Peter Sobczynski

Peter Sobczynski
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Writer. Film Buff.
Favorites:
All-Time Faves:
Buckaroo Banzai
It's a Wonderful Lif
eDuck Soup
Dumbo
GoodFellas
Heathers
Jaws
Vivre Sa Vie
The Shining
Rio Bravo
Blow Out
Location: Chicago, IL

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
87% The Two Popes (2019) When it comes time to get to the darker material... director Fernando Meirelles cannot find a way to properly handle them, a fumble that will no doubt enrage those looking for a more serious inquiry of the recent history of the Catholic Church. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
99% Varda by Agnès (2019) It may ultimately be an exercise in mild self-indulgence, but if ever there was a filmmaker who deserved to put a final cap on their career entirely on their own terms, it was Varda. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
68% I See You (2019) Screenwriter Devon Graye has created a smartly written storyline that plays with the tropes of a number of familiar genres in interesting ways that keep viewers guessing. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
76% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Daniel Isn't Real has plenty of ambition and there are little pleasures here and there, but much like its central character, it never quite manages to connect in a satisfying manner. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) [Camila Morrone's] work makes for one of the best performances of the year and if her career takes off in the way that it clearly deserves to, Mickey and the Bear will clearly go down as the first clear highpoint. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
92% Dark Waters (2019) Well-meaning and reasonably well-made and I suppose that it is worth seeing, but considering the pedigree of the filmmaker behind it, I have to admit that I did come away from it feeling a little disappointed that it didn't offer up something. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) A witty whodunnit that brings a breath of fresh air to an otherwise stale genre. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
2/5 77% Frozen II (2019) The irony is that while there is much talk throughout about the inevitability and necessity of change, the film only rarely heeds its own lessons. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) The best thing about A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood -- the reason why you should still go and see it despite its general unevenness -- is the performance by Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 85% Waves (2019) For every element that rings strong and true, there are several that don't and both are served up with such concussive force that the only thing that most viewers will take away from it is a pounding headache. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
62% The Shed (2019) In the end, The Shed is not quite good enough to be worth seeing, but it is just good enough to make one curious about what Sabatella might have to offer the next time around. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
82% The Report (2019) The Report, despite its obvious good intentions, never quite clicks into becoming the rabble-rousing outrage that it probably needed to be. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
88% Feast of the Seven Fishes (2019) One of those low-budget films that is made with such sincerity and genial good nature that one feels a little bad for pointing out that, despite all of its obvious good intentions, it just isn't that interesting. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Not only does Charlie's Angels fail to live up to the legacy, such as it is, of the original TV show, it doesn't even measure up to the extremely short-lived 2011 TV reboot that you probably forgot even existed until right now. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
No Score Yet Bluebird (2019) For fans of country music, Bluebird is pretty much a must-see and for everyone else, it makes for a pleasant, if not exactly essential, watch. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/5 96% Marriage Story (2019) Easily the most amusing, touching and thoughtful narrative film that [Noah Baumbach] has done to date. Okay, it is the only one of his narrative features that I would describe in such a manner, but you have to start somewhere. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) If one were to compare Ford v. Ferrari to the two radically different types of automobiles cited in its title, it would without a doubt favor the former -- it does the job of getting you from point A to B in a smooth and efficient manner. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 65% The Good Liar (2019) The Good Liar is ultimately a near-miss that offers up a few reasonable diversions along the way, the main one being the inspired pairing of the two leads. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
1/5 47% Last Christmas (2019) The whole thing has the feel of a proposed subplot to "Love Actually" that was sensibly excised for being too preposterous and insufferable, only to be inexplicably revived and expanded upon. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 43% Midway (2019) Reasonably well-meaning, but ultimately too derivative and one-note to inspire much in the way of enthusiasm from all but the most devoted and undiscerning war movie buffs.. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 37% Primal (2019) This is one of the unfortunate examples where so much energy evidently went into devising the admittedly nutball premise that there was virtually nothing left in the tank when it came time for the pesky task of executing it. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Blending together dark humor, brutal violence, documentary-like realism, a dazzling formal approach and a keen ear for the music of both the dialogue and the soundtrack put together by Robbie Robertson, this is Scorsese firing on all cylinders. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
62% Paradise Hills (2019) The visuals are certainly trippy enough, but they start to feel like distractions included to keep you from noticing the shallowness of the screenplay and the fairly uninspired direction. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
96% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Director Midge Costin presents an entertaining and informative overview of an often-misunderstood subject without ever letting it get totally bogged down in technical minutiae. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
92% Light from Light (2019) An uncommonly compelling work that, like an actual spirit, will linger with you long after it ends. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/5 62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) There are some virtues to be had with Motherless Brooklyn, but they become few and far between as the film lumbers on to its clunky finale. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/4 59% Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) A one-note and strangely listless work that brings together two of the most immensely talented actors working today. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2/4 62% American Dharma (2019) A frustratingly hollow look at Bannon that is ultimately so benign in its portrayal of the man that it comes closer to an example of fan service than a full takedown. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
94% Western Stars (2019) While it may lack the go-for-broke bombast that made Springsteen a rock legend in the first place, it has a quiet but undeniable power to it that cannot be denied - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
91% The Lighthouse (2019) The look is always striking, it is certainly a lot funnier than one might expect (albeit in the most mordant manner possible) and the two leads play very well off of each other. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
79% Cyrano, My Love (Edmond) (2019) There is some entertainment to be had from Gourmet's cheerfully flamboyant turn as Coquelin, but even with his effort, "Cyrano, My Love" misses the mark by a hell of a lot more than a nose. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
.5/4 25% Countdown (2019) An abject failure whose only virtue is its utter forgettability. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
5/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) The end result is a work that is both one of the best movies of the year and sure to be considered one of the high-water marks of Almodovar's entire career. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
1/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Unfunny comedy rubs shoulders with unearned sentiment. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet Mountaintop (2019) For fans of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Mountaintop is pretty much a must-see. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Like watching a feature-length compilation of deleted scenes and subplots that were shot for the original film. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The kind of vacuous, empty-headed spectacle that has absolutely nothing on its mind other than squeezing several hundred millions more out of a property that barely had enough material for a single story, let alone a follow-up. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) An enormous amount of time, money, and effort has gone into bringing the film to fruition, and that only makes the puniness of the end results all the more startling. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) A one-of-a-kind combination of keenly felt drama and sly social satire that is already a master class in contemporary filmmaking before it shifts narrative gears in ways that need to see to be believed. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
4% Mary (2019) As a half-hour Twilight Zone episode, Mary might have made it as a reasonably adequate time-killer but even at a relatively slim (though seemingly endless) 84 minutes, this chronicle of a death ship is itself nothing but deadly. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
11% Lucky Day (2019) The usual array of arch dialogue, oddball soundtrack cuts, wild gore and other weirdness, but none of it sticks. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
94% The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash (2019) Someday, someone may wind up make just such a soup-to-nuts examination of Cash's life and work but until that time comes, The GIft will more than suffice. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
20% Entangled (2019) Entangled is such a dreadful and pretentious bore that even those with a pronounced interest in female-driven cinema will find it all but unendurable. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
43% The Addams Family (2019) If all you require for your entertainment needs at the moment is 90 minutes of cheerful silliness that will amuse kids and adults in equal measure, The Addams Family is fleet and funny enough to make such a task seem like a snap. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
5/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Eddie Murphy taps into something that has been too often absent from his screen appearances of late -- a pure and unabashed joy of performing. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) A perfectly polished work that will serve as a solid introductory primer for those unfamiliar with his history while offering up enough juicy bits of performance footage to satisfy fans. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Fleabag (2019) The material is so good and enduring, even those familiar with the series will find themselves laughing as if they were hearing it all for the first time. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) Although it is probably a little too strange to engage a mass audience, First Love contains enough loopily gruesome delights to thrill the cult movie crowds and remind viewers of just how good Takashi Miike can be when he puts his mind to it. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
100% Celebration (2019) For casual observers, the film may ultimately prove to be a little too chilly and reserved for their tastes, but for those with a vested interest in the subject, "Celebration" should prove to be a cause for one. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
1/5 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Too junky to be taken seriously and too dull to work as junk, Lucy in the Sky is a mission that clearly should have been scrubbed long before it went in front of the cameras. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019