Dustin Rowles

Dustin Rowles
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Pajiba, Uproxx

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
52% The Highwaymen (2019) It's two veteran actors who know their way around a movie set. But the story moves like molasses from one dusty old town to another, as Bonnie and Clyde remain one step ahead of them the whole time, until they're not anymore. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) Both are incredibly inspiring, both elicit tears in their triumphs and their losses, and both illustrate exactly why Beto O'Rourke and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez caught fire in 2018. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
100% Running with Beto (2019) Both are incredibly inspiring, both elicit tears in their triumphs and their losses, and both illustrate exactly why Beto O'Rourke and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez caught fire in 2018. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
55% The Beach Bum (2019) I understood what Korine was trying to do, and goddamnit, I actually appreciated it. I feel no pride in admitting this, but I enjoyed Beach Bum in spite of itself. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
27% Rent Live (2019) I will give the live rendition credit on a couple of counts, however. Jordan Fisher, who played Mark, was fantastic. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
69% Bleed For This (2016) Without Miles Teller, this boxing film is useless. Without this boxing film, Miles Teller is useless. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
60% Real Steel (2011) I don't know where robot boxing falls on your moral spectrum, but I'd take a pre-teen to see Real Steel, as long as we had a long talk afterwards about the evils of product placement. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
86% X-Men: First Class (2011) What's most remarkable about First Class, the fifth in the series of X-Men films, is that it's the first one since the original that inspires a want for more. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
76% Happy Feet (2006) I'm the last person in the world to raise a stink about the environment... But that doesn't stop me from hoping that the kids get the message someday, before that March of the Penguins is just a lonely walk into extinction. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
89% Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (2018) 100% Fresh, is an hour and 13 minutes long. The last 13 minutes is great. The first hour is not. Use your fast-forward button wisely. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
60% My Bloody Valentine 3-D (2009) It's a motherf**king crowd pleaser. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
28% Night School (2018) Night School is not only unbearably bad, but it is also ungodly long. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
29% 70th Emmy Awards (2018) After the monologue, the Emmys mostly stashed Chost backstage, which was probably for the best. There was no life in their performance - they were like two Francos without a Hathaway. They were the hosting equivalent of making out with a fish. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
85% A Simple Favor (2018) It's a film trapped between two genres that doesn't quite succeed at either, although to its credit, the likable cast - and especially the performance of Blake Lively - make it a worthy digital rental or Netflix watch. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
32% Irreplaceable You (2018) You will not enjoy much of the hour and a half that precedes the climactic scene... but if you are looking for an excuse to bawl your fucking eyes out, Irreplaceble You will definitely do the trick. But you won't feel good about it. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
41% When We First Met (2018) Every moment of When We First Met could not be more painfully obvious, and that might be forgivable if there were an ounce of humor, a dose of charm, or a decent character in the entire film. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) The movie feels like a documentary to so many of our young lives. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
51% Equalizer 2 (2018) It's something of a snoozer, featuring a low-energy performance by Denzel, who spends much of the film quietly observing and very little time delivering impassioned speeches or putting inferior people into their place. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
45% Generation Wealth (2018) In simpler times, perhaps, a case like that could be made more convincingly, but tribalism and identity politics are a much larger concern in 2018, and Generation Wealth thus feels dated. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
88% After Everything (Shotgun) (2018) Much of it feels predictable, but not in the sense of having seen it in a movie before... It feels predictable in the sense that the choices Elliot and Mia make might mirror our own. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
18% The Kissing Booth (2018) I can confirm that it's not a good film. In fact, its themes are at times unsettling. - Uproxx EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
67% Ibiza (2018) It's not at all an unpleasant movie, it's just one that drifts from one party and hook-up to another, without ever really stopping to say or do anything of note. It is because Ib-iz(a). - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
91% Set It Up (2018) [Zoey Deutch] is electric: Funny, clever, and unimaginably cute. She's basically the streaming Meg Ryan. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
56% Tag (2018) Tag refuses even to be aggressively profane, gross-out disgusting, or awful. It just is. It's the light-blue polo shirt of comedies. It's an untoasted bagel with plain cream cheese... - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
20% Baby on Board (2008) Terrible movie, but it does have quite a few "Oh God," moments... - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Anyone who tells you that Hereditary will leave you with nightmares presumes that you'll actually be able to sleep again - it kept me awake long after I saw it. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
13% Action Point (2018) Action Point is, more than anything, excruciatingly dull.It's badly acted and poorly plotted, but that's not unexpected. What is unexpected is just how lifeless and uninspired it is. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
37% Kidnap (2017) It feels like an honor to have experienced firsthand the worst movie of the year, and perhaps the decade. I'm not exaggerating, either. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
90% Girls Trip (2017) The MVP of Girls Trip, however, is Tiffany Haddish. This should be a huge break-out role for her, and she is so insanely funny that she'll send you into a rabbit hole of YouTube videos from her stand-up routines after the movie. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
81% Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011) An honest look at a celebrity's fall and a firsthand account of how he purged himself of the past and picked himself back up for the future. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2011
35% Local Color (2006) I made it 37 minutes in before concluding that I liked Trapped in Paradise better. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
14% Stan Helsing (2009) There's a chance that an image of the Virgin Mary might emerge from the vomit puddle of day-old gastric remnants from Taco Bell, which would make it an Oscar contender compared to what's on the screen in Stan Helsing. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
57% Dare (2009) Dare is ostensibly about high-school identity and and social anxiety, but if feels more like three interrelated episodes of Extreme Makeover: Personality Edition strung together to make an all too obvious point. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
60% I'm Through with White Girls (The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks) (2007) In addition to being a rare rom-com that actually roms and coms, it's also unusually smart, clever, and contains an authentic social message that is neither trite nor self-serious. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2008
55% Step Brothers (2008) Once you take it to a certain point, it just goes flat, like sticking the big crescendo in between the first and second verses. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2008
56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) I'm at a loss, really, to explain Anderson's failure in Life Aquatic. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2005