The Brothers Bloom

2009

The Brothers Bloom

Critics Consensus

Despite strong performances The Brothers Bloom ultimately does not fulfill its lofty ambitions.

68%

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Total Count: 156

64%

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When the younger of two notorious sibling con artists announces a plan to go legit, his brother implores him to carry out one last swindle in the eagerly anticipated sophomore feature from Brick writer/director Rian Johnson. Tired of a life on the run, a confidence man who has dedicated his life to the art of the grift decides to call it quits. Despite his plans to leave his criminal past behind, however, the reluctant scammer finds that his brother has masterminded one last scheme to claim the wealth of an eccentric millionaire (Rachel Weisz). With the opportunity to make enough money so that he would be able to live comfortably even if his legitimate endeavors fail, the heretofore unrepentant con man finds it increasingly difficult to refuse his sibling's potentially profitable endeavor. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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  • Jul 29, 2014
    The Brothers Bloom is a film that is fairly average entertainment, a picture that had the potential of being a great movie, but comes up empty handed in the long run. I'm not saying that this is a bad film, quite on the contrary, but you do end up expecting more considering its interesting premise. I expected much more out of the film, and considering that the film was made by director Rian Johnson who would later helm the incredible Sci Fi action film Looper. Here he makes a good film that leaves a lot to be desired by the time the film concludes, and at times, the story could have been polished and there are things that could definitely have been improved upon. To me, it feels like the film managed to deliver and entertaining ride, but its potential is wasted on a script that could have been perfected a bit more before being made. I expected so much from this film, and it was a bit of a letdown. The Brothers Bloom isn't bad, like I said, but it should been much better as well considering the talent involved in the project. The Brothers Bloom is entertaining for what it manages to do, but by the times the credit, you definitely feel that something's missing to make this a film worth revisiting. Luckily director Rian Johnson has made a much better follow-up and with that being said, Johnson is a skilled filmmaker, but here he really should have focused on developing the script a bit more to make a truly memorable film. The Brothers Bloom had its heart at the right place, but for genre fans, they might want a much better film than this, and your expectations for this one should to enjoy something good, but definitely not great, and you might like it. I did like the film, but it should have been better.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2013
    The Brothers Bloom is an ingenious con artist film from writer/director Rian Johnson. After giving up the trade two brothers reunion for one last con, but reality begins to blur as this time the con may be too real. Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel Weisz form a great cast, and really work well together. The writing is also quite impressive, and is full of clever, snappy dialog. Additionally, the film has an interesting aesthetic that has a classic but timeless look to it. A brilliant and well-crafted film, The Brothers Bloom is fun and entertaining. "The perfect con is one where everyone involved gets just the thing they wanted."
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2012
    The film's so ambiguous it's ingenious.
    Eddie C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2012
    Although Johnson took a step back in the originality department, 'The Brothers Bloom' is a decent sophomore effort from the exciting director. The leads do a solid job of oozing charisma and their comic delivery is fine. The film is written with whip-smart dialogue too. The first two thirds of the film are only okay, but the plot and characters really start to pick up in the final third, with a satisfying ending. It seems you can usually count on Johnson for a solid payoff, as long as you don't become too bored by about halfway through. Substituting the neo-noir feel of 'Brick' for a quirky heist comedy, Johnson shows he is versatile as he is creative.
    Kase V Super Reviewer

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