Peter Debruge
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For 420 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Debruge's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Lowest review score: 0 Pretty Persuasion
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 420
420 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    The movie is a leaden, slow-moving beast.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    In Year of the Dog, director Mike White willfully violates one of the great unwritten rules of Hollywood screenwriting: Kill as many human characters as you want, just spare the dog.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    At best, this movie functions as a brief companion piece to Boy George's new Broadway show, “Taboo.”
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    The characters, starting with Lewis himself, are downright obnoxious. Not counting those singing frogs or the time-traveling T. rex (with its big head and little arms), only Lewis' sad-sack roommate ''Goob'' is remotely sympathetic.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    There's nothing so artistic about it as to attract the same art-house crowd that braved subtitles to discover "Nine Queens," and yet, it's professional enough that Spanish speakers will be glad to have a heist movie on par with "Rush Hour 3" or "The Pacifier" made in their native tongue.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Director Brad Anderson (Session 9) overtly cribs from everyone from Dostoevsky to Kafka.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 20 Peter Debruge
    This sloppy, button-pushing black comedy reveals a crew desperately in need of counseling — less in anger management than in the fundamentals of screenwriting, camerawork and structure.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Like Russia's answer to "The Matrix" and "Lord of the Ring"s trilogies, Day Watch offers the second chapter in an epic battle between the forces of Light and Dark, the result of which is a gaping gray area where nothing much makes sense.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Peter Debruge
    If nonchalance were an Olympic sport, Max would be a gold medalist, and watching Somebody Up There Likes Me is about as much fun as being a spectator at that event might sound.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    The movie is basically a love story between a man and his elephant, and if viewed as such, it's not nearly as ridiculous as the movie it first appears to be.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Debruge
    21 Years: Richard Linklater makes for a disappointingly hollow hagiography: gushy, superficial and strangely overdue — arriving significantly later than its title prescribes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    As coincidence would have it, Steve Carell's "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" spun comedy gold from a similar idea just last week. Virgin shares not only The Baxter's basic premise, but also two of its key cast members (Paul Rudd and the beautiful Ms. Banks), allowing audiences to see just how much better The Baxter might have been if Showalter had given us some reason to identify with his socially awkward protagonist.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Debruge
    Granted, Landesman feels an obligation to history, but there’s something ponderously obvious about the way so many of these scenes are played.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    For an inaugural effort, Open Season ain't bad, but the studio shows far more promise with its gee-whiz visuals than it does in the story department.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Debruge
    The script is nearly all dialogue, including several eloquent spoken passages toward the end, but it’s a lousy story, ineptly constructed and rendered far too difficult to follow.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    When confronted with real problems--and there's enough melodrama here to top a movie-of-the-week marathon on Lifetime--these otherwise empowered characters seem helpless to defend themselves.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Kids will love it. It feels fresh and original and mildly subversive, but it's all a cover for the filmmakers not having the patience or confidence to put together a real story with a beginning, middle and end.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    Janeane Garofalo is all wrong as the giraffe, whom the animators contort into all manner of weird positions so she can share the frame with pint-size love interest Benny the squirrel (Jim Belushi).
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    The studio wimped out, and the result is a lesser production on every level: talent, script, content, and purpose.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Peter Debruge
    A partly authentic, partly scripted behind-the-scenes featurette that never quite conveys the star’s “high/curious” interest in all things taboo.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Kevin Spacey is a darn good actor, and he's a pretty good singer to boot. But those traits alone do not excuse the painful experience to be had sitting through Beyond the Sea.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Instead of watching a professional actor pretending to be intellectually disabled, we're watching a jackass pretending to be a dimwit pretending to be intellectually disabled.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    Sober, this kind of material is an acquired taste at best and downright unbearable in stretches. And yet, the movie has the makings of an instant cult classic, sure to grow funnier among its devoted fans with each successive viewing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 0 Peter Debruge
    There's enough estrogen gone awry in this bitchy teen comedy to make "Mean Girls" look like a Disney after-school special.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    The hyper-stylized violence, for instance, isn't nearly as senseless as the narrative bits in between. And the ''twist'' employs the same sleight-of-hand as "The Usual Suspects."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    If "Casino Royale" and "The Bourne Ultimatum" represent the new breed of 21st century action, then Rush Hour 3 is Stone Age stuff. The movie aims for irreverent, but delivers irrelevant instead. Let's hope the Rush Hour series stalls here.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Amounts to little more than a downbeat soap opera as half a dozen squatters -- hustler, junkie, stripper, queer, fallen Madonna and skank, with a mentally challenged roomie thrown in for good measure -- try to hold their lives together in a grungy New York loft just days before Christmas. Think "Rent" without the music.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    For a horror movie to work, it has to be ABOUT something.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    What is most beguiling about The Libertine is that it allows Wilmot to self-destruct without ever giving us cause to care or relate.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    Movies in which the same person serves as writer, director, and star should carry a special warning for audiences, even if that individual happens to be an actor as endearing as Luke Wilson.

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