For 272 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Stack's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Fargo
Lowest review score: 0 They Live
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 272
272 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Intelligence and beauty -- and teasing romance -- shape Mansfield Park into a gorgeous, enchanting experience.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    An earthy, sexy mystery.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Exceptional, powerful new documentary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    A poetry of love, longing and affirmation bleeds through the music of Cuba, and some of the best sounds the island ever created are captured with embracing humanity.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    So wonderfully odd, even spiritual, that audiences won't be able to do anything but smile.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    An extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the comedy game.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    French director Claude Berri's exquisite, methodical Lucie Aubrac is a romantic thriller so tightly drawn it almost leaves one breathless.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Sigourney Weaver is so daring and amazing, her veracity is at times painful to behold.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    A vital, sexy and touching movie that goes to the heart of what human caring is all about.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Has an odd mix of quickly grabbed handheld shots and scenes of striking beauty.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Burns has created an endearing gathering of people we all know, and every one of them is so much fun that leaving the theater at the end elicits a touch of regret.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    One of the most haunting and vital movies of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    The pieces of the drama are put forth like the shapes of the five fingers of a hand, and finally they find a kind of awkward unity that was predictable from the start. And yet, the gesture of it all is utterly captivating, the way a dream would be if it ever really came true. [27 Feb 1987, Daily Datebook, p.74]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    I laughed so hard, my eyes watered. I laughed so loud, I lost track of whether anyone else was laughing. I laughed so much, I ached afterwards. [29 July 1988, Daily Notebook, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    An inspired mix of spirited family entertainment and harrowing drama.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    An unforgettable, poetic romance from Italy whose disarming humor, blushing encounters and bittersweet flavors are certain to set off a groundswell of smiles, tears and regret.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Friedkin has said the new, expanded version of his film has a more spiritual tone. But it's still a shocker.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Best “performances,'' however, are given by the movie's almost agonizingly beautiful historical settings -- luxurious households, rich architecture, furnishings, ornaments, draperies, fineries and such are often more captivating than the hushed tones of the lovers. [17 Sept 1993, Daily Notebook, p.C1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    What is astonishing about this movie is how all the elements are so deftly mixed - the technology of real sets and people interwoven with the cartoon world, and yet Zemeckis hardly sacrifices a beat in laying out a curlicuing '40s-style thriller. [22 June 1988]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 47 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Riveting.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Robert Redford's exceptionally handsome and provocative Quiz Show manages a trick that few films even dare try -- to take a hard look at personal and public moral issues and still provide dazzling entertainment.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    There may not be a better- acted film this year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    It will be the most talked-about comedy of summer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    One of the great portraits of artists fighting, even with murderous rage, to reach the sublime.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Heart and tenderness are rare in cartoon movies. But in an age of frenetic children's fare, the new animated adventure The Iron Giant dares to show a lot of both, and it comes up a winner.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    The most entertaining movie of the year. Funny and action-packed, it's also got that rare thing, heart.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    A crime gem that is darkly funny even when it's chilling -- and certain to become a classic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Riveting.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    This wacky buddy road film... has a brilliant glow of intelligence behind the stupidness. It's easily the funniest movie of the year.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    This one's so much fun, it's worth taking the whole family.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    A mesmerizing film that is the most stunning, tempestuous love story in a decade or two of movie making.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Intimate, heartfelt and wickedly funny, it's a movie whose impact lingers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    The all-time great talking-pig movie, a lovely, intelligent gem of G-rated entertainment that is also rib-tickling funny.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    By any measure, the horrifying yet powerfully uplifting Schindler's List from director Steven Spielberg is a milestone in the art of filmmaking. [15 Dec 1993]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    A gem of fast action, sophisticated wit and inspired comedy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    One of the great movies -- a triumph of storytelling and character development, and a whole new ballgame for computer animation. Pixar Animation Studios has raised the genre to an astonishing new level.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Star Wars' has three crucial elements going for it and they've traveled time like troopers -- it's a terrifically entertaining war story, it has memorable characters and it is visually compelling. What more do we want in movies, anyway? [Special Edition]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Beautiful in both its brevity and its vision of contemporary Indian culture, the film abounds in easygoing humor.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    A joyous, hilarious send-up of rock star pretensions and an enchanting celebration of "girl power" in pop culture.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    A gorgeous piece of work. It pulls every heartstring a good romance should, yet bursts with G-rated fun, wonderfully human characters and several solid and hummable songs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    The payoff is a consistently rich piece with impressive visual vitality.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    The balance between action and mysticism in The Empire Strikes Back provides fascinating energy. It's as if the kids are given one set of delights, the bravado of battles and elaborate warships zooming through exotic space, and adults are given another, a layered explanation of what it all means in the grand scheme of things. [Special Edition]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    An inspiring translation of biblical grandeur, turning the story of one of history's greatest heroes into an entertaining, visually dazzling cartoon.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    A wildly funny sex farce that smartly combines big-time silliness with sophisticated wit.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Bucking the lava tide of computer special effects gushing out of Hollywood this season, the makers of Breakdown use old-fashioned ingenuity -- plus a compelling star, a fast- paced mystery and a deadpan villain -- to come up with a sizzler.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Using documentary-style Super 16 film and staged cutaway interviews with friends and family, James and his photographer and co-producer, Peter Gilbert, fashioned a movie with an affecting, candid look.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Disney's 33rd animated feature, and its first with characters based on real people, is a stunning movie with clever twists, vivid characterizations, insightful songs and a surprising harvest of revisionist history that manages to ring smartly as pure entertainment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Intelligent and crackling with crisp, provocative visual energy, Copycat, the new thriller starring Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter, is so creepy and dangerous-feeling that it's like a knife edge pressed against the jugular.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Not every moment of the film is as potent as the book (which is noted for passages of passion and impassioned eloquence), but Cry, the Beloved Country overcomes its own limitations to become a glorious tribute to the workings of a faith that does not blind but opens up the human spirit.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    One of the year's most fascinating flicks.... Brilliant performances by Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith and a newcomer named Ray Liotta give sparkle, and shadows, to Something Wild. [7 Nov 1986]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Stone's feisty, intensely personal style of film making is well-known. With Born on the Fourth of July we are treated to a poignant, spirited and captivating - for the broken heartedness of it all - performance by Tom Cruise. [25 Dec 1989, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    JFK
    Director Oliver Stone has fashioned in JFK a riveting, dramatic and disturbing look at one of the great whodunits of history. [20 Dec 1991]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Delightfully comic - and the funniest moments are rich in meaning - A Man of No Importance is laced with memorable scenes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Robert Redford's sensitive, unhurried movie of A River Runs Through It is so faithful to the book that it becomes that rare thing - a beautiful celebration of the power of literature. [09 Oct 1992]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    This wonderful romp of a movie looks magical on the big screen: colors are a picnic for the eyes, details loom so clearly you can practically touch them and there's a sense of the larger-than-life with a film that's already larger than life.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Among the great American crime movies, 1973's Badlands stands alone. [13 Feb. 1998]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Life Is Sweet, a comedy with wonderfully touching moments by off-beat British director Mike Leigh, is an absolute gem of eccentric humor about family life. Fresh and quirky, the film dishes up astonishing vitality in its look at what is ostensibly a plain, lower middle-class family in Middlesex. [22 Nov. 1991, p.C5]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Stack
    Denzel Washington is riveting.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Wonderful characters keep the movie from gagging on sweetness.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Fraser and Hurley are terrifically matched for their interplay, and some of the writing is so smart it outclasses the film's cartoonish feel.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    For all the eyepopping splendor and in-your-face reality, this film leaves the viewer unsatisfied and feeling a little cheated out of compelling drama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Provocative, audacious.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Features convincing, often soaring, performances by a savvy cast that must have gotten adrenaline shots administered by Stone himself.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    This British film also mocks the rave culture it celebrates, and it's charming in a way that is hip but surprisingly down to earth.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Although the movie goes too far, you can hardly get enough of its delicious atmosphere - and of Turner, in particular, who has never looked better on the big screen. [8 Dec 1989]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    A skillful exposition of the pain of pro wrestling, and the high price participants pay in terms of physical and ego injuries.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Bound by mother-daughter ties that are complex, touching, ultimately so powerful they yield the kind of tearful joy rarely experienced at the movies.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Full of that wonderful junky, clunky, huggable smartness that has made "Sesame Street'' an enduring phenomenon.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    The big screen -- with that 3-D depth charge -- captures the strange magic of the "big top" Cirque in visual gulps.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Rush is amazing throughout this absorbing, provocative film.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Fans have cause to cheer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    The glimpses of religious life bumping into secular passion are touching and warmly comic.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Gentle, wacky, down-to-earth and romantic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    A brilliant performance (Walken).
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Consistently absorbing as the amazing Deneuve reveals, scene by scene, new facets of a fascinating character in a mercantile war that involves equal parts greed and vanity.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Acted with almost maniacal force by Jaffrey, Mary is at once fascinating and despicable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    For fans of Westerns, the film may have particular appeal. Its period gear and garb and galloping horses are major attractions
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Paradis, an actress and pop singer, is sensational.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    The film is energized by the naturalness of its characters and the way in which it plays a game of mixed signals and double illusions.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Fascinating, obnoxious and poignant.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    A lot more than the sum of its delicately balanced parts.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Everything comes up forced and predictable in the nostalgic overload of bongs, Top 40 rock and boys' bluster about sex.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Achieves a rare interweaving of the darkly poetical and raspy, cockeyed comedy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Scores big as a study of small-town life where characters collide and are forced to get along for the good of the community.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    A deftly layered drama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    It's an excellent movie for kids, because it is about how amazing children can be.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    A teasy, cogent and funny noir spoof of dime novels and 1960s Hollywood.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Very high on my list of good movie titles, has fascinating deep tones, surprising poignancy, and tendor humor for a movie aimed at teenage audiences. [28 Feb 1986]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Saved throughout by its inviting atmosphere and richness of characters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Can make a person sick in two ways at once -- through its lowdown raunch and through the spasms of laughter that use stomach muscles one might not have known existed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Zellweger has the most interesting new face in film, and she knows how to use silences to say what the heart wants to get across.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Though its sentiment may be lost on the very young, the movie is strictly two-hanky fare.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Both a delightful story and a great food movie that ranks with "Like Water for Chocolate'' or "Babette's Feast.''
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Slick, glossy, overblown, implausible. [15 July 1988, Daily Notebook, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    The kind of little film you can get cozy with, laugh at in odd places even when nobody else is laughing - and yet people will not turn around to glower at you because they understand. [12 July 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Writer and first-time director Don McKellar, also one of the film's stars, makes the plot gimmick an inventive jumping-off point for an exploration of humanity in a state of quiet panic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Coppola infuses her movie with a dreamy poetic tone, and deftly translates the essential metaphors of youth, sexuality and death without sacrificing an earthy humor.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    This is not comfortable comedy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    A little abhorrent yet strangely appealing. I found it arty and pretentious, but still couldn't turn my eyes away from its almost hypnotic coolness and fascinating psychological horrors. [23 Sept 1988]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    The action is so fast that the viewer almost breaks out in a sweat...Ultimately vapid. Lola never does develop as a character, and the fuss seems ultimately pointless.

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