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:
717

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Showing 1 - 50 of 717
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— 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
—— 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
86% 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
62% 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
89% 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
11% 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
89% Clouds of Sils Maria " 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
100% Mommy " A funny, heartbreaking and, above all, original work from Canadian enfant terrible Xavier Dolan." — Variety
Posted May 22, 2014
—— Bird People " 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
69% 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
56% Maps to the Stars " 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
91% 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
74% 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
94% 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
23% 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
80% 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
79% 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) (2014) " Malzieu has created a fully-realized, wildly imaginative storybook world and populated it with eccentric characters." — Variety
Posted Mar 17, 2014
67% 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
21% 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
19% Tarzan (2014) " The motion capture feels like a stunt, while the stunts ... don't." — Variety
Posted Feb 26, 2014
29% 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
79% Teenage (2014) " A feat of both editing and blurring-of-the-edges nonfiction technique." — Variety
Posted Feb 11, 2014
23% 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
70% 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
85% 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
93% 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
100% Rich Hill (2014) " An open-hearted portrait of impoverished American life ..." — Variety
Posted Jan 27, 2014
87% 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
99% 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
71% White Bird in a Blizzard (2014) " 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
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