Bob Bloom

Bob Bloom
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Instead, we get a talkative "Masterpiece Theater"-like production that takes a ... feminist slant to illustrate the difficulties women monarchs had to endure in the 16th century - and to ham-fistedly exclaim what we already know - ... it's a man's world.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The story is secondary to Miles' journey of finding the resolve, strength and belief in himself needed to become a Spider-Man.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 94% The Favourite (2018) The three main performances are delightful to behold. Colman's unpredictability and her constant shifts in mood and tone are extraordinary to watch. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 96% Roma (2018) You allow the movie's sights and smells to envelop you in a world surrounded by turmoil and tragedy but held together by love and loyalty.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/4 81% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Seeing the world through van Gogh's eyes makes "At Eternity's Gate" compelling viewing. At times, colors jump out at you, while other sequences are muted and bleak.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
2.5/4 53% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) 'Mowgli' is a solid feature mostly because of its technical acumen. Otherwise, it really adds nothing worthwhile to a story that has been filmed many times before.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/4 97% Border (Gräns) (2018) From the outset, you know that Tina is different. Smartly, director Ali Abbasi takes his time: at first, slowly creating a mystery about Tina; then, leisurely revealing bits and pieces about her true identity ...‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3.5/4 89% Maria By Callas (2018) Even if you don't know a note of opera - or care about it - "Maria by Callas" is worth seeing to learn about a 20th-century icon who ignited stages with her voice and her passion.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/4 82% Green Book (2018) 'Green Book' rests on the shoulders of Ali and Mortensen. Their trajectory is quite familiar - two people with nothing in common, who, thrown together, form a bond and come to appreciate their differences.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) The movie is basically a sweet confection that, like this year's "Ready Player One," relies heavily on nostalgia and pop-culture references to propel it.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/4 94% Wildlife (2018) From the outset, Dano's direction is nicely understated. Joe realizes something is wrong between his parents, but he does not know what it is or why. He simply feels the tension in the household.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2/4 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Somehow, and perhaps, by magic, the movie does indeed entertain - though you really need to be familiar with the writings of J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter lore to fully appreciate this prequel.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2/4 41% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Unfortunately that is not who Salander is. It's like stripping her of her all-black wardrobe and putting her in a ball gown. The two simply do not go together.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/4 81% Boy Erased (2018) 'Boy Erased' is a horror film. Instead of people being murdered or mutilated, the soul and psyche are assaulted. Guilt and words are the armaments used to mentally maim those being treated.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
2/4 68% The Happy Prince (2018) We see only flashes of what made him a literary giant. The movie lacks insight and context about Wilde's life and behavior.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3.5/4 86% Monrovia, Indiana (2018) Watching "Monrovia, Indiana" is like driving or walking around the town and the surrounding area, stopping at various points to sit in and listen to the residents and observe their daily lives.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/4 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) McCarthy embodies a loner, yearning for but afraid to reach a connection. Beneath her brittleness is a vulnerability aching for acceptance, respect and - most of all - love.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
2.5/4 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) While "Bohemian Rhapsody" soars at covering the band's talent as songwriters, musicians and onstage performers, it fails to explain the source of Mercury's lyrical gifts, his ostentatious personality and gargantuan self-confidence and self-centeredness.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/4 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Chalamet makes you want to protectively embrace Nic, while simultaneously sternly lecture him about his choices. His Nic frustrates you, yet you also want to care for him.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2.5/4 79% Halloween (2018) Green and the writers expend a lot of energy reminding us of moments from the original, while also struggling to give the movie momentum.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) 'The Hate U Give' works to present the story in a balanced manner. The police officer who did the shooting is not demonized - in fact, he is barely seen after the incident.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
2.5/4 79% 22 July (2018) '22 July' requires more hot-blooded outrage and consternation. If I wanted a dispassionate retelling of this heinous crime, I would have read newspaper articles.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
3/4 88% First Man (2018) Ryan Gosling's portrayal of Armstrong captures the all-business, single-mindedness of the man, as well as his emotional impassiveness. ... And while this may be an accurate portrait ... it does not afford the audience the opportunity to fully embrace him.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3.5.4 100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) The fun of "Bathtubs Over Broadway" is in learning the reach of these productions. It seems thousands of companies - large and small - produced them to present to their executives and sales staffs at annual regional and national gatherings.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Painless (2018) 'Painless' is an understated, low-key indie film that explores the psyche of an individual who knows he is different from the vast majority of people and refuses to accept that he cannot be fixed.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3.5/4 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The movie is an old-fashioned star vehicle, catered to Redford's laid-back approach. As Tucker, Redford uses his personality to charm not only Spacek's widowed Jewel, a few bank managers and tellers - but us as well. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
2.5/4 29% Venom (2018) As Eddie, Hardy sounds like he is doing one of those exercises in which an actor practices pronunciation with marbles in his mouth. His Venom voice sounds like Darth Vader trying to burb.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3.5/4 90% A Star Is Born (2018) (Cooper) continually - and wisely - puts her in the spotlight, allowing the camera to caress Gaga. Many times Cooper tracks his camera in on Gaga's face, emphasizing her eyes, which - in this case - are windows to her soul.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
1.5/4 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Watching "The House with a Clock in the Walls" makes you wish you were a magician, warlock or witch, so you could speed up time to make the movie's 100-plus minutes zoom by in a flash.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2.5/4 66% Lizzie (2018) Macneill sets most of the movie within the Borden house and small barn, where Lizzie routinely flees to for solitude. He envelops the entire film in a dysfunctional cocoon of oppression, resentment and sexual frustration.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
1.5/4 33% The Predator (2018) The movie is the latest iteration of this franchise, which began in 1987 with "Predator." Several sequels and offshoots followed, until we've reached the point that we should have expected an "Abbott and Costello Meet Predator"-type of spinoff.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
3.5/4 84% The Wife (2018) Close's performance is magnificent; the myriad of emotions she conveys is amazing. She definitely loves her husband, but she also reveals the bitterness and resentment that has festered inside her during their more than 30 years together.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
1.5/4 11% Peppermint (2018) 'Peppermint' is a thoroughly unpleasant movie, shallow and simplistic with one-dimensional, stereotypical characters and a lazy, very predictable plot.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2.5/4 60% Operation Finale (2018) 'Operation Finale' is too low key and slow. It features too much talk and too little action. It fails to ignite your anger and disgust because, like its Israeli protagonists, the film holds its emotions in check.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3.5/4 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) 'Juliet, Naked' is an embraceable movie about second chances. It's driven by the performances of Byrne, Hawke and O'Dowd ...‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
1/4 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) The only people who will enjoy the movie are those excited by seeing puppets having sex, dropping f-bombs or using drugs.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/4 83% Puzzle (2018) 'Puzzle' slowly and gently flows. It's a sweet story about learning where you fit in the world once you decide to look at all the pieces.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
2.5/4 53% Papillon (2018) ... it's lead actors are competent, but like the movie itself, they fail to soar or offer anything new that will set the movie apart from its predecessor.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/4 99% McQueen (2018) 'McQueen' is not an easy movie to watch, because its subject was a complicated individual - a sad man, beset by inner demons.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/4 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) The movie offers the same kind of characters you find in this genre - malicious young women who want to destroy their rival, eccentric relatives, lovable and laugh-inducing friends and allies, and subplots to prove that money cannot buy happiness.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2.5/4 46% The Meg (2018) The film is restrained; it's not as gory as you'd expect. In a way, it's a throwback to the type of creature features produced during the 1950s, when giant bugs and thawed-out dinosaurs threatened mankind almost every Saturday afternoon.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/4 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) 'Blackkklansman' allows Lee to unleash his anger about the situation in 2018 America by masking it in a story of an investigation to shed light on the dark and hateful deeds of a group that ... is trying to soften and politicize its image.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
3/4 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) And, bless him, Cruise should be an inspiration for any AARP member. He is the best runner in movies. When he begins to sprint, you are impressed by the clenched jaw, the legs churning like pistons and the arms propelling him forward.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/4 77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Joaquin Phoenix as Callahan adds another strong performance to his resume. He again subjugates himself to the character, burying himself in the role.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
2/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) The film never jells. The main villains are cookie-cutter archetypes. No effort is made to give them any depth or personality.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
2/4 46% Skyscraper (2018) Basically, "Skyscraper" is a guilty-pleasure, formulaic feature that is silly and easy to swallow. Sure, it's absurd and exciting but surprisingly lacks suspense or tension.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
4/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) The movie, directed and co-written by Debra Granik, speaks volumes about family ties - in assured but hushed tones.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/4 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The most enjoyable aspects of the movie are the special effects as people, cars, buildings - and even a Hello Kitty Pez dispenser - shrink or grow in size, as the plot dictates.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
1.5/4 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' is elephantine and cliché-ridden. Plus, like most of today's movies, it seems more interested in creating potential for a sequel than telling a coherent story.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
1.5/4 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) 'Fallen Kingdom' is a cliché-ridden succession of useless and superfluous expository and hoary dialogue interspersed with formulaic sequences of narrow escapes and close calls.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018