For 96 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chuck Bowen's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Girlfriend Experience: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Anger Management: Season 2
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 96
  2. Negative: 17 out of 96
96 tv reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    A newer element of our surveillance state, social media, is mentioned obligatorily but is barely explored. The Capture sucks the juice out of its pop-cultural reference points, failing to mine our current nightmares on its own terms.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    It took The Office a while to lose its teeth and become a perpetual meme and cuddle-fest, while Space Force goes soft within just a few episodes before limping to an embarrassingly inspirational family reunion finale.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Chuck Bowen
    The limited series is a carnival of horrors weighed down by moralizing, hysteria, and cross-associations.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    As themes go, “life goes on” would surely rank as one of the least profound, but Tales from the Loop continues to offer details that resonate.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Given the wildness of the story, The Outsider sometimes feels ludicrously tony, but it’s undeniably gripping—a beach read rendered by real artists. The series is so clever that it might take you a while to realize that it’s essentially Dracula. ... Or, perhaps even more fitting, The Outsider suggests a merging of Kolchak with Price’s The Night Of.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    After a long and promising wind-up, with characteristically gorgeous Milch dialogue, the movie reveals itself to be a shocking non-event that hews closely to the formula of a “very special episode” of a venerable series. There’s a wedding, there’s a funeral, and there’s a murder that’s telegraphed far advance, which effectively drains it of the impact of the show’s most upsetting and challenging acts of violence.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    Swanberg is a poet not only of conversation, but of gestures; for all the talk in this season, it’s the physical moments, encapsulations of currents which words are inadequate to express, that truly haunt, illuminating the challenge and potential futility of communion.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    If Fosse/Verdon lacks the obsessiveness and sensual fanaticism of Fosse and Verdon’s art, though, it nevertheless gives ample space for Rockwell and Williams to inhabit their characters.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Chuck Bowen
    Bahrani renders reading passive without any sense of irony, reducing books to a bland MacGuffin. Unsurprisingly, Bahrani fashions a classic into a futuristic chase film with endless torrents of exposition, which represents every culturally bastardizing tendency it pretends to decry.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    The series is a wicked, decadent comedy about our impending apocalypse, its relativism suggesting a cheeky come-on as well as a parting attempt at some sort of clarity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Goodman and Metcalf slip Dan and Jackie back on like second skins; Barr isn't nearly as subtle as her co-stars, but she still has her verbal fastball, and delivers consistently solid punchlines with merciless precision. Gilbert, one of the original show's most striking presences, has seasoned Darlene's awkwardness to reflect the character's ongoing sense of misplacement and newfound feelings of failure. But the biggest surprise is Goranson, whose expressions of misery are among this new season's most haunting and nuanced flourishes.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Bowen
    Robbin' Season is cloaked in a heavy yet strangely exhilarating veil of dread. ... Yet there are moments of wonder within the brutally and beautifully pragmatic Robbin' Season.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Chuck Bowen
    Here and Now is so preoccupied with checking off representative boxes that it forgets to whip up actual drama. There's little plot, no aesthetic distinctiveness, and no sense of casualness or specificity to the series.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Bowen
    There's little of the numbing, script-heavy exposition in Mosaic that lards most TV shows, allowing the actors to fashion strikingly specific and stylish performances, defining characters by their habits and environments rather than by the mandates of signifying dialogue. Soderbergh provides resonant snapshots of the characters, boiling decades of history into glances and absurdist asides.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    In terms of scale and narrative ingenuity, Wormwood is as staggering as any Morris film--pure heroin for the conspiracy buffs who binged on Netflix's Making of a Murderer--though one wishes that the filmmaker was less fancy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    The series is awash in bursts of expressionist color, on-screen text, the breaking of the fourth wall, and riffs that allow Lee to revel in the actors' chemistry and in the intuitive power of his own imagination, leading to tones that daringly crash into one another.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    Altogether, the second season of The Girlfriend Experience is knottier and more surprising, though somewhat less satisfying, than the first. But this is the sort of experimentation and inconsistency that push television beyond the dictates of delivering narrative by the yard.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Chuck Bowen
    Mindhunter is addictive and resonant for its mining of two evocative forms of social contrast. The terrific cast informs Fincher and creator Joe Penhall's sociological schematic with a human element that's unusual for a crime procedural, and the series has a piercing sense of how macro influences micro culture.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 38 Chuck Bowen
    This narrative passiveness scans less as psychosexual critique than as a case of writers getting lost in a thicket of obligatory happenstance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    There's something remote and stiflingly preordained about the series, which suggests Playhouse 90 cocooned in a derivative formal polish that stripes it of grit and uncertainty.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    Gypsy is an elaborately structured drama that's too derivatively clever by at least half; throughout, its intricately arranged causes and effects grow stiflingly busy and thematic, resembling a behavioral proof that Rubin seems determined to confirm.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    The Wizard of Lies doesn't refute that armchair outrage, which probably isn't possible or desirable anyway, but it's so pointedly lacking in empathetic imagination that one wonders why Levinson made the film, which bears less of a resemblance to art than a book report.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Chuck Bowen
    This is another prestigious series that's competently written and directed, dutifully performed, and politically astute, yet mired in numbing earnestness that dampens the most important element of all art: figurative revelation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Chuck Bowen
    Better Call Saul grows more ironic and tragic with each subsequent episode.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Five came Back s gripped by a fascinating irony: It’s a propagandistic examination of propaganda. The book contrasts the macro of the U.S.‘s efforts to win WWII with the micro of each filmmaker’s military experience, offering surgically precise, engagingly empathetic portraits of soldiers as well as significant artists. The series loses much of the book’s micro texture by necessity of form.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Bette and Joan is at its canniest when contrasting Bette and Joan's respective vanities, understanding that Bette's has aged better than Joan's, and that Joan was misguidedly devising, in Baby Jane, the rules that would enable her own upstaging.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    What Billions offers is vicarious revelry in stylish power, exuding a trashy, toxic purity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Chuck Bowen
    Santa Clarita Diet is a charmingly goofy lark, revealing itself to be a comedy of remarriage hidden in zombie's clothing.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Chuck Bowen
    This Training Day is steeped in clichés so embarrassingly retrograde that it suggests John McTiernan's Last Action Hero played with a straight face.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Chuck Bowen
    The series goes down easily, with one-liners alternating professionally with well-designed battle scenes, and this obliging impersonality is why it’s ultimately so dull, as zippy, attention-grabbing movement is prized over mood and poetry.

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