For 57 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 7.8 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: 46 out of 57
  2. Negative: 4 out of 57
57 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Bob Thomas
    A delectable entertainment. [14 Mar 1983]
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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

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