For 29 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 63% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 20.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bruce Fretts' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 39
Highest review score: 83 Empire
Lowest review score: 0 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 29
  2. Negative: 18 out of 29
29 movie reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 83 Bruce Fretts
    Leguizamo owns Empire, the first film to capture the live-wire crackle of his one-man stage shows -- He's front and center in nearly every scene, and he holds the screen with a simmering self-assurance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Fretts
    It's got a good beat, you can dance to it.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Fretts
    Sometimes, typecasting works: Holmes and Bratt settle comfortably into their roles, and the movie proves a competently made, mildly diverting collegiate thriller -- at least until its all-too-predictable ''twist'' ending.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Fretts
    Carpenter's brutally efficient exercise in tension and release.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Bruce Fretts
    It's usually a good idea to avoid anything billed as ''a fable,'' but The Legend of 1900 offers almost enough merits to warrant an exception
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Bruce Fretts
    Oh well, back to the drawing board.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Bruce Fretts
    Bouncy animation and catchy songs keep the film from tasting too much like spinach.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Bruce Fretts
    Mildly amusing, but compared to Pixar's splashy fish story, the rudimentary drawings and childish gags of Nickelodeon's latest feature look, in a word, cartoonish.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Bruce Fretts
    It seems only fitting that the flavorless Guttenberg would land in this smooth tapioca concoction, but Alley deserves better.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 50 Bruce Fretts
    The only possible reason to see this otherwise average afternoon waster is Sagemiller.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 50 Bruce Fretts
    Kaos was apparently aiming for a coolly stylized, straight-faced take on ''Spy vs. Spy.'' As Maxwell Smart used to say, ''Missed it by that much.''
    • 21 Metascore
    • 33 Bruce Fretts
    This cinematic stiff should have stayed buried.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 33 Bruce Fretts
    It's like the worst movie Jean-Claude Van Damme never made.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Bruce Fretts
    The only pleasure to be derived from the resulting carnage comes from the Rube Goldbergesque chain reactions that precede each fatality.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 Bruce Fretts
    With his tousled mane and wispy facial hair, Asian pop star/ Prada model Kaneshiro suggests a Japanese Johnny Depp, but even his charisma can't carry Returner through its interminable longueurs. Blame it on Yamazaki.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 33 Bruce Fretts
    Commits the cardinal sin of too many modern movies: It never gives the audience a clue why any of these people were ever attracted to one another in the first place. [30 May 1997, p. 54]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 27 Metascore
    • 33 Bruce Fretts
    But when the writers run out of ideas, they simply have Farley walk into a lamppost, or cop from old SNL skits.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 33 Bruce Fretts
    Have there ever been two less energetic stars than Eric Stoltz and Annabella Sciorra? Casting this diffident duo in an allegedly romantic comedy proves disastrous; they suck the air out of virtually every scene.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Bruce Fretts
    A distasteful zeitgeist cocktail tracking the booze-fueled sexcapades of eight repellent L.A. singles.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 25 Bruce Fretts
    Aa shockingly chintzy spin-off of Fox's post ''Pokémon'' cartoon hit.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Bruce Fretts
    It doesn't help that most of the jokes (like a rip-off of ''There's Something About Mary'''s dog-in-the-crotch bit) are themselves stolen.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Bruce Fretts
    When Seagal's undercover FBI agent Sascha Petrosevitch waddles into the big house wearing a do-rag and a billowing blue jumpsuit, it's the funniest jailhouse-flick scene since Gene Wilder's white-boy strut in ''Stir Crazy.''
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Bruce Fretts
    About as arousing as an icy shower.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 16 Bruce Fretts
    While it's rarely scary, the film is often gory.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 16 Bruce Fretts
    Less a movie than a 93-minute Mountain Dew commercial.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 16 Bruce Fretts
    Darkness Falls is like something salvaged from Stephen King's wastebasket.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 16 Bruce Fretts
    The third helping of ''American Pie'' offers little more than crumbs. Half the franchise's core cast (including Mena Suvari, Chris Klein, and Tara Reid) chose to skip the big fat geek wedding.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 0 Bruce Fretts
    You know all that artistic cred Adam Sandler built up with his acclaimed work in ''Punch-Drunk Love''? Well, he flushes it down the crapper with Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights -- the most ill-conceived animated comedy since the 1991 dog ''Rover Dangerfield.''
    • 15 Metascore
    • 0 Bruce Fretts
    Aims for dark farce but ends up playing more like Weekend at Bernie's Part VIII. [25 Apr 1997, p. 50]
    • Entertainment Weekly