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
3/10 53% Mortal Kombat (2021) Say it with me now: You're not actually supposed to give a damn about 'lore' until after it happens - that's why it's called LORE! - Moviebob Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
7/10 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Has a title, premise and dual-lead cast designed to make anyone interested say: "All I need to see is the Monkey punch the Dinosaur and I'll get my money's worth!" ...from a studio apparently ready to say "We're prepared to hold you to that!" - Moviebob Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2021
8/10 82% Nobody (2021) Father's day came early this year! - Moviebob Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
4/10 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) [How does a studio] decide that the Amazonian Feminist Warrior-Princess Superheroine should have her ENTIRE psychological background, emotional center, raison detre and main moral conflict just be 'Chris Pine's penis?' - Moviebob Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2020
5/10 83% Mank (2020) The Manky Mankfest of a film that Mankers have been waiting for! Every other movie this year might as well just go Mank themselves! - Moviebob Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
9/10 95% Soul (2020) Among the year's loveliest, most poignant and moving pieces of work animated or otherwise. - Moviebob Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
8/10 81% Over the Moon (2020) The first "Disney-a-like" in decades that's good enough to eclipse some of the genuine articles! - Moviebob Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
8/10 83% Freaky (2020) Gotta love a modest programmer that knows it has a genius hook and is determined to do everything it can with it. - Moviebob Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
2/10 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) A bloated, meandering, histrionic nightmare melodrama that at least answers the question: 'What would the White People version of a Tyler Perry movie be?' - Moviebob Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
7/10 80% The Old Guard (2020) You've seen Charlize Theron beat the sh** out of people and rock the "hot mom at the gym who doubles-up on arm-and-shoulder day" look but... I mean - why would you NOT want to see it again? - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
8/10 79% Greyhound (2020) I can't not admire just how committed it is to the form of being, effectively "They Don't Make 'Em Like THAT Anymore: The Movie." - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
7/10 63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Fantastic to realize that Rachel McAdams ISN'T being forced to be the straightwoman to Ferrell's madman - both halves of Fire Saga are equally dumb, earnest, silly, absurd characters and it's fun to watch her and Ferrell one up eachother across the film. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
3/10 48% My Spy (2020) When I say you've seen every gag, I mean the closest thing to a fun moment is a slapstick bit that's literally stolen almost beat for beat from True Lies. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
6/10 93% Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (2019) What we're seeing isn't simply more domestic nostalgia trying to ironically justify itself - but in part a sincere view of The Global South processing the second-hand cultural flotsam exported to it by the rest of the world. - Moviebob Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
9/10 92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) The bulk of it clearly belongs to Lindo. Always an underappreciated actor, he's absolutely ICONIC here as a profoundly tormented, deeply-disturbed figure who effectively shifts between being one of the heroes and occasionally the villain of the piece. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
7/10 47% Scoob! (2020) Might be the best movie for 8 year-olds ever to be made entirely out of pop-culture callbacks that no one under 45 is likely to recognize. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
7/10 67% Extraction (2020) Accidentally as close as anyone has come to capturing a "Call of Duty" game on film (right down to the agreeably over-the-top, very VERY R-rated body-count and blood-spilling. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
9/10 93% The Outpost (2020) Stylish without relying on over-stylization with a sense of pace and aesthetic informed more by a middle-ground between real field footage and first-person-shooter energy than yet another attempt to outgun "Black Hawk Down." - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
9/10 90% Blood Quantum (2020) "One of the best zombie movies of the 21st Century." - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2020
9/10 70% Butt Boy (2020) You may not be able to believe what the one-of-a-kind detective-thriller/horror-satire Butt Boy is actually about - but [it might be] one of the best films of 2020. Seriously. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
8/10 86% Color Out of Space (2020) Manages to plant its flag as one of the more solid Lovecraft movies to date by succeeding in the main place the author often fell down: Humanity. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
5/10 57% The Hunt (2020) An instantly-iconic 'this is a born action-heroine' turn by [Gilpin] ... She looks sharp with the weapons, spits out her one-liners with aplomb and looks like an absolute beast in the brutal hand-to-hand combat moments. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
6/10 30% Bloodshot (2020) Overall, though - I didn't 'dislike' it - But please, guys... don't make me have to watch a Ninjak movie. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
7/10 88% Onward (2020) Wisely settles into being a largely straightforward mismatched brothers road-trip movie that happens to take place in this bizarre setting, with the magical lore business kicking into higher gear as the stakes require in Act 3. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
6/10 91% The Invisible Man (2020) A dark, fairly grounded and relentlessly unnerving thriller about domestic-abuse and psychological torment that's aiming hard for the 'subtext that's also just text' style of topical horror. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
7/10 No Score Yet Dragon Quest: Your Story (2020) Appreciated from a distance as an art-object it's kind of a fascinatingly weird, beautiful oddity - especially when they're done with the plot stuff and can just hit the 'montage' or 'battle scene' button (which is... often) - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
8/10 62% The Call of the Wild (2020) Seriously does not want to be one single thing more than a quietly-moving movie about an old man and a dog camping in the woods and figuring out what's really important in life - and it really commits to that. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
2/10 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Bland, flat, basic off the shelf pablum meeting the minimum requirements of being 'technically a movie' because someone paid for the rights to Sonic The Hedgehog and had to make it eventually. An even worse version of Howard The Duck - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
9/10 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) A raucous, deeply strange piece of punk-rock pop-art that's probably as close as anyone has come to making a Takeshi Miike or Sion Sono movie (or a Troma flick, for that matter) on a studio budget in years. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
8/10 64% Gretel & Hansel (2020) Exactly what you'd get if a producer in the Arkoff/Corman mold handed a hungry filmmaking team copies of The Witch and Mandy and said 'Mash these into one thing and wrap it around the skeleton of a marketable public-domain IP!' - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
7/10 75% The Gentlemen (2020) God damn if Guy Ritchie isn't still better than anyone else on the planet at making exactly this movie. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
3/10 14% Dolittle (2020) The only consistent element is noting that Robert Downey Jr is officially powerful enough as a top-billed star that once he decided to start doing this particular 'funny' accent as Dolittle... nobody was able to stop him. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
6/10 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Without the signature 'Bayhem' action, it mostly feels like another action film. Not a bad one, but not really anything special apart from connection to a franchise old enough to be a nostalgia-reference to itself. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
6/10 21% Like a Boss (2020) A serviceable if forgettable buddy comedy mostly noteworthy for everything it doesn't do moreso than anything it actually does. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
7/10 47% Underwater (2020) Basic competency - How I've missed you! - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
4/10 21% The Grudge (2020) The dramatic payoff to the buy-in of all this bleak seriousness never really amounts to anything and it makes the viewing kind of a chore. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
10/10 95% Little Women (2019) Easily rates as the finest adaptation of the classic novel ever undertaken; an elevating and transcendent work where Gerwig does for Alcott what Francis Ford Coppola did for Mario Puzo. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
7/10 89% 1917 (2020) 'Arthouse World War I mood-piece as live-action videogame Let's Play' isn't exactly a populous subgenre; though one has to assume 'What if Ernest Hemmingway had made Hardcore Henry?' is a pitch that would raise at least a few eyebrows. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
3/10 19% Cats (2019) You'd think you couldn't make a scene like 'WereCat Taylor Swift literally drugs a roomful of other cat-persons into a horny psychedlic frenzy for her suggestive burlesque number' inert and bland... but they found a way. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
8/10 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver have both honed their individual characters and chemistry to a very strong place, and their scenes together are easily the strongest in the film. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
7/10 37% 6 Underground (2019) A "Why can't things just WORK, damn it!?" save-the-world daydream processed through a lens of pure, unrestrained Bayhem; espousing what can only described - without prejudice! - as a benevolently-fascist (SMALL-f!) fantasy of utopian philanthrocapitalism. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2019
8/10 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Has other, more interesting, uncomfortable things on it's mind - and the most uncomfortable of all is [when] you start to realize none of these people are as bad as you want them to be. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
9/10 91% Uncut Gems (2019) How'd we end up in a place where the new crime movie starring Happy Gilmore, the voice of Elsa and the power forward for the '07 to 2013 Celtics is... honestly kinda BETTER than the new crime movie starring DeNiro, Pacino and Joe Pesci? - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
7/10 97% Knives Out (2019) The difference [is in] Johnson's now infamous signature flourish of letting utterly traditional (even formulaic) sequences play out exactly as the audiences have been trained to expect and then going "Okay but what if not?" - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
8/10 78% Frozen II (2019) It's none the less pretty damn impressive how resolutely the film commits to doing it differently this time. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
7/10 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) I like the audacity of what it's willing to throw out, the new stuff it's willing to bring in, the new places it's set up to go and the fresh 21st Century angle enough that I wish the rest of it wasn't merely "pretty darn good." - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/10 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) ...on the other hand, every minute Woody Harrelson spent making this was a minute I was NOT closer to having to watch "Venom 2," so - thanks? - Moviebob Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
7/10 39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) A wickedly-subversive dark fairytale with a high fantasy aesthetic dominated (occasionally in the most suggestive sense possible) by Jolie; flashing a blinding vampire smile of ivory fangs and blood-red lips as the ultimate 21st Century Goth Goddess. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/10 68% Joker (2019) A shallow movie playing at being deep, a basic movie that thinks it's complex, not even particularly shocking or violent or transgressive enough to be "outraged" about in any meaningful way. It has nothing much to say - and yet it won't shut up. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
7/10 83% Ad Astra (2019) An Awards Season scifi-drama from 2019 cast like a $100 Million Summer blockbuster from 1998 with an early-2000s premise and 2010s Terrence Mallick-y whisper-narration framing device, shooting for the Oscars in 2020 - how's that for space-time dilation? - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019