The Brothers Bloom
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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 on the run, a confidence man who has dedicated his life to the art of the grift decides to call it quits. Despite his plans to leave his criminal past behind, however, the reluctant scammer finds that his brother has masterminded one last scheme to claim the wealth of an eccentric millionaire (Rachel Weisz). With the opportunity to make enough money so that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Watching this movie is like being elbowed in the ribs for two consecutive hours."
‑ Christopher Kelly, Dallas Morning News
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Rian Johnson injects punchy, off-kilter fantastical charm into his playfully globetrotting film. It's like a cuckoo clock - precise, ornate and screwy-looking. But Bloom and Penelope's love - and resultant rifts - comes off as real-world collateral."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"We feel regularly discombobulated on the sea of this movie's ideas - which is a good thing for people feeling marooned by the general stupidity of this summer's film releases."
‑ Andrew O'Hagan, This is London
"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."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"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."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Sure, The Brothers Bloom may be the headline act, but it is the sisters eccentric that make the film."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"If Wes Anderson and Terry Gilliam ever had a child, science would be amazed and appalled. But also, it would probably end up making a film like this."
‑ Robbie Collin, News of the World
"Although it's got a strong cast and visual panache, Johnson willfully dispenses with the caper complications that might have made it more fun."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It's not blockbuster material, but this clever picture is a romantic -- and genuinely amusing -- charmer."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Brick made for a natural intro to the more complicated, less laboriously arch observations of The Brothers Bloom."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The Brothers Bloom is inventive, but its relentless cleverness limits its emotional pull."
‑ Alastair McKay, Uncut Magazine [UK]
"The eccentric humour is an acquired taste and the contrived story overstays its welcome."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
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