Chuck Bowen

Chuck Bowen
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
2/4 76%

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

"The film is taken with comfy gags that celebrate these men's ownership of pop culture, filtering them through a lens of unrevealing caricature." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2016
2.5/4 81%

Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016)

"An admirably bizarre and beautiful genre mixtape, but Anders Thomas Jensen's empathy for his characters gradually impedes his imagination. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 19, 2016
No Score Yet

Rebirth (2016)

"Karl Mueller convincingly posits freedom as being elusive because it's essentially a violation of human nature." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2016
2.5/4 82%

Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016)

"Eventually, Matteo Garrone's self-consciously patchwork, one-thing-after-another structure wears thin. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2016

Keep Quiet (2016)

"The filmmakers astutely reveal how a culture can eat another alive and somehow live with itself." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 16, 2016
3/4 88%

My Big Night (Mi Gran Noche) (2016)

"Álex de la Iglesia's film is an explosion of kitsch, an intensely formalized mixture of farce and tragedy." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 11, 2016
3/4 21%

An Eye for Beauty (Le règne de la beauté) (2014)

"Denys Arcand fashions a commandingly leisurely pace that allows us to follow these people who walk a tightrope separating ecstasy from misery." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 8, 2016
3/4 67%

11 Minutes (11 Minut) (2016)

"Jerzy Skolimowski's formal control over the material is so masterful that the textual particulars are revealed to be beside the point." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 4, 2016
2.5/4 40%

Mr. Right (2016)

"It has a bouncy sense of lunacy, wearing its derivative junkiness on its sleeve with surprising lightness of authority. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 3, 2016
2/4 68%

Darling (2016)

"The film's aesthetic is striking, but feels almost intangibly derivative, most obviously suggesting an austere cover of Repulsion. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 29, 2016
3.5/4 92%

The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016)

"The director's greatest asset, though, is Lindon's sad, weathered, haunted face, which invests the film with omniscient heartache, offering evidence of the sense of self that's lost in the bureaucratic labyrinth that many of us call home." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2016
2/4 16%

The Girl In The Photographs (2016)

"The film is ultimately devoted to formula, as Nick Simon discards his jumbled meta-media conceit at around the halfway mark." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2016
1.5/4 88%

Born To Be Blue (2016)

"Writer-director Robert Budreau strip-mines the life of an amazing musician for the purpose of mounting yet another comeback story." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 22, 2016
2/4 58%

The Program (2016)

"The Program is flashier and more self-conscious than many biopics, but it's ultimately just as hollow." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2016
2.5/4 93%

The Little Prince (2016)

"As preachy and repetitive as The Little Prince can be, it offers enough moments of poetry to keep it flirting with greatness, or at least goodness." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2016
3.5/4 88%

Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016)

"Everything in the film is understood to be a subsumed sex act, with actual sex serving as a contextualizing catharsis." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 15, 2016
2/4 80%

Evolution (2016)

"The film interprets itself, offering an essay on rape and gender fluidity that locks us out of the cognitive process of digesting it. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 12, 2016
2/4 90%

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

"The legacy of Syd Field's screenwriting manual hangs over 10 Cloverfield Lane, as it does all of Abrams's productions, which never even accidentally cast a whiff of subtext or authorial personality. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3.5/4 92%

Demon (2016)

"Once the wedding begins, director Wrona springs a dazzling variety of set pieces of exponentially intensifying strangeness and sadness." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2016
1.5/4 0%

Backgammon (2016)

"The imagery fails to express either the characters' or the filmmakers' obsessions or synchronicities." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 6, 2016
2.5/4 52%

Lolo (2016)

"A curiously unsentimental director of romantic comedies, Julie Delpy sees romance for the work that it primarily is. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 5, 2016
2.5/4 64%

Ava's Possessions (2016)

"Jordan Galland confidently perches the film right on the razor's edge separating absurdist comedy from horror." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 27, 2016
2.5/4 19%

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016)

"It has an appealingly inventive, unruly genre party streak running down its figurative back." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2016
3/4 100%

King Georges (2016)

"Erika Frankel's documentary is finally revealed to be a story of prolonged adjustment to retirement, and a poignant illustration of sublimated redemption. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 17, 2016
1/4 0%

Cabin Fever (2016)

"Travis Zariwny predictably scrubs all the edges and eccentricities down, however, fashioning another impersonally polished cover jam." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 11, 2016
2/4 53%

Standoff (2016)

"Standoff isn't quite inspired, but it coasts on unexpected modesty of professionalism." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 9, 2016
2.5/4 81%

Southbound (2016)

"Southbound is yet another contemporary horror film that belongs to seemingly every era but its own." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 2, 2016
3/4 95%

Rams (Hrútar) (2016)

"Every moment in writer-director Grímur Hákonarson's strange and wonderful film is imbued with mystery and revealing dignity." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 31, 2016
1.5/4 No Score Yet

Everybody's Fine (Yi qie dou hao) (2016)

"It joins its American cousin in the scrapheap of family dramedies that no one watches, unless by default out of boredom on TBS or TNT." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 25, 2016
1.5/4 44%

Synchronicity (2016)

"The film has the emotional fatuousness of uncertain softcore erotica." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 19, 2016
1/4 30%

Mojave (2016)

"With the film, director William Monahan offers audiences a bundle of fetishes dressed up as an existentialist thriller about the class system." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 17, 2016
1.5/4 47%

Intruders (2016)

"The film ultimately boils down to people bludgeoning one another in unimaginative close-ups." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2016
2.5/4 41%

Moonwalkers (2016)

"Chummy, often amusing slapstick goofiness merges with hard, jarring violence. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2016
3/4 88%

Sweaty Betty (2016)

"Sweaty Betty is a reminder that poetry comes in all shapes and sizes, and that art ultimately dictates its own terms." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 4, 2016
1/4 21%

Diablo (2016)

"It inelegantly attempts to infuse a standard revenge western with the gravitas of a war veteran's coming-home odyssey." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 3, 2016
4/4 97%

Chimes at Midnight (1965)

"In Chimes at Midnight, Orson Welles is at the height of his powers while reveling in the poetic force of Falstaff's weakness. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 29, 2015
3/4 92%

Anomalisa (2015)

"Anomalisa's highpoint is one of the most remarkably moving sex scenes in all of American cinema, and the irony of it involving bland puppets is hardly lost on Kaufman and Johnson." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2015
2/4 53%

Noma: My Perfect Storm (2015)

"Too much of Noma is composed of gorgeous pillow shots, which grow static and fussy, appearing to exist almost apart from the subject matter. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2015
2/4 No Score Yet


"The filmmakers exhibit no interest in watching the story's central wolves wiggle out of the trap they've potentially set for themselves." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2015
2.5/4 73%

Dementia (2015)

"The film doesn't quite earn Gene Jones's performance, but it engenders considerable goodwill for allowing him to give it." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2015
2/4 77%

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

"Arlo is a collection of insecurities that have been calculatedly assembled so as to teach children the usual lessons about bravery, loyalty, and self-sufficiency. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 24, 2015
3/4 93%

Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

"It grounds us so effectively in Joplin's emotional realm as to partially rekindle the social transcendence that her voice must have represented for its owner." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2015
2/4 50%

#Horror (2015)

"A blunt satire of the dehumanization inherent in social media that also gets off on said detachment." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 16, 2015
2/4 50%

Criminal Activities (2015)

"The actors have the showmanship to chew the lurid, shopworn material up to bits, savoring it like a Royale with cheese." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 15, 2015
3/4 50%

Funny Bunny (2015)

"Alison Bagnall and her talented leads appear to effortlessly achieve a tone that's tricky to sustain, one that abounds equally in absurdism and empathy. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 8, 2015
2/4 26%

Heist (2015)

"Scott Mann's Heist gets by on chutzpah, growing more diverting with every ludicrous plot twist. " ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 8, 2015
3/4 No Score Yet

Barista (2015)

"It captures the frustration and the longing of forever wanting more and better at the expense of casualness of being." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2015
1.5/4 No Score Yet

Wrecker (2015)

"Time and again, the filmmaker cuts the money shot meant to theoretically cap a sequence." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2015
2.5/4 79%

Flowers (Loreak) (2015)

"Everyone heals, or doesn't heal, on cue, and the initial pathos of the narrative is dulled by the architecture of its through lines." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 27, 2015
2.5/4 13%

Asthma (2015)

"Asthma inevitably becomes another film about a man airing out his traumas and hitting all the requisite marks on his path to healing." ‐Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 20, 2015
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