For 68 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 82% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 17% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bruce Ingram's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Wadjda
Lowest review score: 25 24 Exposures
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 68
  2. Negative: 3 out of 68
68 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Bruce Ingram
    Al-Mansour has managed to embue Wadjda with a hopeful spirit, partially because she takes time to show women finding ways to be themselves in private moments. And partially because she suggests with a few subtle touches that the situation might be slowly improving.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Bruce Ingram
    It’s quintessential Anderson... but also an unabashed entertainment. And that’s something to see.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Bruce Ingram
    A lean, spare, stylish and grimly, methodically ultra-violent extravaganza that provides star Keanu Reeves with a much-needed infusion of cool. And hard-core action fans with combat-centric cinematic expertise on a par with 20ll’s “The Raid.”
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Bruce Ingram
    Rahimi simply made an inspired decision when he chose Farahani...who quietly but powerfully works her way through subtle shadings of emotion from fear to despair to anger to love to righteous vindication.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Bruce Ingram
    It’s generally a respectful homage that has every bit as much stylishness and visual flair.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Bruce Ingram
    [A] conventional yet fascinating documentary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Bruce Ingram
    There’s a lot to admire in Cold in July, but its chief virtue is unpredictability. Most movies these days sleepwalk through their formulaic paces, but you’ll never guess where this one is going based on the way it begins.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Bruce Ingram
    If what you’re after is insane, mind-bogglingly violent martial arts action, “The Raid 2” is quite possibly the ultimate.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Bruce Ingram
    Reich is a more lively speaker than Al Gore, however, frequently working jokes about his sub-five-foot height (his growth having been disrupted by a genetic disorder) into his presentation, and many of the film’s statistical interludes have been entertainingly animated as insurance against eyeball-glazing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Bruce Ingram
    Far more than just a tribute to the career of the world’s most famous and influential film critic, the often revelatory Life Itself is also a remarkably intimate portrait of a life well lived — right up to the very last moment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Bruce Ingram
    If The Wind Rises falls a bit short in regard to historical drama, however, it’s still a Miyazaki movie, meaning he casts the same magically beautiful spell.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Bruce Ingram
    Director Felix Van Groeningen takes a story that might be too much to bear in a straightforward, linear narrative and explodes it, then artfully reassembles the pieces by jumping back and forth in time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Bruce Ingram
    The intimacy of debut writer-director Ryan Coogler’s approach to the film and the no-frills, believably real quality of the main performances combine to drive the senselessness of Oscar’s killing home with visceral impact.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Bruce Ingram
    It takes a while, but the old-fashioned pleasure of watching a well-told story unfold eventually becomes the chief satisfaction in Byzantium, though there are other things to enjoy as well.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Bruce Ingram
    The brief but informative (and kid-friendly whimsical) Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is basically a status report on the creatures, who exist nowhere else on Earth.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Bruce Ingram
    Bong, above all, is a world-class visual stylist, and he proves that again here with a few dazzling flourishes, despite Snowpiercer’s dismal gray palette and train-bound claustrophobia.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Bruce Ingram
    You’d have to start looking into ancient Greek tragedy to top it as a showcase for pure, unadulterated hubris. That’s one of the things that makes The Armstrong Lie, which has more on its mind than the mere debunking of a tarnished hero, so worthwhile.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Bruce Ingram
    You couldn’t ask for a more unlikely avenger than the ill-equipped sort-of hero of Blue Ruin, and that’s precisely why it’s far, far more suspenseful than the typical violent revenge thriller. It’s also why it functions equally well as a potent reflection on the futility of revenge.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Bruce Ingram
    Fighting — presented with Jackson’s usual double helpings of visual splendor, emotional oomph and low-key comedy — is what Battle of the Five Armies is all about.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Ingram
    It’s nothing new for sure, but writer/director David Twohy...throws in enough entertaining touches to maintain interest — despite an overlong two-hour running time.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Ingram
    I’m So Excited! is random, episodic and essentially meaningless, but it’s also a hoot. And if that’s all you’re looking for, you might as well get it from the master.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Ingram
    A surprisingly personal and moving documentary about three very different types of restaurants.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Ingram
    Prince Avalance is frequently funny in a subdued sort of way, but it’s primarily contemplative and eventually intimate.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Ingram
    Adult World does have some smart, funny and wincingly painful things to say about the desire to make art vs. the desire to be famous for it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Ingram
    The mood is somber, ominous and increasingly suspenseful throughout (despite an awkwardly handled final showdown), goosed along by an intense John Carpenter-esque electronic music score.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Ingram
    Populaire has no interest in rewriting the rules of romantic comedy, but it does run through the expected paces with admirable style.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Ingram
    The only real problem with Black Out, which plays like a cross between “The Hangover” and “Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels”-era Guy Ritchie, is that it’s naggingly over-familiar.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Ingram
    Despite the insularity, Punk Singer has a terrific story to tell, not least about the fascinating contradictions in Hanna’s character.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Ingram
    There’s not too much sentiment, but not too little, either. Just enough to make you feel misty-eyed in a way that doesn’t necessarily indicate incipient glaucoma.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Ingram
    Director Mark Mori, whose last feature documentary was the 1991 exposé “Building Bombs,” does an entertaining job of conveying Page’s entire life in her own words and illustrating why she has become a worldwide symbol of liberated sexuality.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Ingram
    [An] unabashedly derivative but nonetheless entertaining, pitch-black Norwegian crime comedy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Ingram
    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is gorgeous to behold and up to its jugular vein in quirky/spooky atmosphere.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Ingram
    [A] thoroughly detailed (though a bit long) doc that charts the band’s thwarted expectations.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Ingram
    If everyone behaved the way the characters in Wild Tales behave, civilization would crumble. But the real take-away lesson here is how easy it might be for any of us, swept up in a moment of bloodlust, to consider pure raging hostility a fair trade.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Bruce Ingram
    There’s enough genuinely affecting footage of its troop of primate performers doing what comes naturally to make it memorable and moving.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    [A] remarkably tepid sequel to the surprise 2010 hit.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    While Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, an earnest account of the world’s worst industrial accident, certainly has its heart in the right place, it’s not good that the closing titles about the cold, brutal facts of the aftermath stir more outrage than the preceding docudrama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    Everyone involved is far too talented to mess this up too badly, but it soon becomes clear that Curtis intends to reduce us to quivering sobs mixed with heartfelt gratitude for every blessed day of life.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    The story is so-so, in other words, but the pummeling is primo.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    It’s no secret that Jason Statham demonstrates remarkable flair when it comes to bone-crunching action-movie mayhem, but he deserves special props for making some of the more outrageous flights of macho fantasy in Wild Card seem credible.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    The point of the exercise, it seems, is to trap four seemingly decent people, all more or less friends, in a dark, claustrophobic, pressure-cooker environment to see how they respond to the threat of imminent death — or worse. Spoiler alert: human nature doesn’t get a thumbs-up in this one.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    It’s interesting that When the Game Stands Tall is essentially a movie about losing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    While it’s hard to make sense of the narrative developments in The Signal, it must be said that it’s always visually compelling. And that some of the standout sequences (including, yes, the Mind-Blowing Twist Ending) suggest that Eubank could have a terrific future as a director. As a screenwriter, though, maybe not so much.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    The gray, drab monotony of the setting seeps into the marrow of the prison drama Camp X-Ray, though it’s invigorated, somewhat, by strong central performances from actors on opposite sides of a locked steel door.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    Everything chugs along briskly and reasonably entertainingly until running off the rails a bit with a wildly overcomplicated finale.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    Disney’s bland comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day might have been a little more entertaining if it had been a little more, terrible, horrible, no good and so forth.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    Vlad’s numerous speeches about love, honor and family grow tedious, along with the film’s wooden dialogue in general. And it quickly becomes obvious that Dracula Untold is more interested in being cool than making sense.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    Breathe In is all simmer, no boil, despite an abrupt, overwrought, agonizing emotional climax that’s too much, too late.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    It’s easy to see how an unhappy transition to suburban mommyhood might be enough to unhinge any self-respecting former punk rocker but, even so, it’s a little hard to take the angst-ridden mid-life shenanigans in Kelly & Cal seriously.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    When Asante finally closes with a close-up of Belle’s portrait, there’s something in her eyes and her smile that suggests so much more.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    It shouldn’t necessarily be the case that a film focusing on the collateral details of the shooting, after the fact, would feel dull and uninvolving, but this writing/directing debut by journalist Peter Landesman does, with the exception of a few particularly interesting revelations.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    [A] basically brainless but intermittently adrenalizing, mostly-just-for-kids reboot.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Bruce Ingram
    A little more fury might have been a whole lot better.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Bruce Ingram
    The big action set pieces fizzle. And that’s not good for a fantasy adventure movie, especially when the fantasy component is frequently undercut by sub-standard special effects.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Bruce Ingram
    If the stream-of-consciousness, imagery-trumps-everything films of Terrence Malick tend to try your patience, this beautifully, beatifically boring imitation by a Malick protégé might be more than the better angels of your nature can endure.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Bruce Ingram
    Patton lightens the aggravation, for the most part, by combining a likable presence with a knack for physical comedy and a willingness to hop into dumpsters, etc., as needed, making the most of the script’s meager opportunities for comedy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Bruce Ingram
    Sure, it’s fun to see the Governator and the Italian Stallion he-manning it up together feature-length for the first time — the screen is barely big enough to contain the two of them — but the prison-break movie Escape Plan is unworthy of the momentous occasion.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Bruce Ingram
    In The Purge: Anarchy, unfortunately, grim and brutal is pretty much all we get.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Bruce Ingram
    There simply isn’t a whole lot of excitement being generated in this lackluster family adventure, though it tries oh so very hard.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Bruce Ingram
    It’s meant to be a soufflé-light charmer, but the bland, predictable French comedy Le Chef basically falls flat.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Bruce Ingram
    The Smurfs 2 probably isn’t any worse than you might expect. On the other hand, it’s almost certainly not any better. It’s just a matter of figuring out how much punishment you’re willing to endure for the sake of the small child you’re taking to the movies.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Bruce Ingram
    This modest, low-budget sci-fi thriller is fatally lacking in entertainment value. It’s not original enough to be interesting, despite the presence of a pretty impressive cast, or awful enough to be campy fun. It’s serious enough to be depressing, though, if that’s your idea of a good time.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Bruce Ingram
    Love may or may not be endless, but there’s no limit to what can be contrived in a movie like this.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Bruce Ingram
    Yelchin is agreeably offbeat and convincingly two-fisted in the role, and Sommers, who’s always had a knack for fast-paced action with a light, comic touch, provides a few entertaining scenes here and there. Unfortunately, the horrific stuff in Odd Thomas seems gorily incompatible with the film’s otherwise breezy screenplay.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Bruce Ingram
    Unfortunately, the film’s more moving and memorable moments are mixed in with a king-size (if not quite K2-size) jumble of too much information.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Bruce Ingram
    Maybe this is unreasonable, but I can’t help thinking that if you’re going to make a movie with “Oz” in the title, you’d better be prepared to kick in at least a little inspiration. Yet that’s precisely what’s missing — so utterly absent it’s almost impressive in a way — in the painfully uninspired Legends of Oz.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Bruce Ingram
    A dull collection of unlikable, paper-thin characters, all of them stuck in a story that has nowhere interesting to go.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Bruce Ingram
    There’s not much difference between this nudity-packed yet remarkably dull crime drama and the ’90s-vintage, sleazy pay-cable erotic thrillers it’s referencing, if not emulating.

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