Bob Chipman

Bob Chipman
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Bob Chipman is a film critic, writer, video-producer and independent filmmaker from Boston. A lifelong student of film-history, filmmaking and popular-culture, he is a graduate of Salem State University with a degree in Multimedia Art and Film Studies. Best known his often humorously-tinged film reviews and unique video-gaming coverage, he's been published by The Escapist, Geek.com, ScreenRant, Birth-Movies-Death, The Mary Sue and was profiled by The New Yorker. In addition to reviews he is the creator of the popular webseries "The Big Picture," "In Bob We Trust," "The Game OverThinker," "Really That Good," "Good Enough Movies" and served as Chairman of the Boston Online Film Critics Association. He has published seven volumes of collected work and the original 'novelized let's-play' "Super-Mario Bros 3: Brick-By-Brick."

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
8/10 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Has other, more interesting, uncomfortable things on it's mind - and the most uncomfortable of all is [when] you start to realize none of these people are as bad as you want them to be. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
9/10 93% Uncut Gems (2019) How'd we end up in a place where the new crime movie starring Happy Gilmore, the voice of Elsa and the power forward for the '07 to 2013 Celtics is... honestly kinda BETTER than the new crime movie starring DeNiro, Pacino and Joe Pesci? - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
7/10 97% Knives Out (2019) The difference [is in] Johnson's now infamous signature flourish of letting utterly traditional (even formulaic) sequences play out exactly as the audiences have been trained to expect and then going "Okay but what if not?" - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
8/10 77% Frozen II (2019) It's none the less pretty damn impressive how resolutely the film commits to doing it differently this time. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
7/10 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) I like the audacity of what it's willing to throw out, the new stuff it's willing to bring in, the new places it's set up to go and the fresh 21st Century angle enough that I wish the rest of it wasn't merely "pretty darn good." - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/10 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) ...on the other hand, every minute Woody Harrelson spent making this was a minute I was NOT closer to having to watch "Venom 2," so - thanks? - Moviebob Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
7/10 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) A wickedly-subversive dark fairytale with a high fantasy aesthetic dominated (occasionally in the most suggestive sense possible) by Jolie; flashing a blinding vampire smile of ivory fangs and blood-red lips as the ultimate 21st Century Goth Goddess. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/10 69% Joker (2019) A shallow movie playing at being deep, a basic movie that thinks it's complex, not even particularly shocking or violent or transgressive enough to be "outraged" about in any meaningful way. It has nothing much to say - and yet it won't shut up. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
7/10 84% Ad Astra (2019) An Awards Season scifi-drama from 2019 cast like a $100 Million Summer blockbuster from 1998 with an early-2000s premise and 2010s Terrence Mallick-y whisper-narration framing device, shooting for the Oscars in 2020 - how's that for space-time dilation? - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/10 27% Rambo: Last Blood (2019) [Feels more like] a generic Taken knock-off goosed up with some half-hearted Mexican-border xenophobia that can't even muster the energy to commit to that base level of thematic coherence. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
8/10 88% Hustlers (2019) A sexy, compelling, funny, nuanced, touching and often unexpectedly thoughtful crime-drama that aims to be the "Goodfellas" of stripper movies; featuring Jennifer Lopez in a dramatic comeback role that could well net a Best Supporting Actress nomination. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
3/10 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Well Steve... the good news is; now that you tried, a miniseries tried and a movie tried, it's pretty clear: It wasn't just you - NO ONE can figure out a good ending for this one. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
7/10 88% Ready or Not (2019) [Weaving is] a monster talent with the ability to handily embody the part of bewildered prey, competent action heroine and frustrated had-it-up-to-here slapstick comedy straightwoman in the same movie and effectively carry the tone of the whole thing - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/10 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) shakes up the formula by having Agent Mike Banning save himself instead of saving the president. But he still also saves the president. A different president, but the president, still. Also Nick Nolte is there. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet The Bravest (2019) Easily the best firefighter movie since Backdraft and might be the best of it's type ever - in any language - period. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
7/10 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) I severely doubt that 'Hobbs & Shaw' will convert anyone who isn't already all-in for the 'Fast' movies to binge through the others, but you also don't need go have seen them to appreciate this one for a solidly kinetic late-Summer beat-em-up distraction. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2019
9/10 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino has found an ideal channel to focus his fixations, fantasies, and fetishes... and delivers his most authentically human feature to date. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
6/10 53% The Lion King (2019) Viewed as an experiment that's also a film? 'The Lion King' is more interesting than 'good,' but it's also pretty good. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
7/10 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) still isn't quite up to par with the rest of the MCU for scope and drama and still can't touch either the original Sam Raimi films or Into The Spider-Verse at visualizing Spider-Man action, it DOES know where its strengths are: Its characters. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/10 63% Child's Play (2019) The basic concept of a piece of consumer technology deciding to start whacking humanity against the wall because OUR interface is confusing and never works correctly is clever enough to deserve a better film. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
8/10 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) A minor epilogue to a major work that's mostly good enough to stand as its own entity and almost good enough to peek all the way out from under its predecessor's shadow. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
5/10 23% Men in Black International (2019) All but declaring out loud that it only exists to test the waters for the general viability of the MIB brand and the box office muscle of Thompson and Hemsworth outside their Marvel Cinematic Universe identities. But at least it doesn't lack for charm. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/10 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) "Is it too much to ask that this be the underwhelming and unnecessary franchise blockbuster we just skip because we know it's not going anywhere?" - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
10/10 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) A transcendent, elevating, purely cinematic experience. It's 'The Avengers' of giant monster movies. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
No Score Yet Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (Gojira tai Mekagojira) (2002) It's not the best Godzilla ever, but I still wish this version had taken off beyond one sequel. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
20% Godzilla 1985 (1985) Godzilla is also the nominal villain once again, setting up a streak of moral ambiguity that would inform the series from this point forward. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
43% Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) And the Showa era goes out with a whimper. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
71% Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla (1974) It's too bad it took Toho this long to land on "robot version of Godzilla" for an opponent, because MechaGodzilla is cool enough to deserve a better movie. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
38% Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) This is the point where the films start living in "so bad it's good" land, but at least it's funny. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
67% Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) This one takes awhile to get going, but as payoff you get Godzilla and Anguiras fighting new enemy Gigan and Ghidorah on one of the series' most unique battlefields: a Godzilla-themed amusement park. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
58% Godzilla Vs Hedorah (Gojira tai Hedorâ) (Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster) (1971) While I can't call it good, I also can't call it forgettable. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
25% Godzilla's Revenge (All Monsters Attack) (1971) Even as a kid, this is the one I'd skip. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
75% Destroy All Monsters (1969) This is effectively the end of the "golden age" of Godzilla movies (there wouldn't be a truly great installment again until the 90s) but it's a hell of a note to go out on. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
60% Son of Godzilla (1967) A lot of fans detest Minilla (it's pronounced "Min-Yah") but I always liked him. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
92% Mothra vs. Godzilla (Mosura tai Gojira) (1964) This is probably the best Godzilla movie, period. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
50% King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963) It's a preposterously silly entry, but it's also one of the all-time greats. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
60% Godzilla Raids Again (1955) There's not a lot to recommend here. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
57% Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (Ebirah, Horror of the Deep) (1966) A lot of people put this one on the low-end of the series, but I have fun with it. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
60% Invasion of Astro-Monster (1970) This is a fun one, though a bit of a retread of the last one. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
71% Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) It's a highlight of the Heisei Era. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
5/10 57% Aladdin (2019) At least it's not 'Dumbo.' - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
7/10 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) A neon-infused crossbreed of 'Blade Runner,' 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' and 'Zootopia' by way of The Muppets and Hideaki Anno. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
6/10 38% El Chicano (2019) That the abrupt gear-shift from Dick Wolf-style cop drama to Marvel Netflix-style superhero bloodbath in Act 3 works at all is a feat in itself. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/4 94% Shadow (2019) Essentially a palace-intrigue melodrama stirred together with a feudal spy-thriller and a gothic romance complete with secret passages and lurid identity-swap twists. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
8/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) There is, however, a boldness to the way the film attempts and succeeds in making a fantasy about unwinding the end of the world that's really about the fact that everyone still has to deal with having lived through it. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/4 90% Shazam! (2019) This a fun, funny, exciting, action-packed, thrilling, big-hearted, sincerely-felt family adventure movie that rates with the best of the superhero genre. - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
5/10 75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) For a movie pitched as the breakout for the most dangerous filmmaker on the indie scene, it's kind of a letdown to see Zahler seemingly sand off his own edges and hand in something more like a long, talky, more handsome episode of 'Chicago P.D.' - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
1.5/4 47% Dumbo (2019) "Probably the worst of the live-action Disney remakes so far." - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) It's a hard movie to dislike, and I suspect it'll find more than a few fans who never thought they'd like a 'wrestling movie.' - Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
9/10 93% Us (2019) It could be argued Nyong'o is giving one of, if not the, best female horror lead performances ever, basically having to play both Michael Myers and Laurie Strode at the same time. - Escapist Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019