A.A. Dowd

A.A. Dowd

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

A.A. Dowd's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): AV Club, Time Out, Time Out Chicago

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
D 17%

American Pastoral (2016)

"There was reason to expect more from American Pastoral, and just as much reason to figure it was doomed from the start." ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 21, 2016
A 99%

Moonlight (2016)

"Moonlight tells a coming-of-age story in passages, each possessed of enough stand-alone power to operate as a wonderful short film, even as the whole proves much greater than the sum of the parts." ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 20, 2016
D 48%

31 (2016)

"31 may well satisfy the witching-hour masses. But will it get under anyone's skin? Dream on." ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 19, 2016
C- 0%

Max Steel (2016)

"Given that the character began life as a hunk of plastic with a cool name, it's hardly surprising that writers have reshaped his biography on the fly, with all the consistency of kids playing with their toys in the backyard." ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 14, 2016
C 51%

The Accountant (2016)

"At various times, The Accountant aspires to a slick corporate-espionage thriller, a no-nonsense action flick, a tortured family drama, a quirky romantic comedy, and an earnest PSA about autism. At nearly all times, it's preposterous." ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 12, 2016
B+ 92%

Certain Women (2016)

"Like a lot of really strong short story collections, Certain Women is greater than the sum of its parts, even if one of those parts is also significantly greater than the others." ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 12, 2016
A- 98%

13th (2016)

"DuVernay keeps it all chugging and churning along, propelled by the force of her montage and the sheer volume of damning, gripping material." ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 6, 2016
B 74%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"This is very much a debut feature, a passion project from an enthusiastic director still learning the craft." ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 6, 2016
B+ 93%

Newtown (2016)

"Relying heavily on talking heads is usually the mark of a documentary without much imagination, but what more should a movie on this subject do than create a space for these people to discuss their pain and trauma?" ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 5, 2016
B 98%

Under The Shadow (2016)

"Under The Shadow ... demonstrates how two movies you've seen many times before-an Iranian social-issues drama and a Blumhouse-style poltergeist thriller-can be combined to create one you haven't." ‐ AV Club
Posted Oct 4, 2016
C- 33%

Masterminds (2016)

"Hess has traded the deadpan shtick of his debut for the kind of insult-and-injury farce that wouldn't be out of place in a Kevin James production." ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 29, 2016
C+ 64%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"For all of Burton's twisted touches, the film adheres to the storytelling template of the worst YA: the endless mythology, the tired boy-meets-girl romance, the boring self-actualization arc." ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 28, 2016
B 77%

Goat (2016)

"As a vision of toxic masculinity and the insecurities that inform it, Goat is shrewdly perceptive." ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 21, 2016
B- 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

"It administers its jolts with impeccable timing and may well satisfy those who felt swindled by the hype surrounding the much-more-suggestive original." ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 14, 2016
B- 87%

Other People (2016)

"It's a little easy, a little obvious, but there's still an undeniable specificity to it-the sense that it comes from someplace genuine." ‐ AV Club
Posted Sep 7, 2016
D 21%

Yoga Hosers (2016)

"Yoga Hosers isn't really a movie. It's a quarter-to-1:00 a.m. SNL sketch, nightmarishly distended into oblivion." ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 31, 2016
B- 58%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"The Light Between Oceans sucks you in with the beauty of its landscapes, the elegance of its period detail, and the chemistry between two blindingly attractive stars who might actually be in love." ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 31, 2016
B+ 87%

Don't Breathe (2016)

"It leaves the audience in the same place as the characters: gasping for air." ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 24, 2016
B+ 92%

Southside With You (2016)

"It's a bit like Before Sunrise, only with the leader of the free world in the Ethan Hawke role." ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 24, 2016
B 85%

Kate Plays Christine (2016)

"Some movies blur the lines separating fiction and nonfiction, performers and characters. Kate Plays Christine makes those lines the whole show." ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 24, 2016
B 89%

Morris from America (2016)

"Without compromising its low-key charm, the film acknowledges the stereotypes black kids have to navigate around even in "enlightened" society." ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 17, 2016
B- 93%

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

"Lo And Behold approaches the internet with the same mixture of wonder and dread that the director previously applied to pitiless nature, but the subject matter is inherently less cinematic." ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 17, 2016
A- 98%

Hell or High Water (2016)

"Audiences have been down this dusty backroad before. The thrill of High Of High Water is in its skillful, offbeat execution." ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 11, 2016
B+ 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"The film overhauls its source material into a soulful recovery fable for kids, establishing in the process that bad movies-the kind that squander their premises-are much more ripe for remaking than good ones." ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 10, 2016
B- 93%

The Little Prince (2016)

"Better ... to think of this handsome, inoffensive Little Prince less as an adaptation than as a tribute-one that makes the relationship between the book and those who love it a central focus." ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 3, 2016
C 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"Rather than push this character or story forward, the film cravenly hits the reset button, doing more of the same with much less passion and skill." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 27, 2016
B- 64%

Nerve (2016)

"Bright, brisk, and enjoyably silly ..." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 27, 2016
C 77%

Lights Out (2016)

"The film is blatantly, unmistakably about mental illness, and that makes it hard to ignore or forgive what it ends up saying (hopefully by accident) on the subject." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 20, 2016
C 13%

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

"As is too often the case with studio cartoons, a gaping blast crater separates the effort level of the animators from that of the writing team." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 20, 2016
B- 69%

Café Society (2016)

"Neither especially funny nor particularly dramatic, but appealing enough in its handsome melancholia to create the phantom impression of Allen firing on all cylinders." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 14, 2016
C 7%

Cell (2016)

"It's not a good sign when a movie leaves you wishing that Eli Roth had directed it instead." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 6, 2016
C+ 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"Mortensen's efforts here are downright heroic. It's hard to imagine anyone better in this role, for bringing out the authenticity in a character teetering on the precipice of caricature." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 6, 2016
B- 76%

Wiener-Dog (2016)

"Wiener-Dog's laughs are typically sour, but the filmmaker hasn't landed this many of them since Storytelling, his last multipart feature." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 22, 2016
B 67%

Swiss Army Man (2016)

"Swiss Army Man benefits immensely from the involvement of its two stars, both of whom fully commit to this gonzo scenario." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 22, 2016
B- 94%

Finding Dory (2016)

"Finding Dory, like most "lesser Pixar," is more fun around the edges than the competition tends to be at center." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 14, 2016
B 96%

De Palma (2016)

"De Palma is just De Palma gabbing for two hours into a camera, and that's its ultimate limitation, but also its great strength." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 8, 2016
D+ 28%

Warcraft (2016)

"Rarely is so much time, money, and cutting-edge technology expended on a spectacle so devoid of wonder." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 8, 2016
B- 80%

The Thoughts That Once We Had (2016)

"It's a bit like watching a seminar by a professor who's misplaced a few of his slides." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 2, 2016
B- 90%

The Witness (2016)

"Perhaps because any real closure is impossible at this point, The Witness eventually embraces its own inconclusiveness, like some documentary cousin to Zodiac." ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 1, 2016
B 83%

Chevalier (2016)

"With all the bromances and buddy comedies out there, it's valuable to encounter a film that treats male friendship like the battle of egos it sadly sometimes becomes." ‐ AV Club
Posted May 25, 2016
B 71%

Holy Hell (2016)

"Holy Hell has an undeniable car-crash fascination, especially once Allen reveals just how deeply this particular phony guru abused the trust of his faithfuls." ‐ AV Club
Posted May 25, 2016
B+ 100%

Pervert Park (2015)

"It's advocating for a deeply unpopular cause: the granting of a voice, and maybe even a sliver of empathy, to society's most detested pariahs, its convicted sex offenders." ‐ AV Club
Posted May 19, 2016
C+ 86%

Maggie's Plan (2016)

"Maggie's Plan feels caught in a kind of dramedy dead zone, too broad to work as a straight love triangle and too restrained to do wonders with its high concept." ‐ AV Club
Posted May 18, 2016
D 11%

I Am Wrath (2016)

"It's yet another entry in the endless cycle of middle-aged vigilante rampages-a formula that no one but Liam Neeson seems capable of actually wringing entertainment from, try as his various fiftysomething peers might." ‐ AV Club
Posted May 12, 2016
B- 61%

The Trust (2016)

"Lean and mostly likable, The Trust moves swiftly through the planning stages of the big score-chasing a money trail, going undercover as wage slaves, securing equipment-before slowing to a tense crawl once the big day arrives." ‐ AV Club
Posted May 12, 2016
B+ 90%

The Lobster (2016)

"All of this could only have come from the warped imagination of Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, here making his singularly strange English-language debut." ‐ AV Club
Posted May 11, 2016
B+ 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"It does prove, if Marvel hasn't already, that something can be both a load-bearing act of brand extension and a nimble, colorful blast of entertainment." ‐ AV Club
Posted May 3, 2016
B- 76%

Keanu (2016)

"The film is a one-joke comedy, but the joke is decent, and it helps that the actors know how to deliver it." ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 28, 2016
B 97%

Sing Street (2016)

"The fun of Sing Street, set during a big boom period for U.K. rock, is that it allows Carney's fond, romanticized memories of his glory days to double as a musical history lesson ..." ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 13, 2016
A- 91%

Green Room (2016)

"The film has a smart grasp on the hand-to-mouth lifestyle of road dogs, and a stronger sense of the lingo and sweatbox atmosphere of divey punk bars." ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 13, 2016
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