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 8.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Brunette's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Filth and the Fury
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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    Consistently runs the danger of substituting cool but ultra-hyper, modern special effects for boring old human sentiment.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    Altman is just as nastily misogynistic as ever.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    An occasionally powerful, always heartfelt drama.
    • 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    Harron's adaptation of Ellis's novel is brilliant, probably better than the book itself.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    Thoroughly artificial and overly schematic, to the point of caricature even, but often lively and witty nonetheless.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Brunette
    What makes the film ultimately successful, though, is the outstanding comic talents that inhabit it, especially Zahn and Macy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    Has a charm that keeps you involved throughout.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    It's witty, entertaining, often funny as hell and even, at times, surprisingly wise about the human condition.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    This is a film like no other this year, and on that grounds alone you should see it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Brunette
    Wargnier is also a lousy storyteller who seems not to understand how to shape a narrative.
    • Film.com
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    A deliciously romantic story, in all senses of the word.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Brunette
    A rich and challenging variation on the serial-killer genre.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Brunette
    Don't be misled by claims that you've seen this one already. You haven't, and you should.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Brunette
    Breaks no new ground and is tedious in the extreme.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Brunette
    Never more than a dull, paint-by-numbers, overly literal transcription of the book.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Brunette
    An excellent coming-of-age story that is, for once, and very happily, focussed on a teenage girl.
    • 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.

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