Peter Brunette

Peter Brunette
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Besides being a weekly film critic and contributing editor at Film.com, Peter Brunette was Professor of English and Film Studies at George Mason University. He wrote or edited six books on film, including </i>Roberto Rossellini, the definitive study in English of this director's films (Oxford University Press, 1987; republished University of California Press, 1996); </i>Screen/Play: Derrida and Film Theory (Princeton University Press, 1990; co-authored with David Wills); a co-edited book (with David Wills) on visual theory published by Cambridge University Press in 1994, entitled </i>Deconstruction and the Visual Arts: Art, Media, Architecture; and a book on Francois Truffaut's film "Shoot the Piano Player" (Rutgers, 1993). Cambridge University Press published his book </i>The Films of Michelangelo Antonioni in 1998 and, in 1999, his edited book, </i>Martin Scorsese: Interviews, was published by the University of Mississippi Press. He was also general editor of the Mississippi interview series; some seven books have already been published in this series, and twenty more are contracted for. He was also general editor of a film book series at Indiana University Press; two titles have been published in the last two years. At the time of his death in June of 2010, he was working on books on Luchino Visconti and Wong Kar-Wai. During the past several years, he served on panels at the Palm Springs Film Festival in California, the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, and at the Rotterdam Film Festival in Holland. He was director of the Film and Media Studies program at George Mason University and was also active in the GMU Cultural Studies program. He was one of the first two internet critics to be elected to membership in the National Society of Film Critics. Brunette has also written for film periodicals like </i>Film Quarterly and </i>Sight & Sound, and was the U.S. correspondent for the Italian journal </i>Filmcritica. He also wrote regularly for </i>The New York Times Arts & Leisure section and </i>The Boston Globe. He was artistic director of the Key Sunday Cinema Club, which has branches in six cities.
Location: Washington D.C.
Official Websites: http://users.wfu.edu/brunetpc

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
71% Kosmos (2010) Kosmos is nothing less than cosmic in scope, and it's beautifully shot, and profoundly imaginative, but it's finally just too much of a good thing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
74% Crash (2004) While the mini-genre it occupies -- multi-storylined ensemble pieces about dysfunctional life in southern California -- is already well-established, Crash is a superb, sometimes literally breath-taking new addition to this august group. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2015
90% Knocked Up (2007) The jokes, which are in the absolute poorest taste, remain hilarious, while a newer, deeper humanism, sensed in momentary flashes in the earlier film, is now fully on display. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2013
91% Sound of Noise (2012) The basic premise of this delightful comedy from Sweden is one of the most imaginative you'll ever see. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2012
73% Putty Hill (2011) Points must be awarded for nerve, but virtually every aspect of this misbegotten film misfires. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2011
72% Le nom des gens (The Names of Love) (2011) [A] delightful, sexy, and often audacious crowd-pleaser. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2011
58% Film socialisme (2011) Like most of Jean-Luc Godard's other essay films, is all over the place and (purposely) impossible to follow. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2011
79% Red Hill (2010) The suspense that director Patrick Hughes manages to mount remains low-grade throughout and the plot never becomes entirely plausible. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2010
55% Mao's Last Dancer (2010) Feel-good movie about a Chinese dancer presses all the right buttons. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2010
83% I Killed My Mother (2013) Uneven but funny and audacious adolescent comedy from a talented beginner. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
88% A Screaming Man (2011) Quietly powerful. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
71% Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) (2010) Utterly silly excuse for maximum debauchery from a once-talented director. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
81% A Town Called Panic (Panique au village) (2009) There's really very little to say about this film beyond that it's absolutely brilliant. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2010
79% The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada) (2010) The film is gorgeously shot and contains a plethora of haunting images... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2010
No Score Yet The Korean Wedding Chest (Die koreanische Hochzeitstruhe) (2009) Tenderly observed personal documentary on Korean wedding customs. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2009
79% Max Manus: Man of War (2010) Solid and convincing, if pedestrian, World War II story that has its moments. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2009
84% Whip It (2009) Some old material given a delightful new grrrl-power twist. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2009
59% The Stoning of Soraya M. (2009) A shocking yet stately and powerful plea for women's rights. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2009
86% The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band) (2009) It's clear that this portrait of a sick society is meant to explain, at least partially, the horrendous war that breaks out at the very end of the film, and the fascism that quickly followed in its wake. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2009
88% Army of Crime (L'Armée du Crime) (2010) Though it drags here and there and is a bit flat in places, the film is solidly made and for the most part quite involving. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2009
53% Antichrist (2009) Visually gorgeous to a fault and teeming with grandiose if often fascinating ideas that overwhelm the modest story that serves as their vehicle, this may be the least artistically successful film von Trier has ever made. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2009
97% A Prophet (Un prophete) (2010) French master Jacques Audiard has challenged the thus-far mostly middling Cannes competition with a powerful prison drama that's an old-fashioned Bildungsroman in in-your-face, intensely realistic disguise. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2009
33% Ne Te Retourne Pas (Don't Look Back) (2009) "Don't Look Back" begins promisingly. Seemingly obsessed with surfaces, the camera restlessly searches for hints and clues among the fragments we see, even before we know there's a mystery. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2009
47% Management (2009) The plot doesn't always make sense, and when it does it's often pretty predictable, but when all is said and done, this romantic comedy starring the ultracute Steve Zahn and Jennifer Aniston ultimately delivers the goods. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2009
77% Üç Maymun (Three Monkeys) (2008) Patience will be required to appreciate this brilliant, gorgeously visual film. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2008
63% Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2009) Many stale plot devices are recycled. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
44% The Stone Angel (2007) A perfectly respectable, solidly-made film which, beyond the expert performance by the always reliable Ellen Burstyn, has unfortunately little to recommend it. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
27% The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008) Less pleasurable after the first fifteen minutes. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
85% Lorna's Silence (2008) A worthwhile, if less powerful offering from the Belgian masters of slice-of-life filmmaking. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
92% Il Divo (2009) At long last in this year's Cannes Competition, a film on a serious subject that nevertheless consistently entertains and often makes you laugh out loud. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
85% The Take (2007) Things never quite come together and the central plot focus of the family drama is never plausible enough to make for compelling cinema. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2008
15% The Other Man (2008) Seldom has such great star power been marshaled in the service of a sillier movie than The Other Man. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2008
64% Plus Tard (One Day You'll Understand) (Later) (2008) Once again, veteran Israeli director Amos Gitai has made a subtle yet powerful and moving film on an aspect of Jewish experience. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2008
65% What Doesn't Kill You (2008) We've all seen this film before -- two hoodlum friends from the tough, violent streets of South Boston trying to cope with the lure of easy money and the offsetting threat of jail time -- but we've never seen it this well done. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2008
91% Slumdog Millionaire (2008) What's perhaps most fascinating about the film is Boyle's relentless focus on the realities of present-day India as a vehicle for his spectacle and laughs. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2008
67% Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009) All in all, it's a highly worthwhile, professionally accomplished project, but in its obsessive devotion to precise documentation, the film forgets to inspire. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2008
54% Married Life (2008) The film is hampered by a plodding and unimaginative script whose situations are pedestrian and whose dialogue is much less sparkling than the filmmakers appear to think it is. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2007
87% The Orphanage (2007) This first feature from Juan Antonio Bayona is an excellent exercise in the Spanish-language subdivision of the horror-ghost genre that Del Toro more or less single-handedly invented. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2007
90% The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen seite) (2007) Fatih Akin's new film, once it comes together at the end and finally defeats the shagginess of his script, is a solid if uneven piece of work. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2007
84% Import/Export (2006) It's the very unremitting nature of the vision that forces us to confront an unpalatable truth and in that, many willing to go along may find a strange sort of comfort. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2007
93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) Even if the script had been more accessible, it's doubtful whether its ultra-high concept will connect with general audiences. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2004
76% Moulin Rouge! (2001) Consistently witty and entertaining. - Film.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2001
91% Eureka (2001) It's more an experience than anything else, and if you're looking for a transformative, redemptive one yourself, at the moment you can't do any better than go to see this film. - Film.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2001
96% With a Friend like Harry... (2001) A quiet delight. - Film.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2001
58% The Luzhin Defence (2001) Gorris's recreation of the period setting is scrupulous and fresh. - Film.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2001
93% The Circle (Dayereh) (2001) One of the most courageous, hard-hitting films I've seen in a long time. - Film.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2001
93% The Gleaners and I (2001) A superb example of the genre of the self-expressive documentary. - Film.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2001
92% Amores Perros (2001) Amores Perros (Love's a Bitch) is a great new film from Mexico that proves that somebody, somewhere, is still making upsetting, enthralling movies. - Film.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2001
92% Memento (2000) Probably the most devilishly fascinating movie I've seen in months, if not years. - Film.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2001
75% Me You Them (2001) A quiet film, certainly, but it's filled with small touches that manage to get deeply under your skin by the time the final credits roll. - Film.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2001