For 56 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bob Thomas' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Children of a Lesser God
Lowest review score: 25 RoboCop 2
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 56
  2. Negative: 4 out of 56
56 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Thomas
    The talk is mostly in grunts and whoops, and the film sometimes reaches the brink of a Mel Brooks travesty, but never falls over. [18 Jan 1982]
    • The Associated Press
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    Frenchman Louis Malle is an accomplished interpreter of the dreams and dilusions of American smalltimers. He draws first-rate performances from the cast, especially Lancaster as the burned-out hood and Sarandon as the single-minded survivor. [13 Apr 1981]
    • The Associated Press
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Thomas
    In his first major film without partner John Belushi, Aykroyd proves a film comedian of first rank. [9 May 1983]
    • The Associated Press
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Bob Thomas
    The original screenplay by Stanley Weiser (based on a story by Weiser and Lasker) offers intriguing situations, and Jonathan Kaplan's direction hurries the action along. Perhaps because he has covered the same territory before, Broderick's performance is surprisingly flat. Helen Hunt fares better, especially in her scenes with Willie. [18 June 1987]
    • The Associated Press
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Thomas
    El Cid is a glorious reminder of the kind of epic filmmaking that no longer exists. No battle scene has surpassed the thrilling sweep of the siege of Valencia. Even Cecil B. De Mille in his prime could not match the opulence of the costumes and sets. [30 Aug 1993]
    • The Associated Press
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    John Frankenheimer is an old hand at directing this kind of macho confrontation, and he masterfully builds the tension. The bone-chilling terrain (actually Canada) adds immeasurably to the film's effectiveness. [20 Mar 1990]
    • The Associated Press
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Thomas
    A marvelous mixture of genders, a blatant attack on sexual attitudes that is both challenging and hilarious. [19 Feb 1982]
    • The Associated Press
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Thomas
    Oliver and Company is the most fully realized animated film from the Disney Co. since 101 Dalmatians. It is inspired entertainment in all departments: characters, animation, comedy, plot and voices. [28 Nov 1988]
    • The Associated Press
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    The gorgeous Elizabeth McGovern makes up for the sketchiness with rare depth of feeling.
    • The Associated Press
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Bob Thomas
    Soul Man isn't designed for realism, nor does it aim at any lofty moral. It was concocted strictly for laughs, and it delivers an adequate number. [24 Dec 1986]
    • The Associated Press
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Bob Thomas
    Director Daniel Petrie keeps the whimsy under control most of the time, and he draws evenhanded work from the actors. The script by Tom S. Parker and Jim Jennewein, based on Neil Tolkin's story, rarely rises above the level of comic-strip balloons, but that's as it should be. [23 Dec 1994]
    • The Associated Press
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Thomas
    The creators of Superman III give us a picture puzzle of assorted plots that never meld coherently. [13 June 1983]
    • The Associated Press
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Thomas
    Except for two or three explosive moments, the film plods along to the expectable, heartwarming climax, never achieving the potential of a new star in a time-proven role. [27 May 1985]
    • The Associated Press
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Thomas
    Director Peter Yates brings vitality to Steve Tesich's endearing script, avoiding any temptation for cheap shots. The cast is mostly unknown and awfully good, especially Dennis Christopher as a Hoosier turned Italian and Paul Dooley as his exasperated parent. [16 July 1979]
    • The Associated Press
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Thomas
    As with the best of memoirs, the film bears the verisimilitude of true art. It is a movie filled with small marvels, a welcome addition to the prestige films of fall. [02 Oct 1984]
    • The Associated Press
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    Scott lends credibility to the far-fetched happenings, and director Peter Medak manipulates the standard scare tactics with skill. [07 Mar 1980]
    • The Associated Press
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Thomas
    Huston is the unquestioned master of the greed-fueled plot, crammed with treacherous types aiming to destroy each other. He is in top form once more, presenting a gallery of low-lifes that could even baffle Sam Spade. [17 June 1985]
    • The Associated Press
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Bob Thomas
    THE SHINING, billed as a "masterpiece of modern horror," fails in one vital regard: it isn't very scary... Kubrick is master of visual images, and many of the scenes display his brilliance. But much of the suspense ends in anti-climax, and Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall seem over-extended in trying to maintain the terror. [28 June 1980]
    • The Associated Press
    • 29 Metascore
    • 63 Bob Thomas
    A Neil Simon comedy it isn't, although some bright one-liners shine through. [18 March 1985]
    • The Associated Press
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    The story of centerfold girl Dorothy Stratton has been told before, in a television movie and countless articles. But Fosse gives it new and immediate strength through his superior talent as a filmmaker. [7 Nov 1983]
    • The Associated Press
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    There are lots of laughs in the script by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson, as well as wry insights into modern relationships. [20 Dec 1982]
    • The Associated Press
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Bob Thomas
    The situation might have produced a funny, heartwarming movie, but not in the hands of director Bob Clark ("Porky's," "Rhinestone") and writers James Gregory Kingston and Denis and John Hamill. Every plot turn is predictable, the characters are either true-blue or rascals and the humor is labored. [18 Feb 1985]
    • The Associated Press
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    The plot is simplistic, but the film makes no pretense. It is aimed at the action fans, and it should immensely please them. [11 Apr 1983]
    • The Associated Press
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Thomas
    A thoughtful, intensely dramatic, superbly acted depiction of one of the most baffling spy stories of recent times. [28 Jan 1985]
    • The Associated Press
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    Preposterous? Of course, but somehow the movie watcher becomes thoroughly involved in the author's chase after the mad killer. [13 Aug 1979]
    • The Associated Press
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Thomas
    Buzz Kulik has directed some slam-bang chases, but their effectiveness is blunted by a script that meanders between the bounty hunter's missions and a boring relationship with his housemate (Kathryn Harrold), who is heavy with child. [12 Aug 1980]
    • The Associated Press
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Thomas
    BRAINSTORM, despite its tragic history, emerges as a well made, thought provoking, exciting piece of science fiction. [7 Oct 1983]
    • The Associated Press
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Bob Thomas
    In pants or skirts, Hoffman remains true to character, and his perplexity is real, especially when one girlfriend (Teri Garr) suspects he is a gay male, while the other (Jessica Lange) believes he is a lesbian female. Both actresses are excellent, and Miss Lange continues her promise to become a superstar of the 1980s. [27 Dec 1982]
    • The Associated Press
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    Radio Days maintains a joyful balance between reality and a world of dreams. [14 Mar 1987]
    • The Associated Press
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Thomas
    Not since Rocky has a modest, unheralded movie proved so satisfying. [31 Oct 1983]
    • The Associated Press
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Bob Thomas
    Roland Joffe has directed an earnest and well-meaning film but the crushing inevitability of the climax makes it a less than rewarding experience. [17 Dec 1986]
    • The Associated Press
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Thomas
    Tess is as rewarding a film as you'll encounter all season. It has a veracity to its period that matches Tom Jones and a pictorial beauty that is breathtaking. [29 Dec 1980]
    • The Associated Press
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    First-time director Arnold Zwick does a fine job of capturing the vitality of the singles scene. [30 July 1986]
    • The Associated Press
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    Perfect is gorgeous to look at, with its disciplined bodies (there is even a visit to a male strip joint) and modern cityscapes. Travolta was never more personable; doubts concerning his star presence are dispelled here. Jamie Lee Curtis matches him charismatically, despite her ambivalent role. [21 May 1985]
    • The Associated Press
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Bob Thomas
    BREATHLESS may attract attention because of the ample display of Richard Gere, but it is a hollow, cynically exploitive film. [23 May 1983]
    • The Associated Press
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    With Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson as the Three Men, you can forgive the artifice. All three have affable, winning personalities - not a hint of darkness in any of them. And it's refreshing to see a buddy movie without blazing Uzis and crashing cars. [19 Nov 1990]
    • The Associated Press
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Thomas
    A movie in the grand tradition of storytelling. It is intimate yet epic, a compelling human triangle played against the cataclysm of the 1968 Soviet invasion. [15 March 1988]
    • The Associated Press
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Thomas
    David Mamet's lean, hard screenplay and Sidney Lumet's no-frills direction give the audience someone to root for, just like Rocky Balboa. And Paul Newman has the role of his later career. [7 Dec 1982]
    • The Associated Press
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Bob Thomas
    Star Trek II may seem too mechanical for some tastes, but there is something nice about seeing a movie that stresses the values of friendship, loyalty and good deeds. [05 June 1984]
    • The Associated Press
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Bob Thomas
    The leads are convincingly athletic, the characters well drawn. Where director-writer Robert Towne stumbles is in his portrayal of the ritual of athletics. [4 Feb 1982]
    • The Associated Press
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    If Out of Africa falls short of greatness, its fault lies in the politeness of one and all. Except for a brief argument between Streep and Redford, everyone remains deucedly civil. You find yourself hoping that someone - anyone - would just stand up and yell. [30 Dec 1985]
    • The Associated Press
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Bob Thomas
    RoboCop 2 offers yet another argument against the issuance of sequels. [21 June 1990]
    • The Associated Press
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Bob Thomas
    The ever-astounding Robin Williams is the battery that makes Toys work. He is at the peak of his inventiveness, yet he never loses the handle on his character. [15 Dec 1992]
    • The Associated Press

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