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 6.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Stack's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Spice World
Lowest review score: 0 Baby Geniuses
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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Beautiful in both its brevity and its vision of contemporary Indian culture, the film abounds in easygoing humor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Exceptional, powerful new documentary.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    A wildly funny sex farce that smartly combines big-time silliness with sophisticated wit.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    An earthy, sexy mystery.
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    The most entertaining movie of the year. Funny and action-packed, it's also got that rare thing, heart.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Riveting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    A mesmerizing film that is the most stunning, tempestuous love story in a decade or two of movie making.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 47 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Riveting.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    This one's so much fun, it's worth taking the whole family.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    An extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the comedy game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    So wonderfully odd, even spiritual, that audiences won't be able to do anything but smile.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    The payoff is a consistently rich piece with impressive visual vitality.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    A gem of fast action, sophisticated wit and inspired comedy.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Intimate, heartfelt and wickedly funny, it's a movie whose impact lingers.
    • 78 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]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    A vital, sexy and touching movie that goes to the heart of what human caring is all about.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    One of the great portraits of artists fighting, even with murderous rage, to reach the sublime.
    • 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Has an odd mix of quickly grabbed handheld shots and scenes of striking beauty.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Among the great American crime movies, 1973's Badlands stands alone. [13 Feb. 1998]
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    A joyous, hilarious send-up of rock star pretensions and an enchanting celebration of "girl power" in pop culture.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    One of the most haunting and vital movies of the year.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Sigourney Weaver is so daring and amazing, her veracity is at times painful to behold.
    • 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
    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]
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    An inspired mix of spirited family entertainment and harrowing drama.
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Stack
    Denzel Washington is riveting.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Though this film's considerable warmth derives from dalmatian puppies and other animals who take charge of their fates, Close steals the show.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    The richness of characters make this movie shine. It's just that, somehow, a certain sense of fire is missing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    SubUrbia is depressing comedy -- the more so because director Richard Linklater's satirical picture of youthful alienation rings painfully true.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Slick, glossy, overblown, implausible. [15 July 1988, Daily Notebook, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Wonderful characters keep the movie from gagging on sweetness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Achieves a rare interweaving of the darkly poetical and raspy, cockeyed comedy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    The new film Parenthood is a challenging, funny, affecting and mostly rewarding effort - like parenthood itself. It makes good use of a large ensemble cast led by Steve Martin as a man striving to be a good dad. [2 Aug 1989, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Director Ted Demme (with a terse script by Mike Armstrong) keeps it darkly funny while exposing raw nerves in a buildup to unexpected tragedy.
    • 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.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    A perfect vehicle for Robin Williams. He again plays the compassionate, manic clown that has been his main character throughout his movie career. And audiences love his wild end runs.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    He Got Game seems to cheer for integrity, honesty and hard work while playing up its own cheap thrills.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Rush is amazing throughout this absorbing, provocative film.
    • 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Stunning, odd, glorious, calm and sensationally absorbing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    A sexy, moody comedy that plays like a dreamy comic novel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    This is not comfortable comedy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Eric Idle--a royal among sillies--turns in a wonderfully wacky performance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    A rare spectacle on the big screen.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Carrey goes boldly where no funnyman has ventured before, and it's simply amazing to watch him do it.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Pretentious but absorbing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    What an attempt, and what a work of the imagination. The Fifth Element' will change the look of science fiction and will probably be imitated for years.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Paradis, an actress and pop singer, is sensational.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Features convincing, often soaring, performances by a savvy cast that must have gotten adrenaline shots administered by Stone himself.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    It's a career high mark for Bacon, whose flashy smirk and stifled grimaces flesh out a character both scary and pathetic in this intimate, nostalgic film that delves into the art of the hustle.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    A potent reminder that these characters and the actors who brought them to life will never return again. Seeing the very end of an endlessly hyped trilogy somehow puts a lump in the throat. [Special Edition]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    There's poignant drama in this brash, sometimes overstated film, and Muriel's transformation is truly touching.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    This oddball comedy may be one of the brightest, funniest pieces of entertainment of the season.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Children, and adults with adventurous taste in movies, will find this among the most eye-popping big-screen experiences in ages.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Fans have cause to cheer.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Some of "The Shawshank Redemption'' comes across as outrageously improbable. Yet the film keeps pulling you back with its sense of striving humanity slowly turning the tables against evil.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    A teasy, cogent and funny noir spoof of dime novels and 1960s Hollywood.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    A wild ride through nonstop visual effects yet a warm wallow in the cinema of the dumbed-down.
    • 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.

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