For 222 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bob Graham's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Corruptor
Lowest review score: 0 Pitch Black
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 222
222 movie reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    The most striking effect of the Technicolor process is its subtlety. The viewer is aware of the gradations of flesh tones in Leigh's face and can see the color rise in her cheeks. The exact color of her eyes is a source of fascination (they are gray-blue with flashes of green).
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Ran
    In Ran, the horrors of life are transformed by art into beauty. It is finally so moving that the only appropriate response is silence.
    • 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]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    The class act of action movies.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    An overwhelming experience.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    No one else makes movies like this Spanish director.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    It is a spellbinding hour and 45 minutes of pure music, Latin jazz to be specific.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Graham
    For a bighearted effort like this one, some patience on the audience's part is not too much to ask. Go ahead. Take a chance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Where it really counts, though, it's the same good old comic action fantasy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    At times, Anderson may be too brilliant for his own good, and there is a risk that viewers will tire of the director's relentlessly prowling camera.
    • 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!
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    This warm, celebratory and very public film is punctuated by sudden and luminous private visualizations.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Graham
    A very smart noir about gambling, smartly directed by Mike Hodges -- until almost the very end. It craps out in the decisive London casino heist scene.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Has that Dickensian spirit wherein simple acts of kindness can bring an audience close to tears.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    The look of the film is first class, with muted colors but deep textures, the opposite of historical kitsch.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    A steady undertow of sex gives this French thriller a scintillating surface.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    It is an exceptional accomplishment.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    An actors' feast.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    People who see it may feel like dancing out of the theater afterward. Go for it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Graham
    It is wonderful to see how Sheedy gives shape to this performance -- her eyes, a photographer's eyes, carefully sizing everything up. [18 June 1998, Daily Notebook, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    The Coens' plotting, with its suspense and reversals, is a source of amazement and delight.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    This nasty, provocative comedy comes from a play by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    It's a kind of "sex, lies and videotape'' in suburbia.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Best movie of the summer.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 25 Bob Graham
    It's astonishing that so much money, talent, technical expertise and visual imagination can be put in the service of something so stupid.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Pi
    It proceeds, weirdly enough, from the truly annoying to the absolutely fascinating.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Neither a "gay" movie nor a straight one; it is simply a funny one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    A venemous Valentine to Hollywood sugarcoated with laughs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Sets off depth charges of the psyche.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Graham
    If this movie ever figured out what it wanted to be when it grows up, it would be a terrific one.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Graham
    It's more psychological than a genre movie, and that is the source of both its greatest interest and its biggest problem.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Potentially oppressive subject matter is redeemed by impeccable moral integrity and stunning artistry.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Love and basketball -- if you like either one, here is a movie for you.
    • 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
    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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Graham
    Has a saccharine quality but also offers a memorable performance by famed Spanish actor Fernando Fernan Gomez.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Audiences will talk about how satisfying this movie is.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Leigh is perfectly cast as the game-pod goddess.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    It is a warm, closely observed satire of lived life, and it is a charmer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Totally absorbing even when it, too, strays.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Stir of Echoes is much more down and dirty (than "The Sixth Sense"), and the thrills are more visceral.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Jim Jarmusch has come up with something strange and amazing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Graham
    The audience, too, will be sorry to see this fleeting, beautifully made French film end.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    Needs to be seen and savored.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    If the dialect is hard to comprehend, that soon becomes part of the joke. It's unlikely that even the British audiences who made Lock, Stock a big hit got it all.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Bob Graham
    Anyone expecting a flashy Bond-style fantasy is going to be disappointed.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 50 Bob Graham
    Story pitches are made. Coke is snorted. There is lesbian sex. Fellatio. An earthquake. A murder. Just another day in Hollywood.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Graham
    If the movie sometimes seems not to come to much either, it does have something to say to those patient enough to stick with it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Graham
    When the film sticks with the eccentric comedy of a highborn woman attracted to a preoccupied genius, it works splendidly. When it strays into melodrama, it is as ill-equipped as Luzhin.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    This feast of fantasy is worth it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Graham
    There may be no more unusual movie around than Vengo.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Graham
    Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence are back together and give both of their careers some new life in this sentimental comedy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Graham
    Fascinating -- up to a point.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Isn't vicious. It's just cheerfully mocking as it courses the canyons and flatlands of Los Angeles.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Totally involving.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    It overcomes some patchiness to turn into a rich emotional experience, ranging in degree from fire to ice.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Graham
    Rich supplies some eloquent grace notes, and Van Sant uses them to make understated music.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Bob Graham
    Dumb.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Graham
    It's probably pointless to complain when a movie sets out to be stupid and actually is. (And the people who came up with a couple of these ideas think male models are dumb.)
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Sly and very savvy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    The stuff of high romance, brought off with considerable wit, too. People are going to love it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Graham
    It is well-made in an old-fashioned way, and its straight-arrow lack of cynicism may be old- fashioned as well.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Graham
    The glossy ensemble cast is consistently interesting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Graham
    Cube falls into the dreaded trap of allegory -- aaaaaargh! -- and the clunky dialogue makes a midnight bull session seem brilliant by comparison.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    The actors have enough appeal to keep it moving over the speed bumps.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Neither true believers nor newcomers to the phenomenon will be disappointed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    This good-natured comedy is set off by the high spirits of its stars.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    A millennial medley to the max.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    Thoroughly engrossing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Graham
    Straddles a number of genres -- horror film, lovers on the lam, fairy tale -- and gives them all a cool, knowing spin.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Graham
    Keeps sinking into its own grimness.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    If this is an example of Australian live-and-let- live, it is very likable.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    A big-hearted celebration of the we're-all-in-this- together American way.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    It's an audacious little comedy with bursts of hilarity and a certain giddy energy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Graham
    The Corruptor' quickly turns into a good bad-cop drama of fascinating moral complexity.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Graham
    A crackerjack combination of live action, special effects and recycled footage.

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