A.A. Dowd

A.A. Dowd

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
AV Club , Time Out Chicago , Time Out New York
Total Reviews:
223

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B- 91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " A broody and reasonably entertaining act of brand extension, marred mainly by its limited license to do anything but inch audiences a little closer to the inevitable ape-slavement." — AV Club
Posted Jul 9, 2014
A 100% Boyhood (2014) " There's never been a movie quite like Boyhood, and it may be years before anyone works up the gumption to match its achievement." — AV Club
Posted Jul 9, 2014
A- 96% Life Itself (2014) " Few will get through the film not feeling as though they know and understand the author a little better, a little more deeply, a little more intimately." — AV Club
Posted Jul 3, 2014
C- 31% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " Deliver Us From Evil doesn't even believe in its tropes, whose moldiness no veneer of "authenticity" can mask." — AV Club
Posted Jul 1, 2014
C+ 23% Tammy (2014) " McCarthy is going to need better material if she's going to transition into a rom-com career." — AV Club
Posted Jul 1, 2014
B 78% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) " The journalism is comprehensive, the scope admirably large. Those who can keep up will learn plenty about how a major, high-profile case proceeds." — AV Club
Posted Jun 26, 2014
B 68% They Came Together (2014) " An enthusiastically zany comedy, made in the reality-bending tradition of a Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker production." — AV Club
Posted Jun 26, 2014
B+ 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " The director navigates an enclosed space with cinematic flair, his dynamic camerawork assuring that the talky proceedings never feel especially "stagy."" — AV Club
Posted Jun 19, 2014
D 21% Third Person (2014) " Haggis has tackled his own penchant for heavy-handedness with a typically heavy hand. Those who groaned through Crash will find plenty to groan about here, too." — AV Club
Posted Jun 19, 2014
B+ 86% Coherence (2014) " An uncommonly clever genre movie, reliant not on special effects-of which there are basically none-but on heavy doses of paranoia." — AV Club
Posted Jun 19, 2014
C+ 55% The Signal (2014) " Strong sci-fi grapples with its premise instead of concealing it." — AV Club
Posted Jun 12, 2014
B 66% The Rover (2014) " A bleaker, less colorful descendant of the Mad Max films, replacing the rollicking action of that franchise with a mood of nihilistic despair." — AV Club
Posted Jun 12, 2014
B- 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " There aren't just more dragons, but more characters, more plot, more everything. The trade-off is that the charm of the original gets a little lost, a casualty of rapid-franchise expansion." — AV Club
Posted Jun 12, 2014
B 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " The Fault In Our Stars is a snappy and resonant teenage weepie, blessed with sparks of wit and buoyed by the talents of a charismatic cast." — AV Club
Posted Jun 5, 2014
B 87% Obvious Child (2014) " If nothing else, Obvious Child proves that rom-com conventions require no apologies, at least when they're invested with honesty and sharp humor. Also, a few fart jokes never hurt." — AV Club
Posted Jun 5, 2014
B- 89% Willow Creek (2014) " He may be seriously slumming by putting a modern spin on 1972's The Legend Of Boggy Creek, but at least Goldthwait's done his homework." — AV Club
Posted Jun 5, 2014
B- 86% Cold in July (2014) " "Unpredictable" is one of the highest compliments one can pay a movie, especially an American thriller." — AV Club
Posted May 22, 2014
C- 48% All Cheerleaders Die (2014) " What happened to Lucky McKee?" — AV Club
Posted May 14, 2014
B+ 74% Godzilla (2014) " Edwards makes the leap to the majors with confidence, adapting his grounded approach to sci-fi to a much larger scale." — AV Club
Posted May 14, 2014
B- 73% Neighbors (2014) " Neighbors is a bit of a mess, neither outrageous nor thoughtful enough to compensate for its lack of narrative imagination. But the film is also not without its modest pleasures." — AV Club
Posted May 8, 2014
C+ 88% Chef (2014) " For Swingers fans, seeing Favreau make something small again might be worth it-even if the results are more appetizing in theory than in execution." — AV Club
Posted May 8, 2014
C+ 36% The Quiet Ones (2014) " The Quiet Ones is a pretty ironic title for a horror film whose primary scare tactic is to periodically crank up the volume, sending the needle to the red with a sudden spike in the decibel levels." — AV Club
Posted May 1, 2014
C+ 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Even at a hefty 142 minutes, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hasn't the time for its surfeit of plot, nor for the sprawling ensemble of supporting characters caught in the sticky web Webb weaves." — AV Club
Posted May 1, 2014
C 89% Locke (2014) " Locke, as fascinating as it is in theory, never evolves into anything more than a glorified acting exercise." — AV Club
Posted Apr 24, 2014
A- 95% Blue Ruin (2014) " Blue Ruin is as visually striking as one might expect a film helmed by a talented cinematographer to be. But Saulnier has more than a great eye; he's got the soul of a natural filmmaker ..." — AV Club
Posted Apr 24, 2014
B- 57% Proxy (2014) " Proxy's greatest attribute is its deliberate dismantling of the audience's assumptions. Writer-director Zack Parker has made a genre whatsit whose central mystery lies in the stealth motivations of its characters." — AV Club
Posted Apr 17, 2014
C- 19% Transcendence (2014) " The film rages, dully and impotently, against a future that has more or less already arrived." — AV Club
Posted Apr 17, 2014
B- 66% The Railway Man (2014) " Along the way, The Railway Man accumulates some power and insight, but it's also hard to shake the feeling that a complicated first-person account has been given the Weinstein treatment." — AV Club
Posted Apr 10, 2014
A- 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Laying eyes on the film's piles upon piles of valuable junk-old recording equipment, leather-bound novels, cosmetic clutter-is a bit like rummaging through the director's attic." — AV Club
Posted Apr 10, 2014
B- 74% Oculus (2014) " Oculus doesn't exactly shatter the clich├ęs of the genre, but it does distort them in a couple of interesting ways, beginning with a creative reversal of the usual vengeful-spirit plot ..." — AV Club
Posted Apr 10, 2014
B 84% Joe (2014) " What's commendable about Cage's performance, given his usual tendency to go as far over the top as possible, is the way the actor downplays even the occasional surge of violent emotion." — AV Club
Posted Apr 10, 2014
A- 87% Under the Skin (2014) " Under The Skin lets its nightmarish imagery do the talking, forgoing explanation in favor of total sensory immersion." — AV Club
Posted Apr 3, 2014
B+ 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " In this spectacularly entertaining sequel, Rogers is still running, jumping, and chucking his mighty shield like it's 1945. But now he's doing so with the weariness and distrust of historical hindsight." — AV Club
Posted Apr 3, 2014
B- 77% Noah (2014) " At its best, the film gets by on its striking imagery, from a panorama of sickening human decadence to a mid-movie retelling of the creation story that might make Terrence Malick weep." — AV Club
Posted Mar 27, 2014
C+ 40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " The problem with Cesar Chavez is that it inches steadily away from a down-to-earth portrayal of its subject, eventually placing him on the very kind of pedestal he never sought to occupy." — AV Club
Posted Mar 27, 2014
B 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " Nymphomaniac may at best be a digression, but it's not one of Von Trier's weaker ones." — AV Club
Posted Mar 20, 2014
B- 88% It Felt Like Love (2014) " It's easy to be seduced by the loosely observational vibe of the movie, even as its tale of a shrinking violet struggling not to be a late bloomer fails to strike more than a single note of dismay." — AV Club
Posted Mar 20, 2014
A- 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " With sober eloquence, the filmmaker lays out the arrival of the Khmer Rouge, the philosophy used to justify their crimes, and the slow slipping away of his family, each member claimed by this horrible social experiment." — AV Club
Posted Mar 13, 2014
B 78% Veronica Mars (2014) " As a nostalgia trip, and a valentine to the virtues of its terrific source material, Veronica Mars gets the job done." — AV Club
Posted Mar 13, 2014
B- 64% Bad Words (2014) " Even when Bad Words is bad in the wrong way, it tends to be bad in the right way, too." — AV Club
Posted Mar 13, 2014
B+ 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Anderson has made a madcap caper that doubles as a winsome eulogy for such archaic virtues as glamour, civility, and dutiful customer service." — AV Club
Posted Mar 6, 2014
B+ 91% Kids for Cash (2014) " After a stage-setting opening passage, director Robert May cuts deeper-past the allegations of wrongdoing, to a more multi-faceted critique of the justice system." — AV Club
Posted Feb 27, 2014
D 29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " 3 Days To Kill is one Liam Neeson shy of a Liam Neeson vehicle." — AV Club
Posted Feb 20, 2014
C 53% Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2014) " There's something depressingly schematic about the way director Babak Najafi, replacing prior helmsman Daniel Espinosa, crosscuts among the mad scrambles of his down-on-their-luck protagonists." — AV Club
Posted Feb 13, 2014
C+ 68% About Last Night (2014) " The dialogue has the flavor of 2014, even as these paramours simply borrow the dating wisdom -- and gender politics -- of their 1980s counterparts." — AV Club
Posted Feb 13, 2014
B 49% RoboCop (2014) " Slightly squarer and less subversive than the other one, but also admirable in its refusal to simply replicate the circuitry of a blockbuster predecessor." — AV Club
Posted Feb 12, 2014
C 32% The Monuments Men (2014) " The Monuments Men feels not just self-conscious but also a bit self-congratulatory, its creator squashing the spirit of adventure with too many grandiose lines about the Importance Of Art." — AV Club
Posted Feb 6, 2014
C- 33% Labor Day (2014) " It's a mostly colorless weepie, aiming for the mythic power of a Great American Novel, but achieving dramatic vagueness instead." — AV Club
Posted Jan 30, 2014
B 78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) " Its points about the misplacement of blame, and the morality of fitting punishment to crime, are never less than trenchant." — AV Club
Posted Jan 16, 2014
C+ 78% The Banshee Chapter (2014) " The Banshee Chapter can't seem to decide if it wants to be a found-footage horror movie, or a more traditional one. To its detriment, it splits the difference." — AV Club
Posted Jan 9, 2014
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