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 6.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Scott Bowles' Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    A Dangerous Method has plenty to say about sex, but it lacks much fire for it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    A clunky-if-earnest comedy about a literal band of misfits led by a singer who never takes off his mascot-size headgear. Ever.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    Pooh succeeds by embracing much of what modern films (including Potter's) have largely forgotten: old-fashioned movie pleasures.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Scott Bowles
    Unapologetically brutal and unencumbered by much plot, Raid is the year's most turbo-charged film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    An historical opus that is equal parts ballet and biography, though the second component pales in comparison with the first.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    July is solid throwback storytelling, a crime yarn that may not blow you away but can cut to the bone.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Crisply shot and voiced by a legion of Brits, the animated Arthur seems aimed at the Scrooge and caroler in all of us.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    It's simple stuff, but the movie's heart is in the right place.
    • 68 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Scott Bowles
    A slow-cooked film that's one of the most heartwarming of the young year.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    As he did in "Stranger Than Fiction," Ferrell displays surprising range when he ratchets down the volume.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    Jack Goes Boating won't knock you over, but it lulls you with its slow-warming heart.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    Sarandon is worth leaving home for, even if Jeff won't.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Scott Bowles
    The side story about Muslim extremists is a little ham-handed for a film that otherwise exercises such restraint.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Scott Bowles
    While Challenge makes for a pretty dull glimpse into the inner workings of the sea, it provides a fascinating look at the inner workings of Cameron, whose obsessive and demanding personality translated to movies that included "Titanic" and "Avatar."

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