Peter Debruge
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For 420 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 Wreck-It Ralph
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 420
420 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    The humor springs either from real-world recognition, as Robespierre and her co-writers go where others fear to tread, or in response to the cast’s lively, eccentrically lived-in characters.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    The pic owes its believability to Asser, who served as a therapist similar to Oliver’s character, drawing from his experience to shape the world. Asser brings more than just realism, however, crafting the central father-son relationship on the foundation of classical Greek tragedy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Meticulously acted, gorgeously shot and hilariously insightful about the strange, inarticulable ways people can get on one another’s nerves, this psychological thriller takes its premise to surprising, darkly comic extremes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    The story distinguishes itself from other anime offerings through its attention to both visual and emotional realism.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Despite all that it withholds, The Strange Little Cat ultimately proves a far more revealing form of family portrait.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    A spunky yet surprisingly sad portrait of a sexually liberated man held captive by his past, forever chasing and trying to rewrite his own legend.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Despite his movie-star reputation and looks, Mortensen remains a remarkably humble screen presence, a trait that’s perfect for a part that demands considerable empathy from whoever’s playing it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Scherfig approaches the milieu with shrewd anthropological wit, amplifying Wade’s research with her own keen outsider insights — this on top of an expert grasp of tension and tone as the club’s initial allure turns to anxiety and disgust.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Though Fanon’s words serve to justify the seemingly unconscionable — violence — the film ends with a very different call to action, one that stresses the need for “new concepts,” as if trying to calm the blood the film has brought to a boil over the dense and daunting 80-odd minutes that have come before.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    As science gives way to science fiction, the movie loses its way, squandering time that might better be spent exploring the ocean's floor, where these alien life forms already among us must be seen to be believed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    If there's one thing missing above all else from today's action movies, it's the lost art of the car chase.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Slick, well-acted, and smarter than it has to be.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    It's like "Lock, Stock" as filtered through the mind of David Mamet, with Craig as the suave middleman holding it all together.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    It's a brisk and lively getaway with genuine personality.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Features some of the best fight and chase footage you'll see all summer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    The result is an eye-opening social portrait in the tradition of "Paris Is Burning," the landmark 1990 documentary that introduced drag balls and ''vogueing'' to the mainstream, but it lacks the earlier film's structure and focus.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Even as Dark Water's horror-movie component flounders, a different, arguably better kind of thriller emerges.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    A definite crowd-pleaser, Hustle & Flow has all the makings of a massive cultural phenomenon - if only audiences can get past the whole pimp thing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    A haunting, poetic film, and yet it suffers two major failings. First, Murray provides too blank a slate for the audience to appreciate whatever insights a more expressive performance might have offered. Second, and far more troubling, is the way Jarmusch refuses to take his female characters seriously.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Valiant enlists a squad of loveable birdbrains to turn the classic fighter-pilot formula into an upbeat adventure film loaded with laughs.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Plays like a modern-day inversion of "Inherit the Wind," highlighting an astonishing shift in the American legal system over the last 80 years.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    With its predictable confrontations and tacky fantasy sequences, you feel writer/director Jane Anderson steering the material toward schmaltzy movie-of-the-week territory at every turn.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Where "Elizabethtown" pretends to have the meaning of life, Shopgirl hones in on a few telling details, then allows audiences to fill in the rest.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is a movie obsessed more with the act of telling a story than the story itself, which explains why, when the movie's finally over, less than half the audience will have understood the finer points of the mystery.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Marshall's Memoirs achieves something few other high-profile literary adaptations do: Rather than simply inspiring us to hunt down the source material, it actually stands alone as a film, rich in drama and star-crossed romance.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    The most extreme English-language studio release I've seen in years.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    The Proposition leaves you shell-shocked.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Kids will eat it up, while solid voice work from William Shatner and Wanda Sykes should keep this borderline-feral toon from pushing adults over the edge.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Ultimately, what happens with the house is not only entertaining, but a marvel of what animation can accomplish in this day and age.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    While you watch, be sure to scour the background for in-jokes, including cameos by Gromit and other DreamWorks characters, and rest assured that Flushed Away gets even funnier on second viewing.

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