Bob Chipman

Bob Chipman
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Bob Chipman is a film critic, writer, video-producer and independent filmmaker from Boston. A lifelong student of film-history, filmmaking and popular-culture, he is a graduate of Salem State University with a degree in Multimedia Art and Film Studies. Best known his often humorously-tinged film reviews and unique video-gaming coverage, he's been published by The Escapist, Geek.com, ScreenRant, Birth-Movies-Death, The Mary Sue and was profiled by The New Yorker. In addition to reviews he is the creator of the popular webseries "The Big Picture," "In Bob We Trust," "The Game OverThinker," "Really That Good," "Good Enough Movies" and served as Chairman of the Boston Online Film Critics Association. He has published seven volumes of collected work and the original 'novelized let's-play' "Super-Mario Bros 3: Brick-By-Brick."

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
6/10 72% Triple Frontier (2019) Comprised so completely of seething, wordless manfeels and tension-breaking affectionate bros before things-that-are-not-bros sarcastic machismo that your media player might as well start emitting the vague scent of leather polish and rich mahogany. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
2/4 47% Captive State (2019) A dark, somber, low(ish)-budget, science-fiction political allegory that dares to ask the question "What if 'District 9' and 'They Live' were the same movie - and both took themselves much too seriously?" - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2019
7/10 79% Captain Marvel (2019) Starts out like 'Star Wars,' morphs into kind of a Riot Grrl 'Flight of The Navigator' and then turns into 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' once it heads back out into space. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3.5/4 75% The Wandering Earth (2019) Think Pacific Rim's heart in When Worlds Collide's body, wearing Armageddon's clothes; hinged on what's easily the most *ridiculous* not-outright-fantasy sci-fi conceit anyone has attempted to put to live action in (probably?) my lifetime. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
8/10 100% Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) What's most interesting about 'Horror Noire' is its unconventionally holistic approach to the subject. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
3/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) It's hard to imagine that the final coda won't tug hard at the heartstrings of truly devoted fans who feel they've "grown up" alongside Hiccup and Toothless. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
7/10 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Like the soulful, saucer-eyed Precious Moments Terminatrix it frames as a protagonist, 'Alita' is a high-tech hodgepodge [...] that paradoxically feels triumphant in the moments it works because you can see how much of it shouldn't have worked at all. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
8/10 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Ends up asking the younger side of the franchise's two-tiered audience to be the introspective ones this time. How often do you see that? - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/4 64% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) A classically-structured 'You Shouldn't Have Opened The Scary Box, Dummy!' campfire story that just happens to be set among exactly the sort of pretentious windbag characters who's very state of being is looking too hard at simple, obvious things.' - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
1/10 24% Polar (2019) Purports to be based on the comic series by Victor Santos. But in the watching it's immediately clear that it's true basis is a mistaken assumption that the 'John Wick' movies are easier to make than they look. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
1/4 23% Miss Bala (2019) I almost feel bad hoping [a franchise] eludes her for at least this one more attempt. It's nothing personal, I just can't imagine sitting through 'Miss Bala Returns' in two years. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
8/10 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) I appreciate this sequence as an adult, but it's because I recognize that when I was the age of these kids this part of the movie would've rated as 'THE GREATEST THING I'D EVER SEEN!' - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/4 19% Serenity (2019) Such an audacious, big, showy, bold swing of an idea I can't not respect that they took a shot at it. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/4 73% Destroyer (2018) [Kidman delivers] a tour-de-force performance that's all the more impressive considering she can be seen beating up fish-people in ridiculous-looking plastic armor in 'Aquaman' with equally sincere commitment elsewhere at the multiplex. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
2/10 48% Escape Room (2019) "THAT IS NOT, IN FACT, A TWIST! THAT IS IN POINT OF FACT LITERALLY THE OPPOSITE OF A PLOT TWIST - IT'S AN UN-TWIST! A PLOT-STRAIGHTENING!" - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
1.5/4 66% Vice (2018) "...aims to go both go big and go home with the definitive docu-come-dramedy takedown of the major political scandals of three whole Spider-Man reboots ago." - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/4 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) There's a few beats early where they cut to medium-closeup for the 'mischevious smile just for the audience' bit" that hit more like: 'OH! Wow, okay. There she is.' that I'm not sure I was suitably prepared for. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
1/10 32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) between this and Vice, perhaps Carell could stand to back away from the Oscar Bait for awhile. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2018
3/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Either the best bad movie or the worst good movie of 2018. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
8/10 93% Bumblebee (2018) Such a confidently put together, fully-realized, genuinely fun little film that it'd still be the best Transformers movie and one of 2018's nicest surprises even without [the] low-key gratuitous fan service. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2.5 72% Happy Death Day (2017) As fixes for reviving the slasher genre apart from "make them good again" go, this is actually a pretty ingenious one. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) Hums along about smoothly as what boils down to 'My Cousin Vinny Teaches Carlton Banks To Get His Blackness Back' probably can." - Moviebob Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
6/10 53% Once Upon a Deadpool (2018) That more isn't done with the "remixing" premise means that [it's] a lesser curiosity (albeit adjacent to a good cause) rather than the true companion piece to Deadpool 2 it could have been. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The best animated movie of the year and the first good Spider-Man movie in fourteen years. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2018
1.5 51% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) All dropped into a thoroughly ordinary-looking jungle environment with the palette of a dreary network drama and all the stylistic flourish of a sedan commercial; like bare fluorescent bulbs humming at full brightness in an otherwise bare beige room. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
3/10 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) One really shouldn't be able to make a premise that starts with 'Black Metal Ellen Page versus Ivanka as imagined by Frank Miller for The Button The Blows Up The World' [this] dull. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2018
5/10 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Not sure what we're supposed to expect from a dark, girl-power, Disney-brand sort-of sequel to The Nutcracker, [but] 'Helen Mirren fighting hussar Terminators with a bullwhip' isn't a key third act element that leaps immediately to mind. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
1 15% Robin Hood (2018) The kind of bad movie people end up talking about for years after, that fails because someone thought they had a big idea that nobody told them was a terrible idea until it was too late." - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2018
3.5 84% Creed II (2018) The actors are all on point, the storytelling through action is brutal, crisp and satisfying and whichever of the two credited screenwriters came up with Adonis' ring-entrance gimmick should get a special Oscar just for that note. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3/10 58% The Grinch (2018) No, really, that's [it] now: 'What if instead of an absurdly short-tempered psychotic hermit who snaps, the Grinch is a mildly depressed neurotic who doesn't manage seasonal affective disorder very well and eventually escalates for no good reason?' - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
2/10 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) A frustratingly perfunctory movie where the lack of a strong central story suggests that no one at the studio could think of a reason this series needed a Part 2 [either.] - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
0.5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) I'm not going to say it's the worst movie I've ever seen; but it's very possibly the worst prequel - the new low-point for expository, minutiae-obsessed, continuity-porn, anti-narrative in the "Cinematic Universe" era of blockbuster film making. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
0 17% Pixels (2015) It is cinematic strychnine. Celluloid chlamydia. I shouldn't even be here, this isn't my jurisdiction: I'm a film critic, and Pixels isn't a movie - it's an active crime scene. And the crime is cultural vandalism. - Moviebob Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5 81% Overlord (2018) I won't lie and say that the current state of the world hasn't made good, old-fashioned Nazi-blasting even more entertaining than it used to be; but the bottom line is that Overlord is [as good as] movies like this get. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5 23% Inferno (2016) Occasionally threatens to [become] the suburban multiplex answer to a lesser Dario Argento production. - Moviebob Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3 89% Doctor Strange (2016) Like looking at a black light poster on uppers: It's visually lovely, and you're having a good time, but there's also a small nagging sense that somebody might have brought the wrong drugs to the party. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3 74% Ghostbusters (2016) A great team deserved a greater story. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5 85% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Probably the best overall movie in the franchise since The Voyage Home. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
1 55% Jason Bourne (2016) I have always been completely baffled by what's supposed to be so fascinating about the Bourne movies. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
1.5 27% Suicide Squad (2016) [Feels] all at once like an irritating wallow in the paint-huffing waste-of-skin teenage version of anarchic excess and the infuriatingly fake, phony, mass-market corporate co-opting of the paint-huffing waste-of-skin teenage version of anarchic excess. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5 83% Sausage Party (2016) It is, simply stated, piss-your-pants funny - both in that I laughed almost hard enough to do that and in that it's the sort of humor where "pissing your pants" would be an actual punchline. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3 88% Pete's Dragon (2016) Anyone even a year or two older than Pete himself will be able to guess where this is going, but the magic is in getting there and Pete's Dragon is one of the most gentle, deliberate versions of this particular story to come along in a long time. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) The point here is to savor the intricately animated action sequences and to drink in the potent mood of the piece, which brings a kinetic edge to Laika's signature detail-heavy, slightly melancholy production design - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3 88% Don't Breathe (2016) A seemingly limited premise is rendered utterly riveting and tense as hell. - Moviebob Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3 86% Sully (2016) a welcome return to form for Eastwood after the depressing misfire that was American Sniper. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3 37% Blair Witch (2016) A cover set of The Blair Witch's Greatest Hits: Unreliable map, time-displacement, scary noises, stickmen, rockpiles, face in the camera, spooky house, stand in the corner, was-that-or-wasn't-that-a-witch, goodnight Cleveland there will be no encore. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
3.5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) The main comparative takeaway I can give is that neither one is precisely as good as Seven Samurai, but you already knew that. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2.5 65% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Eva Green doing the stern-yet-nurturing British headmistress routine? To borrow a quote from Patton Oswalt: Which gods did I please!? - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2.5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) A frustratingly incomplete half-measure overall, however understandable the sense that it might've been something more must have felt back in Park City. That final shot, though... damn, that really is something. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
2 51% The Accountant (2016) I can honestly barely be bothered to remember what the point of the present-day part of the story even was. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018