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Bruce McCabe

Bruce McCabe
Bruce McCabe's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Globe

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Little Miss Marker (1980) The problem is that this Little Miss Marker obtusely ignores or obscures the elements that might justify it.‐ Boston Globe
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100% Loulou (1980) Loulou is a bravura French comedy of manners and morals -- or, if you will, lack of them -- which freely explores new and occasionally unconventional and unfamiliar attitudes toward sex, love, romance and life.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
83% Fame (1980) Fame isn't only the best musical of the summer, it's one of the best films of any genre -- a fresh and funky, sassy and brassy, gutty and gritty, slick and smart piece of work.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
43% Raise the Titanic (1980) The movie is a misconceived, anticlimactic, wooden, phlegmatically paced and waterlogged travelogue that devotes so much time to its nautical machinery that there's none left over for even an approximation of interaction among the actors.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
No Score Yet Getting of Wisdom (1977) This is a charming, sensitive and discreet portrait of female adolescence set in turn-of-the-century Australia.‐ Boston Globe
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No Score Yet GORP (1980) It confuses vulgarity with humor, a problem of epidemic proportions these days.‐ Boston Globe
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No Score Yet Stony Island (1978) Part of Stony's charm is its ambition. It's an emotional portrait of and commentary on the musician's lifestyle at the same time that it's a gritty musical which shifts moods cockily and assuredly.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
No Score Yet Middle Age Crazy (1980) Is it possible to make a movie about something everyone can relate to -- and miss? Middle Age Crazy suggests that it is.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
No Score Yet Heart Beat (1980) Heart Beat, which is supposedly about Jack Kerouac and his friends in the Beat Generation, is Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice without Alice and without humor.‐ Boston Globe
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77% Scanners (1981) Scanners, according to David Cronenberg's new film, are people who can control others with their thoughts...The idea has a certain cachet. But Scanners doesn't pay off on it.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
No Score Yet Dimenticare Venezia (To Forget Venice) (1979) A rich, stirring and quite heartening film, a sophisticated work of affirmation.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
No Score Yet A Small Circle of Friends (1980) That's both the strength and the weakness of this film -- its niceness.‐ Boston Globe
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50% Chapter Two (1979) The problem with Chapter Two is that it's only a chapter when what we're looking for is a whole story. Too much has been left out.‐ Boston Globe
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No Score Yet Vera Angi (1979) A shimmering, luminous paradox, an extraordinary example of the prismatic quality of the best cinema.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
33% Nijinsky (1980) Unfortunately, the film's defects spoil a bravura performance by Alan Bates, perhaps the actor of the past decade.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
No Score Yet Gizmo! (1977) It's a funny documentary that plays with your moods so skillfully that before you know it you have stopped laughing and have become touched by a poignance that the beginning of the film had in no way prepared you for.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
No Score Yet Robert et Robert (1978) Watching a Claude Lelouch film is often like sitting in a nice warm bath, sipping champagne. It's a palpably sensual experience.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
89% Taxi zum Klo (Taxi to the Toilet) (1981) Taxi is an unusual film which demands a lot of its viewers. Some will resent those demands. But it's a film that is too uninhibited, too honest, too good, too well made, to ignore or dismiss. It deserves to be seen.‐ Boston Globe
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93% Montenegro (1981) A virtuoso demonstration of cinematic facility which adroitly masquerades as a witty, pungent evocation of a woman's fantasy life.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
20% Tattoo (1981) Tattoo is a flaccid, rancid and astonishingly tedious melodrama making a theatrical appearance before landing on the pay TV screen at 1 or 2 in the morning where it belongs.‐ Boston Globe
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83% Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981) The inadequately and misleadingly titled Whose Life Is It Anyway? is a brilliant emotional exercise which ambitiously and heroically wrestles with the most emotional issue of all -- death.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
100% Rollover (1981) Alan J. Pakula's Rollover is a moody, evocative, wispy thriller that makes some intriguing moves before dissolving like a wet tissue in irresolution.‐ Boston Globe
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No Score Yet Modern Problems (1981) What is comedy coming to?‐ Boston Globe
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No Score Yet Czlowiek z Zelaza (Man of Iron) (1981) It's a highly and idiosyncratically stylized version of the dramatic events in Poland that led to the formation of the Solidarity union.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
79% Deathtrap (1982) The film is marvelous claptrap, a skillfully wrought -- indeed, over-wrought -- piece of preposterous escapist entertainment.‐ Boston Globe
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92% Out of the Blue (1982) This film is an impressive demonstration of mastery of mood and tone that affects and engages the viewer at an emotional level so deep and instinctive that it seems both primal and profound‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
71% Personal Best (1982) Robert Towne's Personal Best is a flashy, hip and quite fascinating investigation into the arduous process of working out sexual identity in today's narcissistic society and culture.‐ Boston Globe
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98% Das Boot (1981) Das Boot is a psychological thriller of the first order. The fact that the setting is a war is, amazingly and interestingly, only incidental to its points.‐ Boston Globe
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90% Over the Edge (1979) Jonathan Kaplan's Over the Edge is a sensitive and deceptively shocking portrait of middle-class decadence and alienation set against an impersonal, dehumanized, futuristic Sunbelt society.‐ Boston Globe
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100% The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) The ingenuity and appeal of this bizarre, riveting and compelling film lie in its value as reportage.‐ Boston Globe
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80% Shoot the Moon (1982) Divorce and separation are subjects too important to be treated in the bizarre way Alan Parker treats them in Shoot the Moon which is a film with lots of emotion but no heart.‐ Boston Globe
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56% Mommie Dearest (1981) The flaws aren't the story with this unusual film. The story is in the powerful, vivid and emotionally draining scenes of torment and conflict between a mother and daughter. ‐ Boston Globe
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80% The Border (1982) The Border is surprisingly tepid stuff for a Jack Nicholson vehicle.‐ Boston Globe
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100% The Aviator's Wife (La femme de l'aviateur) (1981) Eric Rohmer's The Aviator's Wife returns him to form as a master of the wry, witty, ironic and indefatigably cerebral detective story of the emotions.‐ Boston Globe
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100% The Devil's Playground (1976) Playground is such a completely and thoroughly realized piece of cinema that almost every scene and sequence in it compels admiration.‐ Boston Globe
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71% City of Women (La città delle donne) (1981) Some viewers, mindful of Fellini's reputation, will be impatient with the film. Its restlessness and turbulence will unnerve them. But there is genius at work here.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
85% Superman II (1981) The problem is that the film is too unwieldy to maintain any consistency of humor or tone. Whenever the relationships start to develop, the film has tobreak away for a stunt, leaving you feeling depressed and depleted.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
82% 9 to 5 (1980) This is one of the most delightful films of the year. It's an entertaining movie with a social and political point to make about office politics.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
95% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) This is a respectable sequel to Star Wars but not as good.‐ Boston Globe
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69% Urban Cowboy (1980) Glenn's Wes is the only intriguing one. He's the only real cowboy in a film that's in no way capable of handling him.‐ Boston Globe
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86% Rockers (1980) Rockers is an extraordinarily ambitious film for one that seems so casually put together.‐ Boston Globe
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90% Mad Max (1979) If punk is a sensibility as well as an adjective, Mad Max is a punk movie. Its Australian setting enhances it, authenticating its futuristic aura.‐ Boston Globe
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86% All That Jazz (1979) This is a plausible milestone in the evolution of the Hollywood film, a quivering, pulsating, dynamic, excessive and flawed film that wears its alienation proudly where its heart should be.‐ Boston Globe
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51% Cruising (1980) William Friedkin's Cruising is a work of art.‐ Boston Globe
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88% Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) Coal Miner's Daughter is most interesting when it's conveying the bleak, dreary Kentucky landscape that formed Lynn's childhood. It's least interesting when it's portraying the agonies of show-business success.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
No Score Yet Die Fälschung (Circle of Deceit) (1981) A strong, compelling film, a devastating commentary on war and politics and a sensitive illumination of the personality and sensibility of the war correspondent who fancies himself as a spectator.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
No Score Yet Passione D'Amore (1981) Passione d'Amore is frequently an astonishing, extraordinary film. It demands to be seen.‐ Boston Globe
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96% Victor Victoria (1982) Deprived of legitimate titillation, Victor/Victoria" comes off as another leaden Hollywood farce.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
80% The World According to Garp (1982) [George Roy] Hill's "Garp" is a dense, rich, textured work, a sequence of scenes ultimately creating a complex, complicated life, one that is at once funny, horrifying and heartbreaking.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
91% Night Shift (1982) Still, Howard's assured style and instinct for comedy keep "Night Shift" light and breezy for most of the time.‐ Boston Globe
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018