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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- No Score Yet 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 88% 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 87% 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 90% 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 44% 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
B 68% Life (2017) Life is a B movie on an A budget, an old-fashioned creature feature that delivers its cheap thrills expensively.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
B- 49% The Belko Experiment (2017) You may think of Dilbert one minute, the Nuremberg defense the next. No, really.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
C+ 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Shiny but not exactly new, Bill Condon's live-action Beauty And The Beast is a curious nostalgia object, synthetically engineered to reproduce all the same sensations as a 26-year-old movie.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
C 88% My Scientology Movie (2017) This stunt-driven nonfiction project rearranges the well-reported dirt on the church, placing it into the context of something considerably less useful: a documentary about how hard it is to make a documentary about Scientology.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
B 77% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Ultimately more interested in gorilla warfare than the guerilla kind, Skull Island looks from a distance like a Vietnam polemic with a monster painted onto it. But the opposite is truer. It's a King Kong movie -- a state-of-the-art monster mash.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
C+ 73% Catfight (2017) In more ways than one, Catfight lives down to its title.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
C- 66% Before I Fall (2017) It's not déjà vu. You have seen this movie before.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
A- 92% Logan (2017) What's special about Logan is that it manages to deliver the visceral goods, all the hardcore Wolverine action its fans could desire, while still functioning as a surprisingly thoughtful, even poignant drama-a terrific movie ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
C+ 69% As You Are (2017) Without any period-specific music to help establish a sense of time and place-a real cultural backdrop-even the setting remains a little fuzzy.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
C+ 75% Lovesong (2017) It just kind of sits there, passively observing its characters, perhaps in hope that the believability of the events will automatically breed drama or a thesis or a philosophy or something. It doesn't.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
B 41% A Cure For Wellness (2017) This is the kind of singularly strange production that you appreciate for its excess and lumpiness, for the way it strays haphazardly out of blockbuster comfort zones.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
B 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Land Of Mine is tough and admirably grim, turning a harrowing history lesson into a study in how the battles of wartime don't always cease with the ceasefire.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
C 6% Rings (2017) It's not a terrible setup. But Rings doesn't end up doing much with its fresh ideas.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
D 17% The Space Between Us (2017) It's the kind of processed-cheese tearjerker, completely devoid of shame, that can harden even the easiest criers into heckling cynics. You want to take its lunch money or at least introduce it to better music.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
B 64% Dark Night (2017) Dark Night isn't really a polemic. It's a mysterious elegy for a community on the verge of a nightmarish crucible.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
B- 77% Beach Rats (2017) Dickinson is quietly excellent in the lead role, conveying hints of the emotions that Frankie, immersed in his macho go-nowhere social circle, can't bring himself to articulate.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
B- 100% 78/52 (2017) The film picks up when it gets down to shot-by-shot analysis, allowing editors and other interviewees to break down one of the most famous sequences in movie history.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
B 100% Quest (2017) Once again, the Steve James model of long-term filming commitments pays off: By the end of Quest, I felt melancholy about saying goodbye to the Raineys and sad that I wouldn't know where their lives would go from here.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
B- 40% Wilson (2017) Harrelson, with his goofball stoner energy, can't help but bring a certain gregarious charm to the role, even when, say, casually insulting a date or shouting obscenities at people on the street.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
A- 100% Call Me by Your Name (2017) First-summer-of-love movies are a dime a dozen, but Guadagnino's new variation on this well-trod genre pulses with beauty and insight, like some lost Eric Rohmer classic.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
C 67% Patti Cake$ (2017) Macdonald makes for an appealing, sympathetic protagonist, especially when rocking the mic on stage or holding her own in a rap battle; she's the one element of Patti Cake$ that feels truly genuine.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
B+ 99% Get Out (2017) Peele doesn't just subvert a genre often dinged for making people of color expendable cleaver-fodder. He also flips pearl-clutching, white-flight anxiety about predatory black men on its ear, turning a gated community into the real danger zone.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
C- 67% Golden Exits (2017) A bad imitation of '70s European talkfests (or the Woody Allen versions of them-same difference).‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
A- 100% Thoroughbred (2017) It's superbly unpredictable, moving fluidly into thriller territory and back again.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
B+ 100% Columbus (2017) It's a lovely debut.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
A- 92% A Ghost Story (2017) A sneakily ambitious meditation on life after death, the endurance of romantic connection, and the value we place on the spaces we occupy.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
B- 83% Wind River (2017) Sheridan's gift for popping, antagonistic dialogue pays big dividends in the film's best scenes-many involving frustrations of law-enforcement protocol-and it's hard to write off the Elmore Leonard-ish economy of the plotting.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
B+ 96% Mudbound (2017) What excites me about the film isn't so much its fatalistic story, which builds inexorably to a last act upsetting enough to send some viewers at the premiere screening racing for the exits, as the way Rees tells it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
C 31% The Yellow Birds (2017) The film seems chiefly informed by other movies; the generic combat scenes are staged with the same shaky handheld "urgency" as every other Iraq War picture, while the characters have no psychology beyond the usual innocence-lost arc.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
B 43% The Discovery (2017) Its central mystery keeps you guessing, right up until a final turn that's nearly as clever as it is convoluted.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
C 69% Dayveon (2017) Dayveon simply cribs from the Southern-fried playbook of its own big-name producer, David Gordon Green.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
B- 76% Landline (2017) On a whole, this is an agreeable sophomore effort from the filmmaker-a Sundance movie in one of the better senses.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
B+ 97% The Big Sick (2017) Thing is, it's actually a really good story-one of cross-cultural romantic obstacles and unforeseen emergency, all filtered here through the nerdish comic voice of its married creators.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
C+ 90% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) I Don't Feel At Home begins to resemble nothing so much as a Coen brothers imitation with thinner characters.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
C 72% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Truth To Power may be more of an honest-to-God movie than its predecessor, but it's not nearly as purposeful.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
C+ 57% Trespass Against Us (2017) A scraggly and much too familiar British family drama.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
B- 43% Between Us (2017) Feldman, who played Ginsberg on Mad Men, and Thirlby, who's probably still best known as the best friend in Juno, lend shading to characters whose personal and professional lives seem stuck at the first-draft stage.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
A 95% Paterson (2016) Jarmusch, that aging ambassador of cool, sincerely respects both the the ordinariness and the artistry of his blue-collar hero. One does not contradict the other. They are intimately related.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016