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Bruce Demara
Bruce Demara's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Toronto Star

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 38%

Sugar Mountain (2016)

"Despite a shaky premise, an engaging cast and a sinuous storyline make Sugar Mountain a moderately diverting adventure." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/4 40%

Sadie's Last Days on Earth (2016)

"One is left with the gnawing feeling that the film could have been edgier and funnier and that it doesn't authentically reflect the adolescent experience." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3.5/4 40%

Lovesick (2016)

"It's a familiar and semi-depressing tale. But Caron has a host of tricks up his sleeve, starting with Tierney as Dash, a lovable loser in love who has our sympathy even as he makes one damn misstep after another." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/4 100%

The Other Half (2016)

"Klein creates a mood of tension, foreboding and sombre reflection through occasional moments of slo-mo and camera work that blurs reality. His literate script offers no easy resolution, only the faint hope that love can rescue two lost souls." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/4 No Score Yet

Celtic Soul (2016)

"As road movies goes, it is well-intentioned but rather a snore, kind of like watching - for non-fans - an actual football, sorry, soccer match." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 27, 2016
3/4 50%

Anatomy of Violence (2016)

"Mehta's message ... has a resonance that transcends East and West." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 25, 2016
2.5/4 71%

The Carer (2015)

"It's a tired formula. But saving graces come from two fine performances, the criminally underrated Brian Cox as high-maintenance Sir Michael and newcomer Coco Konig as Dorottya, who's plucky, compassionate and wise." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 17, 2016
2.5/4 77%

London Road (2016)

"What starts out like a documentary soon morphs into something quite odd but strangely compelling, a social commentary of sorts about everyday people confronting a shocking and monstrous reality close to home." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 43%

Lavender (2016)

"[Donnelly] draws strong performances from his cast, especially Abbie Cornish, who's compelling as a damaged woman who finds herself doubting everything around her." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3.5/4 95%

Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016)

"The animation is superb, with fine attention to period detail, and director Keiichi Hara's use of modern music - some of it rock-infused - is apt accompaniment to a story of a young woman who lives life boldly by refusing to bend to cultural norms." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 28, 2016
2.5/4 82%

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

"Raking up the past of a Ouija board that more recently menaced so many hapless teenagers may not seem like a particularly auspicious idea but the result here is surprisingly good." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 No Score Yet

The Stairs (2016)

"Offering no pat solutions, Gibson is content for us to understand that the unconventional lives of his subjects make them no less worthy of dignity and respect." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3.5/4 76%

The Lovers And The Despot (2016)

"It's a riveting story steeped in Cold War intrigue and personal tragedy but also not without its ironies." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/4 67%

Finding Altamira (Altamira) (2016)

"Director Hugh Hudson maintains a steady hand throughout in this low-key but powerful rumination on faith and reason." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2.5/4 69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"There aren't enough adrenalin moments to supercharge a film that gets bogged down in exposition." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Aug 11, 2016
2.5/4 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"Sci-fi fans will surely see beyond any shortcomings and appreciate a film full of visual dazzle, action and suspense." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3.5/4 95%

The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016)

"In such a dark time and place, hope does emerge." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2/4 33%

Equals (2016)

"We've been down this cinematic road before and Equals doesn't offer anything particularly new or edifying." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3.5/4 91%

Last Cab To Darwin (2016)

"Great performances ... elevate the film from merely likable to poignantly satisfying." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3.5/4 72%

Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

"Fans of spy novelist John le CarrĂ© may take umbrage with the reworked ending, but the film is nonetheless a riveting and accomplished work." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/4 8%

No Stranger Than Love (2016)

"Leaves us in the dark (rather like the guy who falls in the hole)." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3.5/4 91%

Green Room (2016)

"It doesn't take a big budget and loads of special effects to create a genuinely scary movie. It just takes - as writer/director Jeremy Saulnier ably demonstrates in Green Room - an intriguing premise, a taut, sinewy script and a solid cast." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/4 90%

Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

"There are enough moments that feel both real and true to make one hope the latest cut isn't the final one." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/4 85%

Francofonia (2016)

"Sokurov presents some interesting visuals and ideas but this rumination feels like a work of self-conceit that is likely to leave even the art house crowd mystified." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/4 90%

The Clan (El Clan) (2016)

"Trapero has crafted a compelling tale about the tragic price of unquestioning loyalty." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Mar 24, 2016
2.5/4 40%

About Scout (2016)

"Road movies have become all too common. But the cast is excellent and there's a genuine sweetness and poignancy that makes this one worth the journey." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Mar 24, 2016
2.5/4 46%

Knight of Cups (2016)

"Virtually every scene is delivered through a gauzy cinematic curtain that obscures rather than elucidates, and we never come close to penetrating the angst-filled veneer of the protagonist." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Mar 17, 2016
2.5/4 82%

River (2016)

"Dagg does a decent job of helming a tale that is not particularly complex or edifying, although an interesting twist at the end will almost certainly divide audiences." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Mar 10, 2016
1.5/4 No Score Yet

End Of Days, Inc. (2015)

"The initial laughs gave way to ennui and a general sense of unease that the joke behind the story isn't all worth waiting for." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3.5/4 86%

The Club (El Club) (2016)

"There are a few twists along the way as Larrain expertly explores the nature of sin and redemption before bringing the tale to an unexpected but satisfying conclusion." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3.5/4 No Score Yet

Guantanamo's Child - Omar Khadr (2015)

"You will weep with sorrow, rage and finally with a sense of hope at the indomitability of the human spirit." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/4 67%

Portrait Of A Serial Monogamist (2016)

"The film could have been edgier and more sharply observed. And since it deals with sex and intimacy, a little eroticism would have helped." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Feb 12, 2016
2.5/4 89%

Arabian Nights: Volume 3, the Enchanted One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado) (2015)

"Some of the stories are genuinely affecting. But Gomes' arcane storytelling style and frequent use of absurdity will require a good deal of patience from filmgoers." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Jan 8, 2016
2.5/4 100%

Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado) (2015)

"Some of the stories are genuinely affecting. But Gomes' arcane storytelling style and frequent use of absurdity will require a good deal of patience from filmgoers." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Jan 8, 2016
2.5/4 97%

Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015)

"Some of the stories are genuinely affecting. But Gomes' arcane storytelling style and frequent use of absurdity will require a good deal of patience from filmgoers." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Jan 8, 2016
2/4 27%

Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015)

"With backing from producers in no less than five countries and director of the gravitas of Wim Wenders - not to mention a solid cast - you'd think Every Thing Will Be Fine would be more impressive than it turns out to be." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2.5/4 30%

Don Verdean (2015)

"There is a redemptive message in Verdean's eventual downfall but it's mostly lost in a storyline that tries way too hard to be outlandish." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2.5/4 75%

A Royal Night Out (2015)

"The lovely performances, especially by Gadon and Powley, make the film a passably pleasing tale of teens gone slightly wild, with a royal twist." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Dec 3, 2015
3.5/4 92%

Requiem For The American Dream (2016)

"It's a documentary that couldn't be more timely." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 26, 2015
3.5/4 100%

Haida Gwaii: On The Edge Of The World (2015)

"It's instructive, never strident and ultimately hopeful, a lesson to all about how to live and thrive in concert with our natural environment." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Nov 19, 2015
3/4 97%

Heart of a Dog (2015)

"It's dreamlike and deliberately abstruse, rather like visual poetry that requires viewers to reflect upon and draw their own interpretations. It's a fascinating exercise." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 29, 2015
3.5/4 84%

Victoria (2015)

"Victoria is suspenseful and engagingly subversive, creating a surreal sense of anything-goes that takes place in the wee hours before dawn." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 29, 2015
2/4 63%

Sleeping with Other People (2015)

"Screenwriter-director Leslye Headland has an ear for dialogue and offbeat characters, but the film never feels fresh or engaging." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2.5/4 48%

Freeheld (2015)

"It hits the right sentimental moments but doesn't truly touch hearts as it settles into courtroom drama mode." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 15, 2015
2.5/4 85%

Meet The Patels (2015)

"[A] gently humourous doc." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 15, 2015
90%

Coming Home (2015)

"Chen and Gong, two of China's most respected actors, offer two great performances in a film about love, loss and perseverance that will nearly break your heart." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 1, 2015
3.5/4 96%

Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015)

"Here's proof that you can't keep a great filmmaker down." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Oct 1, 2015
2.5/4 55%

Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

"While the first Hotel Trans had humour for both younger and older audiences, this one will likely fall short in its appeal to adults, although there's plenty for the little monsters to enjoy." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3.5/4 97%

Listen To Me Marlon (2015)

"A fascinating and extraordinary journey." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Sep 24, 2015
3/4 89%

Mississippi Grind (2015)

"Mendelsohn and Reynolds share great screen chemistry ..." ‐Toronto Star
Posted Sep 24, 2015
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