Peter Debruge
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For 473 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% 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 12 Years a Slave
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 473
473 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Apart from the heavy debt it owes to Malick’s oeuvre, Edwards’ entrancing debut is radically non-generic, either as history film and coming-of-age piece.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    A film that lays emotions on the line and then drives them home with music.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    More inspired by than adapted from Juan Mayorga’s play “The Boy in the Last Row,” this low-key thriller feels like a return to form for Ozon, whose pictures lost their psychosexual edge after the helmer stopped collaborating with Emmanuele Bernheim (“Swimming Pool”).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Of all living actresses, only Huppert could capture nuances that alternately elicit sympathy and fierce sexual attraction to a recent stroke victim.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    This rich, beautifully rendered film boasts an arrestingly soulful performance from Marion Cotillard.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Mud
    Mud poses as a mere adolescent adventure tale but explores a rich vein of grown-up concerns, exploring codes of honor, love and family too solid to be shaken by modernizing forces.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    This day-in-the-life indie says something profound about an entire generation simply by watching a feckless young man try to figure it out.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Best known as the screenwriter of such subtext-rich adaptations as “The Wings of the Dove” and “Drive,” Amini excels at conveying the subtle, unspoken tensions between characters, selecting a tightrope-risky example with which to make his directorial debut and orchestrating it with aplomb.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    A mesmerizing glimpse into Sarno’s search for a sub-Saharan Walden and the implications of that choice.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Nothing about the circumstances revealed in The Harvest could be called normal, and yet it’s a credit to a fertile imagination that the film proves so terrifyingly relatable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    John Turturro brings sensitivity and intelligence to a subject that could have gone terribly awry in Fading Gigolo.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    The humor springs either from real-world recognition, as Robespierre and her co-writers go where others fear to tread, or in response to the cast’s lively, eccentrically lived-in characters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Unlike other actor-directors, Jones never seems to indulge excess on the part of his cast. Though the characters are strong, the performances are understated.
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    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Think of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet as a gift: a work of essential spiritual enlightenment, elegantly interpreted by nine of the world’s leading independent animators, all tied up and wrapped in a family-friendly bow by “The Lion King” director Roger Allers.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Scherfig approaches the milieu with shrewd anthropological wit, amplifying Wade’s research with her own keen outsider insights — this on top of an expert grasp of tension and tone as the club’s initial allure turns to anxiety and disgust.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    With St. Vincent, the chief pleasure is comedy, which typically arises from waiting to discover what Bill Murray might do next.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Where "Elizabethtown" pretends to have the meaning of life, Shopgirl hones in on a few telling details, then allows audiences to fill in the rest.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Exceptionally strong performances from the entire cast draw you into the movie's deliberately provocative world, a "Lord of the Flies"–like realm where parents are noticeably absent.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    If there's one thing missing above all else from today's action movies, it's the lost art of the car chase.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Ray
    Delivers platinum performances, especially Sharon Warren as Ray's tough-lovin' mother, Kerry Washington as his lily-tempered wife, and Regina King as his spitfire mistress.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Ultimately, what happens with the house is not only entertaining, but a marvel of what animation can accomplish in this day and age.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    On paper, it may sound like high-level calculus, but on screen, The Last Mimzy is perfectly charming. Like "Cocoon" for the elementary-school set, the box transforms Noah and Emma's lives.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    The humor is so satisfying in its moment-to-moment pleasures that it's almost unsportsmanlike to criticize the bigger picture.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    With its predictable confrontations and tacky fantasy sequences, you feel writer/director Jane Anderson steering the material toward schmaltzy movie-of-the-week territory at every turn.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    With the careful timing and nuance of a master actor, Sharif turns a two-dimensional sketch into the film's most absorbing character.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    It's a brisk and lively getaway with genuine personality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    [Csupo's] take on Bridge to Terabithia doesn't pander or misrepresent, but instead illustrates the power of open-mindedness in both its forms: creativity and acceptance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    While you watch, be sure to scour the background for in-jokes, including cameos by Gromit and other DreamWorks characters, and rest assured that Flushed Away gets even funnier on second viewing.

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