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
34% 6 Underground (2019) If you can get past the imbecilic script, there's no question that Bay has seized the opportunity to make "6 Underground" as visually stunning as such a project can withstand. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
66% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) For the most part, the film's values are in the right place, and apart from a few off-color bits, the humor serves the greater goal of looking past one's physical limitations and respecting friendships in whatever form they take. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
100% Away (2019) This hypnotic hero's journey... treats Joseph Campbell's monomyth as a kind of waking dream. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
96% The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) Establishes an immediate, urgent language all its own to confront the problem of domestic abuse, making the issue personal for both the characters and their audience. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2019
93% 1917 (2019) Astonishing as his filmmaking can be at times, it's Mendes' attention to character, more than the technique, that makes "1917" one of 2019's most impressive cinematic achievements. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
97% Little Women (2019) As one might hope, Gerwig's interpretation does right by the material, sticking to the original period and setting and assembling a dream cast to play the March siblings. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
No Score Yet A Sun (2019) As wrenching and resonant a cinematic experience as can be found in any country this year... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
73% Richard Jewell (2019) A good story is a good story, and Eastwood knows how to tell a good story. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
50% 21 Bridges (2019) Dark, cynical, and nearly slick enough to disguise how stupid it is. Nearly. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
79% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) If anyone out there thinks the National Enquirer is harmless entertainment, "Scandalous" gives no shortage of alarming reasons to reconsider. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
82% Queen & Slim (2019) [Matsoukas] sees an opportunity to turn these two fictional characters into vigilante heroes, or martyrs for a cause, or both, and rather than play it frisky and in-your-face, she goes for iconic. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
77% Frozen II (2019) In a world where old-timers accuse the youth of being oversensitive snowflakes, "Frozen II" shows what it means to have one's heart in the right place. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
No Score Yet A Beloved Wife (2019) Adachi's autobiographical satire never wears out its welcome, counting on the likability of its cast to overcome behavior most of us couldn't stand in real life. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
No Score Yet Motel Acacia (2019) The results are every bit as freaky as one might hope, thanks to a skilled mix of creepy locations, mysterious characters, and very imaginative creature effects. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
No Score Yet Just 6.5 (6.5 Toman Per Meter) (Metri shish-o-nim) (2019) A riveting, ripped-from-reality thriller that delivers a searing look at a serious problem. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
75% Ride Your Wave (2019) So nauseatingly twee at times, it can be hard to take the film seriously. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
92% Klaus (2019) Frankly, it all seems much too complicated for what it is. And instead of making audiences love Christmas more, it raises the rather unfortunate question of why we believed it in the first place. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
80% Redoubt (2019) An art-film riff on "The Revenant," patiently paced, but hardly tedious... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
51% Earthquake Bird (2019) A kind of slow-burn version of last year's "Burning," minus much of the psychological intrigue. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
No Score Yet Tora-san, Wish You Were Here (2019) The movie's love for Tora-san comes through loud and clear even to the uninitiated. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
80% Children of the Sea (Kaijû no kodomo) (2019) A lonely 14-year-old connects with two boys raised at sea in a gorgeous, sensitive anime movie that takes a wild out-of-this-world turn. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
No Score Yet Marona's Fantastic Tale (L'Extraordinaire voyage de Marona) (2019) "Marona" feels vibrant and upbeat even in moments of melancholy - like diving into an artistic child's sketchbook and watching the illustrations splash to life all around. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
96% Tell Me Who I Am (2019) In a scripted thriller, one can bet that unlocking the source of Alex's trauma would bring all of his memories flooding back. Here, the process merely points the way to an even deeper mystery. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
No Score Yet The Jesus Rolls (2020) In the end, the project doesn't really work. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Yeah, yeah, it's just a movie, you say. But like the first-person-shooter video games the film's "Double Tap" title references, society can't just passively sit back and accept an attitude that mocks pacifism and makes light of such extreme violence. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) The true Disney villains in this case are off screen, sabotaging the studio's canon from within. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
11% Lucky Day (2019) The trouble is, apart from Glover's unforgettably weird contribution, "Lucky Day" isn't a particularly memorable offering. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
64% Mister America (2019) The movie amounts to a few weak gags stretched out to feature length. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
73% Low Tide (2019) Kevin McMullin channels the feel of Stephen King's 'Stand by Me,' along with various noir-toned '80s films, in this coming-of-age thriller. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
61% Dilili in Paris (Dilili à Paris) (2019) Clunky animation, canned voices and connect-the-dots plotting play just fine to preschoolers on the small screen, but our eyes, ears and imaginations expect more from a feature, and this one irritates each of those potential receptor points. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
100% Celebration (2019) "Celebration" doesn't feel entirely fair, but it's a priceless addition to our understanding of how Yves Saint Laurent - the man, the myth, la marque - operated: a flawed film whose mere existence makes it essential viewing. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
65% The Day Shall Come (2019) The only thing more outrageous than the jokes are the facts that inspired it. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) "Gemini Man" is a case in which an awful lot of effort has gone into making an awfully lazy action movie. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
23% Zeroville (2019) As with many of Franco's projects, it seems to have left the station without a script, with the result that entire segments feel half-baked and semi-improvised. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) It's horrible, gut-wrenching carnage to witness, and yet, it's been calibrated to elicit whoops and cheers from fans... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) Hawley [is] a gifted visual storyteller who triple-knots his own shoelaces here, stumbling over cumbersome metaphors... when he should have just entrusted his leading lady to carry the narrative. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
30% Endings, Beginnings (2019) Doremus tells his story in snippets, jump-cutting between grubby handheld footage of Daphne's life shot from with her face all or partially obscured. The film traps us outside her head, never really allowing us inside it. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
88% Bad Education (2019) "Bad Education" can be a hard lesson to accept, but a necessary one in how the world works. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Johnson keeps us guessing, which is good, but the thing that makes this a better mousetrap than most isn't the complexity, but the fact he's managed to rig it without the usual cheese. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) "Hustlers" humanizes the women at its center, giving them boyfriends, backstories and, most importantly, agency. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
77% The Friend (2019) "The Friend" is not an inspirational essay, and how dare they turn it into that kind of movie? - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
43% Hope Gap (2020) Considerably more nuanced and mature than your typical relationship drama... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
96% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Like some kind of long-lost Monty Python sketch, Iannucci's revisionist "David Copperfield" alternates between intellect and absurdity, blending high- and lowbrow elements. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) An elaborate fun-house horror movie that springs pop-up gimmicks and boogie-boogie scares steadily enough to excuse its been-there story and self-important 169-minute running time. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
88% The Two Popes (2019) As an extraordinary piece of writing - and an even more impressive showcase for its actors - it eloquently communicates the importance of giving people something to believe in. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
71% The Assistant (2020) The world needs movies like this, but it needs for them to be dynamic, dramatic and more empowering overall. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
92% Uncut Gems (2019) "Uncut Gems" feels like being locked inside the pinwheeling brain of a lunatic for more than two hours - and guess what: It's a gas! - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
No Score Yet Lyrebird (2019) This once notorious, now nearly forgotten story easily captures and holds our interest, and Friedkin's smooth and unostentatious direction never gets in the way of the material. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
62% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Asprawling, ambitious tale of murder, blackmail and corruption in mid-century New York to rival "Chinatown" in its complexity, if not necessarily that brain-bender's elegance or appeal... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
90% First Cow (2020) Reichardt specializes in pared-down narratives, sometimes stripping away so much that boredom sets in. "First Cow" may be lean, but it offers ample room to ruminate in the comparison between its two time periods. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019