For 84 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chuck Bowen's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Laurence Anyways
Lowest review score: 0 33 Postcards
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 84
  2. Negative: 25 out of 84
84 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Bowen
    It takes cojones for a filmmaker to chase Fassbinder's ghost, but it takes heart and talent to damn near catch up with it.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    The film's plot isn't unusual, but director Ron Morales strips it down to its primal essence.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    On the surface, Peter Strickland's film is an amusing black comedy that parodies the horror movie's continual status as the cultural black sheep of the cinematic landscape, but the filmmaker is most prominently concerned with painting a sonic portrait of alienation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    Eliza Hittman's film captures the exclusive properties of sex with a degree of intimacy and empathy that, at times, feels authentically revelatory.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    Joe Swanberg's films have grown into a reliable relief from the competitive, dehumanizing freneticism of much of American culture, marked by an affirming and understated sense of decency.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    The Prey doesn't have the obsessive pull of a great thriller, as it's undeniably an impersonal toy, but it's a hell of a toy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    The film is in part an exceedingly black comedy that parodies proper society's eager, self-righteous naïveté on the subject of its children.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    It's the rare coming-of-age narrative that manages to respect the tricky ambiguities of shifting perceptions.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    +1
    It ambitiously parodies and mourns the implications of the one coherent message that mass media manages to convey to all of its consumers in all its endlessly proliferating, ever-shifting permutations.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    It's fair to say that a filmmaker is thinking outside of the box when he or she stages a scene in which an ambulatory hemorrhoid tears a guy's cock off with its teeth and swallows it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    It compellingly captures a family wrestling mightily with the riddles and contradictions of a culture that promotes achievement at all costs with little thought as to what that actually means.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Throughout, Joe Swanberg connects Generation Y's fetish for past pop-cultural kitsch to its attending sexual insecurities.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    The film is a quiet, tender triumph that leaves you feeling as if you've been embraced without you feeling had.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Like a number of cult directors to emerge in the 1970s, Henry Jaglom values a party atmosphere at the expense of narrative cohesion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Marc Bauder's documentary quietly detonates the conservative notion that our largest corporations should be allowed to duke it out in metaphorical no-holds-barred cage matches.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Aarón Fernández captures one of the most heartening elements of sex: that it doesn't always oblige our rules or expectations.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Jonathan Demme makes loving sport of the trust his actors have clearly placed in him, erecting for them a monument to the joys and terrors of walking an emotional high wire.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Writer-director Andy Gillies's film is extremely self-conscious, but in a fashion that generally serves the material.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    The film's most striking quality, and it's not insignificant, is director Margarethe von Trotta's refusal to fossilize the controversies she dramatizes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    One sees a film called 100 Bloody Acres expecting the requisite allusions to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but an homage to the best scene in Melvin and Howard comes as something of a shock.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Wayne Kramer thankfully refuses to cloak his excessiveness in hedge-betting self-consciousness and the result is a gratifyingly disreputable B-movie blow out.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    The film, more likely to invite comparisons to the writings of Marcel Proust than the previous Ip Man films, is a gorgeous folly that never entirely emerges from its creator's head.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon display a freewheelin' sense of invention that should be watched closely, because they have the raw stuff of major comic filmmakers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    The film is just a stunt or, more specifically, a calling card, but that might be enough for anyone who's ever wanted to kick Mickey Mouse square in his padded, pious balls.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Writer-director Jason Banker finds the ironic beauty that arises from his characters' self-contemptuous and misplaced acts of destruction.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    The film is unavoidably slight, but there's a certain pleasure in watching talented people wax passionate about a common source of inspiration.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    A confident and exciting genre film, and that's certainly not nothing, but it has a slight impersonality that marks it as either a calling card or a work for hire.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    A potential barroom joke blossoms into a surprisingly poignant portrait of three aging men wrestling with how to shed their mortal coil.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    There are cheap shocks in the film, but there are also terrifying moments that poetically command our empathy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Greatly cognizant of the revenge genre's penchant for hypocritical demagoguery, director Arnaud des Pallières unsettles the audience's usual feelings of vicarious blood lust.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    With The Sacrament, director Ti West has bitten off more of a premise than his classically modest barebones approach to horror movies can presently chew.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Álex de la Iglesia has a real flair for wild action sequences that remain exhilaratingly coherent and sensical.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    The film preaches resolutely to the choir, and cinephiles in sync with the film's politics may still blanch at how snugly their interests are courted.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    It's informed with a subtle but disquieting subtext that insists on the pitfalls of allowing ideology to steer you away from common sense.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Michael Winterbottom and his gifted actors still haven't quite solved the riddle of portraying social disconnection in a manner that's anything other than sporadically involving.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    The film belongs to a long tradition of horror films that offensively suggest that all atheists might as well hang a Welcome sign up for the devil.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    A one-joke movie--a good joke, yes, but Brandon Cronenberg's agenda clouds the clarity that's needed to fully deliver the punchline.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    It lacks the fire and eccentricity that we want from our stories of adventurers driven by obsessions that could be seen as egotistical or just plain bonkers.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    A middling genre movie, but it's oddly likable for its conflicted, unresolved tension.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    Sadly, Douglas Tirola's documentary doesn't follow its subjects' advice regarding the refinement of technique.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    After a while, it's hard to escape the fact that the audience is watching a potential monster movie in which most of the fun stuff — i.e. the monster—has been pared away.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    The Peter Landesman film's overt politics are minimal, aside from defaulting to the myth of John F. Kennedy as a martyr for...something.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    Vincenzo Natali emphasizes technically impressive shots in the service of predictable, boring expository beats, at the expense of elaborating on his main character's growing feelings of isolation and torment.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    The film ultimately doesn't live up to this early potential, as Keanu Reeves loses his way in the third act with too many false climaxes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    There are a few effectively disquieting sequences early on, but the film never recovers from director Kevin Macdonald's indifferent staging of a pivotal moment.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    There's ultimately little in the way of authentically resonant drama underneath the film's self-conscious busy-ness.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    The premise might make sense, if only hypocritically, but the film abandons this already flimsy parody of macho pride disastrously at the last minute.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    A sexily chaotic parody of entitlement becomes just another tale of a white dude learning that there are worse things in life than essentially having no problems.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    The film ultimately leaves you feeling as if you're stuck watching your cousin's boring slideshow of his trip to Palookaville.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    There's considerable talent on display in Exhibition, but it's the kind of thing people mean when they use the term "art film" as a pejorative.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    The director diligently keeps her heroine's ego in check, and that's awfully principled of her, but her audience may feel as if they've inadvertently booked a trip with no destination.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    The film is impersonal and populated with wisps of characters who spend most of the running time wandering around in the dark yelling at one another.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Chuck Bowen
    Down the Shore suggests what might happen if TBS and Bruce Springsteen were to collaborate on a sitcom set in hell.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 38 Chuck Bowen
    Jim Mickle plays the scenario deadly straight and unintentionally exposes all of its attendant absurdities, leaving the cast stranded.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 38 Chuck Bowen
    The film is dispiriting because there's virtually no sign of Dario Argento in it, nor of any novel motivation to mount yet another version of an oft-told tale.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Chuck Bowen
    The only truly graspable notion the film can be said to put forth is one of increasingly tedious sci-fi-romantic genre busy-ness.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Chuck Bowen
    By the end, audiences will most likely feel as if they've been locked out of the drama that's presumably unfolding right in front of them.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Chuck Bowen
    An almost offensively "tasteful" dud that remains irritatingly on the surface, more alive to the set design than the characters' motivations.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Chuck Bowen
    The problem with the film isn't the contrivance of its premise, it's that writer-director Jessica Goldberg doesn't know it's contrived.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Chuck Bowen
    The sex in Nymphomaniac is inhuman, mechanical, boring, and predictably viewed through the (male) scrim of someone who characterizes women solely as withholders.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Chuck Bowen
    It ultimately offers little more than another opportunity for famous actors to indulge their fetishistic, inadvertently condescending impressions of "everyday" people.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Chuck Bowen
    Atom Egoyan is a much better director when he drops the art-film fanciness and wrestles directly with his inner voyeuristic weirdo.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Chuck Bowen
    Frontloaded with a surprising amount of plot, the film takes forever to get going, but it's the filmmakers' hypocrisy that really grates.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Chuck Bowen
    An inept trifle, Pascal Chaumeil's film reduces Nick Hornby's novel of the same name to a series of smug self-help gestures.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    Taste and good intentions are only going to get one so far with a script this tone deaf and direction this ugly and monotonous.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    Several reels' worth of ugly, unshaped footage that wouldn't have been deemed fit for a movie's end-credit outtakes not so long ago.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    You may feel as if you're watching two or three abbreviated episodes of Law & Order in quick succession rather than a fully realized movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    It transforms itself from a meek lo-fi indie stalker thriller in the key of May to a hysterically sexist and homophobic revenge film.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    This is less a movie than a dutiful renewal of a recognizable title's licensing rights.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 12 Chuck Bowen
    As one incoherent action scene follows another, one's left staring at a film with nothing to respond to, waiting for it all to be over.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 12 Chuck Bowen
    The tension almost immediately leaks out of the narrative once we realize we're watching a found-footage horror movie.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 12 Chuck Bowen
    Paul Schrader and Brett Easton Ellis don't have the sense of play this kind of narrative of one-upmanship requires, as we're never allowed to enjoy the characters' misdeeds.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 12 Chuck Bowen
    The film's method of admitting its own hypocrisy so as to enable it to further indulge said hypocrisy grows more grating than if it were merely indifferently conceived junk like Falling Down.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 12 Chuck Bowen
    To watch the film is to wonder once again why Neil LaBute was ever taken seriously as a so-called dramatist of the gulf between the sexes.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Chuck Bowen
    Pauline Chan's film is a jumbled mixture of redemptive uplift and genre hijinks.