Peter Debruge
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For 392 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 41% 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: 60
Highest review score: 100 Rush
Lowest review score: 0 Pretty Persuasion
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 392
392 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Shepard balances a livelier-than-life script with striking, super-saturated images, which makes the film feel bigger than it is.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Ultimately, the enigmatic surface conflict — in which a man must contend with his own carbon copy as rival — proves to be the film’s own worst enemy, for its dark, David Lynchian allure proves almost too compelling, obscuring the material’s deeper themes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    While Palo Alto doesn’t seem to be saying anything new exactly, it boasts a clear and confident voice of its own, and it will be exciting to see where the young Coppola goes from here.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Instead of explaining the system through conventional narration, which would have been extremely helpful, the filmmakers immerse auds in the world they found, capturing its subjects’ behavior with startling candor.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Hoogendijk has created an artifact that, while not exactly elegant, 400 years hence may prove as vital a window into Amsterdam culture as any of the Dutch masterpieces hanging in the museum itself.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Perhaps the cleverest thing about Barker-Froyland’s delicately contrived debut is how uncontrived she manages to make it seem.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    It’s naughty, campy and wildly uneven.
    • 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.
    • 37 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.
    • 81 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    It's basically just another watered-down version of Dead Poets Society and countless other inspirational-teacher films, but its emotional impact is undeniable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    There's too much going on to take it all in. It's a shame, really. Robots boasts some of the most vibrant visual design ever captured on screen.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    One of those novelistic independent films more concerned with atmosphere and character than the particularities of narrative, where contemplating the backstory is more satisfying than anything we see.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Smile feels like one man's answer to movies increasingly overloaded with sex and violence.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Although Scott seems to be making a point about both parties' ongoing feud for Jerusalem , the movie seems more like a classic Western than a contemporary political allegory.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    As endearing as Ferrell and Kidman are on their own, there's just no chemistry between them onscreen.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Sure, it's a pleasure to watch Thornton stretch his legs in Matthau's role, but I miss Tatum O'Neal as his firebrand daughter.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    As a superhero movie, it's something of an underachiever, missing out on easy opportunities to push the idea to the next level.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    With material like this, Samuel Fuller or David Lean might have fashioned an epic war movie for the ages, chock-full of hard-boiled characters and against-all-odds heroics. But in John Dahl's hands, The Great Raid never really lives up to its name, delivering everything you might expect from such a movie, but not an ounce more.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Belongs to the same class of cotton-candy romances as "Chances Are" and "Somewhere in Time," although it steers its light-hearted subject into darker territory with the life support subplot.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Baier's style is almost uncomfortably voyeuristic, amplified by the casting of a young, inexperienced actor (Pierre Chatagny) in a part that calls for hardcore sex.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Let's be honest: Whether it's Jessica Alba or Paul Walker you're dying to see stripped down to her/his sexiest swimwear, there's only one reason anyone is interested in diving Into the Blue.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Over the years, Pacino's Method has become his madness, and now, whether he's playing Shylock or Satan, he doesn't become the part so much as the part becomes him.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Considering how much new additions Rosario Dawson (as Mimi) and Tracie Thoms (as Joanne) bring to the film, it's a shame Columbus didn't introduce more changes.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    This is, after all, "Mary Poppins" turned on its head.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Night Watch represents the best in Russian special effects, a collaboration between 42 different CGI specialty firms all working in the service of a single goal: to create the nation's most visually transgressive film.