Bruce Kirkland

Bruce Kirkland

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) " It is listless, boring and as flat to the floor as Paul Blart when he slams down in a coma or gets knocked down by a villain, a vehicle or a horse's hind hoof. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 17, 2015
1.5/5 60% Unfriended (2015) " It could have been better. Unfriended at least has an original premise and an interesting, claustrophobic physical setting. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4.5/5 82% Furious 7 (2015) " Loud, long and laughably over-the-top, Furious 7 is one of the best pure action movies ever made. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 2, 2015
4/5 85% Cinderella (2015) " Gorgeous, elegant and wondrous, the new live-action Cinderella is a jewel in Disney's treasure trove. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 12, 2015
1.5/5 11% Unfinished Business (2015) " Unfinished Business has a big heart, a tiny brain and a lot of bad attitude. That turns it into a murky mess as a movie. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3.5/5 62% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) " Because I found the original movie so engaging, I enjoyed finding out what has happened, and what is to come, in the lives of these characters. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2.5/5 No Score Yet Playing It Cool (AMany Splintered Thing) (2015) " Playing it Cool has appeal. But it is just not good enough to unsettle the rom-com genre and get people really talking, laughing and loving. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3/5 80% Big News From Grand Rock " Big News from Grand Rock is a fictional romp with a poignant core. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3/5 71% The DUFF (2015) " Especially because the young co-stars Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell are so appealing, The DUFF is charming, cheeky and relevant. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2.5/5 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) " Prediction: If you liked the original, you will probably enjoy a return soaking. If you did not tolerate that kind of idiocy the first time, I guarantee you will not want to see the sequel. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2.5/5 72% The Voices (2015) " The movie has to be taken at face value: As a wacky and unsettling jaunt into sheer madness. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 13, 2015
1/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " Fifty Shades of Grey only has one shade: tedious self-pity. The other 49 shades promised in the title are missing from the movie version of the infamous novel. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 12, 2015
1/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " Fifty Shades of Grey only has one shade: tedious self-pity. The other 49 shades promised in the title are missing from the movie version of the infamous novel. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Feb 12, 2015
1.5/5 13% Seventh Son (2015) " The dialogue in Seventh Son is dismal. The plotting is awkward. Nothing much works as storytelling. But even those problems are overshadowed by the accents -- the source of much of the hilarity. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Feb 5, 2015
1.5/5 18% Strange Magic (2015) " It instantly rates as one of the most dismal animations ever released under the Disney umbrella. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 23, 2015
33% Blackhat (2015) " Michael Mann's Blackhat is supposed to be a hack attack thriller. Instead, it is a bloody bore. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 15, 2015
98% Paddington (2015) " Utterly beguiling and totally eccentric, Paddington is the first theatrical movie to tell the story of the beloved bear from darkest Peru. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 15, 2015
2/5 21% The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015) " The sequel is about as far from the original source as you can get while still using the title, The Woman in Black. It is just as far away from being interesting. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 9, 2015
1.5/5 9% Taken 3 (2015) " The premise is pretty much the same: Mess with Neeson's loved ones and you will die. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 9, 2015
1.5/5 9% Taken 3 (2015) " With his quirks and thoughtful manner, Whitaker seems to be in a different movie. Neeson knows better, just going through the motions and spouting the idiotic dialogue that Besson and Kamen cooked up in English and Russian. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Jan 9, 2015
4/5 99% Selma (2015) " As a film, Selma is solid if unspectacular. As a dramatic portrayal of recent U.S. history, however, Selma burns with a fierce intensity. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 8, 2015
4.5/5 72% Inherent Vice (2015) " Some may find it sour and even repulsive, with its pathological anarchy of flavours. Some will find it delicious, in a deliriously exotic manner. Count me in the second camp. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 7, 2015
3.5/5 77% Fury (2014) " Led by Pitt, who sublimates his persona so deeply into Wardaddy that you can forget about his movie star baggage, the cast is exceptional. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 92% Pride (2014) " The important twist is that Pride seems to capture the essence of reality, giving it the recognition it deserves. Truth really is stranger than fiction, and Pride tells that truth with flair. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/5 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) " Big Hero 6, the first Marvel comic book to get a Walt Disney makeover, is a beguiling kids movie. It is also a beauty to behold for its skillful digital animation in 3D. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 5, 2015
3.5/5 97% Life Itself (2014) " With Ebert's blessing and encouragement, Life Itself is a warts-and-all look at how the son of an Illinois electrician and housewife became a prolific writer who spent 46 years as the film critic at the Chicago Sun Times. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4.5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Wes Anderson's latest opus, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is bloody bonkers and simply splendid. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Jan 2, 2015
98% Boyhood (2014) " A word about the film's epic length. Boyhood is 166 minutes long. Yet it is so affecting, so much a thing of wonder, that it could run forever and I would still keep watching. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3.5/5 46% The Gambler (2014) " At the risk of overselling what is a good but not great movie, The Gambler is a slick, stylish thriller about gambling, self-destruction and personal redemption. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 23, 2014
3/5 53% The Interview (2014) " It may be profane and sloppy and silly and insulting to the North Koreans, but The Interview is a guilty pleasure. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 18, 2014
61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) " The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a thrilling and a fitting end to an extraordinary fantasy adventure. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 16, 2014
4/5 89% The Imitation Game (2014) " There is nothing unique about the film itself - except for the mesmerizing performance by Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Dec 11, 2014
2.5/5 35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) " Too episodic, too halting, too disjointed to be credited as an accomplished comedy. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 26, 2014
4/5 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " Mockingjay - Part 1 is as dingy and dark as Blade Runner, but just as fascinating. No more party dresses catching fire. No more fantasy games. In their place is a war tableau that seems realistic, even if this is a futuristic fantasy film. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 20, 2014
1/4 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) " What seemed fresh and silly and naive and hilarious in 1994 - like the cascading joke sequence about the most annoying sound in the world - now seems contrived and repetitive and sometimes repulsive. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 13, 2014
4.5/5 72% Interstellar (2014) " Interstellar is the most ambitious, intelligent and daring space epic since Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Nov 4, 2014
3.5/5 77% Fury (2014) " War really is hell, and Fury shows how. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/5 43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " With nine years gone since the first Sin City film, it was way too long, yet well worth the wait, to finally get the sequel. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Aug 21, 2014
4.5/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " The Marvel Cinematic Universe was getting a little too safe and dangerously repetitive. Guardians of the Galaxy gleefully breaks all the rules. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Jul 29, 2014
3/5 60% Hercules (2014) " Idiocy and excess is rarely this much fun - but Brett Ratner's Hercules is just the kind of macho madness that this comic book version of the myth requires when Dwayne Johnson is the chosen one. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Jul 25, 2014
2% The In Crowd (2000) " The acting is universally abysmal, although so are all the lines of dialogue. So I can't entirely blame the cast members. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4.5/5 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " For its action, its humanity, its empathy and its exceptional intelligence, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the best Hollywood blockbuster this year. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/5 23% Tammy (2014) " The movie has a surprising poignancy as well as capers, crude hilarity and plenty of nuttiness. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Jul 1, 2014
4/5 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " X-Men: Days of Future Past is the smartest and most complicated superhero movie in years. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted May 23, 2014
3.5/5 74% Godzilla (2014) " A good movie, just not the great one that fans of the mutant monster were hoping for. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted May 15, 2014
81% Fed Up (2014) " The effect is stark, disturbing and inspirational, if you are willing to listen. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted May 12, 2014
4/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " For almost two hours, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is thrilling as it crashes through its action sequences and then humanizes its key characters in the interludes. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 30, 2014
2.5/5 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " For both District B13 and Brick Mansions, Parkour is melded into a generic plot about a burned-out ghetto that the rich elite and corrupt politicians want to redevelop. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Apr 25, 2014
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
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