Pete Vonder Haar

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For 317 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 32% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Pete Vonder Haar's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Lowest review score: 0 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 73 out of 317
317 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    In spite of the tatty "coming of age" familiarity, Johnson's vision seems fresh and vibrant.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Messina, making his directorial debut, keeps it simple. Alex undergoes a surprising amount of personal maturation in a week, but Winstead never lets the character bog down in excessive navel-gazing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    The movie works because Christina's desire to help these kids feels natural, and because she herself shoulders burdens that would drive most people to the grave, all without losing her faith.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Perhaps even more disturbing than the Dickensian in extremis ordeal of Svalka life — including her rational yet heartbreaking decision to give up her baby rather than raise it in the dump — is Yula's straightforward acceptance of her situation.
    • 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.

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