For 248 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

A.A. Dowd 's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 16 Left Behind
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 248
248 movie reviews
    • 20 Metascore
    • 33 A.A. Dowd
    There’s absence here, all right—of scares, of imagination, and of a good reason to pick up that camera in the first place.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 A.A. Dowd
    What’s really been withheld, in this dreary drag of a movie, is a reason to care.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 A.A. Dowd
    Dumb And Dumber To is crueler, crasser, grosser, lazier, creepier, and, yes, dumber than the first film.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 33 A.A. Dowd
    A sequel so slapdash and ineffectual that its army of directors — six of them total, counting the poor sucker whose contribution got axed — might well be accused of intentionally burying the franchise. More charitably, perhaps they were trying to put a nail in the coffin of all found-footage horror. Some good must come from this much bad.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 33 A.A. Dowd
    Perhaps one of the two already-in-the-works Planes sequels will crack one of these unholy machines open. That’d be about the only reason to return to this nose-diving franchise.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 A.A. Dowd
    The Wedding Ringer has so many gay jokes that some of them apparently didn’t even make the final cut.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 A.A. Dowd
    How bad is No One Lives, the new bottom-feeding schlock-fest from WWE Studios? Simply put: It’s bad enough to make some of the studio’s other offerings, like the Steve Austin deathmatch movie "The Condemned" and the Kane-starring slasher flick "See No Evil," look like genre gems.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 A.A. Dowd
    Costner, by contrast, is too laidback to intimidate; he seems less battle-wearied than simply weary, nailing only half of the profitable “aging ass-kicker” equation. Firefights and car chases just don’t suit this movie star of advancing years.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 A.A. Dowd
    Destined to please only "Rock Of Ages" fans who wished Hough and Brand had more screen time together, Paradise boasts the broadest, most saccharine tendencies of its writer and first-time director. In Cody terms, it’s a doodle that can’t be undid.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 A.A. Dowd
    As schematic as Third Person is on a whole, it’s downright risible on a moment-to-moment basis.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 A.A. Dowd
    A colossal miscalculation in audience uplift.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 A.A. Dowd
    Maudlin when it’s not being offensive, The Cobbler belongs to that special class of comedy that seems to get worse with every new (mis)step it takes.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 A.A. Dowd
    In Austenland, her directorial debut, Hess adapts a 2007 beach book into another broad comedy of caricature. It’s a truly half-assed satire, one whose senseless sensibility seems less informed by the best of English literature than the worst of Saturday Night Live.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 16 A.A. Dowd
    This Left Behind may be worse than the last Left Behind, but it’s much less boring, thanks in part to the commitment of its star, who plays the often ludicrous material with the straightest of faces. The Cage works in mysterious ways.

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