For 359 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 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chuck Bowen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Lowest review score: 0 The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 83 out of 359
359 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    A reminder that crime movies pointedly inspired by other, better genre films can still be enjoyable, if they wear their influences lightly and cleverly connect them to something tangibly human.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    The film changes gears whenever one is lulled into believing that it has finally settled into a recognizable narrative pattern.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    The film has been executed with a sense of formally stylish and thematically symmetric panache.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    The film has an eerily WTF arbitrariness that should be the domain of more films in the genre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Jody Lee Lipes shapes the footage into an intimate symphony of poetically shaped bodies that contrast poignantly with uncertain faces.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    It's a comedy concerned with myopia that doesn't succumb to the self-obsessed pitfalls of that subject.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Paul Lacoste's almost purely observational approach allows him to come about as close to documenting the process of creation as anyone ever has.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Peter Wiedensmith's methods aren't as cinematic as they could be, but even this seems to ably mirror Marilyn Sewell's humility.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Director Mahmoud Kaabour is Fatima's grandson, and she instantly seizes on--lightly, in her way--the guilt and panic that's inspired him to make this film.
    • Slant Magazine
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    This is a confident work that smashingly updates the Southern gothic for contemporary generations.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    The film often suggests a less defiant cover of The Defiant Ones, yet it's a must-see for Viggo Mortensen's characteristically wonderful performance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    The Rosses share David Byrne’s interest in the minutiae of habitats and the comforting enclosure they provide along with the discomfiting constriction of anonymity.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    One of the more intimate and revealing looks at American projects ever made; it's assured and empathetic without indulging in fashionable white guilt.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    David Gordon Green stages even fleeting tonal palate cleansers with a self-consciousness that parallels Al Pacino's acting.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Denys Arcand fashions a commandingly leisurely pace that allows us to follow these people who walk a tightrope separating ecstasy from misery.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    It grows increasingly hopeless as it contrasts the alien paradise of the opening with the wastelands that resemble corporate dump sites.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Sweaty Betty is a reminder that poetry comes in all shapes and sizes, and that art ultimately dictates its own terms.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Aesthetically, the film cunningly suggests life that exists solely within an academic experiment, closed off from chaos that isn't manufactured.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    The film has a calming and inevitable quality, and a leisurely sense of pacing that favors image and sound over narrative propulsion, that slows our own biorhythms, fostering our sensorial empathy with the passengers.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    One watches the film with an escalating sense of disbelief and horror, as Warren Jeffs is steadily revealed to be an even greater monster than we initially take him for.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Johnny Ma's Old Stone is a lean, nasty entry in a subgenre that could be termed the bureaucratic noir.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Every moment in writer-director Grímur Hákonarson's strange and wonderful film is imbued with mystery and revealing dignity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    A zig-zagging, free-associational genre item that's mostly concerned with stretching the generally narrow tonal rules of what a thriller can be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    The filmmakers astutely reveal how a culture can eat another alive and somehow live with itself.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    The transcendence that the film offers isn't to be taken lightly considering the near impossibility of living professionally as an artist.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    The film's images have a loose, rough, textured liveliness that honors the spirit of Chinatown Fair.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    The film provides a crisp, succinct answer to a question that nags most Americans: What the hell happened?

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