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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
78% Shot Caller (2017) Waugh forgoes cheap action-movie gimmicks, offering up instead a haunting psychological portrait of an intelligent man forced to completely reinvent himself before he can even dream of seeking redemption for his previous sins.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
39% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) A delightfully ridiculous screwball action comedy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
49% The Glass Castle (2017) Cretton captures the incidents of Walls' childhood (too many of them, to be honest, as the film really ought to be half an hour shorter), but struggles to connect them to the grown woman Larson plays in the present.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
No Score Yet Lola Pater (2017) Plot problems aside, "Lola Pater" does a beautiful job of conveying the full dimensionality of its characters ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
36% Kidnap (2017) A tight, effective 100-yard-dash of a thriller that's as single-minded as the title makes it sound.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
78% I Dream in Another Language (Sueño en otro idioma) (2017) Poetic Mexican film raises philosophical questions about what is lost when a language - and by extension, our elders' memory - is allowed to fade away unpreserved.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
9% First Kill (2017) Bruce Willis goes bad in a movie that could hardly be mistaken for good, playing a corrupt police chief mixed up in a bank robbery.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) [Nolan has] found a way to harness that technique in service of a kind of heightened reality, one that feels more immersive and immediate than whatever concerns we check at the door when entering the cinema.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
88% Girls Trip (2017) "Girls Trip" has something for everyone - provided that they're old enough to see a hard-R-rated comedy, and not so easily offended that an explicit demonstration of the so-called "grapefruit technique" would send them running for the exits.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
No Score Yet Animal Crackers (2016) [A] delightfully inventive, frequently hilarious animated feature.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
51% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) An expansive, expensive adventure whose creativity outweighs its more uneven elements.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2017
94% Menashe (2017) Invites audiences into the insular world of Hasidic New York via a character they won't soon forget, memorably embodied by first-timer Menashe Lustig.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) If you already find yourself on the side of the "Apes" enthusiasts ... then "War" will likely be a mind-blowing experience, upping the ante via both its bleeding-edge visual effects and the grim self-seriousness of Reeves' approach.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
67% Annabelle: Creation (2017) This effective yet empty-headed horror movie goes to show how eager audiences are to be scared, and how even an unsightly doll can do the trick when the spirit is willing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
No Score Yet Loving Vincent (2017) Brings a poetic sense of tragedy to the last act of van Gogh's life, and fresh insight into the kind of man he was.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) "Despicable Me 3" is unwieldy, but it mostly works, as co-directors Pierre Coffin (who also voices the Minions) and Kyle Balda never lose sight of the film's emotional center, packing the rest with as much humor as they can manage.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
40% Mobile Homes (2017) A squalid and deeply condescending portrait of what this outsider imagines lower-class Americana to be.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
86% Okja (2017) Shot in bright, cinematic widescreen by DP Darius Khondji, this Netflix-produced feature belongs on the big screen, where no one would mistake Okja for a real animal, and yet the CG is convincing enough to suspend disbelief.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Female characters are seldom allowed to loom so large, and "My Cousin Rachel" reminds what a delight it can be when they do‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
78% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) (2017) Elegant, well-acted and a good deal sexier than the material might suggest.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
61% April's Daughter (Las hijas de Abril) (2017) Without breaking from (or evolving) his film style, Mexican director Michel Franco delivers a chilling portrait of a teen mother-to-be.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
42% Based on a True Story (D'après une histoire vraie) (2017) Although the screenplay contains all the beats needed to generate tension, Assayas' gift for conveying information between the lines is almost entirely lost on Polanski ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
58% The Double Lover (L'amant double) (2017) What's liberating here is the film's lack of inhibitions, which absolves the guilt without compromising the pleasure.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
No Score Yet Zombillenium (2017) With any luck, "Zombillenium" will be successful enough to keep the park in business, leaving room to upgrade its attractions in future installments.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
88% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) These are big questions, richly explored, and with any luck, the Netflix deal will mean that Baumbach's drama will find an audience beyond mere art houses.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
67% Happy End (2017) It's as if the director has tied up loose ends from his earlier films, while forcing us to re-examine issues that have only grown more dire since he first brought them to our attention.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
56% Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc) (2017) Granted, it's a glorious idea, though Dumont is hardly the director to do it, and the result feels outrageous on all accounts: a blasphemous assault on French history, religion, and the musical genre.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
54% War Machine (2017) What follows is meant to function as a feature-length dressing-down of a self-important general, but someone has pulled "War Machine's" teeth, assuming the movie ever had them to begin with.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
74% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) As allegories of extreme discomfort go, this one is masterfully orchestrated.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
80% Becoming Bond (2017) Intimate, irreverent and at times laugh-out-loud funny ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
90% Paint It Black (2017) The trouble with a story like this is there's not really anywhere for it to go.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
61% Ismael's Ghosts (2017) If "Ismael's Ghosts" were a meal, it would be a massive slab of off-tasting meat alternative, wrapped in fake bacon, cooked in margarine, then covered in dairy-free imitation cheese.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
86% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2017) Thank goodness for Belgian duo Abel and Gordon. They are, simply put, the two funniest clowns working in cinema today.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 16, 2017
45% Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) Maybe it's a generational thing, but Anne's predicament takes for granted a level of privilege that's nothing short of nauseating.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
71% Alien: Covenant (2017) In short, it's more of the same, which is both a relief to fans and a letdown to those hoping it might pave new ground.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) Ultimately, "King Arthur" is just a loud, obnoxious parade of flashy set pieces, as one visually busy, belligerent action scene after another marches by, each making less sense than the last, but all intended to overwhelm.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
86% Tomorrow Ever After (2017) Thier plays a woman who comes from a much better place -- namely, the year 2592 -- and she uses the high-concept, low-budget feature to suggest a far more optimistic fate for the human race.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
100% The Endless (2017) While not flashy enough to rival blockbuster science fiction offerings at the box office, "The Endless" ought to delight those who like having their imaginations tickled by projects such as "Another Earth" and "The OA."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
100% Saturday Church (2017) Constructive in the way it invites viewers to consider and discuss issues of intolerance and hypocrisy, even as it encourages those who don't fit the straight, marriage-oriented paradigm to embrace their own identities.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2017
69% The Wall (2017) A lean, back-to-basics thriller ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
72% Sleight (2017) Dillard's feature debut squanders its high concept ... and serves up a low-rent, Nickelodeon-lite version of that story, blowing his chance with corny acting, paint-by-numbers plotting, and a dippy score.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
82% Casting JonBenét (2017) It begins to penetrate why this particular tabloid phenomenon resonated so profoundly with Americans.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
60% Dabka (2017) It never quite charms us into identifying with its goofy, nothing-to-lose hero, whose desperate to move out from his parents' basement and jump-start his journalism career.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
No Score Yet Sweet Virginia (2017) Part neo-noir, part latter-day Western, this exceptional indie thriller delivers well-acted character insights amid its shadowy, small-town Alaskan setting.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
20% The Clapper (2017) The movie is not entirely without charm - although it's safe to say, it's mostly without charm.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
80% Abundant Acreage Available (2017) Only on the big screen are we able to fully appreciate the minutely detailed nature of Ryan's performance, revealing Tracy's soul via the slightest narrowing of the eyes or the almost-subliminal tensing of her cheekbones.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
No Score Yet Amazon Adventure (2017) Slee's film boasts such a high level of writing, acting, and overall production polish that youngsters may be fooled into thinking they're watching a mindless blockbuster, when in fact, they've actually been fooled into thinking.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
26% Unforgettable (2017) It's tawdry "Sleeping With the Enemy"-style fun while it lasts, boasting a better cast and splashier production values than the next closest Lifetime movie, while being so ridiculous at times that audiences can't help but talk back to the screen.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
28% Sandy Wexler (2017) Though Sandy Wexler comes from a place of genuine affection, it feels oddly cruel. As depicted, Sandy isn't just oblivious, but borderline incompetent.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
83% Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back (2017) "Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back," Axelrod plays along with [its] eccentric subject's insouciant attitude vis à vis his own identity to mostly delightful effect.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017