For 110 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Debruge's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 My Flesh and Blood
Lowest review score: 0 Pretty Persuasion
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 110
  2. Negative: 26 out of 110
110 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    In his first feature, director Joshua Marston passes no judgments. He doesn't condemn drugs. He merely depicts the system that has arisen to support this illicit trade.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Murderball asks you to put all your assumptions about quadriplegics aside and start over.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Debruge
    Delivers a polished and well-researched look at America 's largest corporate bankruptcy with a laser-sharp focus on the personalities, practices, and fates of the top executives behind the Enron meltdown.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    That rare kind of movie that contrasts "cultured" big-city characters with devout, "simple" folk without being condescending or judgmental of either camp.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    If anything, it's the degree to which the animals differ from us that makes March of the Penguins so fascinating.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Debruge
    With My Flesh and Blood, Karsh finds a worthy subject in the constant day-to-day challenges facing a truly extraordinary family.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Debruge
    Three Burials is beautiful, authentic and brutally observant of human nature. With real Tex-Mex backdrops instead of the usual Monument Valley vistas and characters too complex to withstand simple white-hat/black-hat reductionism, Three Burials is a visionary portrait of the New West. This is the terrain of Eastwood and Peckinpah, saddled with the concerns of 21st-century life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Debruge
    Brothers takes a scenario as old as Genesis – two jealous siblings spar over the affections of the same woman – and renders it fresh and immediate, by virtue of the warm, almost maternal, generosity director Susanne Bier shows her characters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Debruge
    Every so often, a movie blindsides you, leaving you feeling different, enlightened, possibly even improved. Me and You and Everyone We Know is such a movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    The movie is a leaden, slow-moving beast.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    The humor is so satisfying in its moment-to-moment pleasures that it's almost unsportsmanlike to criticize the bigger picture.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    In the end, it's not the answer to the kitchen mystery that matters but the revelation that there's ultimately no difference between this bachelor scientist and his bachelor subject.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Exceptionally strong performances from the entire cast draw you into the movie's deliberately provocative world, a "Lord of the Flies"–like realm where parents are noticeably absent.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Think of how M. Night Shyamalan redefined the ghost story (The Sixth Sense), the superhero creation myth (Unbreakable), and the alien-invasion epic (Signs)--and you may get a sense of the genius behind this fascinating new horror film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Ray
    Delivers platinum performances, especially Sharon Warren as Ray's tough-lovin' mother, Kerry Washington as his lily-tempered wife, and Regina King as his spitfire mistress.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    On the surface, each of these characters fits a familiar Latino stereotype--teen harlot, "el bandido" and male buffoon--yet the movie insists on giving each person dimension.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Woody's a master wordsmith, and here he's crafted a bit of audience-friendly fare that's smart without feeling exclusionary. It's a portrait of elite society--and the hangers-on who wish to penetrate it--made in an surprisingly accessible way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    As science gives way to science fiction, the movie loses its way, squandering time that might better be spent exploring the ocean's floor, where these alien life forms already among us must be seen to be believed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Although director Eytan Fox focuses on Yossi and Jagger's specific situation, he also casts a critical eye on the responsibility military service puts on all young people who are still in the process of discovering themselves.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    With the careful timing and nuance of a master actor, Sharif turns a two-dimensional sketch into the film's most absorbing character.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Reveals more about the German people through sentimental comedy than such overtly political films as "The Nasty Girl" or "The Marriage of Maria Braun."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    A definite crowd-pleaser, Hustle & Flow has all the makings of a massive cultural phenomenon - if only audiences can get past the whole pimp thing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Peter Debruge
    Garden State gets it. Not since "The Graduate" has a movie nailed the beautiful terror of standing on the brink of adulthood with such satisfying precision.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Resurrection is a revelation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    A brilliant little exercise. As a horror movie, it packs one genuine scare after another, right up to the moment of its inconceivably ghastly end. As a mystery, it unfolds with an almost supernatural elegance. And as a metaphor for the movies themselves, it's truly exceptional.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Debruge
    Mean Girls depicts the kind of traumatic high school experience that might await spoiled rich girls who grow up in two-parent households with designer clothes and Escalades.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Peter Debruge
    At best, this movie functions as a brief companion piece to Boy George's new Broadway show, “Taboo.”
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Debruge
    Sure, it's a pleasure to watch Thornton stretch his legs in Matthau's role, but I miss Tatum O'Neal as his firebrand daughter.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    In the annals of Mediterranean island love stories, Respiro reflects the effortless charm of a film like "Il Postino," rather than the untidy manufactured romance of another "Captain Corelli's Mandolin."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Debruge
    Conran's Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is a pastiche of everything from "King Kong" to "The Wizard of Oz," a movie that escalates to a breathless cliff-hanger every 20 minutes or so and reinvents itself with every reel.