For 337 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 4.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chuck Bowen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Laurence Anyways
Lowest review score: 0 The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence)
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 83 out of 337
337 movie reviews
    • 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?
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Throughout the documentary, the undisguised regret and longing of David Lynch's reminiscences are often startling.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Jerzy Skolimowski's formal control over the material is so masterful that the textual particulars are revealed to be beside the point.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    My Reincarnation has an effective bifurcated structure that testifies to the level of trust Jennifer Fox clearly established with her subjects.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Convento is an unusual experimental film that conjures the free-floating aura of a dream, only without the stylized, hyper-symbolic imagery that we generally associate with films attempting to convey dream states.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson have extraordinary chemistry, painting a cumulative portrait of the fragility and rareness of being truly in sync with a partner.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    It's a prevailing sense of decency that explains why The Bullet Vanishes is such an effective tonic for summer-movie fatigue.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    In The Hunter, writer-director Rafi Pitts manages an atmosphere of choked, ambiguous dread, somehow naturalistic and hallucinatory at once, that recalls nothing less than Godard's Alphaville.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    It displays an intimate chemical understanding of the exhausting and unrelentingly impotent agony of failure.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Takashi Murakami has invested the film with the same sort of primal pop-art aesthetic that distinguishes much of his art.
    • 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.

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