Scott Bowles

Scott Bowles

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Biography:
USA Today film critic.
Publications:
USA Today
Total Reviews:
135

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 135
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) " Despite its factual dismemberment of the movie's namesake, Hunter bristles as summer action fodder. Honest." — USA Today
Posted Jun 21, 2012
2.5/4 48% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) " Stunningly shot and inconsistently acted and written, Snow White has enough visual fireworks to keep the film afloat, even if star Kristen Stewart can't get out of Twilight mode." — USA Today
Posted May 31, 2012
1.5/4 27% High School (2012) " Somehow, High, directed by newcomer John Stalberg, lured serious talent, including Adrien Brody, Colin Hanks and Michael Chiklis. Even odder: They're the worst actors of the bunch." — USA Today
Posted May 31, 2012
3.5/4 95% Marley (2012) " Sprinkled with riffs, concert footage and home videos, the family-authorized documentary does what the artist usually did: When in doubt, return to the beat." — USA Today
Posted Apr 20, 2012
3/4 67% To the Arctic (2012) " Unless you're rich, it may be the closest thing to being there." — USA Today
Posted Apr 19, 2012
2.5/4 38% Blue Like Jazz (2012) " Just earnest enough to blend its religious theme with a beer-chugging hero for a surprisingly contemporary look at faith." — USA Today
Posted Apr 13, 2012
1.5/4 38% Lockout (Unrated) (2012) " A putrid film that comes dead-weighted with hammy one-liners and a plot so silly it borders on comedy..." — USA Today
Posted Apr 12, 2012
2/4 28% We the Party (2012) " Every time it dabbles in real-world teen issues like sex and drugs, it returns to a fanciful high school where kids quote Nietzsche and play acoustic guitar on lunch breaks." — USA Today
Posted Apr 6, 2012
3/4 84% The Hunger Games (2012) " Like the select participants of its savage sport, The Hunger Games stands triumphant, if scarred and a bit wobbly from the contest." — USA Today
Posted Mar 22, 2012
2/4 48% 4:44 Last Day on Earth (2012) " Ferrara doesn't give his protagonists room to do much beyond have arguments and sex (though the intimacy is shot well)." — USA Today
Posted Mar 22, 2012
3.5/4 85% The Raid: Redemption (2012) " Unapologetically brutal and unencumbered by much plot, Raid is the year's most turbo-charged film, an Indonesian martial-arts movie that ups the violence by giving its characters a modern-day worldview - and weaponry." — USA Today
Posted Mar 22, 2012
3/4 67% Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) " Despite sporting the worst cinematic title since The Chumscrubber, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen hooks some charming laughs and a quaint romance by not delving too deeply into its subject matter." — USA Today
Posted Mar 15, 2012
3/4 78% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) " Sarandon is worth leaving home for, even if Jeff won't." — USA Today
Posted Mar 15, 2012
1.5/4 21% The Sitter (2011) " [A] well-intentioned mess of a comedy so desperate for laughs it crams a half-dozen story arcs into the plot without telling one of them well." — USA Today
Posted Dec 8, 2011
2.5/4 77% A Dangerous Method (2011) " As a biographical film, Method gives real insight to its subjects, especially Jung." — USA Today
Posted Nov 22, 2011
3/4 91% Arthur Christmas (2011) " What makes Arthur sing is that it plays as much like a family comedy as a holiday film." — USA Today
Posted Nov 22, 2011
3/4 24% Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) " The series is finding momentum as it nears its finale." — USA Today
Posted Nov 16, 2011
0.5/4 3% Jack and Jill (2011) " A comedy that has one good joke, four strange cameos and a spirit so juvenile kids may wonder what Sandler's deal is." — USA Today
Posted Nov 10, 2011
2/4 35% Immortals (2011) " For all the digital mastery Immortals boasts, its hokey story leaves the film adrift." — USA Today
Posted Nov 10, 2011
2/4 68% Tower Heist (2011) " Tower Heist feigns being an Ocean's 11 for schmucks, but plays like a retread of 48 Hours." — USA Today
Posted Nov 4, 2011
2.5/4 36% In Time (2011) " Despite a terrific concept that could make for an Inception for 2011, we get Logan's Run meets Robin Hood. And not the good parts." — USA Today
Posted Oct 28, 2011
2.5/4 39% Johnny English Reborn (2011) " The humor isn't as dual-edged as, say, a Pixar comedy. But director Oliver Parker knows his genre well enough to lampoon the mainstays of the spy-flick genre, from impossibly high-tech weapons to foot chases worthy of Olympic medals." — USA Today
Posted Oct 20, 2011
2/4 35% The Thing (2011) " Part horror film, part space thriller and all gore-fest, the movie ends up being a lot like its protagonist: a mess of a monster that stretches itself too thin to scare much." — USA Today
Posted Oct 13, 2011
3/4 41% Straw Dogs (2011) " Lurie informs his movie with plenty of nods to the original and at least manages a story that will have people talking - if not about the nature of human violence, then about the grisly depiction of it." — USA Today
Posted Sep 15, 2011
3/4 72% Fright Night (2011) " Fright has matured nicely over the quarter-century. While remaining sharp-tongued, the film knows its place on the teen landscape." — USA Today
Posted Aug 18, 2011
1.5/4 24% Conan the Barbarian (2011) " Conan the Barbarian lives by a pretty simple ethos: He lives, he loves, he slays. What he doesn't do, alas, is act." — USA Today
Posted Aug 18, 2011
2/4 60% Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011) " Even as a concert movie, there are some stumbles." — USA Today
Posted Aug 11, 2011
2.5/4 61% Final Destination 5 (2011) " The Godfather II it isn't, but for teens with money to burn, there are worse options to curdle blood." — USA Today
Posted Aug 11, 2011
2/4 22% The Smurfs (2011) " There are a handful of genuinely sweet scenes in Smurfs promptly undone by adult actors and filmmakers, who must believe that the little blue troublemakers couldn't maintain a film on their own." — USA Today
Posted Jul 28, 2011
3/4 73% Sarah's Key (2011) " Unflinching yet poignant, Sarah's Key asks just how deeply you want to delve into your past." — USA Today
Posted Jul 21, 2011
3/4 90% Winnie the Pooh (2011) " While his movie doesn't stand a chance at the box office, Pooh succeeds by embracing much of what modern films ... have largely forgotten: old-fashioned movie pleasures." — USA Today
Posted Jul 14, 2011
1.5/4 14% Zookeeper (2011) " It's hard to think of a human finding much to laugh about in this wounded beast." — USA Today
Posted Jul 8, 2011
3/4 69% Horrible Bosses (2011) " It's over-the-top stuff, to be sure. But Bosses never crosses that line into the macabre. Don't call in sick to this shift." — USA Today
Posted Jul 8, 2011
2/4 34% The Hangover Part II (2011) " For all the talent Hangover II reassembles, our boys just can't muster the hair of the dog that bit them the first time around." — USA Today
Posted May 26, 2011
3/4 81% Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) " It may not tread new narrative ground, but Panda echoes some worthy tales that parents heard a long time ago at a theater far, far away." — USA Today
Posted May 26, 2011
3/4 75% Everything Must Go (2011) " If he isn't careful, Will Ferrell is going to become a bona fide actor." — USA Today
Posted May 12, 2011
1.5/4 54% Hesher (2011) " It's unflinching stuff, and might have worked if there were a reason for any of it. Levitt, Portman and Wilson work hard to infuse the film with some likeability." — USA Today
Posted May 12, 2011
2.5/4 72% Hanna (2011) " Too concerned with looking adult than being mature, and that's a death sentence for an action wannabe." — USA Today
Posted Apr 7, 2011
2.5/4 48% Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (2011) " None of it amounts to belly-aching laughs, but Rodrick clicks in much the way A Christmas Story became a cult hit, by viewing the world through the eyes of an ordinary kid." — USA Today
Posted Mar 24, 2011
2/4 23% Sucker Punch (2011) " You've never seen a movie like Sucker Punch. And depending on your entertainment preferences, you may not want to." — USA Today
Posted Mar 24, 2011
2.5/4 71% Paul (2011) " It's not out of this world, but Paul is just spacey enough to convince us the truth is out there. And buzzed." — USA Today
Posted Mar 17, 2011
35% Battle: Los Angeles (2011) " Battle takes its fight so seriously that it's hard to get behind the mission." — USA Today
Posted Mar 10, 2011
33% I Am Number Four (2011) " A cookie-cutter action film that hopes to stand on the shoulders of Twilight and Spider-Man but plays like Spider-lite." — USA Today
Posted Feb 17, 2011
2/4 64% Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011) " That Never doesn't work as a biopic isn't a surprise. Bieber's too young to paint a picture with much context." — USA Today
Posted Feb 10, 2011
1.5/4 39% The Eagle (2011) " Despite some breathtaking scenery and documentary-like realism, The Eagle ultimately falls to some surprising contrivances that seem written by focus groups." — USA Today
Posted Feb 10, 2011
2.5/4 19% Just Go with It (2011) " When Adam Sandler isn't making bathroom jokes or talking like a 2-year-old with a sinus infection, the guy can be disarming." — USA Today
Posted Feb 10, 2011
2/4 21% The Rite (2011) " There's nothing wrong with The Rite that spinning heads and a little pea soup wouldn't cure." — USA Today
Posted Jan 27, 2011
53% The Mechanic (2011) " The first legitimate action film of 2011." — USA Today
Posted Jan 27, 2011
3/4 67% The Company Men (2011) " It's simple stuff, but the movie's heart is in the right place." — USA Today
Posted Jan 20, 2011
24% The Dilemma (2011) " Dilemma rests on the same structural foundation as episodes of Three's Company, when Mr. Roper thought he heard shenanigans through the kitchen door. A simple conversation would clear things up." — USA Today
Posted Jan 13, 2011
2/4 10% Season of the Witch (2011) " A mishmash of horror and history genres that's not as bad as its trailers but ultimately is dragged down by, of all things, its star." — USA Today
Posted Jan 7, 2011
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