For 299 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.9 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 Wild Hogs
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 299
  2. Negative: 68 out of 299
299 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Some of the footage is exceptional, yet several of the more impressive stunts are shot from so far away on digital cameras that the resulting onscreen resolution is just a shade above god-awful.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    It'll appeal to that segment of the population that goes to movies like this on Valentine's Day, but other than that, Something New feels pretty worn.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Firewall’s predictable second half betrays the film's early promise.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    If you're over the age of 11, there's obviously not much reason to see this.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    There's no denying Banderas' talent as an actor, and he's admittedly fun to watch. The rest of the cast are serviceable, meaning Woodard finds new ways to show us how this Latin heartthrob melts her icy exterior.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Watching this movie is like sitting on your couch for two hours to catch a little network prime time: you may be mildly entertained, but damned if you’ll remember any of it five minutes later. On the plus side, you probably won’t care.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Far from a disaster, but doesn't rank with Mann's best work.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Murphy doesn't have much of a handle on juggling laughs with pathos, and this makes some of the more touching scenes unintentionally amusing. The film, like Augusten's life, is uneven but not without its charms.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Give Harsh Times an "E" for effort, but not much else.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Dreamgirls is a better musical than "Chicago" or "Rent," but then, that isn't really saying much.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Has some nice touches. Cheadle is capable as always, and Paula Newsome kills as his acerbic receptionist.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    For all the effort Giamatti gives in making George a convincing character, the movie itself, never quite gets off the ground. The feel is too deliberately peculiar, and Goldberger's detached style never gives us a reason to invest ourselves in anyone but George.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    It's a bit of a shaky first screenwriting effort for Coupland, but not without its charms.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    What this movie needed was a leaner narrative focusing on Earl and Marshall while keeping Moore’s character in the background. What we end up with is a goofy and occasionally enjoyable mix of horror, comedy, and action that can’t entirely shed its excess narrative flab.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    A better-quality sequel, but that wasn't really too difficult. The original was one of the worst movies of 2005, and while "Rise" won't win any awards, it's (mostly) less offensive than its predecessor. Faint praise, but I'll be damned if I go any further than that.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.