Peter Sobczynski

Peter Sobczynski
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Writer. Film Buff.
Favorites:
All-Time Faves:Buckaroo BanzaiIt's a Wonderful LifeDuck SoupDumboGoodFellasHeathersJawsVivre Sa VieThe ShiningRio BravoBlow OutFaves of 2002Femme FataleGangs of New YorkSpirited AwayAdaptationPunch-Drunk LoveFar From HeavenBowling For ColumbineThe PianistConfessions of a Dangerous MindResident EvilFaves of 90'sGoodFellasPulp FictionThree Colors TrilogyBram Stoker's DraculaRushmoreShort CutsSevenUntil the End of the WorldLovers on the BridgeBullet in the Head
Location: Chicago, IL

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Intriguing enough to warrant a look, especially for genre fans. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
93% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) It is unlikely that it will mean much of anything to anyone who isn't already a fan of Ivins... That said, those people will no doubt get a kick out of seeing and hearing her once more while feeling the loss of her unique voice more acutely than ever. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) The very idea of Hustlers is so undeniably appealing at its core that it takes you a while to finally realize that it never really comes together in a satisfying manner. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
68% Haunt (2019) Dumb, gross and tasteless in all the wrong ways. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
85% Freaks (2019) Freaks isn't perfect but at least when it does stumble --which is not too often -- it is happily out of ambition rather than laziness. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
1/5 26% The Goldfinch (2019) Presented with the kind of verse and energy usually seen in a book report delivered by a student who didn't quite complete the reading and is hoping that no one noticed that he cribbed the rest from Wikipedia. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 87% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Even though the film as a whole is not particularly risky or surprising, to see and hear Ronstadt tell her story and to once again bask in that incredible discography is, at least from my perspective, an absolute delight from the first moment to the last. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
72% Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2019) One of the biggest problems with this follow-up is that it is just as trivial as its predecessor but doesn't have a gimmick to help compensate for the lack of any real insight. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
58% Satanic Panic (2019) The film plays nearly everything way too broadly for its own good and no matter how depraved the proceedings get, you never get the feeling that there are any real stakes involved at any point. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
No Score Yet Next Level (2019) The film feels like a busted pilot for a ripoff TV show that even its tween target audience rejected for being condescendingly stupid. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Performers from more recent iterations talking about the importance of continuing the legacy of the show is undeniably exciting. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
2/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) Having effectively lured moviegoers in, the filmmakers have no clear or coherent idea of how to wrap things up and take so long to do so that even fans of the first film may find themselves coming out of this one feeling exhaustion rather than terror. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
80% Official Secrets (2019) Proves to be a curiously dull and dramatically inert retelling of the story. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
98% Love, Antosha (2019) If you were a fan of Yelchin's, "Love, Antosha" is obviously a must-see, but even if you aren't familiar with him... it will serve as a valuable reminder of his immense talents, both as an actor and as a person. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
33% Gags the Clown (2018) The found-footage approach utilized here doesn't really bring anything of value to the proceedings. The combination of humor and horror never quite pans out either. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
89% Aquarela (2019) A powerful work that is both one of the year's best documentaries and one of the best horror movies to boot. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
1/5 19% The Fanatic (2019) If anyone else involved with the film had made even a fraction of the effort that Travolta has, The Fanatic might been something more than it ultimately is -- an anemic little sprat of a movie. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
36% Tone-Deaf (2019) In the end, Tone-Deaf proves to be a film that largely lives up to its title. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
5% Jacob's Ladder (2019) A piss-poor remake of a fascinating original work that never justifies its existence for a second. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
43% After the Wedding (2019) Pretentious, self-absorbed and mawkish, After the Wedding is a total waste. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
73% Adam (2019) In the end, Adam is the kind of movie that, despite some good moments and reasonably noble intentions, ultimately does not quite work, though it could potentially inspire some viewer to one day make another movie along these lines that genuinely does. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Such a colossal mess that when it finally came to a merciful conclusion, I was at a total loss of how to process what I had just witnessed. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
68% Gwen (2019) Gwen is a film that has been made with no small amount of skill and has interesting individual elements that unfortunately never come together into a fully satisfying whole. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
67% Driven (2019) This is a saga of greed, envy, power and self-serving behavior writ extra-large, but the resulting film feels curiously small and underwhelming. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Ready or Not is goofy and inconsequential and probably works best if you don't think too deeply about it. Nevertheless, it has been made with plenty of wit and style. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3.5/4 97% American Factory (2019) A snapshot of the struggle between labor and management that is both timeless and distinctly of its time. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) It is still a generally entertaining work that has a lot of energy and good cheer, nice performances from a cast led by engaging newcomer Kalra, a lot of great music and it even finds just the right note to end on. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 79% Good Boys (2019) Despite the rough patches and missed opportunities, "Good Boys" has a sloppily genial tone to it that should eventually win most viewers over to some degree. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
1.5/4 44% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Like most films that are set almost entirely underwater, this is not a particularly appealing film from a visual perspective. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
64% Them That Follow (2019) Them That Follow has a potentially interesting premise and a more than capable cast, but the whole thing is so tired and inert that it feels as if someone accidentally defanged the screenplay. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, despite its occasional hiccups, is so effective, both as an introduction to the genre for younger viewers and a nostalgic celebration of its pleasures for older one, that I am now eagerly awaiting a continuation. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
50% Ode to Joy (2019) I was about to describe Ode to Joy as being "the most insufferable romantic comedy to come along since... " but had to stop when I realized that I could not immediately think of one quite as painful and off-putting. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
93% Luce (2019) While it is a film that seems to have a lot to say, it has no clear or concise idea of how to actually communicate any of its ideas. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
99% Honeyland (2019) Honeyland is one of the most universal and fascinating documentaries to come along this year. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) There have been far worse family-oriented movies in recent months than this one -- but unless you are under the age of nine... there is no burning reason to uncover this particular relic. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
16% A Score to Settle (2019) Cage at least makes a little bit of an effort, but since the film gives him nothing to play off of, those efforts are mostly in vein and after a while, you find yourself hoping that Crazy Cage will finally kick in. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
40% The Operative (2019) Failing both as a character drama and as a taut espionage drama, The Operative is a film as generic and uninspiring as its title that even fans of the genre will find wanting. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
85% Luz (2019) You may not be able to fully explain everything that you have just seen but you will almost certainly realize that you have just witnessed the best and most fascinating horror film of the season, bar none. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The producers have evidently elected to try and outdo "Fate of the Furious" in all regards and the result is more wearying than entertaining. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
68% The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) A pretty amusing and frequently entertaining hybrid of horror and humor that works thanks to the all-in performances from MacGowran, Mayne and Polanski, some inspired gags here and there, the striking visuals and, of course, Tate herself. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
76% Skin (2019) Never feels like anything more than a missed opportunity to say something new and provocative about an age-old subject. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) David Crosby: Remember My Name' turns out to be a far more interesting and engrossing work than it really has any right to be - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
59% Astronaut (2019) This film is basically a well-meaning fable that is filled with good intentions that never quite manage to pay off in the end. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) A kaleidoscopic love letter to Tarantino's beloved Hollywood set during one of its occasional periods of seismic change that may be the most daring of all his works to date and is certainly the most deeply felt. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
2/4 28% Into the Ashes (2019) Into the Ashes tells a blood-soaked story of violence, betrayal, and revenge that's so familiar that if one of the actors on the screen inexplicably forgot what to say, a viewer could feed them their lines without hesitation. - RogerEbert.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
2/5 53% The Lion King (2019) Here is a film that has marshaled together a number of immensely talented people, given them a budget larger than the annual GNP of entire small nations and gotten nothing in return but a half-hearted and largely lifeless retread. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
59% Trespassers (2019) A disappointingly rote riff on the home invasion thriller sub-genre that is made with just enough style, thanks mostly to the contributions of cinematographer Noah Rosenthal, to make you wish that it was better than it is. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
55% Summer Night (2019) A tedious exercise in ennui. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) A nonsensical, hyper-violent, and increasingly tiresome action comedy. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
58% Ophelia (2019) A smart and exciting drama that casts new light on one of the more painfully misunderstood heroines in the history of western literature. - eFilmCritic.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019