For 312 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 1% 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: 56
Highest review score: 100 Drug War
Lowest review score: 0 Independence Day: Resurgence
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 312
312 movie reviews
    • 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
    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.
    • 78 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?
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Erika Frankel’s documentary is finally revealed to be a story of prolonged adjustment to retirement, and a poignant illustration of sublimated redemption.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    In terms of formal orchestration, Creepy is as sublime as any prior Kiyoshi Kurosawa film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Scott Thurman captures not only the fear and anti-intellectual resentment and insecurity that govern the dictations of the far right, but also the rampant unchecked egotism.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Say what you will about Burning Man, but writer-director Jonathan Teplitsky can't be accused of spoon-feeding his audience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    You grow to feel as if you're arbitrarily changing the channel back and forth from a diverting horror film to a promising odd-couple comedy.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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