For 221 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bob Graham's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Mystery Men
Lowest review score: 0 Pitch Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 221
221 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    It is impossible to take your eyes off the screen.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    The new Planet of the Apes is not a remake, and it's not a sequel. It is an amazing display of imagination.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    It comes as a bonus that this romantic comedy is one of the rare pictures of its type that actually is about something -- the double-edged sword of celebrity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Part of the appeal of Topsy-Turvy is its generosity about human folly and shortcomings. Its wistfulness is very touching.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    A daring, free-spirited and ultimately moving performance by Benjamin Bratt lies at the beating heart of Pinero.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Don't be too quick to jump on Hurt with complaints of old-fashioned gay stereotyping. Only with a development well into the movie will the audience realize the layers he brought to Molina's role-playing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    A venemous Valentine to Hollywood sugarcoated with laughs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    People who see it may feel like dancing out of the theater afterward. Go for it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    A steady undertow of sex gives this French thriller a scintillating surface.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    This is a transcendent film, deeply committed and beautifully wrought. It will make anyone who sees it look at the world with new eyes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Needs to be seen and savored.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Anybody with a soft spot for fakers, who either identifies with them or just admires their chutzpah, is going to get a kick out of Happy, Texas.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Maybe it's no mystery how they did it, considering the aggregate comic talent, but this bunch achieves peaks of sublime nuttiness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Neither a "gay" movie nor a straight one; it is simply a funny one.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Potentially oppressive subject matter is redeemed by impeccable moral integrity and stunning artistry.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Leigh is perfectly cast as the game-pod goddess.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Digs up both laughs and chills from timeworn material.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Best movie of the summer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    An actors' feast.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    It is not merely a thriller but a shocker. It will separate hard-core Jet Li followers from the fair-weather fans.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Jim Jarmusch has come up with something strange and amazing.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    The comic contrast between the genteel snobbery of von Bulow, a Danish aristocrat, and Dershowitz's dry contempt for his well-tailored client is treated with understated but stinging wit in Nicholas Kazan's brilliant script. [9 Nov 1990]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    It is an exceptional accomplishment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Haunting music, the seriousness of the allegations and riveting interviews with Alexander Haig, Christopher Hitchens (whose book inspired the film) and others give "Kissinger" extra drama and urgency.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    In the person of Cameron Diaz, Mary is an island of sanity, good-natured humanity and genuine sweetness in an ocean of anarchy. Without her presence, There's Something About Mary would be merely sophomoric and tasteless.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    As close to perfect as filmmaking gets.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    The Coens' plotting, with its suspense and reversals, is a source of amazement and delight.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Where it really counts, though, it's the same good old comic action fantasy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    This thriller is so expertly -- and perversely -- poised that audience members may find themselves secretly rooting for the duplicitous Ripley.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    He (Aronofsky) has put together a phantasmagoria of self-destructive obsession that is so visually astounding it becomes its own saving grace. Otherwise, we might not be able to bear it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    An overwhelming experience.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Stir of Echoes is much more down and dirty (than "The Sixth Sense"), and the thrills are more visceral.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    The class act of action movies.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Delivers a sucker punch to the audience and then pulls the rug out from under it. It is sensational. It is also grimly funny.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Not a routine cut-and-paste horror but a full-fledged revenge fantasy -- and a completely satisfying one.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    All bets are off. For my money, Vincent Gallo wins the Triple Crown of indie filmmaking -- for writing, directing and starring in Buffalo '66.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    The Corruptor' quickly turns into a good bad-cop drama of fascinating moral complexity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Graham
    The audience, too, will be sorry to see this fleeting, beautifully made French film end.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Graham
    Has a saccharine quality but also offers a memorable performance by famed Spanish actor Fernando Fernan Gomez.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Graham
    Delivers plenty of laughs and succeeds on a level that recent ``SNL'' movies (``It's Pat!'' and ``A Night at the Roxbury'') didn't.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Sets off depth charges of the psyche.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    The dialogue is loaded with depth charges that take a while to explode beneath the surface.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    A sly variation on the buddy movie.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Although it takes something of a slog to get there, this thriller finally comes through where it counts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Ali
    Connects so often and so persuasively that its shortcomings -- the movie goes slack from time to time -- really don't amount to much.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    A quirky character study of the four-man team, led by Sam Neill as the crew leader who seems surrounded by an aura of sadness but is so dedicated that he's not above lying to Houston to buy time when something goes wrong.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    It overcomes some patchiness to turn into a rich emotional experience, ranging in degree from fire to ice.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    It's an audacious little comedy with bursts of hilarity and a certain giddy energy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    This is almost Mel Brooks territory: The frontiersmen think the Chinese are Jews, while the white settlers think it's the Crow Indians who are. Whoosh!
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Frequently hilarious.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    It falls short where it counts: In the final confrontation.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    A millennial medley to the max.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    If it seems to have the ingredients of an after-school special, the performances take it to another level. Gut level.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Sly and very savvy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    This is a solid suspense thriller that's fun. These stars have put it together in a spirit of playfulness -- as in playacting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    What The Thomas Crown Affair has to sell audiences is a fantasy of the life of the super-rich who jet off to Martinique on the spur of the moment, and the super-smart who operate outside the rules.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Has that Dickensian spirit wherein simple acts of kindness can bring an audience close to tears.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    This gory parody hits television where it hurts -- and draws blood. It will bring joy to the heart of anyone who hates TV.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    It is a spellbinding hour and 45 minutes of pure music, Latin jazz to be specific.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Isn't vicious. It's just cheerfully mocking as it courses the canyons and flatlands of Los Angeles.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    This warm, celebratory and very public film is punctuated by sudden and luminous private visualizations.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    A big-hearted celebration of the we're-all-in-this- together American way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Chunhyang is an extravagantly beautiful movie that many viewers are going to love and others are not going to be able to sit still for. That's their problem.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    What makes it interesting is the story that the viewer must put together, of a model who lives her entire life -- or at least what we see of it -- in front of the camera.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    If it doesn't always come off, enough headlong energy develops to carry it through.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    It is impossible to think of anyone but Costner in this role. His commitment and sincerity are never in doubt.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    A comedy of interracial wariness and misunderstanding marked by a refreshing lack of sappiness.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Totally involving.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    The no-sweat clunkiness of the detective plot becomes kind of charming.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Faye's presence provides an unexpected context for the photographer's circle, where the gay and straight worlds overlap, and adds a delightful dimension to Chop Suey.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Slowly unfolding but liberating film, which is also a rare look inside a circumscribed community.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Audiences will talk about how satisfying this movie is.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    It is a warm, closely observed satire of lived life, and it is a charmer.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    But the single most compelling performance may belong to Australian actor Guy Pearce.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Some will say this film is overly ambitious, but what the hell. The man put five years of his life into making this epic mystery. We can surely give it two hours of ours.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    The belly laughs finally start to come --legitimately.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    It's got unpredictable plot twists and unexpected laughs coming out of dark corners. The sharp-edged film also looks terrific.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Mystery skillfully evokes Victorian London's dark depths.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    The stuff of high romance, brought off with considerable wit, too. People are going to love it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    It's the kind of unpretentious movie that falls between the cracks, and for a certain kind of audience, the thoughtful kind, it would be a shame to miss.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Cage gives a performance that invites audiences to lay cynicism aside in a romantic fable.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    This movie knows how to entertain.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    If this is an example of Australian live-and-let- live, it is very likable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    This movie can be recommended only to dyed-in-the-wool fans of the genre. Anyone who goes into one of Miike's films must be prepared to be put through the wringer.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Goes Hitchcock one better by imagining what it would be like if the master had the advantage of digital technology.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    It would be nice to say that Blast From the Past is, but it ain't exactly. Half-blast is more like it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    The look of the film is first class, with muted colors but deep textures, the opposite of historical kitsch.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    While it is a spectacle of animatronics, digital graphics and other special effects, the actors are never overwhelmed by them as personalities.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    A mannerless, styleless brute, Bullock's Grace Hart is Eliza Doolittle in sweats.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    A surreal comedy about sex that comes as close to charming as Greenaway ever gets.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Most of the right laughs in most of the right places and some unexpected ones thrown in.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    The actors have enough appeal to keep it moving over the speed bumps.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    It is so propulsive so much of the time, it almost looks as if it's going to go the distance. If Washington & Co. don't quite manage to bring it home, the getting there sure is something.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    It's a kind of "sex, lies and videotape'' in suburbia.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    The scary thing about this spoof of '90s teen horror movies is how funny it is.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    No one else makes movies like this Spanish director.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    This feast of fantasy is worth it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Totally absorbing even when it, too, strays.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Absolutely the best single moment, beautifully presented, comes when the orphaned Harry looks in a mirror and sees his parents there. It is brilliant in its simplicity and very moving.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    This nasty, provocative comedy comes from a play by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.