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For 273 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bob Mondello's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 The Artist
Lowest review score: 10 I Am Number Four
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 273
273 movie reviews
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Bob Mondello
    Stoppard, remember, wrote the screenplay for the 1998 film "Shakespeare in Love," which brought wit and romance to this same period. Tulip Fever is not in that film's league, but it's lush and boisterous and crammed with the sort of arts gossip and commerce trivia that go nicely with gilded frames and talk of tulip futures.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Bob Mondello
    The plot doesn't quite sink Baywatch, but it sure slows it down.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Bob Mondello
    Jacobs argued that what looks to officialdom like disorder is actually what makes a crowded human landscape function — it's just a more complex order. This compelling documentary lets you see the beauty she found in that complexity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Bob Mondello
    Taki and Mitsuha think they're dreaming, and after about the first 40 minutes of their shimmering film, you may think you are, too.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Bob Mondello
    God Knows Where I Am turns out to be every bit as much a story of panic as "All This Panic." But where teenagers flail, Linda is resigned ... her tragic story a study in stillness and, ultimately, in silence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Bob Mondello
    The camera captures intimate moments with musing, chattering young women who, as All This Panic goes on, seem not so much consumed by panic as by motion — dancing in a club, running on a beach, hopping a subway or a cab, exploring ... trajectories.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Bob Mondello
    As a writer and a remarkably accomplished first-time director, Peele layers other notions on top as he's inverting those — about servitude, about social privilege, about law enforcement and "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" - style liberals.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Bob Mondello
    With all the aerial dogfights, armored combat vehicles, grenades, flame-throwers and snipers, Rogue One feels like a film for those who think that most Star Wars movies are insufficiently like World War II flicks. Or maybe that they should more closely resemble computer games.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Bob Mondello
    An action flick entertaining enough to justify the more than $100 million it took to make it come alive on-screen. And come alive, Deepwater Horizon does, in 107 minutes of terse, tight storytelling, a good 95 of which are white-knuckle tense.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Bob Mondello
    If body count is what you go to Westerns for, by all means drift into this one's corral. It's hardly magnificent, and apart from its casting it's not doing anything particularly original with its premise. But it's diverting in about the way you'd expect of a remake twice removed — call it a perfectly competent seven.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Bob Mondello
    Director Michael Grandage hails from the stage. So does screenwriter John Logan, so where films about writers are often filled with raised eyebrows rather than raised voices, these guys actively encourage grand gestures. Like the characters, they are intoxicated — not just by jazz or bootleg liquor, but by words.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Bob Mondello
    Robert Cenedella, the titular painter in the briskly entertaining new documentary Art Bastard, is a New York artist who has spent years battling the New York art establishment. To be clear, he is a bastard, in that he was born to parents who weren't married. But also in that he's an inveterate troublemaker — a mocker of other artists — who can be a thorn in the side of even people who are trying to help him.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bob Mondello
    If weird is what you're looking for, The Lobster is, claws down, the rom-com of the year (though possibly not one you'd want to choose for a first date).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Bob Mondello
    All of which is to say that most of the real world challenges that Leo DiCaprio faced in "The Revenant," 10-year-old Neel Sethi faces plenty persuasively in The Jungle Book's digitized world.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    It's also violent to point of sadism, explicit both visually and in terms of language. A potty-mouthed splatterfest, in fact — but a funny one.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Bob Mondello
    What elevates this standard, if relentless, plot line is that The Revenant feels like high-wire work without a net.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Mondello
    It's not an easy sit, but it is a riveting, effective one, and a genuine change from the familiar conventions of most holocaust dramas.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bob Mondello
    All you really want to know is whether it's good, right? Well, in fact, it is better than it had to be.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Bob Mondello
    James White is never more moving than when the filmmaker shows his callow hero doing the best he can: when James helps his mom weather a particularly rough patch, for instance, with what amount to real-life bedtime stories. Imagining happy scenes he's pretty sure she'll never see — of James all grown up.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Bob Mondello
    It remains a decently robust and entertaining midlevel Bond movie — just one that's haunted by the specter of its predecessor.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bob Mondello
    The film's tension comes partly from a raft of terrific performances — everyone's good, and Fassbender's stellar — and partly from juxtaposing Jobs' public and private personas. He could make cheering audiences believe he was changing the world, but backstage ... not so much.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Bob Mondello
    The rich, not-always-rule-following mosaic of Iranian life he's created in Taxi — at once inspired, and inspiring — is the portrait that the outside world will see of Iran.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bob Mondello
    China's Cultural Revolution was a period of political turmoil, launched by Mao Zedong in 1966, a dark decade that many in Chinese society would prefer to forget. So it says something that Zhang Yimou's new drama Coming Home, which is set during those years, has been a big success in China.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Mondello
    By the end, The Tribe has revealed itself as so original, and so chilling, it's likely to leave you speechless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Bob Mondello
    In their no-budget-goofball way, these minifilma are genius. Sheer genius. This kid, you figure, is gonna grow up to be quite a storyteller. And in a sense, he did.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Bob Mondello
    Spy
    It is, in short, a generous, smart, sexy comedy, surrounding this generous, smart, sexy star. About time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    Those pole riders swaying high above the action - hired from Cirque du Soleil, don't you know - there to help make "Fury Road" a gorgeous, scrap metal demolition derby of a popcorn picture.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Bob Mondello
    As captured by the Safdies, they are — one and all — persuasive, arresting and fiercely in the moment, whether scamming or shooting up or doing heaven knows what to get by.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Mondello
    Tomorrowland is designed, just like its theme park namesake, to celebrate optimism.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Bob Mondello
    About Elly, a thriller perched right on the fault line between modern thinking and Islamic tradition.

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