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The Brothers Bloom has it all: charming romance, jaunty adventure story, witty dialogue, gorgeous cinematography and superb performances.
This time we expect to be played, but the twist is that we're also touched -- which, the film implies, is the cinema's own form of deception.
The jaunty, energetic first 10 minutes of The Brothers Bloom are easily the best first 10 minutes of any film I've seen this year. And while the succeeding hour and 43 minutes doesn't hold up to the movie's opening scenes, the whole endeavor is still an awfully good time.
The Brothers Bloom with satisfy those with a yearning for lighthearted heist tales, comedies, and offbeat romances.
This movie is lively at times, it's lovely to look at, and the actors are persuasive in very difficult material. But around and around it goes, and where it stops, nobody by that point much cares.
Miami Herald
Even after the plot has left you behind, you still watch The Brothers Bloom with a smile, because the actors are so engaging.
Weisz infuses comic complexity into the ensemble, which is at times genuinely funny.
Rian Johnson's film is a scam wrapped in a sham.
Emotionally, The Brothers Bloom hasn't a trace of detachment or cynicism. 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.
The Hollywood Reporter
A couple of rather Dickensian supporting roles by Robbie Coltrane and Maximilian Schell fall embarrassingly flat as they are more creations of costumes and makeup than actual flesh-and-blood. But then the same can be said for the entire movie.
The leads aren't only miscast -- Brody over-mopes and the usually wonderful Ruffalo seems out of sorts as a rascally schemer -- but interest in the con plot fades as the director's bag of tricks empties further.
An overstuffed failure that mistakes sleight storytelling for dazzling entertainment.

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