For 117 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 76% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 21% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bob Thomas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Tootsie
Lowest review score: 25 Red Dawn
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 117
  2. Negative: 8 out of 117
117 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Thomas
    Sissy Spacek and Mel Gibson suffer admirably as the farm couple, but their roles have no real dimension. [15 Jan 1985]
    • The Associated Press
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Bob Thomas
    The ecological message is commendable, and there are some amusing situations with the space travelers in contemporary scenes. Nimoy's direction keeps a lively pace and the special effects are state of the art, as always. [08 Jan 1987]
    • The Associated Press
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Thomas
    Director Rob Cohen gets the most out of the buddy relationship between Bowen and Draco. Cohen also provides imaginative battle sequences, especially a pursuit through a forest. But the script, credited to Charles Edward Pogue from a story by Pogue and Patrick Read Johnson, sometimes veers into the obscure. [28 May 1996]
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    Crazy People is the inspired work of writer Mitch Markowitz ("Good Morning, Vietnam") who started as director but was replaced by Tony Bill. Markowitz's script is bright and original, suffering only in the late portions when the plot has to be tidied up. [11 Apr 1990]
    • The Associated Press
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    There's no law that says teen-age comedies must be totally dopey. It's a relief to find one like Class Act, which has an abundance of silliness, yet manages to generate belly laughs. That's largely due to the efforts of Kid 'N Play, who demonstrate as much skill at film comedy as they do with rap music. [08 Jun 1992]
    • The Associated Press
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Thomas
    Allen is expert at playing life's victims, but he never was more persuasive. Even when he is striving hopelessly to retain the one client with a chance for stardom, Danny Rose retains a certain dignity. Woody Allen remains the most original and daring comedy artist in films today. [16 Jan 1984]
    • The Associated Press
    • 31 Metascore
    • 63 Bob Thomas
    A satisfactory, if fairly standard, action entertainment. [29 Apr 1985]
    • The Associated Press
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    Miss Plowright's performance is an absolute marvel. Her transition from the acid-tongued widow to a wisely compassionate woman warms the heart. [20 July 1992]
    • The Associated Press
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Thomas
    After the junk-food movies of spring and summer, it is a delight to encounter a full-course gourmet meal. [18 Sep 1984]
    • The Associated Press
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    An extremely pleasant, supernatural comedy. [12 Nov 1984]
    • The Associated Press
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    It is such a rare pleasure to watch three superior actresses practicing their art that the filmgoer almost forgives "Agnes of God" for its imperfections. Almost. [7 Oct 1985]
    • The Associated Press
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Thomas
    In terms of human understanding, the film is worth dozens of documentaries on deafness. [10 Dec 1986]
    • The Associated Press
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Thomas
    Ivory glides his players through magnificent Italian and English landscapes and in drawing rooms that breathe authenticity. Two scenes are unforgettable: when the two lovers witness a violent stabbing scene in the Florence piazza; and when the heroine, her mother and fiance encounter three of the male characters in an innocent nude frolic in a wooded pond. [1 May 1986]
    • The Associated Press
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    Poison Ivy was directed by Katt Shea and produced by Andy Ruben. They collaborated on a script that is tightly written, loaded with portentous events and a few surprises. Obviously, they operated on a tight budget, but they have overcome the limitations by wise casting. Drew Barrymore is a revelation. [07 May 1992]
    • The Associated Press
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Thomas
    A delectable entertainment. [14 Mar 1983]
    • The Associated Press
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Bob Thomas
    Richard Donner (Superman) directed with an expert eye for action but impaired vision for logic. The climax comes with a samurai-like duel between Gibson and Busey while Glover and fellow officers watch. This is the crowning absurdity. [03 Apr 1987]
    • The Associated Press
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Bob Thomas
    Clumsily derivative, completely predictable and leadenly directed by the star himself. [23 Feb 1994]
    • The Associated Press
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    Robin Williams discards his Morkisms for a credible portrait of the fated hero, and the rest of the cast is remarkably good, especially Mary Beth Hurt as his wife, Glenn Close as his mother and John Lithgow as the transsexual former tight end of the Philadelphia Eagles. [23 July 1982]
    • The Associated Press
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    As director, producer and star, Eastwood has made his most ambitious film, traveling to England and Zimbabwe and working with raging rivers and charging elephants. He has added immeasurably to his stature in all three capacities. [12 Sep 1990]
    • The Associated Press
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    Director Andrew McLaglen knows his way around an adventure movie, and he keeps the action moving and the characters larger than life but fairly plausible. [23 Apr 1980]
    • The Associated Press
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    The solution is a bit pat and anticlimactic, but it is heartening to find a movie that concerns itself with real and present social issues. [21 Oct 1982]
    • The Associated Press
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Thomas
    Romeo Is Bleeding continues the trend of modern manifestations of the film noir. It has the basic elements: crooked cop, lethal female, vicious gang boss, tawdry locales, bloody corpses. Everything, in fact, but style. [14 Feb 1994]
    • The Associated Press
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    Instead of exploring new territory in the animated art, the film harks back to the tried-and-true Disney formula. The result is sentimental, predictable and totally endearing. [27 July 1981]
    • The Associated Press
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    Cage perfectly expresses the rage and frustration of the postponed bridegroom, and Miss Parker is a real find. Caan completes the triangle with insidious charm. [28 Aug 1992]
    • The Associated Press
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    As producer of Goodbye Columbus and Kramer vs. Kramer, Stanley Jaffe has proved his understanding of human relationships. As a first-time director, he seems overly attentive to everyday detail. But he handles his actors with skill, evoking a beautifully sustained performance from Kate Nelligan as the mother who would not abandon hope. [07 Feb 1983]
    • The Associated Press
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Thomas
    CUTTER AND BONE can't decide whether to be a buddy movie, a menage-a-trois drama, or a murder movie, and hence fails at all three. Too bad, because Czech-born Ivan Passer has an obvious talent for creating mood and atmosphere.
    • The Associated Press
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Thomas
    Light of Day flounders because of Schrader's simplistic symbolism: the rebellious children, the unhearing mother, the lifeless father. The story limps from one predictable scene to the next. [17 Mar 1987]
    • The Associated Press
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    The Pirates of Penzance is not for everyone. Gilbert and Sullivan purists, beware. Rock fans, watch out. But for those who like a rollicking good show, full of inspired silliness and performed in high style, by all means go. [07 Mar 1983]
    • The Associated Press
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Thomas
    A stunning blend of characters, story, place and time, rich in detail and haunting images. [11 Apr 1999]
    • The Associated Press
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Thomas
    It is mainly the characters who have suffered in Jewel of the Nile. The bouncy relationship between Turner and Douglas has been lost; she appears mindlessly headstrong, he devotes his time to extricating her from trouble. A superior comic, DeVito has a one-note role of constant choler. [16 Dec 1985]
    • The Associated Press

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