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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
83% Imperium (2016) Despite a few overly convenient plot pivots, once the film gets moving, it tightens the screws and forces Nate to think on his feet, building a good deal of momentum. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 15, 2016
97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) With its staggering visuals and genuine heart, Laika chief Travis Knight's fantastical samurai adventure puts the emotion in stop-motion. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 12, 2016
66% Anthropoid (2016) Anthropoid is a peculiarly wooden period piece, as timid characters try to muster the courage to do what is asked of them. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 8, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) On paper, this could have been the antidote to an increasingly codified strain of comic-book movies, but in the end, it's just another high-attitude version of the same. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 2, 2016
86% Pete's Dragon (2016) One of the year's most delightful moviegoing surprises, a quality family film that rewards young people's imaginations and reminds us of a time when the term "Disney movie" meant something ... ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 27, 2016
86% The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) (2016) Though relatively conservative in its approach, Lars Kraume's teleplay-style treatment of a still-touchy subject has the nerve to name names, implicating everyone from chancellor Konrad Adenauer to Mercedes-Benz. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 26, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) Just as the initial Damon-driven trilogy wrapped up Bourne's business but left us wanting more, this sequel offers closure even as it entices us with the possibility of his return. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 26, 2016
92% Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016) Summertime celebrates the unique couple's chemistry, allowing their smiles to convey the transformative effect they have on one another. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 18, 2016
87% Phantom Boy (2016) Phantom Boy may fall at the other end of the spectrum from super-polished DreamWorks and Pixar product, but the directors' impressionistic touch won't seem so alien to fans of Cartoon Network and Nicktoons series. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 12, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) Whereas Feig has previously managed to cross genre streams successfully, here he succumbs to the familiar curse of the digital-effects era: When there's almost nothing the computer can't conjure, it falls to the director to know when to stop. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 10, 2016
36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) "The Legend of Tarzan" is sequel, origin story and racially sensitive revisionist history lesson all in one. What it isn't is much fun for anyone who's seen Edgar Rice Burroughs' "ape man" in any of his previous incarnations. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 29, 2016
78% The Shallows (2016) Lively may have been cast primarily for her physique, but she proves a compelling heroine all the same. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 23, 2016
82% Les Cowboys (2016) Bidegain's approach respects his viewers' intelligence and rewards those willing to put in the work. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 20, 2016
74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) The formula may be familiar, but the personalities are completely fresh, yielding a menagerie of loveable - if downright ugly - cartoon critters banding together to help these two incompatible roommates from ending up on the streets. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 16, 2016
81% Cosmos (2016) Though individual details may defy explanation, Zulawski maintains such expert control of the film's look and tone that there can be no question that each choice has been deliberate, whatever the significance. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 15, 2016
No Score Yet Tracktown (2016) What the film lacks in originality, it makes up for via its star's naturally glamor-resistant sensibility, giving us an unpolished glimpse into the personal life of a professional runner. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 6, 2016
71% Holy Hell (2016) Like watching a takedown of Hitler by a disillusioned Leni Reifenstahl, what emerges is one of the decade's strangest and most unsettling documentaries, especially given its as-yet-unwritten ending. ‐ Variety
Posted May 27, 2016
57% To Life (À la vie) (2016) [The film fails] to capture either the post-traumatic heft of what they dealt with or the amazing chemistry between them. ‐ Variety
Posted May 23, 2016
80% Fidelio, Alice's Journey (2015) Easily the most fascinating film to come along and challenge traditional gender roles in the past year. ‐ Variety
Posted May 23, 2016
79% The Other Side (Louisiana) (2016) Miraculously [manages] to find a serene beauty amid so much desperation and squalor, honoring its characters without letting them off easy. ‐ Variety
Posted May 20, 2016
43% Dog Eat Dog (2016) Like the criminals, who don't have even so much as a code among thieves to abide by, Schrader's choices nearly all seem to be arbitrary. Instead of coming off as veterans who know what they're doing, the result feels dangerously amateur. ‐ Variety
Posted May 20, 2016
100% Risk (2016) Running a short 84 minutes, "Risk" offers considerable insights into Assange, but seems to omit as much as it reveals. ‐ Variety
Posted May 19, 2016
42% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) Dolan has found a way to exasperate and exhaust his audience, but he has also achieved a completely unexpected catharsis at the end of an agonizing hour and a half. Standing there on the grave of dreams, he knows why the caged bird sings. ‐ Variety
Posted May 19, 2016
61% High-Rise (2016) It could take decades for critics and audiences to appreciate whatever genius lurks behind the chaos, but for the time being, it seems like little more than madness. ‐ Variety
Posted May 18, 2016
92% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) A fable so simple, so pure, it feels as if it has existed for hundreds of years, like a brilliant shard of sea glass rendered smooth and elegant through generations of retelling. ‐ Variety
Posted May 18, 2016
86% Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) Somehow, in the final stretch, Nguyen has transformed what felt like a relatively generic, un-special indie love story into something totally unpredictable ... ‐ Variety
Posted May 18, 2016
67% Personal Shopper (2017) A broken, but never boring mix of spine-tingling horror story, dreary workplace drama and elliptical identity search, likely to go down as one of the most divisive films of Stewart's career. ‐ Variety
Posted May 16, 2016
100% Apprentice (2016) There's a certain undeniable perversity to being offered such intimate access to Death Row, and both Boo and Aiman show enormous compassion for the prisoners who find themselves there. ‐ Variety
Posted May 16, 2016
89% Loving (2016) Powerful, understated performances from Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga carry director Jeff Nichols' oh-so-sensitive portrait of a mixed-race marriage forbidden in 1958 Virginia. ‐ Variety
Posted May 16, 2016
100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2016) On one hand, the cartoon is never afraid to be cute, but more importantly, it's committed to being real. ‐ Variety
Posted May 15, 2016
No Score Yet Dogs (Câini) (2016) Shot in heat-stricken widescreen and unadorned with music or other distractions, "Dogs" oozes tension ... ‐ Variety
Posted May 15, 2016
No Score Yet Tour de France (2016) It comes across like an obsequious child trying to calm his red-faced parents at the height of a dish-smashing domestic dispute - or worse, a Gallic "Driving Miss Daisy." ‐ Variety
Posted May 15, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) Makes it possible for audiences of all ages to wrap their heads around one of the unlikeliest friendships in cinema history, resulting in the sort of instant family classic "human beans" once relied upon Disney to deliver. ‐ Variety
Posted May 14, 2016
66% Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016) While the film's fluid, free-roaming perspective gives things a dreamy feel... the lack of a single clear character with whom to identify ultimately proves problematic. ‐ Variety
Posted May 13, 2016
71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) White plays the moment of rupture with a banality that threatens to undermine our faith in her as storyteller more than in the system itself. If Makepeace was meant to be our kind of hero, it's a shame to see him made out to be such a sucker. ‐ Variety
Posted May 13, 2016
94% Sieranevada (2016) While the film may be ponderous going for the vast majority of moviegoers, if only because characters talk and talk and talk, but seldom ever speak the truth... Sieranevada gives audiences plenty to sink their teeth into over the hours and days to come. ‐ Variety
Posted May 13, 2016
95% After Love (L'économie du couple) (2016) Though contained enough to be a play, Joachim Lafosse's look at an out-of-love couple still forced to cohabitate explores that dynamic cinematically. ‐ Variety
Posted May 13, 2016
58% Ma loute (2016) It's a nice alternative to the griminess of Dumont's previous regional portraits, even if he has yet to perfect this loony new tone. ‐ Variety
Posted May 13, 2016
78% Evolution (2016) The movie capitalizes on our natural impulse to supply sinister explanations for those things left deliberately vague onscreen, encouraging auds' imaginations to personalize according to their own worst-case scenarios. ‐ Variety
Posted May 12, 2016
No Score Yet Victoria (2016) If anything, what Triet has done is demonstrate that people are allowed to be complicated - and at times contradictory. ‐ Variety
Posted May 12, 2016
95% Presenting Princess Shaw (2016) Given the Disney-worthy trajectory her life takes over the course of Ido Haar's tight, 80-minute documentary, it's fitting that 39-year-old Samantha Montgomery picked "Princess" as her stage name. ‐ Variety
Posted May 10, 2016
No Score Yet Icaros: A Vision (2016) This trippy work maps the intersections of West and East, body and spirit, faith and terror with beguiling grace. T ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 25, 2016
No Score Yet Poor Boy (2016) Set somewhere in the American Southwest, this mostly frustrating collection of lunatic elements tries too hard to be weird. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 25, 2016
77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey hilariously reenact one of history's most surreal blind dates. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 19, 2016
43% King Cobra (2016) "King Cobra" is all smut and no soul ... tacky, superficially titillating ... ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 18, 2016
57% Dean (2017) Martin ... struggles to square his distinct minimalist charm with the second-hand influence of standard-bearers like Woody Allen and Wes Anderson. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 17, 2016
83% Julieta (2016) Even when working in earnest, Almodovar can't hold back his own gaudiness, which threatens to overwhelm Julieta's emotions at all times, just as the loud paintings, posters and wallpaper frequently eclipse the foreground action. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 8, 2016
73% Above And Below (2016) Without the slightest sense of mockery, Steiner embraces the often-comedic details of their lives while revealing the ways in which they seem to have their priorities straight. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 31, 2016
82% Glassland (2016) A downbeat serving of kitchen-sink social realism with the sink itself thrown in for good measure. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 31, 2016
15% The Wild Life (2016) Whether dangling characters off the edge of a cliff or zooming around Crusoe's rickety wooden waterslide, the story is constantly on the go, launching objects and characters along the Z axis - and out over the audiences' heads. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 27, 2016