Peter Debruge

Peter Debruge

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Contra Costa Times , Miami Herald , Premiere Magazine , Variety
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Los Angeles Film Critics Association
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
76% The Riot Club (Posh) " Brits might object to such an enraging portrayal, which veers between salacious and cynical, though Scherfig's unique perspective is just one more reason she was such a smart choice to handle this material." — Variety
Posted Sep 18, 2014
40% Samba " A highly polished, widely appealing big-budget French movie." — Variety
Posted Sep 18, 2014
87% Art and Craft (2014) " This crazy-gazing docu never presumes to be much more than an extended version of the kind of story one might expect to see briefly spotlighted on 60 Minutes. Even so, all sorts of interesting questions.swirl beneath the surface." — Variety
Posted Sep 16, 2014
88% Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance) " It's an incredibly satisfying role in which to encounter Skarsgard, who fashions himself as the human equivalent of his unstoppable snowplow, confronting even the most seemingly insurmountable obstacles head-on." — Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2014
83% Still Alice " Julianne Moore guides us through the tragic arc of how it must feel to disappear before one's own eyes, accomplishing one of her most powerful performances by underplaying the scenario ..." — Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2014
60% Pasolini " Presumably, to understand Pasolini is to excavate him from the twisted miasma Ferrara has created in his image." — Variety
Posted Sep 8, 2014
—— Goodnight Mommy " A hefty part of the suspense stems from the fact no one seems to be behaving rationally: not mommy, not the kids." — Variety
Posted Sep 8, 2014
56% The Last 5 Years (2015) " It's easy to fall in love with Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan in this heart-breaking musical two-hander, as they retrace a love affair from opposite ends." — Variety
Posted Sep 7, 2014
64% St. Vincent (2014) " Here, in all its splendor, is a cinematic character as robust and colorful as "A Confederacy of Dunces'" Ignatius J. Reilly." — Variety
Posted Sep 7, 2014
93% While We're Young " Baumbach's own acutely observed this-is-life laffer features his most relatable characters yet." — Variety
Posted Sep 7, 2014
67% The Good Lie (2014) " Surely it's for the best that such white-girl-to-the-rescue theatrics account for just one scene in a movie that otherwise has the good sense to focus on four Sudanese refugees offered shelter in America." — Variety
Posted Sep 7, 2014
20% Cymbeline " The film dazzles with its colors and textures, practically worshipping those jet-black leather jackets, while letting Ed Harris' eyes express what no monologue possibly could." — Variety
Posted Sep 3, 2014
—— Olive Kitteridge: Season One (TV, 2014) " Even more so than 2011's Mildred Pierce, this finely crafted, wonderfully cast meller - which HBO will air in November - suggests a promising new life for the women's-picture genre on nets willing to let such stories breathe. " — Variety
Posted Sep 2, 2014
91% En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron (A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence) " "Pigeon" is a master class in comic timing, employing pacing and repetition with the skill of a practiced concert pianist." — Variety
Posted Sep 2, 2014
71% The Boxtrolls (2014) " Squanders Laika's considerable artistic talent on an unappealing concept and screenplay." — Variety
Posted Aug 31, 2014
94% Birdman (2014) " A triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution ..." — Variety
Posted Aug 27, 2014
76% The Congress (2014) " Beyond the recurring symbol of her son's red kite, there's little to connect Wright to this hallucinogenic animated space where disgruntled citizens are free to pass as the persona of their choice." — Variety
Posted Aug 26, 2014
27% As Above/So Below (2014) " For those hoping to find some truly disturbing secrets buried for generations beneath the surface, track down Gary Sherman's 1972 "Death Line" (aka "Raw Meat") instead." — Variety
Posted Aug 20, 2014
58% Coldwater (2014) " Lies somewhere between indignant expose and unusually tasteful exploitation pic, with shower scenes and sweaty young delinquents aplenty." — Variety
Posted Aug 13, 2014
71% The Strange Little Cat (2014) " Despite all that it withholds, The Strange Little Cat ultimately proves a far more revealing form of family portrait." — Variety
Posted Jul 29, 2014
—— Kite (2014) " The teenage assassin thing has become a tired cliche whose creators unconvincingly cite female empowerment to defend this tackiest of fetishes." — Variety
Posted Jul 20, 2014
43% Step Up: All In (2014) " Eager young dance fans will sit through stale storylines as long as the movie can supply fresh moves, and in that department, Sie and her team of three choreographers have it covered." — Variety
Posted Jul 16, 2014
95% The Dog (2014) " How often Hollywood embellishes. How rare, then, to find a documentary like The Dog, in which we discover that, if anything, Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon left out much of the incredible story behind its 1972 hostage crisis." — Variety
Posted Jul 14, 2014
—— Simindis kundzuli (Corn Island) " An astonishing feat of cinema presented with the utmost modesty ..." — Variety
Posted Jul 14, 2014
73% Bluebird " Lance Edmands' fragile, arthouse-bound debut stands in direct contrast with its weary, working-class characters and the subzero Maine winter against which their story unfolds -- a mournful throwback to more poetically inclined times." — Variety
Posted Jun 25, 2014
26% Walking on Sunshine " With its "Mamma Mia"-esque setup and pop playlist of '80s hits, this jukebox musical offers bubble-gum fun in the sun." — Variety
Posted Jun 19, 2014
71% A Coffee in Berlin (2014) " This day-in-the-life indie says something profound about an entire generation simply by watching a feckless young man try to figure it out." — Variety
Posted Jun 13, 2014
59% Hellion (2014) " Texas-based helmer Kat Candler unpacks the inner turmoil behind acts of trespassing, vandalism and spontaneous aggression that threaten to send young Jacob down the wrong path in life." — Variety
Posted Jun 9, 2014
88% Willow Creek (2014) " Bobcat Goldthwait's effective yet wholly unnecessary contribution to the genre of horror movies allegedly recovered from the hard drives of dead cameramen." — Variety
Posted Jun 2, 2014
10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) " A schmaltz opera that indulges Robin Williams' most melancholy tics and themes." — Variety
Posted May 30, 2014
100% It Follows " Starting off strong before losing its way in the end, this stylish, suspenseful chiller should significantly broaden Mitchell's audience without disappointing his early supporters in the slightest." — Variety
Posted May 28, 2014
62% The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2014) " The film all too eagerly allows itself to be taken in by Payne's charms, trying to capture her human side via interviews with her two grown children, while all but ignoring the all-too-obvious cautionary aspect in favor of escapist entertainment." — Variety
Posted May 26, 2014
85% Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) " A multi-layered, femme-driven meta-fiction that pushes all involved - including next-gen starlets Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz - to new heights." — Variety
Posted May 23, 2014
90% Mommy " A funny, heartbreaking and, above all, original work from Canadian enfant terrible Xavier Dolan." — Variety
Posted May 22, 2014
56% Bird People (2014) " It's deliciously risky, though Ferran falls far short of Icarus' folly, soaring low and returning to earth having risked too little." — Variety
Posted May 19, 2014
—— Hermosa juventud (Beautiful Youth) " Apathy is perhaps the least attractive trait in any protagonist, and Natalia doesn't start to become interesting until the moment she takes responsibility for her child." — Variety
Posted May 18, 2014
71% The Homesman (2014) " Unlike other actor-directors, Jones never seems to indulge excess on the part of his cast. Though the characters are strong, the performances are understated." — Variety
Posted May 18, 2014
50% Maps to the Stars (2014) " Part showbiz sendup, part ghost story, part dysfunctional-family drama, the movie instead comes across as so much jaded mumbo-jumbo." — Variety
Posted May 18, 2014
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " This DreamWorks Animation sequel advances the story without sacrificing the integrity that defined its most atypical toon." — Variety
Posted May 16, 2014
92% Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (2014) " With the aid of Johnsen's doc to overcome the obstacles China has put in his path, however, Ai's voice carries louder than ever before." — Variety
Posted May 14, 2014
87% The Immigrant (2014) " This rich, beautifully rendered film boasts an arrestingly soulful performance from Marion Cotillard." — Variety
Posted May 14, 2014
73% Godzilla (2014) " No previous Godzilla movie has worried much about the issue of plausibility, but it seems to be an almost crippling concern here... [but Godzilla movies] are ultimately judged by the quality of the mayhem, and Edwards excels at blowing things up." — Variety
Posted May 12, 2014
95% Ida (2014) " Instead of making the young woman's search feel immediate and universal, such an ascetic treatment locks it away in the past." — Variety
Posted Apr 28, 2014
63% In Your Eyes " The setup never really matures beyond a sentimental teenage fantasy with a TV-caliber climax tacked on ..." — Variety
Posted Apr 24, 2014
24% Third Person (2014) " Though virtually every twist on this emotional roller coaster feels preordained by its architect, the director leaves certain mysteries for the audience to interpret, making for a more open-ended and mature work all around." — Variety
Posted Apr 21, 2014
77% Watermark (2014) " A Canadian photographer dedicated to chronicling how man affects the environment turns his attention from land to water with mesmerizing results." — Variety
Posted Apr 4, 2014
—— Song From The Forest " A mesmerizing glimpse into Sarno's search for a sub-Saharan Walden and the implications of that choice." — Variety
Posted Apr 1, 2014
82% The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014) " [A] disorganized docu." — Variety
Posted Mar 31, 2014
21% Frankie & Alice (2014) " Berry shows total commitment to the part, allowing herself to go unhinged in the hands of a director not quite capable of supporting such a risky tightrope act." — Variety
Posted Mar 31, 2014
64% Geography Club (2013) " The idea here isn't to titillate with tawdry teen hormones, but to offer an outlet for all that mental distress young people take on while trying to find their place in the world." — Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2014
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