Bob Mondello

Bob Mondello

Agrees with the Tomatometer 84% of the time.

Publications:
NPR , NPR.org
Total Reviews:
420

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 420
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
79% 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
80% 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
64% 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
9/10 96% Argo (2012) " The script is snappy, but the real accomplishment here is how Affleck, who both stars in and directs Argo, manages to segue from Ocean's 11-style repartee to pulse-pounding tension and back again." — NPR
Posted Oct 11, 2012
8/10 85% End of Watch (2012) " End of Watch is one thriller where the adrenaline rush, considerable as it is, is almost always put in the service of character. Happily, the character on display turns out to be considerable, too." — NPR
Posted Sep 20, 2012
90% Keep the Lights On (2012) " A nuanced portrait of emotional turmoil, persuasively acted, richly sensual one moment, wrenching the next ..." — NPR
Posted Sep 6, 2012
76% Premium Rush (2012) " Premium Rush is just a fun ride." — NPR
Posted Aug 23, 2012
88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " The biggest surprise may just be how satisfying Nolan has made his farewell to a Dark Knight trilogy that many fans will wish he'd extend to a 10-part series, at least." — NPR
Posted Jul 19, 2012
73% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) " Here comes another Spider-dude: This Andrew Garfield guy. So he'd better be really something, right? Well, as it happens, he is." — NPR
Posted Jul 3, 2012
68% Ted (2012) " I tried to resist but couldn't." — NPR
Posted Jun 29, 2012
43% To Rome with Love (2012) " To Rome with Love is just froth - a romantic sampler with some decent jokes and gorgeous Roman backdrops." — NPR
Posted Jun 21, 2012
83% Your Sister's Sister (2012) " Duplass is doing his conflicted mumblecore thing quite elegantly these days, and he's joined here by Blunt's fragile Iris and DeWitt's alternately guarded and abrasive Hannah." — NPR
Posted Jun 14, 2012
34% Battleship (2012) " Well, it has aliens, for one thing." — NPR
Posted May 17, 2012
37% Dark Shadows (2012) " Handsome, vaguely true to the old soap opera, and inert." — NPR
Posted May 10, 2012
92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) " The banter has zip, the effects are fun, the climactic battle is decently spectacular, and if the 3-D is mostly expendable, there are a few scenes where it adds a nice kick." — NPR
Posted May 3, 2012
92% Headhunters (2012) " The film has some fairly grisly violence, but also considerable humor and the sort of intricate, thought-through storytelling you'd expect from Hitchcock or the Coen brothers." — NPR
Posted Apr 26, 2012
53% Think Like a Man (2012) " Pleasantly sitcom-ish - kind of a knowing, urbane variation on the sort thing that would get more earnest treatment from Tyler Perry." — NPR
Posted Apr 20, 2012
97% Monsieur Lazhar (2012) " Fellag, a comedian and himself an exile from Algeria, makes Lazhar both a sensitive and an amusing figure. And the kids are just terrific, especially Emilien Neron as a boy who carries the guilt of the whole school on his shoulders." — NPR
Posted Apr 13, 2012
62% We Have a Pope (2012) " Despite moments that strain awfully hard to remind us that the church and its new leader are in crisis, it's basically habemus comoedia. We have a comedy." — NPR
Posted Apr 6, 2012
85% Bully (2012) " Bully is a wrenching, potentially transformative look at an epidemic of adolescent cruelty and adult paralysis in the nation's public schools." — NPR
Posted Mar 29, 2012
84% The Hunger Games (2012) " The Hunger Games' pacing is brisk, its stakes as high as stakes get, and its leading lady engaging enough that the odds - at the box office at least - will be ever in its favor." — NPR
Posted Mar 22, 2012
51% Being Flynn (2012) " It's easy to imagine Being Flynn's story turning precious in the wrong hands, but Weitz and his cast spin it just right - as a narrative that is both emotionally real, and just writerly enough to suit its leading men." — NPR
Posted Mar 2, 2012
86% Chico & Rita (2012) " It's so passionate about the Latin and big-band music of the '40s, '50s and '60s that it'll make anyone who grew up listening to those vibrant rhythms feel like a kid again." — NPR
Posted Feb 9, 2012
66% The Woman in Black (2012) " The director uses time-honored techniques to keep you on edge, every one of which graced Hammer films of yore. But happily for the picture, there's a reason they're time-honored." — NPR
Posted Feb 2, 2012
89% Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012) " The lady was - and remains - a pro, still glowin', crowin', goin' strong." — NPR
Posted Jan 20, 2012
99% A Separation (2011) " A constant surprise, a film that captures the drama and suspense of real life as urgently as any picture released this year." — NPR
Posted Jan 4, 2012
75% The Adventures of Tintin (2011) " The joy [Spielberg] brings to the film's action is contagious." — NPR
Posted Dec 21, 2011
66% We Bought a Zoo (2011) " Damon proves amiable and appealing in a part that's not asking him to stretch much." — NPR
Posted Dec 21, 2011
71% Carnage (2011) " You're always aware that you're watching filmed theater." — NPR
Posted Dec 15, 2011
7.0 76% We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012) " The film's bluntness doesn't diminish the power of the nature-versus-nurture questions Eva's asking herself. Or of Swinton's harrowing portrait of parental guilt." — NPR
Posted Dec 9, 2011
7.5 80% Young Adult (2011) " In a less acid romp, Mavis would learn life lessons in the final reel, but director Jason Reitman makes it a point not to let her off the hook. " — NPR
Posted Dec 9, 2011
84% My Week with Marilyn (2011) " When Williams turns on her inner Marilyn -- surrounded by, say, the staff of a stately home she's visiting on the sly -- she's a superstar, with a smile that could light up the surrounding county." — NPR
Posted Nov 23, 2011
98% The Artist (2011) " Silent black-and-white movies are not coming back, but this one is such a rewarding labor of love by all of the artists involved that it just might make you wish they could." — NPR
Posted Nov 23, 2011
78% Melancholia (2011) " It's a planet that can't come soon enough for her, but one that I kept willing away. Not, I'm a little embarrassed to say, to save humanity from Melancholia, but simply to stay in this remarkable movie's presence just a little longer." — NPR
Posted Nov 11, 2011
5 46% Anonymous (2011) " As silly as most of this is, Anonymous is undeniably a handsome picture. The costumes are gorgeous, with enough velvet and brocade to make everybody seem downright upholstered." — NPR
Posted Oct 28, 2011
8/10 93% 50/50 (2011) " In other hands, Adam might well be hard to take. But as the comedy in 50/50 turns darker, Gordon-Levitt, who's maybe the most natural, least affected actor of his generation, makes prickly plenty engaging." — NPR
Posted Sep 30, 2011
83% Warrior (2011) " Warrior ends up feeling a lot bigger than you expect it to." — NPR
Posted Sep 16, 2011
7/10 51% Brighton Rock (2011) " Where the first film had a lawyer spouting Shakespeare, this one mostly has visual panache - crosses and crucifixes rather than dialogue about religion." — NPR.org
Posted Aug 26, 2011
7/10 67% Our Idiot Brother (2011) " The rhythms are gentle, the smiles plentiful, the chuckles frequent, with the overall effect about as pleasantly innocuous as the film's hero." — NPR
Posted Aug 25, 2011
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