Peter Sobczynski

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For 141 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Sobczynski's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Abuse of Weakness
Lowest review score: 0 Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 141
  2. Negative: 58 out of 141
141 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Sobczynski
    Brian De Palma is one of the great seducers of the cinema, and he proves it with Passion, a spellbinding thriller.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Sobczynski
    Joe
    If your moviegoing needs are driven less by a need to "feel good" afterwards and more by a desire to see something that will grab and touch you in ways that you will not be shaking anytime soon, this is the movie for you.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Sobczynski
    The result will no doubt polarize viewers, as has been the case with his other major works, but it will certainly go down amongst those who see it as one of the most unforgettable films of this or any other year in recent memory.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Sobczynski
    This is a work just as startling and potent as anything she has done to date — a powerful example of art being used to exorcise personal demons that is anchored by two stunning performances and some of the most gripping moments to be seen in any film so far this year.
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    • 100 Peter Sobczynski
    One of the more unique, evocative and deeply felt coming-of-age films to come along in quite some time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Sobczynski
    An intelligently staged and executed creepfest that takes one of the most universally compelling of notions — the unbreakable bond that exists between a mother and her children — and approaches it in such a formally and narratively bleak manner that it makes the works of fellow countryman Michael Haneke seeming almost benign by comparison.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Sobczynski
    One of its greatest pleasures is seeing how filmmaker Francois Ozon manages to find just the right note for such challenging material. He transforms what might have been a tonal nightmare in other hands into a wildly entertaining work, one that manages to be simultaneously funny, touching, slightly unnerving and undeniably sexy to behold, regardless of where your predilections may lie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Sobczynski
    The Measure of a Man may be a hard film to watch at times, but with Lindon's great performance at its center, it is one from which you cannot look away.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Sobczynski
    One of the essential documentaries on Hollywood.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Sobczynski
    While it may not quite be the modern-day “Casablanca,” it is nevertheless a grandly entertaining stab at old-fashioned storytelling...buoyed by smart and stylish filmmaking, a good performance by Brad Pitt and an even better one from Marion Cotillard.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Sobczynski
    They (Assayas/Stewart) have managed to out-do themselves with a work as mysterious, moving and haunting as anything that has materialized in a movie theater in a while.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Sobczynski
    The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai is your typical sci-fi/action/comedy/rock&roll/kung-fu/political satire/neo-western/guys-on-a-mission extravaganza.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Sobczynski
    It's a film filled with humor, charm, excitement and so many memorable images that many viewers will find themselves struggling to keep from blinking so as not to miss any of the eye-popping delights crammed into each overstuffed frame.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Sobczynski
    While the cast may not include any names that are familiar in these parts, they are all effortlessly charming and engaging throughout.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Sobczynski
    If the name "Gilliam" set off a little tremor of excitement when you heard it that is no accident because, with its combination of startling visuals, a head-spinning storyline and oddball characters that don't always conform to their presumed parameters, Snowpiercer is a film definitely in the vein of the works of the great Terry Gilliam, especially his 1985 landmark "Brazil."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Sobczynski
    The Trials of Muhammad Ali a unique and inspiring viewing experience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Sobczynski
    Intelligently conceived, beautifully executed and filled with surprisingly convincing performances all around... We Are What We Are is that rare horror film that could play at both arthouse and grindhouse theaters without seemingly out of place at either one.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Sobczynski
    Simply put, this is one of the craziest films to come along in a while and I can confidently say that anyone who sees it will either hail it is some kind of crackpot masterpiece or dismiss it as one of the silliest damn things they've ever seen.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Sobczynski
    This lavish period piece contains enough thrills, spills and moments of cinematic grace that not only manage to push it through the rough spots but allow it to put most American action films of recent vintage to shame.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Sobczynski
    As the heart of the story, however, Sarah Snook delivers a knockout performance that calls on her to perform the kind of tricky scenes that could have resulted in bad laughs throughout if handled incorrectly. Not only does she pull off her performance brilliantly throughout—there is not one moment in which she is anything less that utterly convincing and believable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Sobczynski
    The result, though not without flaws, is an invigorating and interesting observation of the man, his work and the entire medium of photography.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Sobczynski
    A smart and strong genre work that makes up for a relative lack of gore and viscera with plenty of tension and suspense and a number of impressive performances.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Sobczynski
    While the results inevitably pale in comparison to "The French Connection" — which could be said about virtually every other film currently in release — they do make for an above-average work that offers viewers a new perspective on a familiar story.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Sobczynski
    A wildly ambitious and frequently fascinating film that moviegoers of all ages should find both entertaining and provocative in equal measure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Sobczynski
    What this film may lack in terms of visual flamboyance, it more than makes up for in telling its simple and direct story with a raw, emotional power that doesn't need lavish spectacle in order to get its point across.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Sobczynski
    The result is an occasionally strange, occasionally brutal and occasionally lovely work that goes up on the shelf with "The Ocean of Helena Lee" and "Girlhood" as one of the more impressive coming-of-age tales of recent times.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Sobczynski
    Even by Maddin's standards, it is a pretty wild ride in all aspects, starting with its very concept.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Sobczynski
    Conventional and easy-to-follow narratives can be found anywhere, but very few of them occur in films that are as visually ravishing and formally graceful as what Hou has cooked up here.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Sobczynski
    Depressingly universal and even more depressingly contemporary more than two centuries down the line.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Sobczynski
    Nina Forever subverts audience expectations at every turn and develops the kind of genuine emotional power that keeps it from being just another gory goof.

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