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My Name Is Bruce (2007)

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 25

My Name Is Bruce succeeds or fails based entirely upon the viewer's opinion of Bruce Campbell, an unreasonable burden for even the most accomplished actor.

21

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 11

My Name Is Bruce succeeds or fails based entirely upon the viewer's opinion of Bruce Campbell, an unreasonable burden for even the most accomplished actor.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 8,468

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Movie Info

When an ancient curse besets the small town of Gold Lick (population 339), the na´ve young fans of B-movie icon Bruce Campbell kidnap their larger-than-life cinema idol in hopes that he will save the terrified residents from the vengeful Chinese God of War. As the rampaging demon sets out to collect as many heads as possible, the cowardly but egotistical actor has no other choice but to square off against a supernatural force so powerful it may just swallow every last soul in town. ~ Jason

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Horror, Comedy

Mark Verheiden

Feb 10, 2009

$0.1M

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (25) | DVD (7)

Add two stars-or even three-if you're as passionate about cheesy B-actor Campbell as he is about himself.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Perhaps the best thing that can be said about My Name Is Bruce is that Bruce Campbell has in fact appeared in worse movies.

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Light as air, My Name Is Bruce is good for a mild chuckle, not a belly laugh. As any Campbell fan knows, managing expectations is key to getting the most from his work.

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Cheerfully embracing his status as cult B-movie genre megastar even as he sends it up, Bruce Campbell's sophomore directorial excursion, My Name is Bruce, is a big in-joke of definite if limited appeal.

December 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Subtract Campbell from this movie's idiot-friendly equation and you've got just about any dimwitted horror comedy that's gone straight to video.

December 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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My Name is Bruce is spasmodically funny, but Campbell's counterpoint of cowardice and cockiness remains irresistible.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Smug, silly, and forgettable, this vanity project wants to be the next cult hit but really is just another vehicle for Bruce Campbell...

March 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

"My Name is Bruce" won't give you sugar, baby. Not on its budget. But Splenda works fine as a substitute for this Kool-Aid, which Campbell knows fans will happily drink. A little bit of purposefully lousy filmmaking winds up going a long way.

June 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

It's far better than any of the horror remake crap coming out and it earns its laughs honestly by actually intending to be funny.

February 19, 2009 Full Review Source: KPBS.org
KPBS.org

I'm pretty sure this is his best effort in years.

February 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Pretty bad, but in a way, we'd be disappointed if it wasn't...it's all about Campbell, a limber linguist whose verbal sense seems straight out of the '40s, and a game physical comic. [Blu-ray]

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Doesn't really cut it as a horror or a comedy despite Campbell's undeniable charm.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead II, etc.) jumps on the post-modern bandwagon with this refreshingly low-key and absolutely hilarious horror comedy.

December 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It's an affably goofy riff on the headaches associated with being America's most underappreciated actor.

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

It gets by on its concept for a little while but too often mistakes stupid-stupid for clever-stupid.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

As director, [Bruce Campbell] trips through gory gags and gallows humor with more tenacity than talent, while onscreen he mugs shamelessly.

December 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Comedy/horror movies like Slither and the Evil Dead movies have already done this sort of thing a lot better.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Just know going in that this isn't some hip satire. It's a straight-up B-flick. If that sounds cool, then "groovy"!

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

A spirited romp of self-deprecation and beheadings that might not hold appeal to the ordinary viewer, but remains absolute catnip to Campbell fans.

December 4, 2008 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

It's light, unpretentious as hell, and as caustically amusing as the man himself.

December 1, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for My Name Is Bruce

Directed co-produced and starring the main man Bruce Campbell, judging by the title and the whole premise of the film would you say this is a vanity project?. Well I kinda think it is really and whether you actually like the film or not depends completely on your personal preference to Mr Campbell.

The plot is as old as the hills, a parody comedy on Campbell himself. BC plays an over the top unlikable version of himself, a big movie star fallen from grace and eking out an existence in B-movie trash, but not popular B-movie trash. He is brought to a small town to help them defeat a supernatural problem involving a Chinese demon. Of course everyone thinks BC is the brave hero he is in his movies, but alas he's a selfish coward.

The concept is nice but overused, it really is. The idea that Bruce plays a narcissistic big headed coward who is nothing like his film persona is also a nice idea...but again totally overused. The majority of this film is merely showing how much of an asshole Bruce's character is, mocking what he obviously goes through in his daily life with fanboys and movie producers plus parodying his schlock horror film career. So yes BC can have a laugh at himself it seems which is good but at the same time you do feel the whole thing is a tad of an ego trip. You may as well of called the film 'Bruce Campbell: The Ultimate B-Movie Action Hero'...as that's almost what its implying. Yep its probably true but really?.

The other thing is nothing really happens in the film, its not really very exciting or fun. Sure there is some decapitations and blood and the odd bit of amusing dialog but its really quite dull. Its not helped by the unadventurous sets and location which all seem so...not eerie. Its obviously meant to be along the lines of previous BC films with a low budget and cheesy effects, mocking the Evil Dead franchise mainly, but it just looks so bland. All you get is the odd swirl of mist here and there.

Then there is the demon, a big samurai demon even though he's suppose to be Chinese?. This guy looks like a ghostie from the Scooby Doo live action films! really he just looks lame. Yes again he's not meant to be a top of the range boogeyman with excellent makeup and costume but I just feel more could of been done to up the anti a bit. I mean it really does feel like a live action Scooby Doo flick half the time, could of at least had some more harsh language guys. It really feels like they wanted the project to be done by Raimi, but he didn't, so they tried their best to make it as close to that as possible.

The finale of the film does show us why everything does look as it does this is true, but I don't really like that twist honestly. Feels like a cop out when it could of been a straighter parody with BC being the douchebag and having a real adventure to cope with. In the end it just kinda feels like a waste of time with nothing much happening and another cult franchise for Campbell to lap up and take all the glory with. I do like the guy but this film just feels too self indulgent for me truth be told, regurgitating all his best one liners over and over. I know that's part of the parody but it feels excessive. Could of been a great spooky comedy but its very tepid at best.
November 25, 2013
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

I'll admit I had only watched the Evil Dead trilogy before watching this. Considering I didn't know very much on Bruce Campbell, I quite enjoyed 'My Name Is Bruce'. I've watched it quite a few times because there are plenty of references to previous Campbell films; from simple one liners, to obvious yet clever cameos. While it does have some rather funny moments, it's not suppose to be taken as a serious film. This to me, makes it a more humorous film than it seems. Although some scenes are better than others, this is one film that should be given a try for horror-comedy and especially Bruce Campbell fans.
May 1, 2013
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

Very good horror comedy starring Bruce Campbell as himself, My Name is Bruce is a fun film from start to finish. Though it could have been better, this is nonetheless a must see for fans of Bruce Campbell. This film is a parody of the actor's career, and he does it beautifully. This is a very well done horror comedy, and is one of the best films that Campbell has done in many years. The fact that the film parodies his films adds to the enjoyment of the film. This is not something to take seriously whatsoever. This is pure B movie fare and it definitely will appeal to fans of low-budget films. For what it is, this is an enjoyable film that is a bit underrated. The film does leave room for improvement. Even for its flaws, My Name Is Bruce is a fun ride that is a must see for B movie horror fans. Although the script is uneven, the film has enough good moments to make this a watchable film. I found that the film was pretty funny, and that Bruce Campbell did a good job. I agree that the film could have been better, but for what it is, it's nonetheless a good little comedy horror flick that not meant to be taken seriously. I don't understand why this film has been received so poorly. I felt it was a pleasant time waster, one that certainly was comical and fun despite its flaws. This is a film worth watching, and if you love Bruce Campbell, it definitely isn't something fans should skip out on. This not a film that deserves all the flack it has received, and is much better than what most people have said about it. But with every film, it could have been reworked slightly to make it really a memorable film, but as a whole, it's a mindless comedy horror flick worth checking out.
June 9, 2012
TheDudeLebowski65
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

This parody on the "movie star is forced to safe the day" genre has one major problem: it uses all the plot elements it makes fun of. It's always the same: somehow the star assumes it's all an act, realizes the threat, feels and returns to safe the day. The fact that B-movie hero Bruce Campbell makes fun of his image and adds plenty of inside jokes from his career into the mix here is very likable, of course. And some of the gags are really funny. Others are pretty lame. Overall the film is way too predictable and silly to be fun. It feels more like a fan project than an actual motion picture. But at least a few really pretty goth kick the bucket.
November 28, 2011
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

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    1. Bruce Campbell: Jeff, I just have one request
    2. Jeff: Anything Bruce.
    3. Bruce Campbell: Next time you unleash an ancient demon, call that Buffy chick.
    – Submitted by Wes S (2 years ago)
    1. Bruce Campbell: Where in the heck did you find this Evil Dead shampoo?
    2. Jeff: Bruce, that's drain cleaner.
    3. Bruce Campbell: Well, I guess that would explain the burning sensation.
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    1. Bruce Campbell: You know Jeff, I've gotten a lot of use out of chainsaws over the years. Killed a lot a zombies, saved a lot of lives, but at the end of the day when push comes to shove... they're just too damn heavy.
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    1. Bruce Campbell: Consider yourself officially exempt from my wrath sweetcakes, and if you're lucky a little later I'll let you play with my boomstick.
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