A.A. Dowd

A.A. Dowd

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
AV Club , Time Out Chicago , Time Out New York
Total Reviews:
198

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B- 67% Proxy (2014) " Proxy's greatest attribute is its deliberate dismantling of the audience's assumptions. Writer-director Zack Parker has made a genre whatsit whose central mystery lies in the stealth motivations of its characters." — AV Club
Posted Apr 17, 2014
C- 19% Transcendence (2014) " The film rages, dully and impotently, against a future that has more or less already arrived." — AV Club
Posted Apr 17, 2014
B- 67% The Railway Man (2014) " Along the way, The Railway Man accumulates some power and insight, but it's also hard to shake the feeling that a complicated first-person account has been given the Weinstein treatment." — AV Club
Posted Apr 10, 2014
A- 86% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " Laying eyes on the film's piles upon piles of valuable junk-old recording equipment, leather-bound novels, cosmetic clutter-is a bit like rummaging through the director's attic." — AV Club
Posted Apr 10, 2014
B- 71% Oculus (2014) " Oculus doesn't exactly shatter the clichés of the genre, but it does distort them in a couple of interesting ways, beginning with a creative reversal of the usual vengeful-spirit plot ..." — AV Club
Posted Apr 10, 2014
B 84% Joe (2014) " What's commendable about Cage's performance, given his usual tendency to go as far over the top as possible, is the way the actor downplays even the occasional surge of violent emotion." — AV Club
Posted Apr 10, 2014
A- 86% Under the Skin (2014) " Under The Skin lets its nightmarish imagery do the talking, forgoing explanation in favor of total sensory immersion." — AV Club
Posted Apr 3, 2014
B+ 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " In this spectacularly entertaining sequel, Rogers is still running, jumping, and chucking his mighty shield like it's 1945. But now he's doing so with the weariness and distrust of historical hindsight." — AV Club
Posted Apr 3, 2014
B- 77% Noah (2014) " At its best, the film gets by on its striking imagery, from a panorama of sickening human decadence to a mid-movie retelling of the creation story that might make Terrence Malick weep." — AV Club
Posted Mar 27, 2014
C+ 41% Cesar Chavez (2014) " The problem with Cesar Chavez is that it inches steadily away from a down-to-earth portrayal of its subject, eventually placing him on the very kind of pedestal he never sought to occupy." — AV Club
Posted Mar 27, 2014
B 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " Nymphomaniac may at best be a digression, but it's not one of Von Trier's weaker ones." — AV Club
Posted Mar 20, 2014
B- 90% It Felt Like Love (2014) " It's easy to be seduced by the loosely observational vibe of the movie, even as its tale of a shrinking violet struggling not to be a late bloomer fails to strike more than a single note of dismay." — AV Club
Posted Mar 20, 2014
A- 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " With sober eloquence, the filmmaker lays out the arrival of the Khmer Rouge, the philosophy used to justify their crimes, and the slow slipping away of his family, each member claimed by this horrible social experiment." — AV Club
Posted Mar 13, 2014
B 77% Veronica Mars (2014) " As a nostalgia trip, and a valentine to the virtues of its terrific source material, Veronica Mars gets the job done." — AV Club
Posted Mar 13, 2014
B- 63% Bad Words (2014) " Even when Bad Words is bad in the wrong way, it tends to be bad in the right way, too." — AV Club
Posted Mar 13, 2014
B+ 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Anderson has made a madcap caper that doubles as a winsome eulogy for such archaic virtues as glamour, civility, and dutiful customer service." — AV Club
Posted Mar 6, 2014
B+ 91% Kids for Cash (2014) " After a stage-setting opening passage, director Robert May cuts deeper-past the allegations of wrongdoing, to a more multi-faceted critique of the justice system." — AV Club
Posted Feb 27, 2014
D 33% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " 3 Days To Kill is one Liam Neeson shy of a Liam Neeson vehicle." — AV Club
Posted Feb 20, 2014
C 53% Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2014) " There's something depressingly schematic about the way director Babak Najafi, replacing prior helmsman Daniel Espinosa, crosscuts among the mad scrambles of his down-on-their-luck protagonists." — AV Club
Posted Feb 13, 2014
C+ 70% About Last Night (2014) " The dialogue has the flavor of 2014, even as these paramours simply borrow the dating wisdom -- and gender politics -- of their 1980s counterparts." — AV Club
Posted Feb 13, 2014
B 48% RoboCop (2014) " Slightly squarer and less subversive than the other one, but also admirable in its refusal to simply replicate the circuitry of a blockbuster predecessor." — AV Club
Posted Feb 12, 2014
C 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " The Monuments Men feels not just self-conscious but also a bit self-congratulatory, its creator squashing the spirit of adventure with too many grandiose lines about the Importance Of Art." — AV Club
Posted Feb 6, 2014
C- 33% Labor Day (2014) " It's a mostly colorless weepie, aiming for the mythic power of a Great American Novel, but achieving dramatic vagueness instead." — AV Club
Posted Jan 30, 2014
B 78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) " Its points about the misplacement of blame, and the morality of fitting punishment to crime, are never less than trenchant." — AV Club
Posted Jan 16, 2014
C+ 78% The Banshee Chapter (2014) " The Banshee Chapter can't seem to decide if it wants to be a found-footage horror movie, or a more traditional one. To its detriment, it splits the difference." — AV Club
Posted Jan 9, 2014
C 39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " Whereas the other Paranormal films rely on an escalation of terrors, The Marked Ones is characterized by long stretches of mundanity, occasionally interrupted by a cheap shock." — AV Club
Posted Jan 3, 2014
B- 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " For all his directorial shortcomings, Berg has a knack for capturing men at work; his depiction of special-ops maneuvering -- of silently casing the enemy base, of planning the attack -- is as compelling as the chaotic violence he orchestrates later." — AV Club
Posted Dec 24, 2013
A- 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " At three hours, The Wolf Of Wall Street is Scorsese's longest movie (barely edging out Casino). It's also his crassest, his loudest, maybe his funniest." — AV Club
Posted Dec 24, 2013
C- 25% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " Not only saddles its prehistoric attractions with sassy banter, but also inserts them into an impossibly generic coming-of-age adventure." — AV Club
Posted Dec 19, 2013
A 94% Her (2014) " It's a melancholy comic fable about the here and now, thinly disguised as an outlandish vision of the there and later." — AV Club
Posted Dec 18, 2013
3/5 100% Sound City (2013) " When getting into the nitty-gritty of tapes and tracks, Grohl makes a strong case for music docs directed by musicians." — Time Out Chicago
Posted Dec 16, 2013
A- 93% American Hustle (2013) " American Hustle turns out to be a freewheeling party of a movie, one that never stops adding complications and wrinkles and hungry new players to the mix." — AV Club
Posted Dec 12, 2013
C 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " The irony of Saving Mr. Banks is that it takes this true story of Hollywood conflict, of artistic integrity pitted against studio moxie, and gives it the same warm-and-fuzzy treatment the company gave Poppins." — AV Club
Posted Dec 12, 2013
B- 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " There's nothing like a fire-breathing dragon to inject some heat back into a franchise gone lukewarm." — AV Club
Posted Dec 12, 2013
B+ 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Twenty-some years after Barton Fink, the Coens have returned with another comedy about the maddening, exasperating business of trying to make art for money. The joke is still on the artist, but the brothers aren't laughing so hard this time around." — AV Club
Posted Dec 5, 2013
C+ 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " Out Of The Furnace turns out to be a predictable, very ordinary retribution story, propped up by slumming A-listers and a gritty veneer of Rust Belt desperation." — AV Club
Posted Dec 5, 2013
C 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " The very qualities that make the man such a revered figure-his selfless devotion to change, his unfailing moral rectitude-also make him a pretty dull subject for a movie." — AV Club
Posted Nov 28, 2013
B- 42% Oldboy (2013) " Lending real gravity to his character's single-minded crusade, [Brolin is] the best reason to give the film a chance." — AV Club
Posted Nov 27, 2013
C- 38% Delivery Man (2013) " More accustomed to slinging insults than beaming with paternal pride, [Vaughn] makes sincerity look as uncomfortable as constipation. "Feel-good" does not come easily for the guy." — AV Club
Posted Nov 21, 2013
B 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Like too many franchise installments, Catching Fire builds to more of an ellipsis than a period, teasing the next chapter instead of providing closure. But isn't that true of The Empire Strikes Back as well?" — AV Club
Posted Nov 20, 2013
B- 61% Dear Mr. Watterson (2013) " Should any non-converted souls manage to stumble into Dear Mr. Watterson, the onscreen samples should be enough to stoke their curiosity." — AV Club
Posted Nov 14, 2013
C+ 92% Nebraska (2013) " As an ode to fading small towns, and to the state its director once called home, it feels downright disingenuous." — AV Club
Posted Nov 14, 2013
C+ 95% Birth Of The Living Dead (2013) " Fans won't learn much from it that they didn't already know." — AV Club
Posted Nov 7, 2013
B- 67% How I Live Now (2013) " Death creeps into the movie, like an invisible wave of radiation from a detonated nuke, and some of the imagery owes more to Cormac McCarthy than to Stephenie Meyer." — AV Club
Posted Nov 7, 2013
B- 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " As is the case with most good superhero sequels, The Dark World escapes the oppressive duty of franchise building, finally getting to play in the world its origin-story predecessor established." — AV Club
Posted Nov 7, 2013
B- 69% About Time (2013) " Somehow unsentimental in his sentimentality, Nighy makes shopworn carpe diem platitudes sound like fresh wisdom." — AV Club
Posted Oct 31, 2013
B+ 64% Bastards (2013) " One of the director's most pitiless visions-a drama as pitch black as the night that envelops its characters." — AV Club
Posted Oct 24, 2013
A- 90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " While the director takes care to show how Adèle struggles with social pressure, hiding her sexuality from her friends and parents, that aspect never hijacks the narrative. This is a drama of self-discovery, not a social-issues film." — AV Club
Posted Oct 24, 2013
B 34% The Counselor (2013) " No amount of needless chatter can quite dilute the power of The Counselor's grim endgame, especially given the way its writer and director conspire to keep the threat offscreen, like some terrible, unseen force of nature." — AV Club
Posted Oct 24, 2013
C- 49% Carrie (2013) " Buying that this girl would have trouble making friends, or snagging a genuine date to the dance, is even harder than pretending that a pair of glasses makes Rachael Leigh Cook look undesirable." — AV Club
Posted Oct 17, 2013
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