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The Brothers Bloom Reviews

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Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
May 29, 2009
Watching this movie is like being elbowed in the ribs for two consecutive hours.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 28, 2009
The Brothers Bloom is to precocious adventure movies what Crank is to action throwdowns; it finds the genre's limit and doubles it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 28, 2009
The Brothers Bloom feels different from any crime caper you've ever seen, even though its machinations still revolve around con artists who play tricks on each other -- and the audience.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 28, 2009
Although it's got a strong cast and visual panache, Johnson willfully dispenses with the caper complications that might have made it more fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 27, 2009
It's all a con, but thanks to Johnson's way with characters and dialogue, we don't mind the hustle so long as we're rewarded along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 22, 2009
Even if you don't quite comprehend the ending (there seem to be 12 of them), you'll still feel the wallop of its consequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 22, 2009
It's not blockbuster material, but this clever picture is a romantic -- and genuinely amusing -- charmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 22, 2009
Ruffalo turns in another take on his soulful smart guy; Brody's all loosey-goosey charm (watch how he plays a harmonica, with his eyes lazily sliding over it); Weisz make something poetic from her ditsy yet forthright character.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 22, 2009
The leads have zero comedic skills, but you can tell they're being funny because they all wear sarcastic hats.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 22, 2009
The writer-director builds on his tremendous gift for gab and fondness for intricate narratives.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
May 22, 2009
A screwball comedy for the New Depression, "The Brothers Bloom" makes an abundant number of erudite references that mean almost nothing, and, like most con-man movies, it can't be trusted.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 22, 2009
A globetrotting heist film that starts off terrifically and then progressively deflates.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 22, 2009
These components add up to precious little in this precious affair too concerned with its look to say much worth listening to.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 21, 2009
A con game about con games, the second film from writer-director Rian Johnson is breezily enjoyable for about 10 minutes, until you realize the entire movie is going to be pitched at the same exuberantly manic pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 21, 2009
Rian Johnson's direction is as self-conscious as his script, but, helped by winning performances from Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel Weisz, it comes off as clever, even if the writing seems strained at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 21, 2009
That rare and wonderful thing: a movie lover's movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 21, 2009
This is either going to sound to you like a high old time or a teeth-grinding exercise in forced frivolity, and that might sum up the appropriate range of responses to The Brothers Bloom.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 20, 2009
Annoyingly hammy and trite.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 18, 2009
Scheduling blunders aside, this is worth seeking out because, despite its low profile, it offers the rarity of "summer fun" without the seemingly obligatory "dumb" appended to that descriptor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
May 18, 2009
I thought there really wasn't much substance there. It was almost too much style.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
May 18, 2009
Rian Johnson's clever, impressively shot film [features] outstanding work from [its] three leading actors.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 15, 2009
One question rings hollowly in the brain for the length this painfully twee romp: What hath Wes Anderson wrought?
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 15, 2009
Imagine Dirty Rotten Scoundrels filtered through the increas ingly hermetically sealed sensibility of Wes Anderson, and you've got Rian Johnson's disappointing The Brothers Bloom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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New York Daily News
May 15, 2009
There's a tradition of cons in storytelling, yet not everyone can pull it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 15, 2009
Ruffalo has some of the sharpest lines, and Brody's soulfulness is ideal for the role of a disillusioned introvert. With her enthusiasm, warmth and intelligence, Weisz is an inspired choice to play Penelope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
May 15, 2009
The irony is that outside of the manufactured oddities, Weisz's performance is the best thing in the movie: an old-school screwball turn of hypercurious pep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 15, 2009
Beyond that your response to the movie, which takes too conspicuous a delight in its own cleverness, is likely to be a shrug and a "so what?"
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 15, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 14, 2009
Johnson sets viewers up for greatness, but ultimately offers much milder pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 14, 2009
Ruffalo and Brody bring weight and a tinge of melancholy to the otherwise frivolous proceedings, though, by wisely underplaying their roles.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 13, 2009
It often seems precious and overconceived, its accumulating crosses and double-crosses as devoid of consequence as a child's backyard game.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 13, 2009
The novelty here, and it's a good one, is that Johnson decorates and deepens the gamesmanship with tender shoots of family feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 13, 2009
The Brothers Bloom reveals a limited formal artist who relies on cutesy montages and a Cat Stevens song to glom onto borrowed emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
May 13, 2009
Johnson has infused The Brothers Bloom with so much heart and beauty that one can and should easily overlook its discomfiting moments.
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
May 5, 2009
An awfully good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 3, 2008
A con-game comedy that fails to life up to its illustrious predecessors.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
September 10, 2008
As a pair of brothers raised to be topnotch grifters, Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo are seldom allowed to play off of each other amid the film's breathless busyness and adoration for eccentricity.