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
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    When confronted with real problems--and there's enough melodrama here to top a movie-of-the-week marathon on Lifetime--these otherwise empowered characters seem helpless to defend themselves.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Something about the sequel, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, doesn't seem nearly as obnoxious as the original.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    With an exciting way out, the audience would have gladly overlooked all the loose ends from earlier in the movie. But the way Hall plays it, he undermines the early style and intelligence of his all-black action movie, taking audiences for the wrong kind of ride in the end.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    The explanation for all this mayhem eludes me, and even a lame last-minute twist isn't enough to cover the fact that Jigsaw ain't as clever as the movie thinks he is.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Zombie's film plays more like an experimental pastiche than an outright homage to those classic road-trip-gone-wrong movies.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    For all of 10 minutes, Gray Matters looks like it might have accomplished the impossible: uncovering a romantic-comedy scenario audiences haven't seen a million times before.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Amounts to Chicken Soup for the Soul-style torture -- unless you like that kind of thing.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    What's missing is some faith in the audience's intelligence and, more importantly, the jokes.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Unfortunately, this dimwit concept barely has enough spark to power a single strand of Christmas lights, much less rival the classic-by-comparison "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" in side-splitting Yuletide snafus.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Like Russia's answer to "The Matrix" and "Lord of the Ring"s trilogies, Day Watch offers the second chapter in an epic battle between the forces of Light and Dark, the result of which is a gaping gray area where nothing much makes sense.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Amounts to little more than a downbeat soap opera as half a dozen squatters -- hustler, junkie, stripper, queer, fallen Madonna and skank, with a mentally challenged roomie thrown in for good measure -- try to hold their lives together in a grungy New York loft just days before Christmas. Think "Rent" without the music.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    A relatively harmless (and thankfully, not entirely laughless) trifle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    The movie is a leaden, slow-moving beast.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Have you ever noticed how it's always the worst horror movies that go really far out of their way to lay the groundwork for a sequel?
    • 70 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    In Year of the Dog, director Mike White willfully violates one of the great unwritten rules of Hollywood screenwriting: Kill as many human characters as you want, just spare the dog.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    With its ho-hum hero and lackluster love story, The Order would likely be one big implausible bore if it wasn't for production designer Miljen Kreka Kljakovic.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    I suspect Scott sees Domino as the ultimate provocation, his way of grabbing Hollywood by the throat and shouting, "You want reality??! I'll give you REALITY!!!" Sort of.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Absence of motive makes the movie provocative; the explanation renders it irrelevant and defuses any interesting debate the film might have inspired.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Each segment introduces new characters and a radically different scenario, which suggests that Hancock's structure may actually be an insecure attempt to deliver a horror movie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    As coincidence would have it, Steve Carell's "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" spun comedy gold from a similar idea just last week. Virgin shares not only The Baxter's basic premise, but also two of its key cast members (Paul Rudd and the beautiful Ms. Banks), allowing audiences to see just how much better The Baxter might have been if Showalter had given us some reason to identify with his socially awkward protagonist.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Threadbare sequel.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    An ambitious disaster, Alexander is the rare historical portrait that leaves you feeling as though you know less about its subject than you did upon entering the theater.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    The characters, starting with Lewis himself, are downright obnoxious. Not counting those singing frogs or the time-traveling T. rex (with its big head and little arms), only Lewis' sad-sack roommate ''Goob'' is remotely sympathetic.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    The studio wimped out, and the result is a lesser production on every level: talent, script, content, and purpose.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    The movie is basically a love story between a man and his elephant, and if viewed as such, it's not nearly as ridiculous as the movie it first appears to be.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Kevin Spacey is a darn good actor, and he's a pretty good singer to boot. But those traits alone do not excuse the painful experience to be had sitting through Beyond the Sea.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    There's nothing so artistic about it as to attract the same art-house crowd that braved subtitles to discover "Nine Queens," and yet, it's professional enough that Spanish speakers will be glad to have a heist movie on par with "Rush Hour 3" or "The Pacifier" made in their native tongue.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    For an inaugural effort, Open Season ain't bad, but the studio shows far more promise with its gee-whiz visuals than it does in the story department.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Kids will love it. It feels fresh and original and mildly subversive, but it's all a cover for the filmmakers not having the patience or confidence to put together a real story with a beginning, middle and end.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    Director Brad Anderson (Session 9) overtly cribs from everyone from Dostoevsky to Kafka.

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