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 JFK
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 272
272 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Riveting.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Among the great American crime movies, 1973's Badlands stands alone. [13 Feb. 1998]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    It will be the most talked-about comedy of summer.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    The most entertaining movie of the year. Funny and action-packed, it's also got that rare thing, heart.
    • 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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    A mesmerizing film that is the most stunning, tempestuous love story in a decade or two of movie making.
    • 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    There may not be a better- acted film this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    A crime gem that is darkly funny even when it's chilling -- and certain to become a classic.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    The darker this visionary film gets -- and it gets very dark -- the less comic and the more chilling it becomes. At the same time, it grows more brilliant as a view of modern society poisoned by a battering incivility or cruel exploitation that, in Leigh's view, is played out most profoundly in gender conflict. When ''Naked'' isn't beaning your brain, it's twisting a screwdriver between the wires of your nerves. [28 Jan. 1994, p.C1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Stack
    Solondz ("Fear, Anxiety and Depression") is almost unrelenting in his quirky fixation with the adolescent outsider and he pursues visions of everyday human injury nearly to the point of caricature. But he stops just short, and this amusingly twisted film mixes humor and heart-tugging sadness with a disturbing vitality.
    • 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
    • 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
    The all-time great talking-pig movie, a lovely, intelligent gem of G-rated entertainment that is also rib-tickling funny.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Stack
    Exceptional, powerful new documentary.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.''

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