Peter Debruge
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For 448 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 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Debruge's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 448
448 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Where “Heart” excels, however, is simply in capturing the rhythm of life.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Offsetting stiff acting with rich atmosphere, visuals and music, this long-awaited picture hits the novel's key plot points without denying its spiritual soul.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    While seriousness has overtaken the Bond franchise in recent years (hardly a bad thing, mind you), Kingsman runs no such risk. Vaughn welcomes details that might seem silly in another director’s hands, such as a bulletproof umbrella or tiny microchips that can make one’s head explode, presenting everything playfully enough that plausibility isn’t a factor.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    While not quite the “art” it’s billed to be, if the perfect con is about diverting one’s focus, then this one keeps you distracted till the end.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Though named after a party girl's pet Chihuahua, Starlet could just as easily describe the two exceptional first-timers making their debuts in this brittle, beautifully understated San Fernando Valley character study.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    It’s not so common to find an ensemble of this caliber so enthusiastic to work together, and that chemistry comes across.
    • 67 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Though this Cinderella could never replace Disney’s animated classic, it’s no ugly stepsister either, but a deserving companion.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    A trippy variation on the dream-within-a-dream movie, Boyle’s return-to-form crimer constantly challenges what audiences think they know, but neglects to establish why they should care.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    The cops play things as dirty as the crooks in Gangster Squad, an impressively pulpy underworld-plunger that embellishes on a 1949 showdown between a dedicated team of LAPD officers and Mob-connected Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) for control of the city.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Nothing happens as you might expect it to, but the Pinocchio ending is definitely out.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    As endearing as Ferrell and Kidman are on their own, there's just no chemistry between them onscreen.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Fans will cheer at Schumacher's faithful inflation of Webber's vision, which interprets all that pomp and bombast as if the show were some sort of overblown Vegas attraction.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    True to form, How to Eat Fried Worms forgoes flatulence jokes for positive examples.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    This is, after all, "Mary Poppins" turned on its head.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Death Sentence would be right at home as one half of "Grindhouse"'s B-movie double bill.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    In this vibrant character study, newcomer Lázaro Ramos plays Francisco with an almost animal intensity.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Smile feels like one man's answer to movies increasingly overloaded with sex and violence.

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