Bruce Kirkland

Bruce Kirkland

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Jam! Movies , Toronto Sun , Winnipeg Sun
Critics' Group:
Toronto Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1103

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 77% Noah (2014) " Things get murky. Anachronisms jumble with rigid literalism. Plus the blatant creationist mythology here is creepy." — Jam! Movies
Posted Mar 27, 2014
3/5 40% Divergent (2014) " A good young adult movie in the dystopian vein that dominates in this science-fiction sub-genre." — Jam! Movies
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3.5/5 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " The movie is colourful, highly stylized, incredibly violent and tons of intense fun." — Jam! Movies
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3.5/5 59% Non-Stop (2014) " Non-Stop owns its own title: As an air terror thriller, this Hollywood movie is insanely intense, engaging, terrifying and occasionally both touching and humourous. The thrills and chills element really is non-stop." — Jam! Movies
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/5 25% Pompeii (2014) " It is a lot of "action fun" for audiences. That is, if death, destruction and gladiatorial bloodshed can be considered fun things to witness in a B-movie." — Jam! Movies
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/5 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " Clooney shows us some of these treasures in intimate detail, imbuing the viewer with the same sense of urgency that the Monuments Men must have felt when trying to rescue them." — Jam! Movies
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2.5/5 11% The Nut Job (2014) " A mediocre family entertainment that can be seen and easily forgotten." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jan 16, 2014
4/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " By the end, watching the film version of August: Osage County is like joining the party scene in All About Eve. As Bette Davis says, "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!"" — Jam! Movies
Posted Jan 9, 2014
50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " For people who like their movie desserts on the sweet side, actor-director Stiller has whipped up just the right holiday confection." — Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 24, 2013
3/5 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a mediocre film that, despite storytelling issues, boasts a great performance by Idris Elba in the lead role of Nelson Mandela." — Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 24, 2013
4/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " The film looks beautiful; the loose editing creates an overlong but still compelling structure; and Scorsese finesses the way the film pulses -- like Belfort's racing heart -- with a dangerous jazzy rhythm." — Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 24, 2013
95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " This is a remarkably accomplished film." — Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 19, 2013
4.5/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " American Hustle may be the finest example of how well the Russell formula works, surpassing Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter, his two most recent Oscar-nominated films." — Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 19, 2013
91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " There is all this talent -- and so little reason for it in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine." — Toronto Sun
Posted Dec 17, 2013
3.5/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " As written and directed by young American filmmaker J.C. Chandor, All is Lost is a classic case of man-against-nature." — Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 16, 2013
4/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will absolutely thrill fans of Middle-earth and Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings universe." — Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 11, 2013
4/5 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " Critically, Fruitvale Station serves as a morality tale that reminds us not to dismiss anyone without first knowing the full story behind the scenes. Every life has value." — Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 10, 2013
4/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " What Hanks does is give Phillips a thoroughly human portrayal, convincing us how an ordinary man does extraordinary things in the face of death." — Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 9, 2013
2.5/5 42% Homefront (2013) " Fleder does Stallone no favours, directing Homefront strictly as a plodding and predictable thriller, the kind of generic project that usually stars a bunch of B-level actors." — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 27, 2013
3/5 38% Delivery Man (2013) " Delivery Man is funny, sweet and surprising." — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 21, 2013
4.5/5 90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " No matter the orientation of the protagonists, few love stories in cinema history have so thoroughly, so realistically and so beautifully catalogued the minutiae and essences of a romantic relationship." — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3.5/5 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " This first Thor sequel is enormously entertaining." — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 7, 2013
2.5/5 47% Last Vegas (2013) " Call it Hangover Lite -- no calories, but it does induce a splitting headache." — Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 1, 2013
3.5/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) " Some plotting is simplified, as is the case with all adaptations from book to screen. But the core of the action and the intent is maintained, including moral dilemmas." — Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 31, 2013
1.5/5 34% The Counselor (2013) " Director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Cormac McCarthy should be sued for their existential abomination, The Counselor." — Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 25, 2013
2/5 49% Carrie (2013) " Boring, gross and not at all scary." — Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/5 29% Machete Kills (2013) " Not quite as good as the 2010 original nor quite as bad as most cheapo genre sequels." — Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 10, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is not just out of this world, it is a fresh and exciting new chapter in cinema." — Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 3, 2013
82% Prisoners (2013) " Villeneuve shows his sublime talents as a director who appreciates subtle dialogue and contained, intimate action." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2.5/5 38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " This sequel is not nearly as scary as the first one. Familiarity with the Lamberts and the demons who plague them tends to blunt the razor's edge of horror. But Chapter 2 is still weirder than a walk in the park." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3.5/5 29% The Family (2013) " This is a giddy, stylish romp and nothing else -- but that is plenty." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 12, 2013
2.5/5 58% Riddick (2013) " I expected more originality after nine years." — Jam! Movies
Posted Sep 5, 2013
3/5 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " A British political thriller that deliberately tones down the thrills, muting its own spy and terrorism themes in favour of a legal battle." — Jam! Movies
Posted Aug 28, 2013
3.5/5 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " Smart enough to qualify as quality entertainment for teens and twentysomethings." — Jam! Movies
Posted Aug 21, 2013
1.5/5 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " Literal and figurative crap." — Jam! Movies
Posted Aug 15, 2013
26% Planes (2013) " Planes is good enough, and may fly at the boxoffice, but it does not soar to the heavens." — Jam! Movies
Posted Aug 9, 2013
3.5/5 69% The Wolverine (2013) " Mangold isn't a cutting-edge filmmaker, but he gives Jackman room to brood between all the slashing." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jul 26, 2013
3.5/5 42% Red 2 (2013) " A blast of energy, idiocy and fun." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jul 18, 2013
72% Pacific Rim (2013) " There really is something different this time around, and it is not just the sophisticated special effects." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jul 12, 2013
7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) " Do not waste your money, your time and your brain cells: Grown Ups 2 is a dismal disaster." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jul 11, 2013
4/5 30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " I love this western, in part for its bravado, its excesses and its insanity. Even for its absurd 149-minute running time." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jul 2, 2013
3/5 51% White House Down (2013) " White House Down is a rollicking, ridiculous and rebellious summer blockbuster. By that, I mean it is a blow-it-up-real-good action movie with a twisted sense of humour." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 28, 2013
2/5 65% The Heat (2013) " The movie is rarely funny and the "high concept" part usually means the lowest common denominator. And that is another way of saying The Heat is stupid." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 28, 2013
3/5 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " Despite Coppola's obvious talents as a director, and her upscale style, her movie still plays like a TMZ report." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 21, 2013
3.5/5 67% World War Z (2013) " World War Z looks and sounds and plays as if this is actually happening. As crazy as any zombie movie may seem, this one never comes across as an outlandish Hollywood fantasy." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3/5 78% Monsters University (2013) " While Monsters University is far from classic status, it is a funny movie with plenty of hijinks, insults, action scenes, visual jokes, vivid colour, good digital artistry and all the other technical touches that Pixar brings to their projects." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 20, 2013
4/5 56% Man of Steel (2013) " As a popcorn movie, this is a full bucket." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 11, 2013
1.5/5 38% The Purge (2013) " As the second act grinds on, the story spins wildly and stupidly out of control." — Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 6, 2013
2/5 50% Now You See Me (2013) " Now You See Me should not be seen. It is not worth the brain drain necessary to reach the illogical climax with its mushball ending." — Jam! Movies
Posted May 30, 2013
2/5 11% After Earth (2013) " After Earth might have worked as an episode in the Star Trek series, circa 1966-69. As a big Hollywood sci-fi adventure for the summer of 2013, it just seems uninspired, tired and sometimes ridiculous." — Jam! Movies
Posted May 30, 2013
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