The Brothers Bloom
The Brothers Bloom (2009)

When the younger of two notorious sibling con artists announces a plan to go legit, his brother implores him to carry out one last swindle in the eagerly anticipated sophomore feature from Brick writer/director Rian Johnson. Tired of a life… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 29, 2009
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66%
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite strong performances The Brothers Bloom ultimately does not fulfill its lofty ambitions.

Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News

Watching this movie is like being elbowed in the ribs for two consecutive hours.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's all a con, but thanks to Johnson's way with characters and dialogue, we don't mind the hustle so long as we're rewarded along the way.

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

It pulls the perfect con, which Ruffalo's character defines as a con where everyone gets what they want. The audience gets exactly what they want: A wild ride with an ending they won't see coming.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The Brothers Bloom feels different from any crime caper you've ever seen, even though its machinations still revolve around con artists who play tricks on each other -- and the audience.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

Even if you don't quite comprehend the ending (there seem to be 12 of them), you'll still feel the wallop of its consequences.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

The Brothers Bloom is quirky and clever. Set in the present but with a perfectly judged retro feel, it looks fabulous too. Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi almost steals the film with her deadpan presence as Bang Bang, the gang's explosives expert.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Although it's got a strong cast and visual panache, Johnson willfully dispenses with the caper complications that might have made it more fun.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

It's not blockbuster material, but this clever picture is a romantic -- and genuinely amusing -- charmer.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Brick made for a natural intro to the more complicated, less laboriously arch observations of The Brothers Bloom.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
The Brothers Bloom is a film that is fairly average entertainment, a picture that had the potential of being a great movie, but comes up empty handed in the… More
Jens S.
This very charming, quirky and unusual heist film requires your full attention! Otherwise the viewer may get lost in the amount of bluffs, lies and tricks the… More
Chris Weber
This was my first exposure to the work of Rian Johnson, and I really wasn't sure what to expect going into it. As a general rule, I usually like caper and… More
xGary Xx
One of two brothers and professional con men is persuaded by the other to embark on one last job, but is the object of the exercise the eccentric millionairess… More
Kase Vollebregt
Although Johnson took a step back in the originality department, 'The Brothers Bloom' is a decent sophomore effort from the exciting director. The… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Ahhh ... the art of the con. What's needed first is charisma, and this film's got that in spades, all the leads've got it. Then you need a… More