The Brothers Bloom Reviews

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June 9, 2010
We feel regularly discombobulated on the sea of this movie's ideas - which is a good thing for people feeling marooned by the general stupidity of this summer's film releases.
June 4, 2010
Sharp, funny and stylish, but still, something doesn't quite fit...
November 12, 2009
This is the kind of "movie movie" that puts everything in quotation marks, letting Johnson indulge his most romantic daydreams.
November 9, 2009
If not for Rachel Weisz, the movie would be too literary, too clever, too pleased with itself. Her character makes it emotional, although she's not the main focus.
May 29, 2009
Watching this movie is like being elbowed in the ribs for two consecutive hours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 22, 2009
It's not blockbuster material, but this clever picture is a romantic -- and genuinely amusing -- charmer.
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.
May 22, 2009
The writer-director builds on his tremendous gift for gab and fondness for intricate narratives.
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.
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.
May 22, 2009
A globetrotting heist film that starts off terrifically and then progressively deflates.
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.
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.
May 21, 2009
That rare and wonderful thing: a movie lover's movie.
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.
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