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
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Visually, “Walking With Dinosaurs” dazzles with its combination of Animal Logic-animated CG creatures...and beautiful practical backgrounds... Less dazzling is the constant stream of jokey banter, which thwarts the pic’s educational potential and caps its target age awfully low.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Neither Pena nor the pic itself delivers the necessary dynamism, strained by a modest budget and too few extras to sufficiently re-create a movement that found strength in numbers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Maps struggles to mix its various genres: Part showbiz sendup, part ghost story, part dysfunctional-family drama, the movie instead comes across as so much jaded mumbo-jumbo.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Ultimately, such a stir-crazy two-hander can only be as interesting as its actors.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    This overly devout adaptation of Joe Hill’s sacrilegious text benefits from the helmer’s twisted sensibility, but suffers from a case of overall silliness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    With even less plot than in previous installments to get in the way of its inventive 3D dance scenes, this fifth pic delivers on spectacle... but lacks in chemistry.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    It all makes for clumsy-fun escapism, not bad as end-of-summer chillers go.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The script represents a too-tame middle ground, which gives the unfortunate impression that perhaps the filmmakers want us to empathize with this icky romance.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Ferrara finds himself imitating rather than innovating.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Though colorfully embellished with authentic detail and logistically complex to bring to the screen, Ayer’s script is bland at the most basic story level, undermined by cardboard characterizations and a stirring yet transparently silly climactic showdown.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    While the scares are in short supply, there’s a surfeit of macabre, tongue-in-cheek creativity to be found here.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The film is a snarl of contradictions, starting with the discrepancy between Mann’s obsessive demand for realism and the consistently implausible screenplay.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Though no one would accuse The Bronze of not being funny, it somehow manages not to be funny often enough.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Considering that Insurgent is meant to represent the series’ great civil war, it all comes across feeling like a tempest in a teapot: a glorified rehash of what came before, garnished with the promise of what lies in store.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    In the end, everything fits together rather ingeniously, though it’s clear that in orchestrating her needlessly complicated nonlinear narrative, Llosa has mistaken confusion for suspense.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    All told, in giving parents nothing to object to, director Alexs Stadermann (who got his start making straight-to-video sequels for Disney) has also given them little to get excited about, apart from the idea of sharing Maya with another generation of preschoolers.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    [Portman's] drearily empathetic film lacks whatever universality has made “Tale” such an international phenomenon.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The tension's palpable and the deaths are gruesomely inventive (and jarringly abrupt), but the clincher is so far-fetched you may end up wishing you'd opted for the relative reality of a week in Cancun instead.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The beauty of You Got Served is that it delivers the moves from every vantage point.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    While this Kid isn't up to "Spy Kids" standards, the good news is the film hews closer to the high-concept kids' movies of the 1980s than to all that Disney Channel goo that's been repackaged for the big screen lately.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Secret Window's premise is certainly new, even if King appears to be plagiarizing themes from himself.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    I'd gladly take the legend over this dreary pseudo-historical mumbo jumbo.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    If you were hoping to find another "Nemo," you're likely to be let down by this insincere and borderline unpleasant alternative.
    • 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?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    One of those outrageous stalker thrillers in which so much trouble could have been avoided if the characters had only thought to call the police.

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