Bruce Westbrook

Bruce Westbrook

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Bruce Westbrook'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
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 95% 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 97% 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 89% 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 66% Ladrón que Roba a Ladrón (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 (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 76% 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 84% 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 87% 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 65% 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 (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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