the film, there isn't nearly enough of him and his charms to help overcome the other flaws. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
71% LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2020) Some of the bits are amusing but too much of it feels like a relentlessly toothless episode of Robot Chicken. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
67% The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020) Watching this film is roughly akin to being hit in the head with an endless array of sugarplums for 96 straight minutes. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
71% The Last Vermeer (2020) The problem with The Last Vermeer is not so much the story as the manner in which it has been told. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
34% Jiu Jitsu (2020) This is momentarily diverting, I suppose, but not quite diverting enough to overcome the otherwise tiresome nature of the proceedings or how weirdly removed the stuff with Cage seems to be from them. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
100% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) I could not even begin to guess how many documentaries I have seen over the years, but I don't think that I have ever seen one that so powerfully illustrates just how widespread corruption in business and politics can get. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
2.5/4 68% Dreamland (2019) If nothing else, Dreamland affirms Margot Robbie's abilities both as an actress and as a movie star of the highest order. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/5 90% Mank (2020) Mank may not be the definitive word on Citizen Kane, Herman Mankiewicz, or Orson Welles, but it is a film that is ultimately worthy of them all. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
75% Maybe Next Year (2019) Entertaining, insightful and surprisingly emotional at times, Maybe Next Year at times feels like a real-life version of Silver Linings Playbook and should strike a chord with all sports fans, regardless of their team preference. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
78% I Am Greta (2020) A perfectly satisfactory primer on Thunberg and her cause whose biggest failing is that it is not nearly as substantial or significant as its subject. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Less nutritious than the fried baloney sandwich that is still revered by the ostensibly more sophisticated J.D. and just as difficult to swallow, Hillbilly Elegy is a load of condescending crap. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
83% Freaky (2020) Freaky is undeniably silly and uneven... Nevertheless, the considerable efforts by Vaughn and Newton are just enough to drag it over the finish line and make it worth checking out. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
45% Fatman (2020) Fatman is one of those films where it appears that so much energy went into creating its wild and attention-getting premise that there was hardly any left to make said premise work in a satisfying manner. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
31% Echo Boomers (2020) Echo Boomers is a film so lousy that it just might give millennials a bad name. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
31% Come Away (2020) Making her live-action directorial debut, animation legend Brenda Chapman does offer up some arresting visuals here and there but cannot make much sense of Marissa Kate Goodhill's screenplay. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
90% The Climb (2020) If you find yourself on its wavelength, there is an excellent chance that you may find it to be one of the funniest movies of the year. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
38% Chick Fight (2020) None of the performers are able to do much of anything with the material that they are working with and by the time it all finally lumbers to its conclusion, there will be very few people who actually give a damn about any of it. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
69% Ammonite (2020) This is a strangely chilly and remote film that is so removed from any genuine emotion that it feels as if it was generated by a computer program still in the beta phase. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
3/5 80% Let Him Go (2020) Let Him Go is constantly laboring under the impression that it is saying or doing something of artistic significance even as it is constantly serving up the same hackneyed goods. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
50% Triggered (2020) The problem is that all the inventiveness appears to have gone into setting up the premise, leaving little else for the duration. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
88% Smooth Talk (1985) Remains one of the most insightful and harrowing examinations of American adolescence ever put on film. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
69% Kindred (2020) Inexplicably takes its seemingly sure-fire thriller concept and renders all of its dramatic elements virtually inert. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
90% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Even viewed from the comfort of your own living room, it packs enough of a punch to leave you feeling nervous and edgy afterwards despite the familiar surroundings. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
No Score Yet Linda and the Mockingbirds (2020) For Ronstadt fans, Linda and the Mockingbirds is more or less mandatory but any interested in a meditation on art, politics and heritage will find much of interest here. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
4/5 55% Come Play (2020) A slick and efficient work that makes up for the lack of elaborate trappings with enough ingenuity and skill to make for a decent enough chiller to watch this Halloween weekend. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
50% The Witches (2020) The film is an occasionally competent but more often innocuous work that is long on special effects but short of the kind of charm and excitement that cannot be generated with an array of state-of-the-art computers. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
85% Us Kids (2020) The most moving parts of the film come during the moments when we are reminded that they are still kids and who, if they had the choice, would probably rather be doing normal teenage activities than lobbying and protesting. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
48% Spell (2020) There are plenty of gruesome bits here and there, but virtually nothing in the way of tension or suspense. The performances are all over the map as well. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
1/5 47% The Craft: Legacy (2020) Granted, the batting average for genre reboots these days has not been especially high but even by those standards, The Craft: Legacy is a crushing dull misfire that seems to have expended all of its energy and creativity in conjuring up its title. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
4/4 100% City Hall (2020) Even in a filmography with more than its fair share of impressive achievements, it deserves consideration as one of Wiseman's greatest. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
.5/4 17% After We Collided (2020) Too moronic to work as a serious romantic drama and too boring to work as straightforward sleaze. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
100% This Is Not a Movie (2020) For anyone still willing to believe that journalism is a force of genuine good in an increasingly convoluted world despite the constant barrage of attacks it receives from all sides, The is Not a [Movie] is well worth viewing. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
81% Synchronic (2020) [Writer-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead] have gone larger in size and scope with this effort without losing the bold experimental streak that made their earlier efforts stand out. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
60% The Sounding (2020) The kind of film that forces me to drop a Shakespeare quote of my own by stating that it is, as a wise man once said, "full of sound and fury / Signifying nothing." - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
94% The Planters (2020) This is a considerable accomplishment and I just wish that the end result, The Planters, had proven to be even a sliver as interesting as its backstory. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
79% Over the Moon (2020) I'm not necessarily suggesting that you give Over the Moon a pass -- little kids will like the bright colors and goofy humor, older viewers will appreciate the artistry behind it. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
94% Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You (2020) Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You is an entertaining and occasionally illuminating look at the artistic process of one of the musical greats of this era and a reminder that rock 'n' roll is, despite rumors to the contrary, still alive and thriving. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
4/5 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) It has moments of great hilarity mixed in with stretches of tedium before hitting its undeniably strong and scathing final stretch. However, the good stuff here is so good that it is easy to forgive the weaker moments. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
100% White Riot (2019) The story contained in the documentary White Riot may not necessarily be new, but the issues that it raises and the anger that it contains prove to be almost frighteningly timely and relevant in today's world. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
99% Totally Under Control (2020) It lays the whole sorry saga out in such clean and concise detail that when the histories of this period are written, it will probably be utilized as a primary source. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
40% Rebecca (2020) Rebecca may be Wheatley's least objectionable film to date, but compared to the eternal greatness of the previous film version, his take dissipates like a wisp of smoke. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
91% Love and Monsters (2020) An agreeably silly bit of seasonal entertainment aimed squarely at viewers who are perhaps too old for Hocus Pocus and too young for Texas Chain Saw Massacre. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
40% Honest Thief (2020) The film isn't so much bad as it is dead--it pokes along at a pace that makes it seem about four times longer than it actually is and the occasional bursts of action are more perfunctory than anything else. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020