Pete Vonder Haar
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For 301 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 66% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Pete Vonder Haar's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Lowest review score: 0 Date Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 301
301 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Pete Vonder Haar
    You’re unlikely to come across a more powerful film this year.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Pete Vonder Haar
    Comedy, like most everything else, is subjective, and this may be the greatest example out there of "getting it" or not. If you thought the first movie, the original TV show, the Three Stooges, or "Football in the Groin," was funny, chances are “ackass: Number Two is right up your alley.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Pete Vonder Haar
    Borat isn't just one of the funniest movies of the year, it might be one of the funniest movies of all time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Pete Vonder Haar
    It’s not just one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen, it’s one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Period.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Vonder Haar
    With striking visuals reminiscent of Matisse and Chagall and a refreshingly (for domestic animation audiences) grown-up storyline, The Painting is almost reminiscent of, well, a work of art.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Vonder Haar
    Maybe if PETA tried being funny instead of comparing eating meat to the Holocaust, they’d have a bigger following.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Vonder Haar
    Here is a movie that celebrates the heyday of adventure cinema even as it embraces technology's bleeding edge. And I'm willing to forgive a lot when giant gorillas and tyrannosaurs are involved. Must be the art snob in me.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Vonder Haar
    One of the best movies of the year, and a great accomplishment for Messrs. Harmon and Schrab. Maybe now we’ll get a feature length "Robot Bastard" movie.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Vonder Haar
    This is a superior horror film. It hits hard and fast, letting up only to inject some black humor and amp up the tension again before coming back for more. Feast is nasty, brutish, and short, just like Hobbes said all horror flicks should be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Vonder Haar
    Casino Royale is quite possibly the best action movie of the year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Vonder Haar
    If nothing else, Into the Wild is a beautiful film. Penn meticulously shot in the actual locations McCandless visited, and Eric Gautier's cinematography is breathtaking, many scenes are framed in such a way as to almost Hirsch entirely, further emphasizing how solitary his trek actually was.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Vonder Haar
    I know a lot of people with no knowledge of Sondheim’s musical (much less Bond’s play) are going to buy tickets for a cute holiday movie starring that handsome Johnny Depp and end up experiencing something else entirely. Bon appétit.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Vonder Haar
    A thoroughly enjoyable film, and ranks with Pixar's best.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Vonder Haar
    The Dark Knight may not be a masterpiece, but it easily vaults to the top of any list of "best superhero movies."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Vonder Haar
    The July 4th release is fitting, for Thompson was a true patriot. His longstanding association with the counterculture notwithstanding, Thompson loved this country and the things it once stood for, and his voice is sorely missed today, and whether you were a fan of his work or not, you'll find Gonzo well worth your time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Pete Vonder Haar
    Smartly edited, utterly engrossing, and as intelligent an examination of American race relations as I've seen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    What makes The Dog so compelling isn't Wojtowicz's cinematic imprint but the place in history that was very likely denied him by chance and his own irascibility.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    Millions is that rarest of creatures: a family film - one of surprising warmth – that won't have adults reaching for an airsick bag.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    Far and away the best of the Star Wars prequels (tough chore, that) and also holds its own with the hallowed films of the original trilogy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    Giamatti has his hands full trying to keep us from thinking about Burgess Meredith.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    Not just one of the best "comic book" movies ever made, but also one of the best films of the year.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    Surprisingly good.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    An arresting and disturbing piece of work that gets its message across without coming off as overly preachy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    A visual triumph, and also a work of surprising warmth. No small accomplishment for a bunch of cadavers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    Baumbach crams an impressive amount of characterization and humor into 82 minutes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    The film's quick pace and near-constant action carries you along quite nicely, and by the time Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) makes his climactic appearance, one can't help but look forward to the remaining films.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    A bleak and powerful movie, made all the more sobering by how much of it isn't fiction.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    A wholly entertaining film, both as a musical experience and in seeing a fairly relaxed Dave Chappelle doing some of what he does best.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    It elicits so many laughs, in fact, that you have to wonder just what Judge did to piss off the suits at Fox so much that they would willingly torpedo one of the only genuinely hilarious movies to come out this year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    Far from being a mere polemic, The Ground Truth is bolstered immeasurably by Foulkrod’s almost exclusive use of interviews with actual veterans.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    The film's effectiveness is bolstered by juxtaposed scenes of fat and happy Americans and Europeans slurping up frozen chai lattes and clucking about how big Starbuck's is getting with scenes of children going into "therapeutic feeding centers" in the region where Starbuck's gets its coffee because they can't afford to by corn.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    Kirk and Mol are convincing, easily inhabiting their respective roles.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    The festival's audience is as integral a part of the proceedings as the music, and we get a rich portrait of the wide variety of pranksters, iconoclasts, and freaks that descend upon the West Country of England in the hundreds of thousands every year. Glastonbury offers an exhaustive look at what remains the largest event of its kind.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    The more unpleasant aspects of the case are minimized in favor of telling the story and highlighting the effects of the case on these four men. It drags in spots, but even if Fincher hasn't hit it out of the park, Zodiac is easily a stand-up triple.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    300
    300 is a feast for the senses (well, two of them anyway) and an impressive technical achievement. More than that, it's a hell of a lot of fun.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    When the most sympathetic character in your comedy is a skinhead, you’re definitely on to something, and Jensen definitely is here.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    What's more refreshing about Severance is how the movie's humor offsets the violence, and even that is pretty restrained (at least by modern standards).
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    Does it herald a renaissance in the action genre? Not really, but it's a welcome throwback to good old-fashioned, '80s-style lunkhead violence, and no one takes a punch, kick, elbow, or bullet quite like John McClane.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    Stunningly animated, cleverly scripted, and genuinely humorous.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    It’s funny, it’s smart, and it pokes fun at exactly the things it should (organized religion, big business, and audience itself).
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    Ultimately a story about the American mindset post-9/11, Right at Your Door is also a much more personal tale, as it forces all of us to consider what we would do if the chips were down.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    A genuinely engrossing film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    Quite possibly Clooney’s best effort to date.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    Decent vampire movies are few and far between, and I’m having a hard time remembering a recent one that impressed me like 30 Days of Night.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    I think this one of the first King movies to legitimately give me the creeps.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    A straight-ahead exercise in brutality.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    For all of its shortcomings, Wanted is a strangely enjoyable flick.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    Better than the first in some ways: the superfluous Agent Meyers is gone, Doug Jones is great as Abe, and Strauss is an amusing addition (if almost structurally identical to Kroenen).
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    Noonan's life is one few of us can comprehend, and Mac Intyre's documentary, A Very British Gangster, is like a Guy Ritchie film come to life, only with a better dressed cast.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    Changeling is an almost universally impressive all-around effort, and is the best "dirty underbelly of Los Angeles" movie since "L.A. Confidential."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    We Are Wizards is a nifty look at a few small but significant slices of Potter mania that evokes interest rather than provoking disdain, not always an easy feat.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    Star Trek is pretty damn enjoyable. By resetting the franchise to what is essentially Year One, Abrams has the luxury of...gently reshaping the core characters.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Desperate Acts of Magic is a pleasant little film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Kinkle shows a deft hand at pacing and the gore is kept to a minimum.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    The testimonials from a few of these people, with the realization they speak for tens of thousands, reinforces Inequality for All's sobering message while at the same time undercutting Reich's optimism.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Matti sets a brisk pace, utilizing the squalor and desperation of Manila's slums and prisons as well as powerful, against-type performances by Torre and Pascual to give us a familiar yet engaging thriller (with more than a few surprises).
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    It isn't until the ending, which turns the squirm amplifier up to 11 and exceeded even my horrific expectations, that we finally see the story's potential realized.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Biyi Bandele's Half of a Yellow Sun strikes an admirable balance between drama and history.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    The Calling breathes new life into a moribund genre by touching oft-ignored themes and offering a bit of introspection to go along with the obligatory slashed throats and biblical portents.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    If you didn't like "Charlie’s Angels," there’s a good chance you'll enjoy the smarter, sexier D.E.B.S.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Too often, the movie follows up Adams’ chaotic humor with weak slapstick and the incongruous love story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    What sets Bier's film apart from similar fare are the consistently fine performances and powerful scenes of surprising ferocity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    May not be much more than a story about girlfriends growing up, and it's not going to score any points for edginess, but it's entertaining in a low-key, non-threatening kind of way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    While Howl’s Moving Castle is far from perfect, it’s still a very good movie. It’s just not a great one.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    I thoroughly enjoyed the street level perspective of the world being destroyed, it just would've been nice if they hadn't crapped out at the end.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    What really grabs your attention about Undead, however, are the effects. For a movie budgeted under $1 million, the Spierigs have done an amazing job putting together believable visuals.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Burton fans and those eager for a more accurate adaptation of the novel will be happy with this new movie, while nostalgia-addled Gen X-ers and stoners of all ages will always have the original.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    The results are by turns fascinating, horrifying, and maddening.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Craven eschews horror trappings and gore for a well-paced and engaging thriller that keeps the audience involved despite the fact that most of what takes place onscreen is a conversation between two people.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Jarhead does feature stunning visuals. Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins have created some fantastic imagery.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    A low-key, warm-without-being-schmaltzy childhood adventure story that will engage younger viewers without driving their parents too crazy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Strong performances from Vera Farmiga and Hugh Dillon keep things from becoming overdramatic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Even if it wasn't exactly historically accurate (the film is only "inspired by true events," after all), innocents are killed in the crossfire all the time when these kinds of missions are undertaken, and it's a cop-out for Spielberg to pretend otherwise.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Thanks to a compact story and some economical direction, it actually ends up better than it has any right to be.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    With its emphasis on dialogue and political machinations over explosions and kung fu fighting, it remains to be see whether or not V for Vendetta will actually find one (a wider audience).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    The primary weakness is in the story itself, which at times seems like mere background for the snappy banter and knowing glances.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Actually one of the better comedies I've seen this year speaks volumes for the quality of the performances and the caliber of the script.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    So who did kill the electric car? There are many suspects, and as it turns out, most of them are guilty.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    It's the journey that offers the most enjoyment. Well, that and the beauty pageant climax, which I won't spoil here, but is one of the funniest scenes from film in recent memory.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    This isn't to say The Departed is a bad movie, far from it, but knowing who's directing it and the amount of talent he had to work with, it's hard not to be disappointed that Scorsese didn't knock us on our asses. Is it his best movie since "Goodfellas?" Sure, but it falls shy of that film's excellence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Offers an unflinching look at the effects of a terminal diagnosis, not just on the victim, but on everyone around him.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    The film is technically superior, and its look and the strength of its performances (Blanchett, Barraza, and Kikuchi especially) carry it above similar fare.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    An oddly sweet little tale, and easily Ferrell’s most enjoyable movie in recent memory. And even though his onscreen chemistry with Gyllenhaal fills me with murderous rage, this film goes a long way towards erasing the memory of his more obnoxious roles.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Say what you want about Mel Gibson, but that sadomasochistic anti-Semite knows how to shoot a movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Breach is a look at the insecurities and flaws we all carry, it just happens to be embedded in the story of the worst traitor in FBI history.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Whatever the final analysis, Reno 911!: Miami is a welcome breath of fresh air in a year that's already forced audiences to endure the likes of "Norbit."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who was essentially handpicked by now-executive producer Danny Boyle, gives us a more depressing look at humanity while retaining several of his predecessor’s moves. This isn’t always a good thing, since Fresnadillo can’t seem to get his fill of low-light hyper-edited fight scenes or frenetic hand-held shots of people running, but when used right it adds to the sense of claustrophobia and impending doom.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Slow in places, but the feeling of foreboding you’ll take away from it is undeniable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Sicko Is flawed and occasionally stretches to make its point, but the movie's message speaks for itself.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Depending on your expectations for Transformers, rear-ending theaters this July 4th, you’ll either be ecstatic or horrified to learn that the movie hits on all three cylinders in convincing fashion.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    A poignant reminder of why people used to actually listen to their radios.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Hairspray isn’t all that bad, frankly. The songs are catchy, most of the leads are engaging enough (Blonksy and Bynes especially), and there’s just enough low-key subversiveness to keep everything from getting too saccharine.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    A perfectly serviceable action movie…better than most, in fact. The entire premise is growing creaky, however, leading us to think we might want to leave this particular spy out in the cold a while, before he becomes completely tiresome.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Doesn’t always hit all the right notes...But in the end, Affleck displays a surprisingly sure hand, and Gone Baby Gone largely delivers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    It’s a thoroughly intense and mostly entertaining movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Honestly, the most shocking thing put forth in Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay just might be the proposition that George W. Bush is actually a pretty cool guy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    As comic book movies go, Iron Man is a solid entry. Downey and company help drag Favreau out of the genre holes he digs, making for a decent experience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    I can't deny it: I had a shit-eating grin on my face for most of the ensuing two hours. I also can't deny that many of the criticisms about to be leveled at Spielberg and Lucas over "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" are well-deserved, but it's still good to see Indiana Jones, and Marion, back in action one last time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    To top everything off, Tom Cruise may just have resurrected his career with the role of Les Grossman.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    A sweetly engaging effort that manages a fair amount of charm and innocence in spite of the rather seedy surroundings.