Peter Debruge

Peter Debruge

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Publications:
Contra Costa Times , Miami Herald , Premiere Magazine , Variety
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
692

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
79% 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
76% 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
40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " A passion project about a passionate man takes surprisingly flat form in Cesar Chavez." — Variety
Posted Mar 24, 2014
—— Jack et la mécanique du coeur (The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart) " Malzieu has created a fully-realized, wildly imaginative storybook world and populated it with eccentric characters." — Variety
Posted Mar 17, 2014
—— Beneath The Harvest Sky (2014) " Beneath the Harvest Sky offers a heartbreakingly authentic, vividly realized account of adolescent frustration and yearning." — Variety
Posted Mar 14, 2014
—— Resan till Fjäderkungens Rike (Beyond Beyond) " Ultimately far more likely to confuse than comfort the target audience." — Variety
Posted Mar 9, 2014
—— Minuscule - La vallée des fourmis perdues (Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants) " While rudimentary, this insect-centric toon spares audiences the celeb wisecracks and overkill antics of other bug-based pics." — Variety
Posted Mar 7, 2014
61% Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films 2014 (2014) " This global sampling indicates a middling crop this year, representing the promise of what these filmmakers might do in the future over excellence in the present." — Variety
Posted Mar 2, 2014
22% Son Of God (2014) " This stiff, earnest production plays like a half-hearted throwback to the British-accented biblical dramas of yesteryear, its smallscreen genesis all too apparent in its Swiss-cheese construction and subpar production values." — Variety
Posted Feb 27, 2014
—— Tarzan " The motion capture feels like a stunt, while the stunts ... don't." — Variety
Posted Feb 26, 2014
24% Pompeii (2014) " While hardly high art, "Pompeii" certainly recognizes what mass audiences want from a "Game of Thrones"-style sword-and-scandal saga, delivering especially high marks as either a sudsy indulgence for teenage girls or beefcake offering to gay men." — Variety
Posted Feb 19, 2014
84% Teenage (2014) " A feat of both editing and blurring-of-the-edges nonfiction technique." — Variety
Posted Feb 11, 2014
27% A Long Way Down (2014) " Four characters meet while planning to commit suicide and decide to annoy one another instead in this tacky Nick Hornby adaptation." — Variety
Posted Feb 11, 2014
68% Love & Air Sex (2014) " [A] likable enough laffer." — Variety
Posted Feb 4, 2014
96% The Lego Movie (2014) " Phil Lord and Christopher Miller irreverently deconstruct the state of the modern blockbuster and deliver a smarter, more satisfying experience in its place, emerging with a fresh franchise for others to build upon." — Variety
Posted Feb 2, 2014
80% The Voices " The pic's tone is all over the place, from the bright red razor slash that underscores its opening titles to the "Amelie"-esque flights of fancy along the way." — Variety
Posted Jan 28, 2014
80% Happy Christmas (2014) " Another half-formed feature from indie cinema's most prolific doodler, "Happy Christmas" demonstrates that Joe Swanberg makes better babies than movies." — Variety
Posted Jan 28, 2014
43% Cooties " A not-very-scary chiller laced with profanity, pot jokes and other wildly inappropriate gags, only a few of which seem to have anything to do with the elementary school setting." — Variety
Posted Jan 28, 2014
—— Rich Hill " An open-hearted portrait of impoverished American life ..." — Variety
Posted Jan 27, 2014
100% Obvious Child (2014) " Jenny Slate shines in a romantic comedy that dares to consider the subject of abortion suitable for date-night crowds." — Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2014
100% Boyhood (2014) " There's a rough-edged, organic quality to "Boyhood" that recalls the work of those European helmers Linklater so admires: Fassbinder, Bergman, Bresson." — Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2014
60% White Bird in a Blizzard " It's easy to be distracted by (and possibly even to dismiss) "White Bird" as a tarted-up Nancy Drew mystery without recognizing it's a complex take on how teens must break away from their parents to become their own person." — Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2014
50% Song One " Perhaps the cleverest thing about Barker-Froyland's delicately contrived debut is how uncontrived she manages to make it seem." — Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2014
45% I Origins (2014) " The film amounts to a lousy sort of magic show, schematically pulling strings to prove its own points." — Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2014
79% Frank (2014) " A faceless Michael Fassbender stars in this weird and wonderful musical comedy from director Lenny Abrahamson." — Variety
Posted Jan 19, 2014
100% Love Is Strange (2014) " This beautifully observed ensembler shines on the strength of its two leads, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, who conjure four decades together as they enter the "for better, for worse" phase of their union." — Variety
Posted Jan 19, 2014
88% A Field in England (2014) " A defiantly unclassifiable cross-genre experiment that simultaneously reinvents and regurgitates low-budget British cinema as it goes." — Variety
Posted Jan 17, 2014
94% Whiplash " Demolishes the cliches of the musical-prodigy genre, investing the traditionally polite stages and rehearsal studios of a topnotch conservatory with all the psychological intensity of a battlefield or sports arena." — Variety
Posted Jan 17, 2014
11% The Nut Job (2014) " "The Nut Job" comes up short compared with a film like "Ratatouille," which, despite its less-than-adorable rodents, won audiences over through appealing voicework and writing." — Variety
Posted Jan 12, 2014
57% Interior. Leather Bar. (2014) " A partly authentic, partly scripted behind-the-scenes featurette that never quite conveys the star's "high/curious" interest in all things taboo." — Variety
Posted Jan 2, 2014
13% 47 Ronin (2013) " As impressive as these visual elements prove to be, the film struggles to grab and maintain audiences' interest, whether or not they know the underlying legend by heart." — Variety
Posted Dec 23, 2013
79% Quartet (2013) " The film's scant plot plays second fiddle to Hoffman and Harwood's nuanced exploration of love so long unrequited." — Variety
Posted Dec 22, 2013
25% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " Collee piles on references to such distinctly human concepts as ninjas and ballet, while 21st-century expressions ("Worst migration ever!") and a forgettable selection of pop tunes feel instantly biodegradable." — Variety
Posted Dec 19, 2013
91% 12 O'clock Boys (2014) " Using Baltimore's dirt-bike groups as its entry point, the film offers a remarkable grassroots look at how the system is broken at the inner-city level." — Variety
Posted Dec 19, 2013
76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Racy subject aside, the film provides a good-humored yet serious-minded look at sexual self-liberation, thick with references to art, music, religion and literature ..." — Variety
Posted Dec 17, 2013
98% Starred Up (2014) " Mackenzie isn't attempting to craft a larger-than-life antihero here, but delving into the sociology of this hellish subculture, where prisoners and staff alike coexist in this dehumanizing environment." — Variety
Posted Dec 11, 2013
61% Dear Mr. Watterson (2013) " Everything you'd expect from a crowd-sourced documentary, designed to celebrate its subject, while mostly just validating the aesthetic taste of its backers." — Variety
Posted Dec 5, 2013
—— Sunset Stories (2013) " A deliberately nontraditional romantic comedy that embraces the sort of actors -- and characters -- typically marginalized by mainstream swooners. " — Variety
Posted Nov 14, 2013
38% Delivery Man (2013) " "Delivery Man" is virtually nothing like a Vince Vaughn movie, but rather a heartfelt celebration of the act of parenthood presented under radically exaggerated circumstances." — Variety
Posted Nov 12, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " "Catching Fire" makes for rousing entertainment in its own right, leaving fans riled and ready to storm the castle." — Variety
Posted Nov 12, 2013
100% These Birds Walk (2013) " Remarkably unsentimental footage offers a rare glimpse into a childhood experience leagues removed from even the toughest American upbringing, but still not without hope or play." — Variety
Posted Oct 29, 2013
—— A Letter to Momo " While the supernatural element makes for the film's most entertaining sequences... the story distinguishes itself from other anime offerings through its attention to both visual and emotional realism." — Variety
Posted Oct 29, 2013
87% In Fear (2014) " Crisp camerawork and amplified sound yield paranoia aplenty in this sharp-looking Sundance midnight movie, making it hard to imagine another director getting anywhere near this much mileage out of three actors and a car." — Variety
Posted Oct 25, 2013
94% I Am Divine (2013) " The Pink Flamingos star Divine gets her own well-deserved spotlight." — Variety
Posted Oct 25, 2013
60% Ender's Game (2013) " Against considerable odds, this risky-sounding Orson Scott Card adaptation actually works, as director Gavin Hood pulls off the sort of teen-targeted franchise starter Summit was hoping for." — Variety
Posted Oct 25, 2013
34% The Counselor (2013) " Cormac McCarthy's first original script is nearly all dialogue, but it's a lousy story, ineptly constructed and rendered far too difficult to follow." — Variety
Posted Oct 24, 2013
82% Bridegroom (2013) " Super-lo-fi yet highly emotional." — Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2013
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