Bob Bloom Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

Bob Bloom

Bob Bloom
Bob Bloom's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 93% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Johnson ends the film with the rebel forces on the defensive and with their resources mostly spent. Yet he offers a sliver of hope - there's that word again - as he assures us, when the screen fades to dark, that brighter days are ahead.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
3.5/4 94% The Shape of Water (2017) 'The Shape of Water' is one of the best films of the year. It ... has del Toro's fingerprints all over it. It is a dreamy, albeit, at times, violent, feature that is more classic animated Disney than Universal horror, in story and presentation.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
1.5/4 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) The film, set at Coney Island in the 1950s, feels like a play that (Woody) Allen wrote, then shelved because he had second thoughts after rereading it.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
3.5/4 93% The Disaster Artist (2017) James Franco's story about filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, his friendship with aspiring actor Greg Sestero and Wiseau's making of his film, "The Room," is funny, creepy and a most singular experience.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/4 84% Darkest Hour (2017) By showing Churchill's fears and anxieties, Oldman elevates the man from a two-dimensional historical figure to a flawed human being, who mustered the courage to meet a great and grave challenge that could alter the course of history.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3/4 82% Loving Vincent (2017) The film is a labor of love for its creators, a tribute to an artist who was neither appreciated nor understood until after he was gone. ‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3.5/4 97% Coco (2017) 'Coco' has a big heart. It's an embracing experience that stresses not only the importance of family, but of heritage - of who your ancestors are and why they made the choices they did.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/4 80% The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' has its gloomy moments, but, overall, it trumpets not only the author but the holiday.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
1.5/4 40% Justice League (2017) For whatever reason, the creative minds at Warner Bros. and DC seem to hit a wall of kryptonite when it comes to translating their comic-book heroes to the big screen.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2017
4/4 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird' is a fresh and sincere feature, a wonderful and compassionate coming-of-age story that is funny, observant and endearing.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2.5/4 81% The Square (2017) 'The Square' makes you uncomfortable; it is off-putting, which may be (director Ruben) Ostlund's intention.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2/4 58% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) 'Murder on the Orient Express' is 114 minutes; the 1974 version was 127 minutes. This remake feels longer because it seems to bog down at places, interrupting the flow as Branagh turns the camera on himself, ruminating about his past and his lost love.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3.5/4 71% Wonderstruck (2017) Affonso Goncalves' editing at times resembles that of an old movie serial, as he cuts from one story to another just as a big revelation - that will advance each story - is forthcoming.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) 'Thor: Ragnarok' is a wild ride, a boisterous amusement-park excursion that will divert you from beginning to end.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2.5/4 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Lanthimos uses a heavy-handed approach, diluting any suspense that the director is trying to build. Yes, the film exudes tension, but it feels forced.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2.5/4 54% LBJ (2017) As a depiction of an individual who put nation ahead of politics and self, "LBJ" is like the man himself - flawed but larger than life.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3/4 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' is at times simplistic - detailing, for example, how money and fame taint and corrupt - but it also celebrates the wonders of childhood that cannot be stifled by parental missteps and ignorance.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 76% Thank You for Your Service (2017) Writer-director Jason Hall does not overtly savage the Veterans Administration, but he does spotlight the bureaucracy and red tape that delays much-needed help and care - physical, emotional and mental - for our returning veterans.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
2/4 33% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) The movie lacks intensity while covering one of the most dramatic constitutional crises that befell the nation.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
1/4 8% The Snowman (2017) Everything about "The Snowman" is off-kilter, as if those behind the camera wanted to simply rush through the filming and get it into theaters as soon as possible.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
3/4 66% Breathe (2017) The movie is rather warmhearted and sentimental, which is no surprise, since Cavendish's son, Jonathan, was one of the producers.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3/4 89% Only the Brave (2017) 'Only the Brave' is more a portrait of dedicated men - regular guys with flaws and problems like the rest of us - who perform extraordinary deeds to protect their neighbors, homes and families.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
3.5/4 95% The Florida Project (2017) The performances by the children, especially (Brooklyn) Prince, are magical and unforgettable. You will think of them long after you leave the theater.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2017
3/4 62% The Foreigner (2017) 'The Foreigner' is a somber and violent feature that shows the deadly consequences of violent extremism.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
3.5/4 83% Marshall (2017) Reginald Hudlin directs "Marshall," and while the trial is the movie's centerpiece, thematically, it also serves as a backdrop that shows segregation, prejudice and racism - in all its ugly incarnations - is not confined to the South.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
3.5/4 86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) Robinson's feature is one of those films that will make you view Wonder Woman differently and muse how she would be presented today if Marston's vision had been fully realized.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
4/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) The strength of "Blade Runner 2049" lies in its humanity. For a movie dealing mostly with artificial life, the film touches on such issues as memory, freedom of choice and the rights of individuals.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
2.5/4 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) When a foul-mouthed Elton John flips off the head villain and uses martial arts moves to defeat some of her minions is the most satisfying and original pieces of this sequel, you know the movie has problems.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/4 94% Stronger (2017) (Jake) Gyllenhaal uncomfortably wears Bauman's unsolicited fame. It's a mantle he wants to shed as quickly as possible.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3.5/4 68% mother! (2017) 'mother!' is one of those movies where you know from the outset that, while the world on screen may appear normal, something is definitely off-kilter.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3.5/4 100% California Typewriter (2017) 'California Typewriter' is a very likable, eccentric excursion. It goes deeper than you may at first believe. It will make you look back and reflect on the cost of technology to the mind and the spirit.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2.5/4 71% Viceroy's House (2017) So, it is sad that her passion project is compromised by a story saddled with a clichéd star-crossed love story that is unworthy of a political solution that ultimately cost about 1 million lives.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
3/4 85% It (2017) 'It' succeeds because the kids are relatable and director Andy Muschietti ... spends as much time in letting us get to know the kids as he does on the terrifying events that propel them to band together and take action.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/4 77% Crown Heights (2017) Otherwise, 'Crown Heights' is a sensitive and compelling story of the injustices of a flawed and broken judicial system that finds it easier to use its weight to beat down those on the lower rungs ... than ... uncover the truth and be fair and impartial.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
2.5/4 97% Columbus (2017) Even the impressive structures throughout the city cannot disguise the fact that we've seen these characters before. They lack depth and, at times, appear as human props supporting the architecture.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3.5/4 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Plaza's portrayal of Ingrid drives the movie. She creates a character who is desperate, insecure, pathetic and a bit psychotic. Plaza makes you simultaneously feel sorry for Ingrid and uncomfortable being around her.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
2.5/4 97% Menashe (2017) 'Menashe' could have used a bit more fire and spirit. It's commendable that Weinstein does not overly dramatize the prime conflict, but that also dilutes the film's poignancy.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3.5/4 91% Good Time (2017) (Robert Pattinson's Connie) is a pathetic mop of a man who always seems to be reaching for something - even if he does not know what that is.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
2/4 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Nothing in "The Hitman's Bodyguard" is original nor surprising. This is a by-the-numbers action feature with the usual quota of fights, vehicle chases and explosions.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3/4 93% Logan Lucky (2017) 'Logan Lucky' succeeds because Soderbergh shows not only respect for his characters, but reveals their hearts and souls. He gently pushes you to embrace them.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
3.5/4 79% Brigsby Bear (2017) ('Brigsby Bear') is a gentle and kindhearted movie that will embrace you like a good-night lullaby.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
3.5/4 83% Detroit (2017) The film steps on your neck, cutting off your air and daring you to attempt looking away.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
2/4 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) 'Atomic Blonde' is not a bomb; it's more of a dud. What should have been cinematic fireworks instead is a series of colorful sparklers.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
3/4 90% A Ghost Story (2017) (The film) is about insubstantiality. As a character ... explains, nothing lasts - not books, not art, not culture, not people and not relationships. Everything is a slave to time that keeps its own pace and cares nothing for manmade or natural creations.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
4/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) Wisely, Nolan's movie is not about the "big picture." At about 106 minutes, it's a fast-paced, rousing story of soldiers and civilians confronting overwhelming odds, their moral compasses, fear and the specter of death.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
2/4 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) ... it is a formulaic tale of government cover-up, refugees in hiding, a magical-like creature and political corruption. It sounds more like Earth in 2017 than a galactic saga set centuries in the future.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
4/4 98% The Big Sick (2017) The movie is no fairy tale; it rings sincere because it shows the warts and blemishes that make perfect love nearly impossible, but allows true love to climb its way to the top of relationship mountain.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2017
3/4 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) 'War for the Planet of the Apes' is a summer blockbuster told with skill that entertains, as well as offering some ideas that make you ponder whether humans are as advanced as we think we are.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3.5/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) (Tom) Holland deftly wears Parker's uncertainties and insecurities - not only about his responsibilities as Spider-Man, but also about the hazards of navigating the shark-infested waters of high school.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
2.5/4 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) 'Despicable Me 3' is not as good as the first two franchise movies, but that is usually expected as sequels basically follow a reverse Darwinian curve - devolving instead of evolving.‐ Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017