Bob Bloom

Bob Bloom
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I was born in New York and am a 1970 graduate of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, was a bachelor's degree in journalism. I have been working at various newspapers since 1970 and have been writing about the entertainment industry and doing movie reviews since 1977. I am currently the movie critic at the Journal & Courier in Lafayette, Ind.
Favorites:
All-time favorites: Field of Dreams, Singin' in the Rain, City Lights, Casablanca, Adventures of Robin Hood, The Masked Marvel, Adventures of Captain Marvel, 1776, The Maltese Falcon, The Matrix, Jason and the Argonauts and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Location: Lafayette, Ind.
Official Websites: jconline.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 79% Let Him Go (2020) A sense of foreboding and air of menace hang over the movie. The odor of disaster and tragedy is very palatable. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
3/4 74% Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013) The best parts of the movie are at the festival itself. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
3.5/4 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' is a feature with no middle ground. Fans of Cohen most likely will embrace it, while more traditional and, yes, conservative, filmgoers will most likely despise the film and Cohen. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
3/4 92% Give or Take (2020) 'Give or Take,' directed by Paul Riccio and written by Riccio and Effros, takes its time heading where you sort of know where it's going to end up. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
3.5/4 86% On The Rocks (2020) The plot of "On the Rocks" is simply the peg on which Coppola can explore the nuances of a marital relationship. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3.5/4 88% Save Yourselves! (2020) Even during their various misadventures and face-offs with "poofs," Fischer and Wilson continue to satirize the couple's self-absorbing obsessions. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3.5/4 73% A Call to Spy (2020) Thomas and Pilcher have created a cinematic tribute to unsung heroes who helped defeat fascism not just by transmitting information but by inspiring others to fight from within and embrace hope. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
2.5/4 64% I Am Woman (2020) Keeping "I Am Woman" from just being another biopic is the performance of Tilda Cobham-Hervey as Reddy. Behind her soft-spoken demeanor is a determined woman who knows the potential of her talent and refuses to be deterred from getting what she wants. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
3/4 100% Unprescribed (2020) 'Unprescribed' is a call to arms to get the government and its agencies, especially to VA, to help those who sacrificed for the United States by giving them to the best care possible - including by legalizing medical marijuana ... - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
3.5/4 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) The performance of Patel is the foundation on which the film is built. He is appealing and vulnerable as the young man who is ashamed of his poor beginnings yet finally embraces them, as he realizes they helped shape the man he has become. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
2/4 60% Tesla (2020) The crucial flaw with "Tesla" is that it, ironically, lacks spark. Almereyda's depiction of Tesla may be accurate, but cinematically it filters the spotlight that this nearly forgotten forward-thinker deserves. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
3/4 89% Love & Debt (2019) 'Love & Debt' ends on a note of hopeful uncertainty. It is a movie that offers lessons that hundreds of families who are struggling today can learn from and embrace. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
3.5/4 83% Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies (2020) The documentary, written by Paul Fishbein and Danny Wolf, and directed by Wolf, is a thorough, entertaining and 110-plus year historical excursion not only through the movie industry by through Americans attitudes about skin and sex. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/4 89% Sputnik (2020) Director Egor Abramenko slowly builds the story, keeping us on edge about the secret within the cosmonaut. Even before we see the creature, an atmosphere of dread hangs over the film. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
2.5/4 61% Radioactive (2020) Pike endows Marie with an obsessiveness and brilliance that brightly burns. But she also displays the woman's vulnerability and the emotional scars left from childhood by the death of Marie's mother. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
3.5/4 94% Yes, God, Yes (2020) The performance of Dyer carries the film. She ... displays all the insecurities and uncertainties common to all ... teens. She is sensitive to how people react to her and what they think of her, she battles to curb her curiosity about sexual matters. ... - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
3.5/4 79% Greyhound (2020) At 91 minutes, "Greyhound" is presented in an understated, non-spectacular, matter-of-fact manner. By foregoing histrionics, Schneider magnifies the heroics and glory of these courageous individuals. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
2.5/4 73% Assassin 33 A.D. (2020) 'Assassin 33 A.D.' plays like a project film majors at Oral Roberts University would produce as their senior final exam. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
3/4 88% Fame-ish (2020) 'Fame-ish' is easy to digest. The atmosphere is very realistic, since the film was shot at Geek Kon 12 in Middleton, Wis., and many of the extras are actual convention attendees. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
3/4 65% Mighty Oak (2020) Despite some clichés, "Mighty Oak" is a tender, positive and empathetic feature that will touch your heart. And the music is a bonus that helps elevate the film. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
2.5/4 40% Irresistible (2020) "Irresistible" is safe and it's fun, but such a satire about today's dysfunctional political climate should be more ferocious and unforgiving. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
3.5/4 74% The King of Staten Island (2020) The movie is a mixed bag of crazy, comedic and dramatic moments that, at times, fail to coalesce. Yet it has a melancholy tenderness that - despite its 136-minute running time - keeps you constantly involved. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/4 88% Shirley (2020) Decker keeps you wondering what is real or figments of Shirley's imaginings for her novel. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
2/4 63% My Stretch of Texas Ground (2019) The problem with "My Stretch of Texas Ground," which was directed by Erich Kemp and written by Ralph Cinque, is that it gets too bogged down with extraneous scenes and situations that fail to advance the film. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
3.5/4 92% The Vast of Night (2020) Patterson uses a very deliberate pace to advance the movie. He tantalizes us with clues and breadcrumbs, heightening suspense while keeping us glued to on-screen events. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
3/4 87% The Trip to Greece (2020) Their patter is so unforced and natural and not just because this is their fourth go-round. They make you feel as if they are personally connected and enjoy each other's company. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
2.5/4 85% Soundwave (2018) 'Soundwave' is taut; no moments seem wasted. It's a nifty little picture that, despite some shortcomings, will capture your imagination. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
3/4 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) Feldstein elicits a vulnerability and awareness that makes you root for and embrace her. You hope she finally discovers and accepts her true self. The film's journey is one you will enjoy sharing with this talented young actor. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
3/4 100% Turnover (2019) 'Turnover' is a charming and embraceable feature that touts the power of friendship, love and acceptance. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
1/4 60% The Bellmen (2020) Early in the film, we are told that the life of a bellman is all about doing a great job to earn big tips. Well, here's one: next time you want to produce a comedy, make sure it's funny before you let anyone see it. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
3/4 100% The Third Strike (2020) Jones' film provide many examples of young men who, because of the cookie-cutter nature of the law, are wasting away in prison without the possibility of parole, while more violent offenders ... are released back into society. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2020
2.5/4 61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Overall, the movie lacks the voltage necessary to relate this epic tale in the manner it deserves. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
3/4 83% Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (2020) Even if "Once Were Brothers" is tilted toward Robertson's version of events, it, nevertheless, makes compelling viewing. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
2.5/4 88% The Dalai Lama: Scientist (2020) (The film) is the story of a leader whose lifelong search for truth and knowledge, as well as his fascination with science and technology, has led to a movement welding fact and spirituality into a cohesive bond that he hopes can expand learning. ... - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
3.5/4 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) It's filled with wonderful moments and expertly captures the turmoil within that overwhelms many teenagers who cannot give voice to the emotions churning in their minds and hearts. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
3.5/4 100% Valiant (2019) 'Valiant' is not about wins and losses; it's not even a tale of a team far exceeding its expectations. It is a tribute to conquering despair and pain and embracing sports to regain strength and rise above the horror that crushed a city. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
4/4 100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) Rather, it is a story about heart and determination for one group of Americans to show the rest of the nation that they deserve the same guarantees of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that we all supposedly enjoy. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
2.5/4 56% Resistance (2020) "Resistance" makes for engrossing viewing, shining a light on a little-known portion of the life of a man who became one the world's most celebrated artists. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
1/4 47% Silent Panic (2019) I guess writer-director Kyle Schadt is trying to say something about people's responsibility to others, but his point is buried under all the complications he piles into his screenplay. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
1.5/4 68% Human Capital (2020) The fine cast, despite valiant efforts, fails to bring their characters to life; they are merely representations of greed, selfishness or desperation. They are thimbles, not fully fleshed-out people. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
3/4 84% The Traitor (2020) Favino portrays Buscetta as a man struggling with his conscience, not for the crimes he has committed, but because of the storm he knows will rain down on him for breaking years of mafia tradition. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
3.5/4 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) Beneath its gloss, "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" is about how women - considered property that can be used as barter in a patriarchal world - cope with the constraints life allows them. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2020
3/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Whannell makes a wise choice emphasizing the plight of Cecilia, rather than the tired old clichés of an invisible man running amok. It makes it easier for the audience to accept the premise and identify with Cecilia's situation. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3/4 93% Ordinary Love (2020) The film's villain is not so much the cancer, but the insidious havoc it wreaks on relationships and the mortality of existence. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
2/4 70% Olympic Dreams (2020) Pappas and Kroll, who wrote the script along with director Jeremy Teicher, fail to provide any emotional peaks that their characters need to climb. The movie is too understated and tame. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
3.5/4 92% The Assistant (2020) In a sense, "The Assistant" is like an old-fashioned horror movie in which all the murder and mayhem occur off-screen, so it is left to our imaginations about what happens behind closed doors. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
2.5/4 46% Night Sweats (2019) While "Night Sweats ... keeps you involved and arouses your curiosity about the cause of the disease, the movie's very limited budget handcuffs the film, as it uses few sets and locales around New York City. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
2/4 40% The Song of Names (2019) The mystery surrounding Dovidl's disappearance should be the most compelling aspect of the film, but director François Girard's approach is so clinical and unemotional that it dilutes the urgency of Martin's mission. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/4 93% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) This story of lost and missed opportunities should have more of an emotional heft that binds you to the characters. Unfortunately, at times, the movie feels distant, as if director Karim Aïnouz is content to simply allow you to watch events unfold. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/4 75% The Gentlemen (2020) The movie offers enough sizzle to keep you warm during these cold times. - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020