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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
1/5 0% Black Water (2018) Criminal negligence of Dolph is far from Black Water's only sin, but it might be its most egregious.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
4/5 83% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/5 82% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/5 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) Sorry, you didn't think this ended in a Reservoir Dogs style bloodbath at the end, did you?‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Incredibles 2 may not be superior to the original, but it was well worth the wait.‐ Houston Press
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
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
2.5/5 63% 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
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
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
45% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
83% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
66% 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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3/5 70% 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
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
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3/5 57% 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) We can thank Chastain for making Molly's Game as watchable as it is. ‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) Dunkirk comes in at a taut 106 minutes, and there isn't a wasted second. ‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
4/5 85% It (2017) Muschietti and Dauberman show us a Pennywise who represents the exhilharation/terror we feel as we leave our youth behind and move on into the murky waters of adulthood.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
4/5 97% Coco (2017) There's an authenticity to the scenes in Miguel's Mexican town and a reverence for the traditions that makes Coco a refreshingly respectful portrayal of the culture.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
3/5 87% The Post (2018) The Post is a call to arms for a battle that's already mostly lost.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
2.5/5 57% The Commuter (2018) There's some timely-yet-clumsy political commentary, which might be compelling if it was delivered by a guy who didn't make $20 million for Taken 3. ‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
3.5/5 72% Hostiles (2018) It can hardly be called a "reinvention" of the Western, if indeed such a thing is even possible. And that's fine, because reinvention doesn't appear to be Cooper's objective.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
4/5 97% Black Panther (2018) Coogler [...]has created an epic story of loyalty and destiny that somehow also feels intimate.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2018
83% Blame (2018) It's a deliberate film, and a brilliantly constructed one as well. We definitely haven't heard the last of Quinn Shephard.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
86% Thumper (2017) The film also is buoyed by [Pablo] Schreiber's intensity. ‐ L.A. Weekly
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
100% Requiem for a Running Back (2017) As more players are diagnosed with CTE each year, Rebecca Carpenter's Requiem for a Running Back offers a deeply personal perspective into the crisis.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2017
65% Shot Caller (2017) Shot Caller is Coster-Waldau's show, and he's up to the task.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2017
3.5/5 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Jenkins and company understand superheroes should have a purpose other than brooding.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
78% God of War (2017) A lavish reminder of how fiercely proud China is of its past, and of how much more of it we'll get to see in the coming years.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
67% Tommy's Honour (2017) Even if there's a sense of inevitability to Tommy's Honour, the action (key to any sports movie's success) and setting win out.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
52% The Boss Baby (2017) The Boss Baby is barely a moderate success as a kid's flick. Perhaps it will come as good news to studio and audience alike that it works much better as an existential horror movie.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
5/5 93% Logan (2017) Logan/i> is everything we complain comic book movies aren't: It's contemplative and poignant, and there are depths to these characters only hinted at in earlier films.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2017
3/5 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Humans monkey with nature; giant ape goes bananas, wishing they would lemur him alone.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2017
3.5/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) It's fine. Take the kids (unless you're one of those parents who seriously frets about how to explain "the gays" to them).‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2017
1.5/5 68% Life (2017) Life plays out like everyone involved was filling boxes on a space horror bingo card.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2017