Pete Vonder Haar
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For 313 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 32% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.1 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 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 70 out of 313
313 movie reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Works best when it sticks to some of the tenets of successful horror; namely, gore and surprise.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    It's noisy, nonsensical, and will fade from your consciousness even before you make it out of the theater lobby, but it's entertaining enough, and Tamahori throws us a few curve balls to keep things interesting.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Like all of his previous films, it's visually arresting - if any recent film embodies the concept of cinema as poetry, this it it - but unlike "Pi" or "Requiem for a Dream," these aren't characters we're ever invested in.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Too much of the time, Jackson is a complete blank, like he's bored with his own story.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Right out of the gate, we realize that bringing the series to the big screen makes the flaws that much more obvious. The voices are too thin, the music and lyrics too simplistic, and the production values are – frankly – too "televisual."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    The "star-studded" cast seems to have been cast according to their Premiere power ranking and/or desperation for exposure.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    The direction is lackluster, the child actors – with the exception of Eisenberg – are pretty dismal, and the whole thing is about 15 minutes too long.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    A curious little film. On the surface, it's a story about one man's mission to create an Orthodox monastery in Denmark, and along the way it manages to say something about everyone's desire to be remembered after they pass away.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Something of a letdown. Previous statements aside, I understand Warner Bros. has to set the table for "Half-Blood Prince" and "Deathly Hallows," but too much of Phoenix is filler. And with only two movies left, we better get to the main course in short order.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Unfortunately, Black Sheep takes so long to get going and misses so many easy opportunities for classic comedy it has to be regarded as a noble failure.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    It's impressive enough to look at, and the voice talent – especially Black and Hoffman - doesn't disappoint, but all the CGI wankery and high-end talent only barely allows Kung Fu Panda to rise above cliché.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Comes up short in many ways, but none more so than its failure to fulfill Penn's and Zaillian's desire to provide the catalyst for political sea change.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    It's funnier than "Wild Hogs," which is about as ringing an endorsement as I'm capable of these days.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    As with "Napoleon Dynamite," Hess' sense of humor is an acquired taste, where all the characters speak in peculiar cadences and are afflicted with a terminal case of the "quirkies." What’s unfortunately missing from Nacho Libre is much in the way of humor.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    What starts as a somewhat charming — if prosaic — story of love in the time of gentrification inexplicably spends most of its third act mired in the finer points of apartment hunting, like a tastefully lit HGTV show.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Land falls well short of the greatness of Romero’s previous zombie efforts.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Exactly the kind of thing most of us have in mind when we think "popcorn movie." It's largely brainless, pretty to look at, and produced solely as a lead-in to another moneymaking sequel for Disney.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Has some nice touches. Cheadle is capable as always, and Paula Newsome kills as his acerbic receptionist.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Every so often you catch glimpses of a better movie behind the simplistic structure and formulaic plot.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    If you're over the age of 11, there's obviously not much reason to see this.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Fracture may be smarter than the majority of movies out there, but it's not half as clever as it thinks it is.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Fortunately for Redford, Lions for Lambs is a less ham-handed effort than Sayles’ “Silver City,” but it’s a near thing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Spends too much time straddling the line between exuberant carnage and serious plotline when it should've gleefully backflipped into the former. Grudgingly recommended, but only if you've put your cerebral cortex in neutral for the evening.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    I wanted to like Superman Returns, but Singer and company are so concerned about doing justice to Superman’s past, they fail to generate much interest in what, if any, future the franchise might have.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Diggers isn't a bad film, but the underlying premise - the longing one feels to escape from a dead-end, small town life - has been so beaten to death in the movies that no amount of accurate 70s design or subtlety in the performances can hide the fact.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    "The Beginning" is a better movie than the 2003 remake, even if the plot is understandably similar. There are only so many ways hapless teens can get brutally slaughtered, after all, but Liebesman and company keep things appropriately creepy, right down to aping the look of the 1974 original.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    It ain't art, and it's dumber than I'd like, but I don't imagine you were expecting Kieslowski.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Formulaic and creaky as a Harrison Ford action sequence, but sufficiently gussied up with good actors and a decent director so that you don’t entirely mind.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Mostly, Guilty of Romance seems content allowing characters to verbally abuse each other before eventually reaching the inevitable conclusion that life is a burden and all love is illusory.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    There’s a lot of talent up there on the screen, and some authentic laughs, but too much of it is comedy territory that was claimed long ago.

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