Peter Debruge
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For 407 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 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Debruge's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Lowest review score: 0 Pretty Persuasion
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 407
407 movie reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Basically the first movie all over again, with plenty more of the bridge-jumping, rocket-launching action that audiences loved about the original.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Imagine what someone like Danny DeVito might have done with the material, taking it in that darker "War of the Roses" direction instead of languishing in this sunny, not-nearly-sinister-enough "Legally Blonde" territory.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Borderline reprehensible, High Tension is a living nightmare, but then, why else would you see it?
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The result is like a low-rent "Wizard of Oz" or "Labyrinth," sticking close to the formula of a kid who falls asleep and wakes up in a fantastical wonderland where everything's just a little bit off.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    One of the great pleasures of the original Love Bug comes in watching all the live-action stunts, and CG just isn't the same.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Skillfully manage to adapt some key details of the show -- namely, the high-flying car chases and hillbilly narration.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Like a cross between "Man on Fire" and "Bad Boys 2," this demolition derby delivers eye-popping action sequences that would make even the Roadrunner roll his eyes in disbelief.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    As far as titles go, Cote d'Azur doesn't quite cut it for this topsy-turvy French comedy, in which an innocent seaside vacation gets really messy once a family full of busybodies starts poking around in one another's business.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    I'd like to say that Flightplan is one of those white-knuckle, edge-of-your-seat thrill rides that critics are always raving about, but instead, it's more like a transatlantic flight with no clear destination, where the cabin noise makes it impossible to sleep and the in-flight movie is a rerun.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Considering its superlative title (second only to George Stevens's New Testament epic, "The Greatest Story Ever Told"), I'm sorry to report that The Greatest Game Ever Played ranks somewhere in the murky middleground of sports movies.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    It's all in the telling, and Loggerheads practically aches with its own heal-the-world earnestness.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    It's frustrating to watch Levin try to reason with far-gone street-corner evangelicals (whose arguments are preposterous at best) when he might be building a stronger case by other means.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Their movie is cold, and I mean that not as a weather pun, but in the sense that it's impossible to warm up to a character who sees the awful things happening around him strictly in terms of how they affect him.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Unlike this summer's compulsively watchable "Hustle & Flow," Get Rich or Die Tryin' captures none of the thrill of finding your voice, recording a demo or landing a concert.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    This is superficial entertainment to say the least. But if you're looking for laughs, then Just Friends is just fine.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The remake seems to have been written and directed by people whose only experience with children is the long-distant memory of having been kids themselves so many years ago.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    As long as the movie's set in Mexico City, The Matador is a slick and entertaining black comedy, but the instant Danny heads back to Denver, it comes flying apart at the seams.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Like an early Woody Allen film or a classic Marx brothers feature, more of Hoodwinked's gags flop than hit, but they come at such a steady rate, you hardly notice.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    This is precisely the type of moviegoing experience engineered for those who still get a laugh when the Baha Men hit "Who Let the Dogs Out?" accompanies a doggie mayhem montage.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    It would seem Towne is too much in love with the book to recognize its fundamental limitations as a film.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The Sentinel isn't nearly as slick as it must have looked on the page. Those zingers are perfect fodder for a movie preview, but they just don't lead anywhere interesting on-screen.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The trouble with Kinky Boots is that director Julian Jarrold doesn't seem to know whether his movie would play better to young hipsters or the blue-haired old lady crowd.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    A filmmaker like John Sayles ("Sunshine State") who shares Hiaasen's issue-conscious outlook might have framed the lesson a bit more eloquently. But Shriner blows it.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    In a move reminiscent of Gus Van Sant's "Psycho," some shots are lifted directly from the original and much of the screenplay is identical.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The truth is, Jet Li has gotten soft in his old age. While fans of the "Once Upon a Time in China" star will be pleased to learn that at least half of Fearless is action, what they may not realize is just how mushy everything else is.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    In post-"Wedding Crashers" Hollywood, the entire exercise feels dated (just as the comedy's PG-13 rating -- this in spite of a recurring rape joke -- makes it feel neutered).
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Coolidge knows he's not making "Death of a Salesman" here (he names the store managers Glen Gary and Glen Ross in tribute to David Mamet's elegy to the American Dream), but he's got the same eye for detail that made "Office Space" great. What he lacks is Arthur Miller's (or even Mike Judge's) sense for character.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Whereas E.B. White's beloved novel introduced kids to the cycle of life, tenderly broaching the tricky subject of mortality, this latest movie version plays like just another piece of vegetarian agitprop.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    By suggesting that the man's life was as riotously funny as his plays, writer-director Laurent Tirard leaves us wishing he'd opted to do a straightforward adaptation instead.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The tension's palpable and the deaths are gruesomely inventive (and jarringly abrupt), but the clincher is so far-fetched you may end up wishing you'd opted for the relative reality of a week in Cancun instead.