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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
33% Masterminds (2016) Zach Galifianakis succeeds in making an already ridiculous crime even funnier in this caper comedy from the director of 'Napoleon Dynamite.'‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Goldman's frequently amusing script is the secret ingredient that makes Miss Peregrine such an appropriate fit for Burton's peculiar sensibility, allowing the director to revisit and expand motifs and themes from his earlier work.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2016
67% Rats (2016) Rarely has a filmmaker more blatantly manipulated the material he has collected to game his audience.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
17% Brain on Fire (2016) It's the sort of role for which the Razzies were invented, and what little audience it finds will almost certainly be heckling as they watch Moretz implode.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2016
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) For a movie in which you can't follow what's going on for 75% of the time, "Deepwater Horizon" proves remarkably thrilling ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2016
31% The Promise (2017) This fictional love story is an epic bore.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
73% Sing (2016) For Illumination Entertainment, "Sing" is a game-changer, underscoring why company founder Chris Meledandri is the hottest name in animation today.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
50% All I See Is You (2017) What does it all add up to? Look past the gimmick, and all that remains is an overly arty study of a lopsided marriage ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
87% A Monster Calls (2017) A splendidly rendered, yet oddly ill-conceived terminal-illness melodrama that feels much too dark and serious for audiences Conor's age, and an even more curious fit for grown-ups.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
86% Lion (2016) While unique, Saroo's story is somewhere between the-guy-who-found-a-lottery-scratcher-worth-fifty-bucks and the-farmer-who-prayed-for-rain-and-got-it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
84% A United Kingdom (2017) Treats their love story like another Disney princess movie, reducing the drama to a series of polite disagreements between the couple and the cardboard officiates who opposed their union.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2016
81% Free Fire (2017) Crosses the irreverent cheekiness of Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" with the ruthless spirit of 1970s B-movies, in which audiences hoped for a few minutes of what "Free Fire" sustains for the better part of 90 minutes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
100% Wakefield (2016) Could seriously resonate with middle-aged moviegoers - especially women - starved for smart, personal stories.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
90% Into the Inferno (2016) Werner Herzog teams up with volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer for a globe-trotting tour of sites that have inspired bizarre belief systems.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
No Score Yet Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2017) It can take a TV series an entire season to establish a political intrigue as elaborate as the one Cedar devises here - and even longer to flesh out such a fascinating protagonist ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2016
83% Una (2016) Ben Mendelsohn and Rooney Mara play a pedophile and his target in this edgy adaptation of the David Harrower play.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2016
71% Bleed For This (2016) Younger hadn't made a feature since 2005's "Prime," but here finds a piece of material that's a great fit for his macho, high-energy style - and could soon be the biggest hit of his career.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) Barry Jenkins' vital portrait of a South Florida youth revisits the character at three stages in his life, offering rich insights into the contemporary African-American experience.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2016
85% Sully (2016) This is Hanks' show, and he delivers a typically strong performance, quickly allowing us to forget that we're watching an actor.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2016
40% The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) For Aja, who has demonstrated an appetite for truly twisted material in the past, it all adds up to a disappointingly tame outing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2016
87% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
87% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
46% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
47% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
94% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
65% 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
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
100% Apprentice (2017) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) On one hand, the cartoon is never afraid to be cute, but more importantly, it's committed to being real.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016