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
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Houston, TX
Official Websites: filmthreat.com

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 45% Donnybrook (2019) Delia's suffering serves no real purpose. She, along with Dale's corrupt deputy, are two supposedly prominent characters who ironically do nothing to push the story forward. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 74% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) If audiences can get past their initial disappointment that the movie isn't all Hitler and Bigfoot murder, they may be able to enjoy his movie on its own terms. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2/5 24% Miss Bala (2019) It's hard to say if Hardwicke's unwillingness to ugly things up is a feature or a bug. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The success of his first superhero movie has allowed director Peyton Reed to loosen the reins, and the results are much sure-footed and humorous this time around. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Such will be Cruise's monument, and to quote Watership Down, perhaps it would not have displeased him. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
2/5 45% The Meg (2018) What little shark attack action we get is far too sporadic and uninspired. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
3/5 60% Operation Finale (2018) Put another way, director Chris Weitz didn't exactly need to Argo this up for us, but that's pretty much exactly what he does. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
5/5 93% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Watching 2001 on the 50th anniversary of its release brings about feelings of both wonder and disappointment. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
2/5 12% Peppermint (2018) But while the blown-out skulls and bone fractures are occasionally gratifying, they're also almost exclusively at the expense of a bunch of MS-13 adjacent Latino bogeymen. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
2/5 32% The Predator (2018) None of it is enough to convince anyone this iteration of the franchise was absolutely necessary. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
2.5/5 29% Venom (2018) It's too much of a stretch to say Venom is "good," but it's certainly not terrible, and maybe worth seeing for Hardy alone. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
4.5/5 88% First Man (2018) Did Ed White have it right when he said, "If a civilization doesn't try to expand its horizons, it can never grow as a nation." What was that about American prestige again? - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
2.5/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) "Adequate" is an accurate assessment of Bohemian Rhapsody, and you really couldn't ask for a more damning indictment of a movie about the greatest rock singer of all time. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
2/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The Crimes of Grindelwald exists solely as a place setter for whatever the third FB movie ends up being (Pickett Goes Bananas?) - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
3.5/5 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Should you be concerned about Disney's inexorable stranglehold over popular entertainment? Probably. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
5/5 94% The Favourite (2018) Political films in which women are depicted as both protagonist and antagonist are almost nonexistent, which is already enough to set director Yorgos Lanthimos' effort apart. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) If Aquaman breezes past philosophical dilemmas to get right to the mayhem, at least Wan and company commit to said mayhem 100 percent. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
2/5 40% The Upside (2019) Oh, and this time there's also a lover's quarrel of sorts to goose the film over two hours. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
1.5/5 37% Glass (2019) If GIass shows us anything, it's that Shyamalan learned almost nothing following his fall from/return to critical and box office grace. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
3.5/5 80% Overlord (2018) Overlord is smart and vicious... - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Black Water (2018) Criminal negligence of Dolph is far from Black Water's only sin, but it might be its most egregious. - Village Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
4/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Less easily justified are a handful of crucially puzzling decisions made by several of the protagonists with regard to those Stones not yet in Thanos' grasp. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
5/5 89% Hereditary (2018) The final act is a master class in swiftly mounting dread, and the climax is both terrifying and deeply unsettling. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
2.5/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo: A Star Wars Story wants to benefit from its main characters' legendary status without contributing much to it. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Reynolds and Brolin have undeniable chemistry together, with their burgeoning bromance being one of the best parts of the film. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/5 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Sorry, you didn't think this ended in a Reservoir Dogs style bloodbath at the end, did you? - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
4/5 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 may not be superior to the original, but it was well worth the wait. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Scenes from a class struggle on the Morrison Formation. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
2.5/5 62% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) If you're looking for uplifitng movies celebrating the innate goodness of mankind, you should probably avoid the works of Taylor Sheridan. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/5 51% Tomb Raider (2018) Ironically, for a movie about an intrepid explorer prone to death-defying acts of derring-do, Tomb Raider tends to play it safe. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
44% Rough Night (2017) Rough Night is the latest in the "women behaving badly" subgenre, but aside from McKinnon and some residual "woke"-ness, there's little to distinguish it from its Y-chromosome counterparts. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
87% It Comes At Night (2017) It Comes at Night is an engrossing and devastating movie on its own merits, but if you're expecting eviscerations, you'll be sitting disappointed in your seat long after the lights come up. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
66% Alien: Covenant (2017) The carelessness that went into developing the ostensible plot only offsets the loving detail Scott gives to the David/Walter arc and the importance ladled onto David's origin/evolution and that of the xenomorphs. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
84% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Vol. 2 is a fun diversion, and as such it mostly succeeds, even though it's not much more than a placeholder for whatever happens in the next one. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
68% The Fate of the Furious (2017) F8 won't win any awards, but it's loud and distracting and Christ knows we could use that now. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Whatever larger questions Ghost in the Shell feebly tries to address are drowned out by action sequences we've already seen and institutional betrayal tropes that have been the norm for decades. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
93% Everybody Loves Somebody (2017) Everybody Loves Somebody won't reinvent the (third) wheel, but the knowing dialogue and convincingly human characters are a refreshing break from the norm and worthy of your attention. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
2.5/5 53% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) If you enjoyed the first Kingsman, chances are you'll like this one just fine, though it isn't going to win many new converts - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3/5 71% Happy Death Day (2017) Happy Death Day embraces its slavish devotion so utterly it actually...sort of...works? It's a horror-comedy that veers more toward the latter (especially in the second act), and succeeds as much as it does because of a solid foundation. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3.5/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) [Taika] Waititi succeeds in making Thor both relatable and relevant, and gives us the freakiest - and one of the best - movies in Marvel's ongoing juggernaut. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3/5 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) But an ensemble piece like this doesn't hold up without support from, well, the ensemble, and they (generally) don't disappoint. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
2.5/5 40% Justice League (2017) But they're not enough to overcome the aforementioned Snyder-isms or the endless reminders that Earth has "lost hope" since the big blue schoolboy bought the farm. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3.5/5 100% Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (2017) Terminator 2 is a good movie, even if the kinder, gentler T-800 would unfortunately end up becoming the norm... But it's not as great as the original... - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
1.5/5 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Wonder Wheel is an unpleasant movie about unpleasant people, and only Kate Winslet's standout performance and Vittorio Storaro's camera work keep it from being wholly unwatchable. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
65% Shot Caller (2017) The rise of the incarceration industry has seen a spike in films about burly men alternately bonding with/beating each other up behind bars, and Ric Roman Waugh's Shot Caller is a pitiless yet unusually forthright genre entry. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3/5 70% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Annabelle: Creation is still scarier than most, but it's time to come up with some new tricks. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
2.5/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) ... watching this movie feels like plopping down on the couch as the series finale of a three-season miniseries begins and asking your roommate/significant other to give you a plot recap. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3.5/5 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) So while maybe assigning a statuesque platinum blond to deep cover ops isn't the best idea... Atomic Blonde is still good, stylish fun. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
4/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) The Big Sick is that rarest of romantic comedies, in that it's both funny (often hilariously so) and poignant while still allowing its characters to grow and develop despite the constraints of the genre. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3.5/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The highs definitely outweigh the lows, and The Last Jedi is in the upper tier of films set in that far, far away galaxy. - Houston Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018