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The Brothers Bloom

  • Rated PG13

comedy, romance

The Brothers Bloom is a globe-trotting comedy about the last great adventure of the world's best con men.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Adventure and romance mix in bold, irreverent dramedy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's plenty to delight teens in this charming, irreverent crime dramedy, even if the material verges on the mature. It explores the complex relationship between adult siblings -- in this case, con men who lie and swindle for a living -- whose paths have begun to diverge. Expect some salty language (including "s--t") and violence (including gun use, explosions, and severe beatings). But ultimately it's more lighthearted than not and genuinely moving.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how this movie compares to other heist movies. What do those kinds of films tend to have in common? Families can also discuss the characters' relationships and what they learn. What do the brothers get out of their scams? Why do they feel differently about it later in life? Do they love each other? How does Stephen continue to act like the older brother later in life?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The Brothers Bloom is inventive, but its relentless cleverness limits its emotional pull.

- Alastair McKay, Uncut Magazine [UK], Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: 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, Friday, May 22, 2009

Fresh: We feel regularly discombobulated on the sea of this movies ideas which is a good thing for people feeling marooned by the general stupidity of this summers film releases.

- Andrew O'Hagan, This is London, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

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 long run. I'm not saying that this is a bad film, quite on the contrary, but you do end up expecting more considering its interesting premise. I expected much more out of the film, and considering that the film was made by director Rian Johnson who would later helm the incredible Sci Fi action film Looper. Here he makes a good film that leaves a lot to be desired by the time the film concludes, and at times, the story could have been polished and there are things that could definitely have been improved upon. To me, it feels like the film managed to deliver and entertaining ride, but its potential is wasted on a script that could have been perfected a bit more before being made. I expected so much from this film, and it was a bit of a letdown. The Brothers Bloom isn't bad, like I said, but it should been much better as well considering the talent involved in the project. The Brothers Bloom is entertaining for what it manages to do, but by the times the credit, you definitely feel that something's missing to make this a film worth revisiting. Luckily director Rian Johnson has made a much better follow-up and with that being said, Johnson is a skilled filmmaker, but here he really should have focused on developing the script a bit more to make a truly memorable film. The Brothers Bloom had its heart at the right place, but for genre fans, they might want a much better film than this, and your expectations for this one should to enjoy something good, but definitely not great, and you might like it. I did like the film, but it should have been better.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Tuesday, July 29, 2014

4 stars

i love BANG BANG! She was what really MADE this movie for me!

- MissMorganLeee, Sunday, October 18, 2009

3 stars

"I have a million endings! Aren't I clever?"

- ceWEBrity, Wednesday, November 4, 2009