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Scott Bowles

Scott Bowles
Scott Bowles's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): USA Today

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 37% Stand Up Guys (2013) It's been a long time since a movie wasted as much talent as Stand Up Guys, a film that aims to be a geezer Goodfellas but whose execution is a misfire. ‐ USA Today
Posted Jan 31, 2013
1.5/4 17% Parental Guidance (2012) While its senior stars do a terrific job capturing aging in a youth-crazed culture, Guidance drops the ball, in all departments, in its portrayal of anyone younger than 55. ‐ USA Today
Posted Dec 24, 2012
1/4 53% Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012) Universal soldiers, it seems, never die, even if they deserve a slow and deliberate farewell. ‐ USA Today
Posted Nov 29, 2012
1.5/4 49% The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) Goes a long way in demonstrating that a bad movie with big names is still a bad movie. Just prettier. ‐ USA Today
Posted Nov 1, 2012
2.5/4 38% Here Comes the Boom (2012) Here Comes the Boom telegraphs every punch in its arsenal, but when the comedy connects, it can deliver with funny force. ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 11, 2012
2/4 63% Sinister (2012) Relies more on "gotcha" moments than storytelling. ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 11, 2012
2/4 50% Decoding Deepak (2012) While Decoding offers some tantalizing insights into the celebrity guru, the movie, at its core, is playing out daddy issues as the filmmaker wonders aloud about whether his dad has gotten too big for his britches. ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 4, 2012
1.5/4 33% Butter (2012) Butter is a film more enamored of its premise than interested in making it work. ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 4, 2012
2.5/4 21% Taken 2 (2012) Taken 2 is a rehash of the original. Fortunately, they're leftovers from a fine first course. ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 4, 2012
3/4 86% Arbitrage (2012) Arbitrage overcomes some pulpy plot twists and a little anti-corporate sermonizing to become a brisk tale of a financial wizard whose sins have returned to collect a debt. ‐ USA Today
Posted Sep 13, 2012
2/4 92% Side by Side (2012) Alas, if you're someone who enjoys movies as, say, a two-hour escape, you may find this documentary on the death of film at digital's hands a bit too inside baseball. ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 30, 2012
2/4 56% For a Good Time, Call... (2012) Despite some earnest laughs and a sincere heart, Call can't seem to rise above its TV sitcom styling. ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 30, 2012
1/4 0% Assassin's Bullet (2012) Think the Bourne franchise meets the Bond franchise, without the wit or action. ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 5, 2012
2.5/4 51% Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) It all makes for goofy fun, and physical comedy that will have parents rolling their eyes. ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 2, 2012
1.5/4 42% Step Up Revolution (2012) There isn't a franchise around that matches the kids' moves in the Step Up series. We just need a better reason to dance along. ‐ USA Today
Posted Jul 26, 2012
2.5/4 35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) Despite its factual dismemberment of the movie's namesake, Hunter bristles as summer action fodder. Honest. ‐ USA Today
Posted Jun 21, 2012
2.5/4 49% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Stunningly shot and inconsistently acted and written, Snow White has enough visual fireworks to keep the film afloat, even if star Kristen Stewart can't get out of Twilight mode. ‐ USA Today
Posted May 31, 2012
1.5/4 27% High School (2012) Somehow, High, directed by newcomer John Stalberg, lured serious talent, including Adrien Brody, Colin Hanks and Michael Chiklis. Even odder: They're the worst actors of the bunch. ‐ USA Today
Posted May 31, 2012
3.5/4 95% Marley (2012) Sprinkled with riffs, concert footage and home videos, the family-authorized documentary does what the artist usually did: When in doubt, return to the beat. ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 20, 2012
3/4 64% To the Arctic (2012) Unless you're rich, it may be the closest thing to being there. ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 19, 2012
2.5/4 38% Blue Like Jazz (2012) Just earnest enough to blend its religious theme with a beer-chugging hero for a surprisingly contemporary look at faith. ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 13, 2012
1.5/4 38% Lockout (2012) A putrid film that comes dead-weighted with hammy one-liners and a plot so silly it borders on comedy... ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 12, 2012
2/4 28% We the Party (2012) Every time it dabbles in real-world teen issues like sex and drugs, it returns to a fanciful high school where kids quote Nietzsche and play acoustic guitar on lunch breaks. ‐ USA Today
Posted Apr 6, 2012
3/4 84% The Hunger Games (2012) Like the select participants of its savage sport, The Hunger Games stands triumphant, if scarred and a bit wobbly from the contest. ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 22, 2012
2/4 50% 4:44 Last Day on Earth (2012) Ferrara doesn't give his protagonists room to do much beyond have arguments and sex (though the intimacy is shot well). ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 22, 2012
3.5/4 85% The Raid: Redemption (2012) Unapologetically brutal and unencumbered by much plot, Raid is the year's most turbo-charged film, an Indonesian martial-arts movie that ups the violence by giving its characters a modern-day worldview - and weaponry. ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 22, 2012
3/4 67% Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) Despite sporting the worst cinematic title since The Chumscrubber, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen hooks some charming laughs and a quaint romance by not delving too deeply into its subject matter. ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 15, 2012
3/4 78% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) Sarandon is worth leaving home for, even if Jeff won't. ‐ USA Today
Posted Mar 15, 2012
1.5/4 21% The Sitter (2011) [A] well-intentioned mess of a comedy so desperate for laughs it crams a half-dozen story arcs into the plot without telling one of them well. ‐ USA Today
Posted Dec 8, 2011
2.5/4 77% A Dangerous Method (2011) As a biographical film, Method gives real insight to its subjects, especially Jung. ‐ USA Today
Posted Nov 22, 2011
3/4 92% Arthur Christmas (2011) What makes Arthur sing is that it plays as much like a family comedy as a holiday film. ‐ USA Today
Posted Nov 22, 2011
3/4 24% Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) The series is finding momentum as it nears its finale. ‐ USA Today
Posted Nov 16, 2011
0.5/4 3% Jack and Jill (2011) A comedy that has one good joke, four strange cameos and a spirit so juvenile kids may wonder what Sandler's deal is. ‐ USA Today
Posted Nov 10, 2011
2/4 35% Immortals (2011) For all the digital mastery Immortals boasts, its hokey story leaves the film adrift. ‐ USA Today
Posted Nov 10, 2011
2/4 68% Tower Heist (2011) Tower Heist feigns being an Ocean's 11 for schmucks, but plays like a retread of 48 Hours. ‐ USA Today
Posted Nov 4, 2011
2.5/4 36% In Time (2011) Despite a terrific concept that could make for an Inception for 2011, we get Logan's Run meets Robin Hood. And not the good parts. ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 28, 2011
2.5/4 39% Johnny English Reborn (2011) The humor isn't as dual-edged as, say, a Pixar comedy. But director Oliver Parker knows his genre well enough to lampoon the mainstays of the spy-flick genre, from impossibly high-tech weapons to foot chases worthy of Olympic medals. ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 20, 2011
2/4 35% The Thing (2011) Part horror film, part space thriller and all gore-fest, the movie ends up being a lot like its protagonist: a mess of a monster that stretches itself too thin to scare much. ‐ USA Today
Posted Oct 13, 2011
3/4 40% Straw Dogs (2011) Lurie informs his movie with plenty of nods to the original and at least manages a story that will have people talking - if not about the nature of human violence, then about the grisly depiction of it. ‐ USA Today
Posted Sep 15, 2011
0/5 20% Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983) Lowry, Birnbaum, and Dasheu are really unfortunate they weren't making movies 45 years ago; they could have done real well for themselves making two-reel comedies for Joseph Goebbels. ‐ Austin Chronicle
Posted Sep 3, 2011
3/4 72% Fright Night (2011) Fright has matured nicely over the quarter-century. While remaining sharp-tongued, the film knows its place on the teen landscape. ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 18, 2011
1.5/4 24% Conan the Barbarian (2011) Conan the Barbarian lives by a pretty simple ethos: He lives, he loves, he slays. What he doesn't do, alas, is act. ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 18, 2011
2/4 60% Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (2011) Even as a concert movie, there are some stumbles. ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 11, 2011
2.5/4 62% Final Destination 5 (2011) The Godfather II it isn't, but for teens with money to burn, there are worse options to curdle blood. ‐ USA Today
Posted Aug 11, 2011
2/4 22% The Smurfs (2011) There are a handful of genuinely sweet scenes in Smurfs promptly undone by adult actors and filmmakers, who must believe that the little blue troublemakers couldn't maintain a film on their own. ‐ USA Today
Posted Jul 28, 2011
3/4 72% Sarah's Key (2011) Unflinching yet poignant, Sarah's Key asks just how deeply you want to delve into your past. ‐ USA Today
Posted Jul 21, 2011
3/4 90% Winnie the Pooh (2011) While his movie doesn't stand a chance at the box office, Pooh succeeds by embracing much of what modern films ... have largely forgotten: old-fashioned movie pleasures. ‐ USA Today
Posted Jul 14, 2011
1.5/4 14% Zookeeper (2011) It's hard to think of a human finding much to laugh about in this wounded beast. ‐ USA Today
Posted Jul 8, 2011
3/4 68% Horrible Bosses (2011) It's over-the-top stuff, to be sure. But Bosses never crosses that line into the macabre. Don't call in sick to this shift. ‐ USA Today
Posted Jul 8, 2011
2/4 33% The Hangover Part II (2011) For all the talent Hangover II reassembles, our boys just can't muster the hair of the dog that bit them the first time around. ‐ USA Today
Posted May 26, 2011