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
0/4 9% 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 83% 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 85% 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 65% 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 98% 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 75% 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 77% 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 78% 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 98% 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 75% 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 17% 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 87% 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 6% 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 30% 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 33% 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
95% 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
2.5/4 68% All The Wilderness (2015) "The images gorgeously embody both the fear and the beauty of James's exploratory experiments with socialization. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 14, 2015
3/4 96% Wild Tales (2015) "Each of the six vignettes that make up this unusually energetic anthology pertains to the methods of calculated mass dehumanization that are (barely) hidden beneath the practices of social institutions. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 13, 2015
2/4 80% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) "The film's skillfulness renders its eventual slide into the routine all the more irritating. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 9, 2015
3.5/4 35% Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015) "A dizzying hall-of-mirrors stunt, a horror remake as autobiographical X-ray, and a work of fantasy that serves as a decadently cleansing creative exorcism. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 7, 2015
3/4 100% Better Call Saul: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Better Call Saul is a nifty and promising comic noir, but it also allows you to ponder certain missed opportunities. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 2, 2015
.5/4 71% The Voices (2015) "For most of the film's running time, one mistakes the main character's callousness for the filmmakers'. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 31, 2015
3/4 86% Ballet 422 (2015) "Jody Lee Lipes shapes the footage into an intimate symphony of poetically shaped bodies that contrast poignantly with uncertain faces. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 30, 2015
100% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 1 "It's clear that creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have returned ready to play. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
82% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 2 "The second episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show allows us to leisurely soak in the considerable atmospherics of Elsa's (Jessica Lange) financially imperiled Cabinet of Curiosities. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
70% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 3 "Ethel and Elsa are the big reasons to see "Edward Mordrake (Part 1)", but there are a lot of other engaging strands of incident and stylistic detail. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
80% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 4 ""Edward Mordrake (Part 2)" finds Freak Show wallowing in the sort of dull, meaningless outlandishness that usually sets in right around the halfway mark of any given season of American Horror Story. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
83% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 5 "Time and time again, "Pink Cupcakes" refreshingly finds Freak Show favoring action over canned elucidation, and that stems from the beefed-up emphasis on Stanley, Desiree, Dell, Dandy, and Gloria. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
64% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 6 "The episode vaguely recalls the chilling Tyrone Power film Nightmare Alley in how it shows the carny atmosphere to be unhinging its protagonist, though Elsa was certainly already unhinged; we're just now beginning to get to know her. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
55% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 7 "[Penny's] briefly allowed to suggest what this series could've been all along, if it had bothered to plant roots, to develop a sense of stakes, and to tend to a long game. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
50% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 12 "For once, we're able to see this freak show as a community, rather than as a collection of isolated players alternately selected for tag-team set pieces. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
83% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 8 "By this point, I'd rather read a stack of Garbage Pail Kids trading cards in quick looped succession than watch another episode of this cynical, programmatic ticker-tape of convoluted atrociousness. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
67% American Horror Story: Freak Show Episode 9 "It's a shameless Afterschool Special message for the gay public that explicitly verbalizes a subtext that's been ground into the metaphorical pavement from episode one. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 20, 2015
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