Peter Debruge
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For 445 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 1.1 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: 79 out of 445
445 movie reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Zombie's film plays more like an experimental pastiche than an outright homage to those classic road-trip-gone-wrong movies.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Despite its preposterous leaps of logic, it somehow still emerges a reasonably entertaining summer blockbuster.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Each segment introduces new characters and a radically different scenario, which suggests that Hancock's structure may actually be an insecure attempt to deliver a horror movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    At best, this movie functions as a brief companion piece to Boy George's new Broadway show, “Taboo.”
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Absence of motive makes the movie provocative; the explanation renders it irrelevant and defuses any interesting debate the film might have inspired.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    The studio wimped out, and the result is a lesser production on every level: talent, script, content, and purpose.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Close is the best and worst thing about the film, delivering a performance that upstages even Christopher Walken (!), taking her over-the-top Cruella de Vil turn to its saccharine-sweet opposite.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Threadbare sequel.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    In the age of reality television, Paparazzi feels desperately out-of-touch, the jaded grousings of an industry burnout.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Director Brad Anderson (Session 9) overtly cribs from everyone from Dostoevsky to Kafka.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    An ambitious disaster, Alexander is the rare historical portrait that leaves you feeling as though you know less about its subject than you did upon entering the theater.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    A relatively harmless (and thankfully, not entirely laughless) trifle.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    I suspect Scott sees Domino as the ultimate provocation, his way of grabbing Hollywood by the throat and shouting, "You want reality??! I'll give you REALITY!!!" Sort of.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    The movie is a leaden, slow-moving beast.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Debruge
    The wallpaper emotes more than Ryan Gosling does in Only God Forgives, an exercise in supreme style and minimal substance.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Debruge
    Even the hackiest of Hollywood writers would have known how to fix its considerable script problems.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Debruge
    Lambert brings a forlorn dimension to his seductive young role, but Bell never really convinces as the older woman. Despite flirting with controversy, the actress seems reluctant to plunge fully into potential unlikability, nor does the film quite give her the chance.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Debruge
    Chemistry you can fake, but charm is far harder to pull off, and Baggage Claim never quite succeeds on that front.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Debruge
    Fancy-sounding dialogue and handsome widescreen lensing goes only so far to disguise the shallowness of the underlying material.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Debruge
    This been-there-done-that story marks a pretty banal debut for writer-director Alain Marie, who seems far more interested in aping Refn and early-career Michael Mann than in finding his own style.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Debruge
    Though much of the script borders on unbearable, compounded by “Juno” composer Mateo Messina’s tell-you-how-to-feel score, writer Daniel Taplitz manages to sneak in some poignant self-help aphorisms here and there.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Debruge
    At the very least, Kite could have given Jackson some scenery to chew.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Debruge
    Given the fine past work of its many parents, there was clearly potential here, but as delivered, Seventh Son amounts to nothing short of a creative miscarriage.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Debruge
    This is manufactured sentiment, less interested in provoking thought than in manipulating emotion, constructed of human obstacles overcome, stirring speeches delivered and heart-rending flashbacks unveiled, all suspended like so much Spam in the jelly of its own score.

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