Peter Debruge

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For 537 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: 61
Highest review score: 100 Inside Out
Lowest review score: 0 Another Gay Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 537
537 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Gordon-Levitt’s script can be a bit on-the-nose at times, but that’s an indulgence easily forgiven in a debut feature, and this ensemble winningly sells the movie’s tricky tonal mix.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    While not quite as charming or unique as the original, Despicable Me 2 comes awfully close.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    [A] slick, smarter-than-usual conspiracy yarn.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    To the extent that Adele’s hunger for affection resonates with audiences, what emerges is a powerful — if implausible — romance.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    An impressive, thought-provoking astro-adventure that benefits from the biggest screen available.
    • 66 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Falardeau actually spent time filming in Sudan for a completely different project back in 1994 before being forced to evacuate by the U.N., but he consciously decides not to rub our noses in tarted-up awfulness, opting for steady-footed lensing and subdued music, then trusting our imaginations to fill in the horrors.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Where “Heart” excels, however, is simply in capturing the rhythm of life.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    All sorts of interesting questions swirl beneath the surface.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    If you can stomach the setup, then the rest is pure revenge-movie gold, as Reeves reminds what a compelling action star he can be, while the guy who served as his stunt double in “The Matrix” makes a remarkably satisfying directorial debut, delivering a clean, efficient and incredibly assured thriller.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    After establishing its fresh and relatable origin story, the movie gets bogged down with a relatively generic villain’s power-hungry schemes. Still, there’s enough that’s new and different about Big Hero 6 to get excited about, especially for those still too young for Marvel’s more intense live-action fare.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    There’s something deeper — and deeply original — going on in Decker’s film that demands either a second viewing or a willingness to push past easy dismissal (certainly by conventional standards, the film seems hopelessly amateurish).

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