For 163 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Keough's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Manuscripts Don't Burn
Lowest review score: 12 The Man on Her Mind
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 163
  2. Negative: 26 out of 163
163 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Keough
    What follows is no “Citizen Kane,” or even “Velvet Goldmine” (1998), Todd Haynes’s arty tale of a reporter trying to track down a missing glam rock star, in which Collette also starred, playing the missing man’s alcoholic wife.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Keough
    Based on her short film, Candler’s Hellion pads its slender, commonplace, but potentially rewarding premise with contrivances, clichés, repetitiousness, and, when all else fails, implausible, arbitrary melodrama.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Keough
    Usually a French comedy such as this requires some crude modifications before a studio like Touchstone can remake it for American audiences. In this case, though, they just need to lose the subtitles and dub in the voices of actors like Rob Schneider or Adam Sandler. Until then, bon appetit!
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Keough
    Unfortunately, this is one movie about food that I’m forgetting already.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Keough
    Violette demonstrates how suffering produces great art, and that the artist isn’t the only one who suffers for it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Keough
    Sadly, the film rapidly devolves into an AARP version of a Jason Bourne-like vendetta, only bloodier and less meaningful.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Keough
    Despite the artful, passionate performances by the cast, his experiment comes across more as contrivance than a work of thoughtful, aesthetic detachment.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Keough
    When it comes to writing and directing movies, though, Murdoch has some work to do. “Girl” meanders narratively and with random chronology, some scenes playing like tepid music videos, others as unhelpful efforts at exposition, some as strained drama, and some as the genuine, funny, spontaneous interactions of gifted young people.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Keough
    Though it features a plucky female protagonist, Annabelle still possesses the same medieval attitude toward women as “The Conjuring,” reducing the gender to the extremes of self-sacrificing mother and malevolent toy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Keough
    David Frankel’s film reduces an extraordinary life to a predictable template of bullying, resolve, success, disappointment, and platitudes — a pattern repeated two or three times until the genuinely moving finale.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Keough
    Things bottom out when Zoe not only hooks up with another lover (there is not an ounce of body fat in this movie), but also misses her son’s soccer game. And up until then we were all having a good time.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Keough
    Unlike other films that successfully explore abstractions, such as Wong Kar Wai’s “In the Mood for Love” or the memoiristic collages of Terence Davies, it doesn’t seem to have much going on beneath the drab surface.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Keough
    Directed by splat-pack director Alexandre Aja (“Piranha 3D”) with uncharacteristic but still gruesome restraint, adapted from what seems a very busy novel by Joe Hill, Horns resembles an awkward collaboration between Nathaniel Hawthorne, Stephen King, and Rob Zombie.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Keough
    Those looking for further enlightenment might want to pass on the feel-good cinematic hagiography known as Awake: The Life of Yogananda.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Keough
    Humorless, pretentious black-and-white tone poem about a very young Abe Lincoln.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Keough
    Talya Lavie’s Zero Motivation has more substance than a sitcom, even though it’s broken down into three TV series-like episodes. But it’s no “M*A*S*H” — a film to which some have compared it — either.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Keough
    As for the performances, only homely Giovana has heart and depth. The two boys lack chemistry, even in chemistry class, due in part to the trite dialogue, or at least as it is translated in subtitles.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Keough
    The problem with high concepts like this is cooking up a story and characters to go along with it.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Keough
    Grown Ups 2 offers a bittersweet paean to childhood and youth and their inevitable loss. Take the case of Adam Sandler. Didn’t he use to be funny?
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Keough
    “You don’t need a man to define you!” Very true, and so much for feminism. The rest of the film takes a long, convoluted, predictable, and mostly unfunny route to prove that the opposite is the case.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Keough
    This movie doesn’t make the case. In fact, had they upped the absurdity a notch, it would rival the comedy of Christopher Guest’s let’s-put-on-a-show mockumentary, “Waiting for Guffman” (1996). As it stands, it plays like an infomercial.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Keough
    It’s a Christmas nightmare, stuck with two obnoxious relatives who think they’re funny, and won’t shut up.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Keough
    What I found more disturbing was the casual misogyny of the convoluted story line.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Keough
    Though Zefferelli’s version was trashy and downright nuts, at least it made you feel the love. This pallid replay just seems endless.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Keough
    One hopes that, for their own good, when any of these actors are offered a script like this again, they’ll have the sense to just say no.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Keough
    It’s a big deal for the NFL and ESPN, no doubt, and Draft Day serves as 110 minutes of product placement for both.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Keough
    Joe
    Joe is one more in the line of Southern Gothic miserabilism that includes “Winter’s Bone” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” films that many have praised but some find condescending.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Keough
    Puzzle is neither puzzling nor much fun. It reminds you how much better Julie Delpy told the same story in “2 Days in New York.”
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Keough
    Unfortunately, though, Rossato-Bennett and Cohen seem to think that the technique is a panacea. In fact, it is not even original, as music therapy in nursing homes has been around for some time.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Keough
    For the most part, Fluffy’s material is just that — fluff, with a touch now and then of bile and bad taste.

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