For 297 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 30% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 66% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Pete Vonder Haar's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Lowest review score: 0 The Ringer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 98 out of 297
  2. Negative: 67 out of 297
297 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Say what you want about Mel Gibson, but that sadomasochistic anti-Semite knows how to shoot a movie.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.