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Peter T. Chattaway

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
47% 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
2.5/5 70% Frequency (2000) It's fun to see Dennis Quaid, looking a bit grizzled with age, return to the sort of what-if science-fiction film that defined his career in the mid-1980s. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 8, 2015
2.5/5 57% Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) If you're looking for two hours of eye candy, you could certainly do worse. But if you want more than grenades and gunfire, you'll have to wait for some other film. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 8, 2015
No Score Yet Jesus (2000) Jesus is a far from perfect film, but its imperfections are one of its most endearing and challenging qualities. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 8, 2015
No Score Yet The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1979) The animation is somewhat crude, even by the standards of a quarter-century ago. However, some of the gimmicks are kind of fun. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 8, 2015
49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) It's not a particularly faithful adaptation of C.S. Lewis' original novel, true; but it retains enough of the key themes, and it has a storybook quality that sets it apart from the first two films. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 8, 2015
83% Avatar (2009) Cameron's films have often been peppered with religious names, symbols and story elements, and Avatar represents his most explicitly religious film to date. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 8, 2015
84% Pleasantville (1998) But is it enough to embrace passion for its own sake? What happens when passions clash? Pleasantville cheats a bit and skirts these questions. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 5, 2015
87% Pi (1998) π has something for everyone, at least if you're a fan of chaos theory, stock markets, techno music, cyberpunk conspiracy thrillers and/or Jewish mysticism. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 5, 2015
74% Dark City (1998) Dark City, based on a story he wrote, Proyas ups the style quotient and shoots for something more significant, plugging into current debates on the nature of the mind and soul. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 5, 2015
94% The Truman Show (1998) Carrey, at least, lives up to his end of the hype. His performance isn't exactly Oscar-calibre, but at times there's a stillness and a sincerity to it which hints at as-yet-untapped potential. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 5, 2015
79% The Prince of Egypt (1998) The parts of the story that the film does tell, it gets right. And it just might encourage children (and others) to look up the biblical story for themselves. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 5, 2015
92% A Bug's Life (1998) A Bug's Life is a well-crafted and entertaining film - the end credits sequence alone is among the funniest ever done - but, unlike Antz, it doesn't give the adult moviegoer much to think about. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 5, 2015
96% Antz (1998) Z's voice is provided by Woody Allen, and it's the funniest film he's been part of in years. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 5, 2015
20% Noah's Ark (1999) No, this certainly isn't the story we heard in Sunday school. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 5, 2015
4/5 89% Topsy-Turvy (1999) Leigh's film is an exquisite and, yes, successful celebration of human creativity. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 5, 2015
100% Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999) Morris provides plenty of evidence to refute Leuchter's conclusions, but he is more interested in the character of Leuchter himself, and in the workings of Leuchter's mind - which, when all is said and done, remain as mysterious as they ever were. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 5, 2015
86% The Blair Witch Project (1999) Much has been made of the film's creepiness-enhancing subtlety, but I found it a hollow and unconvincing exercise in post-modern gimmickry. It neither showed nor told because there was nothing to show or tell. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 5, 2015
85% The Sixth Sense (1999) Strengthened by the loving friendship between Crowe and Cole, the film takes Cole, and us, through the shadow of death, but it never strands us there. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 5, 2015
87% The Matrix (1999) The Wachowski brothers are certainly a stylish pair of directors. Nearly every shot is a carefully composed, digitally enhanced, cyberpunk labour of love. ‐ Patheos
Posted Dec 5, 2015
40% Fallen (1997) There's an interesting idea or two hidden somewhere in Fallen, particularly in its very last moments, but this is one earthly story with a heavenly theme that never gets off the ground. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
76% Amistad (1997) Amistad promotes a pluralist vision of cooperation between different ethnic and religious groups and in doing so acknowledges, in part, the historical role of Christians. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
No Score Yet David (1997) Part of the problem is that, for sheer dramatic conflict, the story of David is nowhere near as interesting as the life and death of his predecessor, King Saul. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
No Score Yet Samson and Delilah (1996) Isolated moments in Samson and Delilah hint at Roeg's near-psychedelic knack for striking imagery, but for the most part, this is by-the-numbers show-up-on-set-and-cash-your-paycheque stuff. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
39% Wide Awake (1998) M. Night Shyamalan drowns potentially heartwarming moments in thick, syrupy music, his script lapsing occasionally into slapstick or a case of the cutes. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
59% City of Angels (1998) The multifaceted interest which the angels once showed in humanity is reduced to a fairly conventional, and thoroughly Hollywood, love story. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
51% The Lost World - Jurassic Park (1997) Critics have panned the film for lacking Spielberg's usual "magic" touch, but an awe of sorts persists: nature retains a purity that people have lost. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
54% Con Air (1997) Instead of films that wrestle with issues of love and faith, we get a spirituality as hollow and plastic as the Barbie doll in Greene's hands. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
62% Contact (1997) Whatever rapport this film builds between religion and science is hampered by the religious stereotypes sprinkled throughout Michael Goldenberg's script. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
85% Anastasia (1997) Anastasia re-writes the events surrounding the Russian Revolution so thoroughly it becomes a sort of screwball action movie cum Broadway musical inspired by the Brothers Grimm. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
50% Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997) The film swallows the girls' story whole and brings the fairies vividly to life, casually ignoring the fact that, in the early 1980s, both Elsie and Frances admitted that most, if not all, of the photos had been faked. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
91% Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) Fast, Cheap & Out of Control proves, once again, that Errol Morris is one of the most fascinating filmmakers working today. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
No Score Yet Peter and Paul (1981) That the film is a success is largely due to the wild, impassioned performance of Anthony Hopkins as Paul. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
No Score Yet Acts (1984) Director Reghardt Ven dan Bergh is so busy tucking giggles into the more serious scenes, he tends to miss the humour that is already there. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
93% Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Star Trek has been playing it safe for years now, and the success of a film as uncritically mainstream as First Contact suggests that Star Trek has, in its own way, already been assimilated. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
No Score Yet Moses (1995) For sheer human realism, Kingsley's is probably the best interpretation of Moses any film has offered to date. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
No Score Yet Joseph (1995) About as rich a three-hour epic as one could want from television: complex, challenging and convincing, it has enough emotional power to draw you into its world and enough realism to make you want to stay there. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
No Score Yet Jacob (1994) Jacob suffers from a pedestrian script and really bad casting. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
No Score Yet Abraham (1994) You may get more out of Abraham if you see it in 20-minute segments than if you see it all at once. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 29, 2015
3.5/5 94% About a Boy (2002) The Weitzes allow the humour to come more naturally out of the interactions between the characters, and they thankfully refuse to exploit these same serious moments for their sentimental value. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 26, 2015
84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) The best thing about the film is the way it finally - after all these years - gets Dumbledore right, giving the Hogwarts headmaster just the right mix of absurdist whimsy, personal authority and startling vulnerability. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 22, 2015
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) The film version of Phoenix was never going to be the fun, escapist lark the previous movies were. But one still cannot help but think the film could have been more than what it is. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 22, 2015
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) Harry Potter and his friends may soar through the air on broomsticks and dangle from flying cars, but the film itself never takes flight the way it ought to. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 22, 2015
80% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) The film omits many of the little character details that made the book so whimsically appealing, and that made the conclusion to its mystery so compelling. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 22, 2015
79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Alas, Lucas is as tin-eared and ham-fisted with spiritual seduction as he is with the romantic kind. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 20, 2015
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) The most alarming thing about this film may be that, for the first time, a Star Wars movie has no greater moral or spiritual lesson to impart, beyond paying lip service to democracy. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 20, 2015
55% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) There was a soul - a spiritual momentum - to the original trilogy that this new film lacks. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 20, 2015
3% Bless the Child (2000) Poorly written, poorly acted and poorly directed, Bless the Child may be the worst film to come out of the recent wave of occult thrillers. But it also has remarkably good intentions. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 18, 2015
65% Spectre (2015) SPECTRE has some great action scenes and is, in some ways, more "fun" than any Bond film in years. But it is also lazily written and directed in places, and most of the best stuff is near the beginning. ‐ Patheos
Posted Nov 6, 2015