Peter Debruge

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For 679 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Debruge's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 April and the Extraordinary World
Lowest review score: 0 Another Gay Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 85 out of 679
679 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    One can’t help but feel inspired by both Jones’ sparkplug attitude and the gentle way those around her respond to her needs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    [Francis] Lawrence and his team have calibrated the entire experience for maximum engagement. And while its pleasures can’t touch the thrill of seeing the Death Star destroyed — not yet, at least — the film runs circles around George Lucas’ ability to weave complex political ideas into the very fabric of B-movie excitement.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Ira Sachs’ Little Men is a little movie brimming with little truths about modern life. It won’t change the world, but it does understand it
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    On one hand, the cartoon is never afraid to be cute, but more importantly, it’s committed to being real.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Beneath the Harvest Sky offers a heartbreakingly authentic, vividly realized account of adolescent frustration and yearning.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Binoche leaves audiences with the same exhilarating feeling here — of having witnessed something precious and rare — answering the challenge of Assayas’ script by revealing a character incredibly closer to her soul.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    What the film lacks in context it gains in visceral eyewitness value.
    • 74 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    What Zemeckis delivers here is an entirely different brand of spectacle from that which audiences have come to expect from recent studio tentpoles, sharing a true story so incredible it literally must be seen to be believed, as opposed to imaginary feats full of impossible CG creatures.
    • 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
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Blending race-savvy satire with horror to especially potent effect, this bombshell social critique from first-time director Jordan Peele proves positively fearless — which is not at all the same thing as scareless.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Woody's a master wordsmith, and here he's crafted a bit of audience-friendly fare that's smart without feeling exclusionary. It's a portrait of elite society--and the hangers-on who wish to penetrate it--made in an surprisingly accessible way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    In a year rich with animation options, Happy Feet stands head and shoulders above its competition.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    On the surface, each of these characters fits a familiar Latino stereotype--teen harlot, "el bandido" and male buffoon--yet the movie insists on giving each person dimension.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Nearly perfect in its own cotton-candy way.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Broken English takes 30 minutes to do what most romantic comedies manage with a simple montage. That's a good thing, by the way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    A wild buckle-up-and-blast-off adventure that plunges every corner of kids' favorite subject.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Resurrection is a revelation.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Take it from someone who can still feel the hollow rubber tang! of old dodgeball scars: It feels great to be blindsided by a little movie like this.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Bardem plays the part with all the pent-up animal rage of a young Robert De Niro.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Most likely chosen for its shaggy-dog looks, Winn-Dixie is actually a great deal more special than you'd expect, a fitting analogy for a film no parent should be too quick to dismiss.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Conran's Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is a pastiche of everything from "King Kong" to "The Wizard of Oz," a movie that escalates to a breathless cliff-hanger every 20 minutes or so and reinvents itself with every reel.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Virtually everything Americans know about Ellis Island they've learned from the movies, and virtually all those movies were American. Golden Door offers the other side of the story, the one that ends at Ellis Island instead of beginning there.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    That rare kind of movie that contrasts "cultured" big-city characters with devout, "simple" folk without being condescending or judgmental of either camp.

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