Peter Stack

Peter Stack
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: San Francisco Chronicle

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 No Score Yet Hercules and Xena: The Battle for Mt. Olympus (1998) This action cartoon from Universal has definite appeal for fans of the two heroes and features the voices of Kevin Sorbo and Lucy Lawless, who play the characters in the hit TV shows. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
1/4 13% Carpool (1996) Carpool, the new Tom Arnold comedy, is one ride to avoid, unless truly idiotic car-chase slapstick comedies are the destination genre. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet Chalk (1996) Chalk has unusual visual vitality in a John Cassavetes vein. For the adventurous, it's worth checking out. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2007
4/4 88% Tarzan (1999) So far, the most entertaining film of the year. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 32% Sgt. Bilko (1996) Wacky is just the right tone for a spring comedy. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
1/4 65% Cobb (1994) This histrionic portrait of the most celebrated cur in sports history comes across like a fly ball that thuds on the ground. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 13% The Scarlet Letter (1995) This is a well-acted, beautiful movie. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
2/4 35% The Waterboy (1998) We've got somewhat entertaining trash here. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
4/4 54% Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998) A fresh, enlightening example of how to take a tragic American show-business story and make it funny, warm and terrifically entertaining. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
68% Kiss of Death (1995) A riveting crime drama. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 78% Muriel's Wedding (1995) There's poignant drama in this brash, sometimes overstated film, and Muriel's transformation is truly touching. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 39% 101 Dalmatians (1996) - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 44% Oliver & Company (1988) The film offers a fanciful, lush urban setting, unusual for Disney animated features, and a couple of good songs. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 55% Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) Fun for most folks, heaven for Trekkers. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
2/4 42% Space Jam (1996) It's the first time either Jordan or Bugs has had a starring role on the big screen. It's gimmicky Saturday-morning cartoon wackiness in your face -- funny, but brain-deadening. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 81% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) Though it looks almost too polished, a handful of eye-smacking action scenes were breakthroughs in precomputer cinematic graphics. And when the film moves, it does so with blazing energy and awesome noise. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
4/4 97% Babe (1995) A lovely, intelligent gem of G-rated entertainment that is also rib-tickling funny. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 81% Soul Food (1997) A warm, funny, touching African American family drama, the kind of bittersweet melodrama that critics tend to relegate as crowd-pleasing corn. We could use more when it's this well done. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
2/4 44% Dead Presidents (1995) It's an overly ambitious effort that strains to work as a coming-of-age drama, a 1960s period piece and a searing comment on the way African American GIs went largely unappreciated for their war efforts. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 43% Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 58% The Englishman Who Went up a Hill But Came Down A Mountain (1995) - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
4/4 92% A Bug's Life (1998) One of the great movies -- a triumph of storytelling and character development, and a whole new ballgame for computer animation. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 87% Fly Away Home (1996) - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
4/4 92% James and the Giant Peach (1996) James and the Giant Peach is frequently so alluring that viewers may feel the urge to get lost in the picture's curious shadings, intricate merriment and fantastical atmosphere. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
2/4 26% Mary Reilly (1996) The film is too mannered, too stuffy. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
1/4 15% Diabolique (1996) - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
1/4 44% Zeus and Roxanne (1997) - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 91% The Brothers McMullen (1995) - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 61% The Preacher's Wife (1996) The Preacher's Wife qualifies as old-fashioned Hollywood movie making at its corniest and most saccharine. But the mostly African American cast puts an engaging spin on the chestnut, and it works beautifully. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
2/4 70% Restoration (1996) The movie takes on a somber, fitful atmosphere of straining epic proportions. But it strays into an episodic bog that leaves it gasping for dramatic life. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
2/4 54% Girl, Interrupted (1999) A muddled production that misses the jarring tone of the autobiographical book by Susanna Kaysen on which it is based. The film is entertaining, but not very powerful. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 72% The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) Gorgeous but dark -- not the usual Disney experience. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 80% He Got Game (1998) Washington's Jake Shuttlesworth looks tough and hard, an odd but refreshing turn for an actor long associated with handsomely heroic roles. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
4/4 83% Waking Ned Devine (1998) There is some nudity in Ned Devine, but it's the funniest nudity in movies in ages. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 52% John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. (1996) Dark, percussive and perversely fun. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 45% Runaway Bride (1999) - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 93% Antz (1998) The filmmakers seem to have deliberately snubbed the traditional audience for animated features. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
2/4 88% Gridlock'd (1997) The film seems so fresh it's almost possible to forget that it is a fraud in its description of the culture of hard drugs. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
4/4 79% The Prince of Egypt (1998) An inspiring translation of biblical grandeur, turning the story of one of history's greatest heroes into an entertaining, visually dazzling cartoon. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
4/4 70% Priest (1995) - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 88% Boys Don't Cry (1999) - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
4/4 100% Toy Story 2 (1999) Even though computer animation may seem like the coldest, least organic art form, the characters pulse with more humanity than most live actors can muster in a dozen mainstream movies. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 23% Patch Adams (1998) - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
1/4 26% Nine Months (1995) - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 90% Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
4/4 91% Buena Vista Social Club (1999) - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
4/4 75% Primal Fear (1996) - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
4/4 35% Spice World (1998) Some of the gags are a riot. - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 75% Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3/4 81% Liar Liar (1997) ...Jim Carrey makes a wild and remarkable comeback to cheerfulness... - San Francisco Chronicle EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002