Peter Debruge

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For 491 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Debruge's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Inside Out
Lowest review score: 0 Another Gay Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 491
491 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 30 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.
    • 51 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Debruge
    Though billed as a documentary, this 59-minute doodle barely rises above homemovie status.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Peter Debruge
    By second-guessing what audiences want, Murakami falls into the same trap studios do when trying to appease mass tastes, delivering a film that features many of his familiar designs and characters but precious little in the way of personal vision.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    Downright awful.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    Stealth is basically the kind of movie a 13-year-old boy given an infinite budget and creative freedom might cook up between Xbox games.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    What is most beguiling about The Libertine is that it allows Wilmot to self-destruct without ever giving us cause to care or relate.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    Janeane Garofalo is all wrong as the giraffe, whom the animators contort into all manner of weird positions so she can share the frame with pint-size love interest Benny the squirrel (Jim Belushi).
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    Loud, sophomoric and stunningly crude.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    Sober, this kind of material is an acquired taste at best and downright unbearable in stretches. And yet, the movie has the makings of an instant cult classic, sure to grow funnier among its devoted fans with each successive viewing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    The hyper-stylized violence, for instance, isn't nearly as senseless as the narrative bits in between. And the ''twist'' employs the same sleight-of-hand as "The Usual Suspects."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    Illegal Tender is the sort of crime movie in which nothing, not one detail, has been observed from real life; it's composed entirely of fantasies and falsehoods lifted from bad movies and hip-hop videos.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    Berry is giving a performance much too earnest to have been intentionally campy, setting herself up as a veritable shoo-in for this year's "Worst Actress" Razzie. Me-ouch!
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    Kranks is the type of grim holiday movie that reminds you of all that is noxious and insincere about the Christmas season and then chases it down with a sickly-sweet reversal
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    Diesel valiantly but unsuccessfully tries to raise this inane bit of Mr. Mommery above its afternoon-special standing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    For a horror movie to work, it has to be ABOUT something.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Debruge
    Swedish director Mikael Håfström's Derailed makes "Fatal Attraction" look positively subtle, while mustering none of the nuance or moral complexity (not to mention the sexual chemistry) of "Unfaithful."

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