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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 692
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
82% Bridegroom (2013) " Super-lo-fi yet highly emotional." — Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2013
71% Zero Charisma (2013) " A consistently entertaining, character-driven comedy set within a community rapidly losing out to online options." — Variety
Posted Oct 8, 2013
49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Though Stiller has proven he can be much funnier ... the emotional dimension ultimately makes the film feel more substantial." — Variety
Posted Oct 6, 2013
83% The Short Game (2013) " [The Short Game] finds the most entertaining angle on one of the world's dullest sports." — Variety
Posted Sep 25, 2013
70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " If nothing else, the pic's zany tone and manic pace are good for a quick-hit sugar high." — Variety
Posted Sep 25, 2013
81% Don Jon (2013) " The self-assured helmer shows genuine affection for his characters, balancing their openly satiric qualities with a disarmingly sincere human center." — Variety
Posted Sep 24, 2013
73% Enemy (2014) " Mysterious enough that many viewers will insist on seeing it twice." — Variety
Posted Sep 23, 2013
49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " This feel-good look at a condition many refuse to acknowledge as a disease skips the self-pity and gets right to the heart of the issue: namely, the very real problems sex addicts have in creating interpersonal relationships." — Variety
Posted Sep 20, 2013
14% Baggage Claim (2013) " Talbert has clearly studied what makes similar films click, but instead of finding a fresh spin on old cliches, he merely repeats them." — Variety
Posted Sep 20, 2013
45% Horns " Benefits from the helmer's twisted sensibility, but suffers from a case of overall silliness." — Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2013
73% Begin Again (2014) " Another upbeat outing in which characters strum their way through tricky emotional situations." — Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2013
88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Penn and Teller's uncanny crowdpleaser begs the question, is it still a masterpiece if an amateur could do it?" — Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2013
89% Palo Alto (2014) " Gia Coppola proves to have quite the eye, if not quite the natural storytelling instinct of her cinematic kin, serving up a remarkably assured feature debut with "Palo Alto."" — Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2013
12% The Right Kind of Wrong (2014) " There are even a few physical gags -- including one involving a slingshot, a hang glider and a precarious arrangement of pastries -- that may as well be lifted from another century." — Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2013
58% Fading Gigolo (2014) " John Turturro brings sensitivity and intelligence to a subject that could have gone terribly awry in this wryly observant dramedy." — Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2013
64% Herb & Dorothy 50x50 (2013) " Sesuki ... widens her focus, offering insights into the state of contemporary art museums, nearly all of which are limited to the taste of their donors." — Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2013
—— The Last Of Robin Hood " The script represents a too-tame middle ground, which gives the unfortunate impression that perhaps the filmmakers want us to empathize with this icky romance." — Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2013
58% Dom Hemingway (2014) " Dom Hemingway gives [Jude Law] a chance to sink his teeth into one of the meatiest personalities in a genre known for larger-that-life types." — Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2013
65% The Railway Man (2014) " Lomax found heroism in compassion, and that attitude is what audiences are bound to connect with so deeply here, even if such an outcome proves almost anti-dramatic onscreen." — Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2013
94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto give terrific performances in this riveting and surprisingly relatable true story." — Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2013
80% Abus de faiblesse (Abuse of Weakness) " Catherine Breillat's films have always been autobiographical, often painfully so, and yet "Abuse of Weakness" cuts even closer to the marrow than the rest." — Variety
Posted Sep 6, 2013
15% Winnie Mandela (2013) " TV-style biopic reduces South Africa's struggle to the status of an impediment in the blooming romance between Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie." — Variety
Posted Sep 5, 2013
89% Rush (2013) " Not just one of the great racing movies of all time, but a virtuoso feat of filmmaking in its own right, elevated by two of the year's most compelling performances." — Variety
Posted Sep 3, 2013
89% Informant (2013) " It's an absorbing puzzle with the potential to intrigue viewers all along the political spectrum." — Variety
Posted Sep 3, 2013
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " This epic account of an unbreakable soul makes even Scarlett O'Hara's struggles seem petty by comparison." — Variety
Posted Sep 3, 2013
49% Parkland (2013) " [An] inadvertently tacky restaging of events." — Variety
Posted Sep 3, 2013
33% Labor Day (2014) " To the extent that Adele's hunger for affection resonates with audiences, what emerges is a powerful -- if implausible -- romance." — Variety
Posted Aug 30, 2013
42% Closed Circuit (2013) " Between Knight's nuanced script and Crowley's nimble direction, such contradictions shouldn't distract audiences much from the immediate thrills of this taut genre exercise," — Variety
Posted Aug 26, 2013
50% Drew: The Man Behind The Poster (2013) " The Norman Rockwell of movie advertising steps in front of the camera for a long-overdue celebration sure to delight fans and heighten awareness of his legacy." — Variety
Posted Aug 16, 2013
50% Standing Up (2013) " A throwback to the no-nonsense kidpics common circa 1985." — Variety
Posted Aug 16, 2013
41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " An epic showcase for mediocre CGI and slapdash screenwriting." — Variety
Posted Aug 6, 2013
93% Our Children (2013) " Belgian director Joachim Lafosse paints an image of how domestic bliss turned untenable builds to a crime unforgivable in Our Children." — Variety
Posted Jul 31, 2013
83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " It's not that the insights into how Swanberg's generation lives today are any more profound (they're not), but it's encouraging to see what professional actors, a musical score and a modicum of technique can do to spruce up this observational comedy." — Variety
Posted Jul 30, 2013
69% The Wolverine (2013) " Though Wolvie comes across a bit world-weary and battle-worn by now, Jackman is in top form, taking the opportunity to test the character's physical and emotional extremes." — Variety
Posted Jul 23, 2013
40% Only God Forgives (2013) " The wallpaper emotes more than Ryan Gosling does in Only God Forgives, an exercise in supreme style and minimal substance from Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn." — Variety
Posted Jul 16, 2013
95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " A blood-boiling look at a crime whose perpetrators remain national heroes in their native Indonesia." — Variety
Posted Jul 16, 2013
67% Turbo (2013) " Co-writer/director David Soren's story offers little that even the average 6-year-old couldn't imagine, though the film's considerable charm comes through via its characters and sense of humor." — Variety
Posted Jul 10, 2013
30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " Delivers all the energy and spectacle audiences have come to expect from a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but sucks out the fun in the process ..." — Variety
Posted Jul 1, 2013
65% The Heat (2013) " "The Heat" has been engineered to deliver the laughs, and the result certainly does, despite coming alarmingly near to botching the procedural elements along the way." — Variety
Posted Jun 27, 2013
49% Rédemption (2013) " Puts an intriguing, intermittently successful spin on the sort of loner Statham so often embodies." — Variety
Posted Jun 24, 2013
74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " While not quite as charming or unique as the original, "Despicable Me 2" comes awfully close, extending co-directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin's delightfully silly sensibility to a bit larger universe." — Variety
Posted Jun 17, 2013
—— Stop The Pounding Heart Variety
Posted May 30, 2013
80% The German Doctor (2014) Variety
Posted May 30, 2013
98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " Highly entertaining." — Variety
Posted May 20, 2013
44% Wara no tate (Shield of Straw) " An enticing blockbuster concept gets a lackluster execution from Japanese genre director Takashi Miike." — Variety
Posted May 20, 2013
100% Short Term 12 " Short Term 12 is a film about scars, some physical, others emotional, but all examined with a sensitivity and understanding that cuts deep." — Variety
Posted May 14, 2013
93% Frances Ha (2013) " You gotta love Greta Gerwig: Even as the radiant mumblecore star's Hollywood stock continues to rise, the actress remains true to her dramatic roots." — Variety
Posted May 13, 2013
25% Assault On Wall Street (2013) " The film seems inexplicably tame, the least interesting execution of a radical concept." — Variety
Posted May 12, 2013
10% And Now A Word From Our Sponsor (2013) " Plop plop. Fizz fizz. Oh, what a missed opportunity it is!" — Variety
Posted May 9, 2013
99% Short Term 12 (2013) " Short Term 12 is a film about scars, some physical, others emotional, but all examined with a sensitivity and understanding that cuts deep." — Variety
Posted May 6, 2013
7% The Big Wedding (2013) " The film isn't so much funny as it is merely amusing - a laundry list of inappropriate and potentially embarrassing moments that strive mightily, but never quite manage to land the laugh." — Variety
Posted Apr 25, 2013
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