Peter Debruge
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For 475 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Debruge's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 475
475 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    With Boyhood, Linklater has created an uncanny time capsule, inviting auds to relive their own upbringing through a series of artificial memories pressed like flowers between the pages of a family photo album.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Debruge
    Though the film brims with memorable characters, the show ultimately belongs to Ejiofor, who upholds the character’s dignity throughout.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Far more ambitious than "The Hurt Locker," yet nowhere near so tripwire-tense, this procedure-driven, decade-spanning docudrama nevertheless rivets for most of its running time.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Considering Haneke's confrontational past, this poignantly acted, uncommonly tender two-hander makes a doubly powerful statement about man's capacity for dignity and sensitivity when confronted with the inevitable cruelty of nature.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Blending wit and modesty, Mann fits the bill, coming across as an overgrown kid with a good heart, but virtually no practice in relating to others — which is perhaps the thing that makes his experience so profoundly relatable.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Debruge
    This is the director’s most accessible and naturalistic film, using everyday characters to test how well modern-day Russia is maintaining the social contract with its citizens.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 60 Peter Debruge
    Ida
    It’s one thing to set up a striking black-and-white composition and quite another to draw people into it, and dialing things back as much as this film does risks losing the vast majority of viewers along the way, offering an intellectual exercise in lieu of an emotional experience to all but the most rarefied cineastes.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Had James Thurber worked in animation, the waggish result might look and sound a bit like It’s Such a Beautiful Day, indie cartoonist Don Hertzfeldt’s alternately poignant and absurdist triptych.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Never before has anyone made a documentary like The Act of Killing, and the filmmakers seem at a loss in terms of how to organize the many threads of what they capture...Still, essential and enraging, The Act of Killing is a film that begs to be seen, then never watched again.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Debruge
    In execution, Pixar’s 15th feature proves to be the greatest idea the toon studio has ever had: a stunningly original concept that will not only delight and entertain the company’s massive worldwide audience, but also promises to forever change the way people think about the way people think, delivering creative fireworks grounded by a wonderfully relatable family story.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Chazelle proves an exceptional builder of scenes, crafting loaded, need-to-succeed moments that grab our attention and hold it tight.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Debruge
    The film is a master class in comic timing, employing pacing and repetition with the skill of a practiced concert pianist.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Debruge
    A triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    The magic of the movies is never more evident than with stop-motion animation, and nobody does it better than Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    In his first feature, director Joshua Marston passes no judgments. He doesn't condemn drugs. He merely depicts the system that has arisen to support this illicit trade.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Murderball asks you to put all your assumptions about quadriplegics aside and start over.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Herzog himself is one of the great lunatic directors of our century, a mad genius who repeatedly attempts to challenge nature and the gods in his own films.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Visually stunning even in its most banal moments and emotionally perceptive almost to a fault.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    The result looks as much like a Natural History Museum diorama as it sounds: a respectful but waxy re-creation that feels somehow awe-inspiring yet chillingly lifeless to behold, the great exception being Jones' alternately blistering and sage turn as Stevens.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    What the film lacks in context it gains in visceral eyewitness value.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    It may not be balanced or especially sophisticated filmmaking, suffering from a misty-eyed oversimplification of what relationships (gay or straight) actually demand. But for many, it’s precisely the sort of emotional eye-opener needed for young people to find inspiration and naysayers to reconsider their attitudes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Debruge
    As in “Water Lilies” and “Tomboy” before this, Sciamma pushes past superficial anthropological study to deliver a vital, nonjudgmental character study.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Song of the Sea is differentiated not only by its rich visual design — grayer and more subdued than “The Secret of Kells,” yet still a marvel to behold — but also by its ethereal musical dimension, another collaboration between composer Bruno Coulais and Irish folk band Kila.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Debruge
    The film manages to educate without ever feeling didactic, and to entertain in the face of what would, to any other character, seem like a grim life sentence.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    For most of its running time, this personality-packed docu is nothing short of absorbing as it recaps the essential role African-American background singers played in shaping the sound of 20th-century pop music.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Phil Lord and Christopher Miller irreverently deconstruct the state of the modern blockbuster and deliver a smarter, more satisfying experience in its place, emerging with a fresh franchise for others to build upon.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    It Follows is remarkably effective for most of its running time, ratcheting up the tension, then stinging the audience periodically with one of those jolts that sends everyone levitating a couple inches above their seats. But the excitement wears off after a point.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Instead of explaining the system through conventional narration, which would have been extremely helpful, the filmmakers immerse auds in the world they found, capturing its subjects’ behavior with startling candor.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Debruge
    Delivers a polished and well-researched look at America 's largest corporate bankruptcy with a laser-sharp focus on the personalities, practices, and fates of the top executives behind the Enron meltdown.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    This compelling human drama finds fresh energy in the inspirational-teacher genre, constantly revealing new layers to its characters.

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