Bob Baker

Bob Baker
Bob Baker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Los Angeles Times
Biography:
Los Angeles Times film critic.
Publications: Los Angeles Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Ladies Lake (Lac aux dames) (1933) Colette's dialogue, some moody photography and Allégret's showcasing of his youthful cast are the main attractions. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
67% Quatorze Juillet (Bastille Day) (July 14) (1933) It's lovely but, oh dear, you think, I bet there's going to be a story. In fact, there isn't much of one. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
79% The Texas Rangers (1936) Nothing else is amusing though. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
53% Bird of Paradise (1932) This is Vidor at his most erratic, combining bathetic plotting and uninflected stereotypes with some smouldering pre-Code sexuality and the exercise, intermittently, of a powerful cinematic imagination. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
33% Gabriela (1983) Number one item on the agenda, however, is the camera's on-going perusal of the Braga bod. Mastroianni as Gabriela's main man lends an air of consequence to the proceedings. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2015
83% Downhill (When Boys Leave Home) (1927) It's directed by Hitchcock with imagination and, especially in the first half, much comedy. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2012
4/5 79% How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2008) Another victory for a first-time, full-length feature filmmaker with a curious, inventive eye and an unsparing point of view. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
67% J'Accuse! (I Accuse) (1919) This WWI melodrama is bursting with ideas and energy but void of such concepts as consistency, subtlety, credibility. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2008
3.5/5 53% The Family That Preys (2008) The film takes off when Woodard's and Bates' characters go on a Thelma & Louise-style road trip. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2008
3/5 29% Vice (2008) You've see this movie before, but you haven't seen it filtered through Madsen. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2008
No Score Yet J'Accuse! (I Accuse) (That They May Live) (1938) Pure Gance. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2007
100% The Man Who Laughs (1928) Baclanova is amusing as a decadent duchess, but it's Leni's pictorial genius -- aided here by what must have been an enormous budget -- that marks the film as one of the most exhilarating of late silent cinema. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
100% Un Chien Andalou (1929) [It's] a documentary rendering of the dream state, of dream logic... and/or a contrivance by two ambitious young Spaniards to offer as much outrageousness as an artistic alibi can cover. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
54% Return to Oz (1985) Despite the presence of Billina the talking hen, the emphasis on insecurity and peril harks back to the treat-'em-rough days of children's fiction, and the disturbing/comforting ratio tilts conclusively towards the former. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
70% Das Blaue Licht (The Blue Light) (1933) Riefenstahl's affirmation of the occult has a certain morbid interest, but it's as a performer, posing leggily atop cloudswept crags, that she most compels attention. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
90% The Story Of A Cheat (Le roman d'un tricheur) (1936) The peculiarity of the narrative is that it forgoes dialogue in favour of a non-stop commentary by the author... it's quite unique, with the hero's ruthlessness paralleled by Guitry's own in never letting anyone else get a look in. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
50% The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967) Nothing here to upset the kids, little to interest grown-ups except for Tony Hancock admirers. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
No Score Yet Bolero (1984) Erotic, surely, only for the very easily pleased. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
21% Mercury Rising (1998) Such is the not very high concept which the fitfully interesting Becker has to dumb himself down to the point of ignominy to put over. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2006
56% La Truite (1982) Losey's penultimate film is one of his most assured, depicting with unusual objectivity the impact of a type of personality met with in life from time to time, but not often in the movies. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2006
8% Night of the Lepus (1972) Impossible not to admire the total withholding of irony in Claxton's approach to this kamikaze project. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2006
96% Les Vampires (1915) There's a hero (a resolute reporter), but all the interest goes to Irma and Co -- their heists, their feuds with a rival gang and with the agents of law and order, all conducted by means of slaughter... on a scale and insouciance appropriate to the time. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2006
50% Fanny by Gaslight (Man of Evil) (1945) And 'ere we are again indeed, with this time the fastidious Asquith mediating the addictive pleasures of a Gainsborough period melodrama. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2006
100% The Westerner (1940) Toland's landscapes are superb. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2006
91% No Man of Her Own (1932) Lightly brushing at least three separate genres, this good-natured yarn (from a story by Edmund Goulding and Benjamin Glazer) eschews conflict at every turn. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2006