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Peter Debruge

Peter Debruge
Peter Debruge's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Premiere Magazine, Variety, Contra Costa Times, Miami Herald

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary (2017) For film fans catching up with the nominees in cinemas or on-demand at home, the program makes for a downbeat but illuminating 2 1/2-hour marathon.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation (2017) All four of the ... animators have clearly demonstrated by their work that they can be trusted to take a more prominent role in studio features going forward.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2017
100% 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (2017) This year's live-action offerings are unusually strong across the board ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
9% Bitter Harvest (2017) While "Bitter Harvest" will undoubtedly serve to raise awareness, there can be no doubt that the events deserve a more compelling and responsible treatment than this.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
30% Fist Fight (2017) By far the most disheartening studio-produced movie in recent memory, setting an abysmal example for anyone who goes to school (or the movies, for that matter) still hoping to learn.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
71% Django (2017) This loose, intermittently compelling biopic of jazz great Django Reinhardt offers a much-deserved spotlight role for French actor Reda Kateb.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
No Score Yet The Great Game (Le grand jeu) (2017) [The Great Game unfolds] in the same moral gray area as Michael Clayton, where ethical compromises resonate louder than gunshots.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) The movie deprives us of either a tragic villain or a sympathetic lead, hoping that its grab bag of squirm-inducing details ... will suffice, when in fact, they reveal how a shorter, tighter treatment ought to have done the trick.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The John Wick movies accomplish what Hong Kong action flicks did a quarter-century ago, seducing bloodthirsty (predominately male) audiences into appreciating an exquisitely choreographed modern ballet.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
17% The Space Between Us (2017) Feels like a series of scenic car commercials, smothered in obnoxious emo ballads by the likes of Ingrid Michaelson and James Bay, or else the screensaver stylings of composer Andrew Lockington.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
100% Dina (2017) The rapport between the filmmakers and their principal characters is so comfortable, it occasionally feels as if we are watching a scripted film .‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
74% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Nobody plays ambivalence better, and yet, Plaza allows herself to seem vulnerable here. It's just the thing "Ingrid Goes West" needs to cut through that thick-skin ironic veneer of contemporary Hollywood comedy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
88% Manifesto (2016) "Manifesto" may not adhere to any conventional narrative structure, but it's compulsively watchable all the same ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) Blending race-savvy satire with horror to especially potent effect, this bombshell social critique from first-time director Jordan Peele proves positively fearless - which is not at all the same thing as scareless.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
67% Patti Cake$ (2017) Music video director Geremy Jasper launches an unlikely rap star - and unforgettable indie underdog - in his high-energy feature debut.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
100% Call Me by Your Name (2017) Even as he beguiles us with mystery, Guadagnino recreates Elio's life-changing summer with such intensity that we might as well be experiencing it first-hand.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
80% To the Bone (2017) It's not an easy sit, nor an terribly entertaining one, but in the hands of writer-director Marti Noxon, it delivers painful insights in a relatively fresh way.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
92% A Ghost Story (2017) While Lowery's actual method of delivery may not be scary, it's sure to haunt those who open themselves up to the experience.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
69% The Hero (2017) Instead of the usual page-per-minute of screen time, this film feels like a 30-page script stretched to 90-odd minutes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
96% Mudbound (2017) A hymn to what we all share - the human struggle, the mutual desire to succeed and create a better world for our children - and it is a damning indictment of those who stand in the way of such progress.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
100% City of Ghosts (2017) What "City of Ghosts" does best is to humanize those who've suffered most from the conflict in Syria, educating us through both outrage and compassion.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
67% Before I Fall (2017) Russo-Young finds ways of making the day in question feel fresh each time Sam lives it, while giving the overall presentation a look, feel, and voice that's distinct from the vast swatch of YA movies.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
86% The Little Hours (2017) A medieval convent comedy for the megaplex crowd, one that dispenses with the notion of nuns as prim-and-proper old maids who spend their days praying, and instead treats them as rude-and-repressed young women ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
100% Icarus (2017) A cyclist who set out to prove he could outsmart athletic doping tests stumbles upon one of the game's biggest cheaters in this game-changing documentary.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
92% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) If "No Country for Old Men" depicted a nihilistic sheriff's slow-dawning realization that society as he knew it has lost all sense of reason, then "I don't feel at home in this world anymore" is a young woman's equivalent existential crisis.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
90% Ma (2017) Without so much as uttering a word, this microbudget labor of love augurs an exciting new voice.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
83% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) Its most receptive audiences will almost certainly be older, with enough life experience to recognize the mix of curiosity and regret that ensnares us like so many wild brambles each time we hazard a stroll down Memory Lane.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
41% Gold (2017) For those willing to take the characters at face value, it's a deliriously entertaining ride, as a man with a dream drops his last quarter in the slot machine and goes home with the entire casino.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
31% Railroad Tigers (2017) You know things are getting bad when an instantly forgettable, nearly impossible-to-follow, Chinese-language action movie manages to score a U.S. release simply because of Chan's involvement.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2016
83% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) An irreverent but otherwise harmless ontological satire that puts a cartoonish spin on the Christian origin story.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
32% Monster Trucks (2017) "Monster Trucks" feels like a throwback to the era of "a boy and his (magical) dog" movies - though these stories have significantly lost their charm since the industry switched from practical to digital effects.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2016
No Score Yet American Wrestler: The Wizard (2016) "American Wrestler" is mostly tired old formula. Still, what the movie lacks in originality it makes up for in personality ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) For the original generation of "Star Wars" fans who weren't sure what to make of episodes one, two, and three, "Rogue One" is the prequel they've always wanted.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
92% Hidden Figures (2017) "Hidden Figures" is empowerment cinema at its most populist, and one only wishes that the film had existed at the time it depicts - though ongoing racial tensions and gender double-standards suggest that perhaps we haven't come such a long way, baby.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2016
84% Silence (2017) A taxing film that will not only hold up to multiple viewings, but practically demands them.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2016
41% Office Christmas Party (2016) The movie wants to channel the anarchic spirit of National Lampoon productions and movies like "Bachelor Party," where a donkey dies in the elevator, and it succeeds to a degree.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
96% Seasons (Les saisons) (2016) This gorgeously cinematic docu ties said footage to a leaden all-purpose eco-consciousness message that nearly spoils the otherwise timeless experience.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
81% Patriots Day (2017) An intense, jittery re-creation of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the four-day manhunt that followed, "Patriots Day" is the movie CBS Films was put on this earth to produce.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016
76% Split (2017) A welcome return to form from 'The Sixth Sense' director M. Night Shyamalan, whose unhinged new mind-bender is a worthy extension of his early work.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) "Fantastic Beasts" has clearly been designed for the most devoted of Rowling's fans, and though it may prove confusing to newcomers, the faithful will appreciate the fact the film never talks down to its audience.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
70% Miss Sloane (2016) A talky, tense political thriller, full of verbal sparring and fiery monologues, undone by a really dumb ending.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2016
55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Hughes hides ... until nearly 25 minutes into the picture, though the character can't help but commandeer our attention from that point on, especially amid the vanilla pudding that serves as the rest of the plot.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2016
100% National Bird (2016) Chilling testimony from those three veterans, each of whom helped to wage war from behind consoles half a world away, serves as the backbone of a film that adds its voice to mounting criticism of the U.S. drone program.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
95% Moana (2016) "Moana" keeps with the tradition that made Disney the leader in animated fairy and folk tales, and yet, showing a thoroughly modern touch, it's the first to do so without so much as suggesting a love interest.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) The key is an in-on-the-joke script, which Derrickson co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill, that ingeniously navigates major plot potholes even as it saddles its actors with ludicrous dialogue. But what actors!‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2016
37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) The character that was an awkward fit for the actor four years ago seems to be even more so now, if only because Cruise's greatest asset is his charisma, while Reacher is a stoic, stone-cold heavy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2016
29% The Whole Truth (2016) Viewers who've spent any time watching TV courtroom dramas will probably believe they've figured out "The Whole Truth" from practically its opening scene, and despite a few minor twists along the way, chances are, they have.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
94% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) The annals of Western art are woefully sparse when it comes to female painters, which is just one of perhaps a dozen reasons that Miss Hokusai comes as such a refreshing anomaly among anime exports.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
51% The Accountant (2016) O'Connor demonstrates the right way to handle such material, elevating what is essentially an exploitation movie into a zen character study, one that takes its pound-of-flesh antihero seriously.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2016
65% The Great Gilly Hopkins (2016) While uneven in places, "The Great Gilly Hopkins" works because it boasts an actress tough enough for the title role.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016