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A.A. Dowd

A.A. Dowd
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- 19% Mile 22 (2018) In almost all respects, but especially structurally, Mile 22 is a mess.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
C 67% Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) A more mean-spirited and tongue-in-cheek B-movie than its predecessors, closer in proudly "politically incorrect" spirit to something that East Coast grindhouse rival Troma might vomit out.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
B 90% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Decker has real vision. It's exciting to imagine her turning it on something other than her own process.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
D+ 18% The Darkest Minds (2018) The Darkest Minds is such a formulaic hodgepodge of secondhand plot points that it can't help but feel like an insult to its target demographic: just another case of adults trying to manipulate kids, this time by bilking them out of their allowance.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
A- 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) A breathlessly exciting action spectacular: the blockbuster spy thriller as sustained endorphin rush.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
B 58% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) How can you not get a chill of wicked pleasure from a movie that builds dread from the Facebook message notifications that drop down from the upper righthand corner of the screen?‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
C- 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Hiring Denzel to play him is a lot like paying Frank Gehry to design your doghouse: He'll get the job done, and probably do it really well, but surely his talents could be much better applied to almost any other task?‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
B- 53% The First Purge (2018) Most horror movies channel contemporary anxieties. For a good hour and a half, this one at least tries to cathartically purge them.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
50% Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) "I do not see myself as a footnote to someone else's life," Kidman says in the movie's final minutes. The preceding two and a half hours beg to differ.‐ Time Out Chicago
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
C 65% Uncle Drew (2018) For a movie based on a soda campaign, Uncle Drew isn't that bad. It's got some solid comic alternates...but only those who find the idea of slam-dunking geriatrics deeply, inherently hilarious will be able to resist dunking on Uncle Drew.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
B- 55% Tag (2018) Funny is funny, and Tag gets by, appropriately enough, on the personalities of its stars...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
B+ 93% Incredibles 2 (2018) A sparkling contraption of an animated comedy, funny and often wondrous in its midcentury-modern vision of an alternate America frozen in the amber of a bygone idealism.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
B- 67% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2018) It's the kind of film you could more readily imagine spooled up on the screen of a dingy, rundown red light district theater than in Cannes' lavish Lumiere Theatre. It's all part of its scrappy charm.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
C+ 75% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) The kind of social-issue sadness pile that confuses nonstop hardship for drama, begging for our tears at every moment.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
B 61% Under the Silver Lake (2018) Mitchell is taking a big swing with his third feature, trying something not just new but also more unconventional, ambitious, and even potentially off-putting.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
C+ 52% The House That Jack Built (2018) It's...like von Trier is arguing with himself, locking us into a debate between his ego and his self-loathing, his confidence and his self-doubt.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
B- 71% Dogman (2018) The lead performance, from the mostly unknown Fonte, is a small symphony of crumbling ingratiation: the portrait of a good man trying to cling to his principles in the face of stubborn, selfish immorality.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
A- 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) A slow dramatic simmer that intensifies gradually over two-and-a-half perfectly measured hours, until it reaches a shocking and powerful crescendo.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
C+ 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Struck me as intellectual property unconvincingly arranged into the shape of a movie.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
B+ 50% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2018) Asako I & II ultimately works as a mellow date movie with some big insights about relationships-accessible and artful, a combination that should be more common, honestly.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
B 92% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) Though gently outraged in its portrait of class divisions, Happy As Lazzaro mostly takes its tonal cues from the eponymous character's comically gentle, trusting nature.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
B+ 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Rat-a-tat zeitgeist entertainment that feels as timely as breaking news.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
B 100% Thunder Road (2018) Cummings, who also wrote and directed the film, has delivered a remarkable tragicomic performance in the lead.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
A- 85% Climax (2018) More brilliantly deranged, in its microscopic vision of society in collapse, than anything the director has ever inflicted on us.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
B 100% Three Faces (2018) There's...plenty to chew on in this lovely film, which fights for the liberation of multiple parties, the maker and his subjects.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
C 35% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Thinly topical dystopian mush.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
C+ 29% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2018) Their courageous, inspiring inspiration deserved a better movie, one with more nuanced plotting and a less overbearing score. Failing that, couldn't Girls Of The Sun have let the pots righteously boil?‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
B+ 100% Ash Is Purest White (2018) Jia's filmography has always felt like a kind of continuum, ideas bleeding from one to another. But Ash Is Purest White creates a direct communion with his past work.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
76% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2018) What's the rubric, one has to wonder, for evaluating a movie like this? Perhaps it's better to submit to its form than agonize over its content.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
B- 100% Arctic (2018) Mads gets to show an intense vulnerability for once. That's worth seeing, though one wishes Arctic complicated its life-and-death ordeal a little more, or at least varied its obstacles.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
B- 81% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2018) The film has some lovely beats, and good chemistry between its leads.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
A- 100% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) A haunted postwar epic in miniature, like a novel written with the careful, precise economy of a short story.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
B- 59% Summer (Leto) (2018) A loose, ambling, sometimes obnoxiously stylized biopic of Soviet singer-songwriter and Kino frontman Viktor Tsoi, who died young and beloved.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
C- 55% Yomeddine (2018) Feels more like a game of cards with a stacked deck than a story that demanded to be told.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
B+ 100% Dead Souls (2018) Beyond just capturing and filing memories, Wang is after how his subjects process their trauma, how they frame the horror of their experiences, and how they've coped with survivors' guilt.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
B- 86% Sollers Point (2018) Sollers Point is easy to admire, abstractly and on principle.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
C+ 29% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) Racer And The Jailbird sputters more than it guns.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
C+ 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Infinity War inherits plenty of the problems endemic to crossovers: the privileging of quantity over quality, of spectacle over story, and of the shock value of major changes to the status quo over just about everything else.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
B- 52% Rampage (2018) It's hard to deny that, as B-movie diversion, Rampage often delivers.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
B+ 95% A Quiet Place (2018) At just 90 minutes, A Quiet Place is brisk, but it's also patient; this is one of those monster movies that builds tension from the absence of the monster...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
B 73% Ready Player One (2018) At its best, Ready Player One unfolds like unstructured free time for Hollywood's biggest kid, unleashed in a playground he helped construct, one Amblin entertainment at a time.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
A- 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) A movie whose every image is a miniature triumph of imagination and execution.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
A 100% A Brighter Summer Day (2011) A Brighter Summer Day's extended running time pays off: Si'r's spiral towards tragedy never stretches credibility, because Yang takes the time to let it realistically occur, showing us each factor that contributes to his slow transformation.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
C 49% Tomb Raider (2018) Without the interactive component, we're just watching moldy movie tropes retranslated back into movie form. And by the end, the craven franchise aspirations have obliterated even the very modest retro appeal.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
C+ 39% Gringo (2018) Have shifting trends managed to make this particular kind of disposable Hollywood entertainment look novel again?‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
D+ 18% Death Wish (2018) By most metrics, this Death Wish is a better movie than the first one.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
B 87% Annihilation (2018) A '50s-shlock, forbidden-planet monster movie in the key of Solaris.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
B- 83% Game Night (2018) his tame but fitfully funny goof on suspense cinema at least assembles an agreeable guest list... As with any real game night, the company is more important than the game.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
C+ 37% Nostalgia (2018) It's an awkward concoction, but one too offbeat to entirely dismiss.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
C 14% Winchester (2018) All that speculative fun has been shaped into a rather clunky, derivative bit of supernatural claptrap: a haunted house movie curiously low on mystery or honest scares.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018