Bob Bloom

Bob Bloom
"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend" — The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Bob Bloom's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "The savvy Cruise makes sure he delivers what is expected of him: hand-to-hand fights, death-defying leaps and car chases - all the while propelling the plot forward. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 31, 2015
3.5/4 82% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "Writer-director Maya Forbes sets a sweet and compassionate tone throughout as she charts Cameron's trial-and-error growth as a parent. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 31, 2015
1/4 23% Vacation (2015) " 'Vacation' is a devastating misfire that plays like a series of quickly jotted down sketches cobbled together in a vain attempt to make a coherent whole. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 28, 2015
2.5/4 58% Southpaw (2015) "The movie cannot overcome the clichés that constantly jab at the storyline as quickly as Muhammad Ali in his prime. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 24, 2015
3/4 79% Ant-Man (2015) "With the likable Paul Rudd buffed up to portray Scott Lang, former cat burglar-turned-superhero, "Ant-Man" has a self-deprecating and witty edge. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 17, 2015
2.5/4 64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "The choreography is flashy and sexy, and the dances will make the women - as well as some men, I suspect - in the audience squeal. It is a sexually arousing movie, but done in such a light and fun-filled manner that it is neither prurient nor offensive. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 3, 2015
2/4 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "It says something about a movie when Schwarzenegger is the most charismatic character - and he's playing a robot. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 2, 2015
3.5/4 81% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) " "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" overcomes many of the shortcomings that plague young-adult films. It has an honesty that is refreshing and inspired. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 26, 2015
1.5/4 46% Ted 2 (2015) " "Ted 2" is filled with many of the same kind of tired jokes centering on marijuana and sex that we heard in the original. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 26, 2015
1/4 38% Max (2015) "At times the film plays like a two-hour episode of "Lassie" or "Rin Tin Tin," with the only cliché missing being the line, 'I think he's trying to tell us something.' " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 26, 2015
3.5/4 98% Inside Out (2015) " 'Inside Out' is original and inventive; it may not be a mind-blowing experience, but it is one of the best efforts from Pixar in several years. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/4 71% Jurassic World (2015) "At times "Jurassic World" is simple, dumb and predictable. Overall, though, it is a rousing, entertaining and well-paced excursion that, at times, will have you giggling or cheering. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3.5/4 95% Spy (2015) " "Spy" will have you laughing and cheering. It is smart and funny - a deft combination that will have you anticipating the inevitable sequel. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 5, 2015
1.5/4 50% San Andreas (2015) " "San Andreas" plays as if the four screenwriters shopped at the disaster-movie supermarket, grabbing all the clichés they could from the clearance aisle and stuffing them in a cart. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 28, 2015
4/4 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) ""Fury Road" is a movie in which action speaks louder than words. Miller and his production team fill the screen with a wide variety of amazing and impressive stunts, which will have you gaping in disbelief, while holding the dialogue to a minimum. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 28, 2015
1.5/4 50% Tomorrowland (2015) "This overly preachy film displays a low opinion of the human race, despite its forced hopefulness about how the dreamers of the world are the ones who can save the future. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 28, 2015
4/4 92% Ex Machina (2015) "What holds the audience is a dark undercurrent of not so much dread as uncertainty. Your senses tell you that something is off-kilter, yet you can't place your finger on what it is. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 3, 2015
3/4 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Where the film falters is the action sequences, which are exciting and boost the adrenaline, but they have a repetitious, been-there-seen-that vibe. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 1, 2015
2/4 54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "What eventually saves "Adaline" from being tossed on the cinema trash heap is the appearance of Harrison Ford about two-thirds of the way through. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/4 85% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) "The underlying tragedy of "Merchants of Doubt" is not that these flim-flam artists get away with their deceit, but that you and I continue to sit back and allow them their bully pulpits. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3.5/4 96% Wild Tales (2015) "The film is a subversive satire that shines a light on the daily inequities that plague us, and the reality that most people simply either overlook, ignore or apathetically accept them. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2.5/4 81% Furious 7 (2015) " 'Furious Seven' is not the best movie in the series. It is a fine farewell tribute to (Paul) Walker and a dizzying popcorn feature. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Apr 5, 2015
4/4 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) "What the film, directed by Elkabetz and her sibling, Ronit, does, is cast a harsh light on a dark segment of Israeli society that is mostly obscured from the outside world. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 29, 2015
3.5/4 45% Home (2015) " 'Home' is cheerfully aimed for youngsters, mainly those under 10. It's simplistic and slapstick. It doesn't make any original or profound statements. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 29, 2015
1/4 60% Run All Night (2015) " For a feature entitled "Run All Night," this claptrap lumbers and stumbles around, moving at a pace that would make a marathon runner impatient. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/4 85% Cinderella (2015) " 'Cinderella' is a gorgeous production that is true to its fairy tale and animated roots, yet adds enough intrigue and situations to charm adults as well as youngsters. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 13, 2015
2.5/4 31% Chappie (2015) " 'Chappie' has a strong first reel and a satisfying conclusion. (Director Neill) Blomkamp should have sought rewrites and an editor for the sequences in between. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 6, 2015
2.5/4 56% Focus (2015) " "Focus" has a flippant air to it, as if defying you to take it seriously. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 27, 2015
3/4 74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "What makes "Kingsman" so entertaining is that it is totally aware of what it is doing, giving you a nudge to inform you know that, yes, we are letting you in on the joke as well. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 13, 2015
1/4 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) " "Grey" has about as much steam as a day-old cup of Earl Grey. The sexual scenes are ordinary and fail to push the envelope; they definitely do not arouse any viewer. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 13, 2015
4/4 89% Still Alice (2015) "(Julianne) Moore ably displays the frustration and fear that most likely is a daily occurrence for most Alzheimer's victims. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 6, 2015
1/4 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "This self-indulgent, stupid and most unsatisfying feature will quickly descend into the realm of historic cinematic turkeys. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 6, 2015
1.5/4 82% Black Sea (2015) " "Black Sea" is shrill and strident - an overall unpleasant experience. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 6, 2015
3/4 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "The film's best moments center on those in which Isaac and Chastain argue the merits of the course their future should take. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 6, 2015
1/4 34% Blackhat (2015) "The movie feels very out of date as if (director Michael) Mann recently discovered the power and potential of computers. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 16, 2015
3/4 73% American Sniper (2015) " "American Sniper" does more than take us on the battlefield. It takes us into Kyle's psyche and slowly shows the toll his job takes on his mind and emotions. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 15, 2015
2.5/4 51% Unbroken (2014) " "Unbroken" is a good, solid feature. Unfortunately, the subject matter called for something bigger and grander befitting the life of this heroic figure. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 31, 2014
2/4 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "It is a sweeping spectacle that is so caught up in its own desire to overtake and outdo its predecessors that it forgot its most important ingredient - the need to capture the imagination of its viewers. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 29, 2014
3.5/4 80% The Theory of Everything (2014) "A pair of splendid performances drive the movie, but like the cosmos that Professor Stephen Hawking studied in order to unravel the secrets of the universe, it is cold and distant. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 7, 2014
3/4 82% The Homesman (2014) "It is Swank's performance that holds you. Her Cuddy is God-fearing, determined, courageous and outspoken; all of which covers desperation to be loved and accepted. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 5, 2014
3/4 71% Interstellar (2014) "The movie is complex and maddening, filled with concepts over the heads of most mere mortals, yet grounded in barely enough humanity to stimulate our senses. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 14, 2014
3.5/4 92% Birdman (2014) " 'Birdman' is an unusual cinematic duck. A weird brew of backstage comedy, theatrical satire and surreal sequences, it is told impressively in very long takes that, at times, tax the viewers' patience. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 24, 2014
3/4 62% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) ""Alexander" may be a bit corny and its finale may be too pat - wrapping everything up very neatly - but its pace is fast enough that younger viewers will not get restless. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 19, 2014
1/4 23% Dracula Untold (2014) "Basically, this "Dracula" needs to be buried in a cinematic coffin overladen with garlic and crucifixes. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 19, 2014
2/4 47% The Judge (2014) "The film, unfortunately, is a hodge-podge of courtroom dramatics and familial dysfunction, neatly wrapped in a conventional package that does whatever it takes to shout IMPORTANT, and, please remember us at Academy Award time. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 19, 2014
3.5/4 77% Kill the Messenger (2014) "Renner displays a man beaten down by overwhelming forces, who, despite fighting back as best he can, is transformed into an industry pariah through government lies and intimidation, as well as hostility from fellow professionals. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 19, 2014
3/4 65% The Notebook (2014) "The movie makes an obvious statement about the cruelties of war, but that does not diminish the ferocity of its story and how two pampered boys are transformed into soulless and callous youths. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 19, 2014
3/4 77% Fury (2014) "At 135 minutes, Fury could have been tightened a bit, but, nonetheless, it provides a relentless picture of how war traumatizes the psyche and the soul. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 17, 2014
3/4 88% The Good Lie (2014) "The strengths of "The Good Lie" are its lack of adherence to convention, its selective use of its nominal star and its decision to dwell on the Sudanese transplants' struggles and triumphs. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 4, 2014
3/4 61% The Equalizer (2014) "(Denzel) Washington, a two-time Academy Award winner, is a good enough actor and carries enough gravitas to make us overlook or forgive most of the movie's less savory aspects. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Sep 29, 2014
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