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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% I'm No Longer Here (Ya no estoy aquí) (2019) Living undocumented in the U.S. has serious downsides, and the film captures them with sympathy rather than sensationalism.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
92% Alice (2019) A thinly sketched tale of female empowerment, pushing an unconvincing sex-positive agenda in which prostitution is a reasonable, relatively worry-free shortcut to financial emancipation.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
50% Scoob! (2020) The plot barely makes sense from scene to scene, although there's plenty of energy and some decent animation involved in set-pieces that are so forgettable, most have already slipped my mind mere hours after viewing them.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
57% Valley Girl (2020) A slickly produced but rather soulless movie whose only off-formula surprises come in finding slightly different solutions to aspects of the earlier film.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
No Score Yet TFW No GF (2020) Moyers meets her subjects on their own turf, constructing such a complex portrait, it can be tricky to distinguish where she stands, thereby giving audiences room to make up their own minds.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
93% Becoming (2020) The book reflects on how she became first lady; the film suggests she's still growing as a person, empowering us to do the same.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
87% The Infiltrators (2020) I don't pretend to have the answers here, but I know the issue isn't being dealt with honestly in this country, and I see a film like "The Infiltrators" as an important tool in reframing the conversation.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 3, 2020
96% The Half of It (2020) Wu's unique take on teen angst hints at what else we've been missing by allowing studios to limit who can tell such stories.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
68% Extraction (2020) It's the action that matters most to them, so check your brain going in. But if the only exercise you're getting is from the couch to the kitchen these days, it's liable to get your heart racing just a little, and that's not a bad thing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2020
90% The Willoughbys (2020) And while "The Willoughbys" might not be very original, its novelty comes through in the delivery and execution, owing to a witty screenplay (by Pearn and Mark Stanleigh) that combines nimble wordplay with highly compressed, well-paced plotting.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
86% LA Originals (2020) A feature-length sizzle reel in service of its makers' still semi-underground reputation.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
80% Tigertail (2020) Imperfect though it is, "Tigertail" depicts an aspect of the first-generation American experience seldom captured on-screen...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) Sokolov has gotten our attention. But it's been almost two years since this nasty little number premiered on the genre-film circuit. Why doesn't he just direct his next movie!‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
70% Abe (2020) Among "Abe's" strengths is the fact the film never talks down to its child characters or the audience.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
95% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) I'm convinced that "A White, White Day" is the work of one of the most important voices of this emerging generation, arriving at a stage where we have yet to learn his language.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2020
20% Coffee & Kareem (2020) There's politically incorrect, and then there's just plain wrong.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
83% One of These Days (2020) Günther has manipulated us to make his point. He wants to deliver a statement about the American dream, but we're not obliged to accept his conclusion. Maybe it's just the movie that's rigged.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
No Score Yet Curveball (2020) History is written by the victors, whereas satires really ought to be written by cleverer wits than these.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
No Score Yet Cargo (2019) Kadav and production designer Mayur Sharma have conjured an endearingly analog sci-fi environment that's fun to visit, and not only distinct from Western films but totally unlike anything else being done in India at the moment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
83% Minyan (2020) "Minyan" makes clear that we are dealing with a performer of uncommon gifts.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2020
96% Human Nature (2020) "Human Nature" gives audiences a personal stake in the subject before delving into some pretty serious science, all of which has been thoughtfully organized into an easy-to-follow logical flow.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2020
56% The Hunt (2020) "The Hunt" turns out to be a good deal smarter - and no more extreme - than most studio horror films, while its political angle at least encourages debate, suggesting that there's more to this hot potato than mere provocation.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
56% Resistance (2020) The darkness Marceau must have grappled with, after witnessing what he did during the war, is soul-crushing.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2020
38% Spenser Confidential (2020) In their most relaxed collaboration yet, Berg allows the star's natural charisma to define the character, adapting Spenser to Wahlberg's persona rather than the other way around.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
96% Saint Frances (2020) Turns out there are a lot of things that have gone unsaid in movies until now, and "Saint Frances" goes there in a way that's not only enlightening, but entertaining as well.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2020
100% There Is No Evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad) (2020) "There Is No Evil" comes across as four films for the price of one, none of its segments anemic, and each contributing fresh insights to the paradoxes of capital punishment in Iran.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
100% Days (Rizi) (2020) Instead of leaning in, as I'm wont to do with challenging movies, I settled back into my chair and let the rhythm wash over me, lull me into its relaxing embrace.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
39% The Roads Not Taken (2020) This is "therapy through filmmaking" of the most alienating sort, in which Fanning represents a young woman who cares too much, while the movie gives audiences scant reason to care at all.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
No Score Yet Bad Tales (Favolacce) (2020) For a tragedy to register as tragic, we typically have to feel some emotional connection to the victim(s), whereas "Bad Tales" lacks a clear point of view, surveying all of its characters with a degree of contempt.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
No Score Yet Delete History (Effacer l'historique) (2020) Satisfying in the zero-calorie, aspartame-aftertasting way that a Seinfeld routine can be...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
82% Undine (2020) Trying to parse how Petzold's "Undine" stacks up against mythology that many audiences don't know to begin with feels like something of a fool's errand. Better to let the romance wash over you.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
No Score Yet Persian Lessons (2020) The movie feels fraudulent, almost farcical at times, presenting an untenable premise and using it to rehash generic stereotypes about Germans, Jews and an event that claimed the lives of so many.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
73% Time to Hunt (2020) "Time to Hunt" is slow to get started, but once Jun-seok's plan goes into action, it hardly ever decelerates.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
61% Minamata (2020) Impressive if somewhat less-than-nuanced...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
48% Greed (2020) [Coogan has] always been a quick wit, and his timing couldn't be better. So why does so much of "Greed" feel petty?‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
94% Premature (2020) "Premature" offers a ground-level alternative to more sensationalistic, adversity-themed African-American stories.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
59% My Salinger Year (2020) It's a running theme that writers are different than most people would probably imagine. But when it comes to accepting Joanna as one of them, the film never convinces.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
8% Fantasy Island (2020) [A]lthough by the end, as certain characters are brought back to life and others are turned into "black-eyed zombies," audiences will most likely be wishing they'd bought a ticket to another movie.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
75% To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Through it all, the best thing about the "To All the Boys" movies remains the casting of Condor.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
100% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2020) Strong films overall, although it's unlikely that anyone would mistake them for entertainment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
95% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2020) Do yourself a favor and seek them out.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
91% Time (2020) The cumulative impact - boiled down into an open-minded and deeply empathetic 81 minutes - will almost certainly rewire how Americans think about the prison-industrial complex.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
94% Boys State (2020) Ultimately, "Boys State" works because the "characters" are so compelling.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
100% Minari (2020) Chung transforms the specificity of his upbringing into something warm, tender and universal.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
28% The Rhythm Section (2020) This isn't an easy role, but Lively aces it.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
100% Palm Springs (2020) "Palm Springs" is to time-loop movies as "Zombieland" was to the undead genre: It's an irreverent take on a form where earlier iterations were obliged to take themselves seriously.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
86% Nine Days (2020) "Nine Days" is that rare work of art that invites you to re-consider your entire worldview.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
83% The Nest (2020) "The Nest" burrows into the minutiae, and the rewards of going along with the O'Haras are worth it, for those willing to risk the frustration of a movie that plays by its own rules...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
38% Wendy (2020) "Wendy" is fun for a while, but as it drags on, it becomes harder to follow - and worse, boring.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
95% The 40-Year-Old Version (2020) Blank's first feature is an earnest, honest, often hilarious testimonial from a gifted writer about what it means for someone in her position to reinvent.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020