Peter Debruge
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For 473 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 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Debruge's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Me and You and Everyone We Know
Lowest review score: 0 Another Gay Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 473
473 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Features some of the best fight and chase footage you'll see all summer.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Despite the inherent perversity of the concept, Mosley succeeds in maintaining a certain sweetness throughout. Even more impressively, she makes her low-budget enterprise look as slick as most midrange studio comedies, demonstrating herself a director with both imagination and technical ingenuity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    While never as gripping as a good piece of fiction, Goold’s treatment actually manages to improve on the book, even if that meant fabricating a few things along the way.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Perhaps the cleverest thing about Barker-Froyland’s delicately contrived debut is how uncontrived she manages to make it seem.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    It may not be balanced or especially sophisticated filmmaking, suffering from a misty-eyed oversimplification of what relationships (gay or straight) actually demand. But for many, it’s precisely the sort of emotional eye-opener needed for young people to find inspiration and naysayers to reconsider their attitudes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Much like a work of art, the film invites a range of reactions, though it’s far easier to process than the daubs, doodles and other weird works that now hang all over the country.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    The director commissioned Struzan to paint the one-sheet for his debut, “Sexina: Popstar P.I.,” and while this sophomore effort is no masterpiece, it’s far more deserving of Struzan’s talent.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    The result looks as much like a Natural History Museum diorama as it sounds: a respectful but waxy re-creation that feels somehow awe-inspiring yet chillingly lifeless to behold, the great exception being Jones' alternately blistering and sage turn as Stevens.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    As the work of one young man bursting with inspiration, the film is a giddy thing to absorb, allowing complete strangers to witness someone performing open-heart surgery on himself.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Fortunately, writer-director Richard LaGravenese has jettisoned most of the novel and refashioned its core mythology and characters into a feverishly enjoyable guilty pleasure.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Awful Nice carves out all the touchy-feely stuff that makes Judd Apatow movies run two reels too long in favor of a jump-cut style that eliminates the fat and keeps the jokes coming.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Courageously sentimental in an age of irony, Victor Levin’s refreshingly articulate 5 to 7 delivers romance of the sort thought lost since the days of Audrey Hepburn, for those who appreciate such finery.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    [A] slick, smarter-than-usual conspiracy yarn.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Boychoir may be soft, but it’s not run-of-the-mill TV-movie treacle, offering just enough edge to lend credibility.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    A robust romantic drama, rich in history and full of emotion, Brooklyn fills a niche in which the studios once specialized, using a well-read and respected novel as the grounds for a tenderly observed tearjerker.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    What Erica Rivinoja, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein’s script lacks in lingering nutritional value, it compensates for with amusing food puns. If nothing else, the pic’s zany tone and manic pace are good for a quick-hit sugar high.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    It’s naughty, campy and wildly uneven.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Strangely, Louder Than Bombs manages to be glaringly obvious and admirably subtle in the same breath.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    A quarter-century ago, such an assured, emotionally satisfying French offering as this could have done significant business in the States, the way films like “Jean de Florette” once did.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    It takes a special kind of imagination to recognize the entertainment potential trapped in such a mundane scenario, and an incredibly resourceful filmmaker to spin it into as much fun as Daly does here.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Here, the laughs come not from the silly voices but a blend of snappy editing and clever character bits, including a recurring joke about an inappropriately named sidekick who calls himself White Shadow (Michael Patrick Bell).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Affectionately captures the tail end of a culture in which specialized dice, character sheets and hand-painted figurines were the gateway to elaborate flights of imagination.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Breaking it down, The Heat has been engineered to deliver the laughs, and the result certainly does, despite coming alarmingly near to botching the procedural elements along the way.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Cinematically speaking, this high-concept, low-budget sci-fi mind-bender falls into the same category as Shane Carruth’s shoestring marvel “Primer,” relying on creative ingenuity rather than elaborate effects to keep geek auds ensnared by its multi-layered mystery.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Beyond scrappy, The Last 5 Years lacks a unifying aesthetic, as if this were merely the run-through, grabbed on the fly without lights, costumes or location permits. This approach does improve upon the stage show in one key respect, however, allowing us to see all those crooned-over emotions writ large on the faces of its two terrific lead performers.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Though virtually every twist on this emotional roller coaster feels preordained by its architect, the director leaves certain mysteries for the audience to interpret, making for a more open-ended and mature work all around.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Taken together, the parables serve primarily to entertain — an effect that has as much to do with Garrone’s command of the cinematic language as it does the content itself.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    It Follows is remarkably effective for most of its running time, ratcheting up the tension, then stinging the audience periodically with one of those jolts that sends everyone levitating a couple inches above their seats. But the excitement wears off after a point.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Entertaining, though conventionally told war story.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Audiences may not care about this gang when the party starts, but once the dust settles, you’ve gotta admit, they made for pretty good company.

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