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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
C+ 25% 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- 77% 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+ 100% 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+ 90% 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- 92% 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 89% 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 49% 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 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+ 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+ 75% 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 15% 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+ 95% 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+ 69% 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 87% 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+ 73% 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+ 97% 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 92% The Shape of Water (2017) The beastliness offsets the beauty nicely, like splotches of grisly red on the film's lustrous, sea foam-green color palette.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
B+ 90% Lean on Pete (2018) 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+ 88% 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- 92% Thelma (2017) Trier remains precisely attuned to emotional wavelengths; as a queer campus love story, of sorts, Thelma has the right temperament, thanks in part to the nakedly vulnerable performance the director coaxes from his lead.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
B- 92% 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+ 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) McDormand is righteous fury personified, and her performance-the best she's delivered since Fargo, maybe-is heartbreaking, but also wildly, profanely entertaining.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
A 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird is something truly special: a coming-of-age comedy so funny, perceptive, and truthful that it makes most other films about adolescence look like little more than lessons in cliché.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
C 28% Suburbicon (2017) The results play like some Robert Zemeckis splicing experiment gone wrong, as though Clooney had somehow digitally inserted an earnest social-issues drama into a zany mishap noir.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
C 50% 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 79% Borg vs McEnroe (Borg McEnroe) (2017) It's a sports movie for masochistic, vainglorious athletes.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
B 96% 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 82% 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+ 16% 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 78% 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- 86% 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+ 69% 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+ 44% Bushwick (2017) The Purge sequels do this kind of thing with a lot less fuss.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
B 61% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) 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