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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Tower Heist feigns being an "Ocean's 11" for schmucks, but plays like a retread of "48 Hours."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    An hour into Earth and we're waiting for the film to end, not just the planet.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Despite the hype, this horror story can't shake its run-of-the-mill storytelling.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Does its share of teasing, but amounts to nothing serious.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Stunningly shot and stupidly written.
    • 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.
    • 32 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Scott Bowles
    Has a near-impossible mission: its title.
    • 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.
    • 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.