Bruce Demara

Bruce Demara

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 25%

Dark Places (2015)

"A brooding performance by Oscar winner Charlize Theron ... elevates the material from mediocre into bearable." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Aug 6, 2015
1.5/4 26%

Vacation (2015)

"It's taken more than 30 years for a new family of Griswolds to make an ill-fated cross-country trip to Walley World. Worth the wait? Not really." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 28, 2015
3.5/4 56%

Paper Towns (2015)

"At last, a movie about teens on the cusp of adulthood that has heart, wit and soul." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3.5/4 85%

Trainwreck (2015)

"A film that crackles with edgy and boundary-pushing wit." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2.5/4 77%

Jimmy's Hall (2015)

"A great cast along with Loach's trademark realism and capable storytelling deliver a tale of quiet power, with an ending that is sure to deliver of a jolt of righteous outrage." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2/4 16%

The Gallows (2015)

"Despite its initial promise and some decent scares - you're in for a sharp and sudden drop in satisfaction in the final throes." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 75%

Suite Française (2015)

"As doomed wartime romances go, the film doesn't offer anything particularly original. But with palpable tension and poignancy, Suite Francaise is fine filmmaking well worth watching." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3.5/4 62%

The Little Death (2015)

"Darkly funny, occasionally poignant and teeming with the unexpected." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 25, 2015
3.5/4 80%

Deli Man (2015)

"Heartfelt and heartwarming, Deli Man is documentary filmmaking at its tastiest." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/4 90%

Winning: The Racing Life Of Paul Newman (2015)

"The portrait that emerges of Newman is of a decent, cool and low-key guy who preferred racing over acting. In his own words, "the only grace I ever found was in an automobile."" ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet

Mangiacake (2015)

"Although Mangiacake has its charms, the problem is actually that it's a little too light, as in lacking in comedy." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet

Porch Stories (2015)

"By the time something finally happens to the principals in two of the three stories, it feels both unexpected and not particularly rational." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3.5/4 91%

Sunshine Superman (2015)

"Engrossing, tension-filled and utterly fascinating." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 9, 2015
3.5/4 88%

(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies (2015)

"Social scientists and armchair psychologists alike will find a lot to like and learn from this film." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 9, 2015
3/4 16%

Aloft (2015)

"It's a meditative and intriguing tale filled with mystical imagery that never reveals all of its secrets. That's a good thing." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2.5/4 No Score Yet

Debug (2015)

"Debug has enough deep space chills and mayhem to satisfy action and sci-fi fans with modest expectations." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 28, 2015
2.5/4 58%

Saint Laurent (2015)

"Evoking the era through period detail and occasional footage, director Bertrand Bonello has created a cautionary tale about the price of fame and celebrity." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 21, 2015
3/4 89%

A Borrowed Identity (2015)

"Nicely balanced between levity and poignancy, Kashua's script provides a twist at the end that is certain to provoke strong reaction from both sides of the historical divide." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 14, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet

Wet Bum (2014)

"Even though the story may seem slight, as coming-of-age tales go, it packs a surprising amount of emotional power and wisdom." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 14, 2015
2.5/4 66%

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

"There are just too many moments when jokes fail to ignite and Banks' answer seems to be: "throw in another song."" ‐ Toronto Star
Posted May 14, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet

Songs She Wrote About People She Knows (2014)

"Both perversely funny and engaging ..." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/4 44%

Preggoland (2015)

"Bennett creates a memorable character in feisty Ruth and there's enough comedy and redemption to make Preggoland an enjoyable romp." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3/4 71%

Kung Fu Killer (2015)

"Kung Fu Killer manages to be your better-than-average chop-socky fun for a couple of reasons, starting with veteran actor Donnie Yen in the lead as Mo Hahou, who can fight and emote with equal proficiency." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2.5/4 69%

The Dead Lands (2015)

"Action fans will enjoy the fight scenes while the rest of us may find the film perversely interesting from a socio-anthropological perspective." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/4 82%

Dior and I (2015)

"One does come away with a grudging admiration for the toil and ingenuity of the many players who bring it all together." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/4 62%

Unfriended (2015)

"Younger audiences in particular are likely to enjoy this entertaining and fast-paced chiller. And who knows? They may even absorb the film's underlying message ..." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet

Relative Happiness (2015)

"Melissa Bergland is likeably larger than life in the lead but the script sorely lacks enough of the witty dialogue and humour the story requires. Even worse, it's awfully predictable." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/4 79%

The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2015)

"A challenging film that adults might enjoy but one that is likely to leave younger audiences bewildered." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/4 80%

Pretend We're Kissing (2015)

"There's just enough kooky appeal and wit to make Pretend We're Kissing a romantic comedy that's also a cautionary tale." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/4 79%

Queen and Country (2015)

"The director gets all the period detail exactly right and there are plenty of historical and cultural references that evoke a sense of nostalgia." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3.5/4 79%

That Guy Dick Miller (2015)

"Drenner makes a persuasive argument that Miller is a far better actor than he's ever been given credit for." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 26, 2015
1.5/4 No Score Yet

Sitting On The Edge Of Marlene (2015)

"Next time out, Valine needs to find a story with greater nuance and range. A film of such unrelenting darkness makes for a dreary cinematic experience." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 19, 2015
1.5/4 27%

Tracers (2015)

"Lautner keeps his best assets - a super-ripped body - mostly well hidden while trying gamely to sell a very hackneyed storyline." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 19, 2015
1.5/4 9%

The Cobbler (2015)

"Fans of Adam Sandler are a hardy lot, impervious to the derision of friends and family and the slings and arrows his films frequently attract from critics. The Cobbler is likely to test their mettle." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/4 89%

The Price We Pay (2015)

"In addition to diagnosing the problem, the film also offers solutions though the challenge ahead is beyond daunting. Open your eyes. Go and see this film." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2.5/4 11%

Unfinished Business (2015)

"There's enough big laughs combined with sweet family drama to make Unfinished Business an eventful journey." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3.5/4 97%

1971 (2015)

"For those who care about personal freedoms, this well-crafted and illuminating film is required viewing." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2/4 14%

The Lazarus Effect (2015)

"While The Lazarus Effect isn't the worst scary movie film you'll see this year, it is probably one of the most predictable and lazily plotted." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 26, 2015
2.5/4 67%

Big News From Grand Rock (2014)

"Writer/director Daniel Perlmutter presents a sweet little comedy satirizing life in a small town that is more likely to produce gentle smiles than laugh-out-loud guffaws." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet

Dirty Singles (2015)

"The film doesn't cover much by way of new ground. But with a solid cast, believable situations and sharp observations, Dirty Singles offers audiences enough to mull and enjoy." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3.5/4 100%

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine (2015)

"Filmmaker Michele Josue, who knew Matthew, does a fine job of reconstructing the crime and the reaction it provoked across the U.S. and beyond." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 19, 2015
3/4 74%

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

"There's enough action, suspense and all-around fun to make Kingsman: The Secret Service an unexpectedly enjoyable ride." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Feb 12, 2015
3/4 32%

Wild Card (2015)

"No stranger to piloting action films, West allows the yarn to unwind at a perfectly measured pace." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3.5/4 52%

Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015)

"A suspenseful and labyrinthine tale that, while fictional, is both suspenseful and insightful." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 15, 2015
3/4 98%

Paddington (2015)

"It's a relief to say that - as films based on fictional animals go - Paddington is better than merely bearable." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 15, 2015
2/4 69%

The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2015)

"[It] has quite a lot to recommend it. But it also has a few glaring flaws that detract from it being stellar action fare." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2/4 21%

The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (2015)

"She's back, the Woman in Black, and it does give one pause to wonder if it's for no better reason than to scare up some more box office lucre." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Jan 1, 2015
2/4 72%

Big Eyes (2014)

"It dwells in that amorphously ill-defined zone, Dramedyland, a place from whence audiences too often return with a shrug and a vague sense of confusion and disappointment." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 22, 2014
3.5/4 86%

Cold in July (2014)

"A well-paced story that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats as it bucks and rolls in unexpected directions to a bloody and satisfying climax." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3.5/4 85%

Zero Motivation (2014)

"To the panoply of films that explore the banality and inanity of army life, here's a worthy addition told from a refreshing perspective: that of young women conscripts in the Israel Defence Forces." ‐ Toronto Star
Posted Dec 11, 2014