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A.A. Dowd
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 40% Irresistible (2020) The problem isn't with Stewart's message but with his delivery system...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
C 43% You Should Have Left (2020) But the movie itself turns out to be a much shoddier bit of carpentry... it builds a ponderous Blumhouse haunted house-one whose "scares" are just hints of a secret the audience will figure out faster than intended.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
C 69% Becky (2020) Green Room did it better.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
C+ 88% The Trip to Greece (2020) At least everyone seems self-aware about how much they're repeating themselves yet again.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
C+ 40% Capone (2020) [I]t's a commanding physical performance in search of a richer characterization, of any sense of who Capone was‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
C+ 88% Spaceship Earth (2020) We get only an abstract sense of what life within Biosphere 2 was really like.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
B- 73% The Wretched (2020) If this really was some lost relic of the VHS era, it'd pass the blind rental test: There is a witch, and she's as creepy as the box art would surely promise.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
B- 85% Sea Fever (2020) Sea Fever becomes a horror movie about someone trying to convince people to stay in quarantine for the sake of everyone else. It's science fiction mostly in the possibility that she could succeed.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
B- 73% The Other Lamb (2020) Set in some indeterminate time and place rarely betrayed by modern technology or dress, The Other Lamb mostly operates in the realm of allegory.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
C+ 71% Vivarium (2020) Domesticity sucks the life out of everyone. But it's thin thematic reward for seeing the wheels behind this performer's eyes grind to a halt.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
C- 55% Resistance (2020) Resistance is like a maudlin Robin Williams vehicle inorganically fused with a by-the-numbers wartime thriller.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
C 31% Bloodshot (2020) But if Bloodshot honestly expects us to invest in the tragedy of Ray's predicament-his transformation into a mind-wiped army of one-Diesel isn't up to the task.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
B- 88% Onward (2020) Onward never really takes flight, even when its winged characters are learning to do just that.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
C- 8% Fantasy Island (2020) Thriller framework aside, Fantasy Island probably works best as a comedy. At least when it's not trying to be one.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
D+ 64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Yes, it's that kind of movie: a nattering chore of a "family" comedy that feels written by committee and directed by indifferent machine.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
C+ 86% The Night House (2020) Unfortunately, the script by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski is clunky-in the convoluted nature of its reveals and also in the sometimes-baffling behavior on display.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
B+ 100% Palm Springs (2020) The film, directed by Max Barbakow and written by Andy Siara, pretty quickly reveals its premise, but there's still a pleasure in experiencing how they let the cat out of the bag.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
C+ 38% Downhill (2020) There's maybe one ideal audience for Downhill, and that's the folks who have never seen or maybe even heard of the much better film on which it's based.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
C- 38% Wendy (2020) Zeitlin has no fresh take on the material... it's the usual clichés about resisting the encroaching disillusionment of adult life, filtered through a "grounded" reboot that leeches all the actual excitement and adventure, the magic, out of the story.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
B+ 91% Promising Young Woman (2020) Promising Young Woman stops short of a truly radical ending, but only just.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
B- 89% Zola (2020) Turns out Twitter might really have been the ideal platform for this anecdote.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
B+ 88% Black Bear (2020) It's often scathingly funny-a dark comic millennial spin on the Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? template, buoyed by three expertly modulated performances and acidic bon mots.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
B+ 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) It's a pleasure to finally join the chorus of praise and see Hittman hit her stride; this is the movie I've been waiting for from her.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
A- 91% The Assistant (2020) [W]hat Green achieves is something like a blueprint of the inner workings of an empire, demonstrating how someone like Weinstein could use the promise of career advancement to make those on his payroll unofficial accomplices.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
B- 72% Summertime (2020) The entire film feels a little like that, gushingly supportive at the expense of any real dramatic tension; it's ultimately more of an everyone's-a-winner showcase than the messy vision of a community it appears to be aspiring towards.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
B- 54% Bad Hair (2020) The impression is of a provocative logline that Simien never quite figured out how to expand into a satisfying movie; once you get the thrust of the story, it's mostly repetitions on a theme.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
C+ 80% VHYes (2020) [T]he real problem with VHYes may be that its two modes don't work well together.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
C+ 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) What's the point in introducing so many interesting new characters and then pushing them through the blueprints of old adventures?‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
B 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 is so fast and light on its feet that it's easy to ignore that it's a pretty minor adventure.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
B- 89% 1917 (2020) [I]t's hard to totally invest in the plight of these frazzled grunts when they're both filmed and characterized like video-game avatars, guided from one "level" to the next.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2019
B- 77% Frozen II (2019) It's almost a reparations story, really, which would be more touching-and interesting-if the sacrifices stuck.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
C+ 67% Krampus (2015) Otherwise, this holiday-season fright flick never leaps far enough outside of its own box; the movie flirts with going full-on monster mash, with really cutting loose, but the mayhem is too little, too late.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
C+ 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Compounding the already considerable disconnect between King's two stories, Doctor Sleep can't always seem to decide if it wants to be its own thing or a kind of throwback fetish object, a tribute to the cult of Kubrick.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
D+ 26% Countdown (2019) Forget cheating death. In Countdown, it's the audience that really gets cheated.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
A- 96% The Irishman (2019) This is the Scorsese of Silence, patient and methodical, and it brings out a subtle agony from De Niro one might have assumed the actor could no longer summon.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
100% Drácula (Dracula, Spanish Version) (1931) Certainly, there's a liveliness here that's noticeably absent from Browning's stiffer interpretation.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
D+ 54% 3 from Hell (2019) It makes you grateful for the laconic Michael Myers (Zombie's or Carpenter's), a psychopath with the common courtesy to shut the fuck up while spilling your entrails.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
C+ 42% The Laundromat (2019) With the exception of one inspired passage involving a family negotiating an uncomfortable secret, the vignettes don't hold much individual interest.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
B+ 94% Bad Education (2019) Cory Finley's Bad Education gets some real dramatic juice out of what became a national story, largely by building itself around a compelling personality.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
C 21% Lucy in the Sky (2019) You're left wondering why anyone would make the astronaut-in-a-diaper movie if they didn't want to make an astronaut-in-a-diaper movie.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
B- 83% Waves (2019) Right from the start, when the camera does 360-degree loops in a moving car while an anthem blares deafeningly on top, Shults treats his narrative as a coat-hanger for a style that's sometimes assaultive, sometimes expressive..‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
C+ 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) True satire challenges and provokes. This one offers free hugs.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B+ 92% Uncut Gems (2019) It's a performance as live-wire exciting as the one the Safdies got out of Robert Pattinson in Good Time. And the movie itself is exhilarating. Just bring a Xanax.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
A 95% Marriage Story (2019) Marriage Story can be as funny, in its sharp observations about behavior... But it's also a drama of startling insight and complexity, so confidently made (and so expertly shot on 35mm) that it evokes the art-house renaissance of the 1970s...‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
B- 68% Joker (2019) Joker may cop its values, aesthetic and philosophical, from other films, but at least it has values.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
B 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) By the end, even the most cynical of viewers may feel like Lloyd, their defenses breached; eyes may roll, but they might well up a little, too.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
A- 97% Knives Out (2019) This, in other words, is one of those mysteries so clever and fiendishly well-engineered that you eventually have no choice but to stop trying to get ahead of it, to simply enjoy the way it plants and payoffs.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
B 85% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) The Truth, like so much of Kore-eda's work, is fundamentally minor; it has one of those slightly maudlin piano scores that he favors, much too blatantly announcing the wistfulness.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
B- 94% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) But while the act of gracefully condensing this big book into a coherent movie is indeed impressive, the truth is that said movie does end up feeling a bit like glorified cliff's notes, albeit ones enlivened by Iannucci's gift for volleying banter.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
B+ 79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) True History Of The Kelly Gang (Grade: B) turns out to be an at-once straightforward and intriguingly unintuitive take on the life of the famous bushranger and Australian folk hero.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019