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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% 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
Posted Jan 23, 2017
No Score Yet 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
Posted Jan 22, 2017
83% 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
Posted Jan 22, 2017
No Score Yet 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
Posted Jan 22, 2017
89% 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
Posted Jan 22, 2017
No Score Yet 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
Posted Jan 21, 2017
No Score Yet 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
Posted Jan 21, 2017
88% 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
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
Posted Jan 20, 2017
91% 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
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
Posted Jan 9, 2017
80% 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
Posted Jan 6, 2017
42% 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
Posted Dec 30, 2016
32% 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
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
Posted Dec 27, 2016
34% 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
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
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
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
Posted Dec 11, 2016
83% Silence (2017) A taxing film that will not only hold up to multiple viewings, but practically demands them. ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 11, 2016
42% 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
Posted Dec 7, 2016
95% 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
Posted Nov 18, 2016
78% 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
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
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
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
Posted Nov 12, 2016
54% 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted Oct 7, 2016
97% Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2016) This vividly realized and emotionally satisfying feature ought to make Shinkai a household name - certainly in Japan, and with any luck, in other countries as well. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 7, 2016
98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) The sort of cartoon discerning parents are constantly seeking to enrich their kids' imaginations. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 2, 2016
31% Masterminds (2016) Zach Galifianakis succeeds in making an already ridiculous crime even funnier in this caper comedy from the director of 'Napoleon Dynamite.' ‐ Variety
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
Posted Sep 25, 2016
67% Rats (2016) Rarely has a filmmaker more blatantly manipulated the material he has collected to game his audience. ‐ Variety
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
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
Posted Sep 14, 2016
33% The Promise (2017) This fictional love story is an epic bore. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2016
71% Sing (2016) For Illumination Entertainment, "Sing" is a game-changer, underscoring why company founder Chris Meledandri is the hottest name in animation today. ‐ Variety
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
Posted Sep 11, 2016
86% 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
Posted Sep 11, 2016
87% 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
Posted Sep 11, 2016
89% 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
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
Posted Sep 9, 2016
100% Wakefield (2016) Could seriously resonate with middle-aged moviegoers - especially women - starved for smart, personal stories. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 6, 2016