Chuck Bowen

Chuck Bowen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Chuck Bowen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
14% In Stereo (2015) "The film is just another fantasy of living only the good portions of the life of an artist. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2015
2.5/4 57% Stung "The filmmakers maintain a tone that's mostly ideal for the contemporary equivalent of a drive-in movie: of reverent, parodic irreverence. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2015
2.5/4 73% Jimmy's Hall (2015) "Ken Loach's staging is so calm and sober that it turns his story into an expertly photographed yet weirdly remote rebellion tale. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 27, 2015
2.5/4 33% Into The Grizzly Maze (2015) "David Hackl often shoots his bear in fashions that accent its lumbering, powerful grace, even during its death rattle. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 21, 2015
2/4 58% The Little Death (2015) "It's perched uneasily on a fence separating a rote comic sketch film from something weirder, stranger, and less engaged with offering reassuring domestic homilies. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2015
2.5/4 79% Ballers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Ballers is a behind-the-scenes NFL dramedy that's built from the spare narrative parts of Jerry Maguire and Entourage. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2015
3/4 50% Manglehorn (2015) "David Gordon Green stages even fleeting tonal palate cleansers with a self-consciousness that parallels Al Pacino's acting. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2015
1/4 26% Burying the Ex (2015) "It alternates awkwardly between shrill, borderline misogynistic sex farce and desperately gory, pun-rife creature feature. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2015
2.5/4 55% Set Fire To The Stars (2015) "At least it doesn't make the biopic mistake of attempting to check off every moment of a man's life over the course of a few hours' worth of running time. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2015
1/4 14% Police Story: Lockdown (2015) "The film's subtitle is apropos, as this is a decidedly locked-down and lead-footed talk-o-rama. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2015
1.5/4 61% Hungry Hearts (2015) "Adam Driver's characteristically exceptional, though Saverio Costanzo admittedly serves the film to him on a platter, as he's the only element in the film to which one can positively respond. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 31, 2015
1.5/4 69% Sense8: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Sense8 suggests a night spent watching as the show's creators channel-surf back and forth through eight mediocre genre films. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 31, 2015
3.5/4 70% The Nightmare (2015) "As in Rodney Ascher's previous film, Room 237, the subject of obsession is complemented by a despairing attempt to process it, corral it, and somehow conquer it. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 31, 2015
3.5/4 69% Uncertain Terms (2015) "Appropriately, the images in the film, the most fluidly beautiful and resonant of Nathan Silver's career thus far, suggest flashes of memory relived from the vantage point of the future. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 31, 2015
4/4 90% Pickup on South Street (1953) "Samuel Fuller's a master of unpretentious hot-house poetry, and that theoretical contradiction of terms gives one an idea of the irresolvable, elegantly compact flourishes that abound in his films. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 25, 2015
3.5/4 81% Results (2015) "Andrew Bujalski seizes upon physical training as a resonant metaphor for the work and risk that are inherent in cultivating significant interpersonal connections. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 25, 2015
1.5/4 81% Nightingale (2015) "Nightingale is first an intellectualized puzzle, and a portrait of a man losing his mind a very distant second. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 25, 2015
0/4 7% The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015) "Tom Six has achieved the seemingly impossible: He's made a film even less watchable than The Human Centipede II. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 19, 2015
2.5/4 26% Every Secret Thing (2015) "It has a problem that's familiar to competently made, sporadically involving crime procedurals: It's just good enough to inspire wishes that it were better. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 10, 2015
2.5/4 87% Bessie "Bessie is remarkably poignant, even if that resonance is somewhat disreputable. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 9, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet Maron: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "Season three of Maron is slight to the point of near nonexistence. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 7, 2015
1.5/4 20% Bravetown (2015) "The filmmakers attempt to acknowledge the pain of warfare within the framework of a redemptive story that lends it an unforgivably patronizing sense of closure. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 6, 2015
0/4 20% Skin Trade (2015) "There's no beauty to this film, little rhythm, none of the physical grace that action-film fans crave even if they don't know they do. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 3, 2015
3/4 83% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "The transcendence that the film offers isn't to be taken lightly considering the near impossibility of living professionally as an artist. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 3, 2015
3/4 52% The Casual Vacancy: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Like J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, The Casual Vacancy is informed with a Dickensian outrage with class inequality. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 28, 2015
2.5/4 64% Reality (2015) "Quentin Dupieux has a talent for rendering otherworldly concepts banal in a manner that reflects the stymied desires of his characters. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2015
3.5/4 96% Iris (2015) "Albert Maysles's portrait of Iris Apfel gradually emerges with cathartic clarity without compromising her inherent mystery. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2015
2.5/4 76% Good Kill (2015) "Like other Andrew Niccol films, Good Kill is about an essential innocent who dreams of release from a highly structured, classist, and hypocritical environment. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2015
3/4 74% Far from Men (2015) "The film often suggests a less defiant cover of The Defiant Ones, yet it's a must-see for Viggo Mortensen's characteristically wonderful performance. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 22, 2015
1/4 30% Happyish: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It desperately wants to be seen as cheeky and daring, and consequently there are no casual touches. Even the considerable and studied profanity is delivered with a buzz-killing element of unearned self-congratulation. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2015
1.5/4 6% The Forger (2015) "A sluggish, obvious fusion of a disease-of-the-week tearjerker with a comedic family crime romp that abounds in stiflingly over-emphasized Boston-crime-movie details. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2015
2.5/4 74% Alex of Venice (2015) "Chris Messina is eventually a little too indifferent to the machinations of the plot, but the film, however inescapably sentimental, is a romantic daydream that casts a lovely spell. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 12, 2015
3/4 69% The Harvest (2015) "Director John McNaughton, once an agile orchestrator of seemingly incompatible tones, has retained his talent for teasing insinuation. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 6, 2015
3/4 79% The Sisterhood Of Night (2015) "The film is so unusually moving and penetrating because it refuses to cloud its emotions in distancing irony, anger, or nihilism. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 5, 2015
3.5/4 97% About Elly (2015) "Asghar Farhadi's sensibility embodies a combination of empathy and paranoia that's striking considering that the latter is normally driven by self-absorption. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 5, 2015
3/4 77% That Guy Dick Miller (2015) "A fawning tribute to the cult legend, enriched by a subtle current of sadness that prevents the documentary from turning into a glorified DVD supplement. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2015
1/4 16% Last Knights (2015) "Another macho celebration of fighting for "freedom" because someone else told you to, devoid of any acknowledgement of the inherent irony of that ideology. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2015
95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) "It evolves into an intimate reverie on family and aesthetics, while remaining sporadically attuned to the reflexive and ethical dimensions of ethnographic discovery. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2015
3.5/4 74% Welcome To New York (2015) "The film's peculiarly exhilarating effect can be attributed to a sense of social outrage that's transcended for the sake of metaphoric social clarity. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2015
1/4 18% Serena (2015) "The film can't reconcile Ron Rash's apocalyptic tenderness with its own eagerness to revel in romantic star allure. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2015
2/4 40% Haemoo (Sea Fog) "The politics of the boat as it reaches calamity are mostly reduced to a singular urge to kill one character. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 20, 2015
2.5/4 74% Bloodline: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Bloodline suggests Cat on a Hot Tin Roof if it were stretched out and updated for broadcast as a prestige cable TV series. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 18, 2015
2.5/4 86% Backcountry (2015) "After a surprising development, the film grows slack and sentimental, reverting to the survival-movie platitude about hardship making you a better human. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2015
2/4 89% Spring (2015) "It bridges the cautionary elements of a horror film with the wish-fulfilling platitudes of a touristy romance. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2015
0/4 7% Accidental Love (2015) "So flimsily constructed that it resembles a middle-school play that's been hastily filmed on an antique camcorder. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2015
.5/4 11% The Cobbler (2015) "Thomas McCarthy evinces no interest in the people who come into Max's store and wind up as fodder for his increasingly violent and self-absorbed escapades. Not a shred. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 7, 2015
2/4 29% Cymbeline (2015) "The source material, which is convoluted even by Shakespeare's narratively dexterous standards, is admittedly a tough nut for a filmmaker to crack. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 7, 2015
3.5/4 75% The Lesson (2015) "The film ultimately understands poverty as a profound and often irreversible desolation of terra firma. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 1, 2015
1.5/4 29% Everly (2015) "Yet another boring ode to heavy breathing that's offered under the hypocritical pretense of celebrating female empowerment. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 22, 2015
94% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films "Cannily approximates a channel-surfing quality with its propulsive alternation of clips and interviews. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 19, 2015
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