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Pete Vonder Haar

Pete Vonder Haar
Pete Vonder Haar's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Threat, L.A. Weekly, Village Voice, Houston Press

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It's a handsome production, but ultimately lacking in substance. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Dec 18, 2016
4.5/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) You never knew Donnie Yen whomping stormtroopers was something you needed in your life until you saw it happening. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Dec 18, 2016
2/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Jack Reacher should have been Cruise's character until a) he decided he wants to move on, or b) Child's next book had Reacher rescuing someone from the Church of Scientology. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Oct 27, 2016
43% King Cobra (2016) The unique setting aside, there's just not much to sink your fangs into. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 18, 2016
2.5/5 86% Pete's Dragon (2016) Redford, on the other hand, seems confused. Specifically, he looks like a guy who just woke up and was told he'd be playing the Mickey Rooney role in a Pete's Dragon remake. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Oct 15, 2016
4/5 83% Sausage Party (2016) Well, surprisingly nuanced for a movie in which Nick Kroll plays a literal douche, anyway. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Oct 15, 2016
2.5/5 60% War Dogs (2016) Bros before international arms conventions. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Oct 15, 2016
4/5 87% Don't Breathe (2016) Alvarez has a real talent for building tension and, in the young Levy, may have found the perfect acting foil for his particular brand of atmospheric horror. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Oct 15, 2016
2.5/5 36% Blair Witch (2016) The Blair Witch is capable of felling giant trees, warping time and space, and even foiling electronics: Just kill these poor kids already and be done with it. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Oct 15, 2016
3/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) As Gene Wilder tributes go, it's not bad. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Oct 15, 2016
2/5 57% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) What's the statute of limitations on youthful optimism? How many poor saps joined the military thinking Beetle Baileyonly to discover it was Full Metal Jacket? ‐ Houston Press
Posted Oct 15, 2016
4/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) America's worst marine disaster is surprisingly watchable. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Oct 15, 2016
2/5 51% The Accountant (2016) You may enjoy The Accountant. You may even be able to do so in spite of the stupidity of its assertions. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Oct 15, 2016
81% My Blind Brother (2016) My Blind Brother explores this unconventional dynamic with gentle humor and a refreshing amount of sensitivity, brushing up against the more cringe-worthy aspects of its premise without reveling in them. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 22, 2016
20% Yoga Hosers (2016) At its core, Yoga Hosers isn't a movie: It's a podcast riff given material form; a bong rip visualized; an SCTV sketch devoid of laughs. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 30, 2016
44% Level Up (2016) Manages to be intriguing in spite of its predictability. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) Leto opts for "Insane Clown Pimp," with the results being about as enjoyable as you'd expect from anything with the initials "ICP." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Aug 6, 2016
2.5/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) After an ignominious foray into Damon-less purgatory (or "LimBo-urne," if you will), Universal has gotten the band back together for another trip down Memory Loss Lane. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jul 29, 2016
3.5/5 73% Ghostbusters (2016) Better than Ghostbusters II, which was so terrible that it probably actually did ruin some childhoods. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jul 15, 2016
69% The Infiltrator (2016) It would have been all too easy for Furman to kitsch things up to the point where we didn't really care, but by movie's end, we're not just invested in Mazur and Ertz, we actually feel something for the criminals as well. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Before embarking on any scrutiny of a film about Tarzan - the Warrior of the Woodlands, the Ayatollah of the Arboreal - one must acknowledge the hilarity of the core premise. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jul 2, 2016
2/5 31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) "The Chinese have been integral to the Earth Defense Program." Remember to apply the tongue firmly to get a good shine on those boots, guys ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jun 24, 2016
91% Three (Saam Yan Hang) (2016) 70 odd minutes of medical tragedy and cops matching wits with criminals devolves into incongruously balletic gunplay accentuated with CGI blood effects so terrible Sam Peckinpah is doing cocaine in his grave. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 22, 2016
3.5/5 80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) We can acknowledge the quality of the film while decrying the subject matter as utter horsesh*t. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jun 11, 2016
4/5 92% The Nice Guys (2016) Gosling has a knack for physical comedy and self-deprecation that gleefully subverts a decade-plus of rom-coms and Nicolas Winding Refn movies. ‐ Houston Press
Posted May 21, 2016
2.5/5 57% Money Monster (2016) Gee kid, sorry the massive slot machine that is the NYSE didn't hit the three '7's you were expecting. ‐ Houston Press
Posted May 13, 2016
3/5 49% Hardcore Henry (2016) This movie doesn't just whiff on the Bechdel test; it bubbles in a picture of a penis on the Scantron and high-fives itself on the way out. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Apr 12, 2016
2/5 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Zack Snyder's production company is called Cruel and Unusual Films. Anything I say from this point on is probably redundant, but here we are. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Mar 25, 2016
3/5 68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Josh Charles is reliably smarmy as well. If they ever do a Real Genius remake, that guy is your new Dr. Hathaway. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Mar 18, 2016
1/5 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) Everything about Allegiant - and the Divergent series in general, but this movie in particular - feels wholly artificial. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Mar 18, 2016
4.5/5 84% Deadpool (2016) It's a welcome palate cleanser in a world where comic book flicks are increasingly ponderous and repetitive (see: the latest Batman v Superman: Rise of the Chins trailer). ‐ Houston Press
Posted Feb 12, 2016
53% Standoff (2016) Big-budget action epics might be the current norm, but there's something to be said for the slow burn. Enter Standoff, which delivers pretty much what its title advertises. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 9, 2016
3.5/5 43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) If you did a shot every time Elizabeth's bodice heaved, you'd be dead unless your name was Marion Ravenwood. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Feb 5, 2016
No Score Yet Convergence (2015) Keeping the audience off balance is key to any supernatural horror movie. In that sense, Drew Hall's Convergence is pretty successful, because for its first half I had no idea what the hell was going on. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 2, 2016
3/5 87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) Po now has an almost infinite number of movies to advance from Dragon Warrior to Master of Chi to...Ol' Dirty Bastard, which is what I assume the ultimate Shaolin title is. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jan 29, 2016
2/5 16% The 5th Wave (2016) If I didn't know better, I'd say these YA books are written by parents who don't want their kids sticking their dicks in shower holes or sleeping with nerds like they used to. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jan 25, 2016
2/5 50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) Don't kid yourselves, 13 Hours is absolutely a political movie. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jan 15, 2016
2.5/5 81% The Revenant (2015) Hugh Glass is like the Dirty Steve in a Dogme 95 Young Guns. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Dec 26, 2015
4/5 92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) Abrams and company know exactly where your emotional hanging curve balls are, and they hit every one of them out of the park. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Dec 17, 2015
3.5/5 65% Spectre (2015) There's an undeniable sense of finality in Spectre, with no clear path forward and an uncharacteristically (for the most recent movies) upbeat ending. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Nov 6, 2015
71% The Hallow (The Woods) (2015) The Hallow offers plenty of scares and is unnerving from wire to wire, wrapping up the second act with a bang and red-lining the tension until the end. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 3, 2015
2.5/5 35% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) The end result is still worth a look, though probably not until you've seen better examples, including Boynton's original documentary itself. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Nov 1, 2015
79% Tales of Halloween (2015) There are quite a few decent jolts, and even some laughs to be had. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 15, 2015
No Score Yet Godspeed: The Story Of Page Jones (2015) It's difficult to watch, but highlights the rare combination of strong family, financial resources, and extensive support structure Page enjoyed, all of which have been crucial to his recovery. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 6, 2015
4/5 92% The Martian (2015) Hell, Sean Bean's in this movie and *he doesn't die.* It doesn't get much more feel-good than that. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Oct 2, 2015
50% Ashby (2015) It's Wolff and Rourke who have to carry the load, and for the most part they do. ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 22, 2015
3/5 74% Black Mass (2015) "All this drinking, violence, destruction of property...are these the things we think of when we think of the Irish?" ‐ Houston Press
Posted Sep 18, 2015
1/5 15% The Transporter Refueled (2015) The original movies weren't exactly Kubrickian in their construction, but Refueled plays out like a 14-year old's Transporter fanfic. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Sep 4, 2015
2/5 45% No Escape (2015) Samnang and his gang of revolutionary murder-bots don't appear to be interested in any domestic policy initiatives other than hacking people to death. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Aug 26, 2015
3/5 43% American Ultra (2015) Like the stoners it's trying to appeal to, American Ultra is intermittently amusing. It earns a recommendation thanks to the charm of its leads and some creative violence. ‐ Houston Press
Posted Aug 21, 2015