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The Brothers Bloom Reviews

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May 21, 2009
This movie is lively at times, it's lovely to look at, and the actors are persuasive in very difficult material. But around and around it goes, and where it stops, nobody by that point much cares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 11, 2009
Combining the comic caper film with a calculatedly offbeat, Wes Anderson-inflected brand of drollery, the movie gets both modes wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 15, 2009
Con man movies aren't easy to pull off, and writer/director Rian Johnson's stylish attempt in 'The Brosthers Bloom' doesn't quite cut it.
August 25, 2009
Militantly unenchanting
October 3, 2008
A con-game comedy that fails to life up to its illustrious predecessors.
May 27, 2009
The Brothers Bloom jerks us around without end. The cons and twists pile up like debris. If The Brothers Bloom had one more twist I would have screamed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
May 14, 2009
This labored quirkapalooza about fraternal grifters planning One Last Con, natch, has moments of charm but fails to pull off its narrative sleight of hand.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 14, 2009
burns bright with brilliance before sputtering out in the end
| Original Score: 3/5
May 18, 2009
I thought there really wasn't much substance there. It was almost too much style.
May 12, 2009
Infinitely pleased with its derivative, fanciful writerly convolutions.
December 5, 2008
The Brothers Bloom follows the rules of the con man genre well and for the most part is entertaining despite its random bits of lunacy and incomprehension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 12, 2009
It's the kind of wry, picturesque fable that recalls the work of Hal Ashby, with the difference that the late, great master had the red blood of political conviction running through his veins. This is a bloodless corpse by comparison.
May 13, 2009
[Director Rian] Johnson presents an intolerably glossy and emotionless exercise in style; he's so in thrall with his skill at blank pastiche that he only half-heartedly tries to make us care about the film's characters.
May 28, 2009
Johnson's lube of choice is whimsy, and as the filmmaker pours an endless stream of cutesy behaviors and larger-than-life screenwriting into the stew, Brothers Bloom eventually curdles altogether
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 8, 2009
This sibling revelry smackdown sting defeats its own elaborate cinematic narrative scheme, by failing to take itself seriously when ensuing dramatic events scream for it to do so.
May 7, 2009
Newbie director Rian Johnson ("Brick") fumbles his self-penned sophomore effort with an incongruously toned con story that is a chore to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 18, 2008
A globe-trotting con game adventure that has a degree of charm but also displays the exasperating indulgence of an ambitious auteur project that may have been more fun to film than it is to watch.
June 7, 2010
The eccentric humour is an acquired taste and the contrived story overstays its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 3, 2010
Oh dear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 16, 2009
Here's the problem: Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody are not Paul Newman and Robert Redford. They'd like to be and the plot has undertones of 'The Sting.' But they aren't - and it isn't.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
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