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Pete Vonder Haar

Pete Vonder Haar
Pete Vonder Haar's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Threat, L.A. Weekly, Village Voice, Houston Press

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) This isn't to say the movie is a failure, it's just ... abrupt. Think a CliffsNotes version of John Le Carré.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
4/5 85% Color Out of Space (2020) How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Yog-Sothoth?‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
2/5 73% The Gentlemen (2020) Dry Eye is little more than an ambulatory sneer, and serves as the primary focus for the script's throwaway racism.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
3.5/5 47% Underwater (2020) While Underwater was probably never going to be a blockbuster, it deserves better than "movie option for people whose NFL team didn't make the playoffs."‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
2.5/5 89% 1917 (2020) By relying on technique over most everything else, Mendes takes the focus from the characters, where it truly belongs.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Rian Johnson's last movie was something called The Last Jedi, a trifle of a film which made little impact at the box office and generated no online reaction whatsoever.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.5/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It's hard to believe, at the culmination of 42 years and nine movies, that the last three would be essentially improvisational exercises by all directors concerned.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
4.5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Methodical, lyrical, and powerful, it earns every minute of its three-and-a-half hour running time.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
4.5/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) As with their previous film Good Time, the brother-directors Josh and Bennie Safdie have a wonderful gift for capturing desperate lives spinning even further out of control.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite is a triumph by a director who still hasn't really made a misstep.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) Charlie's Angels is frothy and light-hearted and is honestly more fun than it has any right to be.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) In spite of the bloat, there are some decent scares, and Hader almost makes Chapter Two watching on his own. ‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 68% Joker (2019) Joker is a decent movie. It has its strengths: Phoenix's tour de force performance and Hildur Guðnadóttir's score among them. But for all that, it's not really worthy of all the hand-wringing it's inspired.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/5 87% Hustlers (2019) ...accurate in [its] estimation of our nation, and what's increasingly required to get ahead in it.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Perhaps what stands out most of all is how disarming Ivins was in spite of her sharp tongue.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 87% The Nightingale (2019) It's a rough watch, to be sure, but rewards the viewer who makes an effort to stick it out.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 83% Crawl (2019) If you want to see a woman improbably outswim pissed-off reptiles, or ATM thieves get messily devoured, you're in for one of the most enjoyable movie experiences of the year.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2019
4.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) If Once Upon A Time in ... Hollywood really is Quentin Tarantino's penultimate film, he's entering his home stretch on a high note. ‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2019
2.5/5 42% Stuber (2019) Director Michael Dowse helmed Goon, one of the best movies of 2011. With Stuber, he's clearly trying to recall that film's combination of comedy and brutality.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2.5/5 69% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Make no mistake: a species that has to be "caught" before being deployed into a fighting arena to duel its own kind is not a "partner." It's a slave.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/5 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Maybe it's time to include Godzilla in the discussion of our richest cinematic franchises.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) Stahelski and screenwriter Kolstad continue to build their shadowy alternate reality incrementally, but sometimes feel like they're biting off more than they can chew‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
2/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Thompson is doing the best work in this movie by light years, and underutilizing her should get Gray a reprimand from the Directors Guild.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
2.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Will Smith really can't sing.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
2.5/5 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) And if you thought a Satanic doll was creepy, that '70s wallpaper is the real horror, honey. (Read that last part in Paul Lynde's voice.)‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3.5/5 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) The title "Far From Home" may be a little on the nose, but Sony could have just easily called this Spider-Man: Father Figures.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Aster has a real knack for showcasing the horror resulting from large groups of white people getting together.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
2.5/5 75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Officer Ridgeman is a man left behind by his inability to adapt to the present, and the jury's out on whether the same thing will happen to Zahler.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
3.5/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) Vasili tells Oberoit, "Save your prayers. That's what started this sh*t." It's the closest Maras gets to editorializing, and speaks to the utter futility of the whole thing.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
2/5 58% Pet Sematary (2019) And unfortunately what works in the book - in this case, deliberations on parental grief and loss - loses something in translation, like so many adaptations of King's work.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
4.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Whatever your feelings about Disney's Borg-like assimilation of all entertainment, Endgame's synthesis of 22 movies' worth of characters/plot is nothing short of remarkable.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
3.5/5 70% Climax (2019) Problem is, someone has spiked the sangria, and not with Everclear (like normal, God-fearing Americans), but with LSD (like perverse, chain-smoking Burgundians).‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
5/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) If Miller's film excels at anything, it's depicting the sheer scale of the moon program.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alita: Battle Angel is everything you'd expect from a movie about an adolescent girl who also happens to be an alien-engineered killing machine.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) What do you call Berk's weird hybrid dragon tech, anyway? Norsepunk? Svengineering?‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) No, I don't want no Skrull A Skrull is a guy that can't get no love from Kree Hangin' out the earthbound side Of an Accuser's ride Trying to holler at Fury‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
2.5/5 38% Donnybrook (2019) Delia's suffering serves no real purpose. She, along with Dale's corrupt deputy, are two supposedly prominent characters who ironically do nothing to push the story forward.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 76% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) If audiences can get past their initial disappointment that the movie isn't all Hitler and Bigfoot murder, they may be able to enjoy his movie on its own terms.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2/5 22% Miss Bala (2019) It's hard to say if Hardwicke's unwillingness to ugly things up is a feature or a bug.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The success of his first superhero movie has allowed director Peyton Reed to loosen the reins, and the results are much sure-footed and humorous this time around. ‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Such will be Cruise's monument, and to quote Watership Down, perhaps it would not have displeased him.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
2/5 46% The Meg (2018) What little shark attack action we get is far too sporadic and uninspired.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
3/5 60% Operation Finale (2018) Put another way, director Chris Weitz didn't exactly need to Argo this up for us, but that's pretty much exactly what he does.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
5/5 93% 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Watching 2001 on the 50th anniversary of its release brings about feelings of both wonder and disappointment.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
2/5 12% Peppermint (2018) But while the blown-out skulls and bone fractures are occasionally gratifying, they're also almost exclusively at the expense of a bunch of MS-13 adjacent Latino bogeymen.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
2/5 32% The Predator (2018) None of it is enough to convince anyone this iteration of the franchise was absolutely necessary.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
2.5/5 29% Venom (2018) It's too much of a stretch to say Venom is "good," but it's certainly not terrible, and maybe worth seeing for Hardy alone.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
4.5/5 87% First Man (2018) Did Ed White have it right when he said, "If a civilization doesn't try to expand its horizons, it can never grow as a nation." What was that about American prestige again?‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
2/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) "Adequate" is an accurate assessment of Bohemian Rhapsody, and you really couldn't ask for a more damning indictment of a movie about the greatest rock singer of all time.‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
2/5 36% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The Crimes of Grindelwald exists solely as a place setter for whatever the third FB movie ends up being (Pickett Goes Bananas?)‐ Houston Press
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019