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:
591
Total QuickRatings:
38
Location:
Houston, TX

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 84% 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 45% 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 71% Oculus (2014) " In that respect, Oculus makes cinematic history: the first known use of Chekhov's yacht anchor." — Houston Press
Posted Apr 11, 2014
14% 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 23% 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
34% 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 33% 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 56% 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 76% 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 (2014) " 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 79% 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
3/5 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " "Tripping meatballs."" — Houston Press
Posted Oct 11, 2013
49% Parkland (2013) " Well-intentioned but unfulfilling ..." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 1, 2013
85% We Are What We Are (2013) " It isn't until the ending, which turns the squirm amplifier up to 11 and exceeded even my horrific expectations, that we finally see the story's potential realized." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 24, 2013
92% Inequality For All (2013) " Using income tax data going back 100 years, Reich draws parallels between the crashes of 1929 and 2008: identical concentrations of wealth at the top and the destabilization of the middle class." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 24, 2013
100% On The Job (2013) " Combining street-level crime with political corruption, On the Job owes as much to Scorsese as it does to Philippine current events." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 24, 2013
3/5 29% The Family (2013) " I guess when we get down to it, Pfeiffer's performance is what nudges The Family into the "recommended" category. Barely." — Houston Press
Posted Sep 14, 2013
3/5 58% Riddick (2013) " Hey, if you're going to remake Pitch Black, you might as well get the original writer/director and star." — Houston Press
Posted Sep 7, 2013
90% Red Obsession (2013) " The doc affords us a look into a world rarely seen by the lumpenproletariat ..." — Village Voice
Posted Sep 4, 2013
1/5 2% Getaway (2013) " I read how 130 cars were crashed during filming. 130! They could give one as compensation to everyone who pays money to see this textbook late summer dump in the theater." — Houston Press
Posted Sep 1, 2013
54% Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013) " As an official history, Spark shines adequate light; I just wish it had spent a little more time on the shadows." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 13, 2013
82% Jug Face (2013) " Kinkle shows a deft hand at pacing and the gore is kept to a minimum." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 7, 2013
2.5/5 64% 2 Guns (2013) " I should be flaying this movie alive, but it's August, and this summer movie season has been particularly exhausting. To use a boxing reference, I'm throwing in the towel." — Houston Press
Posted Aug 5, 2013
4/5 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " For those who wondered how Del Toro would handle a big budget tentpole, Pacific Rim is his response, a 30-story middle finger to Universal for pulling the plug on AtMoM." — Houston Press
Posted Jul 13, 2013
2.5/5 51% White House Down (2013) " The President straps on his Air Jordans, and the next thing you know he and Cale are doing doughnuts on the White House Lawn and you can't figure out what the hell happened." — Houston Press
Posted Jun 29, 2013
2.5/5 78% Monsters University (2013) " If it wasn't for Mike's romantic subplot with Celia in the first movie, I'd make the argument he and Sulley are animation's most enduring gay couple." — Houston Press
Posted Jun 22, 2013
3/5 67% World War Z (2013) " If this is the kind of movie you're inclined to check out, feel free to do so. Otherwise, go rewatch the last season of The Walking Dead." — Houston Press
Posted Jun 22, 2013
22% Rushlights (2013) " The endless hidden connections and coincidences eventually become ridiculous." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 18, 2013
4/5 56% Man of Steel (2013) " Henry Cavill gives us something we haven't gotten on film in a while: a SUPERman, with all the awesome power the name implies." — Houston Press
Posted Jun 15, 2013
8% The Stroller Strategy (2013) " Personnaz has a nice Gallic Adam Scott thing going, and Thomas's degenerate best friend (check) gets some amusing scenes, but none of lifts The Stroller Strategy out of the well-worn ruts of its genre." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 11, 2013
2/5 34% The Internship (2013) " Google made over $3 billion in profit in just the first quarter of this year, and yet they not only expect you to sit through a two-hour commercial, but pay money to do so." — Houston Press
Posted Jun 8, 2013
81% The Painting (2013) " With striking visuals reminiscent of Matisse and Chagall and a refreshingly (for domestic animation audiences) grown-up storyline, The Painting is almost reminiscent of, well, a work of art." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 7, 2013
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