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:
604
Total QuickRatings:
38
Location:
Houston, TX

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 604
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
86% 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 50% 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 55% 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
2.5/5 64% Epic (2013) " I will now review this movie using the lyrics to the song "Epic" by Faith No More, which I think you'll find are eerily fitting." — Houston Press
Posted Jun 1, 2013
2/5 11% After Earth (2013) " How could species evolve over the course of a mere thousand years to get a serious hate on for human beings, when *no humans have been on the planet that entire time*?" — Houston Press
Posted Jun 1, 2013
17% A Green Story (2013) " Comes across like the result of a not particularly inspired Mad Lib ..." — Village Voice
Posted May 21, 2013
3.5/5 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " I was comforted to see a warp drive spacecraft could be kickstarted like a 1912 Buick, and we were treated to not one but two desperate uses of the fabled "manual override." " — Houston Press
Posted May 19, 2013
2.5/5 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " If I hear someone say "Old sport" one more time I will run them over with my giant yellow convertible." — Houston Press
Posted May 19, 2013
18% 1st Night (2013) " It's hard to explain why every character in 1st Night behaves like an adolescent in a sitcom." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 30, 2013
67% Desperate Acts Of Magic (2013) " Desperate Acts of Magic is a pleasant little film." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 30, 2013
3/5 54% Oblivion (2013) " "The dream is always the same."" — Houston Press
Posted Apr 28, 2013
3/5 50% Pain & Gain (2013) " Bay could've paid for Pain & Gain with the spare hundreds he keeps around for cocaine straws." — Houston Press
Posted Apr 28, 2013
3.5/5 68% Trance (2013) " Trance isn't the director's best by a long shot, but it's a perfectly serviceable thriller with all Boyle's trademark flourishes." — Houston Press
Posted Apr 14, 2013
7% Tomorrow You're Gone (2013) " It's almost as if Jacobson and writer Matthew F. Jones changed their minds at the last minute, leaving us all in the lurch." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 3, 2013
2.5/5 28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) " If you went back to 1984 and told me there would be a serious production about toys called "Destro" and "Ripcord," I'd have asked you when lobotomies became mandatory." — Houston Press
Posted Mar 30, 2013
2/5 43% The Call (2013) " Shocking, I know, to think the writer of Thir13en Ghosts and Exit Wounds may not have been up to the task of crafting a fully realized narrative. " — Houston Press
Posted Mar 23, 2013
1/5 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) " Olympus Has Fallen wants to be "Die Hard in the White House" so much I half-expected Alexander Godunov to pop up at the end." — Houston Press
Posted Mar 23, 2013
56% Hunky Dory (2013) " Surprisingly, it's not bad." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 19, 2013
3.5/5 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " Oz the Great and Powerful is perfectly adequate for kids and people who don't believe every trip down cinema's memory lane amounts to sodomy of their childhood." — Houston Press
Posted Mar 9, 2013
69% Greedy Lying Bastards (2013) " [It] shines a harsh light on the lengths the energy industry continues to go to in order to head off climate-related legislation-and assure the public there's nothing wrong with continuing to rely on fossil fuels." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 5, 2013
2.5/5 56% Snitch (2013) " The scene where Matthews searches for "cartels" on Wikipedia is as (unintentionally) hilarious as Michael Bolton looking up "money laundering" in the dictionary." — Houston Press
Posted Mar 2, 2013
3/5 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " Tomlinson wears a suit of armor well, but as long as we're reimagining the classics, why not give the Princess more to do that run away from home and await rescue?" — Houston Press
Posted Mar 2, 2013
46% The Sweeney (2013) " [It] feels a lot like an American-made cop movie circa 1990." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 1, 2013
19% Inescapable (2013) " Inescapable isn't a terrible movie, but absent its ripped-from-the-headlines setting it's unremarkable." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 19, 2013
2/5 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) " Over the course of 25 years and four ensuing movies, we've gone from mild eye-rolling to goggling incredulity." — Houston Press
Posted Feb 16, 2013
2.5/5 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " I'd enjoy listening to Emma Thompson even if she was reading me my list of offenses against the Crown while the Royal Buggerer oiled up his Punishment Phallus." — Houston Press
Posted Feb 16, 2013
4/5 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " It kind of reminded me of Twilight, if that movie had an engaging cast, intelligent script, coherent story, and didn't make me want to eat a bullet." — Houston Press
Posted Feb 3, 2013
3/5 15% Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) " I counted at least six occasions when Renner could've led with, "This ... is my BOOM STICK."" — Houston Press
Posted Jan 27, 2013
1.5/5 28% Broken City (2013) " At no point during the film was there a shred of doubt in my mind about where things would end up." — Houston Press
Posted Jan 19, 2013
3/5 60% The Last Stand (2013) " But you can't let yourself get hung up on, you know, *logic* and *facts* and *police procedures* and *why a guy named "Owens" is speaking in a guttural Austrian accent*" — Houston Press
Posted Jan 19, 2013
4.5/5 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " "We always get our man, eventually."" — Houston Press
Posted Jan 12, 2013
2.5/5 70% Not Fade Away (2012) " I don't mean to belittle the memory of an entire decade, except when I do." — Houston Press
Posted Jan 5, 2013
19% Texas Chainsaw (2013) " Try as [Luessenhop] might to honor the original -- flashbulb transitions, a skeevy (yet buff) hitchhiker, metal doors, and meat hooks -- there's little of its mounting dread." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 5, 2013
2/5 51% This is 40 (2012) " "Hey, remember that annoying couple in that Judd Apatow movie about the loser who got the hot chick pregnant? No? Well, we made a movie about them anyway."" — Houston Press
Posted Dec 28, 2012
3.5/5 61% Jack Reacher (2012) " I know I'm not the only one who appreciates a lack of ambiguity when watching a dude get his testicles crushed." — Houston Press
Posted Dec 28, 2012
4/5 70% Les Misérables (2012) " The songs you expect Javert to knock out of the park end up - at best - bloop singles with Crowe's limited range." — Houston Press
Posted Dec 28, 2012
2.5/5 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " I prefer my movies to be more entertainment than ordeal." — Houston Press
Posted Dec 15, 2012
43% Waiting For Lightning (2012) " Pretty boilerplate doc material." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 4, 2012
50% In Our Nature (2012) " During their "getting to know you" scene, Seth asks Vicky, "Is everybody that predictable?" As far as In Our Nature goes, it would seem so." — Village Voice
Posted Dec 4, 2012
4/5 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " So this is our fate, it seems: the endless bureaucratization of every aspect of life, even down to the illegal." — Houston Press
Posted Dec 1, 2012
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