Pete Vonder Haar

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For 335 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 63% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Pete Vonder Haar's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Lowest review score: 0 Date Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 335
335 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    The rape scene is, admittedly, as brutal as any I've seen in recent memory, but much of what Iliadis shows us is a direct riff on the original.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    It looks stylish, sure, but the script is laughable and the acting is ridiculous.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    As it is, you'd get the same level of excitement watching "T.J. Hooker" reruns.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    In truth, there's not much point to reviewing Adam Sandler comedies. They're almost always widely panned, and yet still manage to earn well over $100 million domestically. Don’' Mess with the Zohan looks to continue both trends, even if exaggerated Yiddish accents and sex with the elderly only take one so far.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Fool's Gold could easily have been released in 1977, and there's a sort of laid-back, timeless, Gerald Ford feel to the movie: the resolution is never in doubt, the villains are comedic rather than menacing, and no one involved seems to care one way or the other that their names are attached to this indifferent mess.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Just make sure you exit the theater before Simpson's god-awful version of "These Boots Are Made for Walking" starts playing during the end credits, or you may find yourself taking the straw from your drink and puncturing your own eardrums in self defense.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Better than I expected, but since I expected it to be a horrific failure, that isn’t saying much.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    The Reaping isn't a total failure. Swank is never less than competent.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Ferrara, best known as "Turtle" on HBO's Entourage, plays what is essentially a muted version of that character. Abeckaser is more believable, which is unsurprising, since the movie is loosely based on his own experiences.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Lackluster dialogue, ludicrously unbelievable storyline, and the fact that the entire film looks and sounds like it was shot on a camcorder mean nobody outside of the studio’s target demographic is likely to check this out.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    The most interesting aspects of the film — the real pressures felt by caregivers; popular perception of the severely disabled — are obliterated by the heavy-handed script and Swank’s inspirational bromides.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Let's start with the obvious: Olyphant just isn't that intimidating an assassin. Think of some of cinema's more memorable button men: Léon, Luca Brasi, Frank Nitti...that's right, not a pretty boy in the bunch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    70 odd minutes of medical tragedy and cops matching wits with criminals devolves into incongruously balletic gunplay accentuated with CGI blood effects so terrible Sam Peckinpah is doing cocaine in his grave. It’s a weirdly calamitous tonal shift, erasing the scant goodwill we’d felt to this point and putting Three down for the count once and for all.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    The endless hidden connections and coincidences eventually become ridiculous.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    The whole thing feels like a continuation of Lucas' experiments to see how much sh-- his dwindling supporters will take before finally saying "enough" and moving on to adult pursuits.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Scoop is about 50 minutes of plot padded with 40 minutes of Woody being Woody.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Q: When is a vampire not a vampire? A: When it goes out in daylight, sees itself in a mirror, doesn’t drink human blood, and still manages to suck.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Reviewing it is a wholly meaningless exercise, but I do it against my better judgment that anyone even seeks a second opinion before plopping down their hard-earned money for garbage like this.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    What you won’t be able to ignore is the ridiculous way Vantage Point’s brings everything to an end.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    You won’t want to sit through.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Bound to Vengeance strains credibility (seriously, she never calls the cops?) and swerves dangerously close to exploitation often enough that its semi-clever premise can't keep it on course.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    The depressingly predictable script—and tendency of everyone involved to jump to ridiculous conclusions—suggests a combination of Noises Off at best, and at worst, Three's Company.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    The movie wastes the talents of its two leads by refusing to take any risks with the material, marching in lockstep to every genre cliché.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Vlahakis's tale should be compelling, but a weak script and mostly dull performances (one exception: Billy Zane . . . I know!) make A Green Story more monotonous than mythic.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Dark Water isn't a bad horror movie, simply because it isn’t horror at all: a full hour passes before anything remotely scary occurs, and all the suspenseful scenes take place in the final ten minutes (and are all fully shown in the trailer). What's left is tedium and a seemingly endless build-up to nothing much at all, making it a bad movie. Period.

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