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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
88% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) This is arguably the phoniest film you'll see all year, marred by clumsy direction, over-obvious acting and a wooden script that skews what was so radical about the thruple's arrangement into something tame and downright boring.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
95% Only the Brave (2017) A gripping and powerfully emotional portrait of yee-haw heroism, pitting a squad of cocky, calendar-purty white dudes against an adversary with no creed or color, just an unquenchable appetite for destruction.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
59% The Foreigner (2017) The movie is keenly aware of the West's long tradition of white-on-Asian racism, and "The Foreigner" flips the script on the tradition of Hollywood studio movies in which a white hero kicks foreign butt in some exotic country.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
88% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) A visually breathtaking, long-fuse action movie whose unconventional thrills could be described as many things - from tantalizing to tedious - but never "artificially intelligent."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
89% Wheelman (2017) It's a grade-A B-movie that gets maximum mileage from a carefully calibrated mix of hardboiled neo-noir melodrama and high-velocity minimalism.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
87% Marshall (2017) By approaching Marshall as just another idealistic young trial lawyer, the film stands on its own as a compelling courtroom drama, complete with surprising revelations ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2017
62% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Two tips for all who see the film: Brush up on the books (and also Milne's beloved poem "Vespers") before going, in order to appreciate all the inside references, and pack your hankies. You'll need 'em.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
50% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) It is all aggressively stylized, abusively fast-paced and ear-bleedingly loud, relying so heavily on CGI that nothing - not one thing - seems to correspond to the real world.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2017
0% Kings (2017) An unmediated jumble.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
50% The Unicorn Store (2017) There's a serious mismatch between the personality of Samantha McIntyre's script ... and Larson's directing style, which feels entirely incompatible with whimsy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
85% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2017) Legrand operates in the raw social realist tradition of such auteurs as Maurice Pialat and the Dardenne brothers, stripping away sentimentality in favor of direct, observational filmmaking.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
82% The Children Act (2017) ... "The Children Act" is that rarest of things: an adult drama, written and interpreted with a sensitivity to mature human concerns... ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
81% Brad's Status (2017) Does the world need another Ben-Stiller-as-malcontent-white-man movie? When it's as sharp a satire as writer-director Mike White has made, absolutely!‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
43% Woman Walks Ahead (2017) As white savior stories go, it's still progress to find one that lives up to such a feminist title as this.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
43% The Mountain Between Us (2017) A movie in which neither the subzero temperature nor the romantic heat penetrates more than skin deep.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
94% Molly's Game (2017) A dense, dynamic, compulsively entertaining affair, whose central role makes stunning use of Chastain's stratospheric talent.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
97% The Death of Stalin (2017) If only the end result were as funny as the idea that anyone would undertake a film about the turmoil surrounding the Soviet despot's demise.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
74% Borg vs McEnroe (Borg McEnroe) (2017) Playing tennis may not seem the best use of Shia LaBeouf's talents, but the star is terrific in a role that shrewdly plays off his controversial off-screen persona.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
67% Hostiles (2017) "Hostiles" ultimately falls back on the same one-dimensional archetypes, depicting Native Americans either as ruthless savages or as stoic sages, with nothing in between.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
100% Lady Bird (2017) The kind of modest, miraculous low-budget gem that takes on a life of its own.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
88% First They Killed My Father (2017) Dramatically speaking, apart from the fact that no child should experience what Loung had to witness, she's not an especially compelling character ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
92% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) Over-production-designed as the film is, Bening and Bell manage to hold their own within it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
84% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Frankly, it's surprising just how many facets of this story there are to explore, and "Battle of the Sexes" does so in such a way that should appeal to both audiences old enough to remember and those curious to know more.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
77% Darkest Hour (2017) Balances the great orator's public triumphs with more vulnerable private moments of self-doubt, elevating the inner workings of British government into a compelling piece of populist entertainment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
9% Tulip Fever (2017) What began as a respectable, if somewhat flat 17th-century love story, complete with gorgeous costumes and lush score, seems to lose its wits as it goes along -- which may have been the mindset of the era, but feels like a miscalculated opportunity here.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
89% Lean on Pete (2017) It's frustrating to watch, but designed in such a way that the boy's loneliness will haunt long afterward.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
40% Death Note (2017) The script, credited to Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides and Jeremy Slater, is a snarl of loose ends and half-explained devices, but Wingard executes it with style ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
74% 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
38% 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
35% 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
82% 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
92% 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
89% 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
49% 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
96% 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
69% 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
76% 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
60% 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
76% 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
59% 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
38% 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
60% 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