Gary Dowell

Gary Dowell

Agrees with the Tomatometer 78% of the time.

Publications:
Baltimore City Paper , Dallas Morning News , Dark Horizons , Journal News (Westchester, NY) , theMet.net
Critics' Group:
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
242

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
71% Oculus (2014) " An atypical horror movie that could have been great but instead settled for mediocrity and recycled tropes, Oculus is a frustrating near-miss. " — Dark Horizons
Posted Apr 16, 2014
42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Granted, you don't go into this sort of thing expecting originality - or even coherence - but geez, a bit more effort would have been nice. Instead, we get a Z-grade knock-off of a B-grade cult film with half the style and none of the flair." — Dark Horizons
Posted Mar 6, 2014
24% Pompeii (2014) " Pompeii is a hot mess of a movie well before Mt. Vesuvius erupts." — Dark Horizons
Posted Feb 27, 2014
33% The Monuments Men (2014) " The Monuments Men positions itself to make a grand commentary on the importance of art and its preservation - and then says little on the topic." — Dark Horizons
Posted Feb 6, 2014
33% Labor Day (2014) " As hokey and tone-deaf as it is implausible, this sloppy romance drama makes for one long, hard slog." — Dark Horizons
Posted Feb 6, 2014
64% August: Osage County (2013) " The movie is wholly an actors' vehicle, and the cast is largely superb, though Mulroney, Breslin, and especially McGregor are underused." — Dark Horizons
Posted Feb 6, 2014
68% Elysium (2013) " It must be said that Blomkamp proves himself to be a capable storyteller, maintaining a gripping pace peppered with impressive, inventive, and often bloody action sequences. Elysium itself is a fantastically rendered place, and one used sparingly. " — Dark Horizons
Posted Aug 8, 2013
C+ —— The Legend of Hell's Gate (2012) " It gets pretty good when it finally does pick up the pace, but by then it's too late." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 5, 2012
B+ 100% Convento (2012) " An unusual, lightly surreal and unorthodox documentary by Jarred Alterman, Convento takes an unconventional approach that accentuates its subjects and never exploits them." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 18, 2012
25% Act of Valor (2012) " It's exhilarating at first, but the running gun battles eventually become repetitive, and since so little has been invested into developing the characters, there's a limited feeling of jeopardy." — Dark Horizons
Posted Feb 28, 2012
32% Man on a Ledge (2012) " Man on a Ledge flirts with B-movie greatness but comes up short thanks to the far-fetched plot device used to power a clunky hybrid of heist flick/Hitchcockian wrong-man thriller." — Dark Horizons
Posted Feb 21, 2012
80% Haywire (2012) " Standard spy-fi fare presented in a very atypical style." — Dark Horizons
Posted Jan 24, 2012
6% The Devil Inside (2012) " A non-starter that could have been at least a good B-grade horror flick if it had been made with little more conviction." — Dark Horizons
Posted Jan 10, 2012
90% Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) " A tidy and compelling psychological thriller by writer-director Sean Durkin that deftly charts one woman's shattered psyche." — Dark Horizons
Posted Nov 1, 2011
50% The Rum Diary (2011) " There are strong moments, usually on the comedy side, and Robinson does an excellent job of infusing the movie with the right amount of seediness." — Dark Horizons
Posted Nov 1, 2011
68% Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) " Paranormal Activity 3 continues to milk the formula of its predecessors, but also manages to breathe some new life into the franchise and maintain its trademark intensity." — Dark Horizons
Posted Oct 25, 2011
29% Machine Gun Preacher (2011) " The result is a message is too mixed to be effective." — Dark Horizons
Posted Oct 4, 2011
B 74% Shaolin (2011) " An ambitious, almost epic drama that devotes as much time to introspection as it does to combat." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Sep 9, 2011
D+ 24% Conan the Barbarian (2011) " Dull and uninvolving, Conan the Barbarian occasionally verges on escaping its rut, but never makes good on the promise. It's busy without having energy, a loud, lackluster mess." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 18, 2011
D 61% Final Destination 5 (2011) " An anemic installment in the decade-old series that seems content with giving viewers more of the same." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Aug 11, 2011
C+ 70% Friends With Benefits (2011) " Though it aims to upend the increasingly defunct romantic-comedy genre, Friends With Benefits quickly falls prey to the same clichés." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 21, 2011
D+ 14% Zookeeper (2011) " There's little to recommend about Zookeeper, a movie that's flat, lacking in surprises and very dull." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jul 7, 2011
D+ 18% The Art of Getting By (2011) " Hollow and pretentious." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jun 16, 2011
—— Earthling (2012) " With Earthling, local filmmaker Clay Liford delivers a pseudoscience-fiction drama short on detail but heavy on brooding atmosphere." — Dallas Morning News
Posted May 19, 2011
C- 77% Fast Five (2011) " The series takes the curious, surprising and rather brave route of ditching the street-racing shenanigans that defined the series in favor of a more standard action-oriented plot. It's an interesting approach, but the series' shallowness remains" — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 28, 2011
B 58% Scream 4 (2011) " Though director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson don't quite generate the lightning-in-a-bottle energy that made their first Scream movie a hit, they manage to awaken a 15-year-old slasher franchise that has been dormant for a decade." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 14, 2011
B+ 72% Hanna (2011) " A chase-thriller for the art-house crowd, Hanna is brisk, satisfying and often surprising." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Apr 7, 2011
B 83% The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) " Criminal-defense attorneys are often viewed with disdain, and while director Brad Furman's adaptation of Michael Connelly's 2005 novel won't do much to change this, it does allow Matthew McConaughey to give his best performance in years." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 17, 2011
4.5/5 70% Limitless (2011) " Limitless is an amusing, clever tale of self-actualization run amok. It's also a surprisingly effective hybrid of comedy, drama and action." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 17, 2011
B 72% The Adjustment Bureau (2011) " A thoughtful and thought-provoking romance with a touch of the fantastic." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Mar 3, 2011
C- 33% I Am Number Four (2011) " A polished but unremarkable science-fiction adventure, I Am Number Four is the kind of movie you enjoy while it's in front of you but soon forget about." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Feb 17, 2011
2.5/5 24% The Dilemma (2011) " Torn between establishing itself as a bromantic comedy or a relationship potboiler, the movie meets the requirements of neither. It is unsatisfying in general." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 14, 2011
2.5/5 10% Season of the Witch (2011) " Even the most dedicated of Nicolas Cage's fans will find little to enjoy about the historical-fantasy-action romp Season of the Witch." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Jan 7, 2011
3/5 43% Faster (2010) " Johnson's performance is one of seething rage camouflaging emotional scars as ugly as the physical ones, a grim, single-minded figure straight out of a Jim Thompson or Richard Stark novel." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Nov 24, 2010
4/5 71% Red (2010) " [Strikes] a careful balance between quasi-cartoonish shoot-outs and oddball humor, which ranges from droll to silly without ever going too far over the top." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 15, 2010
4.5/5 88% Let Me In (2010) " Matt Reeves takes a step toward making everyone's favorite bloodsuckers scary again." — Dallas Morning News
Posted Oct 1, 2010
61% Lord of War (2005) Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jan 22, 2010
24% Lady in the Water (2006) Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jan 22, 2010
11% The Cave (2005) Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jan 22, 2010
42% Don't Come Knocking (2006) Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jan 22, 2010
74% The Illusionist (2006) " Unabashedly old-fashioned and fantastically pulpy." — Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jan 22, 2010
36% Saw II (2005) Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jan 22, 2010
8% See No Evil (2006) " The dull and tedious splatter-fest See No Evil is, sadly, not even half as intriguing as its skuzzy pedigree." — Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jan 22, 2010
36% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jan 22, 2010
9% When a Stranger Calls (2006) Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jan 22, 2010
71% Invincible (2006) " It may seem that Invincible takes too long to get to the football. But by the time it does get down to it, we've invested enough in Wahlberg and Kinnear to give a damn about the outcome of the all-important Big Game." — Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jan 22, 2010
72% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jan 22, 2010
87% Madadayo (2000) Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jan 22, 2010
7% Undiscovered (2005) " Undiscovered is a lifeless affair, as disinterested in its own characters as moviegoers are likely to be." — Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jan 22, 2010
100% Samurai Rebellion (1967) Baltimore City Paper
Posted Jan 22, 2010
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