Aaron Peterson

Aaron Peterson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
An avid film buff, Aaron began his descent into film criticism as a means to elaborate on a myriad of genres, while also serving as a sounding board for the those who can appreciate any form of art without an ounce of pretentiousness. Winner of both The Academy of Podcasters and the Podcast Award for his work in film and television media, Aaron continues to contribute as an online film critic as well as host on several successful podcast ventures. Enjoy yourself. Be unique. Most importantly, 'Buy Popcorn'.
Publications: The Hollywood Outsider

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
7.5/10 94% QT8: The First Eight (2019) Tara Wood takes us on a voyage of discovery which we've already taken. QT8: The First Eight is a riveting celebration of Quentin Tarantino and his evolution as a filmmaker. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
10/10 97% Knives Out (2019) An enticing mystery, tight script, and stellar cast deliver in spades. Not only is it one of the best mysteries in eons, Knives Out is hands-down the best film of the year. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
6/10 50% 21 Bridges (2019) Though the script lacks originality, solid performances - including a standout leading turn from Boseman - and Brian Kirk's slick direction keep this vehicle in gear for the long haul. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
6.5/10 No Score Yet The Wrong Todd (2018) Rob Schulbaum's script bypasses the meandering sci-fi trappings of its concept and focuses on the far more interesting dynamic of Todd and Lucy's relationship. If this is wrong, then I honestly don't wanna be right. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
5.5/10 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) An intriguing story suffers from a nostalgic identity crisis, though is ultimately salvaged by an enigmatic and captivating performance from Rebecca Ferguson. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3.5/10 41% The Laundromat (2019) A quality cast is betrayed by a clumsily assembled script in Steven Soderbergh's overly preachy documentary/dramedy hybrid approach to the Panama Papers. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
7.5/10 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The humor and setup are essentially the same and it all goes down just as smooth as the original. In terms of the OGs, no one misses a beat. But Zoey Deutch's hysterically insufferable Madison steals the show. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
7/10 69% Joker (2019) Joker is a testament to the power of the right actor to elevate occasionally shaky material to a gold standard. Joaquin Phoenix's humanity-laden performance is the perfect mix of futility and fury. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
5/10 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Director Michael Engler deftly handles Julian Fellowes' script, and the pacing was rather brisk, yet the ups-and-downs in engaging storytelling and appealing characters leave much to be desired. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
6.5/10 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Director Adrian Grunberg delivers an intense, balls-to-the-wall spectacle of carnage while Sylvester Stallone dominates the screen one last time as John Rambo. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
7/10 88% Freaks (2019) Freaks not only sticks the landing with its mashup of comic lore and noir mystique, but leaves us with yet another clear example of why we need other minds besides Marvel and DC telling superhero stories like these. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
7.5/10 89% Ready or Not (2019) Samara Weaving slaps the film on her back with unbridled charisma as she hides for her life in this insanely giddy and horrific romp of a good time. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
4.5/10 No Score Yet They're Inside (2019) A fresh, clever take on the found footage genre, They're Inside ultimately stumbles in the final act. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
7/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt captivate the screen with their best performances in years in Quentin Tarantino's blissfully excessive, nonetheless riveting ode to Hollywood. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
7/10 53% The Lion King (2019) With revolutionary CGI and standout performances from Eichner and Rogen, The Lion King captures the spectacle while forgoing much of the heart that captivated millions in 1994. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
5.5/10 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Annabelle Comes Home has a talented cast with standout performances from Katie Sarife and McKenna Grace and tense, atmospheric direction, but implausible choices hinder the script. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
6/10 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) Standouts Sophie Turner and James McAvoy lead the way with Dark Phoenix, an enjoyable stand-alone film in Fox's final foray within the X-Men universe. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
6.5/10 57% Brightburn (2019) Strong performances from Elizabeth Banks and Jackson Dunn carry the clever conceit past a few narrative stumbling blocks into a unique anti-comic book movie. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
9/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Despite early pacing struggles, Avengers: Endgame delivers on its promise to bring childhood dreams to life, with more than enough heart to spare. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
6/10 72% Teen Spirit (2019) Teen Spirit is the epitome of today's pop music: lacking in substance, but catchy as hell. Max Minghella lands a solid debut, and Elle Fanning once again hits all the right notes. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/10 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Pet Sematary squanders the potential of Stephen King's iconic novel, leaving us with a sluggishly paced remake that lives and dies solely on its connection to a film from three decades ago. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
6/10 57% The Highwaymen (2019) An effective thriller, beautifully shot along American landscapes, with Costner and Harrelson doing what they do best in overcoming an occasionally cliché ridden script. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
5/10 47% Dumbo (2019) A visually enticing film that ultimately suffers from an overabundance of clutter and spends too little time fleshing out its many characters. Dumbo never quite gets off the ground. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
8.5/10 No Score Yet Ms. White Light (2019) Anchored by the breath-taking performance from Roberta Colindrez, Ms. White Light is a haunting and often hilarious take on our constant struggle with mortality. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
5.5/10 87% Go Back to China (2019) Emily Ting has a wonderful eye as a director, yet her screenplay tends to waddle a bit too often into the exposition valley, salvaged primarily by Anna Akana's infectious performance. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
6.5/10 65% I See You (2019) Devon Graye's clever screenplay meshes nicely with Adam Randall's astute direction, and I See You successfully toys with audience expectations. I See You is a film you need to see for yourself. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
7.5/10 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Veering between uproariously comical and hypnotically unnerving, Jesse Eisenberg and Alessandro Nivola dominate the screen in a hilarious middle finger to toxic masculinity. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
4/10 64% The Mountain (2019) Despite strong turns from Tye Sheridan and Jeff Goldblum, The Mountain settles into a rhythm of narrative stoicism as it meanders about until its eventual conclusion. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
8/10 81% Long Shot (2019) Charlize Theron's stalwart Secretary of State and Seth Rogan's lovable schlub of a journalist pay off as an impossible couple we can't help rooting for in the best romantic comedy in ages. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
6/10 12% Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) Tyler Perry bids a fond farewell to his iconic creation in a film stacked with heart and snappy banter. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
7/10 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Robert Rodriguez overcomes an exceedingly overstuffed script to deliver a dazzling, visual massage of the senses. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
5.5/10 50% Escape Room (2019) There is nothing here that reinvents the wheel of horror, nor is it particularly terrifying or memorable. Yet overall, Escape Room is an enjoyable night at the movies. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
2/10 11% Holmes and Watson (2018) Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly fail to muster the chemistry from their previous efforts in Etan Cohen's witless take on the legendary detective. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
8/10 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) Documentaries of this ilk often capture the horrors of war, though few shine a light onto the humanity and levity present in those brave souls on the front lines as expertly as this. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
8/10 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) This is a film with flash and sizzle, the kind of animated flick that innovates while decimating expectations. to notice. Into the Spider-Verse is the rare Spider-Man film that fully understands the power of its historic responsibility. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
6/10 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Mowgli's stellar voice cast overcomes a clunky first half and fleeting moments of CGI roughness to deliver a solid take with bold aspirations fans will appreciate. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
7/10 15% Robin Hood (2018) Though in need of a stronger villain, Robin Hood is a rollicking good time with a blast of a cast in tow. Taron Egerton has plenty of swash in his buckle, and Jamie Foxx brings the audience to life. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
6/10 40% High Voltage (2018) A wink of a performance from David Arquette and an electric turn from Allie Gonino overcome a few distracting special effects to deliver a clever rock 'n roll thriller. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
5.50/10 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Claire Foy leaves her own take on the iconic Lisbeth Salander, and Fede Alvarez knows how to excitingly set the scene. With a tighter script and deeper plotting, this could have ended up more than simply The Girl with the Treadstone Tattoo. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
9/10 97% The Hate U Give (2018) It's not often a film comes along that inspires us to simply be better. So find The Hate U Give, listen to the perspectives within, and then share your voice with the world - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
6/10 45% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) He might be an aging action icon, but in XXX: Return of Xander Cage, Diesel still looks dope while he's doing it. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
7.5/10 93% Hidden Figures (2017) Hidden Figures tells a story of genuine heroes that has been shelved for far too long. It also serves as inspiration to a nation of little girls to never stop reaching for those stars. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
5/10 30% Passengers (2016) Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt hold up their end, but the script for Passengers ultimately fails us all. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
6.5/10 40% Office Christmas Party (2016) If you don't mind keeping your brain secured firmly in the trunk of your car for two hours, Office Christmas Party is worth your RSVP. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/10 22% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Honestly, we all deserve better. Do yourself a favor this holiday season and give yourself the gift of self-worth, skip this Christmas brick and re-watch the original Bad Santa. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
7.5/10 94% Arrival (2016) Arrival is a thoughtful take on the alien invasion genre, carried by an impactful performance from Amy Adams. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
5/10 33% The Charnel House (2016) The Charnel House is an intriguing thriller with a novel concept, carried forward by a bold and focused performance from its lead. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
7/10 45% Fear, Inc. (2016) Fear, Inc. takes a novel idea and constructs a potential franchise as it recaptures the fun of 90's horror. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
5.5/10 51% The Accountant (2016) If Batman, Daredevil and Jason Bourne had a baby who loved calculus, you'd have The Accountant. Think of this one as more of a write-off. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
6.5/10 44% The Girl on the Train (2016) The Girl on the Train hits the tracks running [with] a bold performance from Emily Blunt, [who] carries a solid mystery through a muddled final reel. - The Hollywood Outsider EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018