Bruce Bennett Short Bio

Bruce Bennett

Bruce Bennett has been the primary contributor to Mad About Movies since it began in 2003. He is an award winning film and theater critic who, since 2000, has been writing a weekly column in The Spectrum daily newspaper in southern Utah as well as serving as a contributing editor of “The Independent,” a monthly entertainment magazine. He is also the co-host of “Film Fanatics” a movie review show which earned a Telly in 2009. Bruce is also a featured contributor at:

His motto: "I see bad movies so you don't have to."


My first film review was a homework assignment in 11th grade given to me by Mrs. Krantz my lovely and inspiring Advanced Writing teacher. I had a sports column in the high school newspaper and I was on the Yearbook staff but I didn’t take anything very seriously. I wrote quite a bit while attending Fresno State especially in order to obtain my degree in Speech Communication but I never thought about writing as a career.

My film column in The Spectrum, a newspaper owned by Gannett News (owner of USA Today) came almost by accident. I had substituted for the then film columnist and we shared a passion for films. When she abruptly left town, she recommended me to the Spectrum and by default (and perhaps a small demonstrable ability to meet a deadline and write a cogent sentence or two) and in 2000 I began contributing film reviews every week.

My column appears in both editions of The Spectrum & Daily News on Fridays in the awkwardly named “Where It’s @” section. My primary posture as a film critic is to offer an “everyman’s voice” in film criticism. I strive to offer reasonable, persuasive criticism without the cynical or jaded perspective that is common among career journalists. I attempt to combine my background as a film fan with my life experience as a family man and offer insight to parents when I can. I hope my reviews are concise, accurate and entertaining reads without disclosing too much in the way of content. I also cherish discussion and interaction with other film lovers and I am hopeful this website will offer not only useful information but a forum for insightful dialogue.

Bruce Bennett