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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
5/5 92% 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 78% 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 66% 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
10% Bitter Harvest (2017) The low-budget aesthetic was probably unavoidable, but a subject like the Holodomor demands something more than a TV-movie aesthetic and pitched battle scenes featuring a couple dozen combatants ...‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
3/5 35% The Great Wall (2017) It's said that if you always expect the worst, you're never disappointed. ‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/5 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) "The merchandising tie-in we deserve."‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4.5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Chapter 2 is this series' The Empire Strikes Back, if that movie had a running gag about murdering people with pencils.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
1.5/5 33% A Dog's Purpose (2017) A Dog's Purpose will find a great Hallmark Channel following among folks who refer to their pets as their children and mean it.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
1/5 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) xXx: Return of Xander Cage is - like Dragnet's Emil Muzz - big, bad and stupid-looking.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3/5 80% Patriots Day (2017) But Wahlberg's persistent Masshole persona grates quickly, as does the perpetuating of the idea that somehow Boston is the only city that would respond this way to an attack.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
2.5/5 34% Live By Night (2017) Joe Coughlin was a bad dude long before he got to Florida, though you could certainly make the argument Florida brings out the worst in everybody.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4.5/5 94% Arrival (2016) Arrival has much more in common with E.T. than Invasion of the Saucer Men. And if we're being honest, it's not really about the aliens at all. ‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
2/5 19% Inferno (2016) Inferno is the third movie based on Dan Brown's erudite Harvard professor, and while it's not quite the most forgettable, it's mildly interesting at best, farcical at worst‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
3.5/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) The effects are the closest most of us will get to tripping balls in a Disney movie outside of dropping acid and watching "Pink Elephants on Parade" on a YouTube loop.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
93% Everybody Loves Somebody (2017) Yes, the framework is familiar, but Mastretta's affecting script and realistic performances from Souza and TiarĂ© Scanda offer enough motivation for us to stay engaged.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
2.5/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It's a handsome production, but ultimately lacking in substance.‐ Houston Press
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
45% King Cobra (2016) The unique setting aside, there's just not much to sink your fangs into.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
2.5/5 87% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016
2.5/5 60% War Dogs (2016) Bros before international arms conventions.‐ Houston Press
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016
2.5/5 35% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016
3/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) As Gene Wilder tributes go, it's not bad.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016
2/5 58% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2016
4/5 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) America's worst marine disaster is surprisingly watchable.‐ Houston Press
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
44% Level Up (2016) Manages to be intriguing in spite of its predictability.‐ Village Voice
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/5 25% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
92% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2016
3/5 67% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2016