Pete Vonder Haar

Pete Vonder Haar

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 56%

Minions (2015)

"The Minions always worked best in small doses. Tasked with carrying out the entire movie, they get tiresome quickly." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jul 10, 2015
2/5 25%

Terminator Genisys (2015)

"This is the second summer blockbuster in a row that requests, nay, requires that you shut down higher brain function to enjoy it." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jul 1, 2015

L.A. Slasher (2015)

"The masked Slasher is voiced by Andy Dick, because nothing gives weight to your criticism of reality TV like having it stated by a guy who appeared in Celebrity Wife Swap." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 24, 2015

Bound to Vengeance (2015)

"Director José Manuel Cravioto, in his English-language debut ... attempts to subvert the sadly commonplace "woman in captivity" narrative, but mostly only succeeds in testing the limits of our gore tolerance." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 23, 2015

Big Game (2015)

"Predictably ridiculous." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 23, 2015
4.5/5 98%

Inside Out (2015)

"The film's core message, about how sadness is as much a part of life as happiness, hits harder than anything we've seen from the studio to this point." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jun 19, 2015
2/5 71%

Jurassic World (2015)

"God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs. Dinosaurs eat man. Man creates dinosaurs again. God herniates himself laughing." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jun 12, 2015
3.5/5 94%

Spy (2015)

"Statham may never be 007, but here he's a perfectly workable...Man with the Golden Gag? Spy Who LOL'd Me? I'll work on it." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jun 5, 2015
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Club Life (2015)

"Don't feel bad about skipping the line for Club Life." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 26, 2015
5/5 97%

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"So wonderful to behold and packed with glorious action that by the end there was a grand total of 12 words in my trusty reviewer's notebook. And two of them were "holy sh*t."" ‐ Houston Press
Posted May 16, 2015

After the Ball (2015)

"[A] movie that curiously attempts to humanize an aloof industry by associating it with a 17th-century fairy tale." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted May 8, 2015

5 Flights Up (2015)

"What starts as a somewhat charming - if prosaic - story of love in the time of gentrification inexplicably spends most of its third act mired in the finer points of apartment hunting, like a tastefully lit HGTV show." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 5, 2015

Noble (2015)

"The movie works because Christina's desire to help these kids feels natural, and because she herself shoulders burdens that would drive most people to the grave, all without losing her faith." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 5, 2015
4.5/5 93%

Ex Machina (2015)

"Through cues both understated and not so much, the grim implications ("grimplications?") of creating a fembot with the potential to go full Skynet are clear." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Apr 24, 2015

Alex of Venice (2015)

"Alex of Venice succeeds because Messina, to use the locally appropriate parlance, doesn't "get worked" by weightier issues." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 14, 2015
1/5 29%

The Longest Ride (2015)

"Truly, Sparks' Caucasian dreariness is a a force from which nothing, not even passably interesting directorial techniques can escape. A white hole, if you will." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Apr 10, 2015
2/5 79%

Furious 7 (2015)

"I have now seen all of the Rápido y Furioso movies, and I can recall almost no salient details about any of them. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Apr 3, 2015
3/5 47%

Home (2015)

"It's like being conquered by accountants." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Mar 28, 2015

Home Sweet Hell (2015)

"Home Sweet Hell is a pleasantly unpleasant dark comedy, one that gives new meaning to "detached and subdivided" in the mass production zone." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 10, 2015
1/5 14%

The Lazarus Effect (2015)

"If hell, as the movie says, is the worst memory of your life on an infinite loop, I'd better clean up my act or I'll be watching The Lazarus Effect for all eternity." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3/5 32%

Chappie (2015)

"Vince can't sell his robot to the police because -- get this -- it has too many guns. Bring that bad boy to America, dude. We'll have it inside day care centers in a week." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3/5 71%

The DUFF (2015)

"Even if it serves up the happy ending audiences apparently insist upon, the good in The DUFF mostly outweighs the stuff you've seen before." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Feb 23, 2015

All The Wilderness (2015)

"In spite of the tatty "coming of age" familiarity, Johnson's vision seems fresh and vibrant." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 17, 2015
1.5/5 25%

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

"It's an episode of Red Shoe Diaries with a major studio budget. It's a Lifetime movie with insider art pretensions. A Harlequin romance with anal play." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Feb 13, 2015
1/5 13%

Seventh Son (2015)

"On the plus side, by making a movie this bad, studios are finally (and inadvertently) caving in to growing audience demand for fewer sequels and remakes." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Feb 6, 2015
3/5 80%

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

"Ask A Five-Year Old: Q: What was your favorite part? A: When SpongeBob pulled down Patrick's pants." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Feb 6, 2015
3.5/5 80%

Black Sea (2015)

"I was afraid this would be a case of Robinson quickly succumbing to Ocean Madness and going kill-happy in the submarine's unfriendly confines. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Feb 6, 2015
1.5/5 52%

Unbroken (2014)

"Zamperini's life, documented so capably in Hillenbrand's book, really needed more than the perfunctory treatment Jolie gives it. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jan 19, 2015
3.5/5 90%

The Imitation Game (2014)

"Cumberbatch gives a performance that is, by turns, awkward, triumphant, and heartbreaking." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jan 19, 2015
2/5 71%

Into the Woods (2014)

"The third act, in fact, is practically one long effects sequence (and those are never tiresome)." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jan 19, 2015
3/5 89%

A Most Violent Year (2015)

"Good thing Giuliani eventually cleaned everything up by Disneyfying Time Square and putting the homeless in camps." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jan 19, 2015
4.5/5 74%

Inherent Vice (2015)

"Pynchon and Anderson's take on this period is more subversive, but also more of a lament than HST's ether binge." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jan 19, 2015
2.5/5 72%

American Sniper (2015)

"Is a biopic dishonest if it attempts to make its subject more introspective than he likely was in real life?" ‐ Houston Press
Posted Jan 19, 2015
2.5/5 59%

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

"Pray that Peter Jackson doesn't tackle the "Foundation" series next." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Dec 17, 2014
2.5/5 27%

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

"Maybe part of me likes the idea of Moses as 80s action hero (there's even a scene that's the Old Testament equivalent of Arnie suiting up in Commando)." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Dec 12, 2014
3/5 90%

Wild (2014)

"Swelling orchestral cues, conveniently arrived upon epiphanies, untangled relationship issues. Good job everyone, grab a Snapple." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Dec 12, 2014
4.5/5 98%

The Babadook (2014)

"Thanks to its deft melding of psychological and physical terror, as well as its unwillingness to rely on cheap tricks, Jennifer Kent's debut feature is a triumph." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Dec 12, 2014
3.5/5 88%

Foxcatcher (2014)

"But the warmth and happiness of Dave's family life is as alien to John as the older Schultz's refusal to take his money. And even Dave's understanding only goes so far." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Dec 12, 2014
1/5 29%

Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

"Lazy, uninspired, and populated by a cast that looks like they want to be anywhere else, Dumb and Dumber To is the most depressing "comedy" I've seen in years." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Nov 14, 2014

The Homesman (2014)

"Glendon Swarthout's 1988 novel offered a rare approach to ... Old West stories by shifting the focus to the women and children who often bore its brunt the worst, and Jones has - for the most part - successfully captured this ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 11, 2014

Beside Still Waters (2014)

"In sticking with seven friends and one outsider/interloper, Lowell hews so close to the reunion-film formula he ends up stifling anything new that may otherwise have resulted." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Nov 11, 2014
3/5 89%

Big Hero 6 (2014)

"It's sort of refreshing to see a movie as unabashedly optimistic about our future as Big Hero 6. " ‐ Houston Press
Posted Nov 8, 2014

Missionary (2014)

"The tension in Missionary is surprisingly effective, especially given how easy it should be to put out an APB on a guy on a freaking bicycle ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 28, 2014
4/5 85%

John Wick (2014)

"Gearheads may be more devastated by the loss of Wick's '69 Mustang. Because let's be honest: beagles are plentiful, but they only made a few hundred of those Boss 429s." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Oct 24, 2014
3/5 60%

The Equalizer (2014)

"If it was in black and white with more smoking, act one could be a Jim Jarmusch film." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/5 77%

Fury (2014)

"Wardaddy's gradual acceptance of what he is darkly mirrors George C. Scott's "God help me I do love it so," but there's no celebration of the warrior ideal here." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Oct 17, 2014

You're Not You (2014)

"Predictable, if disappointing, considering the star power." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 7, 2014

Stephen King's A Good Marriage (2014)

"It's serviceable, demonstrating that perhaps the Master's new movie domain can be found in mining his later works." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 30, 2014

Hellaware (2014)

"A broad and occasionally disjointed indictment of the New York art scene and horrorcore rap that leaves no broad side of a barn untargeted." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 23, 2014
3/5 65%

The Maze Runner (2014)

"In the wasteland of the near-future, anyone can rise to greatness. Every kid with a BA in History is a budding regional warlord, every barista a potential Master or Blaster." ‐ Houston Press
Posted Sep 19, 2014