Des Moines Register

Des Moines Register is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Jeffrey Bruner
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Field of Dreams (1989) Joan Bunke [Kevin Costner gives a] subtle, superb, Jimmy Stewart-like performance... in a story that has a true and generous Midwestern heart. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2018
3/5 Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (2005) Jeffrey Bruner It's all in the timing and Silverman has it %u2014 she's in total control on the stage, keeping audiences off-balance with jokes so outrageous there's barely time to recover before the next one lands. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2005
3/5 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) Jeffrey Bruner This almost-epic adventure directed by Andrew Adamson ("Shrek") is nothing to cringe at even if it does have flaws. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2005
1.5/5 Yours, Mine & Ours (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Watching the turkey in the oven would be more entertaining. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2005
3.5/5 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Hits all the right spots but there's crucial context missing at times that leaves a vastly different impression with those who have followed the films but not read the books. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2005
3.5/5 Jarhead (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Sam Mendes' movie is more about how training for war affects a man than the war itself. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2005
4.5/5 Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Infused with so much class and coolness that the movie's political parallels and clever savaging of America's corporate media may slide right past many who see it. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2005
5/5 Walk the Line (2005) Jeffrey Bruner If Phoenix makes Cash look like he made a deal with the devil, then Witherspoon convinces you that Carter received training from angels. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2005
4.5/5 Capote (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Quietly dazzles not just as a character study of the immensely complex author but also as a fascinating look at the relationship between a writer and his subject. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2005
2/5 Rent (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Get a job for God's sake, people, and bring back some better songs while you're out. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2005
3/5 Domino (2005) Jeffrey Bruner This is more than a movie for the MTV generation - it's a two-hour seizure. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2005
2.5/5 The Man (2005) Jeffrey Bruner A clever idea that wears thin long before the movie ends. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2005
3/5 The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Of all the places one would expect to find Satan - Osama bin Laden's cave, backstage with Celine Dion or inside Wal-Mart - a Midwestern courtroom is not high on the list. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2005
4/5 Thumbsucker (2005) Jeffrey Bruner A slow, deliberative but interesting trip into our overstimulated and overmedicated society through the eyes of a teenage slacker who can't stop sucking his thumb. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2005
5/5 The Constant Gardener (2005) Jeffrey Bruner A spectacular oasis in a desert of summer disappointment, The Constant Gardener blooms with a tragic, bittersweet beauty that should make it an early Oscar contender. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2005
2.5/5 Four Brothers (2005) Jeffrey Bruner John Singleton gets a slow burn going in his inner-city Western Four Brothers but then the movie fizzles into something generic and disappointing. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2005
2/5 The Great Raid (2005) Jeffrey Bruner What makes The Great Raid so disappointing is that the heroic moment it depicts deserves so much more. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2005
0/5 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Note to Adam Sandler, who co-produced this film: Enough already. For the sake of future generations of moviegoers, we beg you to stop getting movies made for your friend. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2005
3.5/5 Villisca: Living With a Mystery (2004) Jeffrey Bruner A respectful approach to Iowa's most notorious crime. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2005
1/5 Stealth (2005) Jeffrey Bruner I know I'm your agent, babe, but I gotta come clean with you - maybe picking Stealth as your first movie after Ray wasn't a very good idea. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2005
3/5 Bewitched (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Bewitched doesn't cast a spell over audiences but stars Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell have enough magic between them to create something simple and fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2005
2/5 Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Like a Dodge K-car with 350,000 miles and a good engine - it gets you from Point A to Point B but the ride isn't much fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2005
4/5 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Jeffrey Bruner An intoxicating confection worthy of the children's classic written by Roald Dahl. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2005
3/5 Wedding Crashers (2005) Jeffrey Bruner If this had wrapped at 90 minutes, it would have been perfect. Instead, the film is saddled with a romantic comedy that fits it like cement overshoes. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2005
4/5 March of the Penguins (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Fathers of Iowa, don't take this too personally but you pale in comparison to the emperor penguins of Antarctica. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2005
2/5 Smile (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Feels like a school project that has its heart in the right place if not the skills to produce something with depth and emotional heft. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2005
3.5/5 Hustle & Flow (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Vibrates with a grit and rawness that lets it rise above expectations. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2005
3/5 War of the Worlds (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Make E.T. a bad dude whose momma never loved him and we're talking real scorched-earth policy here ... These guys are dividers, not uniters. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2005
3.5/5 Walk on Water (2004) Jeffrey Bruner An ambitious film, wrapped inside the package of a thriller, that delivers on most - if not all - of its lofty aspirations. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2005
3.5/5 Batman Begins (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Christopher Nolan's reinvention of the Dark Knight gives this fabled franchise a sturdy, stylish structure that should last for years. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2005
2/5 The Honeymooners (2005) Jeffrey Bruner How sweet it is? Uh, no. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2005
2/5 Lords of Dogtown (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Skate all day, party all night. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Yawn. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2005
3/5 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) Jeffrey Bruner It took a bit to figure out what's stashed in the back pocket of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - little teen-sized pieces of movie cliche. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2005
4.5/5 The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2004) Jeffrey Bruner A precious gem of a film. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2005
1.5/5 The Longest Yard (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Sets a record of some sort for Meaningless Celebrity Cameos. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2005
2.5/5 Madagascar (2005) Jeffrey Bruner A pop culture headache. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2005
3/5 Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Too bad George Lucas was trying to write a tragedy and not a farce. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2005
4.5/5 Millions (2004) Jeffrey Bruner A modern fairy tale with imagination that dazzles kids and adult alike. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2005
2/5 In the Realms of the Unreal (2004) Jeffrey Bruner Fails to shed much light on this odd, reclusive man or his art. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2005
3/5 Gunner Palace (2004) Jeffrey Bruner A brief peek into a chaotic world but devoid of the context needed to appreciate these soldiers' sacrifice. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2005
3/5 Off the Map (2003) Jeffrey Bruner Meandering and quirky, it's a pensive meditation with stunning cinematography by Juan Ruiz Ancha, who has brilliantly captured the endless blue skies that inspire so many. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2005
1.5/5 Sahara (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Sahara falls into quicksand and quickly disappears into the abyss that can only be described as Movie Hell. Only one word can describe this thing, baby: Craptacular. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2005
3/5 Fever Pitch (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Fever Pitch is lovable enough that it legs out an infield single almost in spite of its two leads, Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2005
3.5/5 Lightning in a Bottle (2004) Jeffrey Bruner Lightning in a Bottle is a feel-good film, ironically, for fans of the blues and a solid primer for newcomers to the sound. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2005
3/5 Steamboy (2004) Jeffrey Bruner Character development and story line, unfortunately, evaporated during the decade of this film's production. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2005
4.5/5 Downfall (2004) Jeffrey Bruner Bruno Ganz's extraordinary performance as Adolph Hitler makes Downfall a riveting experience. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2005
3/5 Guess Who (2005) Jeffrey Bruner A funny, if sometimes uneven (and uncomfortable) comedy. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2005
4/5 Bride & Prejudice (2004) Jeffrey Bruner A colorful, high-energy musical that sizzles in this East-meets-West clash of cultures. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2005
2.5/5 The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004) Jeffrey Bruner Even with three top-flight actors, The Assassination of Richard Nixon never becomes much more than a character study of a footnote in American history. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2005
3.5/5 Robots (2005) Jeffrey Bruner Robots is packed with so many funny cultural references and movie tributes you'll forgive the thin plot that starts to squeak slightly in its final third. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2005