Peter Gray

Peter Gray
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Peter began his freelance writing career in 2010 with QNews, one of Australia's top-rated LGBT-friendly magazines. Biding his time between film reviews and entertainment reports and interviews, his freelance career has grown to include a multitude of outlets based across Australia (The AU Review, This Is Film, Brisbanista) covering weekly film releases and national events and premieres.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 83% Judy (2019) Renee Zellweger's dedicated turn as a tragic Judy Garland elevates a film working with a tried and true formula to something of genuine wonder. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers transcends its initial Showgirls-meets-Magic Mike aesthetic ... by adopting a more Scorcesian temperament; Goodfellas set within the world of exotic dancers? Don't mind if I do. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
5/5 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) The most emotionally naked feature [Pedro Almodovar] has delivered yet. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 96% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) A devastating watch that is likely to linger long after you've witnessed its goodbye. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
3/5 24% Gemini Man (2019) Whilst Gemini Man will sell itself on the 3D technology and the higher frame rate, it's the Smith v Smith hook that is ultimately the draw, and for the most part it's an effective enticement. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 67% The Day Shall Come (2019) As ridiculous as the film proves to be, [Chris] Morris is always aware that truth is stranger than fiction, and The Day Shall Come revels in that mentality with a dark glee. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) Overly long, thematically disjointed, confusingly acted... and questionable in its depiction of its timeline. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Regardless of where you will personally sit in reaction to its material, the fact it's inspiring conversation is an achievement in itself, and what [Todd] Phillips and particularly [Joaquin] Phoenix have created is nothing less than admirable. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) The horror set pieces on hand are particularly entertaining, and highlight the horrific potential the material has. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
1.5/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Life's far too valuable to waste on underwhelming cinema such as this. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
3/5 83% Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Should satisfy enthusiasts of surreal, narratively-defunct horrors, but be a cautionary visit for anyone else seeking a story presented in a straight-forward manner. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
59% Ride Like a Girl (2019) Breezes by on heart and good intentions, even if a grittier, more emotional tale of Michelle's upbringing would've served this story more justice. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
2/5 26% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Rest now John Rambo, we've all had enough. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
2.5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) James Gray's ambitious drama will prove to be one man's wonder to another's waste. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
79% Good Boys (2019) Succeeds due to the fact that it's so sincere. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
82% Abominable (2019) Writer/director Jill Culton ... peppers this story with enough heart, humour and stunning animation that it proves rather difficult to discount. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Manages to display a personality that parents can relate to, resulting in a feature that's far more accessible to the masses than it has any right to be. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
85% Downton Abbey (2019) This is a film that very much knows what its audience wants, and in that regard it'll be a sumptuous success. For anyone else you'd best steer clear, for as simple and harmless as it is, you're unlikely to truly enjoy your visit. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet Tabernacle 101 (2019) So little on offer here that's worth praising. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3.5/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) An investing, if overindulgent scare piece that, like its predecessor, succeeds on an emotional and comedic level. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
4.5/5 99% The Farewell (2019) An utterly engaging experience, [Lulu] Wang's film succeeds as both a form of entertainment and an intimate reminder of the importance of family. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
2.5/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) Considering the ingredients on hand, I should've been demanding seconds rather than settling for mediocrity. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Whether or not you're an enthusiast of gospel music ultimately is of no importance as it's difficult to not be swept away in the sheer magnitude of [Aretha] Franklin's vocals. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) This is a story that demands an emotional reaction, and whether that be one of understanding or anger, The Nightingale is undoubtedly a movie that stays with you. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) If you're patient enough, brave even, the final product may prove worthy of your investment. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
2.5/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) When the action genre of late has delivered such taut, smart affairs, it's hard to not want more than the basic level this fluff piece is operating on. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
4/5 100% The Australian Dream (2019) So much more than just a documentary outlining an incident of abuse, The Australian Dream places a mirror against Australia's own history of burning racism and forces us to address it in a manner that can't easily be avoided - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) This is very much Tarantino's love letter to Hollywood, to the episodic television of eras gone by, and to the Tinseltown set-up that has all but vanished from the landscapes of today's cinema. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
4.5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Appreciators of complex horror will be rewarded with another genre stand-out that addresses the fearfulness within relationships, the sound mind-frame of ritualistic practices, and the terror behind a masked religion. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 79% Late Night (2019) A worthy venture out to bask in the gloriousness that is Emma Thompson. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
50% Palm Beach (2019) For a film that has such a strong female presence behind the scenes, it makes the decision to give the women on screen - all capable actresses too - such trite material all the more confusing and infuriating. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
65% Danger Close (2019) Standard the film may be however, it can't be taken away that it's telling an important story, a moment in history that warrants highlighting. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) As grand as the action is though, not to mention the film's penchant for clever sight gags and alarming cameos, it's the cast's combined charisma and willingness to surrender to the lunacy that ultimately prevails. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) This is a beautiful film to look at without question ... but the joy that radiates from a viewing of the aforementioned 1994 classic is unlikely to be experienced here. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 42% Stuber (2019) Squandering its potential with lazy, derivative framing, Stuber is an awkward journey that reaches its destination, but nowhere near as smoothly as you would like. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Undoubtedly one of this year's best, I implore audiences to use their smarts and see this film instantly. And then see it again. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/5 82% Crawl (2019) A gleeful disaster-horror outing that's best seen with an audience receptive to absurdity and bloodshed. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
17% After (2019) The film's illogical choices and standard teen romance mentality mean nothing that transpires on screen feels remotely fresh. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) This triumphant sequel proves that there's still excitement and unpredictability to be found in a genre we keep thinking we've figured out. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/5 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) If this homecoming is indicative of where the franchise could lead, perhaps this doll isn't as dead on arrival as expected. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 62% Yesterday (2019) There's a likeable sheen smeared over the story that's near-impossible to not succumb to. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
78% Never Look Away (2019) Within every moment of Never Look Away the film finds something of beauty and interest to explore, but it's also in its need to fill every scene with something of substance that it stifles its own vision. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
3.5/5 64% Child's Play (2019) Balancing both the more horrific slasher mentality of the original and the black humour the series eventually adopted, 2019's Child's Play works with its unhinged charm as it is completely aware of its ridiculous premise. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Adults will get little out of it, and children are likely to forget it once they've left the theatres - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
4.5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 is the type of soul-warming cinema experience we didn't know we needed, but are thankful all the same that it exists. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
93% Wild Rose (2019) Whilst comparisons to a feature like A Star Is Born feel inevitable from a story point-of-view, Wild Rose is a quieter, more modest tale that bypasses anything overtly "showy" and lets the explosive radiance of [Jessie] Buckley speak for itself. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) The action fails to excite, and the script is uninspired, but the effortlessly cool Thompson and the impossibly handsome Hemsworth work their magic just enough to keep us watching. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) A finale that deserved to end with a bang is exiting with more an anti-climactic fizzle. - Brisbanista EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Brittany Runs A Marathon feels like a sleeper hit-in-the-making, one that manages to be inspiring and heartfelt without overdosing on the genre sugar one may expect from such an inspirational story. - This is Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
2/5 30% Red Joan (2019) Director Trevor Nunn has opted for the early-bird special filter here, presenting a story that should be thrilling and investing as one that's too tepid and safe to successfully connect with the masses. - The AU Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019