Pete Vonder Haar

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For 337 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 63% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Pete Vonder Haar's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 United 93
Lowest review score: 0 The Ringer
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 78 out of 337
337 movie reviews
    • 16 Metascore
    • 20 Pete Vonder Haar
    Criminal negligence of Dolph is far from Black Water’s only sin — there’s also the sluggish pacing, murky musical score, and somnambulant lead — but it might be its most egregious.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Quinn Shephard’s directorial debut, Blame, leans heavily on this persistent despair, yes, but also leverages it in innovative and occasionally startling ways.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Carpenter isn’t a polished interviewer, but her candor and longstanding connections to the sport provide access that we wouldn’t see otherwise.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Shot Caller is Coster-Waldau’s show, and he’s up to the task.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    The athleticism on display shames much of Western action cinema’s quick-cut hand-to-hand editing, and the final swordfight between Qi and Japanese general Kumasawa (Shaw Brothers mainstay Yasuaki Kurata) ranks as high as any in recent memory.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Golf's become such a ridiculously well-heeled pastime that it's refreshing to see it portrayed in its infancy, when clubs were carried like a bunch of kindling and the desolate greens of St. Andrews were more like the hazards of today's game.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Aside from the slightly fresh take on a familiar concept, The Boss Baby is barely a moderate success as a kid's flick. Perhaps it will come as good news to studio and audience alike that it works much better as an existential horror movie.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    A subject like the Holodomor demands something more than a TV-movie aesthetic and pitched battle scenes featuring a couple dozen combatants.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Everybody Loves Somebody won’t reinvent the (third) wheel, but the knowing dialogue and convincingly human characters are a refreshing break from the norm and worthy of your attention.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    The unique setting aside, there's just not much to sink your fangs into.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Pete Vonder Haar
    Yoga Hosers is lazy, unfunny, and self-indulgent.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    Director Adam Randall keeps the action tightly paced and the dialogue to a refreshing minimum, helping to heighten Matt's growing isolation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    70 odd minutes of medical tragedy and cops matching wits with criminals devolves into incongruously balletic gunplay accentuated with CGI blood effects so terrible Sam Peckinpah is doing cocaine in his grave. It’s a weirdly calamitous tonal shift, erasing the scant goodwill we’d felt to this point and putting Three down for the count once and for all.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Vaxxed is, in the words of Sheriff Bart, the last act of a desperate man. It’s Andrew Wakefield’s Hail Mary, thrown — I hope — as his time in the public arena finally runs out.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Pete Vonder Haar
    Standoff holds up as a welcome alternative to its more strident brethren.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Convergence ends up squandering too much of its setup time and rushing to a largely unsatisfying conclusion instead of actually coming together in a meaningful way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Pete Vonder Haar
    The Hallow offers plenty of scares and is unnerving from wire to wire, wrapping up the second act with a bang and red-lining the tension until the end.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    There's much to like here, and ample scares for your brains.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Pete Vonder Haar
    While his story is moving, Godspeed would perhaps have been more powerful if Barry spent more time balancing Jones's relative good fortune with the monumental hurdles faced by the less fortunate with similar injuries, instead of touching upon the issue in the film's final minutes.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    It doesn't hurt to have excellent support from the likes of Emma Roberts (as Ed's love interest Eloise) and Sarah Silverman, surprisingly winning as Ed's affection-starved mother. But it's Wolff and Rourke who have to carry the load, and for the most part they do.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Pete Vonder Haar
    L.A. Slasher isn't perceptive, shocking, or funny, and if it's remembered for anything, it will be for the tastelessly tone-deaf decision to have the Slasher kill a black actress by dragging her behind a van.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Bound to Vengeance strains credibility (seriously, she never calls the cops?) and swerves dangerously close to exploitation often enough that its semi-clever premise can't keep it on course.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Pete Vonder Haar
    Predictably ridiculous.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Pete Vonder Haar
    Ferrara, best known as "Turtle" on HBO's Entourage, plays what is essentially a muted version of that character. Abeckaser is more believable, which is unsurprising, since the movie is loosely based on his own experiences.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Perhaps even more disturbing than the Dickensian in extremis ordeal of Svalka life — including her rational yet heartbreaking decision to give up her baby rather than raise it in the dump — is Yula's straightforward acceptance of her situation.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    The movie works because Christina's desire to help these kids feels natural, and because she herself shoulders burdens that would drive most people to the grave, all without losing her faith.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Pete Vonder Haar
    What starts as a somewhat charming — if prosaic — story of love in the time of gentrification inexplicably spends most of its third act mired in the finer points of apartment hunting, like a tastefully lit HGTV show.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    Messina, making his directorial debut, keeps it simple. Alex undergoes a surprising amount of personal maturation in a week, but Winstead never lets the character bog down in excessive navel-gazing.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 60 Pete Vonder Haar
    Home Sweet Hell is a pleasantly unpleasant dark comedy, one that gives new meaning to "detached and subdivided" in the mass production zone.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Pete Vonder Haar
    In spite of the tatty "coming of age" familiarity, Johnson's vision seems fresh and vibrant.

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