For 470 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chuck Bowen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Lowest review score: 0 33 Postcards
Score distribution:
470 movie reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Bowen
    Too many films these days trivialize poverty as an ironically, tastelessly over-produced pageant to earn kudos. The Grapes of Wrath is flawed, but it captures that shiver of panic that grips anyone for whom the money for the next meal is unknown. The film remains a vital document of the perversion and torment of the fantasy most commonly known as the American Dream.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    Andrey Zvyagintsev never loses sight of the humans, who're allowed to display improvisatory behavior that deepens the majesty of the rigorously orchestrated tableaus.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Bowen
    Frederick Wiseman is a portraitist of ideals, of the insidious inspirations and nightmares that enable and undermine them, and, implicitly, of the political waves that have yet to balance this duality of first-world life.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    Director Kasper Collins imbues this documentary with an ambiguous, unsettlingly empathetic emotional force.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Bowen
    Phantom Thread arrives at a place of qualified peace that cauterizes the emotional wounds of Paul Thomas Anderson's cinema.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Bowen
    The seeming miracle of Columbus is its mixture of formal precision with a philosophical grasp of human mystery.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    The Last Detail is so perfectly tailored to the star that it could’ve been mapped out from a Pythagorean theorem.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    The film's thematic organization suggests the cinematic equivalent of a short-story collection, with haunting tangents and stray notes of poetry.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    Aquarius is a critique of a daydream that has the imaginative daring to live that very dream anyway.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    The film's highpoint is one of the most remarkably moving sex scenes in all of American cinema, and the irony of it involving bland puppets is hardly lost on Kaufman and Johnson.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Bowen
    Eraserhead is an extraordinarily raw film that’s not so much an announcement of its filmmaker’s obsessions, but a complete, intimate, and heartbreaking fulfillment of them.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    Asghar Farhadi's sensibility embodies a combination of empathy and paranoia that's striking considering that the latter is normally driven by self-absorption.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    Elena is a film deeply concerned with class resentment, but the filmmakers' attitude toward their titular character is disconcerting and even shocking.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    There's a sense throughout of Steve James rushing and dutifully covering all his bases to evade accusations of creating a puff piece.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    The Shape of Water has been made with a level of craftsmanship that should be the envy of most filmmakers, but the impudent, unruly streak that so often gives Guillermo del Toro’s films their pulse has been airbrushed away.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    Peter Strickland charges full-tilt into the objectifying whims of his fantasies in order to somehow reach the other end of perception, which acknowledges the ultimate empathetic limitations of said fantasies.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    We're simply presented a person in trouble, and we're allowed to recognize his problems as extreme embodiments of universal issues of terror, confusion, and loneliness.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    A pointed simplicity governs Michael Dudok de Wit's The Red Turtle, one that’s traditional of many survival tales.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    One feels in the film's punishing bleakness a yearning for transcendence.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Bowen
    The film is a singularly huge, relentless, all-encompassing set piece that mutates and spasms with terrifying lack of foresight. It's all business, business, business.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Paolo Sorrentino's film is really just a huge turn-on that has the bad manners to go sour, succumbing to its own self-delusions of moral/political grandeur.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    The plaintive plain-spokenness of the interviewees, the way they matter-of-factly speak of atrocity, is transcendent and intensely haunting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    Bob Rafelson directs in an exploratory manner that naturally syncs up with Nicholson’s intuitive performance, his formalism suggesting a fusion of vérité and expressionism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Bowen
    Asghar Farhadi's film yields a tonal and emotional friction that's simultaneously tragic, transcendent, and comic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    The film revels in a hushed and lucid expressionist naturalism that’s reminiscent of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Bowen
    Unforgiven brought the revisionist revenge film into the 1990s and, by extension, the 21st century
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Farhadi navigates his complicated narrative thicket with an apparent ease that confirms yet again that he's an amazing talent, but here he isn't able to blend the brushstrokes as he has in prior films.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    The Departure presents patterns in suicidal people while according them humanity, which isn’t a small accomplishment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    This is, to put it mildly, a lot of information for one documentary, which inevitably devolves to resemble not so much an anthology as a slideshow of genocide's greatest hits.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    Throughout, direcgor Bill Morrison mixes documentarian detail with an ecstatic sense of poetry.

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