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 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Debruge's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Wreck-It Ralph
Lowest review score: 0 Another Gay Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 537
537 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    One could argue that “Mockingjay” didn’t really merit being split in two (and surely a single three-hour movie could be made of it), but we benefit from the fact that the film has been given room to breathe, which allows for subtle character moments...and the gradual building of suspense during the actual siege in the Capitol.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    While the ultra-clever first act stockpiles sufficient admiration from audiences to sustain the film, the bulk of The Brand New Testament concerns itself with Van Dormael’s most persistent preoccupation: the tug-of-war between fate and free will.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    In its own highbrow way, the formally demanding and impossibly intimate video essay serves as an elegy to that sense of home that disappeared with the woman who, as far as the film is concerned, seems forever confined to her own bourgeois apartment.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Brazilian director Afonso Poyart (“Two Rabbits”) proves quite effective at building and sustaining a grim sense of suspense throughout.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    Big-picture cliches aside, this truth-blurring but thoroughly convincing portrait makes its case via the details.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    With a title easily confused for Christopher Nolan’s 2012 Batman sequel...Tim Sutton’s Dark Night is at once a glib play on words and a sobering rumination on the mindset of a suburban America simultaneously obsessed with and plagued by gun violence.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    This may be Schamus’ directorial debut, but he’s no amateur, and his experience — both in cinema and in life — comes through onscreen.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Peter Debruge
    At times deliriously dynamic, at others patience-grating in the extreme, the constantly inventive film fires off ideas that are as exhilarating as anything American audiences will see all year, only to lag in long swells on either side.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Has all the makings of another "Ice Storm" -- family tension, teen experimentation, friendly neighborhood wife-swapping and a death in the family -- but falls short in its execution.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Smile feels like one man's answer to movies increasingly overloaded with sex and violence.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Features the lamest story of any CG-animated feature to date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    This is neither the noir world of old '40s movies, of which he's clearly fond, nor something new and original enough to fit the concept. Instead, it feels like a blueprint for someone else to figure out.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    An unknown commodity to anyone who doesn't follow telenovelas, Becker is sure to be a big star and has already signed on for two sequels. Apart from being scorching hot, he's enormously sympathetic in dramatic scenes.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Writer/director John A. Davis (Jimmy Neutron) is a wizard at transforming the most mundane setting -- the front yard, for crying out loud -- into another world.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    True to form, How to Eat Fried Worms forgoes flatulence jokes for positive examples.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    What does set Shrek the Third apart is the quality of its animation, which reaches a level of expressiveness in the faces that would make even Hollywood's heavily Botoxed live-action stars envious.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    The dynamic between mother and son is fascinating, with Blethyn creating a character who is more antagonist than villain.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Death Sentence would be right at home as one half of "Grindhouse"'s B-movie double bill.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Its compelling cast and sincere matchmaking goals are reason enough to play along.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Riddled with ammunition for what Alfred Hitchcock called the "Plausibles"--those poor-sport moviegoers who insist on pointing out a movie's inconsistencies instead of simply enjoying the ride
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Nothing happens as you might expect it to, but the Pinocchio ending is definitely out.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    In this vibrant character study, newcomer Lázaro Ramos plays Francisco with an almost animal intensity.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    As a thriller, The Statement is relatively disappointing, but as a moral study, the movie proves far more promising.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Offers a charming distraction from the current campaign season by sidestepping real issues and making light of the process.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Sexy, stylish, and legitimately suspenseful.
    • 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.

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