Peter Debruge

Peter Debruge

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Peter Debruge's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Contra Costa Times, Miami Herald, Premiere Magazine, Variety

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
82% Me & Earl & the Dying Girl (2015) "This rousing adaptation of Jesse Andrews' novel is destined not only to connect with young audiences in a big way, but to endure as a touchstone for its generation. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 25, 2015
73% I Am Michael "An unusually nuanced James Franco carries this complex portrait of a man who came out and fought to encourage other LGBT youth before converting to conservative Christianity. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2015
48% True Story (2015) "In Goold's hands, the two thesps deliver measured, soul-searching work. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2015
30% Stockholm, Pennsylvania "From its opening scene, the film feels desaturated and airless, as if the intrusion of energy or color might upset the characters' delicate task of healing. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2015
13% The Bronze (2015) "Though no one would accuse "The Bronze" of not being funny, it somehow manages not to be funny often enough. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2015
100% The Dark Horse ""The Dark Horse" is as good a title as any for a film that takes an overplayed genre - the inspirational mentor story - and still manages to surprise ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2015
34% Blackhat (2015) "Michael Mann strains to keep up with the times with this au courant but visually muddled, dramatically clumsy cyberthriller. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 14, 2015
76% Match (2015) "The pleasure of watching Patrick Stewart navigate his first juicy gay character since Jeffrey propels Stephen Belber's otherwise play-it-straight Match. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 12, 2015
58% Walter (2015) "An overly cutesy, credibility-straining dramedy ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 8, 2015
99% Leviathan (2014) "Nothing will surprise Zvyagintsev fans more than discovering how funny the film is, as the helmer and co-writer Oleg Negin extend the darkly satirical streak they began with Elena. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 4, 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Whether it's "Alex Rider," "Agent Cody Banks" or "Spy Kids," plenty have tried to adapt the 007 shtick to younger characters, with demonstrably dopey results. In the end, the reason it works for Vaughn is that he's making the film for adults. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 27, 2014
100% Folies Bergère "If Alexander Payne had been born in Normandy rather than Nebraska, he might have made a film like "Paris Follies. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 22, 2014
12% Seventh Son (2015) "An over-designed, under-conceived fantasy epic in which even topnotch contributors can't get the chemistry right, leaving Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore looking silly. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 17, 2014
89% When Marnie Was There (2015) "Yet another splendid escape from the increasingly strenuous glut of computer-animated offerings, this one designed to serve as family entertainment after the more adult-skewing likes of "The Wind Rises" and "The Tale of Princess Kaguya". " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 16, 2014
89% Concerning Violence (2014) "With not nearly enough signposts along the way to indicate where we are, either in time or place, it's an intimidating argument to follow, despite Olsson's rigidly organized structure. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 12, 2014
No Score Yet Stand By Me Doraemon "Attractive to behold, yet bland as a stack of red-bean pancakes ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 9, 2014
60% Goodbye to All That (2014) "Another gently relatable, regionally inclined dramedy, this one concerning a semi-oblivious husband (Paul Schneider) caught completely off-guard when his wife (Melanie Lynskey) files for divorce. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 8, 2014
No Score Yet The Physician (2014) "For those who miss the substance and scope of films like "Lawrence of Arabia" and "The Man Who Would Be King," Philipp Stoelzl's "The Physician" restores one's faith in the medium - if not necessarily one's faith in faith. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 6, 2014
90% The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2014) "For animation lovers, peering inside the walls of Studio Ghibli is like being granted a guided tour of Santa's workshop. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 24, 2014
No Score Yet Melbourne "This remarkable debut from Iranian director Nima Javidi transcends cultural barriers with its compellingly universal and thoroughly engrossing premise. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 18, 2014
98% Song Of The Sea (2014) "In a worthy follow-up to The Secret of Kells, Moore applies his dazzling hand-drawn style to another tale inspired by Irish legend. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 18, 2014
57% The Poker House (2008) "Overall, the pacing feels languid to the point of meandering, relying too heavily on old soul records (and a final eight-track sing-along) for momentum and energy. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 17, 2014
41% The Better Angels (2014) "Whereas other directors have presented the man in mythic terms, "The Better Angels" renders young Abe relatable, provided auds are willing to put themselves on the film's wavelength. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 7, 2014
40% 21 Years: Richard Linklater (2014) ""21 Years: Richard Linklater" makes for a disappointingly hollow hagiography: gushy, superficial and strangely overdue - arriving significantly later than its title prescribes. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 6, 2014
74% The Connection (2015) "Jimenez adopts a vintage-kitsch sensibility, taking a disappointingly generic approach to his hard-to-follow narrative. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 28, 2014
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "There's enough that's new and different about "Big Hero 6" to get excited about, especially for those still too young for Marvel's more intense live-action fare. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 23, 2014
75% ABCs of Death 2 (2014) "In the end, despite all the creativity that went into the project, "ABCs of Death 2" is still a bad movie. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 20, 2014
36% V/H/S: Viral (2014) "Three playful yet thoroughly disposable experiments in short-form p.o.v. cinema. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2014
71% America The Beautiful 3 (2014) "A contemplative yetfrustratingly superficial critique of a toxic situation in whichaudiences are being treated as sexual objects at increasingly early ages. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2014
85% John Wick (2014) "Back in action-hero mode, Keanu Reeves joins forces with his 'Matrix' stunt double to deliver a slick and satisfying revenge thriller. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 16, 2014
81% The Canal (2014) "Injecting explicit imagery into an old-fashioned possession story, writer-director Ivan Kavanagh brandishes his unusual mix of styles right from the beginning. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 13, 2014
19% Monsters: Dark Continent (2015) "Not so much a sequel as another stultifying character drama set in a world overrun by aliens ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 13, 2014
77% Fury (2014) "Brad Pitt plays a watered-down version of his 'Inglourious Basterds' character in this disappointingly bland look at a World War II tank crew. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 10, 2014
45% En chance til "Susanne Bier's latest is too obviously contrived to take its questions about what defines a deserving parent seriously. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 24, 2014
82% The Two Faces of January (2014) "Patricia Highsmith provides the plot and writer-director Hossein Amini supplies the culture in The Two Faces of January, a gripping old-school suspenser. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 22, 2014
61% Boychoir (2015) "Dustin Hoffman coaches a group of angel-voiced young men in this feel-good, yet far-from-treacly family drama. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 21, 2014
65% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) "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
63% Samba (2015) "A highly polished, widely appealing big-budget French movie. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 18, 2014
91% 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
86% 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
89% Still Alice (2015) "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
70% Goodnight Mommy (2015) "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
60% 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
77% 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
84% While We're Young (2015) "Baumbach's own acutely observed this-is-life laffer features his most relatable characters yet. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 7, 2014
88% 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
29% Cymbeline (2015) "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
96% 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
90% A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015) ""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
75% The Boxtrolls (2014) "Squanders Laika's considerable artistic talent on an unappealing concept and screenplay. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 31, 2014
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