Peter Debruge
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For 420 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 Skyfall
Lowest review score: 0 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 420
420 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Almost certain to polarize audiences, this bit of emotional agitprop plays like a watered-down "Short Cuts" or "Magnolia" with a shrill, one-note message: We're all a little bit racist.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    What's missing cast-wise is an appealing personality in the sidekick role, and Webb is no match for Mads Mikkelsen.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Reacher is a brawny action figure whose exploits would have been a good fit for the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone back in the day, but feel less fun when delegated to a leading man like Tom Cruise. The star is too charismatic to play someone so cold-blooded, and his fans likely won't appreciate the stretch.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Strong on texture but taxingly light on narrative.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    With Identity Thief, Melissa McCarthy proves she's got what it takes to carry a feature, however meager the underlying material.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Willis still packs that rapscallion charm, balancing his wisecracking, reluctant-hero shtick with the unstoppable, all-American quality that earned the original film its title. But the chemistry between him and Courtney is nonexistent, with the younger thesp, who makes co-star Cole Hauser look expressive, adding so little to the equation, one can only hope the studio doesn't plan to pass the franchise on to him.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The comedy feels forced as Fey works overtime to insert unnecessary zingers at the tail of every scene. If the cast weren’t so endearing, her actions could easily sour an audience on the whole experience, and Admission digs itself a hole only an ensemble this appealing can escape.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    A North Korean terrorist may be responsible for taking the president hostage, but it’s Bulgarian-made CGI that does the most damage in Antoine Fuqua’s intense, ugly, White-House-under-siege actioner Olympus Has Fallen.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Two half-stories about fathers and sons on opposite sides of the law do not a full movie make in The Place Beyond the Pines, the overlong and under-conceived reunion between “Blue Valentine” director Derek Cianfrance and lookalike star Ryan Gosling.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    It’s a vibrant journey, but not a terribly illuminating one.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Violet & Daisy feels radically disconnected from recognizable human behavior.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Though Resnais’ gamble seems to have failed, it’s encouraging to see a director on the brink of 90 still willing to experiment in a way most helmers half his age wouldn’t dare.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    More irrelevant than irreverent, the unworthy script from “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’s” Chris Matheson might play to apocalyptically stoned college kids, but offers nothing in the way of broader social satire, suggesting the waste of a perfectly good Reckoning — not to mention the talents of a cast far funnier than the doom-and-gloom results suggest.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Trading her improv-based filmmaking style for a more traditional screenplay-grounded model, Lynn Shelton delivers an uneven mix of half-formed conflicts.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Collectively, Thanks for Sharing boasts more than enough personalities to keep things interesting, but it lacks the casual spontaneity to make these characters’ journeys anything other than predictable.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    An epic showcase for mediocre CGI and slapdash screenwriting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    In angling for suspense, this low-budget stunt relies a bit too heavily on our suspension of disbelief.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    A scrappy portrait of half a dozen renegade gold-diggers.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Visually, “Walking With Dinosaurs” dazzles with its combination of Animal Logic-animated CG creatures...and beautiful practical backgrounds... Less dazzling is the constant stream of jokey banter, which thwarts the pic’s educational potential and caps its target age awfully low.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Neither Pena nor the pic itself delivers the necessary dynamism, strained by a modest budget and too few extras to sufficiently re-create a movement that found strength in numbers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Maps struggles to mix its various genres: Part showbiz sendup, part ghost story, part dysfunctional-family drama, the movie instead comes across as so much jaded mumbo-jumbo.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Ultimately, such a stir-crazy two-hander can only be as interesting as its actors.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    This overly devout adaptation of Joe Hill’s sacrilegious text benefits from the helmer’s twisted sensibility, but suffers from a case of overall silliness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    With even less plot than in previous installments to get in the way of its inventive 3D dance scenes, this fifth pic delivers on spectacle... but lacks in chemistry.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    It all makes for clumsy-fun escapism, not bad as end-of-summer chillers go.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The script represents a too-tame middle ground, which gives the unfortunate impression that perhaps the filmmakers want us to empathize with this icky romance.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    The meticulously crafted world is stunning to behold, imagined to the minutest detail and photographed with the sort of dramatic lighting and dynamic camera movement rarely seen in stop-motion. Trouble is, it’s not a place most folks would care to spend any time.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Ferrara finds himself imitating rather than innovating.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Debruge
    Though colorfully embellished with authentic detail and logistically complex to bring to the screen, Ayer’s script is bland at the most basic story level, undermined by cardboard characterizations and a stirring yet transparently silly climactic showdown.

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