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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
57% Aladdin (2019) Ritchie's style embraces the kind of expressionism needed to pull off such a fanciful tale. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
54% Young Ahmed (Le Jeune Ahmed) (2019) What the Dardenne brothers are showing here amounts to just the thing those shaken by terrorism fear most: the idea that normal people... can be brainwashed and body-snatched into agents of jihad. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
100% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait De La Jeune Fille En Feu) (2019) "Portrait" dares to engage directly with the questions of representation and gender that seem to have flummoxed the film industry of late, broadening its focus to the subject of womanhood itself at a time documented almost exclusively by men. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
76% A Hidden Life (Une vie cachée) (2019) Malick draws a critical distinction between faith and religion, calling out the failing of the latter - a human institution that's as fallible and corruptible as any individual. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
100% Family Romance, LLC (2019) Homo sapiens are a strange species, and few capture that more satisfyingly than Herzog, even if this is clearly one of his minor works. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
88% Port Authority (2019) Maybe "Port Authority" isn't the most elegant queer romance audiences will see this year, but it's propelled by a pair of terrific performances, and Lessowitz captures the spirit and energy of the vibrant ball world in a totally fresh way. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
88% Pain and Glory (Dolor y Gloria) (2019) A mature work of meticulously tuned meta-fiction... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
88% Rocketman (2019) Dexter Fletcher has fashioned an ebullient monument to pop superstar Elton John - featuring a likable turn from Taron Egerton in the lead role - that's clichéd in the telling, but gets by on the strength of his early catalog. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
88% Nighthawk (Bacurau) (2019) A visually impressive but unevenly paced thriller that feels as if it's meant to be analyzed more than enjoyed, and for which footnotes might actually have done more good than subtitles. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
88% Bull (2019) Too often, "Bull" leaves us on the outside of what Kris is going through, peering through windows that reflect what we already know about her experience. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
No Score Yet White As Snow (Blanche Comme Neige) (2019) Fontaine leaves her audience with a weak feminist twist... while squandering the opportunity she has in Huppert. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
57% Dreamland (2019) Zwart's script ultimately takes too long to get rolling, and when it does, the directorial vision that has so far distinguished "Dreamland" from other films like it gives way to generic tendencies... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
100% The Gasoline Thieves (Huachicolero) (2019) Displaying an impressive visual sense despite his small budget, while never calling unnecessary attention to himself, Nito wastes no time in illustrating the incredibly high stakes. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
69% Wine Country (2019) "Wine Country" offers Netflix subscribers an excuse to stay in, uncork, and toast a comedian who's taking the next step in her career. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
100% Gay Chorus Deep South (2019) There's a lesson here that applies to more than just LGBT political causes: To heal the country and move on, we must reach across the divide and listen to one another. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
67% Swallow (2019) By the end, characters who initially seemed so simple have taken on startlingly different personas, revealing the true face of an oppressive system in the process - one in which men make the rules, and can institutionalize those who don't conform. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Its box office should demonstrate fans' hunger for a more robust big-screen version of the Pokémon universe, while the disappointment needn't dissuade another team from coming along and doing it right. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
45% Georgetown (2019) Waltz shows ambition in juggling Mott's stories with "the truth" (an idea always implied in quotes here), working with DP Henry Braham to orchestrate dynamic situations and complex camera moves... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
No Score Yet Instead of getting more interesting as it goes on, Waltz's performance grows tiresome. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
94% American Factory (2019) Of all the documentaries you see this year, this one most potently embodies the ever-changing sense of the words "Made in America." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) After the must-see showdown that was 'Infinity War,' the Russo brothers deliver a more fan-facing three-hour followup, rewarding loyalty to Marvel Cinematic Universe. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
96% Little Woods (2019) [DaCosta] intuitively reveals a deeper dimension to both of her heroines by taking an extra beat at the beginning or end of scenes to observe their faces when no one else is watching. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
77% Guava Island (2019) Plugs squarely into the zeitgeist, answering conflict with a call for love. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2019
100% Penguin Highway (2019) An irresistibly out-there mystery that plays like a cross between "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Stranger Things," if either of those influences' sense of horror were replaced with wonder... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
45% Little (2019) Consistently funny if all-around a bit too familiar... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
89% Missing Link (2019) As proof that humans can evolve... "Missing Link" makes a most excellent case. And that doesn't even count the cutting-edge technology required to pull of such a hyper-detailed and visually dazzling feat as this. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
100% Slut in a Good Way (Charlotte a du fun) (2019) Lorain's film challenges traditional gender roles in such a way that's surface-level entertaining but also deep enough to inspire a college term paper or two. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
88% The Last (2019) There's something undeniably fearless in Lipsky's filmmaking, which makes virtually no concessions to his audience. Still, he seems to have chosen the wrong medium to express himself, and it's becoming all too clear that he's not improving with practice. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) Maybe you can teach a dead cat new tricks after all. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
65% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) [Lillis is] the freshest thing to happen to Nancy Drew in decades, making it clear that casting was the solution that has so often eluded this series in its jump from page to screen in the past. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
57% Stuber (2019) The deliciously antagonistic chemistry between Bautista and Nanjiani - who come across as more likely to murder each other than to die at the hands of heavily armed drug dealers - fuels this breakneck buddy movie. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
67% Red 11 (2019) "Red 11" may be rotten (worse even than "Machete Kills" or "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D"), but it's meant to be studied, not watched, and the fact that it cuts together at all shows just how resourceful Rodriguez is. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Every generation needs its own rowdy high school comedy, and Millennials deserve one that treats the anxieties teens have been grappling with for millennia with the same urgency that Jerry Bruckheimer would bring to a high-stakes action movie. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
95% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) "The Art of Self-Defense" may be presented as an absurdist satire, but like the best American comedies... it doubles as a keen critique of our national character. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Bound to embarrass everyone a year or so down the road, once the think pieces have picked it apart. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
100% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) A feel-good niche indie with its priorities in the right place. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
54% The Beach Bum (2019) Such hedonism isn't irredeemable in and of itself, and yet, one wishes Korine were interested in more than just testing boundaries. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
100% Running with Beto (2019) To the extent that O'Rourke seems like a normal guy, "Running With Beto" naturally focuses much of its attention on his family, showing the strain the campaign puts on his wife Amy and three young kids. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
94% Us (2019) As in "Get Out," we know to suspect that when things look too good to be true, they probably are, and yet, it would take a pretty twisted mind to anticipate what Peele has in store for us this time. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
56% The Sound of Silence (2019) "The Sound of Silence" is a deeply silly movie that takes itself incredibly seriously, and believe it or not, that's its great pleasure. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
100% Driveways (2019) "Driveways" [is] that uncommon and all-too-welcome gift - like some kind of fragile wildflower, emerging tentatively through cracks in the concrete: a film about kindness. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
42% The Wedding Guest (2019) What's lacking is personality from the human characters, which is a serious failing... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
No Score Yet Period. End of Sentence. (2018) Simultaneously educates and inspires... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
No Score Yet A Night at the Garden (2019) Curry's context-lacking montage chills the blood... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
No Score Yet Lifeboat (2019) Fitzgerald's beautifully photographed film isn't designed to make heroes of the rescuers. Rather, it treats the refugees as fellow humans... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
100% End Game (2018) Miller's insights have been so useful as to have been featured by Oprah Winfrey, and one needn't be hospitalized or faced with losing relatives to benefit from his unique perspective. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
100% Black Sheep (2018) [Interweaves] a compelling direct-to-camera interview with Cornelius Walker with equally powerful reenactment footage of his adolescence in Essex, where the young Nigerian immigrant learned to hate the color of his own skin. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
No Score Yet One Small Step (2018) This CG short looks fantastic, with adorable character designs, soft edges, and a warm glow. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
No Score Yet Weekends (2017) I've seen "Weekends" thrice now, and some of it still confuses me, but I'm convinced it's a work of art. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
No Score Yet Animal Behaviour (2018) Funny enough to prove diverting. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019