Scott Bowles

Scott Bowles

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Biography:
USA Today film critic.
Publications:
USA Today
Total Reviews:
151

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 91% Frank (2014) " Even if Frank is a little too smitten with its own quirkiness, the film's examination of what matters in music - fame, money, sanity? - works as a kind of Behind the Music peek at a band's struggle for identity and devotees." — USA Today
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2.5/4 59% Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014) " Film lovers will see how Cameron not only came up with ideas like The Abyss and Titanic, but how his drive turns obsession into commercial movies, usually very profitable ones." — USA Today
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 61% Hercules (2014) " Johnson was born for this kind of kick-butt-with-a-smirk role. In one scene, he appears to throw a charging horse over his shoulder, and it somehow doesn't look hokey." — USA Today
Posted Jul 25, 2014
2/4 18% And So It Goes (2014) " The movie deserves credit for putting itself in the hands of acting craftsmen.The story just feels awfully familiar." — USA Today
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 41% Wish I Was Here (2014) " A heartfelt if heavy-handed sermon about chasing dreams, forgiving sins and honoring Woody Allen." — USA Today
Posted Jul 17, 2014
2/4 14% Rage (2014) " Rage is so full of cliché, convention and just plain odd narrative choices that it can't get out of its own way." — USA Today
Posted Jul 10, 2014
1.5/4 28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) " Even horror neophytes won't be spooked by a film that looks as if it were shot with a smartphone and an Itty Bitty Booklight." — USA Today
Posted Jul 1, 2014
1.5/4 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " The Transformers are brilliant, brave, world-conquering space travelers. Time to morph into something entertaining." — USA Today
Posted Jun 27, 2014
2.5/4 55% The Signal (2014) " Signal thinks big, takes chances and has enough arresting scenes to stand apart from the science fiction films of late." — USA Today
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 59% Hellion (2014) " Though some characters go underdeveloped, Hellion marks one of Hollywood's most realistic examinations of rural high school angst since Friday Night Lights, another teen drama set in Texas." — USA Today
Posted Jun 12, 2014
2/4 89% Obvious Child (2014) " A dark romantic comedy that has plenty of the first, a little of the second and none of third." — USA Today
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 86% Cold in July (2014) " Has enough nods to classic capers to make for effective pulp fiction - and revive Don Johnson's career." — USA Today
Posted May 22, 2014
1.5/4 49% Wolf Creek 2 (2014) " While Creek has some notable frights reminiscent of the 2005 original, this version tries too hard to create a franchise-able serial killer from Down Under, a Mad Max with a machete." — USA Today
Posted May 15, 2014
2/4 72% Palo Alto (2014) " Palo Alto marks one of those rare films that is so accurate in its portrayal of characters that the movie suffers for it." — USA Today
Posted May 15, 2014
3.5/4 88% Chef (2014) " Don't fill up on concessions if you catch Chef. You're going to want to eat afterward, even with a belly full of popcorn." — USA Today
Posted May 8, 2014
3/4 82% Fed Up (2014) " Fed Up will change the way you look at junk food. Or at least the companies that peddle it." — USA Today
Posted May 8, 2014
2.5/4 62% Draft Day (2014) " Draft's reverence for the gridiron, its heroes and the cities that worship them (particularly Cleveland) will make the movie a first-round pick of diehards." — USA Today
Posted Apr 10, 2014
1/4 20% Sabotage (2014) " Bloody, banal and boasting a surprisingly able clutch of stars who will soon be deleting this from their résumés, Sabotage is a 109-minute cadaver count." — USA Today
Posted Mar 27, 2014
2/4 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " For anyone looking for a sense of script (forget plausibility), Empire is a Trojan horse." — USA Today
Posted Mar 6, 2014
1.5/4 29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " Contrived and manic, Days can't decide whether it's a thriller, comedy or feel-good family film." — USA Today
Posted Feb 20, 2014
1/4 22% Gimme Shelter (2014) " Plays like an after-school TV special. Shot after school. At the gym." — USA Today
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2.5/4 18% Ride Along (2014) " [Hart] gives Ride just enough buoyancy to keep it afloat, despite a story that would sink most performances." — USA Today
Posted Jan 16, 2014
1.5/4 10% The Nut Job (2014) " When the story gets stale, the movie inserts a "nuts" pun or, worse, resorts to a gas or burp joke. It doesn't work the first time, nor the fifth." — USA Today
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2/4 3% The Legend of Hercules (2014) " Cross-pollinated by sword-and-sandal flicks 300 and Gladiator,this Hercules can't muster the visual punch of the first nor the character depth of the latter." — USA Today
Posted Jan 10, 2014
1.5/4 29% Grudge Match (2013) " A desultory boxing flick whose punches miss wildly as entertainment but manage to chip away at the iconic legends who return to the ring after decades away from the sweet science." — USA Today
Posted Dec 23, 2013
3/4 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " The story is nothing short of miraculous." — USA Today
Posted Dec 23, 2013
1.5/4 42% Homefront (2013) " Homefront is what Breaking Bad may have resembled had Sylvester Stallone written the TV show." — USA Today
Posted Nov 26, 2013
1.5/4 60% Ender's Game (2013) " The movie can't help but feel like a hologram of its fantasy forefathers, a mirage of a drama despite some stunning visuals." — USA Today
Posted Nov 1, 2013
2/4 47% Last Vegas (2013) " Musters enough laughs to be passable, if not memorable. And that's thanks to Morgan Freeman's showmanship." — USA Today
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3/4 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " Not only stands as the best installment (by bounds) of Johnny Knoxville's hidden-camera franchise; it's one of the sharpest comedies of the year." — USA Today
Posted Oct 24, 2013
2/4 49% Escape Plan (2013) " Schwarzenegger seems to be the only one here who correctly takes the film as a lark." — USA Today
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/4 29% Machete Kills (2013) " Machete Kills dulls more than anything." — USA Today
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/4 90% Inequality For All (2013) " Directed by Jacob Kornbluth, Inequality works by avoiding most of the political minefields that have made the economy mulch for partisan consumption." — USA Today
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3.5/4 83% The Short Game (2013) " Like its half-pint stars, The Short Game stands on the cusp of brilliance." — USA Today
Posted Sep 19, 2013
1/4 6% Battle of the Year (2013) " A frenetic mess that makes Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloolook like a Fellini film." — USA Today
Posted Sep 19, 2013
1.5/4 34% Hell Baby (2013) " A film that's less than half as funny as its predecessor, and a sliver as clever as the original." — USA Today
Posted Sep 5, 2013
1/4 2% Getaway (2013) " A car-chase clunker that can't escape its own noxious emissions." — USA Today
Posted Aug 29, 2013
3/4 62% Scenic Route (2013) " It begins with energy, dulls in the middle stretches but redeems itself with a final destination that makes the trip feel worth it." — USA Today
Posted Aug 22, 2013
1/4 74% You're Next (2013) " A film of repetition, a bloody dance consisting of three steps: stab, scream, repeat." — USA Today
Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/4 75% The Grandmaster (2013) " An historical opus that is equal parts ballet and biography, though the second component pales in comparison with the first." — USA Today
Posted Aug 22, 2013
1.5/4 12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " Though it has flashes of promise, Bones traces the footsteps of its fantasy film predecessors too closely to blaze anything close to an original narrative." — USA Today
Posted Aug 21, 2013
2/4 5% Paranoia (2013) " Were it the sum of its formidable parts, Paranoia might give good movies an inferiority complex." — USA Today
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2.5/4 42% Red 2 (2013) " Passable summer entertainment - an Expendables with people who can act." — USA Today
Posted Jul 18, 2013
2.5/4 36% The Hot Flashes (2013) " This comedy deserves credit for taking a decided viewpoint - and delivering a heartfelt if occasionally misguided message." — USA Today
Posted Jul 11, 2013
2/4 50% Now You See Me (2013) " Boasting a terrific cast and a flimsy plot whose logic disappears faster than a rabbit in a hat, Now struggles to pull off its cinematic sleights of hand." — USA Today
Posted May 31, 2013
2.5/4 28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) " A more sure-footed shoot-'em-up that finds some heart, wit and perhaps enough momentum to spawn a formidable action franchise." — USA Today
Posted Mar 27, 2013
2/4 83% Side Effects (2013) " The movie descends into a TV-grade police procedural, with twists so sharp and a plot so convoluted you may need meds to clear your head." — USA Today
Posted Feb 7, 2013
2.5/4 19% Identity Thief (2013) " [It] manages to make off with just enough laughs to work, thanks to the wondrous McCarthy, one of the few actresses in Hollywood allowed to showcase her wit and charisma as much as her physique." — USA Today
Posted Feb 7, 2013
1/4 46% Bullet to the Head (2013) " [Its] sole redeeming quality is that it ends. Eventually." — USA Today
Posted Jan 31, 2013
2/4 80% Warm Bodies (2013) " Warm Bodies pulls a nifty trick in the red-hot zombie genre: It lacks a brain, though it eats plenty of them." — USA Today
Posted Jan 31, 2013
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