Peter Debruge

Peter Debruge

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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

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Doctor Strange (2016)

"The key is an in-on-the-joke script, which Derrickson co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill, that ingeniously navigates major plot potholes even as it saddles its actors with ludicrous dialogue. But what actors!" ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 22, 2016

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"The character that was an awkward fit for the actor four years ago seems to be even more so now, if only because Cruise's greatest asset is his charisma, while Reacher is a stoic, stone-cold heavy." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2016

The Whole Truth (2016)

"Viewers who've spent any time watching TV courtroom dramas will probably believe they've figured out "The Whole Truth" from practically its opening scene, and despite a few minor twists along the way, chances are, they have." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2016

Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016)

"The annals of Western art are woefully sparse when it comes to female painters, which is just one of perhaps a dozen reasons that Miss Hokusai comes as such a refreshing anomaly among anime exports." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 12, 2016

The Accountant (2016)

"O'Connor demonstrates the right way to handle such material, elevating what is essentially an exploitation movie into a zen character study, one that takes its pound-of-flesh antihero seriously." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 11, 2016

The Great Gilly Hopkins (2016)

"While uneven in places, "The Great Gilly Hopkins" works because it boasts an actress tough enough for the title role." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 7, 2016
No Score Yet

Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2016)

"This vividly realized and emotionally satisfying feature ought to make Shinkai a household name - certainly in Japan, and with any luck, in other countries as well." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 7, 2016

Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016)

"The sort of cartoon discerning parents are constantly seeking to enrich their kids' imaginations." ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 2, 2016

Masterminds (2016)

"Zach Galifianakis succeeds in making an already ridiculous crime even funnier in this caper comedy from the director of 'Napoleon Dynamite.'" ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"Goldman's frequently amusing script is the secret ingredient that makes Miss Peregrine such an appropriate fit for Burton's peculiar sensibility, allowing the director to revisit and expand motifs and themes from his earlier work." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 25, 2016

Rats (2016)

"Rarely has a filmmaker more blatantly manipulated the material he has collected to game his audience." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 21, 2016

Brain on Fire (2016)

"It's the sort of role for which the Razzies were invented, and what little audience it finds will almost certainly be heckling as they watch Moretz implode." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 18, 2016

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"For a movie in which you can't follow what's going on for 75% of the time, "Deepwater Horizon" proves remarkably thrilling ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2016

The Promise (2016)

"This fictional love story is an epic bore." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2016

Sing (2016)

"For Illumination Entertainment, "Sing" is a game-changer, underscoring why company founder Chris Meledandri is the hottest name in animation today." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2016

All I See Is You (2016)

"What does it all add up to? Look past the gimmick, and all that remains is an overly arty study of a lopsided marriage ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2016

A Monster Calls (2016)

"A splendidly rendered, yet oddly ill-conceived terminal-illness melodrama that feels much too dark and serious for audiences Conor's age, and an even more curious fit for grown-ups." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2016

Lion (2016)

"While unique, Saroo's story is somewhere between the-guy-who-found-a-lottery-scratcher-worth-fifty-bucks and the-farmer-who-prayed-for-rain-and-got-it." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2016

A United Kingdom (2016)

"Treats their love story like another Disney princess movie, reducing the drama to a series of polite disagreements between the couple and the cardboard officiates who opposed their union." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2016

Free Fire (2016)

"Crosses the irreverent cheekiness of Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" with the ruthless spirit of 1970s B-movies, in which audiences hoped for a few minutes of what "Free Fire" sustains for the better part of 90 minutes." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 8, 2016

Wakefield (2016)

"Could seriously resonate with middle-aged moviegoers - especially women - starved for smart, personal stories." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 6, 2016

Into the Inferno (2016)

"Werner Herzog teams up with volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer for a globe-trotting tour of sites that have inspired bizarre belief systems." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 5, 2016
No Score Yet

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2016)

"It can take a TV series an entire season to establish a political intrigue as elaborate as the one Cedar devises here - and even longer to flesh out such a fascinating protagonist ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 4, 2016

Una (2016)

"Ben Mendelsohn and Rooney Mara play a pedophile and his target in this edgy adaptation of the David Harrower play." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 2, 2016

Bleed For This (2016)

"Younger hadn't made a feature since 2005's "Prime," but here finds a piece of material that's a great fit for his macho, high-energy style - and could soon be the biggest hit of his career." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 2, 2016

Moonlight (2016)

"Barry Jenkins' vital portrait of a South Florida youth revisits the character at three stages in his life, offering rich insights into the contemporary African-American experience." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 2, 2016

Sully (2016)

"This is Hanks' show, and he delivers a typically strong performance, quickly allowing us to forget that we're watching an actor." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 2, 2016

The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016)

"For Aja, who has demonstrated an appetite for truly twisted material in the past, it all adds up to a disappointingly tame outing." ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 1, 2016

Imperium (2016)

"Despite a few overly convenient plot pivots, once the film gets moving, it tightens the screws and forces Nate to think on his feet, building a good deal of momentum." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 15, 2016

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

"With its staggering visuals and genuine heart, Laika chief Travis Knight's fantastical samurai adventure puts the emotion in stop-motion." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 12, 2016

Anthropoid (2016)

"Anthropoid is a peculiarly wooden period piece, as timid characters try to muster the courage to do what is asked of them." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 8, 2016

Suicide Squad (2016)

"On paper, this could have been the antidote to an increasingly codified strain of comic-book movies, but in the end, it's just another high-attitude version of the same." ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 2, 2016

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"One of the year's most delightful moviegoing surprises, a quality family film that rewards young people's imaginations and reminds us of a time when the term "Disney movie" meant something ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 27, 2016

The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) (2016)

"Though relatively conservative in its approach, Lars Kraume's teleplay-style treatment of a still-touchy subject has the nerve to name names, implicating everyone from chancellor Konrad Adenauer to Mercedes-Benz." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 26, 2016

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Just as the initial Damon-driven trilogy wrapped up Bourne's business but left us wanting more, this sequel offers closure even as it entices us with the possibility of his return." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 25, 2016

Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016)

"Summertime celebrates the unique couple's chemistry, allowing their smiles to convey the transformative effect they have on one another." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 18, 2016

Phantom Boy (2016)

"Phantom Boy may fall at the other end of the spectrum from super-polished DreamWorks and Pixar product, but the directors' impressionistic touch won't seem so alien to fans of Cartoon Network and Nicktoons series." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 12, 2016

Ghostbusters (2016)

"Whereas Feig has previously managed to cross genre streams successfully, here he succumbs to the familiar curse of the digital-effects era: When there's almost nothing the computer can't conjure, it falls to the director to know when to stop." ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 10, 2016

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

""The Legend of Tarzan" is sequel, origin story and racially sensitive revisionist history lesson all in one. What it isn't is much fun for anyone who's seen Edgar Rice Burroughs' "ape man" in any of his previous incarnations." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 29, 2016

The Shallows (2016)

"Lively may have been cast primarily for her physique, but she proves a compelling heroine all the same." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 22, 2016

Les Cowboys (2016)

"Bidegain's approach respects his viewers' intelligence and rewards those willing to put in the work." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 20, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"The formula may be familiar, but the personalities are completely fresh, yielding a menagerie of loveable - if downright ugly - cartoon critters banding together to help these two incompatible roommates from ending up on the streets." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 16, 2016

Cosmos (2016)

"Though individual details may defy explanation, Zulawski maintains such expert control of the film's look and tone that there can be no question that each choice has been deliberate, whatever the significance." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 15, 2016
No Score Yet

Tracktown (2016)

"What the film lacks in originality, it makes up for via its star's naturally glamor-resistant sensibility, giving us an unpolished glimpse into the personal life of a professional runner." ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 6, 2016

Holy Hell (2016)

"Like watching a takedown of Hitler by a disillusioned Leni Reifenstahl, what emerges is one of the decade's strangest and most unsettling documentaries, especially given its as-yet-unwritten ending." ‐ Variety
Posted May 26, 2016

To Life (À la vie) (2016)

"[The film fails] to capture either the post-traumatic heft of what they dealt with or the amazing chemistry between them." ‐ Variety
Posted May 23, 2016

Fidelio, Alice's Journey (2015)

"Easily the most fascinating film to come along and challenge traditional gender roles in the past year." ‐ Variety
Posted May 23, 2016

The Other Side (Louisiana) (2016)

"Miraculously [manages] to find a serene beauty amid so much desperation and squalor, honoring its characters without letting them off easy." ‐ Variety
Posted May 20, 2016

Dog Eat Dog (2016)

"Like the criminals, who don't have even so much as a code among thieves to abide by, Schrader's choices nearly all seem to be arbitrary. Instead of coming off as veterans who know what they're doing, the result feels dangerously amateur." ‐ Variety
Posted May 19, 2016

Risk (2016)

"Running a short 84 minutes, "Risk" offers considerable insights into Assange, but seems to omit as much as it reveals." ‐ Variety
Posted May 19, 2016
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