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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
B+ 100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) By its unforgiving conclusion, Harmonium has plunged headlong into tragedy, but not quite in the way you might imagine.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
C 66% Cars 3 (2017) Pixar's brand can withstand some damage, but there's no denying that a cornball time-burner of a sequel like Cars 3 counts as a big loss.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
B 95% Night School (2017) We live in a culture that tends to give up for good on dropouts. Greg, Melissa, and Shynika are living proof that there's no expiration date on "back to school."‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
C 15% The Mummy (2017) Though occasionally enlivened by Cruise's willingness to endure a nonstop gauntlet of humiliation, this is a modern blockbuster in many of the worst ways; it's noisy but rarely exciting, heavy on whizzing and whirling special effects but light on wonder.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
B- 85% Band Aid (2017) You'll believe you're watching two people who love each other but no longer know how to live with each other. You may still wish Band Aid better distinguished their relationship.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
B- 92% Wonder Woman (2017) The best thing about Wonder Woman, the overlong and intermittently enjoyable new DC superhero spectacular, is Wonder Woman herself.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
C+ 39% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) It's all watchable, but in the way of a rainy Saturday afternoon Law & Order marathon, even with Kruger wrestling to invest scenes of her snorting and free-basing her pain away with emotional authenticity.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
D+ 67% Bushwick (2017) The Purge sequels do this kind of thing with a lot less fuss.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
B 65% Amant Double (L'amant double) (2017) Slick as the polished marble surfaces of its locations-museums, high-end restaurants, posh living rooms and offices-L'Amant Double steadily disappears down a whirlpool of kinky sex, melodramatic mystery, and thriller bombast.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
A- 79% You Were Never Really Here (2017) Ramsay has made a terrific short story, economical as hell but also so moment-for-moment gripping that you want to pore over its every shot, its every dark cranny.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
B+ 94% Good Time (2017) Pattinson is enthralling in the part; he lets us see not just the caged-animal attitude of the character, who's in survival mode for the entire running time, but also the improvisational spark of his intellect.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
C+ 91% Brigsby Bear (2017) It's a sitcom confection with resonance around its edges.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
B- 67% A Gentle Creature (2017) The sheer scope of the project demands recognition. It misses the moon by a galaxy, but at least it is has the nerve to take the shot.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
B 83% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017) It's a small, offbeat movie, punctuated by bursts of terrible violence but also infused with a winning strain of deadpan humor that's not too far removed from Jim Jarmusch.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
B+ 74% The Beguiled (2017) Coppola enriches the story top to bottom, but she doesn't exploit the full opportunity to radically reconceive it; the ending seems to arrive too abruptly, when the film's hotbed of conflict is still simmering.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
C+ 13% Rodin (2017) You'd think a movie with this much screwing would at least feel less like a statue itself, immobile and damnably honorary.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
B+ 88% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) The writer-director has found a way to preserve his razor wit while also deepening his humane appreciation for the screwups he unleashes ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
C 57% Redoubtable (Le redoutable) (2017) Le Redoutable is a jokey Wikipedia cartoon of a biopic, skin deep in its character study and aggressively amused by its own barrage of Trivial Pursuit winks.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
B- 67% The Day After (Geu-hu) (2017) The Day After gets by on the farcical nature of its entanglements-in moments, it plays like a delightful comedy of misunderstanding.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
B+ 73% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The film unfolds like an alternate-reality stalker thriller, like a twisted slow-burn Cape Fear, only with an element of the fantastic that Lanthimos boldly refuses to explain.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
C+ 69% Happy End (2017) Without a fresh master thesis, all we're basically watching here is the director go back to the well of bourgeois critique, rehashing ideas he's better explored elsewhere.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
B- 75% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2017) A fun and often amusing science-fiction riff.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
A- 100% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project is sublime: a blast of life, of celebratory highs and lamentable lows, on the outer economic edges of the Sunshine State.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
B 96% 120 Beats Per Minute (120 battements par minute) (2017) The film blends the political and the heart-wrenchingly personal over its own 140 minutes, and its vision of impassioned, boots-on-ground activism certainly resonates during our charged political now.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
B 100% A Prayer Before Dawn (2017) It's a spare, brutal, well-crafted prison drama, anchored by an at-turns wildly aggressive and hauntingly vulnerable lead performance by Green Room's Joe Cole.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
B+ 70% The Square (2017) The Square is a comedy, by the way-a merciless and mercilessly funny one, laser-point precise in its humor.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
C+ 93% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2017) A radical, perplexing departure for the filmmaker, and not necessarily a welcome one.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
C+ 29% Jupiter's Moon (Jupiter holdja) (2017) Unfortunately, the movie's often-astonishing imagery ... has been applied to a mainstream thriller that might charitably be called goofy and more accurately described as powerfully stupid.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
B- 84% Okja (2017) Finds the South Korean director returning to the genre-jumping mode of his masterpiece, The Host, but not quite nailing the tonal juggling act he achieved with that exhilarating creature feature.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
B 59% Ismael's Ghosts (2017) To say that Desplechin loses the thread would only be partially accurate. It's more like he lights the thread on fire like a fuse.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
B 67% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) Further proof that of all the genres he dabbles in, samurai cinema is the one that brings out the grandest entertainer in Miike. Here's to 100 more.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
B 71% Wonderstruck (2017) A lovingly crafted flashback pastiche whose emotional core remains oddly theoretical.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
B- 89% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2017) Zvyagintsev's harsh truths, coupled with his uncharitable characterizations, still strike me as too obvious by half. But there are details here worth savoring ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
B- 69% The Wall (2017) A tense and nasty black-box thriller that conveys its politics through the microcosmic stakes of its life-and-death scenario.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
B+ 84% The Wedding Plan (2017) In marrying date-movie conventions to reverent tradition, The Wedding Plan brightens both.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
C+ 79% Chuck (2017) Chuck doesn't stray far from from the underdog, just-a-lug-from-the-streets redemption arc that Rocky itself helped eternally popularize.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
C 51% The Dinner (2017) What gets lost in translation is Koch's caustic humor, woven into the fabric of his first-person prose. Without it, The Dinner is a feast of leftover insights and ironies: decorum masks darkness, polite society rarely is, etc.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
B+ 100% Last Men in Aleppo (2017) Last Men In Aleppo has the upsetting urgency of breaking news: There are moments that could have come straight from a live stream, given the violence that's still rocking Syria, months after Fayyad's cameras stopped rolling.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
B- 100% Rodney King (2017) Drenched in sweat, looming large but speaking with an impassioned hush, Smith delivers his achronological history lesson like a man possessed, channeling the rage of a nation into a breathless, rat-a-tat flurry ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
B 80% Casting JonBenét (2017) What we're watching is a group of ordinary Americans work out, and maybe move past, the dominant public narrative of Ramsey's murder.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
B+ 100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) How endearing to encounter a sports movie, if it can even be called that, that prints the man instead of his legend.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
B- 67% Free Fire (2017) If the film has only one note to play, it plays it with a certain slapstick panache, landing closer to Reservoir Dogs than The Boondock Saints on the quality spectrum of movies about loquacious lowlifes with itchy trigger fingers.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
A- 92% A Quiet Passion (2017) What's surprising about A Quiet Passion, given the writer-director's own incurable melancholy, is how lively, how flat-out funny, it frequently is.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
B 85% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) This handmade approach is a big part of the film's DIY charm. It's also a perfect match for the story, which seems to have been pulled, too, from the messy locker of teen-boy imagination.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
B 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) This is one of Gere's best performances, somehow both transparent and opaque ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
C 46% Going in Style (2017) This a movie that can think of nothing funnier than arranging three Oscar winners in front of a TV to make catty remarks about The Bachelorette.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
B 97% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) There's a strong stylistic integrity to this study of integrity corrupted. What it lacks is the nerve-fraying immediacy of Mungiu's earlier work.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
C 16% Queen of the Desert (2017) All lavish period detail and stiff upper lips, it's a handsome bore-maybe the most dismayingly ordinary movie Herzog has ever made.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
B+ 73% The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2017) The Blackcoat's Daughter is a clammy hand on the back of the neck, a chill running down the spine, a shot of ice water straight to the veins.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
B 93% All This Panic (2017) Gage's singular, gendered focus is refreshing; simply offering these young women a platform in which to articulate their immature but still perceptive worldview carries some inherent value.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017