Bruce Demara

Bruce Demara

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Toronto Star
Total Reviews:
209

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
0.5/4 7% A Haunted House 2 (2014) " A movie for morons that is offensive on so many levels. It is loud, profane and profoundly stupid. One has to question how a film so awful could even be made, it is that bad. Most regrettably, it is not funny, not even a tiny bit." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/4 44% The Face of Love (2014) " Many are going to find the plot questionable and the protagonist's actions deplorable. But for those who've experienced loss and grief that seems irreparable, it is a film that will strike a deep and melancholy chord." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 17, 2014
2.5/4 47% Rio 2 (2014) " Those who enjoyed the adventures of Blu and Jewel and company in the first Rio are going to find the sequel an equally pleasing diversion." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 82% Afflicted (2014) " Ambitious in scope and practically flawless in execution, Afflicted is good news for horror fans seeking something fresh and chilling from two impressively assured young filmmakers." — Toronto Star
Posted Apr 3, 2014
58% The Returned (2014) " Carballo also fails to capitalize on the climate of paranoia the script attempts to engender throughout." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2/4 —— Three Days In Havana " Cuba won't top most people's list of exciting vacation destinations. Neither is 3 Days in Havana likely to score highly with dedicated cinephiles, especially thriller fans." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/4 —— Down River " Down River is an intelligent work with moments of poignancy and emotional resonance by a talented filmmaker." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3.5/4 91% Le Week-End (2014) " Sad, sweet, dark, funny and possibly even redemptive." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 95% Particle Fever (2014) " As fictional Vulcan Spock might have pronounced: "Fascinating."" — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/4 —— No Clue " Brent Butt's Corner Gas brand of humour has plenty of loyal fans and if you enjoy his wry and self-effacing shtick, you'll find No Clue to be an inconsequential but pleasant diversion." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/4 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " Kids of all ages are sure to enjoy this visually splendid, fast-paced blast through the past." — Toronto Star
Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Sure to please audiences and confound critics and cinephiles who are sticklers for plausible plotting." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.5/4 70% About Last Night (2014) " It's a romantic dramedy timed for release on Valentine's Day, a confection equal parts tart and sweet." — Toronto Star
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/4 —— Rhymes For Young Ghouls " With a tone alternating between mournful, defiant and hopeful, Rhymes for Young Ghouls is a rewarding experience by a talented director who's sure to make his mark on Canadian cinema." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2.5/4 80% Whitewash (2014) " Despite Church's solid performance, Whitewash feels so leaden in its gravity, it borders on dull." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 23, 2014
1.5/4 18% Ride Along (2014) " It's a noisy ride to nowhere." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/4 95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " Writer/director Alain Guiraudie weaves a dark and intriguing tale of desire and menace in a moralistically ambiguous setting, a gay cruising ground." — Toronto Star
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2.5/4 —— Ekspeditionen til verdens ende (The Expedition to the End of the World) " The cinematography is invariably stunning, featuring lovely scenes of wildlife and lichen-encrusted landscapes. That alone makes it worth going along for the ride." — Toronto Star
Posted Dec 26, 2013
3/4 76% Concussion (2013) " An engrossing meditation on modern alienation and the ways we cope when we discover something missing in our lives." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 28, 2013
1.5/4 9% If I Were You (2012) " Here's a safe prediction: movie critics are going to have fun with the title of If I Were You." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 28, 2013
3/4 60% GMO OMG (2013) " Seifert approaches the subject from the perspective of a concerned father of three youngsters and he comes across as earnest and well-intentioned." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 21, 2013
2/4 88% Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014) " While the film has quite a lot to recommend it in terms of the strong performances and Côté's idiosyncratic auteur style ... its conclusion is a major letdown." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 21, 2013
3.5/4 67% How I Live Now (2013) " How I Live Now centres on what happens to a group of young people when civilization begins to crumble. But it's also a poignant love story, a compelling, against-all-odds one at that." — Toronto Star
Posted Nov 14, 2013
2.5/4 70% Man of Tai Chi (2013) " Without Chen in the lead role, Man of Tai Chi could easily have been chop-socky awful." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 31, 2013
1.5/4 49% Escape Plan (2013) " Escape Plan is the newest vehicle for aging action stars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and, in this case, it's a lemon or possibly an Edsel." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 18, 2013
2/4 49% Carrie (2013) " Literally a pallid imitation of the original." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 17, 2013
1.5/4 —— Cottage Country (2013) " For the audience, it's a weekend they'll wish to forget." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/4 35% Touchy Feely (2013) " Despite its hints of New Age mysticism and serviceable performances from an able cast, Touchy Feely is too entrenched in its dour tone to be uplifting." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 11, 2013
2.5/4 12% The Right Kind of Wrong (2014) " A pleasantly diverting romantic comedy." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2.5/4 68% Haute Cuisine (2013) " With a title like Haute Cuisine, one can expect a high degree of gastronomic titillation. On that score, the film delivers." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2/4 9% Runner Runner (2013) " It is oxymoronically a thriller that fails to live up to the genre, playing it safe from start to finish with an insipid hero, a pedestrian plot and a conclusion that is as predictable as the phases of the moon." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3/4 78% The Dirties (2013) " In such a cluttered cultural space, it feels so startlingly fresh, urgent, honest and real." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2.5/4 20% Girl Most Likely (2013) " Once you get past Imogene's insufferableness, you'll find yourself rooting for her." — Toronto Star
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2.5/4 78% Metallica Through the Never (2013) " Through the Never succeeds as a concert film by serving up enough dazzling visual wizardry and good ol' thrash metal rock to make it a passably engaging experience." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3.5/4 —— Unclaimed " A documentary that sends its audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3.5/4 100% Our Man in Tehran " Through it all, Weinstein, the veteran, and Drew Taylor, making his directorial debut, weave an intelligent, complex and tension-filled story that breathes life into historical events that are fast fading from our collective memory." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2.5/4 51% A Single Shot (2013) " The pace feels too languid, draining some of the tension and suspense from the story." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 19, 2013
3.5/4 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Ralph Fiennes both stars (as Dickens) and directs with an exacting eye to period detail and there are great performances across the board, among them Felicity Jones as Nelly Ternan and Kristin Scott Thomas as her mother, Catherine. " — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 14, 2013
1.5/4 34% Passion (2013) " One's ultimate reaction is likely to one of indifference, bemusement or outright disdain considering the pedigree of the filmmaker helming the project: Brian De Palma." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 12, 2013
2/4 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " If there is a fundamental flaw in Chapter 2, it's that it will make absolutely no sense unless you've seen the first one." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 12, 2013
2.5/4 58% Riddick (2013) " The CGI-created landscape is impressively rendered and detailed, there are loads of cool gadgetry and, of course, plenty of action and "ghosting" - i.e. killing." — Toronto Star
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/4 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " [Zwart] finally has a vehicle that tests his talents. His dark vision of the shadow world beyond the ordinary one is intricately detailed and believable throughout, even if much of it is the product of CGI mastery." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 21, 2013
3/4 95% A Hijacking (2013) " A finely spun tale that eschews sensationalism to focus on the human toll on the captives, their families and their employers back home." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2.5/4 26% Planes (2013) " While the plotting is rather pedestrian, the humour mostly lame, what makes Planes a stand-out experience - not surprisingly, based on Disney's vast and impressive history of animated classics - is the visuals." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/4 41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " With its broad humour and less than serious tone, it's clearly aimed at tween and teen set and it's likely to be a crowd-pleaser among that demographic." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 7, 2013
3/4 87% The Attack (2013) " [Doueiri] does a fine job of presenting us with two worlds in conflict: modern, prosperous and progressive Tel Aviv, and Nablus, a city of shadows, squalor and paranoia." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/4 64% 2 Guns (2013) " Gets us from point A to point B in a journey that, while predictable, is a breezily pleasant ride." — Toronto Star
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3/4 —— Rufus " Schultz allows the tension to build slowly and for Rufus's secret history to be revealed in increments. There's also some great interplay between the actors ..." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 26, 2013
1.5/4 13% R.I.P.D. (2013) " One can't help but wonder what the heck Jeff Bridges is doing there." — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 19, 2013
2/4 14% Syrup (2013) " Syrup is an unsatisfying blend of romantic comedy and scathing social satire, slamming the high-stakes games of product marketing and sales. " — Toronto Star
Posted Jul 11, 2013
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