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For 241 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bob Mondello's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Stories We Tell
Lowest review score: 10 I Am Number Four
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 241
241 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    The end result is that Tiny Furniture plays like situation comedy, but with an overlay of performance art.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    Style over substance? Well, yes, but Dolan's a precocious talent (a decent actor, to boot), and at the advanced age of 21, has all the time in the world to deal with weightier matters. Heartbeats, meanwhile, is fluff - engaging, moody, visually snappy fluff.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    Page One is an insider's view, but if it isn't raking up any muck, it's not a love letter either.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    Mozart's Sister is consequently gorgeous, with candlelit shots looking like old master paintings - a fine match for music that takes your breath away.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    So it makes sense that Young Adult feels at times like a mashup of styles and genres - part curdled rom-com, part psycho-prom-queen flick, with a little "Revenge of the Nerds" thrown in.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    The lady was - and remains - a pro, still glowin', crowin', goin' strong.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    The Secret World of Arrietty may be too gentle and meditative to be the studio's breakout hit in this country, but it's another sweet advance, and further evidence that the Ghibli secret must soon out.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    The Hunger Games' pacing is brisk, its stakes as high as stakes get, and its leading lady engaging enough that the odds - at the box office at least - will be ever in its favor.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    The banter has zip, the effects are fun, the climactic battle is decently spectacular, and if the 3-D is mostly expendable, there are a few scenes where it adds a nice kick.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey isn't "unexpected" at all, though between its lighter tone and a decade's worth of improvements in digital film techniques, there should be enough of a novelty factor to delight most fans.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    An intriguingly complex portrait of both of its characters and of the time of flux they live in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    After sitting at his elbow that day, I can tell you how he manages the tricks I saw really close-up. Not mysterious at all: It's magic, pure and simple.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    Gordon-Levitt keeps things riotous for the film's first hour, and if he eases into an ending that's a little Hollywood-standard, after having so much fun tweaking form and content, I'm guessing audiences will cut him some slack.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    With most of its voices hailing from Broadway, it's a good bet the composers have one eye fixed on a future stage incarnation; makes sense, then, that there'd be references to a couple of Disney's Broadway hits. The opening number sounds a lot like "The Lion King"; then there's a "Beauty and the Beast"-style tour of the town.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    Oddly though, the most shocking thing about the film is that it often prompts laughs.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    Any slack, though is picked up by Shep Gordon, who seems every inch the "supermensch" of the title — splendid company, a sterling storyteller, and yeah, a real mensch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    Filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who are themselves impressive partners at this point) know enough not to mess with a successful formula.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    The sexual tension in Venus in Fur acquires a few specifically Polanski-esque layers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Mondello
    Director P.T. Anderson isn't generally a guy you go to if you're looking for answers. Questions are more his game, and that's as true here as it was in his far more serious pictures "The Master" and "There Will Be Blood." He is a terrific stylist, though, and the scattershot pleasures he's peddling in Inherent Vice may well satisfy those who like style more than substance, or maybe who like their style with substances.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Bob Mondello
    This is a world of dinner jackets and evening gowns, casual jaunts to Venice and Morocco; it's about elegance, style, money and perhaps too heady a mix of drink, religion and intrigue.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Bob Mondello
    It all contributes to making the story breathless and nerve-jangling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Bob Mondello
    Claude Miller's ravishingly shot drama A Secret gives up its titular mystery early, so it may seem odd to speak of the suspense it generates.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Bob Mondello
    Good demonstrates the surprising power of character flaws in drama. How else to explain that the portrayal of a good man who does nothing in Good should prove more dramatically compelling than the stories in "Valkyrie" and "Defiance" of good men who did good?
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Bob Mondello
    You'd think the weakest link in Fanboys would be that it's all in-jokes, but they're actually not so "in" that a casual fan won't get them.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Bob Mondello
    Tykwer being something of an architecture freak, controlling Third World debt also requires a trip to the rooftops of Istanbul, to Zaha Hadid's BMW factory, and to Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum in Berlin. All great fun in a story that's more kinetic than compelling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Bob Mondello
    Good Hair isn't selling anything but a good time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Bob Mondello
    Redmayne is hugely persuasive as a redneck geek -- you'd never guess he's a Brit with credits in classical theater.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Bob Mondello
    Eisenberg lets us see Sam's growing distress, and also the fortitude with which he faces down his fears -- few young actors are as adept at simultaneously conveying panic and bravado.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Bob Mondello
    The filmmakers tried to get him to tell his side of the story, but he's unwilling to appear on camera. Which leaves them in documentary limbo, since they've gone to great lengths to raise questions in the audience's mind about the case. The answers they've found are questions, their conclusion, inconclusive.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Bob Mondello
    Deathly Hallows I actually manages to be involving and kind of artful about the boredom and loneliness of heroism, while sounding a long throbbing drumroll for next summer's grand finale.

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