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:
723

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 723
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
78% 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
84% Rich Hill (2014) " An open-hearted portrait of impoverished American life ..." — Variety
Posted Jan 27, 2014
89% 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
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
49% 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
91% Frank (2014) " A faceless Michael Fassbender stars in this weird and wonderful musical comedy from director Lenny Abrahamson." — Variety
Posted Jan 19, 2014
97% 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
87% 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 (2014) " 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
10% 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
55% 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
14% 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
24% 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
75% 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
63% 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
96% 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
68% A Letter to Momo (2014) " 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
86% 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
96% 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
73% Zero Charisma (2013) " A consistently entertaining, character-driven comedy set within a community rapidly losing out to online options." — Variety
Posted Oct 8, 2013
50% 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
74% 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 (2014) " Benefits from the helmer's twisted sensibility, but suffers from a case of overall silliness." — Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2013
83% Begin Again (2014) " Another upbeat outing in which characters strum their way through tricky emotional situations." — Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2013
89% 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
72% 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
54% 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
67% 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
26% The Last Of Robin Hood (2014) " 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
66% 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
93% 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
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