Pete Vonder Haar

Pete Vonder Haar

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Film Threat , Houston Press
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
621
Total QuickRatings:
38
Location:
Houston, TX

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 62% The Equalizer (2014) " If it was in black and white with more smoking, act one could be a Jim Jarmusch film. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3.5/5 81% Fury (2014) " Wardaddy's gradual acceptance of what he is darkly mirrors George C. Scott's "God help me I do love it so," but there's no celebration of the warrior ideal here. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Oct 17, 2014
25% You're Not You (2014) " Predictable, if disappointing, considering the star power. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 7, 2014
39% Stephen King's A Good Marriage (2014) " It's serviceable, demonstrating that perhaps the Master's new movie domain can be found in mining his later works. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 30, 2014
100% Hellaware (2014) " A broad and occasionally disjointed indictment of the New York art scene and horrorcore rap that leaves no broad side of a barn untargeted. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 23, 2014
3/5 63% The Maze Runner (2014) " In the wasteland of the near-future, anyone can rise to greatness. Every kid with a BA in History is a budding regional warlord, every barista a potential Master or Blaster. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Sep 19, 2014
1.5/5 66% Lucy (2014) " Lucy is more of the same mostly nonsensical gibberish we've come to expect from Late Period Besson (TAKEN 2!). " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Sep 12, 2014
3.5/5 88% The Drop (2014) " "And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive -- look, a puppy!" " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Sep 12, 2014
53% The Calling (2014) " The Calling breathes new life into a moribund genre by touching oft-ignored themes and offering a bit of introspection to go along with the obligatory slashed throats and biblical portents. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 8, 2014
2.5/5 36% The November Man (2014) " Devereaux barely has to be coaxed out of his present-day life, because like Wolverine, he's the best he is at what he does and what he does isn't operating a lakefront cafe. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Aug 29, 2014
1/5 22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " I've seen Real Housewives with greater range, and making Fox the film's emotional center is, in the words of another Arnett character -- a huge mistake. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Aug 27, 2014
2/5 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Gibson is one of the lone bright spots, and I kind of hate that I'm saying that. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Aug 27, 2014
2/5 44% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " A lot of what Miller can get away with on the page -- the cliched tough guy banter and Existentialism 101 -- falls flat when played live. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Aug 27, 2014
94% The Dog (2014) " What makes The Dog so compelling isn't Wojtowicz's cinematic imprint but the place in history that was very likely denied him by chance and his own irascibility. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 5, 2014
5/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " With the freedom afforded by the obscure source material, Gunn reminds us that blockbusters don't have to take themselves too seriously. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Aug 1, 2014
4/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " [i]f there is a significant weakness to Dawn, it's the sense of inevitability that permeates the film. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2.5/5 57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " Leo is using the Purge to exact revenge on the man who - according to newspaper clippings - either a) killed his son, b) molested his son, or c) introduced his son to Minecraft. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3.5/5 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " The Taking of Swinton One Two Three. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jul 4, 2014
2/5 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " "Mamma mia! That's a spicy mélange of Italian stereotypes!" " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jun 27, 2014
3.5/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " There's actually a point about 90 minutes in where things take a very dark turn, and I momentarily thought the movie was going to end on an incredible down note. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jun 27, 2014
.5/5 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Congratulations, Denise Richards; you're no longer the most laughable movie scientist of all time. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2/5 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Well-meaning sheep farmer runs afoul of ruthless gunfighter. Also, Neil Patrick Harris sh*ts in a hat. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jun 6, 2014
4/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Certainly, the Fate of the World(tm) is at stake, but it says quite a bit about Liman and McQuarrie that they can still BeDazzle a frayed and worn out genre. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jun 6, 2014
4.5/5 73% Godzilla (2014) " Hail to the King of the Monsters, baby. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted May 17, 2014
49% Wolf Creek 2 (2014) " Wolf Creek 2 merely offers more of the same casual brutality. The only shocking (and depressing) part is how inured to it moviegoers have become. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2014
51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " Half of a Yellow Sun strikes an admirable balance between drama and history. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 13, 2014
3.5/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " So there's some welcome self-awareness among the copious weed smoking and dildo fights (Sentences I Never Thought I'd Write, #752 in a series). " ‐ Houston Press
Posted May 10, 2014
3/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Electro is like the Rupert Pupkin of supervillains. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted May 3, 2014
3.5/5 89% Bears (2014) " Much as I tried to avoid it, it was sometimes difficult to keep Werner Herzog's voice from creeping in over John C. Reilly's narration. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/5 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Contains little of the original movie's humor and none of the musclebound, bald French dudes District 13 promised us would be so plentiful in the dystopian future. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Apr 25, 2014
3/5 89% Cheap Thrills (2014) " It's basic human nature to want to see others, even those closest to us, humiliate themselves in as spectacular a manner as possible. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/5 43% In the Blood (2014) " I'm convinced Stockwell just sits around his Top Gun mansion reading scripts until he finds one containing the magical combination of cerulean water and two piece swimsuits. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Apr 11, 2014
2.5/5 74% Oculus (2014) " In that respect, Oculus makes cinematic history: the first known use of Chekhov's yacht anchor. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Apr 11, 2014
13% Locker 13 (2014) " The transition from comedy to horror (and back) never fully gels, and nobody seems "on the trolley" with the period jargon. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 25, 2014
1.5/5 41% Divergent (2014) " [The] future Chicago depicted in the film, with its plentiful food, steady supply of electricity, and zip lines, often seems about as post-apocalyptic as Knott's Berry Farm. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2/5 22% Need For Speed (2014) " Given the lack of established narrative, they could've just as easily called this Gran Turismo or Pole Position or f*cking Mario Kart. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Mar 16, 2014
69% Guilty Of Romance (2013) " Mostly, Guilty of Romance seems content allowing characters to verbally abuse each other before eventually reaching the inevitable conclusion that life is a burden and all love is illusory. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
94% Himizu (2013) " Refreshing yet thoroughly unpleasant ... " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
1.5/5 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " I'm glad to see Eva Green was able to secure her usual contractual codicils for raccoon eye makeup and at least 30 seconds of bared breasts. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Mar 8, 2014
1/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) " But what starts as a moderately engaging, if familiar, exercise (like Airport '77) quickly deteriorates into farce (like The Concorde...Airport '79). " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Mar 1, 2014
33% Odd Thomas (2014) " Think Gilmore Girls, if there were an episode where Satan possessed Rory. Still, there are signs of life among all the dead. " ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 25, 2014
1/5 15% Endless Love (2014) " Finally, a love story for attractive white people. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Feb 16, 2014
3/5 48% RoboCop (2014) " You know the "I'd Buy That For A Dollar" show would be top 10 in the Nielsens if it aired on CBS today, right? " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Feb 12, 2014
2.5/5 31% The Monuments Men (2014) " Clooney has not only created a unwieldy dichotomy between comedy and drama, he further complicates things by making the former unfunny and the latter unmoving. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Feb 8, 2014
1.5/5 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " The movie's red-band trailer attempted to play up the vulgarity, promising a "chick flick with dicks" (not a "chicks with dicks flick," which is something else entirely). " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jan 31, 2014
2.5/5 55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " To paraphrase Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is silly and it's ignorant, but it's got guts. And sometimes guts is enough." " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jan 17, 2014
3/5 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " Never get involved in a land war in Asia. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jan 12, 2014
0/5 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " Ode to a Grecian turd. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jan 12, 2014
4/5 94% Her (2013) " Jonze has crafted something extremely rare in this era: a love story almost entirely free of cynicism, in a movie bereft of self-referential nonsense. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Dec 20, 2013
2/5 80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " What a predictable waste. Still, anything to sell those 50th anniversary Blu-rays, right? " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Dec 20, 2013
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