Bob Mondello

Bob Mondello

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Publications:
NPR , NPR.org
Total Reviews:
406

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
87% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " A vampire flick as only Jim Jarmusch would ever conceive it, languidly poetic, worldweary and crammed with hipster in-jokes." — NPR
Posted Apr 11, 2014
84% Joe (2014) " For Nicolas Cage, whose dumb, rant-for-hire projects have lately been making audiences forget how good he can be, Joe is more than a rescue - it's a re-birth." — NPR
Posted Apr 11, 2014
7.5/10 87% Alan Partridge (2014) " Ron Burgundy, eat your heart out." — NPR
Posted Apr 7, 2014
7/10 77% Noah (2014) " Darren Aronofsky's film about the Old Testament shipbuilder has been sparking controversy - but there's no denying that the Great Flood, digitized, is a pretty great flood." — NPR
Posted Mar 28, 2014
77% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " The most shocking thing about the film is that it often prompts laughs." — NPR
Posted Mar 23, 2014
91% Le Week-End (2014) " Since it's Broadbent, Duncan and Goldblum doing the skipping, trashing and mimicking, their second adolescence is great fun to watch." — NPR
Posted Mar 13, 2014
96% The Lunchbox (2014) " The Lunchbox is a first feature for director Ritesh Batra, but it nicely captures the almost overwhelming crush and noise of contemporary India, and it plays cleverly and delicately with the tension of whether its two correspondents might eventually meet." — NPR
Posted Feb 27, 2014
79% Bethlehem (2014) " Bethlehem qualifies as a promising debut for its first-time actors and director, but it's slack at first, and the thriller tricks it uses to ratchet up the tension later ... keep it from sneaking past your defenses." — NPR
Posted Feb 20, 2014
89% Omar (2014) " It's the sort of film that feels so authentic that even knowing it's a fiction, the morning after seeing it, I found myself scanning headlines to see if there were any new developments." — NPR
Posted Feb 20, 2014
33% The Monuments Men (2014) " There's lots of information, some nice images, plenty of earnest sermonizing about culture and almost no suspense, or tension, or character development, or structure. Or, well, art." — NPR
Posted Feb 6, 2014
95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " A psychosexually intriguing blend of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and William Friedkin's Cruising ..." — NPR
Posted Jan 23, 2014
100% Six By Sondheim " Countless backstage stories, culled mostly from interviews and archival footage, are assembled in Six by Sondheim into the story of a life - and a life's work." — NPR
Posted Dec 5, 2013
88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " The process of putting those three-dimensional objects on canvas in natural light is so fascinating that no one's going to make jokes about watching paint dry - though at one point the film is literally about watching paint dry. And then applying varnish." — NPR
Posted Dec 5, 2013
89% Frozen (2013) " Unlike in many animated movies, the borrowings aren't so much in-jokey as structural. Homages, of a sort, and fun to spot." — NPR
Posted Nov 26, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) " Matched recovery stories: How's that for human interest?" — NPR
Posted Nov 21, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Given the strength of this installment, I'd say the box-office odds continue to be, in that Hunger Games catchphrase, "ever in its favor."" — NPR
Posted Nov 21, 2013
92% Nebraska (2013) " Woody Grant could have stepped straight out of Grant Wood's painting American Gothic. His story, too: crusty old coot from a dying farm town, looking for Meaning at the end of a life that may not have had one." — NPR
Posted Nov 13, 2013
94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Dallas Buyers Club is just about a selfish boor who arguably gets a pass in terms of posterity, because while looking out for No. 1, he paved the way for change for everyone else." — NPR
Posted Nov 1, 2013
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " It is Ejiofor - bewildered, sorely tested, morally towering - whose staggered dignity anchors the film." — NPR
Posted Oct 18, 2013
93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Hanks and Abdi are so compellingly matched that unlike with most thrillers, it won't be the action climax in Captain Phillips that'll stick with you. It'll be that aftermath, which gets at the emotional toll of terrorism in a way few movies have." — NPR
Posted Oct 10, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " Doctoral theses will be penned on the breath-catchingly realistic, gorgeously choreographed, entirely mesmerizing opening ..." — NPR
Posted Oct 4, 2013
81% Don Jon (2013) " Gordon-Levitt keeps things riotous for the film's first hour, and if he eases into an ending that's a little Hollywood-standard, after having so much fun tweaking form and content, I'm guessing audiences will cut him some slack." — NPR
Posted Sep 26, 2013
99% Short Term 12 (2013) " The film is a quiet sensation." — NPR
Posted Aug 22, 2013
95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " It's a virtually unprecedented social document." — NPR
Posted Jul 18, 2013
93% The Hunt (2013) " This story is about a witch hunt, an accusation of impropriety that takes on a life of its own, shattering bonds of trust in a close-knit community." — NPR
Posted Jul 11, 2013
94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " Together, star and director get you to look at, and think about, a flawed young man you might not give a second thought if you saw him on the street." — NPR
Posted Jul 11, 2013
30% The Lone Ranger (2013) NPR.org
Posted Jul 4, 2013
30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " There's a couple of hundred million dollars' worth of technical wizardry up there on screen, and nothing is at stake." — NPR
Posted Jul 2, 2013
67% World War Z (2013) " Whatever problems World War Z encountered in its making, the movie has made it to theaters not dead on arrival, but walking dead, running dead, and - when it's really working - swarming dead." — NPR
Posted Jun 21, 2013
78% Monsters University (2013) " What hasn't advanced is the plotting, which was nothing special last time and is so formulaic now that it's basically surprise-free." — NPR
Posted Jun 21, 2013
83% This Is the End (2013) " As long as Rogen and his buddies are just as self-involved, crude, obnoxious and hopefully exaggerated versions of themselves, things stay pretty funny." — NPR
Posted Jun 12, 2013
87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " Happily, there's a good deal of fun if you like things crashing violently into each other and out of warp-drive at regular intervals." — NPR
Posted May 18, 2013
10 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " An exercise in family navel-gazing becomes something more meta - less about the stories themselves than about the often uproarious ways in which people tell stories." — NPR
Posted May 10, 2013
78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " Snappy dialogue, momentarily startling plot twists and lots of stuff blowing up." — NPR
Posted May 2, 2013
89% Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013) " It's magic, pure and simple." — NPR
Posted Apr 17, 2013
78% 42 (2013) " Shameless, sure. But effective." — NPR
Posted Apr 11, 2013
70% The Croods (2013) " As family viewing, it's pleasant enough: primitive, yes, but in a digitally sophisticated way that's boisterous, funny and will no doubt sell a lot of toys." — NPR
Posted Mar 22, 2013
79% Ginger & Rosa (2013) " An intriguingly complex portrait of both of its characters and of the time of flux they live in." — NPR
Posted Mar 14, 2013
59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " Oz the Great and Powerful tells the story of how the Wizard came to Oz, answering a question I suspect no one was asking, but with considerable digital wizardry." — NPR
Posted Mar 7, 2013
93% No (2013) " An expansive political thriller." — NPR
Posted Feb 14, 2013
19% Identity Thief (2013) " Electronic identity theft offers a host of new possibilities, and to have almost none of them explored by writer Craig Mazin and director Seth Gordon in this uninspired trudge of a road movie is the biggest waste of all." — NPR
Posted Feb 7, 2013
91% Caesar Must Die (2013) " The Taviani brothers, Paolo and Vittorio, have been blurring the line between reality and fiction in their films for six decades." — NPR
Posted Jan 31, 2013
80% Warm Bodies (2013) " [Levine] finds strategies in Warm Bodies to make what has long been considered a deathless tale undead in a new way." — NPR
Posted Jan 31, 2013
32% Fanboys (2008) NPR.org
Posted Jan 22, 2013
92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) " Writer-director Russell is just the guy to bring out (and then calm) the manic dysfunction in these folks." — NPR.org
Posted Jan 22, 2013
93% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) " This is not a triumphant story in [the] telling, but it is one uncommonly freighted with the weight of history." — NPR
Posted Dec 18, 2012
65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) " Between its lighter tone and a decade's worth of improvements in digital film techniques, there should be enough of a novelty factor to delight most fans." — NPR
Posted Dec 13, 2012
87% Life of Pi (2012) " An adventure yarn that is gloriously old-fashioned - and often just glorious." — NPR
Posted Nov 20, 2012
92% Skyfall (2012) " There's a gritty, real-world feel to Skyfall that makes good use of Craig's down-to-earthiness." — NPR
Posted Nov 8, 2012
66% Cloud Atlas (2012) " Cloud Atlas is now a film, for better or worse. Mostly worse I'd say, but give these folks credit ..." — NPR
Posted Oct 25, 2012
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