For 287 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Stack's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Fierce Creatures
Lowest review score: 0 They Live
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 287
287 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    I think mature pre-teens along with immature teens might relate to this overbearing showcase of bizarre rubber duckies. Adults are bound to find it a major yawn, and young children are likely to be scared out of their wits. [27 Jun 1986, p.82]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    The movie, a rather pointless thing when you get down to it, has little of the provocative intelligence that was found in "Terminator." But at least it's self-propelling in terms of suspense and cheap thrills. [12 June 1987, Daily Datebook, p.78]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    An unabashed wallow in the moronic humor of Adam Sandler.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    This movie reverie has an almost laughable '80s tone - a yuppified style and even language - that practically buries Costner. [21 Apr 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    The strained romantic plot is a slow fizzle.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Diamonds doesn't shine.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    It's the worst Carrey movie yet, but it has a handful of inspired moments in which his signature wackiness is so funny it hurts.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    At least it can be said that Renaissance Man, the new Penny Marshall film arriving at theaters today, has its heart in the right place and that star Danny DeVito comes across as thoughtful, intelligent, even sweet. [03 Jun 1994]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Surprisingly dull and predictable in its characterizations.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    When all is fretted and done, there's little dramatic payoff in this moody first feature by Bart Freundlich. But cinematographer Stephen Kazmierski's images are appealing, and the mood is on target -- Thanksgiving as hell.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Pleasant, ultimately sweet but never quite inspired.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    A pleasant addition to the time-honored genre of terminally cute youth romance movies, roughly equivalent to staring at a saccharine greeting card for a while.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Though predictable, isn't half bad.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Director Richard Linklater ("Dazed and Confused") should have taken a cue from the music -- the film needs a lot more snap.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Rosewood is startling, infuriating, painful history played out as a not-very-satisfying, overly ambitious and overlong movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    In spite of its downbeat subjects, Drugstore Cowboy becomes a satisfying drama of redemption. [27 Oct 1989]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    The movie is a mess of bits and pieces that try to gel but don't. Still, it is stupidly fun.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    It's gimmicky Saturday-morning cartoon wackiness in your face -- funny, but brain-deadening.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    The film is too mannered, too stuffy. Even Malkovich's interesting performance won't let it break free of a formal style and cloyingly creepy tone that becomes precious while trying to be merely claustrophobic.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Kids probably will enjoy portions of Return to Oz, but at best, it's a mechanical movie that never finds a real heart to engage an audience. [21 Jun 1985, p.79]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Mostly it seems forced, pat and didactic.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    It isn't terrible. It's far from a milestone in Japanese animation, and not an especially memorable entertainment. Yet it doesn't try to be either of those things.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Like a coffee-table book, it looks inviting and teases you with sumptuous photography but leaves you cold.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    The film, "suggested by" John Irving's novel "A Prayer for Owen Meany," is so unabashedly manipulative -- and implausible -- that even while crying, many viewers may also feel abused.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    As a coming-of-age melodrama and high seas adventure, White Squall is fair.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    The music and wizard DJs in Groove are better than the dopey story.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    It's the kind of movie that crumbles into trash -- non-recyclable -- if you spend more than 10 minutes thinking about it. It's designed for dumb fun, and delivers some. [10 July 1992, p.D3]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Doesn't quite measure up to the extraordinary sweetness of the classic children's book by E.B. White on which it is based. But then again, how could it?
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    This disappointing comedy, which seems to move at a snail's pace, is almost saved by the gorgeous scenery and settings, crisply photographed. Locations include the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, the harbor at Juan-les-Pins, and other lovely spots on the Cote d'Azur. [14 Dec 1988, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    If you ask too many questions about Jacob's Ladder, you're likely to burst the bubble. For all its emotional sizzle and spit, it leaves you hanging. Yet the ride to Lyne's middle-of-nowhere is almost worth it. [2 Nov 1990, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Braveheart comes up short by beating the drums of human treachery and violence so loudly they become assaults.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Overall, the film sparkles. But it's a curiously unaffecting sparkle, an example, almost, of how the special effects stole Christmas.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Its dazzling special effects make its combatants flip and fly, spin and soar, all the while punching and kicking each other like jackhammers, only to leave viewers utterly unmoved.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    The Beverly Hills Cop formula shows serious signs of wear in its third outing as Eddie Murphy tries desperately to hold onto his tough-guy, mock-grin edge while screenwriters and director John Landis do little more than stir-fry lame gags with furious but tiresome fusilades of gunfire. [25 May 1994, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    It is aimed primarily at children, and its affectionate treatment of animals is certain to please most of them.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    The film is never truly funny, but it's an amusing novelty, gaining strength from smart characterizations and sly cogency about the way people are exploited under the limelight of celebrity.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Director Sidney Lumet takes another shot at New York City police corruption in his new film, but despite some solid performances, Night Falls on Manhattan fails to deliver the passion of such Lumet classics as "Serpico" and "Prince of the City."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Strains through buckets of verbiage and muddled plot to seize only a few dopey laughs.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Bulletproof is a raunchy exercise in macho posturing -- but thanks to a layer of satire, the new action comedy at Bay Area theaters provides a few zingers of lowbrow entertainment.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    An unblushing sex farce often so raw it might make even fairly open-minded people feel a bit uncomfortable.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Stupid yet cogent, High School High is a rapid-fire gag machine that's dopey enough to get belly laughs and smart enough to earn a C-plus as engaging entertainment.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    As a movie, it's far from compelling. As a thrill ride, though, it's a rampaging special effects and animatronics extravaganza that will make small children cringe behind their seats.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    A skillfully observed but never quite satisfying lesbian romantic drama.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Yet for all its faults and limitations, Swing Kids is not necessarily easy to forget. [05 Mar 1993]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    A forced, implausible flick that loses its energy as it tries to gain momentum.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    The cluttered, surreal, claustrophobic sets and gooey alien creatures look intriguing, sometimes shocking. But the story tries so hard to be imaginative that it congeals and sinks like lead.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Infused with a dark charm that will appeal to some girls, A Little Princess, based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is as near to a mannered, lushly photographed Merchant/Ivory-style film as you'll get in a kids' movie.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    This novelty film is little more than a strung-together product reel of animation pieces put to the 3-D and IMAX test.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Legends of the Fall is so gorgeous that its failure to catch fire seems a piddling concern.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Decidedly lowbrow.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    A big problem in the beautifully shot movie, with top-billed Glenn Close heading a fine ensemble cast, is that there are too many characters.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    The movie never catches fire with the emotions.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    So forced and contrived in delivery that it's tedious. That's not good when the intention is to be audacious.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Stack
    Fast falls from interestingly loopy to tiresome.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Stack
    Sloshes between comedy and drama, never quite hitting stride as either.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Stack
    I would not take very young children to see The Goonies - too intense. I would also discourage any adults who are borderline in their liking of children from seeing this film. The Goonies could easily turn a lot of otherwise tolerant grownups against children, and I'm assuming that would be a terrible thing. [7 Jun 1985, p.75]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Stack
    Subliminally speaking, you may not like this movie because it goes so far. Or, you may not like it because it stops short. Or you may like it for one of the above reasons. [21 Feb 1986, p.68]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 14 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Stack
    Mixed Nuts, opening today at Bay Area movie theaters, is laced generously with chuckles, though it neglects one little detail that helps make movies satisfying: a plot. [21 Dec 1994, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Stack
    Leaves an unintentional unpleasant aftertaste.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Stack
    The Dead Pool isn't much of a movie. It certainly isn't as fun, nor as compelling as its predecessors, and now and then the forced plot gets so ridiculous that it is certain to try the patience of even the most die-hard viewers. [13 Jul 1988, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    Jumbled and stupid plot, bad acting and a few predictable gags that fall flat.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    The dragging pace is one of several agonizing defects in this bloated sci-fi action drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    Goes downhill fast.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    This thick, leaden production starring Bob Hoskins and Patricia Arquette - and an uncredited Robin Williams - has a sophomoric air, even though it faithfully follows the book.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    It's a shame Arnold is stuck on the loudmouth clod schtick, because there are moments he's downright pleasant on screen. But in Carpool, these moments are kept to a minimum.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    Carax, with Pola X, has become a parody of himself with a self-indulgent, overreaching style that many viewers will find a struggle to watch -- provided they can contain their contempt for pretentiousness.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    A "nonstop thriller" that is also a nonstop dud. Underline the word "long" in the title.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    Chase is so dull in this film, he looks as if he's sleepwalking.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    It's both amazing and depressing how much talent goes to waste in the lame adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s 1973 absurdist novel.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    (Driver) is stuck in a mess of a movie that suffers from awkward writing, a plot with major disconnects in plausibility, an annoyingly screechy kid character and cheesy production values.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    An overstuffed, underfed numbskull movie.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    It's implausible, cartoonishly overdrawn.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    Has an unrelenting staccato quality. Some would say a jackhammer quality.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    So inept it's almost entertaining.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    Rotten, pretentious movie full of minimalist dialogue and self-consciously arty cinematography.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    Always is such a lamentable production _ hardly a moment rings true _ that you almost feel like saying ''pardon me'' when you wonder why it apparently didn't occur to Spielberg or anyone else involved that no chemistry was taking place. Not only are the stars rather uninteresting people, they don't seem to like each other in any way that you can feel. [22 Dec. 1989, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    The big trouble with Raising Arizona is that the Coens overdrew their wild and crazy yarn, and overdo almost every gag and gimmick. [20 Mar 1987]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    A feeble excuse for a movie.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    The rat problem happens only on the graveyard shift, accounting for the title of Stephen King's all-time worst movie -- and he's got a lot of them. [27 Oct 1990, p.C3]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    Ed
    It's forgettable matinee fodder.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    A desperate, pathetic mess.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    Yonkers Joe is incoherent, succeeding neither as an exciting gambling ride nor a touching family story.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Stack
    A convoluted mess, but there have been worse.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 12 Peter Stack
    For all its hip, rat-a-tat dialogue and a sharp photographic look that give Wall Street a feeling that something exciting is happening, the movie's a bankrupt deal. [11 Dec 1987, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 1 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Stack
    Shore possesses only two talents -- his ability to assume yoga-like positions and fondle his own behind, and his mystifying knack for getting starring roles in bad movies.
    • 6 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Stack
    A stupid comedy with toddlers talking like hip '90s grown-ups.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Stack
    Typical of some of the absurd moments in this film is a long drawn-out fist fight between the hero and Frank, who almost kill each other because Frank is too proud to try on the magic dark glasses. It is completely stupid. [5 Nov 1988]
    • San Francisco Chronicle

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