Bruce Westbrook

Bruce Westbrook

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Publications:
Houston Chronicle
Total Reviews:
521

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 94% My Kid Could Paint That (2007) " A fascinating documentary." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Oct 19, 2007
4/4 94% Gone Baby Gone (2007) " A love-tolerate valentine to the city, it feels more real than the gangster-gorged mean streets of Martin Scorsese's The Departed, and just as tortured as Clint Eastwood's Mystic River." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Oct 19, 2007
3/4 72% Lust, Caution (2007) " A quietly compelling drama of hidden desperation and fierce passions." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Oct 12, 2007
3.5/4 100% The Alps (2007) " An eye-popping tribute to the European range that's heaved heavenward since bulging from the Earth eons ago during continental drift." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Oct 5, 2007
3/4 63% King of California (2007) " Writer-director Mike Cahill explores Charlie's foolishness with funny-sad fondness." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Oct 5, 2007
1.5/4 14% The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007) " It's simply product for a pre-conditioned marketplace, pushing familiar buttons without doing anything remotely creative." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Oct 5, 2007
3.5/4 39% Feast of Love (2007) " Director Robert Benton and screenwriter Allison Burnett tell a sobering, adult-geared tale of love's highs, lows and maddening twists and turns." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 28, 2007
2.5/4 24% Fierce People (2005) " A buoyant coming-of-age adventure welded to an amiable wealth fantasy." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 21, 2007
3/4 94% In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) " Though Shadow could use a bit more confessionals and a bit less history, it still succeeds as a reminder of America's can-do spirit at its best." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 21, 2007
2.5/4 73% In the Valley of Elah (2007) " [Haggis'] self-serious tone becomes wearisome, and he fails to explore how the military failed its men while clumsily laying a guilt trip at its feet." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 21, 2007
1.5/4 33% Sea of Dreams (2006) " Sea of Dreams purports to be a film of 'magic realism,' but it's neither magical nor realistic." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 21, 2007
4/4 96% Deep Water (2006) " For this gripping and amazing documentary, such truth emerges not just from the facts, but also the poetry of men who redefine themselves in a risky race on small sailboats." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 14, 2007
3/4 96% The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007) " Nerds rule." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 14, 2007
1.5/4 7% Silk (2007) " Although the period-piece film has all the trappings, from beautiful people to an obligatory sense of tragedy, it never follows through. In fact, its love story needs a shove -- it just lies there." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 14, 2007
1/4 89% Eastern Promises (2007) " What it's really about, more than sensitivity for displaced people or social analyses, is violence -- hideous, gruesome, over-the-top violence." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 14, 2007
3/4 93% This Is England (2007) " A drama that's so potent and persuasive yet also natural and intimate that it almost has the heft of a documentary." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 7, 2007
3.5/4 88% 3:10 to Yuma (2007) " The best Western since Unforgiven, 3:10 to Yuma is both cathartic and intelligent. While a wildly eventful action-adventure and outlaw shoot-'em-up, it's also a vibrant story of heroism, villainy and hard-earned redemption." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Sep 7, 2007
3/4 63% Ladron Que Roba A Ladron (2007) " If you want dangerous schemes to be light-hearted entertainment, you've got to make allowances. Besides, the payoffs are worth it - in any language." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Aug 31, 2007
1.5/4 20% Death Sentence (2007) " It may be the most depressing action movie ever made. Its calamities are well staged, and its acting, beyond some histrionics, is fine. But you don't enjoy this film; you endure it." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Aug 31, 2007
1.5/4 84% Rocket Science (2007) " Borrowing from too many movies to count, Rocket Science botches that brew in an unwieldy slew of adolescent-angst clichés." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Aug 24, 2007
2/4 19% The Invasion (2007) " Resistance is futile -- unless your screenplay can offer pat, absurd plot turns." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Aug 17, 2007
1.5/4 37% The Ten (2007) " Perhaps the Bible needs an 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Bore. That might stem misfires such as The Ten." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Aug 17, 2007
3/4 70% Black Sheep (2006) " This lurid lunacy from New Zealand is a horror-humor cross-breed of animal lore and giddy gore." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Aug 10, 2007
2/4 30% Goya's Ghosts (2007) " A punishing misfire." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Aug 3, 2007
2/4 57% Interview (2007) " I'll just say that Buscemi, who also directed and co-wrote, knows a lot about making movies but little about journalism." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Aug 3, 2007
2/4 75% My Best Friend (Mon meilleur ami) (2007) " As an alleged witty comedy of humanistic charm, it sags in both, thanks to unfunny predicaments and a phony plot." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Aug 3, 2007
3/4 57% Becoming Jane (2007) " The film seduces. Beautifully produced, from production design and costumes to music and performances, it's also faithful to the genteel spirit and repressed passions for which she's known." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Aug 3, 2007
3.5/4 75% Sunshine (2007) " On sci-fi's crowded table Boyle serves a fresh feast for our eyes, minds and hearts." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jul 27, 2007
2/4 52% Introducing the Dwights (2007) " Some offbeat humor shines through the clouds of this glum domestic drama, especially when fun friends shift the focus from Jean's grating histrionics. But it never lasts long." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jul 20, 2007
2.5/4 64% Broken English (2007) " Cassavetes supplies no easy answers or easy laughs, forgoing romantic-comedy beats in respect for Nora's desperation. Call this confection a romantic-dramedy with humor on wry." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jul 20, 2007
2.5/4 36% Hollywood Dreams (2007) " I've been among the unbelievers, but Hollywood Dreams turned me around -- to a point. Perhaps it's because the film is among Jaglom's best, love him or leave him." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jul 6, 2007
3/4 78% You Kill Me (2007) " A film whose deft blend of action thrills and gallows humor packs a jaunty kick and a firing-range boom." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jul 6, 2007
2/4 72% Golden Door (2007) " Its minutiae don't bring a lump in the throat -- just a drumming of the fingers." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jun 29, 2007
1.5/4 83% Paprika (2006) " Is it sci-fi? Fantasy? Idiocy? Mostly it's a droning mess -- pretty to look at but confounding to the point where you just don't care any more." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jun 22, 2007
2/4 74% La Vie en Rose (La Mome) (2007) " Compelling but punishing -- an artful ordeal. The best way to process it may be as unintended camp, rolling your eyes in amazement at its litany of misery and heaps of histrionics." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jun 22, 2007
3/4 78% Crazy Love (2007) " ... though Crazy Love remains a far cry from heartening, it is more amusing than disturbing, especially given the cranky yet symbiotic couple of today." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jun 15, 2007
2/4 44% Angel-A (2005) " [The] plot is warmed-over Capra, and it's no wonderful-life yarn." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jun 15, 2007
1.5/4 64% Day Watch (2007) " A noisy, incoherent, droning spectacle." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jun 15, 2007
3/4 86% Paris Je T'aime (2007) " Even the least tales here flit by quickly enough to leave little bad aftertaste, and the best are savored like the last small bites of exquisite soufflés." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jun 8, 2007
2.5/4 64% Severance (2006) " The cast shows spark and gusto, especially Laura Harris as a vulnerable yet intrepid survivor type and Danny Dyer as a bent druggie who straightens out long enough to fight back." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jun 8, 2007
3/4 40% The Wendell Baker Story (2005) " Given Luke Wilson's affability, it's also irresistibly charming. You may not buy the film's plot, but you'll invest in him as a man whose heart is always in the right place." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jun 8, 2007
1.5/4 88% Red Road (2007) " For a voyeuristic medium, this tale of a voyeur does a poor job of prying into its own protagonist's life." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jun 1, 2007
2/4 60% Gracie (2007) " Gracie, a tale about a teen girl blazing trails in soccer, is worthy, but it's also formulaic to a fault." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Jun 1, 2007
1.5/5 95% Offside (2006) " Offside is a slow slog through bloated scenes with little happening. Framed and shot like a crude documentary, it proceeds in long, clunky takes, as if an editor couldn't be bothered." — Houston Chronicle
Posted May 18, 2007
2.5/4 25% Blind Dating (2007) " It's not preachy or weepy. Instead, it's a lively yet meaningful romantic comedy that doesn't lose sight of its central mission: to entertain." — Houston Chronicle
Posted May 11, 2007
2/4 12% The Salon (2007) " Like a perm that won't grow away, it's stuck in the race-comedy mold of Barbershop, Barbershop 2 and Beauty Shop. Been there, done that hair." — Houston Chronicle
Posted May 11, 2007
3.5/4 70% The Valet (La Doublure) (2007) " It'll do nicely, thanks not only to sophisticated amusement but also to a gentlemanly hero who earns a place in our hearts." — Houston Chronicle
Posted May 4, 2007
2/4 87% Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding) (2006) " In my book it's high camp -- a thrill ride for emotion junkies." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 13, 2007
1.5/4 11% Pathfinder (2007) " Dialogue is a low priority in this film, which has less plot than most video games." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 13, 2007
2.5/4 83% Grindhouse (2007) " A mixed-bag of a popcorn flick where more proves to be less." — Houston Chronicle
Posted Apr 9, 2007
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