Bob Thomas

Bob Thomas
Bob Thomas's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Atlanta Journal-Constitution Jam! Movies Associated Press

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
99% Aliens (1986) Sigourney Weaver is merely terrific... When she straps on her armament to do battle with the aliens, she makes Sylvester Stallone look like a pipsqueak. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
40% A Chorus Line (1985) Attenborough hasn't solved all of the problems; claustrophobia sometimes creeps into the proceedings But he keeps the performances alive and the camera moving, and he has brought a stagy musical to glowing life. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
54% Police Academy (1984) Police Academy is a dumb-funny movie that succeeds by virtue of sheer invention. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
45% The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) There is also a troupe of Hollyactors who act out an involved plot calculated to extend the long duration of the picture. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
100% All About Eve (1950) All About Eve ranks among the smartest comedy-dramas in many, many years. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
97% All the King's Men (1949) Strong stuff, aided by great photography. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
94% West Side Story (1961) For the superlative-minded, West Side Story is the most expensive musical film ever made. It's also one of the best. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
93% Rope (1948) Rope is an interesting experiment which largely succeeds. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
57% A Date with Judy (1948) A Date With Judy burlesques the antics of 'teen-agers in a domestic comedy with music. The youngsters may well resent it, but their elders may find it diverting. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
67% Rachel and the Stranger (1948) It's an intelligent, tasteful drama. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
No Score Yet The Bribe (1949) The whole thing bogs down in an aged plot and implausible dialogue. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
60% Good Sam (1948) The film has several good laughs and no doubt some people will find it amusing and even philosophical. Others will find It episodic, confused and even embarrassing. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
27% Event Horizon (1997) Climax follows climax until the weary viewer wants to cry, "Stop, already!" - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
45% The Watcher in the Woods (1981) Watcher in the Woods is a first-class thriller, far superior to the usual run of frightened-girl, creepy house movies. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
90% The Year of Living Dangerously (1983) Memorable in Gallipoli and Road Warrior, Mel Gibson establishes his leading-man status. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
100% Local Hero (1983) Lancaster gets better with age; he is capital as the magnate with equal passions for astronomy and moneymaking. Peter Riegert is effective as his ambassador, and the Scottish actors are refreshing and adept. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
No Score Yet Second Thoughts (1983) There's nothing wacky about Second Thoughts except the reasoning that caused it to be made. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
No Score Yet Monsignor (1982) [A] mean-spirited film that might be considered sacrilegious were it not so ludicrous. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
67% Tempest (1982) Mazursky lets it all run too long, by a half-hour at least, but he also offers a menu of rare delights. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
58% Best Friends (1982) There are lots of laughs in the script by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson, as well as wry insights into modern relationships. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
No Score Yet A Little Sex (1982) The script by Robert DeLaurentis sometimes loses focus, but first time director Bruce Paltrow has staged it with handsome backdrops and attractive players. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
93% 48 HRS (1982) What makes it work are Walter Hill's switchblade-sharp direction, and the inspired teaming of Nolte and Murphy. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
81% The Pirates of Penzance (1983) The singing is full and rich, the casting inspired. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
89% Tootsie (1982) Both [Garr and Lange] are excellent, and Miss Lange continues her promise to become a superstar of the 1980s. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
100% Without a Trace (1983) There is a beautifully sustained performance from Kate Nelligan as the mother who would not abandon hope. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
77% Sophie's Choice (1982) Sophie's Choice is a rare film, literate, deeply moving and gifted with an absolutely awe-inspiring performance by Meryl Streep. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
67% Table for Five (1983) Table for Five, like Kramer vs. Kramer and Ordinary People, explores familial relationships with warmth and compassion. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
100% The Missionary (1982) The Missionary is a slice of English whimsy, often hilarious, sometimes merely outrageous. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
65% Frances (1982) There was material for a profound human tragedy in her life, but three writers were unable to uncover it. The result is an almost ludicrous parody of the Old Hollywood. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
92% Diner (1982) Diner is an absolute gem of a movie. Evocations of the American 1950 s have been filmed before, but none has provided more fidelity and warm good humor. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
98% E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) This is a real movie, with all those elements that have proved sure-fire through history; Laughter, tears, involvement, thrills, wonderment. Steven Spielberg also adds a message: Human beings and spacelings should learn to co-exist. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
78% Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982) The novelty value wears thin, and attention wanders as the plot turns grow more obscure. But there are enough outrageous gags to please the faithful. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
96% The Verdict (1982) Paul Newman has the role of his later career. He uses none of his blue-eyed charm, and scarcely ever smiles except while telling bar jokes. He IS the bruised Frank Galvin, and you feel for him with every shot of Irish whiskey and every legal defeat. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
53% Light of Day (1987) Light of Day flounders because of Schrader's simplistic symbolism: the rebellious children, the unhearing mother, the lifeless father. The story limps from one predictable scene to the next. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
71% Urban Cowboy (1980) As in Saturday Night Fever and Grease, [Travolta] plays a blustery, not-too-bright, young man with an electric personality that is fascinating to watch. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
97% Lost in America (1985) Brooks, who wrote the script with Monica Johnson, is a highly original comedic spirit. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
56% Year of the Dragon (1985) The bottom line: Year of the Dragon is a first-rate cops vs the mob melodrama that restores Michael Cimino's reputation as a gifted filmmaker. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/4 89% Rain Man (1988) Barry Levinson directs in masterful style It is his best effort in what promises to be a distinguished career. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
54% Annie (1982) Now for some good news: Aileen Quinn makes a perfect Annie, recalling Shirley Temple with her room-lighting smile and perky manner. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
74% The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) The period drama is richly textured and acted with intensity by Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons and a superior cast. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
72% Personal Best (1982) The leads are convincingly athletic, the characters well drawn. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
85% Tex (1982) The characters are vividly real, especially the confused, searching Tex of Matt Dillon, a natural-born star, and the solid, sensible Mason of Jim Metzler, who is also destined for an important career. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
85% Pennies From Heaven (1981) Literal-minded moviegoers will find it easy to hate Pennies from Heaven. But those willing to go along with the device will find the film a source of constant surprise and delight. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
86% Sharky's Machine (1981) Sharky's Machine marks Burt Reynolds' emergence as a first-class director of urban action-drama. With the skill of a veteran, he pilots a rollercoaster ride from one breath-taking sequence to another, with occasional pauses for romance and humor. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
88% Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Director Nicholas Meyer handles the human factor as deftly as the space hardware. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
No Score Yet Priest Of Love (1981) That fine actor, lan McKellen, who bears a startling resemblence to Lawrence, is unable to make him attractive. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
40% Yes, Giorgio (1982) Those who appreciate sentiment, gorgeous photography and full-throated singing will have a treat. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
No Score Yet The Escape Artist (1982) The Escape Artist is a glorious idea gone awry, yet it remains a pleasant 98 minutes in the theater. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
92% On Golden Pond (1981) On Golden Pond is a rare and beautiful movie, radiating with humanity. Ernest Thompson has adroitly adapted his successful play to the screen, adding pictorial scope without sacrificing the human interplay. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
94% Gregory's Girl (1981) Bill Forsyth, formerly a maker of industrial films, made Gregory's Girl for $400,000 with a cast of non-professionals. It provides more pure entertainment than many of Hollywood's overproduced epics. - Associated Press EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018