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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T-Meter Title | Year
71% The Croods: A New Age (2020) For those who wish they'd just slow it down and tell a decent story, "The Croods: A New Age" feels like an assault on the cranium, a loud and patently obnoxious 21st-century "Flintstones"... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) How fortunate that Boseman's legacy should include this film, an homage to Black art that's tough enough to confront the costs of making it. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
90% Run (2020) Chaganty is actively expanding audiences' ideas of what movie heroes can be. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
No Score Yet The Ride (2020) "The Ride" doesn't break new ground, but its likable cast delivers some nuanced, even touching twists. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2020
32% Come Away (2020) It's hard to muster much excitement for a movie as stiff and serious as this. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
92% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) It all plays like a regional-theater production of "The Wiz" staged within the walls of "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
83% Freaky (2020) Turns out, Vaughn's better at playing a teenage girl than he is at harnessing his inner Norman Bates. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
97% The Donut King (2020) Switching gears between such extremes is enough to make one's head spin, but "The Donut King" does it with style (and a little help from artist Andrew Hem), delivering far more substance than its junk-food subject might suggest. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
48% Spell (2020) This is a decently stylish thriller with occult elements that should satisfy viewers' genre requirements, though few will demand a second watch (or sequel). - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
47% The Craft: Legacy (2020) The original "Craft" may be a mess, but it does have a legacy, and this ain't it. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Even more than in his previous feature outing, "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" delivers a consistent, coherent feature-length narrative, punctuated with outrageous, unpredictable set pieces. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
97% What the Constitution Means to Me (2020) Schreck has slyly designed "What the Constitution Means to Me" to appear rambling and extemporaneous, when in fact, her monologue is carefully calibrated in how it parcels out her deeply personal perspective. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
100% Pink Skies Ahead (2020) The catchy title's a clever way of saying "It gets better," and in the end, that feels as true for Winona as it does for the high-potential writer-director who created her. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
33% The Devil Has a Name (2020) The whole movie starts to feel like a tornado touched down in the editing room. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
96% Shithouse (2020) There's real potential in this scrappy first feature. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
90% I'm Your Woman (2020) "I'm Your Woman" proves weirdly disinterested in its characters' psychology, focusing more on mood and atmosphere, which as far as production designer Gae S. Buckley is concerned, means "wallpaper." - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
40% Rebecca (2020) If 'High Rise' director Ben Wheatley seems like an unusual choice to remake Daphne du Maurier's 'Rebecca,' you'll be relieved that he doesn't ruin the Alfred Hitchcock classic that came before. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
73% French Exit (2021) In Pfeiffer's hands - or her clutches, we might say - privilege has seldom seemed so delectable, even as it attempts to make some necessary economies. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
79% Over the Moon (2020) It feels like the creative team took "Coco" and dressed it up in another country's colors, customs and costumes. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
26% Books of Blood (2020) With a certain kind of horror, a laugh's as good as a scream, and "Books of Blood" delivers plenty of the former. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
85% Yellow Rose (2020) "Yellow Rose" is ultimately a film about kindness. The world can be cruel, but the film's characters tend not to be. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
99% Totally Under Control (2020) To put it in a pop-culture context, "Totally Under Control" is the "Avengers: Infinity War" of corona-docs, wrapping with the snap. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) "Wolf" actually does that thing we all hope second features won't: It reveals that idiosyncrasies of an unproven director's debut weren't quirks so much as weaknesses... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
94% Possessor: Uncut (2020) The movie is maddeningly ambiguous about who's in control, which frustrated me on first viewing, but has since become the thing that brings me back. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
80% Jiang Ziya (2020) Coloroom returns with another breathtaking toon adapted from ancient Chinese legend, this one more serious (and slightly easier to follow) than last year's comedic hit. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
97% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) Lacôte's film features stories within stories and can be downright confusing to follow , but is never less than mesmerizing. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
58% Infidel (2020) It would be irresponsible to take the film's "inspired by true events" claim too seriously. That doesn't mean it's not satisfying to watch... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2020
81% Last Call (2020) If you're going to make an ultra-low-budget movie that takes place in real time, everything really ought to be planned out meticulously in advance, but there's so much dead space here, and it's unfair to ask composer Adrian Ellis to fill it all... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
85% The Way I See It (2020) "The Way I See It" feels like it could carry on being relevant to audiences for decades to come. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
74% Shadow in the Cloud (2020) With a fully committed Moretz to rely on, Liang's free to shoot for the moon. She doesn't even need to stick the landing, since tearing apart this flying toybox and crashing it into the ground proves so much more gratifying. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
91% The Water Man (2020) An engaging for-kids ghost story whose fantasy elements are thoughtfully grounded by real-world concerns... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
53% Joe Bell (2021) Hardly anything Joe Bell says in "Good Joe Bell" suggests that he understood his son in the slightest, and it's not clear that the filmmakers do either. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
76% Concrete Cowboy (2020) With two actors as gifted as McLaughlin and Elba involved, Staub has enormous latitude to expand the genre, trusting their performances to say what words alone don't convey. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
98% Wolfwalkers (2020) Kids need movies like this that respect their intelligence, center strong female characters and question policies of blind obedience, while making an effort to integrate the rich cultural influences of a past that's rapidly being bulldozed out of memory. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
68% Ammonite (2020) [I]t's too simple, almost basic, leaving one grateful that two stars of this caliber would take on such a story, while wishing their efforts had left us with a more resonant artifact. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
97% Nomadland (2020) Watching "Nomadland" feels like gazing out on one long, gorgeous sunset. If that's not your thing, so be it, but for those on Zhao's wavelength, the movie is a marvel of empathy and introspection. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
67% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2020) New Order proves to be the most punishing entry in a difficult oeuvre, which may sound harsh, but isn't meant as an insult. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
No Score Yet The Violent Heart (2020) "The Violent Heart" is rigged to mislead. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
88% Holler (2020) The director has a secret weapon in Barden, who makes Ruth's story relatable, even to those who've been fortunate enough to avoid such hardship. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) Brown's acting style recalls the effusive spontaneity Keira Knightley brought to "Sense and Sensibility," shattering the straitlaced propriety of so many Jane Austen adaptations before it. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
100% Sun Children (Khorshid) (2020) If one of the intentions of "Sun Children" is to remind that all kids are created equal, deserving of education and encouragement, Majidi's young ensemble makes the case loud and clear. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
80% Pieces of a Woman (2020) [A] mature, masterfully acted human drama. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
72% The Argument (2020) Stanford and Schwartzman's cutesy skirmish doesn't feel honest; if it were, "The Argument" would probably admit that none of these people are ready for a relationship. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
74% Mulan (2020) One could complain that hardly a single frame feels original, but there's no denying how striking it all looks. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
100% Apples (Mila) (2020) It's a testament to the strength of this lonely and aloof tragicomedy's central allegory that it adapts so well to our pear-shaped times. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
28% Antebellum (2020) [A] terrifying - and incredibly timely - horror movie... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
33% The New Mutants (2020) Re-shot, re-cut and somehow rescued from total obscurity, Boone's movie isn't half bad. Alas, it's not half good either. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
100% Cowboys (2020) Zahn brings great warmth to one of his most surprising performances yet, as does the usually radiant, unexpectedly severe Bell... both comedic actors given a chance to defy expectations in a movie that fully embraces the spirit of reinvention. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
62% Fatima (2020) While not especially artful, "Fatima" honors those who stand by their convictions. That its role models are children makes the message all the more remarkable. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
24% The Binge (2020) "The Binge" doesn't do nearly enough to develop how this one-day reprieve from forced sobriety might play out. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020