Dustin Rowles

Dustin Rowles
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Pajiba, Uproxx

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
62% The Informer (2020) The Informer is not a good movie, but it does manage to waste an enormous amount of talent and that's impressive! - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) If you liked the first Borat film, you will like this one. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
51% Hubie Halloween (2020) This movie is moronic, and as a family film, I wouldn't dare show it to my children, and I don't understand why any kind of mouth-breathing adult would willingly sit through it, either. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
88% #Alive (2020) It's tight and fast-paced, the characters do a lot with the little space they have, and the action sequences are appropriately tense and disturbing, but there are also a few doses of humor. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
60% Project Power (2020) It's fun! It's just not very good. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
28% The Secret: Dare to Dream (2020) Everything I visualized about this movie - that it would be thinly written, barely acted, and painfully hokey - came 100 percent true. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) Irresistible feels of another era, but not in a nostalgic way, but in a way that feels vaguely insulting and dismissive. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
No Score Yet 365 Days (365 dni) (2020) It's the kind of movie you fast forward to get to all the good parts, only to realize that there are no good parts. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
94% Bad Education (2019) Finley - with a strong assist from Janney - also does something else remarkable here by turning a true story into a razor-sharp satire with a dark sense of humor. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
85% Big Time Adolescence (2020) It's not a movie that celebrates big-time adolescence. It's a movie that sees it for the short-term novelty and the lifelong black hole that it is. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
84% The Way Back (2020) The Way Back works in part because of Affleck's great performance, but I won't deny that Affleck's own baggage doesn't add an extra layer here, lifting it from a very good sports movie to a great and at times gutting addiction drama. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2020
66% All the Bright Places (2020) All the Bright Places [isn't] a particularly good or an original movie, but it is an effective one, and while the film is dotted with red flags, it's message is ultimately hopeful and the ending is more bittersweet than sad. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
66% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) It is a magical, intoxicating communal experience. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
69% Bombshell (2019) Bombshell is a fine enough film - it's competently made, the performances are terrific, and it is sufficiently crazymaking - but there are two phenomenal scenes in the film that make it well worth seeing. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
53% 21 Bridges (2019) [I]t is completely forgettable, a sort of paint-by-the-numbers cop thriller punctuated by gun violence that's less gratuitous that it is aggressively loud, much like the rest of the film is aggressively bland. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
26% Countdown (2019) I didn't like the movie at all, but damn, I had a good time. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) El Camino is the ending that I never realized that Breaking Bad was missing. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
79% Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) It's a winning movie, no doubt, and one that I'd recommend to anyone that has a soft spot for romantic comedies. It's just that it's a hard movie to love. But it's an even harder movie not to love. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
100% I Am Patrick Swayze (2019) I Am Patrick Swayze is certainly not necessary viewing, but if you grew up on Swayze, there's enough valuable nostalgia in the fawning documentary to make the stroll back through the '80s and '90s worth the effort, but do bring some tissues. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
71% Ferrell Takes The Field (2015) For a documentary made for cancer survivors, it's more than enough to be adequately amusing. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
84% Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) A cynical part of me that thinks it's almost too perfect... I'll give him this much: He nails it. I'm not sure he could have delivered a better special for this moment. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
92% Fighting with My Family (2019) It's not a huge crowd pleaser, but there's enough here to please those surrounding your living room television. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2019
91% I Am Mother (2019) It's not a wildly imaginative film, but like a lot of Netflix fare, it's a serviceable, well-acted, entertaining and at times intriguing film. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) It operates like most romcoms do, with the stellar best friend roles (June Diane Raphael is reason enough alone to see Long Shot) and contrived situations... But it works. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
58% Pet Sematary (2019) Pet Semetary devolves into fairly predictable horror-movie tropes. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
84% The Brink (2019) It's a low-key doc that only winks at the audience when Bannon isn't looking, as if to give Klayman plausible deniability if Bannon ever recognizes The Brink for what it actually is, a brilliant satire of a nothing man yelling at clouds. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
38% The Dirt (2019) The music itself might evoke a few pangs of nostalgia, but it's not worth suffering through the movie. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
58% 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
99% 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
91% 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
70% 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
90% 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
63% My Bloody Valentine 3-D (2009) It's a motherf**king crowd pleaser. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
26% Night School (2018) Night School is not only unbearably bad, but it is also ungodly long. - Pajiba EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
84% 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
43% 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
52% 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
83% 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
17% 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
92% 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