Peter Debruge

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For 490 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 Brothers
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 490
490 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    [Portman's] drearily empathetic film lacks whatever universality has made “Tale” such an international phenomenon.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Most of the jokes are real groaners, though the humor is welcome, while shooting select exteriors with tilt-shift lenses (for a miniature-faking effect that makes real-world buildings look like tiny Lego sets) adds another creative touch to the overall package.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    There's a lot to be said for a movie that isn't after instant fame, but only wants to make audiences feel good.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The beauty of You Got Served is that it delivers the moves from every vantage point.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    While this Kid isn't up to "Spy Kids" standards, the good news is the film hews closer to the high-concept kids' movies of the 1980s than to all that Disney Channel goo that's been repackaged for the big screen lately.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Secret Window's premise is certainly new, even if King appears to be plagiarizing themes from himself.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    I'd gladly take the legend over this dreary pseudo-historical mumbo jumbo.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    If you were hoping to find another "Nemo," you're likely to be let down by this insincere and borderline unpleasant alternative.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    American audiences have seen Ju-On. And The Grudge just goes to show why remaking it is such a frivolous idea: What's the use in wasting so much energy if the filmmakers aren't going to fix what was wrong with the movie in the first place?
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    One of those slow-baked Southern character studies about taking an old flat tire of a man and finding some way to love him anyway.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Rojas is played by Penélope Cruz, who's endearing enough, but still comes across coarse and irritating every time she attempts a role in English.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Duchovny bookends his story with a modern-day framing device that takes all that has gone so well until this point and turns it cloyingly sentimental.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Imagine what someone like Danny DeVito might have done with the material, taking it in that darker "War of the Roses" direction instead of languishing in this sunny, not-nearly-sinister-enough "Legally Blonde" territory.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Borderline reprehensible, High Tension is a living nightmare, but then, why else would you see it?
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Skillfully manage to adapt some key details of the show -- namely, the high-flying car chases and hillbilly narration.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Their movie is cold, and I mean that not as a weather pun, but in the sense that it's impossible to warm up to a character who sees the awful things happening around him strictly in terms of how they affect him.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Peter Debruge
    Relative to the major brands, the intimate, handcrafted approach should yield more flavor. Instead, Drinking Buddies offers mostly froth.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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,

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