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
100% Petite Maman (2021) Every aspect of Petite Maman-from Sciamma's beautifully nuanced screenplay and direction to the extraordinary performances from the two young leads-is handled with such beauty, care, and grace. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
89% The Vigil (2021) A stylishly-made and undeniably effective horror film that may be low-fi and relatively gore-free, but does not let its relative restraint get in the way of quietly creeping out those watching it. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
84% Pinocchio (2020) It is definitely not for the younger kids, but so much of it works that it is definitely worth a look. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
28% Crisis (2021) Crisis is well-meaning and clearly wants to be taken as a serious cinematic examination of a national problem, but in the end, it proves to be a bit of a pill itself. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
98% Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) Eilish is an engaging presence -- the film might have been virtually intolerable otherwise -- the behind-the-scenes footage of her creating her music is interesting and the clips of her performing are suitably mesmerizing. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
1/5 25% Tom & Jerry (2020) Unfortunately, the whole thing is little more than a lumbering mess that fails to demonstrate a sliver of the wit and style on display in even the least effective of their shorts. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
1/4 No Score Yet Tyger Tyger (2021) Even taken simply as a deliberately formless freak-out, the kind that used to turn up regularly back in the heyday of the midnight movie circuit, Tyger Tyger proves to be little more than a tedious bore. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
53% Silk Road (2021) Frankly, the only impressive thing about Silk Road is how it takes a potentially fascinating and gripping story involving the crossroads of technology and morality and somehow manages to render it completely inert. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
80% I Care a Lot (2021) The performances from Pike, Dinklage and Wiest are all strong and committed -- too bad that they are in the service of a film that ultimately isn't. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
70% Flora & Ulysses (2021) Flora & Ulysses is a perfectly adequate time-waster for little kids and nothing more -- older viewers will no doubt find their jones for flying squirrel-based entertainment better fulfilled by old episodes of Rocky & Bullwinkle. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
52% Demonlover (2003) While it still remains the oddest duck in Assayas's oeuvre, it is undeniably interesting to see him apply his cinematic gifts on something so far outside his comfort zone. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
2.5/4 61% Body Brokers (2021) While Body Brokers never quite comes together, it does have enough things going for it. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
13% Nothing but Trouble (1991) [Nothing But Trouble] is a shot of pure weirdness that is so far off the beaten comedic path that it does exert a strange fascination that cannot be denied. You may love it or hate it but either way, you won't forget it. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
80% Ma Belle, My Beauty (2021) It's a promise that writer-director Marion Hill's debut feature cannot quite live up to in the end with her romantic melodrama that seems to have everything going for it except for an interesting story or characters that you give a damn about. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
100% Playing with Sharks (2021) As documentaries go, Playing with Sharks does not exactly break new ground. However, in this case, that is not such a problem because Aitken has two considerable elements working in her favor. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
89% The Parallax View (1974) Beatty, who has never quite gotten the respect that he deserves as an actor, turns in one of his very best performances and the supporting cast is filled with strong turns from the likes of Hume Cronyn, William Daniels and Kenneth Mars. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
78% To All The Boys: Always And Forever (2021) The conflicts come across as thin and hollow, and not even the still-considerable charm and presence of Condor can quite overcome the fact that the story is a bore and beneath the character that we have come to know and love. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
71% The Mauritanian (2021) Although clearly made with the best of intentions, The Mauritanian just never quite figures out how to transform them into compelling cinema. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) This one never clicked for a moment for me. Mumolo and Wiig are clearly having fun as they goof their way through their increasingly ludicrous plot, but I just never found the hijinks to be remotely amusing. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
5/5 94% Nomadland (2021) "Nomadland" is one of the very best films of 2020, one that works as both a compelling and eye-opening look at a segment of American society that is too often kept to the margins. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
5/5 98% Minari (2020) There are any number of reasons why I liked "Minari" as much as I did but one of the main ones is the fact that it was constantly surprising me. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
No Score Yet The Witches of the Orient (2021) One of the more engrossing sports documentaries in recent memory, and it is one that even those without much interest in athletics in general or volleyball in particular will find to be worth watching. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
No Score Yet Suzanna Andler (2021) It almost feels at times like a 90-minute solo performance from one of the most endlessly fascinating actresses working today. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
No Score Yet Sexual Drive (2021) Stylishly staged and very funny throughout. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
No Score Yet Friends and Strangers (2021) [Tries to] evoke the highly verbose spirits of such directors as Eric Rohmer and Whit Stillman. Alas, what might have been witty and insightful in their hands proves to be little more than enervating here. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
No Score Yet Dead & Beautiful (2021) Director David Verbeek's blend of horror and social satire is a bit of a mixed bag -- it looks great and there are some very funny moments here and there, but it has a tendency to meander. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
No Score Yet Black Medusa (2021) It stumbles a bit towards the end, but for the most part, this is a taut and gripping drama of revenge and self-realization that held me in its grip for every single minute of its running time. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
88% Riders of Justice (2021) Anders Thomas Jensen's film is an undeniably winning crowd pleaser thanks to the oddball humor, the well-staged action beats and the strong performance from Mikkelsen that holds all of the elements in check. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
95% Mandibles (Mandibules) (2020) [Director Quentin Dupieux] is definitely going for a "Dumb and Dumber" vibe that transcends borders and the combination of the goofball schtick from the two stars and the surreal sight of that giant fly never quite wears out its welcome. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
100% The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet (2021) The film is, for the most part, a unique and entertaining meditation on the mysteries of life and how quickly they pass by. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
No Score Yet Archipel (2021) A constantly surprising and fascinating work that celebrates the spirit of Quebec while acknowledging its past mistakes as it tries to make amends for the future. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
1/5 58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) This is a banal hymn to self-absorption that is less the keenly observational relationship drama that it clearly wants to be and more a tiresome diatribe by a filmmaker with numerous axes to grind. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
4/5 100% 4x4 (2019) Could have led to an increasingly tedious experience. Happily, the film manages to avoid this for the most part thanks to Cohn's largely inventive approach to staging scenes. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
1/5 23% The Reckoning (2021) If there was some ultimate point to all of this cannily presented brutality, one might be able to excuse it but as presented, it feels more as if Marshall is indulging in some personal fetishes and forcing viewers to watch as he satisfies them. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
86% We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) I confess to having precious little idea as to what was going on. That said, it is visually impressive throughout... [and] it has an undeniably trippy vibe that would have thrilled the midnight movie crowds once upon a time. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
77% Our Man Flint (1966) Like others films of its type, it took the tongue-in-cheek approach but remembered to include bits of actual wit amidst the silliness. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
100% Writing with Fire (2021) Thomas presents an indelible testament to both the importance of a free press and to the strength and spirit of women who have decided that they no longer wish to be treated as second-class citizens. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
74% The World to Come (2020) All of the actors are fine, but the screenplay is so stiff and ritualized that it never gives them the chance to breathe and become convincing characters. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
90% Together Together (2021) Helms and newcomer Harrison are both likable and engaging performers, but they are let down by a screenplay that starts with an intriguing idea but largely squanders it on a series of increasingly formulaic plot developments. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
53% Superior (2021) The film suggests what might have resulted if Brian De Palma had directed Desperately Seeking Susan, and while it takes a while to get going, it does hit a nice grove during the middle section, thanks in large part to the charm of the twin Mesas. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
91% Pleasure (2021) When it was all done, I kind of found myself at a loss as to what it was trying to do, other than try to see how much adult content can be put into a film before it is considered to be pornographic itself. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
85% Misha and the Wolves (2021) A compelling and thought-provoking work that once again proves that truth, such as it is, is eminently stranger than fiction. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
71% Life in a Day 2020 (2021) A slick, feature-length commercial for YouTube. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Driven by electrifying performances from Daniel Kaluuya as Hampton, Lakeith Stanfield as O'Neal, and Jesse Plemons as the FBI agent willing to do anything to take down Hampton to get in good with boss J. Edgar Hoover. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
96% Jockey (2021) The trouble is that this film from debuting director Clint Bentley proves to be little more than a rehash of The Wrestler with horses instead of body slams. The end result is competent, but forgettable. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
65% First Date (2021) A tiresome drag that is nether as funny nor as outrageous at it clearly thinks that it is. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
87% Violation (2021) As a film, Violation doesn't quite work, though it certainly makes me interested in seeing what Fewer and Mancinelli do for a follow-up. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
86% Coming Home in the Dark (2021) Beyond the empty style and emptier sadism, though, there is simply nothing going on here to justify either the cruelties or the pretensions on display. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
97% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021) While the end result may not revolutionize the documentary form in the way that the show shattered notions of what could be accomplished in children's television, viewers will presumably be too content to soak in the warm nostalgia bath in front of them. - The Spool EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
100% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) As both a record of some truly amazing musical performances and as a piercing work of cultural anthropology... this is a film that is ultimately as essential as it is entertaining. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021