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 United 93
Lowest review score: 0 The Pink Panther
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 70 out of 313
313 movie reviews
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Let's start with the obvious: Olyphant just isn't that intimidating an assassin. Think of some of cinema's more memorable button men: Léon, Luca Brasi, Frank Nitti...that's right, not a pretty boy in the bunch.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Edward and Carter are like the original Odd Couple, except nobody’s laughing.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Fool's Gold could easily have been released in 1977, and there's a sort of laid-back, timeless, Gerald Ford feel to the movie: the resolution is never in doubt, the villains are comedic rather than menacing, and no one involved seems to care one way or the other that their names are attached to this indifferent mess.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    What you won’t be able to ignore is the ridiculous way Vantage Point’s brings everything to an end.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Two things come to mind as you watch the first act of Street Kings, the first is how fresh and exciting the movie would’ve been if it was released in 1984, the second is the question, “James Ellroy wrote that?”
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    In truth, there's not much point to reviewing Adam Sandler comedies. They're almost always widely panned, and yet still manage to earn well over $100 million domestically. Don’' Mess with the Zohan looks to continue both trends, even if exaggerated Yiddish accents and sex with the elderly only take one so far.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    The whole thing feels like a continuation of Lucas' experiments to see how much sh-- his dwindling supporters will take before finally saying "enough" and moving on to adult pursuits.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Q: When is a vampire not a vampire? A: When it goes out in daylight, sees itself in a mirror, doesn’t drink human blood, and still manages to suck.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Not many actors could do justice to the vanilla story presented by Grogan and screenwriters Scott Frank and Don Roos, but Wilson and Aniston – two of the blandest, most uninteresting actors working today – are just the actors to pull it off.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Absent the actual music, Notorious would be a lot worse.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    The rape scene is, admittedly, as brutal as any I've seen in recent memory, but much of what Iliadis shows us is a direct riff on the original.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    As it is, you'd get the same level of excitement watching "T.J. Hooker" reruns.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Pete Vonder Haar
    Hey, Crave, the jerk store called, and they're running out of you.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Pete Vonder Haar
    Seriously, it's a bad sign for your "kids movie" when the kids in question are asking their parents, "When is something going to happen?"
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Pete Vonder Haar
    To paraphrase the play's most famous song: how do you measure the lien against your soul when you're forced to sit through something as forcibly maudlin as Rent? I dunno, but 525,600 minutes is about how long this movie felt at times.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Pete Vonder Haar
    A typical end-of-the-year dump film, in that there's almost no reason to see it.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Pete Vonder Haar
    RV
    The recreational vehicle has a long and storied tradition in American cinema, from "Damnation Alley" to "Lost in America" to "Stripes." Sadly, RV shares little of its namesake' nationwide appeal.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Pete Vonder Haar
    It tries to toe the line between romantic comedy and vulgar pseudo-satire and fails at both.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Pete Vonder Haar
    The same problems that plagued the original are on display here. Most notably, the lack of any coherent plot. Lots of creepy kids jump out at us, but these scenes are never satisfactorily meshed into the story itself.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 20 Pete Vonder Haar
    The end result is stale, clumsy, and about as compelling as an average episode of "As the World Turns."
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Pete Vonder Haar
    It isn't as if any of the actors do an especially bad job or anything – Fox is capable enough as the lead, and Whitley and Wilson especially carry themselves quite well – but you can't help asking yourself, what's the point? Are there that many more broad topics in need of shallow examination by a Hollywood studio picture?
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Pete Vonder Haar
    Veers between flaccid slapstick and mean-spirited vulgarity.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Pete Vonder Haar
    There was a movie called “My Bodyguard” about the new kid in high school who hires the sullen loner to protect him from a bully. That was good. Drillbit Taylor is shit but, hey, I’m in Judd Apatow’s Hollywood.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 20 Pete Vonder Haar
    One small step for bad filmmaking and one giant leap for the increasing insignificance of the former Michael Corleone.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Pete Vonder Haar
    If What Happens in Vegas... serves any purpose, it's to make me consider spending my gambling money in Reno or on a riverboat instead.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 20 Pete Vonder Haar
    Clearly, Gomorrah is supposed to represent the best of today’s European cinema...and if this is the best, I would hate to imagine the worst! Gomorrah is a boring mess focusing on how the mob in today’s Naples has its tentacles stretched far and wide
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Pete Vonder Haar
    I haven't seen such meaningful insight into the nature of human cooperation since this morning's "Sesame Street."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 Pete Vonder Haar
    Every rumor you’ve heard about this film is true; it’s an absolute wreck.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 10 Pete Vonder Haar
    It's an inferior remake (of a movie that wasn't that great to begin with), it's poorly acted, and it's yet another in an unending string of PG-13 "horror" movies that do nothing to build even the most rudimentary sense of real dread.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 10 Pete Vonder Haar
    Reports of boos at the film's debut at Cannes are more understandable now, not because Marie Antoinette is an inaccurate or indifferent look at French history (it is), but because it's self-indulgent shit. Booing - and beheading - are too good for it.

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