Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Peter T. Chattaway's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Christianity Today, Patheos

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% Inside Out (2015) "In some ways, it feels very much like a throwback to the Toy Story movies that got Pixar started as a feature-film studio in the first place. It's a new story, but not that new. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Jun 18, 2015
50% Jurassic Park III (2001) "Jurassic Park III is cynically amusing, not least when it takes digs at the previous films, and, most surprising of all, it actually may leave you wanting more. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Jun 11, 2015
No Score Yet A.D. The Bible Continues: Season 1 Episode 9 "As the NBC miniseries continues, it makes use of some texts outside Acts, but only some. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 10, 2015
No Score Yet A.D. The Bible Continues: Season 1 Episode 4 "The first three episodes rushed through the scriptures and skipped over major parts of the story, but this episode actually slows down long enough to let the book of Acts breathe a little. " ‐ Patheos
Posted May 7, 2015
No Score Yet A.D. The Bible Continues: Season 1 Episode 3 "Instead of exploring the growth of the Church, the series goes straight to the first confrontation between the Christians and the Jewish leaders. " ‐ Patheos
Posted May 7, 2015
82% Elizabeth (1998) "Shekhar Kapur gets particularly good work out of Blanchett, who invests Elizabeth with a disparate mix of naive vulnerability, tart wit and steadfast resolve, sometimes all within a single scene. " ‐ Patheos
Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "This is indisputably a sequel in just about every sense of the word: bigger, louder, sillier (and not always in a good way), more ambitious and, alas, less satisfying than the film that came before it. " ‐ Patheos
Posted May 1, 2015
No Score Yet A.D. The Bible Continues: Season 1 Episode 2 "The second episode feels like a step down from the first, which used the time between the crucifixion and the resurrection to develop the disciples and explore how they felt. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 22, 2015
No Score Yet A.D. The Bible Continues: Season 1 Episode 1 "Some scenes give the characters a chance to breathe in a way that The Bible never quite did, and I look forward to seeing where they go from here. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 22, 2015
57% Killing Jesus (2015) "It's full of details that show the filmmakers did their homework, but that just makes it all the more puzzling when they change certain details for no apparent reason. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 3, 2015
83% Son of Man (2006) "Son of Man is one of the most bracing Jesus films to come down the pike in a long time, and it is worth a look, whatever one's theology or politics. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 3, 2015
21% Son Of God (2014) "At times, the script displays a welcome sensitivity to the issues at play. But at other times, it misreads them so badly it gets downright goofy. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Mar 30, 2015
99% Selma (2015) ""Some of DuVernay's directorial decisions, such as her strangely stylized treatment of a church bombing, come across like the work of a filmmaker who is still finding her visual vocabulary." " ‐ Patheos
Posted Mar 18, 2015
27% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) "All in all, this film is a mixed bag. Spectacular visuals and stirring music on the one hand, lousy screenwriting and iffy performances on the other hand. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 12, 2014
89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "Binoche gives possibly the most naturalistic performance of any actor I've seen at this year's festival, balancing her character's serious anxieties with a healthy sense of the absurd. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Oct 11, 2014
98% Mr. Turner (2014) "Mike Leigh's attention to detail is in fine form here, and it fills every aspect of the film's production. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Oct 11, 2014
80% Durak "The Fool doesn't quite have the aesthetic chops of Leviathan, but it's engrossing and even somewhat suspenseful, and in some ways it is even more bleak than Zvyagintsev's film. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Oct 11, 2014
63% Still Life (2015) "A ringing affirmation of the fact that people's lives matter even when we don't know them, and even when all possibility of knowing them has been taken away from us by death. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Oct 11, 2014
99% Leviathan (2014) "Zvyagintsev has crafted a fairly damning portrait of secular and religious power in Russia, and some of the images are quite powerful, particularly near the end. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Oct 11, 2014
31% Men, Women & Children (2014) "An ensemble film that purports to Say Something about the age of social media but keeps falling back on worn-out clich├ęs. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Oct 11, 2014
86% Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance) "I couldn't escape the nagging feeling that there are a lot of films at this year's festival, and I could have been watching something more substantial. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Sep 27, 2014
88% Foxcatcher (2014) "The result is a well-made film that is emotionally distant, even as you can sense why a guy like Mark might fall for Du Pont's overtures and feel betrayed by them at the same time. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Sep 27, 2014
92% Force Majeure (2014) "While the film does have its over-the-top moments and abrupt shifts in tone, it also finds subtle dramatic power in gestures as simple as who closes the toilet seat. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Sep 27, 2014
29% The Song (2014) "I do want to give this film props for pushing, however gently, the boundaries of acceptable storytelling within the "faith-based" genre - and for basing its efforts on biblical passages that really don't get enough attention within this milieu. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Sep 27, 2014
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) "By the second half of the film, I was utterly invested in these characters and their relationship, even though Cage is the only one who "remembers" all their experiences together. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/5 32% Windtalkers (2002) "From the fluttering flags to James Horner's shamelessly manipulative music, this is more like a patriotic "Heritage Moment" than a film about actual people. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Jun 5, 2014
91% The Shawshank Redemption (1994) "Watching these actors work together is a real treat, and they more than make up for the script's deficiencies. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Jun 3, 2014
48% Star Trek Generations (1994) "The one major drawback to this film is its summary dismissal of Captain Kirk from the Star Trek universe. The torch that is supposedly being passed between generations here is little more than a fizzled matchstick. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Jun 3, 2014
63% Priest (1995) "The makers of Priest claim that their film is meant to be a catalyst for change within the Catholic church, but their confrontational approach does more harm than good to their cause. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Jun 3, 2014
94% Central Station (Central do Brasil) (1998) "Central Station tells a familiar story, but it makes use of its setting in an original and thoughtful way. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Jun 3, 2014
18% Moms' Night Out (2014) "While the gender roles here may be a bit archaic, I actually found myself thinking that the film went out of its way to show at least some diversity among its characters. " ‐ Patheos
Posted May 21, 2014
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) "The main thing that stayed with me on the trip home after seeing the film was the characters themselves, who are believably vulnerable, resourceful, devious and empathetic as the story demands. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 23, 2014
46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) "Things get sticky when the film changes the actual content of Colton's visions, and the lessons that both Colton and his father draw from those visions. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 22, 2014
19% Legion (2010) "There are so many things that could have been done with this premise that the movie simply doesn't do. Doesn't even think of doing. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 21, 2014
63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) "If only good intentions were enough. The newest film in the series offers us more of the same - and indeed, it offers us too much more. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 21, 2014
89% Spider-Man (2002) "Raimi, working from a screenplay credited to David Koepp, powerfully captures the moral issues at stake as Peter grows into the web-slinging super-hero. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 21, 2014
63% From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) "These bad-boy auteurs will have to discover some new ideas if they don't want to end up as terminally soulless as the monsters who stalk their movie. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 19, 2014
14% Four Rooms (1996) "An utterly lackluster production that most involved would be wise to keep out of their portfolios. The only director to come out of this mess looking good is Rodriguez. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 19, 2014
89% Inglourious Basterds (2009) "Raises a host of fascinating questions about the nature of justice and vengeance, and how these things are understood in both the Jewish and Christian traditions. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 19, 2014
19% Transcendence (2014) "The film sets up a conflict but can't decide whose side it's on -- which makes for a curiously subversive bit of entertainment but also leaves the story feeling quite muddled, especially in its final moments. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 18, 2014
16% God's Not Dead (2014) "A sloppily written, badly argued, unevenly acted film about a first-year college student who tries to prove the existence of God within weeks of setting foot on campus. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 16, 2014
28% Pompeii (2014) "In a nutshell, for all its digitally-enhanced, disaster-movie bombast, Pompeii is a fairly boring, predictable and uninspired little film. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Mar 31, 2014
13% The Bible: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "Instead of coming away changed, the viewer comes away feeling good about a story of "change." And that is not quite the same thing. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Mar 26, 2014
50% Samson and Delilah (1949) "The film cannot avoid the broad contours of Samson's story, of course, but it does tweak things in ways that make Samson look a little more heroic. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Mar 26, 2014
70% About Time (2013) "The film matures from a mere romcom into something older and wiser, as Tim and his dad have some heart-to-hearts that end up becoming lessons for all of us in how to live. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Mar 26, 2014
97% Gravity (2013) "The fact that the film touches on spiritual themes at all is worth noting, and makes this film just a little bit more than the thrill ride that all the ads have promised. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Mar 26, 2014
77% Noah (2014) "But the fascinating thing about this film is how utterly different it is from the Bible movies that came before it. Aronofsky has not revived the genre so much as he has utterly transformed it. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Mar 25, 2014
2/4 39% Surrogates (2009) "Good ideas rub up against bad ideas, and the result is a movie that is worth a look but could have been much more. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 31, 2009
1.5/4 11% Couples Retreat (2009) "Somewhere in all of this, there is the potential for a pretty good comedy, but this movie isn't it. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Oct 31, 2009
2/4 15% Year One (2009) "A buddy comedy that takes a relentlessly lowbrow look at the Book of Genesis. " ‐ Christianity Today
Posted Jun 24, 2009
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