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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- 51% 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- 90% 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+ 41% 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+ 17% 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- 82% 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+ 36% 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
B- 79% Damsel (2018) Damsel is both on-point and one-note: a curiosity without much going for it beyond its progressive flipping of script.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
B+ 100% Leave No Trace (2018) As a depiction of a certain corner of American life, Leave No Trace is vivid and true.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
A- 100% Hereditary (2018) It's pure emotional terrorism, gripping you with real horror, the unspeakable kind, and then imbuing the supernatural stuff with those feelings. It didn't play me like a fiddle. It slammed on my insides like a grand piano.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
B+ 100% The Tale (2018) A film about memory: the way it distorts and omits, creating an imperfect record, sometimes to shelter us from the harsh reality of our pasts.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
B+ 100% Eighth Grade (2018) A lovely, truthful comedy about the pure nightmare that is junior high.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
B 100% Wildlife (2018) Did Dano pick up this uncommon fledgling restraint from one of the many first-rate filmmakers for whom he's acted?‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
C+ 92% Sorry to Bother You (2018) A scattershot, intermittently pointed satire whose jokes and insights land with about the same (in)frequency.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
B 100% Mandy (2018) Were scientists to engineer an uncut, 100-proof cult sensation, it would probably look, sound, and kick like this.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
C+ 70% Lizzie (2018) Lizzie offers speculative explanation, but its theories end up answering a different question: What if Heavenly Creatures was kind of boring?‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
C+ 78% Piercing (2018) After a briefly discombobulating fake-out twist, Piercing can't seem to figure out how to advance or complicate its sick-joke premise.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
B 79% American Animals (2018) American Animals is ultimately a fairly straightforward heist movie, albeit a stylish and engaging one.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
B 74% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Don't Worry isn't some tearfully inspirational tribute to Callahan's triumph over his disability. It's a tearfully inspirational tribute to his triumph over alcoholism.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
B- 92% Blindspotting (2018) The film's messy mix of flavorful, sometimes over-the-top character comedy and sincere racial politics benefits from the voice of its stars, who also wrote the script ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
B 94% Private Life (2018) Plainly, painfully personal.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
C 86% 306 Hollywood (2018) It tells us more about the filmmakers' cutesy-poo sensibilities than how they feel about the loved one they've lost.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
B- 73% Mom and Dad (2018) If it doesn't entirely exploit the potency of its metaphor, there's still a certain grim fun in seeing Taylor give "family feud" an outrageous new meaning.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
C+ 23% Inside (2018) What's the point of a less extreme version of a film whose whole raison d'être was extremity?‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
B- 78% All the Money in the World (2017) Plummer ... turns out to be the best thing about All The Money In The World.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
100% The Work (2017) More than just an advertisement for the process depicted, The Work carries a profound, implicit point about a culture that encourages men to bottle up what they feel, then condemns them after those emotions express themselves in violent, destructive ways.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
B+ 96% Foxtrot (2018) Heavy with horror though it may be, Foxtrot turns out to be too conceptually and stylistically audacious to be called a slog; it keeps throwing curveballs, some crueler than others.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
B+ 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) [Johnson's]often-stirring addition to the saga finally lands on an affecting point about the importance of preserving essential cultural tradition without clinging too strictly to the dogma -- and the texts -- of the old way. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
A- 91% Phantom Thread (2018) A duet of affection and irritation, Phantom Thread teeters, too, on the edge of romantic comedy. There's a lot of humor in its passive-aggressive tug-of-war.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
B 90% I, Tonya (2018) There's a poignancy to Harding's battle against her own bad reputation, and it survives I, Tonya's flippant, needle-drop approach thanks to the rage and resignation of the lead performance.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
C 52% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) To be fair to Denzel, who tends to be reliably commanding even when slumming it in commercial crap, it's hard to imagine anyone doing wonders with this particular title role.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
B 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) It makes an ageless space god with the nobility of King Arthur and the bodacious abs of a supermodel look like an underdog. Fallibility, not lightning, is his secret weapon.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
D 31% Leatherface (2017) Leatherface ... falls squarely in the tradition of a series that's failed, movie after movie, to recapture the raw, reptilian power of its first entry.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
C+ 71% Happy Death Day (2017) Once the novelty of the genre swap wears off, you're just watching another inferior variation.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
C+ 76% Una (2017) The film's most stylistic gestures all feel like transparent attempts to disguise the blatant, inherent theatricality.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
B+ 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) If Blade Runner gave us the world, Blade Runner 2049 has come to fill in the universe.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
B- 92% Super Dark Times (2017) Super Dark Times is much sharper on the minds of ordinary teen boys than it is on what happens when those minds snap.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
D 14% Friend Request (2017) It's flimsy genre junk of the most generic variety, just with a really groan-worthy Facebook spin.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
B+ 94% Sweet Country (2018) Sweet Country won't satisfy anyone's thirst for old-school gunslinging fun. But it has its own hypnotic mood and flavor: that familiar Ozploitation feel for the nebulous boundary between civilization and the anarchic wild.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
C+ 76% Dark River (2017) This is a kitchen-sink drag.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
C- 8% Euphoria (2017) The film exhibits almost nothing that resembles recognizable human behavior.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
B 94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2017) The film may resonate for anyone who's grown up under the unhealthy supervision of a mean bastard. Take that as a sobering recommendation.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
C+ 75% What Will People Say? (Hva vil folk si) (2017) An ordeal is about all the movie offers.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
D 50% Razzia (2017) Ayouch pointlessly, gracelessly entwines the fates of five thinly sketched types ... whose aimless arcs don't so much climatically intersect as reach the same Hail Mary non-ending simultaneously.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
B+ 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Its application of [Iannucci's] signature barbed comic voice to such grim history (executions are a constant source of gallows humor) packs its own punch.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017