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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
D 32% 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+ 69% 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+ 88% 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- 91% 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 17% 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+ 100% Sweet Country (2017) Sweet Country has a shaggy, digressive eccentricity common to Ozploitation cinema, not to mention a humane understanding of its characters ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
C+ 75% Dark River (2017) This is a kitchen-sink drag.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
C- 10% Euphoria (2017) The film exhibits almost nothing that resembles recognizable human behavior.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
B 85% 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+ 70% 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 (2017) 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
B 97% The Shape of Water (2017) One of those movies that seems to imprint its gushing love affair with other movies-with the flickering euphoria of classic cinema-onto every image.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
B+ 89% Lean on Pete (2017) I grimly admired the crushing way that it sidesteps romantic baloney at almost every turn, including subverting whatever assumptions we might have about the ultimate role Buscemi's surrogate father figure might play.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
B+ 92% Zama (2017) Zama, despite its setting, isn't such a radical departure for Martel; it preserves her talent for tracking an individual through chaotic social spheres ...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
B- 85% Thelma (2017) As in his previous films, Trier remains sensitively attuned to the emotional wavelengths of young characters; as a queer campus love story, this at least has the right temperament.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
B- 96% Stronger (2017) Green, Gyllenhaal, and ... Tatiana Maslany hit some grace notes-and plant the germ of some interesting ideas-en route to the expected lifting of spirits.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
B 98% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) These characters have all known each other most of their lives, and that gives them all a common ground to stand on, even as tragedy puts them directly at odds.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
A 100% Lady Bird (2017) As generous as it is perceptive about the strange business of growing up and into yourself.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
C 41% Suburbicon (2017) Clooney creates a vague vintage aura ... but he seems lost as to how to replicate the [Coens'] sardonic tweaking of old genre tropes. The tone swings wildly scene to scene.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
C 65% Downsizing (2017) Downsizing is less a fully-formed satire than a clever idea stranded in first draft and stretched uncomfortably to feature length.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
C 74% Borg vs McEnroe (Borg McEnroe) (2017) It's a sports movie for masochistic, vainglorious athletes.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
B 95% Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Another butt-numbing nonfiction epic from this living legend of the medium.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
B- 70% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) In The Unknown Girl, the brothers' durably direct technique shines, even when their storytelling doesn't.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
C+ 42% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) A film that's a lot like the last one, just not quite as funny or endearing.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
C 85% The Trip to Spain (2017) If you've seen either of the other movies, you've seen The Trip To Spain, whose variations are minor enough to be called negligible.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
B 69% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Annabelle: Creation, much more than its immediate predecessor, adheres to the bump-in-the-dark horror fundamentals that made The Conjuring such a good time and a gold mine.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
D+ 17% Wish Upon (2017) King throws herself into the high school melodrama of Wish Upon, but the movie buries her range-from flustered infatuation to horror-flick panic-under a mountain of unbelievable behavior and tin-eared dialogue.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
B 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) For a film with six screenwriters, Homecoming creates a remarkably coherent vision of a smart kid still dumb about the world, battling the learning curves of his double lives.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2017
B 77% The Little Hours (2017) [A] frequently funny, agreeably bawdy farce, which imagines what a convent of the grubby, violent, disease-infested Middle Ages might look and sound like if it were populated by characters straight out of a modern NBC sitcom.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
A- 93% Baby Driver (2017) Everything in Baby Driver, from the rubber-on-road action scenes to the expositional conversations, is its own kind of set piece, engineered to hit pleasure centers with homing-missile accuracy.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
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 68% 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 16% 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+ 50% 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+ 43% Bushwick (2017) The Purge sequels do this kind of thing with a lot less fuss.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
B 60% The Double Lover (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- 80% 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+ 89% Good Time (2017) Pattinson finally bursts out of the chrysalis of his pin-up boy celebrity. The metamorphosis from YA heartthrob into electrifying character actor is complete.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
C+ 79% Brigsby Bear (2017) Mooney denies this childlike fish-out-of-water any deeper layers of anxiety, dread, or anger. His trauma remains abstract.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
B- 68% 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 86% 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 78% The Beguiled (2017) Coppola immerses us in a world of verdant outdoor beauty, hushed indoor quiet, and dutiful routine. It's a nice place to visit, but we can see in the yearning glances of the women that living there would be another matter entirely.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
C+ 18% 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+ 94% 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 52% 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