Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

Style Weekly (Richmond, VA) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Thomas Peyser
Rating Title/Year Author
The Fog of War (2003) Thomas Peyser A great and disturbing film. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2009
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Thomas Peyser Michael Moore's fierce and funny Fahrenheit 9/11 is not so much a documentary as a mythology, reducing geopolitical complexities to a neat, tawdry narrative. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2009
Juno (2007) Thomas Peyser Little Miss Rain Clouds EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2009
The Aristocrats (2005) Thomas Peyser A joyful film, full of men and women alight with the pleasure that comes from negating every compliment civilization has ever paid itself. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2009
Balls of Fury (2007) Thomas Peyser [Is it] good? Heavens, no. But it has its seedy charms. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2009
Frost/Nixon (2008) Thomas Peyser The director of Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind serves up a merely pleasing, vaguely edifying tale of penitence and redemption, or something like that. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2009
Last Chance Harvey (2008) Thomas Peyser These practiced charmers wring every effect they can think of from the corny material thrown their way. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2009
Valkyrie (2008) Thomas Peyser Claus's Eleven EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2009
Seven Pounds (2008) Thomas Peyser Operates on an emotional level so crude that the sacrificial act at its heart appears not only kitschy, but also repellent--not to mention icky. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2008
Australia (2008) Thomas Peyser By the end, your wonderment at Luhrmann's inextinguishable enthusiasm for hokum starts to break you down and win you over. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2008
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) Thomas Peyser Cheerleaders for melancholy have often linked it with profundity. But it's Leigh's achievement to show that happiness, too, can have its depths, and even its darkness. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2008
Rachel Getting Married (2008) Thomas Peyser Has an improvised, documentary feel that jibes beautifully with the characters' own, often fumbling attempts to find the right form for their affections. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2008
Flash of Genius (2008) Thomas Peyser A thoughtful inquiry into the doubtful benefits of pursuing one's ideals 'to the end of the line,' as they say in Double Indemnity. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2008
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008) Thomas Peyser MP3some EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2008
Bangkok Dangerous (2008) Thomas Peyser A perfectly uninvolving tale of errors acknowledged and manhood proved. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2008
Mirrors (2008) Thomas Peyser Sutherland does a passable job of clenching his jaw grimly %u2014 lest it, too, be torn from his skull, perhaps. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2008
Brideshead Revisited (2008) Thomas Peyser I cannot think of another screen adaptation that treats its source with similar indifference, almost contempt. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2008
Pineapple Express (2008) Thomas Peyser Long on concept and short on most everything else except kinetic energy. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2008
Euro Pudding (2002) Thomas Peyser A Big Mac with a mineral water chaser. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2008
Bigger, Stronger, Faster (2008) Thomas Peyser The fault is not in our steroids, but in ourselves. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2008
Get Smart (2008) Thomas Peyser Another pop-culture icon lazily mined for ready cash. Mission accomplished. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2008
You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008) Thomas Peyser Sandler's unflappable Jewish gigolo superhero hairdresser act is an overconceptualized drag. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2008
Open Range (2003) Thomas Peyser Something like...It's a Wonderful Life, only rich in slaughter. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2008
Sex and the City (2008) Thomas Peyser As the movie drifts into its third hour, you start to feel that it's not joy that's keeping you in the theater. It's duty. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2008
Babel (2006) Thomas Peyser Babel...belongs to an unfortunately proliferating genre that might be called the higher kitsch. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2008
What Happens in Vegas (2008) Thomas Peyser It Happened One Drunken Night EDIT
Posted May 21, 2008
Capote (2005) Thomas Peyser The Passion of Truman Capote EDIT
Posted May 17, 2008
The Passion of the Christ (2004) Thomas Peyser It should have been called The Passionator. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2008
Love Actually (2003) Thomas Peyser Transfixed by the taboos of the...British class system, Curtis seems to think that nothing could be more erotic than the subordinate who fetches tea or dusts the crockery. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2008
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) Thomas Peyser It is marked by a peculiarly English celebration of the Church Militant. That noted, it's also a ripping yarn. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2008
The Queen (2006) Thomas Peyser Whatever the Sex Pistols say, she is a human being. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2008
Volver (2006) Thomas Peyser With all its unexpected twists and turns, the story still unfolds naturally, like some gaudy Mediterranean flower. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2008
Brokeback Mountain (2005) Thomas Peyser At times feels as ancient and familiar as any well-worn piece of American legend, even if its content could set John Wayne spinning in his grave. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2008
Knocked Up (2007) Thomas Peyser For all its avowed interest in life -- as in, you know, the biological imperatives of our existence -- its characters seem acquainted only with television. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2008
Ratatouille (2007) Thomas Peyser Journey to the Center of the Broth EDIT
Posted May 10, 2008
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Thomas Peyser Burton has done that rare thing -- turned a great play into a great film. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2008
Persepolis (2007) Thomas Peyser As a reminder that Iran is a complex society with a long tradition of cosmopolitan interchange with the West, Persepolis could hardly be more welcome. As a narrative, however, the film sometimes loses its way. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2008
August Rush (2007) Thomas Peyser Someone in Hollywood must have it in for Thanksgiving. How else to explain the cruelly timed release of August Rush, a wretched confection that only the most determined will be able to count among their blessings? EDIT
Posted May 8, 2008
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! (2008) Thomas Peyser Earth, as Robert Frost thought, might be the right place for love, but television is certainly the right place for Dr. Seuss. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2008
The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) Thomas Peyser Lord of the Deathly Thingamabob EDIT
Posted May 7, 2008
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) Thomas Peyser The trademark Apatow mix of pasty, media-addled boy-men and the gorgeous, gorgeous women who badger them into an imitation of maturity already feels dated. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2008
Cold Mountain (2003) Thomas Peyser A kitschy, lugubrious and deeply unhistorical exercise in self-congratulation. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2008
Intolerable Cruelty (2003) Thomas Peyser A competent bit of work from which striking originality and idiosyncrasy have mostly been pruned away. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2008
The Counterfeiters (2007) Thomas Peyser An especially impressive achievement. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2008
Stop-Loss (2008) Thomas Peyser The Worst Years of Our Lives EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2008
Doomsday (2008) Thomas Peyser The only thing that saves Doomsday from complete disgrace is that it knows it's trash. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2008
City of Men (2007) Thomas Peyser An efficient, simply told story...in spite of the plot's neat contrivances and the movie's determination to pull some edifying nugget from the heartbreak and hopelessness at its core. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2008
27 Dresses (2008) Thomas Peyser Like its protagonist, 27 Dresses undoes itself with niceness. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2008
The Savages (2007) Thomas Peyser The latter half suffers from degenerative indie-itis, that epidemic syndrome whose main symptom is unwarranted interest in the ennui afflicting well-read urban misfits. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2008
Beowulf (2007) Thomas Peyser Although the word 'wench' may go unuttered, most of the time this earthbound adaptation is hardly distinguishable from ye olde kitsch. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2007