Peter Brunette
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For 104 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Brunette's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Happiness
Lowest review score: 10 There's Something About Mary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 104
  2. Negative: 8 out of 104
104 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Brunette
    With Before Night Falls, Schnabel has moved to an entirely new plane of cinematic achievement.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Brunette
    Temple's wonderfully entertaining film brings the era back in all its confused and tentatively revolutionary glory, and bracingly demonstrates that the Pistols still have the power to shock.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Brunette
    One of the most troubling views of the human race I've seen in years. Luckily for us, its depressing, almost pathologically ironic vision is redeemed by the sublimity of Solondz' filmmaking. I first saw the film at Cannes last May and it's haunted me, both for its nastiness and its brilliance, ever since.
    • Film.com
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Brunette
    As the late Stanley Kubrick's swansong, it fills the bill magnificently.
    • Film.com
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Brunette
    The landscapes are so gorgeous, the philosophy so richly appealing, the narrative so epically sweeping, and the characters so intense.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    It makes us realize, suddenly, and with immense regret, what the rest of contemporary cinema so sorely lacks.
    • Film.com
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    Irrespective of whether Pollock, as a movie, is any good -- and it is very, very good -- it's clear that Ed Harris was born to play the lead role.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    Little Voice is that rarity, a filmed adaptation of a stage play that actually works.
    • Film.com
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    Not a film for everyone. And though I deeply admire it, it's not a film that even I want to see again in the immediate future.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    A rich and challenging variation on the serial-killer genre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    We've seen the clash of cultures and generations before,--- but never quite so humorously. This time, the focus is on the Pakistanis living in England, and it's quite amazingly done, perky and inventive to the core.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    It simultaneously wows you with the stark beauty of its images, a beauty that leads to another, related kind of truth that is equally crucial. It's not to be missed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    The titillating sense of out-of-controlness provoked by the camera is echoed in the film's narrative situations, and you simply, and deliciously, haven't a clue as to what he's going to throw at you next.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    It's a superb example of the genre of the self-expressive documentary.
    • Film.com
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    We marvel at the almost perfect realization of a character whom we're not necessarily meant to like.
    • Film.com
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    The fact that this film, so sensitive to woman's plight, was made by a man is perhaps cause for a little hope.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    Sure, the territory is not exactly fresh...but the chemistry between the two leads is so explosive yet assured, and the comic timing so perfect, that the cliches are given new life.
    • Film.com
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    What makes the film so special is that while tickling your postmodern funnybone, it never forgets to make you care for its characters, in a welcome, and almost traditional way.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    Harron's adaptation of Ellis's novel is brilliant, probably better than the book itself.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    Stoppard's luxuriant, richly comic language cascades and washes over you, and, for once, more than keeps pace with the sprightly pictures.
    • Film.com
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    One of the best pictures I've seen all year. Funny, touching, even inspiring at times.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    Hilarious, slightly sick, and super-edgy ...the acting of its two principals, Annette Bening and Kevin Spacey, is so sublime that it's worth seeing on that grounds alone.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    A strange and lovely combination of cinematic nostalgia and offbeat (gay) love story.
    • Film.com
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    What's best about the film is not the hot romance, but the coldness that lies at its heart.
    • Film.com
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    It's a masterpiece, a sublime tone poem that shows what cinema is capable of when it tries to do more than just tell a story.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    Funny and wise, lively and contemplative, intriguingly postmodern and powerfully moving, all at the same time. It's not to be missed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    A delight to the eye, ear, and mind
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    A lovely piece of work.
    • Film.com
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    It's epic in every sense of the word, and like most of Chen's historical dramas, not easy to follow.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    Always consistently watchable, but you get the feeling that in the novel --- the treacle is cut with the nasty edge that Irving's writing is capable of.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    A quiet film, certainly, but it's filled with small touches that manage to get deeply under your skin by the time the final credits roll.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    A very small film, as they say in the movie business, but its stylish suspensefulness is nicely leavened by Connell's obvious, and welcome, love for his hapless characters.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    A Melancholy Delight. Its pacing will undoubtedly seem too deliberate to some, but I found first-time director Deborah Warner's The Last September a delight from beginning to end.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    A deliciously romantic story, in all senses of the word.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    A completely different order of cinematic existence than any other film you're likely to see in the near or distant future.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    Its series of quiet but moving realizations of the utter ubiquity of the Nazi horror in every single aspect of life, even something as hidden as a sexual sub-culture, is powerful indeed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    Don't be misled by claims that you've seen this one already. You haven't, and you should.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    It's witty, entertaining, often funny as hell and even, at times, surprisingly wise about the human condition.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    This kind of film, in its various manifestations recurring through the decades, gives us confidence that cinema can ultimately get to the heart of things.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    You'll feel moved and uplifted after watching this well-written, funny movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    It's an Egoyan film, and therefore by definition worth seeing.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    Lots of laughs, lots of fisticuffs, lots of cool toys, lots of stuff getting blown up: Who could ask for anything more from a summer movie?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    Has a charm that keeps you involved throughout.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    Hilarious and often moving.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    An insistent, insinuating film -- both in terms of its plot and characters, and in its impact on the viewer -- Harry's effects are small-scale but so perfectly pitched that they never seem small.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    Most important, the film is suffused with a light touch and a kind of begrudged humor that feels perfectly natural and unforced and that keeps you involved in the characters' plight.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    The dialogue is sparkingly witty, and Phoenix and Winslet are excellent in what are, after all, meant to be fairly one-dimensional roles.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    Egoyan's films have always been about the intricacies and basic strangeness of human relationships, rather than about plot or snappy one-liners, but a new moral urgency seems to invigorate this film.
    • Film.com
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    It plays lots of cool mind games with the audience -- if in an occasionally incoherent way -- and ends up providing a surprising amount of fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    Far too deliberate for many--I found its generally contemplative spirit, punctuated at regular intervals by some exciting battle sequences, superb.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    An exceptionally intense movie whose sheer filmmaking power ultimately transcends all its (many) limitations.
    • Film.com
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    Despite the first-rate acting, the narrative is the star of this show, so much so that you feel yourself occasionally losing interest in the travails of the characters. Instead, you hang on every word and every tiny object, every cut and bruise in the frame, looking for clues that will help you make sense of what's going on.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    This is a film like no other this year, and on that grounds alone you should see it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    Richard Farnsworth shines as Alvin Straight, a role, one gets the feeling, that he has been preparing for all his life.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    It's far more loquacious and cerebral than your average run-of-the-mill thriller, but boy, when the relatively infrequent scares do come, they will pull you out of your seat and raise the hair on your arms.
    • Film.com
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    I was so taken by the film's sublime visual poetry, its telling silences, its finely orchestrated editing rhythms.
    • Film.com
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    If you're interested in heavy-lidded moodiness and lots of attitude, Phillippe and Del Toro can't be beat.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    Authentic contemporary heroine.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Brunette
    While most reviewers will accuse it of sentimentality (a charge that is justified), audiences, who don't feel the need to appear rigorous and tough-minded all the time, will flock to it in droves.
    • Film.com
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Brunette
    Gorris has beefed up the role of Natalia (Watson), with the end result that the film's emphasis is appropriately divided between the two characters in an emotionally satisfying way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Brunette
    An often affecting, if standard-issue, Hollywood biopic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Brunette
    It goes without saying that the film is worth seeing simply for Bill Murray's Polonius.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Brunette
    Tender souls who don't like a lot of noise and violence should probably stay away from this very in-your-face film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Brunette
    Much more mythic and risk-taking than the usual Hollywood product.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Brunette
    It's a great ride, gorgeous, silly and deeply intellectual by turns, but, for all its inventive fireworks, sad to say, it finally doesn't quite work.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Brunette
    One of the weirdest, hardest-to-place studio films I've seen in years.
    • Film.com
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Brunette
    The filmmaker has given us two films for the price of one. Unfortunately, the second film, a gripping thriller which occupies the last 45 minutes of Space Cowboys, is much better and more involving than the first film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Brunette
    Love it or hate it -- and I suspect, frankly, most people are going to hate it -- this is like no other film you've ever seen.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    Thoroughly artificial and overly schematic, to the point of caricature even, but often lively and witty nonetheless.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    Fancher seems uninterested in developing real suspense, or incapable of it, at least until the end, when there's plenty of it, but artificially imposed.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    If you want to see an object lesson in how brilliant acting can transcend high concept, this movie's for you.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    Altman is just as nastily misogynistic as ever.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    What makes the film ultimately successful, though, is the outstanding comic talents that inhabit it, especially Zahn and Macy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    It's all overblown: too much music, too much cutting, too much zooming, too much computerized special effects, too much clanky symbolism that never works.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    One Day in September does "being there" very well -- I just wish director Macdonald had spent a little more time explaining why we should want to be there in the first place.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    An occasionally powerful, always heartfelt drama.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    Compulsively watchable and its occasional lapses into that familiar Polanskian overkill are almost charming.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    As a primer on the arcana surrounding the profession of personal injury lawyer (more familiarly known as ambulance chaser), A Civil Action is deeply, and even passionately, informative. As a drama and character study, though, it mostly misses the mark.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    Consistently runs the danger of substituting cool but ultra-hyper, modern special effects for boring old human sentiment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    Far from perfect, and at 122 minutes it's way too long, but after surviving an overly schematic and even hectoring first half, finally delivers the emotional goods.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    It's solid, if ultimately uninspired, July entertainment.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Brunette
    Ambitious and perversely fascinating.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Brunette
    Tries so hard to push all the pre-ordained buttons, and it's so anxious to be liked, nay, adored, that it left me sullen and uninvolved instead.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Brunette
    By no means a bad film, but rather a way too over-eager one.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Brunette
    The first half of The Third Miracle is very good...but the second half of the film, alas, turns into deep TV-mode.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Brunette
    It has its moments.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Brunette
    An excellent coming-of-age story that is, for once, and very happily, focussed on a teenage girl.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Brunette
    While the film's mood is dreamy, dark, and gentle, it's also very slow and seldom leads to much of a intellectual or emotional payoff.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Brunette
    Its evocation of the politics and Zeitgeist of the late '60s is so right on, as we used to say, that it left me stunned.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Brunette
    The human interest story that occupies fully two-thirds of this three hour plus epic is so flat and unconvincing that, for once, you find yourself longing for the disaster footage to start.
    • Film.com
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Brunette
    While it has its scary moments, and while its central conceit is refreshingly imaginative, there's ultimately not much there there.
    • Film.com
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Brunette
    Starts off brilliantly and then gradually -- actually, not so gradually -- peters out.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Brunette
    Wargnier is also a lousy storyteller who seems not to understand how to shape a narrative.
    • Film.com
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Brunette
    Breaks no new ground and is tedious in the extreme.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Brunette
    It's blatantly manipulative pairing of an adorable young boy and a selfish, honesty-challenged older woman [is] so calculating that I could never get emotionally involved.
    • Film.com
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Brunette
    Flat and thoroughly predictable piece of filmmaking.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Brunette
    It just doesn't work. Worse, it's downright offensive.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Brunette
    The real problem is that it's not a very good Hollywood film, and its flaccid style, cardboard characters, and paint-by-the-numbers plot make watching it a chore.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Brunette
    The new dud from Miramax's Dimension label.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Brunette
    Never more than a dull, paint-by-numbers, overly literal transcription of the book.