Peter Debruge

Peter Debruge

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

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 18, 2016

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

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

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

Personal Shopper (2016)

"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
No Score Yet

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

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 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 12, 2016

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

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 24, 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 24, 2016

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

"Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey hilariously reenact one of history's most surreal blind dates." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 18, 2016

King Cobra (2016)

""King Cobra" is all smut and no soul ... tacky, superficially titillating ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 17, 2016

Dean (2016)

"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 16, 2016

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 7, 2016

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

Glassland (2016)

"A downbeat serving of kitchen-sink social realism with the sink itself thrown in for good measure." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 31, 2016

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 26, 2016

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

"The controversial artist may have worked in black and white, but his life is anything but in this terrific portrait by the 'Inside Deep Throat' duo." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 25, 2016

The Wait (L'attesa) (2016)

"Messina has further developed his ability to deliver a stunning sensory experience, though the treatment feels inadequate for such lean material." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 23, 2016

Miss Sharon Jones! (2016)

"No mere music doc, Barbara Kopple's celebration of soul queen Sharon Jones captures the tiny singer's incredible strength in the face of cancer." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 18, 2016

April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016)

"Within a thrilling tale that respects the intelligence of its audience, attentive parents will find the antidote to their fear that watching cartoons might rot your brain." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 17, 2016

Me Him Her (2016)

"What Max Landis' sexual orientation-bending directorial debut lacks in style, it makes up for in self-absorption." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 11, 2016

Kiki (2016)

"It explodes with energy, thanks in part to rattlesnake-taut dance tracks from MikeQ and ballroom DJ crew Qween Beat, but mostly from the Kiki kids themselves." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 9, 2016

Marguerite (2016)

"[A] pitch-perfect comedy of manners." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 8, 2016

The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)

"This first half of the artificially split two-part finally may diverge from Veronica Roth's source material, but doesn't necessarily solve its problems." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 6, 2016
No Score Yet

Wonderland (Heimatland) (2015)

"Wonderland benefits from more planning than typically goes into portmanteau films, though not so much that the stories ultimately fit together." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 2, 2016

The Wave (Bolgen) (2016)

"Roar Uthaug has made an equally impressive tsunami-peril thriller - a thunderous rumble-rumble-hustle-hustle-glub-glub nerve-racker." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 29, 2016

2016 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2016)

"A range of solid if somewhat calculated calling cards from helmers who've studied at film schools around the world, now enjoying exposure across nearly all conceivable platforms." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 26, 2016

Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)

"Where Rosi's previous work has been accused of offering scattershot portraits of disparate characters, this one feels more focused in its overall edit, while open enough to encourage personal reactions." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 22, 2016

Mr. Right (2016)

"It's ultimately too much kookiness for one romantic comedy to handle." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 19, 2016

Chronic (2016)

"Even at 93 minutes, the film is slow, but as anyone who's dealt with a disabled person can tell you, the pace of life downshifts considerably, operating at the patient's speed." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 18, 2016

Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016)

"Every so often, a feature production lands upon a location so evocative, the spot becomes the defining characteristic of the film itself. Jensen has lucked upon just such an iconic building with Men & Chicken." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 17, 2016

Zero Days (2016)

"While most people weren't looking, America went and changed the rules of engagement, and with "Zero Days," Gibney urgently suggests how little time the world has to clarify its stand before the wrong party goes too far." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 17, 2016

Genius (2016)

"Genius is the sort of period re-creation where everyone seems to be wearing 80-year-old costumes." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 16, 2016

The Patriarch (Mahana) (2016)

"Proudly expands the still-limited canon of essential films about New Zealand's tribal people ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 14, 2016

War on Everyone (2016)

"McDonagh writes his clever, coal-black heart out, delivering another firecracker script ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 12, 2016

Midnight Special (2016)

"Nichols' impressively restrained yet limitlessly imaginative fourth feature takes its energy from an ensemble of characters who hold fast to their convictions, even though their beliefs remain shrouded in mystery for much of the journey." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 12, 2016

Zootopia (2016)

"Disney offers a decades-later correction to 'Song of the South,' in which rabbits and foxes have a chance to live together in relative harmony." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 12, 2016

Unlocking the Cage (2016)

"Likely to be of greater interest in 50 years, once the issue has been more thoroughly vetted in court, as opposed to today, when it feels a bit too much like a publicity stunt ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 8, 2016