Chuck Bowen

Chuck Bowen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Chuck Bowen's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 89%

Into the Inferno (2016)

"The busy-ness of its conceit grounds Werner Herzog in a documentary procedural form that's surprisingly conventional by his standards." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 23, 2016
3/4 94%

Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016)

"In terms of formal orchestration, Creepy is as sublime as any prior Kiyoshi Kurosawa film." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2016
2/4 50%

31 (2016)

"It collapses into repetition and unintended self-parody, as it's devoid of the subtext and empathetic audacity." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 18, 2016
3/4 94%

The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016)

"With The Handmaiden, Park Chan-wook has made a gigantic leap as an artist, but he retreats to lurid cartoonishness just as he's earned your trust." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 12, 2016
2.5/4 83%

Theo Who Lived (2016)

"The film pushes through one story point to the next, occasionally prizing velocity over texture." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 5, 2016
3/4 93%

Blue Jay (2016)

"Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson have extraordinary chemistry, painting a cumulative portrait of the fragility and rareness of being truly in sync with a partner. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 2, 2016
2.5/4 80%

The Rehearsal (2016)

"A civics lesson in the film tethers a promising tale of artistic toil to the strictures of melodrama. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 27, 2016
3/4 64%

Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017)

"The film changes gears whenever one is lulled into believing that it has finally settled into a recognizable narrative pattern." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2016
2/4 29%

Beauty And The Beast (La belle et la bête) (2016)

"Christophe Gans's telling of Beauty and the Beast abounds in impersonal and unsatisfying sumptuousness." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2016

Tanna (2016)

"The film blends the Bard with National Geographic, failing to make a case for the inexplicability of their union. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2016
2.5/4 70%

Operation Avalanche (2016)

"The film attains a chilly existential quality as Matt Johnson's character discerns the weight of his actions." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 12, 2016

Lady in Cement (1968)

"The political resonance of Frank Sinatra's sleepwalking is unsubtly reactionary." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2016

Tony Rome (1967)

"The political resonance of Frank Sinatra's sleepwalking is unsubtly reactionary." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2016
3/4 100%

As I Open My Eyes (À peine j'ouvre les yeux) (2016)

"Leyla Bouzid displays considerable talent for dramatizing how young people eroticize peril and risk due to a lack of experience." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2016
4/4 80%

To Sleep With Anger (1990)

"Charles Burnett bridges theatrical dialogue, portentous omens, and presentational acting with masterful grace." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 5, 2016
1.5/4 41%

Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016)

"It relies less on in-camera stunts than editing that renders vague gibberish of the altercations." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 29, 2016
2/4 33%

Max Rose (2016)

"It occasionally and promisingly suggests an obsessive and free-associative paean to regret." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 28, 2016
2.5/4 48%

Complete Unknown (2016)

"Underneath the impersonal formal beauty and good acting is a familiar moral about self-imposed limitations." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2016
3/4 84%

In Order of Disappearance (2016)

"The film has been executed with a sense of formally stylish and thematically symmetric panache. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2016
2.5/4 89%

Blood Father (2016)

"Jean-François Richet's film shrewdly capitalizes on Mel Gibson's off-screen embarrassments and controversies." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2016
3/4 63%

The Lost Arcade (2016)

"The film's images have a loose, rough, textured liveliness that honors the spirit of Chinatown Fair." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 8, 2016
3/4 67%

Ants on a Shrimp (2016)

"It offers lively and layered images that reveal the chefs both as individuals and components of a larger social organism." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2016
2.5/4 96%

Gleason (2016)

"One comes to distrust Gleason's pathos, because it always appears to be selling something. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 25, 2016
3/4 99%

Don't Think Twice (2016)

"It displays an intimate chemical understanding of the exhausting and unrelentingly impotent agony of failure." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2016
3/4 73%

My King (Mon roi) (2016)

"Maïwenn fashions a bracing film about co-dependency, capturing the erotic contours of subservience and flattery." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 10, 2016
2.5/4 93%

Mei ren yu (The Mermaid) (2016)

"It offers a visual reprieve from the cumbersomely mechanized aesthetic of so much contemporary fantasy." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 5, 2016
1.5/4 7%

Cell (2016)

"The film insufficiently connects the book's prophecy with its present-day, real-world forms of realization." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 3, 2016
1.5/4 59%

Carnage Park (2016)

"The film covers The Texas Chainsaw Massacre by way of Rob Zombie, Quentin Tarantino, and Ti West. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 26, 2016
0/4 31%

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

"The film does nothing satiric or fleetingly parodic with the notion of a world united in the midst of alien annihilation." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 24, 2016
2.5/4 98%

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

"It infuses an outdoorsy survival tale and a coming-of-age story of friendship with Taika Waititi's penchant for distaff flakiness." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 22, 2016
3/4 77%

The Phenom (2016)

"Noah Buschel shows that formula can be repurposed to serve empathetic ends without losing its self-actualizing appeal." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2016
4/4 85%

Kate Plays Christine (2016)

"It movingly posits acting as a metaphor for the search for connection, through visceral texture rather than platitude." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 18, 2016
3.5/4 77%

In a Valley of Violence (2016)

"The film communicates a sense of pastiche unpredictably giving way to a raw and primordially intimate emotional realm." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2016
3.5/4 93%

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

"It offers no conclusions, routinely alternating between episodes that contrast exhilaration with exploitation and damnation." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2016
1.5/4 42%

Clown (2016)

"Jon Watts does nothing with the scarily funny notion of a respectable professional who suddenly refuses to shuck a party costume." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2016
2.5/4 66%

Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) (2016)

"The lack of ambiguity reflects Benoît Jacquot's treatment of the text, which is devoid of either formal obsessiveness or a contemporary hook." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2016
2/4 38%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

"Its openly mercenary ethos initially scan as a bracing lack of pretense in a market crammed to the gills with insidious faux-sentimentality, but its overstuffed relentlessness proves almost equally tedious." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3.5/4 96%

De Palma (2016)

"Like Hitchcock, De Palma reveals himself to be guided by an unusual mixture of intuition and intellectualization. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3.5/4 98%

The Wailing (Goksung) (2016)

"Na Hong-jin's The Wailing is a work of thriller maximal-ism, a rare case of more actually being more rather than less." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 25, 2016
1/4 22%

Ma ma (2016)

"Julio Medem's film has enough hanky-courting plot mechanics for three remakes of Beaches." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 23, 2016
2.5/4 71%

The Ones Below (2016)

"Even the film's lapses inform it with a free-associative sense of portent, evoking the stupid things we inexplicably do in our most personal nightmares. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 20, 2016
3/4 98%

Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016)

"Steve Hoover's documentary affords one an unusually intimate glance at the collapsed infrastructure of the former Soviet Union. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 16, 2016
1/4 4%

The Darkness (2016)

"This enterprise is so listless that one can't even work up a proper head of self-righteous steam over the spooky Native American clichés that drive the plot." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 13, 2016
2.5/4 59%

The Trust (2016)

"Throughout Alex and Benjamin Brewer's film, Nicolas Cage holds the screen with his distinct timing and expressive force of being." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 10, 2016
3/4 71%

What We Become (Sorgenfri) (2016)

"When Bo Mikkelsen springs his traditional yet cathartic climax, it's earned because the violence matters truly as violation." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 8, 2016
2/4 43%

Bite (2016)

"Chad Archibald doesn't quite land Bite's transition over from claustrophobic character study into full-blown monster movie. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 2, 2016
.5/4 0%

The Offering (2016)

"It inspires retrospective gratitude for the empty yet slick craftsmanship of someone like James Wan." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 1, 2016
1.5/4 13%

Special Correspondents (2016)

"Ricky Gervais's film hopscotches through a variety of premises, looking for jokes that never arrive. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2016

Viktoria (2016)

"The disconnection between the various characters is so immediately accepted as such a foregone conclusion that nothing ever seems to be at stake." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 26, 2016
2/4 63%

High-Rise (2016)

"The film's notion of a caste system is crudely reductive in the manner of a routine future-shock thriller. " ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2016
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