For 148 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 5.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chuck Bowen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Drug War
Lowest review score: 0 33 Postcards
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 148
  2. Negative: 43 out of 148
148 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    It bridges the cautionary elements of a horror film with the wish-fulfilling platitudes of a touristy romance.
    • 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.
    • 62 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    The film lacks the manic fly-by-night invention of, say, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, or even the ripe erotic ambiguity of something like Avatar.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    Lilting doesn't have any momentum or any sense of ambiguity, once the setup has been established.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    There's ultimately little in the way of authentically resonant drama underneath the film's self-conscious busy-ness.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    The source material, which is convoluted even by Shakespeare's narratively dexterous standards, is admittedly a tough nut for a filmmaker to crack.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    Director Kiah Roache-Turner's film is an excitingly efficient and ultraviolent zomedy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    A middling genre movie, but it's oddly likable for its conflicted, unresolved tension.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    Timidity and perhaps fear, of visual confinement, of lingering emotional engagement, closes Nacho Vigalondo's most promising windows.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    The actors play off one another beautifully, but the film bottoms out just as it's getting warmed up.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    It could have used far more of King's mordant humor, which might have imbued the metaphorical autumnal proceedings with a much-needed jolt of pop anarchy, or even pathos.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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