Peter Debruge
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For 462 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 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Debruge's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Girlhood
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 462
462 movie reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    Extravagant but exhausting...this over-the-top oater delivers all the energy and spectacle audiences have come to expect from a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but sucks out the fun in the process,
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    Decently acted despite screenplay shortcomings.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    As the years go by and the kids grow — perhaps the only real benefit of Winterbottom’s approach — time begins to run together, making it all too easy for the mind to wander.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    Firth and Blunt make a strange couple, and Ariola a musicvideo helmer making his feature debut, should have devoted more time to making the chemistry work than to sustaining the melancholy mood.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    Cody shows promise as a director, paving over the bumpy patches with clever song choices, but needs to mix things up if she hopes to continue.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    It is, in short, everything you’d expect from a crowd-sourced documentary, designed to celebrate its subject, while mostly just validating the aesthetic taste of its backers.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    The film amounts to a lousy sort of magic show, schematically pulling strings to prove its own points.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    The film isn’t so much funny as it is merely amusing — a laundry list of inappropriate and potentially embarrassing moments that strive mightily, but never quite manage to land the laugh.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    Though the sequel features far more footage of the giant beasts, including a spectacular nighttime scene in which one of the bioluminescent creatures ejects phosphorescent spores into the desert sky, the story remains stubbornly focused on relatively uninteresting human concerns.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    There's a reason creepy character actors seldom play lead, and Karpovsky's amusingly off-kilter quality is better suited to the background, while Prediger (as the stranger he desperately wants to ditch, lest his ex-g.f. discover his infidelity) has the makings of an indie star.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    Plop plop. Fizz fizz. Oh, what a missed opportunity it is! In the well-cast but seldom funny satire And Now a Word From Our Sponsor.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    Evaluated on the concept’s own terms, the script clearly could have used another do-over or two before Israelite and his cast took the plunge.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    One dead giveaway that the comedy isn’t working is the film’s score, which overcompensates throughout by attempting to bolster every second with bouncy energy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    Apart from its general knock against ageism in Hollywood, The Congress doesn’t have much insight to offer on the subject.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    Relative to the major brands, the intimate, handcrafted approach should yield more flavor. Instead, Drinking Buddies offers mostly froth.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    Potter seems at a loss to communicate the ideas behind her agonizingly elliptical picture, leaving auds to marvel at the gorgeous cinematography and scarlet-red hair of its heroine, earnestly played by Elle Fanning in a project undeserving of her talents.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    Part serial-killer thriller, part old-school anti-Soviet propaganda, Child 44 plays like a curious relic of an earlier Cold War mindset, when Western audiences took comfort that they were living on the right side of the Iron Curtain, and relied on movies to remind them as much.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    While the Wachowskis have always put their greatest emphasis on aesthetics, they allow the visual impulse to get the best of them here, investing so much attention in creating unique fashions, technology, architecture and design that they’ve blinded themselves to the huge logical gaps in their own story.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    Happy Christmas desperately needs some real jokes, rather than settling for the bemused chuckles that accompany its banal observations into human nature.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    Emperor’s bloodless presentation fails on a fundamental dramatic level, playing like the fancy version of a junior-high educational filmstrip, down to the false suspense of Alex Heffes’ corny ticking-clock score.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    Far too many of the shorts prove instantly forgettable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    As horror scenarios go, Puenzo’s setup takes the most heavy-handed approach possible.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    As impressive as these visual elements prove to be, the film struggles to grab and maintain audiences’ interest, whether or not they know the underlying legend by heart.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Something about the sequel, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, doesn't seem nearly as obnoxious as the original.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    With an exciting way out, the audience would have gladly overlooked all the loose ends from earlier in the movie. But the way Hall plays it, he undermines the early style and intelligence of his all-black action movie, taking audiences for the wrong kind of ride in the end.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    The explanation for all this mayhem eludes me, and even a lame last-minute twist isn't enough to cover the fact that Jigsaw ain't as clever as the movie thinks he is.
    • 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.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    For all of 10 minutes, Gray Matters looks like it might have accomplished the impossible: uncovering a romantic-comedy scenario audiences haven't seen a million times before.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Amounts to Chicken Soup for the Soul-style torture -- unless you like that kind of thing.

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