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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

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

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

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 75%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Durak (2015)

"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

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

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

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 clichés." ‐Patheos
Posted Oct 11, 2014

In Order of Disappearance (2016)

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
3/4 95%

Star Trek (2009)

"For those who want a thrilling ride, Star Trek should do the trick. It has just enough old-school stuff to keep longtime fans intrigued, even if a bit disappointed." ‐Christianity Today
Posted May 7, 2009
3/4 84%

I Love You, Man (2009)

"A bit of a mess, but it's funny more often than not, and at times it has real heart. If you can handle the language and gross gags, it could be good for a date or a guys' night out." ‐Christianity Today
Posted Mar 23, 2009
3/4 34%

Knowing (2009)

"The film takes our expectations and rattles them around a bit, and it may be just the sort of thing that can tease us into active thought about what we believe and why." ‐Christianity Today
Posted Mar 23, 2009
3/4 62%

Valkyrie (2008)

"To Singer's credit, the film is remarkably suspenseful, even though we know pretty much how it will end." ‐Christianity Today
Posted Dec 25, 2008
2.5/4 61%

The Reader (2008)

"Moviegoers may find themselves unable to dismiss the film outright, but also unable to put a finger on what the movie is really about, or how it should have been about it." ‐Christianity Today
Posted Dec 23, 2008
3.5/4 85%

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

"You have to admire Wendy's determination to keep forging ahead, little by little, despite the seriously disappointing setbacks that keep coming her way." ‐Christianity Today
Posted Dec 23, 2008
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