For 127 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Bowles' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Waiting for 'Superman'
Lowest review score: 12 Jack and Jill
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 127
  2. Negative: 32 out of 127
127 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Scott Bowles
    A slow-cooked film that's one of the most heartwarming of the young year.
    • 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 clich├ęs. 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    And that's Fed Up's ultimate, if not fatal, weakness: The movie seems to acquit consumers of any culpability in our health crisis.