For 113 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Bowles' Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Waiting for 'Superman'
Lowest review score: 12 Jack and Jill
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 113
  2. Negative: 29 out of 113
113 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Scott Bowles
    It's an apt title. As divisive as the issue has become, it's hard to deny the power of Guggenheim's lingering shots on these children, waiting on a superhero who isn't going to come.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Scott Bowles
    Let Me In is going to lure and please fans of the original; like the first, the remake is graphically violent but as tense as good horror gets.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Scott Bowles
    Menacing and meditative, Hallows is arguably the best installment of the planned eight-film franchise, though audiences who haven't kept up with previous chapters will be hopelessly lost.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Scott Bowles
    Unapologetically brutal and unencumbered by much plot, Raid is the year's most turbo-charged film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Scott Bowles
    Sprinkled with riffs, concert footage and home videos, the family-authorized documentary does what the artist usually did: When in doubt, return to the beat.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Scott Bowles
    Inspired and inspiring, this documentary about 7- and 8-year-olds competing for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship is too fawning to be consistently gifted, but it manages to be occasionally, perhaps accidentally, profound.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    The film is surprisingly deft and entertains at both the adult and juvenile levels. If something in Guardians catches your eye, trust your gizzard.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    Scott paces the film like its mechanized star: deliberately and, ultimately, with enough speed to keep its passengers satisfied.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    It's simple stuff, but the movie's heart is in the right place.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    As he did in "Stranger Than Fiction," Ferrell displays surprising range when he ratchets down the volume.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    Black is clearly suited for the role of a modern-day Inspector Clouseau, a hero clown who can't help but save the day.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    It's over-the-top stuff, to be sure. But Bosses never crosses that line into the macabre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    Pooh succeeds by embracing much of what modern films (including Potter's) have largely forgotten: old-fashioned movie pleasures.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    Sarah's Key is, for the most part, an exercise in reserve. We never see Hitler, never enter battle. Paquet-Brenner (Pretty Things, Walled In), rightly tells his Holocaust story as it now lives: through survivors and descendants.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    Fright is way too quick on its feet to be slowed by clichés. David Tennant seizes McDowall's role as Peter Vincent, now a Criss Angel-style clown vampire slayer. Christopher Mintz-Plasse was born to play a high school nerd.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    Even by today's standards, some scenes are jaw-dropping in their bloodshed. To that end, Lurie accomplishes some of what Peckinpah evoked 40 years ago.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    It is in many respects the best installment of the franchise as its stars go from sullen kids to sullen young adults, where their expressions look more natural.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    Crisply shot and voiced by a legion of Brits, the animated Arthur seems aimed at the Scrooge and caroler in all of us.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    Sarandon is worth leaving home for, even if Jeff won't.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    The side story about Muslim extremists is a little ham-handed for a film that otherwise exercises such restraint.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    The action is brisk, the acting is solid, and barring an unlikely failure at the box office, a franchise is born. Let the games begin.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    Visually stunning and narratively stunted, this IMAX documentary is the family version of 2006's "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary on global warming.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    Despite an abrupt ending and the worst title of the year, Arbitrage manages to leverage real tension from its veteran stars in one of Hollywood's first pedigreed films of the fall.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    An historical opus that is equal parts ballet and biography, though the second component pales in comparison with the first.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    It's no "Taxi Driver" or even "Open Water," but Route has enough attractions to warrant the trip.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    While not as revelatory as Al Gore's 2006 Oscar-winning documentary, Inequality makes a resounding case that the middle class is facing its own planetary crisis: becoming an endangered species.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    Rude, wrong and laugh-till-you-snort funny, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa not only stands as the best installment (by bounds) of Johnny Knoxville's hidden-camera franchise; it's one of the sharpest comedies of the year.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    Survivor is a pummeling, frenzied ride, one of fall's most charged action films. The gunfights and rocket-propelled grenades are palpable, and Berg manages to make the chaos followable.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    He hasn't mastered the craft yet, but M. Night Shyamalan may be on to something with this action-movie thing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    There are plenty of strong performances, and LaBeouf does a nice job of becoming the tough-skinned pragmatist. Mulligan is as earnest as ever, and Susan Sarandon and, particularly, Frank Langella make strong cameos.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    Jack Goes Boating won't knock you over, but it lulls you with its slow-warming heart.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    Brisk, brutal and unconcerned with collateral damage, The Mechanic doesn't pave much of anything new in the assassin-for-hire genre. But when it kills, it does so with style.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    For added heehaws, the normally dependable Nick Swardson comes along to act the ass and delve into some of Sandler's more nuanced scatological humor.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    Where Paul takes off is in its embrace and knowledge of sci-fi icons.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    Leave it to a wimpy kid to show Hollywood how to make a family movie with live people in it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    One of the coldest action films in years and an odd showcase for Saoirse Ronan, a deft actress who is one of the few youngsters capable of pulling off action with acting.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    Even by today's horror standards, Destination has some ghastly scenes. After seeing them, parents may want to reconsider letting their daughters try gymnastics or laser eye surgery.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    It's breezy stuff, to be sure. And while English is far from becoming the Pink Panther for the Facebook generation, Atkinson has a breezy rapport with junior Agent Tucker (Daniel Kaluuya) that's reminiscent of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau and his relationship with sidekick Kato.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    In Time has about 50 minutes of good movie in it. Alas, the sci-fi thriller runs nearly twice that length, and despite a terrific concept that could make for an "Inception" for 2011, we get "Logan's Run" meets "Robin Hood." And not the good parts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    A Dangerous Method has plenty to say about sex, but it lacks much fire for it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    Just earnest enough to blend its religious theme with a beer-chugging hero for a surprisingly contemporary look at faith.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    One of those movies that makes for a fantastic trailer. Much beyond that can feel like repeat viewing.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    A stylish slasher of a movie, a monster flick that does its vampires right, if not their real-life counterparts.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    Maintains the franchise's knack for getting kids right.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    The first half of Taken 2 is a serviceable action flick, but the second half descends into cliches.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    When the comedy connects, it can deliver with funny force
    • 35 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    Preposterous, goofy and a clear ripoff of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” Identity still manages to make off with just enough laughs to work, thanks to the wondrous McCarthy, one of the few actresses in Hollywood allowed to showcase her wit and charisma as much as her physique.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    A more sure-footed shoot-'em-up that finds some heart, wit and perhaps enough momentum to spawn a formidable action franchise.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    This comedy deserves credit for taking a decided viewpoint — and delivering a heartfelt if occasionally misguided message.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    Red 2 is one of those sequels that's easier to follow if you've seen the original but more entertaining if you haven't.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    If you rely on films to keep your kids entertained and distracted for an hour and a half, Meatballs is a masterwork, a visual stunner that manages to break from animation's current 3-D rut.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    Hart is much like Murphy: fast-talking, mischievous and irresistible. He's so confident and good-natured that we see how Angela fell for her pint-sized slacker.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    Draft's reverence for the gridiron, its heroes and the cities that worship them (particularly Cleveland) will make the movie a first-round pick of diehards.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    For a movie with a star wrestler at the center of it, Legendary doesn't pack much of a punch.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Just as its characters need a reason to live, Go needs a reason for audiences to watch. Neither find much satisfaction.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    It bristles with exuberant numbers that strain beneath the weight of cliché.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    This just in: Morning Glory can't decide whether to skewer the morning news or wallow in its pap.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Far-fetched is fine in most action flicks. And it would work here if Days were a straightforward police story.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    A mishmash of horror and history genres that's not as bad as its trailers but ultimately is dragged down by, of all things, its star.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    A flimsy, occasionally spooky demon tale.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Never works as a gum-snapper concert movie and does provide a glimpse into instant stardom in the Twitter generation.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Four is so cobbled with bits of other sci-fi and comic-book movies, there's little to distinguish it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    You have to give director Jonathan Liebesman some points for sparing no shell casings or standing buildings to hustle us through the film's languorous two hours.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    You've never seen a movie like Sucker Punch. And depending on your entertainment preferences, you may not want to.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Hangover II marks one of the most derivative sequels of the year: The opening and closing scenes are taken almost shot-for-shot from the original. Just substitute Asians for Americans, gross-outs for guffaws.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Smurfs is utterly kid-friendly.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Glee the TV show has become a cult phenom with three essential ingredients: whip-smart kids, adult-sized issues, all blended to sugary pop tunes. About a third of those components made it into Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Part horror film, part space thriller and all gore-fest, the movie ends up being a lot like its protagonist: a mess of a monster that stretches itself too thin to scare much.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Tower Heist feigns being an "Ocean's 11" for schmucks, but plays like a retread of "48 Hours."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    What undercuts sharper than Poseidon's trident is a script that sees its characters as cardboard, not flesh and blood. For a film meant to be spectacle over substance, it's not a fatal blow. But it is a mortal wound.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    An hour into Earth and we're waiting for the film to end, not just the planet.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Does its share of teasing, but amounts to nothing serious.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Alas, if you're someone who enjoys movies as, say, a two-hour escape, you may find this documentary on the death of film at digital's hands a bit too inside baseball.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Has a near-impossible mission: its title.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Despite the hype, this horror story can't shake its run-of-the-mill storytelling.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Geared for teens who perhaps found the Twilight series too profound, Warm Bodies is an unabashed homage to that wildly successful franchise. One of its stars, Teresa Palmer, is even done up to be a carbon copy of Kristen Stewart, the anchor of the vampire series.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Like a lot of meds, it loses its effectiveness over time, and you'll build a resistance to Effects eventually, particularly when it dissolves into a standard crime flick.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    It's mostly smoke and mirrors. After Freeman's snooze became a YouTube fixture, the actor jokingly dismissed the nap, saying he was using "Google eyelids" to check his Facebook account. You may find yourself attempting the same feat, because Now has little up its sleeve.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    It plays more like a "21 Jump Street," full of pretty people and a thumping soundtrack but offering little in the way of something to say.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Machete Kills dulls more than anything. It's not that Robert Rodriguez's sequel lacks any of the camp or exploitative violence of the 2010 original. The mayhem has just become boring.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Action fans -- particularly devotees of brainless '80s shoot-em-ups -- may find enough to like here, particularly the preposterous mayhem of the third act.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Alas, this all-star ensemble comedy that trumpets (too loudly) that it's a "Hangover" on hemorrhoid cream musters enough laughs to be passable, if not memorable. And that's thanks to Morgan Freeman's showmanship.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    There's a fun retro camp to Hercules, with nods to classics such as Ben-Hur and Spartacus, as Hercules finds himself rowing slave ships and crossing desert expanses.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Stunningly shot and stupidly written.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Scott Bowles
    Alpha and Omega is one of those rarities in the modern era of Hollywood animation: bad.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Scott Bowles
    Vaughn and James are likable enough, and they would have real chemistry in, say, an all-out comedy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 38 Scott Bowles
    What it became was bad. A movie that hopes to blend "Lethal Weapon" with "Gladiator" winds up not being a fraction of either.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Scott Bowles
    Speaking of that middle-finger finale, there is one redeeming trait: At least it signals the end credits.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Scott Bowles
    There isn't much in the way of plot to get in the way of Sandler's world: There's poo, ripped pants and hot girls falling for fat guys.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Scott Bowles
    Conan the Barbarian lives by a pretty simple ethos: He lives, he loves, he slays. What he doesn't do, alas, is act.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Scott Bowles
    There's nothing wrong in the setup: It worked fine in films like "Adventures in Babysitting" and "Uncle Buck." But director David Gordon Green populates the movie with so many soap opera asides it's hard to keep count.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Scott Bowles
    A putrid film that comes dead-weighted with hammy one-liners and a plot so silly it borders on comedy?
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Scott Bowles
    Filmmakers must have been tripping pretty badly when they made High School, a flub that's about as lucid as a stoner at a spelling bee.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Scott Bowles
    Revolution tries a few plot moves, but, narratively, it has two left feet.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Scott Bowles
    It's been a long time since a movie wasted this much talent.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Scott Bowles
    RZA's directorial debut is heavy on bloody kung fu action...and light on just about everything else.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Scott Bowles
    The movie spends too much time wedging the couple into a May-December moment, where Crystal cracks nostalgic about the good old days. It's sweet, but it grows old.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Scott Bowles
    It's been a long time since a movie wasted as much talent as Stand Up Guys, a film that aims to be a geezer "Goodfellas" but whose execution is a misfire.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Scott Bowles
    Though it has flashes of promise, Bones traces the footsteps of its fantasy film predecessors too closely to blaze anything close to an original narrative.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 38 Scott Bowles
    A film of repetition, a bloody dance consisting of three steps: stab, scream, repeat.