For 43 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bob Strauss' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Emergency
Lowest review score: 25 Naked Singularity
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 43
  2. Negative: 2 out of 43
43 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Strauss
    “It’s not what it looks like” is both the marketing tagline for Emergency and an accurate description of this ingenious independent film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Strauss
    While Stearns’ style is detached and clinical, he finds tender humanity in unexpected places.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    The film is worth watching thanks to a flawless central performance by “Glee” alum Dianna Agron, solid elder annoyance shtick from Candice Bergen and Dustin Hoffman, and Bialik’s “Big Bang Theory” co-star Simon Helberg locating his pain and relishing every minute of it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    The thing that may be most chilling about “Master” is how its three protagonists want and need to support one another but ultimately cannot due to internal as well as external forces.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    That its premise is a fundamentally corny one we’ve seen a million times before is a separate matter, but filmmaker Kuosmanen (“The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki”) and his two lead actors camouflage that well in naturalistic behavior and psychological depth.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Strauss
    While “Fresh” is intentionally not for every taste, it’s an uncompromising feminist horror/thriller with a fantastic lonely girl/victim/heroine for Edgar-Jones to play.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    Overacting and silly lines sometimes distract, and the latter sound sillier in Branagh’s forced French accent (“Ah love, it is not safe”). Still, Branagh’s direction and screenwriter Michael Green, who also scripted “Orient,” add diversity and convincing emotions to the mystery mechanics.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    Even with a script that doesn’t provide much behavioral variety and goes in many wrong directions, Bullock commands the screen with little more than closed lips and wary stares.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 38 Bob Strauss
    Defined only by their scars, all three lead characters feel generic, as if Werthman built them out of archetypes that ran through his case studies.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    Director David Hackl’s biggest credit is Saw V, and he remains adept at gross torture and keeping a mystery moving. Definitely a B production, Dangerous has aspirations. View that as more of a comfort than a threat.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    As a director, Schweighöfer deftly plays around with a few genre conventions, handles action scenes capably if not distinctively, and stages a decent enough Point Break tribute.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Strauss
    If The Harder They Fall doesn’t make Westerns popular again, I don’t know what can.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    The movie is almost all conversations, most of which are intriguing and sensitively structured, with little action. It’s enough, but not worth changing the world for.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    Kate looks like most other productions from 87North, the company behind such cinematic cage fights as Atomic Blonde and the John Wick films. Honestly, this could have been called “Nuclear Brunette.” But with heart.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Strauss
    In every way, Cryptozoo is a more ambitious achievement than Shaw’s coy but pleasing first feature, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2016). And while its hippie-era setting and hallucinatory imagery give a nostalgic kick, the film’s darker conflicts speak to dire issues of today.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    Free Guy is an ode to independence, creativity and the nicer aspects of anarchy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Bob Strauss
    The concept might have worked well on paper. But on screen, at least how Chase Palmer has directed and co-scripted it, those clashing elements exert weak gravitational pull.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    At the very least, it marks the arrival of a filmmaker with great potential. It also presents a metaphysical vision that’s quite peculiar and not very persuasive if you can’t get on its generous wavelength.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Strauss
    Mixing in citizens’ harrowing cellphone footage and heartbreaking emergency call recordings, Walker’s teams immerse us in the flaming terror as few features have before.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    While it’s not always as sharp as it could be, the energy in Jolt never falters, and there are definitely amusing bits.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    First Date is a very ambitious independent film with a charming, casual attitude.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    It’s Ice Road Truckers with a plot and concentrated, well-staged jeopardy. The film’s vibe is different from the History Channel series, but fans of that show will likely welcome the return of familiar thrills and predicaments.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Strauss
    Whatever its weaknesses, contemporary parents who want a nontoxic Western to show their children could hardly find better than “Spirit Untamed.” It takes the idea at the end of genre master John Ford’s “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (“This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend”) and virtually rides off in its own, counter-mythic direction with it.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    It presents a mostly sympathetic portrait of Mildred Gillars, the American actress who made propaganda radio broadcasts for the Nazis during World War II. Not an impossible task, but a tough one that the best efforts of producer-star Meadow Williams and director Michael Polish couldn’t make persuasive.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    Oslo ultimately acknowledges that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is anything but resolved, and shows why even this first, limited step toward settling it was so immensely difficult. Whether we’re in the mood to find it entertaining right now remains in dispute.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Strauss
    Snyder served as his own director of photography for the first time and, aided by terrific effects makeup and digital production design, he’s created a sprawling graveyard Vegas of detailed, decaying awesomeness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    Undergirding it all is a light but ever present tension between living up to the philosophy the men were taught as teenagers and making their way through the realities and compromises of American adulthood. Tran’s not preachy about that, but the filmmaker’s killer move is showing how his heroes’ souls can be as fragile as their aging bones, yet resilient when the situation demands.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Strauss
    The film’s overall aesthetic is a pleasing blend of naturalistic drawings, cartoonier designs and Heavy Metal magazine futurism.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    About Endlessness is like a bunch of Debbie Downer skits directed by Ingmar Begman, just not as entertaining.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Strauss
    Those who just want to watch a cool, competent and only semi-dumb action movie, though, can thank god for small favors like that.

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