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A.A. Dowd

A.A. Dowd

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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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 28, 2016
B- 56% Nerve (2016) "Bright, brisk, and enjoyably silly ... " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 28, 2016
C 76% 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 21, 2016
C 12% 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 21, 2016
B- 71% 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 0% 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 7, 2016
C+ 78% 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 7, 2016
B- 72% 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 23, 2016
B 65% 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 23, 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 15, 2016
B 95% 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 9, 2016
D+ 29% Warcraft (2016) "Rarely is so much time, money, and cutting-edge technology expended on a spectacle so devoid of wonder. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 9, 2016
B- No Score Yet 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- 92% 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 2, 2016
B 81% 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 26, 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 26, 2016
B+ 100% Pervert Park "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 19, 2016
D 13% 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- 57% 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 12, 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- 78% 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 29, 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 14, 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 14, 2016
A- 69% Louder Than Bombs (2016) "Louder Than Bombs is a remarkably confident American debut for Trier, whose work with the actors never betrays a language barrier, to say nothing of how precisely he captures his upper-crust East Coast milieu. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 7, 2016
B+ 87% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) "In its funky, aimless, winningly juvenile way, Everybody Wants Some is about as inclusively celebratory as any college comedy in memory: Per its title, it really does want everybody to get some. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 30, 2016
A- No Score Yet High School (1968) "The film is filthy with the kind of revealing behavior that a documentarian can only hope and pray to capture on camera ... " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 24, 2016
B 100% Titicut Follies (1967) "Titicut is primarily just shocking; it's an angry polemic about the state of the mental health care system, not a multifaceted portrait of an environment. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 24, 2016
B+ No Score Yet Hospital (1970) "Hospital understands its titular setting as just a single part of a larger system, one that these medical professionals often bump up against. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 24, 2016
C- 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "Shouldn't all this geeky property colliding still at least be entertaining? Shouldn't it play to the cheap seats instead of wallowing in the murk? " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 23, 2016
A- 97% Krisha (2016) "Unfolding across an especially long and awkward Thanksgiving Day, Krisha creates an audio-visual language of social anxiety; it's practically a horror movie about the horror of being the unwanted guest at the party. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 17, 2016
B+ 100% Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe-soori) (2016) "Judged inside or outside of its creator's ongoing career-as early proof of his gifts or just a stand-alone domestic drama with the extra kick of mystery the filmmaker always applies-Fireworks Wednesday fascinates. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 17, 2016
B 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) "There's a fine, nerve-jangling little psychological thriller here. Pity it couldn't have been allowed to just be that. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 10, 2016
C+ 67% Mekong Hotel (2016) "Even for a filmmaker who takes pride in scaling the fantastic down to everyday proportions, there's such a thing as going too slight. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 3, 2016
B 97% Cemetery of Splendor (2016) "The film succeeds in attuning its audience to a quieter way of life ... " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 3, 2016
B 46% Knight of Cups (2016) "With the transporting, repetitive Knight Of Cups, Terrence Malick either matures into the purest version of himself or finally lapses into self-parody. Maybe he does both at once. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 3, 2016
B- 55% Triple 9 (2016) "Triple 9 is like a David Ayer film on steroids, which is to say it's like Training Day if most of the characters were as morally compromised as Denzel Washington's. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 25, 2016
B+ 91% The Witch (2016) "As straight horror, The Witch is something special, transporting audiences to a bygone era that would look plenty frightening even without the paranormal activity that engulfs it. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 18, 2016
D 0% Cabin Fever (2016) "Scene for scene, line for line, gag for gag, it's basically the same movie. And the original was no masterpiece to begin with. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 11, 2016
B- 84% Deadpool (2016) "Just as Deadpool himself wears a mask to hide his hideous features, Deadpool conceals a highly conventional origin story under a lot of winking self-awareness. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 8, 2016
C- 12% The Choice (2016) "How many times, really, can someone repackage the same generic love story, presented with all the artistry of a travel-agency brochure and affixed with yet another third-act tragedy? " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 4, 2016
B 87% The Club (El Club) (2016) "This is no sympathetic drama of absolution, no portrait of forgiveness sought by sinners. Larraín is after something trickier and harder to pin down ... " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 4, 2016
B+ 99% Love & Friendship (2016) "The film is a fine showcase for Stillman's typically inspired bon mots and the atypical charms of his leading lady. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 29, 2016
C 44% Synchronicity (2016) "Synchronicity is more contraption than movie, its plot as mechanically functional as a clock, rotating characters around like gears. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 21, 2016
C+ 26% The Benefactor (2016) "Why hire Fanning, a gifted performer under the right circumstances, and then waste her presence on a nothing role? " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 14, 2016
A- 98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) "Montage understands Cobain as an icon, but also as the mixed-up kid who got too famous too fast, and it seems content revealing, rather than reconciling, his contradictions. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 3, 2016
A 97% 45 Years (2015) "At a spare 95 minutes, this is a film of no wasted scenes or unnecessary subplots, stripped down to something tough and focused and vivid. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 23, 2015
B 82% The Revenant (2015) "How many great scenes does it take to make a great movie? The Revenant, a ravishingly violent Western survival yarn from Alejandro González Iñárritu, has a healthy few, scattered like acorns across its two-and-a-half-hour canvas. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 17, 2015
A- 96% Son of Saul (2015) "Son Of Saul, for all the enormity of its subject matter, is an oddly gripping experience-a vision of intense purpose found in what may be the final hours of a life. It's also a pretty stunning formal accomplishment ... " ‐ AV Club
Posted Dec 17, 2015
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