Peter Debruge
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For 486 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 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Debruge's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Garden State
Lowest review score: 0 Pretty Persuasion
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 486
486 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Reacher is a brawny action figure whose exploits would have been a good fit for the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone back in the day, but feel less fun when delegated to a leading man like Tom Cruise. The star is too charismatic to play someone so cold-blooded, and his fans likely won't appreciate the stretch.
    • 34 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Skillfully manage to adapt some key details of the show -- namely, the high-flying car chases and hillbilly narration.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Although Davis’ performance is so good here, it’s tough to know where the real world ends and the vendetta fantasy begins.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    In post-"Wedding Crashers" Hollywood, the entire exercise feels dated (just as the comedy's PG-13 rating -- this in spite of a recurring rape joke -- makes it feel neutered).
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The Sentinel isn't nearly as slick as it must have looked on the page. Those zingers are perfect fodder for a movie preview, but they just don't lead anywhere interesting on-screen.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Fendrik seems more interested in the rich jungle surroundings than in the generic human struggle in the foreground, alternating between clunky setpieces (such as the sitting-duck rowboat shootout) and long stretches where the characters say nothing.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Though Resnais’ gamble seems to have failed, it’s encouraging to see a director on the brink of 90 still willing to experiment in a way most helmers half his age wouldn’t dare.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Two half-stories about fathers and sons on opposite sides of the law do not a full movie make in The Place Beyond the Pines, the overlong and under-conceived reunion between “Blue Valentine” director Derek Cianfrance and lookalike star Ryan Gosling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    By suggesting that the man's life was as riotously funny as his plays, writer-director Laurent Tirard leaves us wishing he'd opted to do a straightforward adaptation instead.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Trading her improv-based filmmaking style for a more traditional screenplay-grounded model, Lynn Shelton delivers an uneven mix of half-formed conflicts.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Willis still packs that rapscallion charm, balancing his wisecracking, reluctant-hero shtick with the unstoppable, all-American quality that earned the original film its title. But the chemistry between him and Courtney is nonexistent, with the younger thesp, who makes co-star Cole Hauser look expressive, adding so little to the equation, one can only hope the studio doesn't plan to pass the franchise on to him.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    I'd like to say that Flightplan is one of those white-knuckle, edge-of-your-seat thrill rides that critics are always raving about, but instead, it's more like a transatlantic flight with no clear destination, where the cabin noise makes it impossible to sleep and the in-flight movie is a rerun.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Secret Window's premise is certainly new, even if King appears to be plagiarizing themes from himself.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    A scrappy portrait of half a dozen renegade gold-diggers.
    • 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.

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