Peter Debruge

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For 538 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 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Debruge's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Leviathan
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 538
538 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Chazelle proves an exceptional builder of scenes, crafting loaded, need-to-succeed moments that grab our attention and hold it tight.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    With Boyhood, Linklater has created an uncanny time capsule, inviting auds to relive their own upbringing through a series of artificial memories pressed like flowers between the pages of a family photo album.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Love Is Strange never feels anything less than authentic, like a true story shared by close friends.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Despite the staggering range of material Watermark manages to present — Burtynsky’s five-year undertaking is certainly the most encompassing survey any one artist has ever dedicated to the subject — it’s still just the tip of the metaphorical iceberg.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Beneath the Harvest Sky offers a heartbreakingly authentic, vividly realized account of adolescent frustration and yearning.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    If necessity is the mother of invention, then DreamWorks’ desire to extend the Dragon franchise has propelled the creative team in the most admirable of directions, resulting in what just may be the mother of all animated sequels.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    It’s uncanny how much Dolan’s style and overall solipsism have evolved in five years’ time, resulting in a funny, heartbreaking and, above all, original work — right down to its unusual 1:1 aspect ratio — that feels derivative of no one, not even himself.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Binoche leaves audiences with the same exhilarating feeling here — of having witnessed something precious and rare — answering the challenge of Assayas’ script by revealing a character incredibly closer to her soul.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Visually stunning even in its most banal moments and emotionally perceptive almost to a fault.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    What the film lacks in context it gains in visceral eyewitness value.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Julianne Moore guides us through the tragic arc of how it must feel to disappear before one’s own eyes, accomplishing one of her most powerful performances by underplaying the scenario.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Though While We’re Young is primarily a comedy — and a very funny one at that, managing to be both blisteringly of-the-moment and classically zany in the same breath — Baumbach has bitten off several serious topics, for which laughter serves as the most agreeable way to engage.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Song of the Sea is differentiated not only by its rich visual design — grayer and more subdued than “The Secret of Kells,” yet still a marvel to behold — but also by its ethereal musical dimension, another collaboration between composer Bruno Coulais and Irish folk band Kila.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Blending wit and modesty, Mann fits the bill, coming across as an overgrown kid with a good heart, but virtually no practice in relating to others — which is perhaps the thing that makes his experience so profoundly relatable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Had James Thurber worked in animation, the waggish result might look and sound a bit like It’s Such a Beautiful Day, indie cartoonist Don Hertzfeldt’s alternately poignant and absurdist triptych.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    An enthralling and rigorously realistic outer-space survival story.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    What Zemeckis delivers here is an entirely different brand of spectacle from that which audiences have come to expect from recent studio tentpoles, sharing a true story so incredible it literally must be seen to be believed, as opposed to imaginary feats full of impossible CG creatures.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    The Dark Horse is as good a title as any for a film that takes an overplayed genre — the inspirational mentor story — and still manages to surprise, sneaking up to deliver a powerful emotional experience within a formula we all know by heart
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    The movie absolutely delivers on the sheer moment-to-moment pleasures fans have come to expect, from dynamite dialogue to powder-keg confrontations.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Peter Debruge
    Ira Sachs’ Little Men is a little movie brimming with little truths about modern life. It won’t change the world, but it does understand it
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Herzog himself is one of the great lunatic directors of our century, a mad genius who repeatedly attempts to challenge nature and the gods in his own films.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    The magic of the movies is never more evident than with stop-motion animation, and nobody does it better than Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    A wild buckle-up-and-blast-off adventure that plunges every corner of kids' favorite subject.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    In a year rich with animation options, Happy Feet stands head and shoulders above its competition.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Virtually everything Americans know about Ellis Island they've learned from the movies, and virtually all those movies were American. Golden Door offers the other side of the story, the one that ends at Ellis Island instead of beginning there.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Broken English takes 30 minutes to do what most romantic comedies manage with a simple montage. That's a good thing, by the way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    In the annals of Mediterranean island love stories, Respiro reflects the effortless charm of a film like "Il Postino," rather than the untidy manufactured romance of another "Captain Corelli's Mandolin."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Bardem plays the part with all the pent-up animal rage of a young Robert De Niro.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    A brilliant little exercise. As a horror movie, it packs one genuine scare after another, right up to the moment of its inconceivably ghastly end. As a mystery, it unfolds with an almost supernatural elegance. And as a metaphor for the movies themselves, it's truly exceptional.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Resurrection is a revelation.

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