Bob Strauss

Bob Strauss

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
Dallas Morning News , Denver Post , Los Angeles Daily News
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1210
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
85% The Way Way Back (2013) " This coming-of-age comedy/drama rings emotionally false during many of its jacked-up, stacked-deck emotional confrontations and mistakes obnoxiousness for personality in almost every adult character." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 27, 2013
93% Nugu-ui ttal-do anin Haewon (Nobody's Daughter Hae-Won) " As usual Hong ("In Another Country," "Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors") builds a rich structure of personal behavior and awkward social interaction on this simple platform." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 27, 2013
86% The Patience Stone (2013) " Exploitational eyes aside, "Patience Stone" can be pretty mesmerizing nonetheless, and it does anything but let the male breed off easy. " — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 27, 2013
—— House With A Turret " Acting is great, certain scenes really sing, but overall the film plays like a random collection of stressed-out people behaving weirdly. That gets tiresome, but then, so does trying to stay one step ahead of a warfront. " — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 27, 2013
92% The Spectacular Now (2013) " But even when the tone gets a bit puritanical in the stretch, director James Ponsoldt's respect for his characters keeps things relatively real and still entertaining. If only more teen dramadies could claim that elusive pairing. " — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 27, 2013
78% Monsters University (2013) " This one feels flat in both the visual invention and gag departments, even in 3-D!" — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 27, 2013
94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " Not just Jordan, but everyone from the likes of Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz to the crowd of BART-passenger bit players hit it convincingly, consistently." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 27, 2013
—— My Stolen Revolution " What emerges most remarkably from "My Stolen Revolution" is how consistently they all can still smile, even laugh, and clearly enjoy life now. " — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " Beautiful and atmospheric to the point of oxygen deprivation, Ain't Them Bodies Saints may have something to say about an outlaw couple's unbreakable love, but the movie is mainly engaged in flirting with pretension." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
99% Short Term 12 (2013) " There's a hilariously scatological tale told at the beginning, a sweetly uplifting one at the end, and in the middle a parable about a lonely octopus that may be the most heartbreaking thing you'll hear all year." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
47% I'm So Excited! (2013) " For a light and naughty festival opener, I'm So Excited! got the job done. The audience saw something kind of sophisticated but didn't experience any real turbulence. Or excitement." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
86% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " The performances in the film,... are both believable and riveting. The adult cast portrays characters with depth and substance, and let's face it, the kids are just downright adorable." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) " Stephen Frears directed and he hasn't done anything this well, or well-balanced, since The Queen." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
96% The Lunchbox (2014) " While films with this subject matter are often gooey at their core, The Lunchbox offers fully realized, tough-minded characters who just happen to be spicing up their lives with touches of humor and hints of mystery." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
75% Moebius " Whatever your tolerance for crazy Korean castration comedy, Moebius is an impressive formal achievement." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
—— My Dog Killer " Perhaps if Mihal were capable of displaying feelings, the movie would have engaged a little." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " A little less rhetoric and more natural-sounding dialogue would have been desirable. Then again, the general focus on one of the world's great political struggles is something to be appreciated in its own right." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " The whole thing is designed with a chipped paint and scraggly facial hair aesthetic." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " There are things to be said about how director Alain Guiraudie creates something of a universe with these basic elements, and expertly builds up a fog of fear-induced erotic attraction/confusion. " — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
94% The Past (2013) " Solid acting ("The Artist's" Berenice Bejo proves she can not only talk, but won Cannes' best actress prize doing it) pulls this sad story along." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
99% The Missing Picture (2014) " You'll leave this film of clay with a healthy hatred of ideology, and that will make you feel more alive." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
64% August: Osage County (2013) " Put all these folks around a table with Streep's Violet at its head and you get what may be the finest dinner battles ever recorded." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
88% The Wind Rises (2014) " The film can't help dragging in places by nature of its wonkish subject matter, but it always does so ravishingly." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
—— Congratulations (2012) " Don't expect Mike Brune's well-controlled feature directing debut to satisfyingly solve the central mystery, but do look forward to strange and amusing discoveries in the needy emotions department." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 26, 2013
92% In a World... (2013) " Actress Lake Bell's smart and funny feature-directing debut In a World... juggles sex farce, feminist critique, family conflict and showbiz satire pretty deftly. " — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 15, 2013
92% Nebraska (2013) " Nebraska is as bittersweet as its black-and-white photography, a cockeyed ode to Midwestern life and an argument for why the state's native son Payne got the hell out of there." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 14, 2013
91% The Great Beauty (2013) " The comparisons to Fellini have been plentiful, but The Great Beauty is very much its own thing." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Nov 14, 2013
76% Concussion (2013) " Robin Weigert gives an outstanding performance as a middle-aged woman who somehow learns to control her life by selling her body." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Sep 18, 2013
3/4 91% Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment) (2009) " Places its bets on illuminating the imperfect ways in which love, economics and artistry rule lives -- back then and, probably not much differently, now." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Mar 13, 2009
2.5/4 16% An American Affair (2009) " Out of its mind at a deep, essential level, An American Affair plays its dubious scenario with a straight face that makes the silly thing quite watchable." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Mar 13, 2009
2.5/4 78% 12 (2007) " Much about the state of the Big Bear today is revealed, and it would be unfair to deny that 12 has many cogent and sardonic insights into the country." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Mar 13, 2009
3.5/4 59% Phoebe in Wonderland (2009) " Phoebe in Wonderland introduces us to a smart new talent in Barnz and lets the more established members of its cast work at their top capacity. It's a film about kids graced with a mature aesthetic and rare behavioral wisdom." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Mar 6, 2009
3/4 82% Two Lovers (2008) " Writer-director James Gray's Two Lovers is an old story, well told." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Feb 13, 2009
2.5/4 59% The International (2009) " Beautifully shot, often in or against some of the world's most impressive architecture, The International is far from a total loss. It's just a film whose good assets don't pay off in gripping drama." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Feb 13, 2009
3/4 25% Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) " Isla Fisher [is] as bright a comic talent as anything Hollywood has to offer these days." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Feb 13, 2009
3/4 70% Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (2009) " Roberta Grossman's film nicely emphasizes the Seneshes' familial bonds while painting a persuasive portrait of a vibrant yet socially isolated young woman." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Feb 6, 2009
2/4 32% Fanboys (2008) " Yawn; real fannish obsession can be much more absurd, and unsettlingly fascinating, than this burlesque ever gets." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Feb 6, 2009
3/4 40% He's Just Not That Into You (2009) " It's a different kind of commercial romcom, and more serious toward its material than most. No life-changer, but worth a date night at least." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Feb 6, 2009
78% Owl and the Sparrow (2009) " The movie doesn't play as saccharine as it sounds, but gentle sentimentality runs this show nonetheless." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jan 30, 2009
29% New In Town (2009) " So elementary it makes most after-school specials look sophisticated." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jan 30, 2009
92% La Graine et le Mulet (The Secret of the Grain) (Couscous) (2007) " A long but always engaging movie, intimately framed and exuberantly acted by a mixed cast of amateurs and professionals." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jan 30, 2009
2.5/4 51% Notorious (2009) " Notorious is hagiography with guns, grass and flesh, but it's a kind of whitewash all the same." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jan 16, 2009
2.5/4 10% Bride Wars (2009) " Bride Wars could have been your typical cartoonish, early-winter wedding comedy. Although it certainly has moments like that, it's not as wacky as most of its ilk. Guess the bad news is that it's not much of a comedy." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jan 9, 2009
14% The Spirit (2008) " Now that they've gone and made Batman all serious and good, the campy comics hero movie mantle has been taken up by The Spirit." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jan 5, 2009
72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) " I found its state-of-the-art technical aspects more engaging." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Jan 5, 2009
3.5/4 91% Gomorrah (Gomorra) (2008) " Gomorrah brings subtle artistry and character insight to the observational, plot-drive-phobic school of filmmaking that's so popular among serious auteurs at the moment." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Dec 19, 2008
3/4 80% Nothing But the Truth (2008) " The two lead actresses play superbly rounded characters, both smart, tough customers unused to being pushed around, yet wives and mothers whose domestic concerns are as important to them as professional ones." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Dec 19, 2008
2/4 45% Yes Man (2008) " Yes Man is a nice movie about the benefits and limits of approaching life with an upbeat attitude, but a comedy that was actually hilarious would've had the same effect -- and been a lot more entertaining." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Dec 19, 2008
3/4 27% Seven Pounds (2008) " Equal parts bizarre and conventional, Seven Pounds is -- if not good -- an intriguing film." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Dec 19, 2008
3/4 79% Gran Torino (2009) " Clint Eastwood collects and distills everything we know he is capable of doing on screen -- some of which we might wish he hadn't done, but most of which we love. Even if we might be a little ashamed to admit it." — Los Angeles Daily News
Posted Dec 12, 2008
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