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
2/4 69% When Animals Dream (2015) "The film is one long funereal slog in which the main character discovers something about herself that's almost immediately apparent. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 23, 2015
4/4 96% Queen of Earth (2015) "Every beautiful, resonant image in writer-director Alex Ross Perry's film is fraught with neurotic, diaphanous riddles. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 22, 2015
2/4 54% The Boy (2015) "Craig William Macneill's film is a sporadically frightening slow burn with a fatally overlong fuse. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2015
3.5/4 65% Digging For Fire (2015) "Reminiscent of Woody Allen's great, under-sung Manhattan Murder Mystery, it utilizes a pulp conceit as a shorthand for the regrets that bubble up in a marriage. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 17, 2015
1.5/4 96% Show Me a Hero: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Show Me a Hero is torn between Paul Haggis's love of melodrama and David Simon's fascination with the social governance. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2015
2.5/4 30% Final Girl (2015) "The filmmakers never really answer inevitable questions: What's the point of these fussy allusions? " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 10, 2015
3/4 96% We Come as Friends (2015) "It grows increasingly hopeless as it contrasts the alien paradise of the opening with the wastelands that resemble corporate dump sites. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2015
2/4 76% People Places Things (2015) "The film introduces a promising romantic pentagon, only to let it float away unfulfilled into studiously benign coming-of-age clouds. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2015
3.5/4 88% Fort Tilden (2015) "It elegantly evolves from an absurdist comedy into a remarkably wounded and uprooted story of friends who're beginning to tire of their shared social cocoons. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2015
1/4 26% Dark Places (2015) "The payoff is a huge and telling visual howler, summarizing the entire plot with a blithe indifference that will inevitably mirror the audience's. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 4, 2015
2.5/4 78% Cop Car (2015) "The narrative derives much of its tension from the unsentimental ambivalence Jon Watts displays toward the story's two pre-teen boys. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 3, 2015
3/4 100% Two Step (2015) "Writer-director Alex R. Johnson's film is the rare thriller that resounds with an authentic ring of chaos. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2015
1.5/4 11% Paulo Coelho's Best Story (2015) "Daniel Augusto relies on familiar tropes pertaining to the sexy, rebellious rock-star artist who does things his own way. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2015
1.5/4 41% Dark Was The Night (2015) "Director Jack Heller's film may take the notion of implication over illustration a bit too far. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 20, 2015
2/4 67% Unexpected (2015) "It suggests that Kris Swanberg has taken notes on what a film concerned with pregnancy should include without actually making it. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 19, 2015
1/4 17% American Heist (2015) "The film offers a veritable smorgasbord of dated, only-in-the-movies clich├ęs about the debt-ridden working class. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 19, 2015
3/4 20% Jellyfish Eyes (2015) "Takashi Murakami has invested the film with the same sort of primal pop-art aesthetic that distinguishes much of his art. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 14, 2015
3/4 84% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) "The formalism fashions effective textural shortcuts to behavioral understanding that the remarkable cast fills in with chilling, convincing finesse. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 13, 2015
3.5/4 100% BoJack Horseman: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "BoJack Horseman exudes a tough-love sense of humanity that recalls the later comedy of George Carlin. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 10, 2015
23% 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 55% Stung (2015) "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 77% 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 36% 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 60% 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 80% 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 49% 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 56% 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 13% 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 70% 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 71% 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 17% 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 84% 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 54% 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 97% 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 79% 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
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