Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"If the film had shown the full scale of Turner's violence, it could have painted a more ambiguous, complex portrait of the cycle of violence, and how scripture was used to justify atrocities on both sides." ‐ Patheos
Posted Oct 22, 2016

The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016)

"I respect the film's moral sensibility, and the way it suggests that our moral obligations to one another don't come to an end simply because one of us dies." ‐ Patheos
Posted Oct 22, 2016

Harold And Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015)

"For my money, this is the most emotionally affecting film I have seen at the fest so far this year." ‐ Patheos
Posted Oct 22, 2016

The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017)

"See this film on a big screen if you can, for the sound design as well as the visuals." ‐ Patheos
Posted Oct 22, 2016

Ben-Hur (2016)

"Worst of all, it tries to cram everything into a two-hour running time, which forces the filmmakers to make some odd narrative shortcuts and leaves no time for the audience to feel properly engaged by any of the characters." ‐ Patheos
Posted Aug 20, 2016

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2016)

"It's also a poignant look at middle-aged guys trying to relive their youth." ‐ Georgia Straight
Posted Jun 15, 2016
No Score Yet

David And Goliath (2015)

"Tim Chey somehow finds a way to turn one of the Bible's most potentially menacing characters . . . into the dramatic equivalent of a petulant ten-year-old." ‐ Patheos
Posted May 30, 2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

"I'm just glad that the new film doesn't have anything as cringeworthy as that weird dance the Mad Hatter did at the end of the previous film." ‐ Patheos
Posted May 27, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"Alas, while the first half-hour or so gives us reason to believe that it just might be the most awesome superhero movie of the year, things start to go wobbly once the story comes together, and by the end it's all just one big dull mess." ‐ Patheos
Posted May 17, 2016

Last Days In The Desert (2016)

"It's not easy to strike a balance between human familiarity and divine mystery in the story of Jesus, but this film meets that challenge in some genuinely thought-provoking ways." ‐ Patheos
Posted May 13, 2016

K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

"The film toys with a Crimson Tide-style mutiny subplot, but without much conviction; director Kathryn Bigelow is more interested in how the crew steel their nerves and find the courage to put their lives at risk for each other." ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 18, 2016

The New World (2005)

"One of those rare major-studio movies that happens to be quite artful, and beautiful - a feast for the senses and the spirit alike." ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 18, 2016

The Thin Red Line (1998)

"The problem here is that all these narrators end up sounding like one big voice; they're all just part of that one big abstraction which is Malick's script." ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 18, 2016
No Score Yet

Last Days of Pompeii (1935)

"This may be the only film that gives us even a taste of what it would have been like to see a Bible story filtered through [the early-Hollywood-sound-era] aesthetic." ‐ Patheos
Posted Apr 6, 2016

God's Not Dead 2 (2016)

"Competently made on a technical level, but on a creative level it represents the worst kind of storytelling - not just because it is full of plot holes and thinly-written characters, but because it espouses a harmful message." ‐ Patheos
Posted Mar 30, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

"Mostly, I just feel sad for Superman." ‐ Patheos
Posted Mar 26, 2016

Miracles from Heaven (2016)

"To its credit, Miracles from Heaven does offer a compelling portrait of a family coping with the stress of dealing with a rare disease." ‐ Patheos
Posted Mar 18, 2016

The Young Messiah (2016)

"The Young Messiah isn't flawless, but it captures several aspects of the Jesus story that have rarely ever been developed - and developed this well - in other films about Jesus, and for that, it is a worthy addition to the genre's canon." ‐ Patheos
Posted Mar 11, 2016
No Score Yet

A Child Called Jesus (1987)

"It's striking to see how much the two films [The Young Messiah and A Child Called Jesus] have in common." ‐ Patheos
Posted Mar 8, 2016
No Score Yet

Revelation (1999)

"It's doubtful that viewers are going to be so convinced by this film's somewhat hokey vision of the future that they feel the need to convert. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Feb 27, 2016

Risen (2016)

"What makes the story work, for the first hour or so at least, is the way the film sticks to Clavius's jaded, skeptical perspective." ‐ Patheos
Posted Feb 20, 2016
3.5/5 54%

Enemy at the Gates (2001)

"Thankfully, the actors are able to hold this story together despite some fairly big gaps in the script." ‐ Patheos
Posted Feb 19, 2016

The Dreamlife of Angels (1998)

"Ably articulates the differences between the other-centred life and the self-centred life, between compassion and pride. This is a film that will linger in my mind for quite some time." ‐ Patheos
Posted Feb 15, 2016

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"As an absurdist romp through Hollywood history and a provocative, deeply ironic riff on politics and religion and the things that give us meaning, Hail, Caesar! is a delight. As Mannix himself might say, the picture has worth." ‐ Patheos
Posted Feb 6, 2016

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)

"This could have been a fantasy film for the ages, but, as it is, once you have beheld the pattern of events, you may find that the film itself is not so hard to throw away." ‐ Patheos
Posted Jan 13, 2016

The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

"To be fair, if trivial, the special effects are very good, but the film as a whole is bleak and depressing, except when it's just laughable, as when one character's death scene goes on for what seems like forever." ‐ Patheos
Posted Jan 2, 2016

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

"Basically just one fight scene after another, with little to give them the meaning or narrative purpose that the fight scenes in the first film had." ‐ Patheos
Posted Jan 2, 2016

Signs (2002)

"The awkward exposition, the fitful comic relief, the contrived plot devices - all these things reminded me of Left Behind and other films produced by and for the Christian subculture." ‐ Patheos
Posted Jan 2, 2016

Minority Report (2002)

"This may be Cruise's most puzzling and disappointing head-scratcher since the original Mission: Impossible." ‐ Patheos
Posted Jan 2, 2016

Insomnia (2002)

"Memento proved director Christopher Nolan could work wonders with an original idea and a decent gimmick. Now Insomnia shows he can be just as compelling when he's reworking more conventional material." ‐ Patheos
Posted Jan 2, 2016
4/5 91%

Adaptation (2002)

"As the character Kaufman himself admits, his script is self-indulgent, narcissistic, and solipsistic. It's also a heck of a lot of fun." ‐ Patheos
Posted Jan 2, 2016
No Score Yet

Apostle Peter and the Last Supper (2012)

"But whatever weaknesses the film may have, it does, at least, have that strikingly original treatment of the "Is it I?" passages. And it is grounded by that fine performance of Robert Loggia's." ‐ Patheos
Posted Jan 2, 2016
2.5/5 76%

Black Hawk Down (2001)

"Those hoping for some insights into the state of the world had best look elsewhere." ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 25, 2015
3/5 42%

Vanilla Sky (2001)

"The resulting film may be Crowe's most adventurous yet; the punchlines don't cheapen the drama, the way they did in Almost Famous, and the music, much of which sounds like it is played backwards, augments the film's time-tripping, mind-bending narrative." ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 25, 2015
2.5/5 50%

Kate & Leopold (2001)

"Kate & Leopold caters to a modern nostalgia for the good old days, and while it does critique the commodification of the past somewhat, the film ultimately falls prey to it, too." ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 25, 2015
No Score Yet

Esther (1999)

"The new film is more faithful to the biblical story, but it is also a rather pedestrian film, lurching from one plot twist to the next without offering much insight into the characters." ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 25, 2015
No Score Yet

Jeremiah (1998)

"The film takes some acceptable liberties with the text, though it goes off the rails a bit when Jeremiah suggests that sacrificing lambs is a moral crime, tantamount to "shedding innocent blood."" ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 25, 2015
No Score Yet

Solomon (1997)

"The film implies that Solomon's later moral failures were ultimately traceable to his heartbreak over losing the love of his life. That may be too Hollywood for some viewers." ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 25, 2015

Evolution (2001)

"In the end, the humour, such as it is, is overwhelmed by the special effects." ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 25, 2015

Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)

"Compared to the trippy, almost poetic original film, Redux feels like a rough cut that has not yet been trimmed of its prosaic fat." ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 25, 2015

Memento (2000)

"Memento is a cautionary tale about the futility of revenge and the dangers of the scapegoat mechanism. It is also a powerful reminder that no one person can create meaning on his or her own." ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 19, 2015
3/5 39%

Hannibal (2001)

"A film so posh, so exquisite in look and sound, that it would hardly seem like a sequel at all if it weren't for the return of Hopkins to the role that made him famous. Goodbye, subterranean rock and roll; hello, opera." ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 19, 2015

The Exorcist (1973)

"The film became famous for its gross-out effects, but what makes it work is the foreboding atmosphere, rooted in the characters, which director William Friedkin creates right from the film's opening frames." ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 19, 2015
2/5 61%

The Patriot (2000)

"The one thing that almost saves the film is Gibson, who is equally at ease in scenes that require him to be serious, funny, romantic, or just plain heroic. " ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 19, 2015

Gladiator (2000)

"Gladiator knows its audience wants blood, and it's all too happy to provide it. But as long as you don't come looking for more, it's a satisfying spectacle, in every sense of the word." ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 19, 2015
No Score Yet

Joseph: King of Dreams (2000)

"An opening title card hints this may be the first in a series of Bible videos from the DreamWorks factory. Here's hoping there are more." ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 9, 2015
2.5/5 68%

Unbreakable (2000)

"While the gimmick brought a satisfying sense of closure to The Sixth Sense, here it just feels muddled. It's as though Shyamalan had a sequel or two in mind but, sensing something was amiss, abruptly called them off." ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 9, 2015
3.5/5 89%

Almost Famous (2000)

"Nearly every time an intimate moment presents itself, someone cracks a sitcom-worthy punchline, or a pop song comes up on the soundtrack and distracts us from the task of getting to know just who these people are." ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 9, 2015
3.5/5 85%

Chuck & Buck (2000)

"The heart of the film belongs to White and Weitz, both of whom turn in surprisingly good performances, considering they usually work behind the camera." ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 9, 2015

The Mummy Returns (2001)

"So how does a movie overcome a case of the been-there-done-thats? By throwing lots more of the same-old-same-old at its audience, that's how." ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 8, 2015
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