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 Review
No Score Yet Great Bear Rainforest (2019) This riveting, revelatory short not only offers access to a delicate ecosystem hidden away along the Pacific coastline of Canada, but also educates on the conservation efforts of an indigenous community. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) It's way more fun rooting for Rebel than it is pretending to care whether Katherine Heigl will get the guy. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
19% Berlin, I Love You (2019) By and large, the film feels aimless and uninspired. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
100% Greener Grass (2019) "Greener Grass" won't exactly make you envious of the over-idealized lifestyle it skewers, and yet it's such a delightful place to inhabit, you won't want to leave when the credits roll. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
23% Miss Bala (2019) This mostly-English-language version of "Miss Bala" does with a shotgun blast what Naranjo did with a sniper round. It may not be an improvement on the original Mexican movie, but it's sure to reach a lot more people. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
44% Relive (2019) While Oyelowo and Reid are likable enough actors, they behave so frustratingly here... that audiences will want to grab the phones from their hands and commandeer the conversation. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) It's hardly great art, but Dan Gilroy's Netflix-bound horror satire packs an undeniably trashy appeal as it skewers the snobbish world of galleries. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
93% Luce (2019) "Luce" preserves what a rock-solid piece of stage writing can achieve... while providing an opportunity you don't get in a theatrical setting, whereby audiences can study the faces of the central performers up close. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
No Score Yet The Sunlit Night (2019) "The Sunlit Night"... resembles the second half of Alexander Payne's "Downsizing," which proved that a similarly end-of-the-earth locale doesn't make dull characters any more exotic or exciting. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
88% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) A gorgeous and touchingly idealistic movie... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) What amounts to a really entertaining feature-length commercial. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
74% Untouchable (2019) With Weinstein on the ropes, Macfarlane pulls no punches, doing a fair but unflinching job of letting those he once dominated share their narrative. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
100% The Farewell (2019) What makes "The Farewell" so effective is that in delving into such a specific case, the film invites audiences to reflect on the passing of relatives close to them. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
100% Honey Boy (2019) [A] searingly personal, self-immolating childhood memoir... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
89% Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) Berman eventually does prove to be rather resourceful, pulling off a coup that surprises even Johnathan in the end - and that's no easy trick. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
86% Give Me Liberty (2019) This warm, fiercely independent comedy-drama eschews anything resembling formula in favor of a boisterous and freewheeling joyride drawn from Mikhanovsky's own experience as the driver of a wheelchair-accessible transport vehicle. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
58% After the Wedding (2019) After a point, the twists come so steadily that I actually found myself holding my breath for long stretches - despite the fact that I know the original well - eager to see how key revelations would play out within this new dynamic. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) A likable enough, Amblin-esque update to the classic Arthurian legend... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2019
95% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" packs the emotional heft of the dozen or so years it has taken to get this far, tracking the loss of one parent, the discovery of another, and several momentous lessons in bravery and loyalty along the way. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
10% Holmes and Watson (2018) Feels neither definitive nor especially fresh - just an off-brand, garden-variety parody. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
76% All Is True (2018) The result is a revisionist fiasco, too dense with Shakespeare allusions for casual moviegoers, and too fast and loose with the facts for those who know a thing or two about the man. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
100% Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (2018) An affectionate look at the master's inextinguishable impulse to create that's all the more enchanting for its casual familiarity. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
70% The Mule (2018) This isn't the role that will earn Eastwood a legion of new fans, but it's almost sure to delight those who appreciate him already. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
65% Aquaman (2018) It doesn't suck, but only if you're willing to sit through two hours of waterlogged world-building before the movie finally takes off. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
93% Bumblebee (2018) "Bumblebee" is basically the movie that fans of the 1980s animated series wanted all along. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) The film is not without spectacle, but it is strangely without soul. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) Anyone who loves musical theater owes it to themselves to see "Bathtubs Over Broadway," a delightful deep-dive documentary into one man's obsession with the obscure world of industrial musicals... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Just when you thought you couldn't take another Spider-Man reboot, along comes the movie to put them all in perspective. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
No Score Yet Celebration "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 Nov 23, 2018
No Score Yet The Border Fence (Die bauliche Maßnahme) (2018) Geyrhalter isn't looking for absurdity; he seems genuinely curious as to what his subjects think, rolling for entire conversations and splicing the most interesting bits together with black frames. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
No Score Yet Los Reyes (2018) A charmingly roundabout documentary born of curiosity, patience, and no small amount of inventiveness on the part of its authors... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
No Score Yet Bellingcat - Truth in a Post-Truth World (2018) The beauty of Bellingcat, both the organization and the documentary, is the way the organization aims to share its methods with others, inspiring old-school outlets such as The New York Times to innovate accordingly. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Rourke's film feels well suited to the #MeToo moment, contrasting Mary and Elizabeth's far different strategies for maintaining what each believed to be her God-given legacy. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) It's a poignant buddy movie that's sincere in all the right places, but knows better than to take itself too seriously. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
62% Bird Box (2018) Malerman and screenwriter Eric Heisserer... have served up an inexplicably bland ensemble that even a talented cast can't render interesting. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) For those not blessed with such courageous figures, Ginsburg's story will be especially inspirational, making it relatively easy to forgive a few manipulative and melodramatic touches in the telling. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) If only all that creativity might have served a simpler, more elegant narrative, as opposed to a meaningless war movie in which neither side represents any recognizable cause. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
92% Life and Nothing More (La Vida y Nada Más) (2018) One of the year's most essential films. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
No Score Yet Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (2018) Though undeniably charming, Buñuel can be a difficult character to like here, but that's the point... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
No Score Yet Funan (2019) No film can capture the extent of what the Cambodian people went through at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, but Do has honored his mother's story in this telling... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
71% Galveston (2018) "Galveston" is tough, uncompromising, and hauntingly believable, just a little too slow and a lot too serious for today's typical action audiences. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
78% Apostle (2018) A Gothic horror mystery that's less like an adrenaline shot to the heart than a rusty, hand-cranked drill to the skull. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
No Score Yet Isabelle (2018) The scary thing here is that Heydon has more than 20 years of experience. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
No Score Yet The Man from the Sea (Umi wo kakeru) (2018) More splish than "Splash," the movie wants to be a modern-day fairy tale - yet another mer-myth rippling in the wake of "The Shape of Water" - but remains frustratingly ambiguous... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
33% Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018) Action comes easy to Korean director Kim; it's actors that he doesn't always know what to do with. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
No Score Yet First Night Nerves (2018) A movie that gives even the smallest female parts more dimension than most movies offer their ostensible leading ladies. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
100% CinemAbility (2018) "CinemAbility" offers a valuable, wide-ranging survey of how the film and TV industries deal with "otherness" - whether it be based on race, sexual orientation, or virtually any category of physical impairment... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
No Score Yet Beautiful Days (2018) Yun's first narrative feature... is actually quite gorgeous, bathing its characters in reflected blue and red neon as it burrows its way back in time, ever so slowly excavating its central mystery. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
25% The Innocent (Der Unschuldige) (2018) Unfolds like a slow-motion thriller, achieving a captivating kind of intimacy even as it maintains a chilly arm's-length remove from a cosmic mystery that no film can satisfyingly answer. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
90% A Private War (2018) An incredibly sophisticated, psychologically immersive film... - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2018