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
2.5/4 36% If I Stay (2014) "The film is entertaining, but undemanding. It offers no twists, nor surprises. It plays out like a road map where every stop and turn is clearly marked. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 29, 2014
3.5/4 84% Rich Hill (2014) "As filmmakers Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo show, these are not bad boys, but troubled youths attempting to survive in environments in which it seems the cards are stacked against them. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 29, 2014
1/4 21% Into The Storm (2014) " "Into the Storm" plays like the bastard child of Syfy and the Weather Channel. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 10, 2014
3.5/4 68% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) "And, yes, "The Hundred-Foot Journey" falls back on a few clichés. Honestly, though, they are not that detrimental to the film, which is more a celebration of creativity and spirit. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 10, 2014
4/4 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "What is most appealing about "Guardians" is its swagger and devil-may-care panache. ... " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 31, 2014
3.5/4 80% Get On Up (2014) "Like most biopics, "Get On Up" is flawed, but once Boseman takes the stage, his re-creation ... makes you forget the little that is wrong with the film and just concentrate on enjoying the spectacle. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 31, 2014
1/4 23% Tammy (2014) " "Tammy" is tedious and dull, no matter how hard McCarthy tries to liven it up " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 66% Lucy (2014) "See "Lucy" simply to watch Johansson kick butt, spout some philosophy and, with the help of CGI, move through time and space with the casual swipe of her palm. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3.5/4 90% Obvious Child (2014) " "Obvious Child" covers some tricky and touchy territory, but it does it with such wit and warmth that only the most diehard pro-life fanatic could take offense. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 52% Jersey Boys (2014) "Eastwood has created a film that is more a celebration of the music and its impact, rather than an in-depth look at the performers, so the songs take center stage, which is the way it should be. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 24, 2014
3/4 63% For No Good Reason (2014) "The film has some slow spots; at times, it reaches pretention, but overall it is an interesting portrait of a contradictory individual who is proud of his work, yet questions whether or not it had any impact on the world. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " "Edge of Tomorrow" is laced with action and humor; the action coming during the various sequences on the beach, the humor with Cage reliving every day and confounding his fellow soldiers. ... " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) "The script squanders many opportunities for real laughs and it continually plays it safe with sophomoric humor that would create giggles in middle-schoolers. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 30, 2014
2.5/4 49% Maleficent (2014) " "Maleficent" is rather good, mostly because of Jolie. She does grab your attention. But, overall, the movie lacks the Disney charm that has carried its fantasies - live action and animated - into the hearts and minds of viewers. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 30, 2014
2/4 74% Godzilla (2014) "Coming on the heels of Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim," "Godzilla" lacks the jaw-dropping wow factor and emotional impact of its predecessor. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/4 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " "Spider-Man 2" lacks focus. ... Is it a love story about the challenges of being a superhero and having a girlfriend? Or is it the standard superhero vs. a cadre of crazed super-villains action feature? " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted May 6, 2014
2/4 61% Draft Day (2014) "As if the behind-the-scenes, same-day machinations that lead up to the NFL draft are not enough, its writers, Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph, pile subplot upon subplot, until they nearly bury the film's main storyline. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Apr 11, 2014
4/4 97% Ernest & Célestine (2014) "The film's main message is that friendship knows no bounds and that once one sees behind preconceived notions, a new world of possibilities can bloom. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3.5/4 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " "Captain America" is a grittier, more dangerous and darker movie than you've come to expect from the features in the Marvel franchise. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Apr 5, 2014
3/4 65% Bad Words (2014) "Bateman's directorial debut is solid. He seems on sure footing behind the camera. If only he had been up to suppressing the nice guy within, "Bad Words" could have achieved a distinctive level of satire and black humor. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 29, 2014
3/4 77% Noah (2014) "Aronofsky's Noah, as portrayed by Russell Crowe, is a darker, more flawed protagonist. He goes about his task with a single-minded obsession, a devotion to duty, that supersedes his commitment to his wife and children. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 29, 2014
1.5/4 40% Divergent (2014) " 'Divergent' is one of those movies that will have you asking question after question - and not getting any answers. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 22, 2014
3.5/4 93% The Past (2013) "The movie, which runs more than two hours, takes patience. It is slow-going most of the time. Yet, it does not feel contrived or false. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 8, 2014
2.5/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) "(Eva) Green ... is the main reason to see "Rise of an Empire." Her Artemisia is a cold, cruel, merciless and deadly commander who brooks no opposition from anyone, whether it is a subordinate or an enemy. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3.5/4 89% The Wind Rises (2014) " "The Wind Rises," nominated for an Academy Award as best animated feature, is a visual delight, with bright pastoral colors, clouds that float like ballerinas and clear, blue skies that envelop you. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 5, 2014
1/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) "If it were not for (Liam) Neeson's overly earnest performance, you'd think you were watching an "Airplane"-like spoof. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Mar 5, 2014
1/4 28% Pompeii (2014) "The movie gives off a vibe as if it were written in reverse. After all, Anderson and his screenwriters had a slam-bang finale. They just didn't pay much attention to the first three-fourths of the film leading up to the apocalyptic climax. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3.5/4 91% Nebraska (2013) "(Bruce) Dern is the reason to see "Nebraska." He shuffles along with a determination you grudgingly come to admire. He takes no guff, speaking his mind and brooking no opposition to his goal. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 24, 2014
3.5/4 75% Lone Survivor (2014) "In its quieter moments, the movie aptly displays the bond of brotherhood that unites the SEALS, as they tease, chide, encourage and protect each other. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/4 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) "What screenwriter William Nicholson, director Justin Chadwick and, most importantly, Idris Elba as Mandela, have done is capture the soul of this extraordinary man. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Jan 1, 2014
3.5/4 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " "The Wolf of Wall Street" is a bacchanal barrage of booze, broads and blow that will have you laughing - or shaking your head - because of its cynically unabashed exuberance. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 26, 2013
3/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) "It's a tribute to the ensemble acting ... that I breathed a sigh of relief once the end credits began to roll on this film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 26, 2013
3.5/4 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " "Saving Mr. Banks" vividly shows how the spark that ignites artistic expression can be struck from heartache, loss or even death. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3.5/4 93% American Hustle (2013) "Despite its drawbacks, "American Hustle" does have a rough-edged charm that holds your attention. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 20, 2013
2.5/4 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " "Anchorman 2" is inconsistent. Many jokes are telegraphed or entirely fall short. Yet the bulls'-eyes outnumber the misses. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 20, 2013
1.5/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) "The movie comes off as a ponderous placeholder for the grand finale or, worse, a gigantic trailer, creating the urge to go back and watch the much better "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " "Catching Fire" is more substantial than the first feature because it delves deeper into themes such as loyalty, love, honor, sacrifice and freedom " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 26, 2013
4/4 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) "McConaughey brings an unbridled fury and passion to his performance. His Woodroof is no saint, but he slowly moves from entrepreneur to a compassionate individual who makes it his mission to try to ease the suffering of others. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 15, 2013
2.5/4 66% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " "The Dark World," while a serious feature, does not take itself so seriously as the first film. It has a sly humor about it. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 11, 2013
3.5/4 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) "Ejiofor's performance is the heart and soul of the movie. He is transformed from a carefree and happy family man to a downtrodden individual who has the hope for rescue continually quashed or beaten out of him. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 1, 2013
3/4 60% Ender's Game (2013) "Despite its taut action sequences and strong special effects, the movie is ultimately depressing and bleak. It fails to reach any dramatic heights and seems spiritless, possibly because of its subject matter. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2/4 49% Escape Plan (2013) "Neither Stallone nor Schwarzenegger act - or recognize - their ages. Their enjoyment, even in such a cheesy production, is contagious. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 19, 2013
4/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " "Captain Phillips" is riveting - a movie anchored by strong performances in which the human drama is as compelling as the overall story arc. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3.5/4 97% Gravity (2013) " This matter-of-fact thriller disdains sensationalism. Yet, the situations have you holding your breath as each new challenge or obstacle impedes the astronauts as they use their knowledge to find ways to stay alive. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 4, 2013
3/4 78% Metallica Through the Never (2013) ""Metallica Through the Never" is an experience best seen and heard in IMAX. It will blow you away. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Oct 4, 2013
3.5/4 89% Rush (2013) "What makes "Rush" stand out is its emphasis on character rather than racing. By focusing on the men rather than the machines Howard shows us the high cost of achieving championship status. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Sep 27, 2013
3.5/4 81% Prisoners (2013) "The film's art-house sensibility separates it from your run-of-the-mill studio melodrama, as does the care Vileneuve takes to create multidimensional and complex characters whose flaws are at times reprehensible, despite their altruistic motives. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Sep 20, 2013
2/4 58% Riddick (2013) ""Riddick" is a routine, testosterone-driven action movie, the type that is released this time of year to fill multiplex screens while the studios gear up for their big Academy Award hopefuls. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Sep 6, 2013
1.5/4 2% Getaway (2013) ""Getaway" will actually have you laughing at several points. The problem is, I don't think that was the filmmaker's intention. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 30, 2013
4/4 93% The Spectacular Now (2013) "Unlike other teen movies, director James Ponsoldt has molded characters that seem real; they are not exceptionally sculpted or beautiful. He gets his young actors to believably express the confusion and insecurities that are prevalent among teenagers. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 23, 2013
3.5/4 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) "(Cate) Blanchett gives a fiery, vulnerable and complex performance that is sure to garner her a best actress Academy Award nomination, if not the golden statue itself. " ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Posted Aug 16, 2013
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