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
3/4 56% Man of Steel (2013) "While the story may fall apart in the last several minutes, "Man of Steel" connects on a strong emotional and spiritual level, presenting the audience with a man who must come to grips with a destiny that is not of his own choosing. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 13, 2013
3.5/4 83% This Is the End (2013) "The movie is one grand in-joke that smartly lets us in on the gag. These guys don't care if we laugh with them or at them - as long as they can keep us in stitches. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 12, 2013
2.5 38% The Purge (2013) "Its ominous tone is consistent throughout its 85-minute duration, and you wish the film were a bit longer with more exposition of the events that shaped this dystopian future. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 7, 2013
1.5/4 11% After Earth (2013) " "After Earth" is a Smith-family vanity project, a home movie foisted on an unsuspecting and gullible public. Maybe next time Will and Jaden want to connect, they should just build a treehouse. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 30, 2013
2.5/4 69% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) "A movie such as this is the great-grandchild of the old-time serial or B-Western where heroes and villains would pummel each other without losing their hats. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 28, 2013
3/4 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) "Yet, wherever "Into Darkness" goes, it is looking over its shoulder, giving its audience knowing nods and winks, encouraging viewers to recall its past instead of concentrating on its here and now. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 17, 2013
3/4 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) " "Gatsby" is dazzling and infuriating. Luhrmann goes overboard in portraying the superficiality of the era, pounding it into the audience through loud music and striking colors. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 10, 2013
2/4 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) "If it were not for (Robert) Downey (Jr.), "Iron Man 3" would be a total disaster, undermined by a haphazard, disjointed and sloppy plot. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 2, 2013
4/4 93% No (2013) " "NO" is an inspirational political drama in which the people are roused by the visual to overcome the vicious. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Apr 26, 2013
3/4 54% Oblivion (2013) "Which brings us to "Oblivion's" biggest drawback; its lack of originality. The movie borrows from so many sources that you can spend the entire 125 minutes playing "Name That Movie." " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Apr 19, 2013
3.5/4 68% Trance (2013) "(Rosario) Dawson, in a performance worthy of an Academy Award nomination, reveals Lamb to be a wily fox able to outwit the stronger prey that surrounds her. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Apr 12, 2013
3/4 79% 42 (2013) ""42" is a solid three-bagger of a movie. It is a fitting tribute to a pioneer who, simply because he wanted to play baseball, bore a burden unlike any one else in baseball. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Apr 12, 2013
2.5/4 93% Jurassic Park (1993) "It is as if time has passed the movie by. "Jurassic Park" remains solid entertainment, but the awe and wonder have faded. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Apr 6, 2013
3.5/4 70% The Croods (2013) "A witty and slapstick-laced script by writers-directors Chris Sanders and Kirk De Micco, some flawless 3-D work and solid character and beautiful background animation combine for an entertaining 92 minutes. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 25, 2013
1.5/4 43% The Call (2013) "These unilateral changes throw the entire film off-kilter and turns what was an exciting thriller into a ridiculous and clichéd mini-slasher film. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 14, 2013
1.5/4 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) "Throughout, though, (James) Franco mugs as if in a silent movie and basically acts like a big kid playing dress-up. He is hardly a whiz of a wiz. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 7, 2013
2.5/4 52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) "Yet, despite reaching incredible heights, the movie never soars. It seems rather pedestrian. (Director Bryan) Singer strains to reach for the grandeur of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, but cannot grasp it. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 1, 2013
2.5/4 19% Identity Thief (2013) "What keeps "Identity Thief" from being totally derailed is (Melissa) McCarthy's performance. She is a wonderful physical comedian who can elicit laughs just by running on a highway. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 8, 2013
1/4 10% Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (2003) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 22, 2013
3/4 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) "The strength of director Jacques Audiard's film is that he refuses to elicit pity from the audience for his protagonists. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 19, 2013
4/4 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) "Writer-director David O. Russell keeps the audience guessing. He takes unexpected twists and turns as if defying you to guess what will come next. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 19, 2013
3/4 60% The Last Stand (2013) " "The Last Stand" is pure throwback action genre - with car chases, explosions, enough firepower to arm a Third World nation and enough bloodshed to make Quentin Tarantino smile. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 19, 2013
4/4 93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) "(Jessica) Chastain's powerful performance, for which she deserves a best actress Academy Award, drives the film. She has no private life, no friends. Her obsession drives her. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 12, 2013
1.5/4 81% The Impossible (2012) "You are involved in the family's plight, and you do suffer along with them. But gnawing in the back of your mind is the thought about all those nameless others who lost loved ones or whose stories of survival are probably just as miraculous. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 4, 2013
1/4 70% Not Fade Away (2012) " 'Not Fade Away' is as yesterday as eight-track. It works very hard at creating a mood and tempo for an era that is a turning point for most baby boomers. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 4, 2013
2/4 51% Promised Land (2013) "Sadly, "Promised Land" ... chooses to take the lazy road and simply become another member of the liberal posse that finds it easier to place a black hat on big business than to have an adult discussion about complex issues. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 4, 2013
3.5/4 88% Django Unchained (2012) "Perhaps I have an askew view of the world or an odd sense of humor, but I found "Django Unchained" to be the funniest Western parody since "Blazing Saddles." " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 24, 2012
3.5/4 70% Les Misérables (2012) "Director Tom Hooper has traded the soaring voices of the stage presentation for a concept incorporating dramatic interpretations of the songs that, while not as vocally exhilarating as Broadway, makes this transition more cinematically palatable. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 22, 2012
1.5/4 36% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) ""Hyde Park" lacks a solid focus. It juggles too many stories, so much so that it becomes a distraction and you quickly lose interest. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 20, 2012
3/4 51% This is 40 (2012) "Comedic moments are plentiful, but most are not the laugh-out-loud kind; they are more the smile or nod of self-recognition that longtime married couples will appreciate. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 20, 2012
2/4 64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) "Sad to say, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is a pale shadow trying to reach the sun on the strength of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 14, 2012
3/4 84% Smashed (2012) "Mary Elizabeth Winstead's vulnerability, turmoil and pain as she faces the challenges of beginning a new life without the crutch of booze are heartbreaking as well as courageous. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 7, 2012
1.5/4 63% Anna Karenina (2012) "(Director Joe) Wright's cinematic choices, unfortunately, keep viewers at arm's length instead of drawing them into the story. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 30, 2012
3/4 62% Hitchcock (2012) "The film is more of a tale of artistic expression vs. the 1950s' status quo, with Hitch, portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, pushing the boundaries of what is considered - and mandated - as good taste by the industry's powers-that-be. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 30, 2012
3.5/4 87% Life of Pi (2012) "Director Ang Lee has crafted an imaginative tale in which he takes viewers on an amazing journey, while we simultaneously question our perception of reality. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 22, 2012
2/4 12% Red Dawn (2012) "The new "Red Dawn" is a simplified, dumbed-down version of the 1984 original. Gone are the few political nuances Milius peppered through his script. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 21, 2012
3.5/4 90% Lincoln (2012) "(Daniel) Day-Lewis forges a Lincoln who is a tower of strength, a man who, while others look to the here and now, sees 50 or 100 years ahead. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 15, 2012
2.5/4 48% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) "Ironically, Kristen Stewart shows more life and spark dead than she did alive in four previous movies as the vapid Bella. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 15, 2012
4/4 92% Skyfall (2012) " "Skyfall" will take its place among the best of the movies in the 50-year Bond franchise. It is a transitional film, introducing new characters while bidding a sad farewell to some veterans. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 7, 2012
4/4 86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) "The movie's retro sensibilities will appeal to adults, while the colorful games and characters, as well as the simplicity of the story, will hold the attention of young viewers. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 2, 2012
2.5/4 53% Simon and the Oaks (2012) "So much is thrown at the audience, it makes it difficult to focus or choose the important points in this sprawling story. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 26, 2012
3.5/4 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " "Cloud Atlas" is a movie that takes patience and concentration to fully appreciate. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 26, 2012
2/4 40% Little Red Wagon (2012) " "Little Red Wagon" almost seems better suited for a made-for-TV, Lifetime movie. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 19, 2012
3.5/4 88% The Other Dream Team (2012) " "The Other Dream Team" is a saga of hope, courage and overcoming adversity and how a sport and its players helped a nation rekindle its voice and place on the world stage. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 19, 2012
2.5/4 38% Here Comes the Boom (2012) " "Here Comes the Boom" plays it smart through appealing to its audience by acting like the class clown. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 11, 2012
4/4 96% Argo (2012) "Argo" is a superb drama from a conscientious actor-director who tells his story in a taut, straightforward manner without any gimmicks or tricks. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 11, 2012
3/4 73% Chicken with Plums (2012) "Directors Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi use various cinematic tricks to examine their protagonist and his life. Voice-over narration, animation and music are a few of the options with which they compose their narration. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 5, 2012
3.5/4 87% Frankenweenie (2012) "A sense of youthful joy and lightness, missing from many recent Burton works, engulfs "Frankenweenie," despite its dark subject matter. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 5, 2012
4/4 94% Searching for Sugar Man (2012) "Searching for Sugar Man" is a saga about the power of music, living life on one's own terms and the joy of second chances. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Sep 21, 2012
2.5/4 50% Trouble with the Curve (2012) ""Trouble With the Curve" is an entertaining and enjoyable movie. It just doesn't say anything new about either baseball or parent-child relationships that we haven't seen before. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Sep 20, 2012
3.5/4 88% Neil Young Journeys (2012) "The director is putting Young in the audience's lap, allowing the viewer to examine all the creases and crevices of his grizzled face as well as capturing the emotion the singer pours into his songs. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Sep 14, 2012
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