Bruce Kirkland

Bruce Kirkland

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Bruce Kirkland'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
2/5 27% Terminator Genisys (2015) "Terminator Genisys does not just reboot the famous franchise, it puts the boots to all the earlier films, their iconic characters and any fans who expected T5 to show more respect for the origins of James Cameron's man vs. machine saga. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 30, 2015
2.5/5 63% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "A sloppy and often silly road movie that takes most of the same characters we met in 2012 and gives them a last hurrah as macho male entertainers. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 29, 2015
2/5 38% Max (2015) "Love the dog, hate the people. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jun 25, 2015
4.5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) "A near-perfect balance of humour, pathos, adventure and poignant emotion. That makes it great entertainment for children and adults. The film is sophisticated, intelligent and heartfelt -- plus a ton of fun, too. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/5 71% Jurassic World (2015) "Compared to Steven Spielberg's much-loved original, this fourth instalment in the franchise is a cruel joke. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/5 89% Sunshine Superman (2015) "While the doc takes a conventional and even pedestrian approach -- with multiple talking-head interviews and some re-enactments with actors -- there is also plenty of spectacular archival footage showing jumps dating back to the 1960s. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Jun 8, 2015
1.5/5 59% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "What a disappointment this is. Especially coming after Chapters 1 and 2, which both delivered the frights with a slow burn mixed with ingenuity and style. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 4, 2015
4.5/5 31% Entourage (2015) "It is Piven who is the Gorilla Glue that holds this whole enterprise together. Without Piven's creative insanity, Entourage would not work this well again. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted Jun 2, 2015
2/5 73% American Sniper (2015) "Clint Eastwood's American Sniper is an often lazy and somewhat hazy propaganda film about American heroism and hell in the Iraq War. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted May 29, 2015
2.5/5 50% San Andreas (2015) "San Andreas does exactly what it set out to do: Satisfy the thrill-seekers with a popcorn movie. If you want something more serious about earthquakes, you have to watch the nightly news. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted May 28, 2015
4/5 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Tomorrowland may be structurally flawed, but it is also wonderfully imaginative, visually arresting and completely daring. That makes it a winner for audiences willing to submit to the awkward flow of the narrative. " ‐ Jam! Movies
Posted May 21, 2015
4/5 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Fury Road, with its sensational photography, set design and other technical attributes that bring this fourth Mad Max into the 21st century, will only add more legions of fans to the now-legendary franchise. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted May 13, 2015
2/5 8% Hot Pursuit (2015) "Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara have great chemistry as a misfit comedy duo in the road movie Hot Pursuit. Unfortunately, they also have to strut their stuff while battling through a terrible screenplay with a hackneyed plot and dismal dialogue. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted May 7, 2015
2.5/5 31% Can't Stand Losing You (2015) "The scope of Andy Grieve and Lauren Lazin's film is extremely limited. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3.5/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "No one can quibble with the efforts of the actors. Marvel cast well, and continues to expand their parts or add fascinating new players. " ‐ Toronto Sun
Posted Apr 28, 2015
6% 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 61% 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 81% 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 19% Playing It Cool (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 67% 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 72% 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 71% 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 12% 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
34% 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 73% 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 52% 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
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