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

T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 100% The Dead Center (2019) The film is in tune with the need to remain lucid and empathetic while in the maw of human extremity. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
1.5/4 4% Mary (2019) Mary comes to feel as if lacks a through line, collapsing into a series of disconnected horror-movie beats. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
3/4 76% Low Tide (2019) Kevin McMullin displays a piercing awareness of the tensions that drive the dynamics of adolescent outsiders. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
1.5/4 39% In the Tall Grass (2019) Vincenzo Natali's film divests itself of stakes in the name of total meaninglessness. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/4 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) First Love reveals itself to be an elegant and haunting Takashi Miike film in throwaway clothing. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
2/4 78% Loro (2019) Like most of Paolo Sorrentino's films, Loro is closer to a stylistic orgy than an existential rumination on Italy's heritage. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
2/4 45% Young Ahmed (Le jeune Ahmed) (2019) The Dardennes maintain a distance from Ahmed as a way of celebrating their refusal to reduce him to any easy psychological bullet points. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/4 58% Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, une lumière) (2019) Arnaud Desplechin evinces a glancing touch with showing how social tension and need inform law and crime. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
2.5/4 63% The Sound of Silence (2019) A wonderful high concept is compromised for another story of lonely people learning to connect. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
2.5/4 60% A Girl Missing (Yokogao) (2019) Kôji Fukada adores stray textures that stick in the proverbial throat and free-associatively affirm his characters' rootlessness. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/4 81% The Truth (La vérité) (2019) The tactility of earlier Hirokazu Kore-eda imagery has been traded for a softer, more luscious, nevertheless melancholic dream world. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3.5/4 91% Say Amen, Somebody (1982) Throughout, artists intermingle in scenes that have been rendered with an Altman-esque sense of personal panorama. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
1.5/4 15% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) The film is so clichéd and scattershot as to make Copycat look like Peeping Tom by comparison. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
2.5/4 82% Official Secrets (2019) Gavin Hood wrings suspense out of the parsing of the nuances of evidence and the tapping of mysterious contacts. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/4 99% One Child Nation (2019) Rich in intimate detail, the film attains a more epic power as it burrows deeper into the effects of China's one-child policy. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The film's action is the most extreme encapsulation yet of Dwayne Johnson's bombastic blockbuster work. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
100% Streetwise (1984) Bell proves uncannily adept at capturing moments that seem to encapsulate a subject's entire emotional temperature. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
No Score Yet Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell (2019) Bell proves uncannily adept at capturing moments that seem to encapsulate a subject's entire emotional temperature. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
1.5/4 69% Bottom of the 9th (2019) Raymond De Felitta's film offers a sampler course of formulas, which creates a strangely unfulfilling tension. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
3/4 98% Rojo (2019) It masterfully sustains a sense of "wrongness" that will be felt even by those unfamiliar with Argentina's history. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
2.5/4 93% Sword of Trust (2019) Marc Maron's commanding aura of regret gives the film, despite its missed opportunities, an emotional center. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/4 81% Audition (Ôdishon) (1999) The film is a brutal examination of social isolation and malaise, and the gulf that often exists between men and women. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
2.5/4 69% Three Peaks (2019) The film ably plumbs the fears of a well-meaning man who tries his best to play by the rules of middle-aged courtship. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
2.5/4 77% Nightmare Cinema (2019) The anthology justifies Mick Garris's passion for horror, though he ironically proves to be one of his project's liabilities. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
2.5/4 67% The Quiet One (2019) In the end, the film feels like a sketch that's been offered in place of a portrait. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/4 95% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) The documentary proves that the history and mythology of American jazz is as intoxicating as the music itself. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
2.5/4 60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) Despite a few undeniably intense and lurid moments, the film lacks the pulsating fury of a significant genre work. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2/4 97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) [David] Milch and [Daniel] Minahan fall prey, in a fashion, to the Marvel syndrome, striving so hard to give the audience glimpses of each and every beloved character that they forget to mount a living and breathing, truly present-tense narrative. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 89% Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank (2019) Beautiful loneliness, as the film suggestively reveals, is a texture that Frank knows all too well. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
1/4 17% Perfect (2019) Eddie Alcazar's film is a purposefully inscrutable, wandering, disconnected, symbolic, and highly precious mood bath. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
2/4 70% ANIARA (2019) The filmmakers are interested in world building only as a pretext for maintaining a tone of non-contemplative ennui. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
2.5/4 10% The Professor (2019) The film goes down easy because it saves the self-improvement clichés for the homestretch. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
1.5/4 55% My Son (Mon garçon) (2019) The film seeks to elevate genre clichés by slowing down the speed with which they're typically offered. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2.5/4 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) The film is often quite moving in spite of its evasions, suggesting a real-life Charlotte's Web. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
1.5/4 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) The film essentially indulges in the same act of willful distractedness as Ted Bundy's admirers. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/4 94% Come to Daddy (2019) Ant Timpson's feature debut is a crazed parody of the self-pity inherent in familial resentments. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
1.5/4 64% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Appearing to recognize the flimsiness of her material, Roxanne Benjamin overcompensates with insistent direction. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.5/4 97% Carmine Street Guitars (2019) The film celebrates the thingness of things, as well as the assuring clarity and lucidity that can arise from devotion to knowledge. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
2.5/4 72% Instant Dreams (2019) While it offers an appealingly nostalgic trance-out, it's often short on detail, especially in terms of Stephen Herchen's struggle to create the instant film technology. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2/4 96% Little Woods (2019) Nia DaCosta indulges one of rural quasi-thriller's most tiresome gambits: humorlessness as a mark of high seriousness. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/4 68% Stockholm (2019) Forget Dog Day Afternoon, as the film doesn't even clear the bar set by F. Gary Gray's tense and exciting The Negotiator. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
2.5/4 80% Suburban Birds (Jiao qu de niao) (2019) The film's refusal to commit to its passing fancies is a highly intentional and eventually tiresome declaration of Qui Sheng's arthouse bona fides. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
2/4 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Where Bonnie and Clyde is gloriously tragic, The Highwaymen is blunt and anti-climactically savage, fulfilling as well as somewhat critiquing former Texas Ranger Frank Hamer's bloodlust. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
1.5/4 92% A Vigilante (2019) It conspicuously tries to distance itself from the revenge film's propensity toward florid excess. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
2.5/4 39% The Dirt (2019) Like most biopics, The Dirt crams so many events into its narrative as to compromise the sense that these are real characters in the here and now. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
3.5/4 75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) With his latest, S. Craig Zahler doubles down on the best and worst elements of the pulp film. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2.5/4 95% Buddy (2019) The film is only concerned with dog love, which is occasionally cordoned off by the filmmakers into a sentimental bubble. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
2/4 86% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) Its drawn-out descriptions of culinary traditions and practices are enticing enough, but the same can't be said about the characterizations. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
2/4 80% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) The film quickly settles into a holding pattern of repetitive porno-movie hijinks and increasingly listless murder scenes. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
3.5/4 93% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) The film honors the central paradox of Welles: that he was a joyful poet of alienation who was, like most of us, both victim and victimizer. - Slant Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019