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:
612
Total QuickRatings:
38
Location:
Houston, TX

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 20% 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 34% 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 45% 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
95% 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 92% 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% 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
52% 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 88% 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 44% 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 32% 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
1/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Radagast and his Amazing EarthTone Dreamcoat are back, as is the vengeful Azog (the "Defiler" - bet he doesn't get invited to too many baptisms)." — Houston Press
Posted Dec 13, 2013
31% Crave (2013) " The guy fancies himself a hero, when in reality he's the person constantly thinking of witty comebacks after the fact." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 6, 2013
2/5 89% Frozen (2013) " I'm afraid a lot of people are going to be distracted by how pretty "Frozen" is and ignore its significant flaws." — Houston Press
Posted Nov 28, 2013
3/5 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " Whatever daily regimen of exfoliating and/or bathing in puppy blood is responsible for this Dorian Gray sh*t, I want in." — Houston Press
Posted Nov 22, 2013
3/5 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " I'm running out of ways to describe the Capitol. I think this time I came up with "The Great Gatsby on DMT."" — Houston Press
Posted Nov 22, 2013
2.5/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) " Reconciling the fact that plenty of great art was created by people you wouldn't piss on if they were on fire is a tricky proposition." — Houston Press
Posted Nov 3, 2013
4/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " It's also some of the most naked propaganda you'll see this side of Party Posse's "Join the Navy" from The Simpsons." — Houston Press
Posted Oct 26, 2013
2/5 49% Carrie (2013) " A proportional response? You must not remember high school very well. Frankly, more proms should end that way." — Houston Press
Posted Oct 26, 2013
5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " But make no mistake, this is Ejiofor's show, and he commands it utterly from minute one." — Houston Press
Posted Oct 26, 2013
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