Peter Debruge
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For 474 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 Me and You and Everyone We Know
Lowest review score: 0 Another Gay Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 474
474 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    There's a lot to be said for a movie that isn't after instant fame, but only wants to make audiences feel good.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    One of the great pleasures of the original Love Bug comes in watching all the live-action stunts, and CG just isn't the same.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    A mobster movie without whackings, a thriller without suspense and a courtroom drama without resolution, this turgid retelling of an unsolved missing-persons case functions mostly as a portrait of a young woman who loved too passionately and the manipulative creep incapable of reciprocating her affections.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Their movie is cold, and I mean that not as a weather pun, but in the sense that it's impossible to warm up to a character who sees the awful things happening around him strictly in terms of how they affect him.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    This is superficial entertainment to say the least. But if you're looking for laughs, then Just Friends is just fine.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    From its opening scene, the film feels desaturated and airless, as if the intrusion of energy or color might upset the characters’ delicate task of healing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    In angling for suspense, this low-budget stunt relies a bit too heavily on our suspension of disbelief.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    American audiences have seen Ju-On. And The Grudge just goes to show why remaking it is such a frivolous idea: What's the use in wasting so much energy if the filmmakers aren't going to fix what was wrong with the movie in the first place?
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Almost certain to polarize audiences, this bit of emotional agitprop plays like a watered-down "Short Cuts" or "Magnolia" with a shrill, one-note message: We're all a little bit racist.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Borderline reprehensible, High Tension is a living nightmare, but then, why else would you see it?
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    One of those slow-baked Southern character studies about taking an old flat tire of a man and finding some way to love him anyway.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Whereas E.B. White's beloved novel introduced kids to the cycle of life, tenderly broaching the tricky subject of mortality, this latest movie version plays like just another piece of vegetarian agitprop.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    This inventive family movie sets up the most delightful premise, then squanders it on the kind of yawn-inducing CG adventure you might expect from one of those long, plot-heavy cut scenes that slow down video games.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    With Identity Thief, Melissa McCarthy proves she's got what it takes to carry a feature, however meager the underlying material.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Coolidge knows he's not making "Death of a Salesman" here (he names the store managers Glen Gary and Glen Ross in tribute to David Mamet's elegy to the American Dream), but he's got the same eye for detail that made "Office Space" great. What he lacks is Arthur Miller's (or even Mike Judge's) sense for character.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    What's missing cast-wise is an appealing personality in the sidekick role, and Webb is no match for Mads Mikkelsen.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Rojas is played by Penélope Cruz, who's endearing enough, but still comes across coarse and irritating every time she attempts a role in English.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The beauty of You Got Served is that it delivers the moves from every vantage point.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    More irrelevant than irreverent, the unworthy script from “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’s” Chris Matheson might play to apocalyptically stoned college kids, but offers nothing in the way of broader social satire, suggesting the waste of a perfectly good Reckoning — not to mention the talents of a cast far funnier than the doom-and-gloom results suggest.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The meticulously crafted world is stunning to behold, imagined to the minutest detail and photographed with the sort of dramatic lighting and dynamic camera movement rarely seen in stop-motion. Trouble is, it’s not a place most folks would care to spend any time.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Considering its superlative title (second only to George Stevens's New Testament epic, "The Greatest Story Ever Told"), I'm sorry to report that The Greatest Game Ever Played ranks somewhere in the murky middleground of sports movies.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    It’s a vibrant journey, but not a terribly illuminating one.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Ultimately, such a stir-crazy two-hander can only be as interesting as its actors.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The result is like a low-rent "Wizard of Oz" or "Labyrinth," sticking close to the formula of a kid who falls asleep and wakes up in a fantastical wonderland where everything's just a little bit off.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Silva assembles a loosely scripted, raucously nonconformist laffer that looks like it’s going one way, only to arrive somewhere else entirely — a change of heart that’s not at all to the advantage of a film.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    It all makes for clumsy-fun escapism, not bad as end-of-summer chillers go.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The remake seems to have been written and directed by people whose only experience with children is the long-distant memory of having been kids themselves so many years ago.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    It's all in the telling, and Loggerheads practically aches with its own heal-the-world earnestness.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    In a move reminiscent of Gus Van Sant's "Psycho," some shots are lifted directly from the original and much of the screenplay is identical.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The truth is, Jet Li has gotten soft in his old age. While fans of the "Once Upon a Time in China" star will be pleased to learn that at least half of Fearless is action, what they may not realize is just how mushy everything else is.

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