Pete Vonder Haar
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For 307 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 66% 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: 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: 70 out of 307
307 movie reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    One of the drawbacks to rushing your sequel to theaters is that there's not a lot of time to hone dialogue and performances.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    What, a white woman can’t take an innocent drive through the ghetto without arousing suspicion? What’s this world coming to?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    Plays like a 108 minute episode of Hawaii 5-0, minus the exotic locale.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    Has a few high points, but feels far too disjointed and slapdash to favorably compare to what came before.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    While The Break-Up fancies itself the heir apparent to other vindictive failed relationship movies like "Modern Romance" and "War of the Roses," its lead actors lack the comparable appeal to hold our interest
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    The problem with Sandler’s latest movies is that he now feels the need to inject some sort of dramatic conflict in order to complete his character’s shallow story arc of maturation/redemption. Introducing such mawkish sentimentality causes the humor level in his films, never that elevated to begin with, to sink like America’s credibility overseas.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    Monotonous. For while it offers a few precious laughs, Talladega Nights simply apes the look and feel of most recent Ferrell movies.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    Almost unforgivably sentimental.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    The Wicker Man isn't all that bad a movie; it's visually striking and ambitious in some ways. It just fails to bring enough to the table to fully distance itself from the original.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    Davis and company need to be taken to task for giving us a movie that makes rescue divers, arguably among the most death-defying of professionals, boring.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    What Flags of Our Fathers is not, however, is moving, evocative, or very unique.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    For an origin story about one of the most compelling and important characters in history, The Nativity Story is pretty damn boring.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    Especially to anyone with kids, the film packs some punch. Apart from that, The Pursuit of Happyness is emotionally manipulative and way too glossy to really hit home.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    For my money, no movie comes close to capturing the high school experience like "The Substitute."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    Won't make anybody’s "best of" lists a year from now, but it's nowhere near as offensive as some other examples of this moldy genre.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    Had Lucky You played strictly as a father-son drama set against the background of competitive Texas Hold 'Em, it would've been a much better movie based on the strength of Hanson's direction and Duvall's performance alone. But no, somewhere along the line they had to make this a romance, and that's the movie's fatal flaw.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    Very little in Reservation Road ultimately rings true, which makes the anguished theatrics on display that much more exasperating.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    The original “Elizabeth” was visually lush and quite engaging, but this is a sprawling mess.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    Not only did those so-called "demons" take the form of animals, but they actually talked!
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    Computer movies have come a long way since the good old days of monitors projecting vector graphics on hackers’ faces, but there are still some forehead slappers in Untraceable.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    As Ferrell’s films go, Semi-Pro is, honestly, pretty damn boring.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    There are a handful of intense sequences and a few scenes of squirm-inducing gore in The Ruins, but not much else.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    The real problem is that Sex and the City is, except for a few laughs, mostly just irritating.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    Depressingly inert.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    Should have billed itself as a fairy tale, as that’s the only possible way to swallow what Prince-Bythewood and Kidd are feeding us.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    The question isn't whether Nispel's remake is better than the 1980 original (it isn't) but whether anything original is brought into the mix. And minus a mild plot twist you"ll probably see coming from the first five minutes, there isn't.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    Is love a disease, as Marquez possibly wanted us to believe? Maybe, but in the case of this adaptation, it’s more of a laughing sickness.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    What starts out as a moderately interesting thriller in the vein of Blue Velvet and Angel Heart ends up less than the sum of its portentous parts.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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