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A.A. Dowd

A.A. Dowd
A.A. Dowd's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): AV Club, Time Out, Time Out Chicago

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 84% Green Book (2018) Intentionally or not, it flatters the delusion that racism, in its ugliest form, is more of a past-tense problem.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
C 39% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Newt, meanwhile, never conveys anything resembling an impure impulse. He's as tame as the cuddliest beasts stuffed into his suitcase, and even less than fantastic than the series he headlines.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
B- 100% The Grief of Others (2018) It's every bit as human-scaled as the filmmaker's other work-but also, in its noble restraint, a little less involving.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
C+ 57% Caniba (2018) "I can't stomach this anymore," Jun eventually remarks, as his brother pages through his illustrated confession. That makes all of us.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
B 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) The split point of view, coupled with a wealth of ripped-from-experience details, is a welcome approach to a subject so frequently explored that you're lucky to get a drop of fresh insight out of it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
C- 79% 22 July (2018) What a perverse niche Paul Greengrass has carved out for himself.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
56% The Exorcist III (1990) Against his will, Blatty added the sound-and-fury finale, and it's easily the weakest aspect of his movie. But that's mainly because everything that comes before it is so hauntingly understated. ‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
B 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Like most omnibus projects, the results are something of a mixed bag, though the peerless craftsmanship lends the whole project a certain cohesiveness.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
B- 70% Hold the Dark (2018) If Hold The Dark lacks the sheer razor-wire tension of Saulnier's earlier crime-horror corkers, it still knows how to make the carnage count-to force us to experience, on a gut level, every casualty.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
B 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The film never sticks the Western in quotation marks, never condescends to the genre with a wink.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
B- 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) As one might expect, it's not [Moore's] most focused act of impassioned muckraking.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
B+ 53% Sunset (Napszállta) (2018) History as a plunge into the choppy fray.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
A- 93% Transit (2019) Anyone who appreciates cinema's underrated capacity to confound-to really sabotage our understanding of what's transpiring -will get a rush from the way Petzold constantly shifts the ground underneath our feet.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
A- 91% Widows (2018) One might... call it a throwback to a richer era of American studio movies, except that the story also feels attuned to a very contemporary anger, aimed at powerful men and the corrupt systems that sanction their abuses.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
B 90% A Star Is Born (2018) Gaga keeps the film's heart pumping. She's down-to-Earth and radiant-in other words, every bit as good as everyone has been saying.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
A- 99% Roma (2018) When looking to the past of history books or our own memories, individuals can recede into the fabric. Roma refocuses our attention...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
B+ 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) If the film lacks Moonlight's sheer expressive power and primal simplicity, Jenkins is reaching further this time, telling a bigger story than the heartbreak and alienation of one taciturn kid.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
B 85% High Life (2018) In terms of mood, cosmetics, and rhythm, it's a worthy addition to the great filmmaker's canon.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
A- 88% First Man (2018) Chazelle has made a grippingly nitty-gritty procedural that sees the space race as a window into Armstrong's unknowable mind, an inner space as mysterious as the outer one he blasts himself into.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
C 79% Halloween (2018) Just another pale imitation, another bad Halloween sequel watering down the fear factor of the original.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
B- 33% The Predator (2018) Black has captured the spirit of that bygone era of adrenaline-junkie junk without getting all retro-fussy about it.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
B+ 90% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) An affectionate and especially laidback crime lark, one whose power hinges almost entirely on the audience's relationship with other movies.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
C+ 58% Outlaw King (2018) Overall, Pine comes across more like captain of the Lacrosse team than outlaw king...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
B+ 65% The Little Stranger (2018) The movie, like towering Hundreds Hall, casts its own foreboding spell.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
C- 23% Mile 22 (2018) In almost all respects, but especially structurally, Mile 22 is a mess.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
C 68% Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) A more mean-spirited and tongue-in-cheek B-movie than its predecessors, closer in proudly "politically incorrect" spirit to something that East Coast grindhouse rival Troma might vomit out.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
B 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Decker has real vision. It's exciting to imagine her turning it on something other than her own process.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
D+ 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) The Darkest Minds is such a formulaic hodgepodge of secondhand plot points that it can't help but feel like an insult to its target demographic: just another case of adults trying to manipulate kids, this time by bilking them out of their allowance.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
A- 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) A breathlessly exciting action spectacular: the blockbuster spy thriller as sustained endorphin rush.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
B 58% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) How can you not get a chill of wicked pleasure from a movie that builds dread from the Facebook message notifications that drop down from the upper righthand corner of the screen?‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
C- 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) Hiring Denzel to play him is a lot like paying Frank Gehry to design your doghouse: He'll get the job done, and probably do it really well, but surely his talents could be much better applied to almost any other task?‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2018
B- 53% The First Purge (2018) Most horror movies channel contemporary anxieties. For a good hour and a half, this one at least tries to cathartically purge them.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
50% Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) "I do not see myself as a footnote to someone else's life," Kidman says in the movie's final minutes. The preceding two and a half hours beg to differ.‐ Time Out Chicago
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
C 63% Uncle Drew (2018) For a movie based on a soda campaign, Uncle Drew isn't that bad. It's got some solid comic alternates...but only those who find the idea of slam-dunking geriatrics deeply, inherently hilarious will be able to resist dunking on Uncle Drew.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
B- 55% Tag (2018) Funny is funny, and Tag gets by, appropriately enough, on the personalities of its stars...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
B+ 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) A sparkling contraption of an animated comedy, funny and often wondrous in its midcentury-modern vision of an alternate America frozen in the amber of a bygone idealism.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
B- 75% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2018) It's the kind of film you could more readily imagine spooled up on the screen of a dingy, rundown red light district theater than in Cannes' lavish Lumiere Theatre. It's all part of its scrappy charm.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
C+ 74% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) The kind of social-issue sadness pile that confuses nonstop hardship for drama, begging for our tears at every moment.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
B 58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Mitchell is taking a big swing with his third feature, trying something not just new but also more unconventional, ambitious, and even potentially off-putting.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
C+ 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) It's...like von Trier is arguing with himself, locking us into a debate between his ego and his self-loathing, his confidence and his self-doubt.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
B- 76% Dogman (2018) The lead performance, from the mostly unknown Fonte, is a small symphony of crumbling ingratiation: the portrait of a good man trying to cling to his principles in the face of stubborn, selfish immorality.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
A- 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) A slow dramatic simmer that intensifies gradually over two-and-a-half perfectly measured hours, until it reaches a shocking and powerful crescendo.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
C+ 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Struck me as intellectual property unconvincingly arranged into the shape of a movie.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
B+ 71% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2018) Asako I & II ultimately works as a mellow date movie with some big insights about relationships-accessible and artful, a combination that should be more common, honestly.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
B 88% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) Though gently outraged in its portrait of class divisions, Happy As Lazzaro mostly takes its tonal cues from the eponymous character's comically gentle, trusting nature.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
B+ 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Rat-a-tat zeitgeist entertainment that feels as timely as breaking news.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
B 97% Thunder Road (2018) Cummings, who also wrote and directed the film, has delivered a remarkable tragicomic performance in the lead.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
A- 90% Climax (2018) More brilliantly deranged, in its microscopic vision of society in collapse, than anything the director has ever inflicted on us.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
B 94% 3 Faces (2018) There's...plenty to chew on in this lovely film, which fights for the liberation of multiple parties, the maker and his subjects.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
C 33% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Thinly topical dystopian mush.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018