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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 98% Us (2019) It's a privilege to step back into the funhouse of [Peele's] imagination. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
B 80% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) This is an ugly, borderline vile piece of work. Thing is, it's also been made with craft, wit, and a frankly exhilarating disregard for how films like this are supposed to operate, how they usually sound and move. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
C 47% Captive State (2019) It's really rather impressive, the extent to which Captive State sucks everything even potentially fun out of the alien-invasion genre. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
C+ 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The Hidden World doesn't really stop giving you lovely things to gawk at. But as an act of storytelling, it's curiously perfunctory, never rising to the level of effort and care put into creating its cornucopia of visual pleasures. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
B- 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) The happy surprise of Happy Death Day 2U is that it does find ways to tweak the formula of its predecessor, to break the cycle of franchise redundancy. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
C+ 76% Late Night (2019) They never quite cohere, and both ultimately lack the very bite missing from Katherine's fictional talk show-the closest to a truly withering gag here is Ike Barinholtz's amusing Dane Cook impersonation, though even that's a little past its sell date. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
B- 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) [A] shamelessly formulaic but fairly irresistible crowd-pleaser with a weird pedigree. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
B+ 80% The Lodge (2019) Fiala and Franz know how to draw out the unease through environment, in this case creating a sleepless atmosphere though the low light flowing into their snowbound setting. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
B 93% High Flying Bird (2019) By the end, Soderbergh has pulled off a kind of magic trick, bringing everything together in satisfying Ocean's fashion while acknowledging that the underlying problem-the misdistribution of power and profit in pro basketball-remains unsolved. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
B- 100% Honey Boy (2019) As a glorified form of drama therapy, Honey Boy is fascinating. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
C 64% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Extremely Wicked can't seem to commit to its ostensibly limited POV. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
B- 67% Native Son (2019) It's a provocative experiment. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
B- 76% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) [I]n laying out the trajectory of the Theranos scam, Gibney illuminates the dark side of America's obsession with self-made success, tying its cautionary tale of moxie-without-results into a larger indictment of Silicon Valley. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
B+ 87% The Nightingale (2019) [A] ceaseless, numbing brutality-a Western revenge yarn of such heightened cruelty and suffering that it basically demands to be read as allegory. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
C+ 19% Serenity (2019) But though Serenity is blessed with a goofily enjoyable high concept, it doesn't exploit it very effectively. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
B- 37% Glass (2019) If Unbreakable was ahead of the curve, arriving as it did on the cusp of the superhero-movie boom, then Shyamalan's belated new sequel, Glass, is perversely and even admirably out of step. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
D- 10% Replicas (2019) If you woke up in a glitching simulation, this janky garbage would be projected on every screen, possibly under the title Human Movie. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
D+ 32% Welcome to Marwen (2018) The director takes a fascinating true story of recovery through creative expression and drags it across a sticky-saccharine stretch of the uncanny valley. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
C 81% Ben is Back (2018) Little about Ben Is Back feels specific or authentic-its transformation into a quasi-thriller betrays Hollywood instincts that apparently couldn't be suppressed. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
C 15% Robin Hood (2018) Say this and little else for the new Robin Hood movie: It's less of a self-serious slog than the last Robin Hood movie. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
C+ 78% Green Book (2018) Intentionally or not, it flatters the delusion that racism, in its ugliest form, is more of a past-tense problem. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
C 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Newt, meanwhile, never conveys anything resembling an impure impulse. He's as tame as the cuddliest beasts stuffed into his suitcase, and even less than fantastic than the series he headlines. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
B- 100% The Grief of Others (2018) It's every bit as human-scaled as the filmmaker's other work-but also, in its noble restraint, a little less involving. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
C+ 55% Caniba (2018) "I can't stomach this anymore," Jun eventually remarks, as his brother pages through his illustrated confession. That makes all of us. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
B 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) The split point of view, coupled with a wealth of ripped-from-experience details, is a welcome approach to a subject so frequently explored that you're lucky to get a drop of fresh insight out of it. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
C- 80% 22 July (2018) What a perverse niche Paul Greengrass has carved out for himself. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
56% The Exorcist III (1990) Against his will, Blatty added the sound-and-fury finale, and it's easily the weakest aspect of his movie. But that's mainly because everything that comes before it is so hauntingly understated. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
B 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Like most omnibus projects, the results are something of a mixed bag, though the peerless craftsmanship lends the whole project a certain cohesiveness. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
B- 71% Hold the Dark (2018) If Hold The Dark lacks the sheer razor-wire tension of Saulnier's earlier crime-horror corkers, it still knows how to make the carnage count-to force us to experience, on a gut level, every casualty. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
B 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The film never sticks the Western in quotation marks, never condescends to the genre with a wink. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B- 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) As one might expect, it's not [Moore's] most focused act of impassioned muckraking. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
B+ 50% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) History as a plunge into the choppy fray. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
A- 95% Transit (2019) Anyone who appreciates cinema's underrated capacity to confound-to really sabotage our understanding of what's transpiring -will get a rush from the way Petzold constantly shifts the ground underneath our feet. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
A- 91% Widows (2018) One might... call it a throwback to a richer era of American studio movies, except that the story also feels attuned to a very contemporary anger, aimed at powerful men and the corrupt systems that sanction their abuses. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
B 89% A Star Is Born (2018) Gaga keeps the film's heart pumping. She's down-to-Earth and radiant-in other words, every bit as good as everyone has been saying. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
A- 96% Roma (2018) When looking to the past of history books or our own memories, individuals can recede into the fabric. Roma refocuses our attention... - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
A- 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If the film lacks Moonlight's sheer expressive power and primal simplicity, Jenkins is reaching further this time, telling a bigger story than the heartbreak and alienation of one taciturn kid. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
B 88% High Life (2019) In terms of mood, cosmetics, and rhythm, it's a worthy addition to the great filmmaker's canon. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
A- 87% First Man (2018) Chazelle has made a grippingly nitty-gritty procedural that sees the space race as a window into Armstrong's unknowable mind, an inner space as mysterious as the outer one he blasts himself into. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
C 79% Halloween (2018) Just another pale imitation, another bad Halloween sequel watering down the fear factor of the original. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
B- 32% The Predator (2018) Black has captured the spirit of that bygone era of adrenaline-junkie junk without getting all retro-fussy about it. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) An affectionate and especially laidback crime lark, one whose power hinges almost entirely on the audience's relationship with other movies. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
C+ 62% Outlaw King (2018) Overall, Pine comes across more like captain of the Lacrosse team than outlaw king... - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
B+ 65% The Little Stranger (2018) The movie, like towering Hundreds Hall, casts its own foreboding spell. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
C- 22% Mile 22 (2018) In almost all respects, but especially structurally, Mile 22 is a mess. - AV Club EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
C 66% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
B 87% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
D+ 17% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
B 59% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018