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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% Mirai (2018) It's the work of a true auteur (in what feels like his most personal film yet) presented as innocuous family entertainment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
56% Tag (2018) "Tag" leaves audiences energized and, dare I say, inspired, having delivered all that outrageousness... in service of what ultimately amounts to a sincere celebration of lasting human connections.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
86% Zoo (2018) An unlikely family film, one that will delight the kids (who see themselves portrayed as heroes) while leaving parents with a lot of explaining to do.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
58% Hotel Artemis (2018) It boasts snappy dialogue, memorable characters, and a gorgeously designed central location, but doesn't quite know what to do with any of the above.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
20% Action Point (2018) A woefully unfunny comedy that's clearly been reverse-engineered to showcase ostensibly amusing (but not really) displays of bodily harm.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
83% See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut) (2017) Dupontel's film version of the ambitious Victor Hugo-like tome accomplishes precisely what modern cinema seems to be lacking when old-timers complain that "they don't make 'em like they used to."‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
No Score Yet Be Natural (2018) Yes, Green interviews important scholars and archivists...but their voices are drowned out by people with no ties to film history who all express amazement that they've never heard of Guy-Blaché.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
0% Gotti (2018) It's almost laughable to see this iconic star trying so hard on behalf of a movie that is so clearly compromised in its intentions.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
57% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) If anything, it's what the director's fans most feared: a lumbering, confused, and cacophonous mess.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
75% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2018) Gnarly as it can be at times, "Knife + Heart" is above all an unabashedly queer, affectionately comedic look at the pursuit of art in the unlikeliest of places.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) This entire film is meticulously calibrated in its ambiguity, encouraging certain assumptions that neither the characters nor the audience can ever fully verify, so it's best to be on one's toes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) As much a compelling black empowerment story as it is an electrifying commentary on the problems of African-American representation across more than a century of cinema.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
No Score Yet The World Is Yours (Le monde ou rien) (2018) A fresh riff on "Les Tontons flingueurs" by way of "Jackie Brown"...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
100% Girl (2018) How to stand out and blend in at the same time? Few films convey that tension better than "Girl," a deeply humane first feature from Belgian director Lukas Dhont about a boy who wants to be a ballerina.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
33% Angel Face (Gueule d'ange) (2018) Filho obviously wants to convey the naive outlook an impressionable young girl would have on her own situation, but there's far too much manipulation involved to take her selection of scenes seriously.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
76% Lu Over the Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta) (2018) The film has a scrappy, sometimes cheap look to it (characters look flat, like thin-lined Etch-a-Sketch drawings, superimposed over more colorful hand-painted backgrounds), for which it more than compensates via other strengths ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
81% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2018) Represents yet another major stride in the treatment of gay relationships on-screen.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
89% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2018) A visually stunning and often surprising true story that charts the rise of the Colombian drug business back before Escobar from its unexpected roots, among an indigenous clan in way over their heads.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
48% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2018) Cruz may have the showier role, but the men - Bardem and Darín both - wind up baring their souls in astonishing ways.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
93% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) Pialat has honored an entire category of war heroes whose stories are seldom told. Where America has Rosie the Riveter as its poster girl for the women who pitched in during WW2, France can now point to "The Guardians" with pride.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
52% Bad Samaritan (2018) It's all thoroughly unpleasant, but then, that's what audiences for this kind of movie want from the experience, so consider it a success of sorts.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
22% The Week Of (2018) While some gags are funny the first time around, practically everything in "The Week Of" overstays its welcome.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
83% In a Relationship (2018) The movie is much funnier than the vast majority of indie comedies, serving as a great audition piece for a career of sitcom directing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
100% United Skates (2018) This kaleidoscopically vibrant, essential-viewing survey plunges audiences into a dazzling underground scene, celebrating the endangered art form it finds there.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
86% Song of Back and Neck (2018) Because Lieberstein is an inherently likable actor, we identify with his plight, even if it takes a while to realize that he's essentially brought this situation upon himself.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
33% Mapplethorpe (2018) To her credit, Timoner doesn't shy away from the hardcore bits...but neither does she capture what made the radical photographer tick.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
0% Blue Night (2018) Why doesn't the drama ever crystallize into something we can feel?‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
33% I Feel Pretty (2018) The on-fire actress comes across as trying way too hard to convince herself of what anyone can plainly see: that she's amazing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
94% Three Identical Strangers (2018) A gripping, stranger-than-fiction account of a real-world medical conspiracy, the film begins as a human-interest story and builds to an impressive work of investigative journalism into how and why they were placed with the families who raised them.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
37% An Ordinary Man (2018) Kingsley's domineering lead performance is worth the price of admission alone, although "An Ordinary Man" is actually a two-hander...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
52% Rampage (2018) Watching it, you can imagine the creative team straining to adequately acknowledge the source material, but they would have been better off starting from scratch.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
0% Krystal (2018) These shenanigans might be amusing if they came with consequences, but big things happen, only to be forgiven or forgotten by the following scene.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
71% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018) After sharing this journey with such a well-rounded and deeply human group of characters, how can you ever look at a glass of wine the same way again?‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
18% Midnight Sun (2018) The trouble isn't just that "Midnight Sun" cherry-picks the most poetic elements of a real-world disease to serve its transparently manipulative ends, but that it offers audiences such an unrealistic portrait of romance in the process.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
46% Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) "Paul, Apostle of Christ" struggles to find a compelling entry point to a critical period in the early Christian church ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
68% I Can Only Imagine (2018) The movie works for the same reason the song does: It lightens the burden of the pain people are shouldering today, and gives them something to look forward to.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
51% Flower (2018) As icky a comedy as you're likely to see this year, "Flower" comes from an angry place - one that is clearly more concerned about sounding provocative and clever than having anything meaningful to say.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
60% Benji (2018) Without wandering far from the tried-and-true formula, director Brandon Camp (son of "Benji" creator Joe Camp) brings a measure of style and competence to the project that the franchise has never seen.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2018
70% Never Goin' Back (2018) A delightfully irresponsible - but also refreshingly generous - girls-gone-wild romp ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
43% First Light (2018) "First Light" doesn't invent anything new, per se, but somehow, in splicing elements from other movies, it fails to achieve the emotional core of its own formula.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
82% Prospect (2018) "Prospect" has one thing that most indie sci-fi movies don't, and which any human desperately needs when traveling to unfamiliar worlds: atmosphere.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Remember the name Cory Finley.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
38% Gringo (2018) There's an old-school, B-movie snap to much of the proceedings, which Nash Edgerton modernizes without imposing too flashy a style upon the material.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A Wrinkle in Time is wildly uneven, weirdly suspenseless, and tonally all over the place, relying on wall-to-wall music to supply the missing emotional connection and trowel over huge plot holes.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2018) Five terrific shorts to consider in what's unofficially become Oscar's charity category.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2018) Makes for an all-around delightful package of cartoon inspiration when viewed on the big screen.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2018
100% 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2018) This is a time of heightened engagement by both filmmakers and the Academy itself, and this year's ballot certainly reflects that mindset.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2018
48% Souvenir (2018) Defurne is happy to let things unfold on the surface, à la Douglas Sirk. He clearly worships Huppert, and seems to rely on audiences feeling the same way, doing little to enhance her natural charms.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
92% Love, Simon (2018) At a cultural moment when it matters so much for audiences to see themselves represented on screen, "Love, Simon" broadens the spectrum to include those who are questioning their sexuality.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
15% Mute (2018) What is Jones trying to say with "Mute"? One would hardly guess this over-congested generic exercise came from the same mind as the elegant, almost minimalistic "Moon," which made far better use of all that went unsaid.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018