Bruce Newman

Bruce Newman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

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

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Showing 51 - 100 of 472
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 65% Vitus (2007) "We're supposed to be convinced that [Vitus has] proved himself a normal kid in spite of his virtuoso skills, not because of them. It's a bit of a stretch, but he's got the long fingers for it. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jul 13, 2007
3/4 79% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) "For all its gloominess, Order of the Phoenix is, in several ways, the best Potter picture yet. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jul 9, 2007
1/4 70% Black Sheep (2006) "...Black Sheep never rises above sensation and splatter, or goes beyond the one thing it does best: It bites. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jul 6, 2007
3/4 57% Transformers (2007) "As a movie, Transformers is mostly muscle car, but it has enough of a brain under its hood to know how, and when, to be funny. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jul 2, 2007
4/4 96% Ratatouille (2007) "This is an animated movie that's been made for adults, although kids probably will enjoy it, too. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jun 29, 2007
3.5/4 91% Sicko (2007) "Sicko represents Moore's most mature work as a filmmaker. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jun 28, 2007
3/4 82% Live Free or Die Hard (2007) "Willis has a firm grip on what has made his character popular for nearly two decades, and maintains a firm hand on the wheel. Like almost everything he drives, he keeps the movie airborne. Yippee-ki-yay. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jun 26, 2007
3.5/4 79% A Mighty Heart (2007) "Shooting in what often appears to be available light, and with a handheld camera that he has tamed sufficiently to prevent motion sickness, Winterbottom keeps the picture moving along like a thriller. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jun 22, 2007
2/4 23% Evan Almighty (2007) "Even the editing betrays a sense of desperation about the material. It's cut so tight that no one ever breathes, they just talk. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jun 21, 2007
3/4 70% Ocean's Thirteen (2007) "After the story's wheels are set in motion, you pretty much know everything that's going to happen, but director Steven Soderbergh makes it fun to watch your winning hand unfold. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jun 7, 2007
3.5/4 45% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) "[Erupts] into a grand and glorious adventure at the final hour. After lying dead in the water during much of its three-part odyssey, Pirates of the Caribbean has saved the best for last. The third time is the charmer. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted May 24, 2007
2.5/4 44% Fay Grim (2007) "Fay Grim is a farce in which people die and lives are ruined. Which is to say, it's peculiarly funny, but you have to be an existentialist with lightning-fast reflexes to get all the jokes. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted May 18, 2007
3/4 89% Waitress (2007) " Russell is the magic ingredient that holds all this together. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted May 11, 2007
1.5/4 29% Lucky You (2007) "At 2 hours and 15 minutes, Lucky You does play a bit long. It's probably about two hours longer than it needs to be. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted May 4, 2007
2.5/4 63% Spider-Man 3 (2007) "There are so many super-villains buzzing around like flies in Spider-Man 3 that the web of plots, subplots, flashbacks and unnecessary character amplifications makes it feel more like Spider-Man. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted May 2, 2007
3/4 75% Black Book (2007) "Despite the picture's subtitles and its imposing 145-minute running time, Black Book maintains a breakneck pace, pausing only long enough to raise some very interesting questions. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Apr 27, 2007
3.5/4 70% The Valet (2007) "The story is farcical and falling-down funny, and yet the actors treat [director] Veber's material as if it were all serious. And entirely reasonable. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Apr 26, 2007
2.5/4 69% Year of the Dog (2007) "There's a lot of truth and beauty in Year of the Dog, and most of it radiates from the performance of Molly Shannon. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Apr 23, 2007
3.5/4 71% Fracture (2007) "Sometimes movies that shouldn't work deliver an outcome that's as satisfying as Fracture. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Apr 19, 2007
1/4 11% Perfect Stranger (2007) "People with access to vital information just show up when the movie needs them, then vanish again. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Apr 13, 2007
2/4 8% The Reaping (2007) "The Reaping isn't quite bad enough, or even New Testament enough, to qualify as a sign of the impending apocalypse. But by the time it's over, you know you're getting close. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Apr 9, 2007
3/4 83% Grindhouse (2007) "A weaponized adrenaline rush. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Apr 9, 2007
2.5/4 58% First Snow (2007) "... this one foresees a bleak future for anyone fool enough to look into it. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Apr 9, 2007
3/4 38% Firehouse Dog (2007) "It has one of the best -- if not always the most heartwarming -- dog-and-his-boy relationships since Lassie. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Apr 4, 2007
2.5/4 69% Blades of Glory (2007) "They don't quite nail it. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Mar 30, 2007
3/4 48% Shooter (2007) "Shooter won't win any Oscars, but it has blood and brains, and even some heart. They're splattered all over the screen. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Mar 23, 2007
2.5/4 64% Reign Over Me (2007) "When Binder isn't stuck on message, the picture has a breezy, inconsequential charm. But in at least two unforgivably manipulative scenes the movie asks us for feelings that it has not yet earned. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Mar 22, 2007
2.5/4 92% An Unreasonable Man (2007) "The first half of the movie is an absorbing study of this part of Nader's public life, and then it switches -- as he did -- to politics, where the results for both him and the picture are less cheerful. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Mar 16, 2007
60% 300 (2007) "Unless you like human shish kabob, don't spring forward. Fall back. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Mar 8, 2007
No Score Yet Trained in the Ways of Men (2007) "Like an episode of Law and Order, the film lays out the facts of the case, allows us to get to know many of the principal characters and packs an emotional wallop. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Mar 1, 2007
62% Monster Camp: The Story of NERO Seattle (2008) "At 82 minutes, this visit to a rarely seen world of gamers may begin to feel a little long, unless you're planning to get into the game yourself. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Mar 1, 2007
63% Blood Car (2007) "[Director] Orr pulls out all the stops, even when he should leave them in, and the result is a joke that can't quite sustain the movie's running time. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Mar 1, 2007
No Score Yet Batad "The movie's pacing sometimes reminds you why Ag-Ap wants out of his village, but the deeper it delves into his life, the more Batad picks up speed. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Mar 1, 2007
33% Sublime (2007) "It's less a visual tour-de-force than force-fed pretentious shots meant to convey artistry. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Mar 1, 2007
2/4 51% Puccini for Beginners (2007) "Proving that a movie called Puccini For Beginners actually can be as deeply pretentious as its title implies, Puccini For Beginners attempts to pick up the torch once carried by Woody Allen for the romantic comedy of ideas." ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Mar 1, 2007
3/4 89% Zodiac (2007) "The movie provides a crackling chase narrative that should please fans of the dozen or so police procedurals already on TV, but it can't deliver what it doesn't have." ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Mar 1, 2007
2.5/4 70% Amazing Grace (2007) "Like Steven Spielberg's glossy Amistad before it, Amazing Grace shies away from the texture and complexity of color, scurrying instead for the safer platitudes of black and white -- good and evil." ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Feb 22, 2007
4/4 93% The Lives of Others (2006) "Somber and watchful, like the people whose story it tells, The Lives of Others brilliantly abrades our perception of the 1980s as a time when the only history worth remembering was being made by Wham! and Duran Duran." ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Feb 15, 2007
1.5/4 84% Breach (2007) "You begin to suspect the FBI may be the world's most boring bunch of crime busters during Breach, a movie that urgently asserts itself as a spy thriller." ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Feb 15, 2007
1/4 5% Because I Said So (2007) "The only thing you can't fault in Because I Said So is Keaton's integrity, as she commits herself completely to a disastrous role." ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Feb 1, 2007
1/4 21% Catch and Release (2007) "This one isn't even worth catching. Just throw it back." ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jan 25, 2007
4/4 95% Pan's Labyrinth (2006) "The creator of such pulp prodigies as Hellboy and Blade II, del Toro mingles myth and history in Pan's Labyrinth, and produces a masterpiece of magical realism. " ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jan 11, 2007
3.5/4 87% Notes on a Scandal (2006) "Patrick Marber's adaptation of the ZoĆ« Heller novel improves upon the promise of the [Dench/Blanchett] pairing with a story that wastes no time on preliminaries as it descends -- gleefully -- into pitch-black comedy." ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jan 5, 2007
2.5/4 58% Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) "The movie talks suggestively about smells but can't quite find a way to bring them to life, so [director Tom] Tykwer uses images to rub our noses in as many disgusting things as he can." ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Jan 5, 2007
1.5/4 33% The Good German (2007) "The trouble is the movie never really seems to go anywhere. Too many scenes have a feeling of irresolution; they just sort of go on for a while, then disappear." ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Dec 22, 2006
3.5/4 91% Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) "This movie manages with great economy to show that soldiers on both sides had far more in common than they thought." ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Dec 22, 2006
3/4 76% Rocky Balboa (2006) "What makes this vanity project so pleasurable is that Stallone has written a script filled with wit, and even self-deprecation. In the end, there's no quit in Rocky Balboa. More alarmingly, there appears to be none in Sylvester Stallone." ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Dec 19, 2006
2/4 78% Dreamgirls (2006) "[Dreamgirls proves] again that transforming a hit Broadway musical into an equally spectacular movie is one of the most confounding tricks in show business." ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Dec 14, 2006
3.5/4 65% Apocalypto (2006) "With a ferocity that is often as difficult to take as it is fascinating to watch, Mel Gibson's Apocalypto comes crashing across 500 years of history with such immediacy that it feels as if this haunting, fierce, sadistic movie will never leave you." ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Dec 7, 2006
3/4 47% The Holiday (2006) "What The Holiday has going for it is that it's funny when it wants to be, heartwarming when it needs to be and impeccably acted throughout." ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Dec 7, 2006
3/4 63% 10 Items or Less (2006) "This is a movie of such consummate good cheer that it's difficult to walk away without feeling happier than when it began." ‐ San Jose Mercury News
Posted Nov 30, 2006
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