The Brothers Bloom

Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26

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  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    The Brothers Bloom has it all: charming romance, jaunty adventure story, witty dialogue, gorgeous cinematography and superb performances.
  2. The jaunty, energetic first 10 minutes of The Brothers Bloom are easily the best first 10 minutes of any film I've seen this year. And while the succeeding hour and 43 minutes doesn't hold up to the movie's opening scenes, the whole endeavor is still an awfully good time.
  3. This time we expect to be played, but the twist is that we're also touched -- which, the film implies, is the cinema's own form of deception.
  4. 75
    The Brothers Bloom with satisfy those with a yearning for lighthearted heist tales, comedies, and offbeat romances.
  5. 70
    Johnson has infused The Brothers Bloom with so much heart and beauty that one can and should easily overlook its discomfiting moments. The truth is, the film's even more profound and touching upon second viewing.
  6. 70
    The Brothers Bloom is all about exploding forms, tropes and archetypes. But it's also a charmer, a witty sandbagging of one's resistance to fairy tale and a movie afflicted with a kind of comic Tourette's syndrome.
  7. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    70
    A little bit of screwball comedy and a lot of film noir, add a dash of suspense-drama, and half a dozen card tricks too, then you have the recipe for making The Brothers Bloom.
  8. 67
    Johnson sets viewers up for greatness, but ultimately offers much milder pleasures. The film isn’t an outright con, but it’s easy to feel a little misled by the end.
  9. Never achieves the satisfaction of a real crackerjack con movie.
  10. 63
    Weisz infuses comic complexity into the ensemble, which is at times genuinely funny.
  11. 63
    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.
  12. 63
    Even after the plot has left you behind, you still watch The Brothers Bloom with a smile, because the actors are so engaging.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 170 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Apr 3, 2013
    4
    So your watching a movie and it is very character and dialogue driven. Then you suddenly realize that your favorite character in the filmSo your watching a movie and it is very character and dialogue driven. Then you suddenly realize that your favorite character in the film hasn't said a word. I would say chances are your not enjoying the film all that much. I sought out The Brothers Bloom after loving Johnson's Looper last year, and liking Brick quite well after that. Hopefully The Brothers Bloom will be a little remembered blip on the directors resume as his career continues. It is the story of two orphaned brothers who at an early age develop a knack for the con.

    In my opinion a good con movie is hard to pull off. First of all you have to make the audience connect with characters who are doing deplorable things because that is who your story has to center around. I think Johnson does this well enough. Secondly the con needs to be written so the audience understands it, but it fools them. It also must be believable enough that the target would be fooled as well. This is my biggest issue with The Brothers Bloom. The major con is so dull in fact that I had little interest in any twist that would come. Johnson also falls into the annoying habit of twisting the twist. When a director does this too often I don't feel pleasantly fooled anymore, I feel annoyed with the direction the story has taken.

    The Brothers Bloom does again show off Johnson's ability to build an entertaining world. The characters are entertaining, each with a distinct style. I enjoy Johnson's use of score and music where necessary. Johnson is a stylish filmmaker and that is on full display here. Overall this film just falls short in its story arc, and at the end of the day that is the most important part of a con film.
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  2. Jan 30, 2013
    9
    It has action, cheerful comedy, touching romance, tricky capers which are never what they appear to be, and a style of its own that makes theIt has action, cheerful comedy, touching romance, tricky capers which are never what they appear to be, and a style of its own that makes the film a fantastic original that certainly deserves more acclaim than it has received. Full Review »
  3. Jun 22, 2012
    9
    Loved the story line, the directing, writing, photography and the editing. Gave it a 9 score because it genuinely held my interest. AdrianLoved the story line, the directing, writing, photography and the editing. Gave it a 9 score because it genuinely held my interest. Adrian Brody and Rachel Weisz had real charisma and Mark Ruffalo was a fantastic foil. Great Locations too. What's not to like? Full Review »