Bruce Bennett

Bruce Bennett

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Bruce Bennett's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) "It's difficult to imagine anyone wresting the Academy Award from Blanchett's compellingly pathetic performance. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Sep 27, 2013
C+ 93% The Spectacular Now (2013) "There's an element so relevant to the credibility of the story that the script avoids completely and it's shocking this fundamental defect isn't provoking more contempt. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Sep 13, 2013
B+ 30% Austenland (2013) "Not everyone will appreciate the goofy tone on display, but for faithful fans it is likely the Holy Grail of period piece rom-coms. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Sep 6, 2013
C 27% Jobs (2013) "Never really digs deep enough into the brilliant and often enigmatic title character. Begs for a documentary treatment. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Sep 6, 2013
C 6% Paranoia (2013) "Would have been fine as a simple, slickly-produced TV movie, but with Ford and Oldman in the cast it can't be considered anything but a big-screen letdown. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Sep 6, 2013
B 69% The Wolverine (2013) "Ultimately, this is Jackman's film, and he plays the reluctant but fearsome hero perfectly. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Sep 6, 2013
C+ 68% Elysium (2013) "The occasionally interesting script is bludgeoned by its heavy-handed political pandering. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Sep 6, 2013
B+ 85% The Way Way Back (2013) "More charm and original laughs than most recent coming-of-age films...overcomes its contrived formula (dysfunctional adults, kids as victims) aided greatly by Rockwell. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Sep 6, 2013
B+ 43% Red 2 (2013) "Who knows if teenagers will appreciate this type of actioner? No matter. They get plenty of films designed for them. You go, gramps! " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Sep 6, 2013
C+ No Score Yet Ephraim's Rescue (2013) "Issues with the script and a methodical pace yield what feels like a missed opportunity. Earnestness in filmmaking does not necessarily equal excellence in filmmaking. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Aug 9, 2013
C+ 72% Pacific Rim (2013) "Monster action with minor smarts...the fatigue factor sets in early, especially without much humor and only corny asides available to balance the onslaught. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jul 19, 2013
C+ 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) "Particularly repulsive to many Lone Ranger fans may be the way the script, in the film's overly long second half, appears to denigrate American history. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jul 19, 2013
C+ 51% White House Down (2013) "Offers considerable fun chemistry, but the film piles on preposterous effects ad nauseum. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jul 12, 2013
A- 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) "Ranks as one of the best animated sequels of all time. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jul 12, 2013
B+ 68% World War Z (2013) "Well-crafted, action-packed, and most impressively, not overly gory horror thrill ride... makes a credible case that even in the ubiquitous zombie milieu, less can be more. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
B+ 56% Man of Steel (2013) "With a gray and gritty palette and interesting structure, offers its share of thrills but may be too somber overall to appease the typical summer blockbuster fan. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
B- 50% Now You See Me (2013) "If you see only a handful of movies a year you'll probably love it. If you see one every weekend, you're going to demand smarter illusions than this film can muster. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
C+ 11% After Earth (2013) "Uneven father-son post apocalyptic space adventure still a minor comeback for the director. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 28, 2013
B- 64% Epic (2013) "Beautifully animated forest fantasy for undemanding families. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
B+ 55% The Company You Keep (2013) "Redford skillfully directs a cast so talented and comprehensive it threatens to overpower the briskly unassuming, but sharply written script. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
B+ 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) "Thrilling if not exactly groundbreaking fun...yet something is missing this time around. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
C+ 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) "An ambitious, beautiful but shallow alternative to typical summer fare. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
B 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) "Features an interesting, angst-ridden psychological sub-text rarely found in blockbuster films. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
F 7% The Big Wedding (2013) "Sinks to new levels of horrid. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
B 54% Oblivion (2013) "A derivative sci-fi drama that blends some nifty plot twists with its mysteriously serene futuristic adventure. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
A- 77% Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) "Fanciful wit to spare, and Adams is sheer delight. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jun 3, 2013
B+ 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) "Normally, this type of comedy would be a fun, forgettable ride. But these days, it feels like a welcomed wonder. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
B+ 79% 42 (2013) "A terrific cast helps lift it above the crowd pleasingly routine fare typical of the genre, producing a solid triple of a baseball movie. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
A 93% Jurassic Park (1993) "A classic gets even better. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
C+ 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) "Apparently spent most of its 'giant' $195 million budget on lavish, impressive special effects and nary a tinker's nickel on the ho-hum script. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
B 38% Admission (2013) "It isn't a world beater, but this gentle and heartwarming understated comedy had better not be Rudd and Fey's last as co-stars. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
C+ 48% Olympus Has Fallen (2013) "Gruesome, cliché-ridden terrorist attack on the White House actioner has a lot of energy to go along with its relentless and well-choreographed carnage. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
B- 28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) "Dumb, hyperkinetic fun. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
B- 8% The Host (2013) "You might despise the 'Twilight' series and still find something to appreciate here...at least it's original. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
C- 12% Safe Haven (2013) "A bland love story that features a twist that feels more like a dupe. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
C+ 14% A Good Day To Die Hard (2013) "There was something in the pre - CGI days that made McClane's character more vulnerable...and fun. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
B 19% Identity Thief (2013) "Sure, the two leads deserve better material, but there are enough laughs here to make up for a lot of creative mistakes-casting isn't one of them. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 25, 2013
A- 81% The Impossible (2012) "Inexcusable is a better word to describe the fact this amazing film was not given a Best Picture Oscar nomination. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 23, 2013
C+ 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) "True...the odds were stacked against Raimi in his film that has some moments but hardly seems momentous. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 23, 2013
B 56% Snitch (2013) "Less of a mindless, violent action film (which we've had enough of, at least for a few months) and more of a suspense thriller-- and not a bad one at that. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 23, 2013
B 81% Warm Bodies (2013) "Don't think too hard, just enjoy a zombie movie with a twist to go with its 'Walking Dead' charm. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 23, 2013
A- 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) "Unsettling and unforgettable...challenges the justifications of war's ugly atrocities, without resorting to jingoistic platitudes. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 23, 2013
B- 51% Promised Land (2013) "The pro-environment message here is more effective because of the film's subtlety, a casting twist featuring the likeable Matt Damon, and a script that doesn't insult its audience. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 23, 2013
B 41% Parker (2013) "Hackford brings a sense of style and sure-handedness to the proceedings that is uncommon for films of this genre. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 23, 2013
B+ 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) "A deft treatment of its delicate subject material and some remarkable performances that give the film both touching, raw, authentic emotion and a certain kinetic humor. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Apr 23, 2013
A- 88% Django Unchained (2012) "Somehow exhibits high art while it walks a fine line between serious historical re-purposing, inflammatory comic excess and brutal violence. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jan 8, 2013
B 39% The Guilt Trip (2012) "There is really only one reason to see this gentle if unassuming road trip comedy and her name is Barbra Streisand. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jan 8, 2013
B+ 84% Smashed (2012) " Winstead is a revelation as a young married school teacher determined to overcome alcoholism in this gritty film clearly made by folks who've been there. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Jan 8, 2013
A- 70% Les Misérables (2012) "Raw, riveting and remarkable. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Dec 24, 2012
A- 84% Elf (2003) "Feels like that rare instant Christmas classic. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Dec 8, 2012
B+ 53% The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) "A terrific, thought provoking, at times heart wrenching twist on the typical rom-com proving again Streisands singular gifts. " ‐ Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Posted Dec 8, 2012
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