For 112 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chuck Bowen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Laurence Anyways
Lowest review score: 0 The Identical
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 112
  2. Negative: 32 out of 112
112 movie reviews
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    A nasty, cleverly revealed monster might have redeemed some of the monotony of the first (seemingly endless) hour, but the beasty here manages to be ludicrous, dull, and unoriginal somehow all at once, compromising the marginal hope you may have been holding out for the film.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    Finding Joe maintains that every person should, as Joseph Campbell wrote, "find your bliss," a potentially valuable nugget of wisdom that this film manages to reduce to 80 minutes of celebs giving themselves hugs.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    Charlie is a stereotype who doesn't know it--basically your typical broke dude in a near midlife crisis who thinks he's the first to have his dull problems.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    After 30 long minutes, I stopped trying to make allowances for its varying ineptitudes, and Carice van Houten's work as the spunky human cat was the only reason I held out that long.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    Loosies never establishes a consistent tone; it feels made up as it went along, and not in the electrifyingly free-wheeling fashion of, say, a Godard or Altman film.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    A film relating a story of the Holocaust is destined to provoke a number of adjectives, but "cloying" shouldn't be one of them.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    The film is ultimately too concerned with courting the singer's fans to deliver anything more than a theatrical release of a very special episode of VH1's Behind the Music.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    A typical wax-museum reproduction of the American South in which every detail is Southern in bold all caps, and not a single scene over the course of the film's 102 minutes rings true.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    Falling Overnight recalls some of the more annoying entries in the mumblecore subgenre that erroneously believe that every indiscriminate moment in a person's life is worthy of a film regardless of subtext.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    Ultimately plodding and resolutely old-fashioned, a corporate thriller for folks too square to indulge the possible existence of hungers so strong they must be satisfied at any cost.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    It's less a film than an unimaginatively assembled series of talking heads.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    Fifteen minutes into Festival of Lights you come to the discouraging realization that you know every infuriating plot beat that will follow.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    The film is ultimately more concerned with Caveh Zahedi's attempts to pursue a variety of dull passing fancies than with any larger agenda.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    The film spins its wheels for almost an hour until collapsing under the weight of exposition that renders the mystery nearly besides the point.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    Taste and good intentions are only going to get one so far with a script this tone deaf and direction this ugly and monotonous.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    Several reels' worth of ugly, unshaped footage that wouldn't have been deemed fit for a movie's end-credit outtakes not so long ago.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    You may feel as if you're watching two or three abbreviated episodes of Law & Order in quick succession rather than a fully realized movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    It transforms itself from a meek lo-fi indie stalker thriller in the key of May to a hysterically sexist and homophobic revenge film.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    This is less a movie than a dutiful renewal of a recognizable title's licensing rights.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Chuck Bowen
    Drive Hard is the action-film equivalent of one of those folks who relentlessly speak of having it tough all over as they plan their third yearly vacation.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 Chuck Bowen
    Inside Out should be wild and violent, playing on the soap-operatic mood swings that drive televised wrestling; instead it's one or two murders away from being a Lifetime movie of the week.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 12 Chuck Bowen
    The romantic quest that's meant to drive the film is meaningless because Alexander Poe has extended empathy to no one besides himself.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 12 Chuck Bowen
    As one incoherent action scene follows another, one's left staring at a film with nothing to respond to, waiting for it all to be over.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 12 Chuck Bowen
    The tension almost immediately leaks out of the narrative once we realize we're watching a found-footage horror movie.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 12 Chuck Bowen
    Paul Schrader and Brett Easton Ellis don't have the sense of play this kind of narrative of one-upmanship requires, as we're never allowed to enjoy the characters' misdeeds.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 12 Chuck Bowen
    The film's method of admitting its own hypocrisy so as to enable it to further indulge said hypocrisy grows more grating than if it were merely indifferently conceived junk like Falling Down.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 12 Chuck Bowen
    To watch the film is to wonder once again why Neil LaBute was ever taken seriously as a so-called dramatist of the gulf between the sexes.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 12 Chuck Bowen
    Paul Schrader's personality reveals itself in the film's joylessness, which is meaningless without the director's accompanying and occasionally poignant existentialism.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 0 Chuck Bowen
    The film, for all its trite lessons, forgets that people mainly play golf because they enjoy it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 0 Chuck Bowen
    One Fall is a bafflingly lame assemblage of self-help platitudes, the sort of film in which every narrative detail is specifically placed to pave the way for a pat moral you've grasped before the opening credits have barely concluded.

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