For 263 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 56% 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
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Laurence Anyways
Lowest review score: 0 The Identical
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 71 out of 263
263 movie reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Asthma inevitably becomes another film about a man airing out his traumas and hitting all the requisite marks on his path to healing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Everyone heals, or doesn't heal, on cue, and the initial pathos of the narrative is dulled by the architecture of its through lines.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    The film doesn't quite earn Jones's performance, but it engenders considerable goodwill for allowing him to give it.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    The whole isn't greater than the sum of its parts, but the various detours coalesce into an amusing wannabe-cult curio.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Southbound is yet another contemporary horror film that belongs to seemingly every era but its own.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Sword of Destiny has an appealingly inventive, unruly genre party streak running down its figurative back.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Jordan Galland confidently perches the film right on the razor’s edge separating absurdist comedy from horror.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    A curiously unsentimental director of romantic comedies, Julie Delpy sees romance for the work that it primarily is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    As preachy and repetitive as The Little Prince can be, it offers enough moments of poetry to keep it flirting with greatness, or at least goodness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    It has a bouncy sense of lunacy, wearing its derivative junkiness on its sleeve with surprising lightness of authority.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Matteo Garrone returns the fairy tale to its roots in cautionary horror grounded in deep, contradictory, neurotic relationships with gender and patriarchy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    An admirably bizarre and beautiful genre mixtape, but Anders Thomas Jensen's empathy for his characters gradually impedes his imagination.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Throughout Alex and Benjamin Brewer's film, Nicolas Cage holds the screen with his distinct timing and expressive force of being.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Even the film's lapses inform it with a free-associative sense of portent, evoking the stupid things we inexplicably do in our most personal nightmares.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    The lack of ambiguity reflects Benoît Jacquot's treatment of the text, which is devoid of either formal obsessiveness or a contemporary hook.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    It infuses an outdoorsy survival tale and a coming-of-age story of friendship with Taika Waititi's penchant for distaff flakiness.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    Hello Lonesome isn't really that much of a movie, but it has something that a number of more polished pictures in the same vein don't: human decency. Sadly, that's noteworthy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    Writer-director Bernard Rose effectively conjoures an atompshere of poetic stoned-1960s British rebellion, a feeling of woozy, intoxicating possibility that will not-so-eventually be squashed.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    Like many films early in a director's career, it plays more as a sketchbook of intended future endeavors than as a cohesive and fully realized vision in its own right.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    Once it gets its nominal plot and character development out of the way, Bad Posture turns out to be pleasantly surprising.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    The Dead ultimately doesn't have much of a pulse, as it fails to transcend the banality of its inevitable theme.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    Adam Pesce never condescends to any of his subjects, but good intentions alone don't make for a captivating movie.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    In the end, it feels unavoidably dull, as there isn't much thematic ambiguity to be found in the assertion that humans deserve life that's defined by more than indentured servitude.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    The film is content as it is to run clever one-liners and 19th-century pop-cultural references into the same comedic whirlpool.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    Some will find the film compelling, but underneath the riddles it's basically a self-important proclamation of "who the hell knows?"
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    As a sampler course of what it means to court the Michelin honor, Three Stars is enjoyable, but it's simply a collision of details that never entirely converge into a meaningful whole.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    Made with considerable reverence, but it doesn't quite manage to tow a tricky tonal line that's required when working with such sensitive and complicated material.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    Pang Ho-cheung can't help but humanize Vulgaria's characters, which is a kiss of death for what's meant to be a farce of escalating obscenity.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    One can't help but sense that underneath the complicated art-house game-playing of Isaki Lacuesta's The Double Steps resides a theme that's sentimental and old-hat.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    The filmmaker's failure of empathy for those who strive to outlaw medicinal marijuana turns the protestors into hissable puritanical bad guys.

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