Peter Debruge

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For 539 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 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Debruge's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Django Unchained
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 539
539 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    With its linear narrative and clear sense of a protagonist, Evolution is both more beautiful (thanks to gorgeous widescreen cinematography, including stunning underwater and nighttime footage, from “The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears” d.p. Manu Dacosse) and accessible than “Innocence,” though the two films clearly function best as the twisted diptych that they are.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Neon Bull keeps a cinematic distance at nearly all times, seldom moving in for closeups and allowing most scenes to play out in a single shot. Whether his subjects are shoveling manure or showering down afterward, Mascaro prefers to celebrate these figures in their physical entirety.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Though it piles all sorts of emotional baggage onto a series of already-tired believe-in-yourself cliches, Hosoda’s over-complicated script has the virtue of expressing itself less via words than it does through truly spectacular set pieces.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    While the interview-driven documentary may not adhere to Hitchcock’s cinematic ideal, it welcomes one and all into the medium’s embrace.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    While the helmer’s myth-making approach makes for great Capra-esque entertainment, younger auds may find it terribly old-fashioned — and they’d be right to think so, although Spielberg would be the first to admit it was his intention to play things classical.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Ross doesn’t run from the resulting sentimentality the way so many other directors do; nor does he undercut it with irony or sarcasm as has become the regrettable tendency in independent cinema.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Greenaway has wrought an outrageously unconventional and deliriously profane biopic that could take decades to be duly appreciated.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Peter Debruge
    Operation Avalanche demonstrates that there’s still plenty of room left within the found-footage format to craft fresh, high-concept projects, regardless of the fact that no one’s falling for their alleged authenticity any longer.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Not since "To Live and Die in L.A" has there been such a raw, cynical vision of living and dying in L.A.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    But as Western analogies go, Curse achieves an emotional fervor more in keeping with ancient Greek mythology than Elizabethan theater.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    [Csupo's] take on Bridge to Terabithia doesn't pander or misrepresent, but instead illustrates the power of open-mindedness in both its forms: creativity and acceptance.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    The movie's politics may miss their mark, but its thrills are dead-on.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    On paper, it may sound like high-level calculus, but on screen, The Last Mimzy is perfectly charming. Like "Cocoon" for the elementary-school set, the box transforms Noah and Emma's lives.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Make no mistake, Arctic Tale is a stunning film, full of all the astonishing, even breathtaking nature photography we've come to expect from the folks at National Geographic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    What isn't fair is the film's R rating, which makes this charming coming-of-age tale virtually inaccessible to the audience sure to cherish it most.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Lee’s use of split-screens and dynamic transitions makes the process of actively interpreting his monstrous vision a fresh and unrivaled experience.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    It's the details that make Dummy such a winner. By way of comparison, consider last summer's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," in which each actor put a heartfelt spin on his or her one-joke character (the father who believes that Windex cures everything). Well, here's an entire movie built on nuggets like that.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Although director Eytan Fox focuses on Yossi and Jagger's specific situation, he also casts a critical eye on the responsibility military service puts on all young people who are still in the process of discovering themselves.

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