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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
3.5/4 40% My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) Girlfriend skewers both superhero films and romantic comedies. And it does so with surprising deftness; Girlfriend is not only the funniest film of summer; it may be the best superhero film since Spider-Man.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2006
3.5/4 77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) Menacing and meditative, Hallows is arguably the best installment of the planned eight-film franchise, though audiences who haven't kept up with previous chapters will be hopelessly lost.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2010
3.5/4 88% Let Me In (2010) Despite being about vampires, Let Me In can feel chillingly real.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2010
3.5/4 86% 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
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2012
3.5/4 94% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2012
3.5/4 84% The Short Game (2013) Like its half-pint stars, The Short Game stands on the cusp of brilliance.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2013
3.5/4 87% Chef (2014) Don't fill up on concessions if you catch Chef. You're going to want to eat afterward, even with a belly full of popcorn.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted May 8, 2014
3/4 75% Monster House (2006) The movie treats children with respect. Monster's pre-teens are sarcastic, think they're smarter than their parents and are going crazy over the opposite sex.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2006
3/4 80% 1408 (2007) A faithful and creepy adaptation of [King's] 2002 short story.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2007
3/4 51% 30 Days of Night (2007) 30 Days of Night manages to do for the vampire genre what 28 Days Later did for the zombie flick: give age-old monsters a modern-day makeover.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2007
3/4 55% Eagle vs Shark (2007) Eagle vs. Shark is the kind of movie Hollywood should make but rarely does.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2007
3/4 78% You Kill Me (2007) Surely there aren't many emotionally fragile mobster stories left in the Hollywood arsenal. But at least Kill is a pretty good shot with the laughs.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2007
3/4 81% Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) It may not tread new narrative ground, but Panda echoes some worthy tales that parents heard a long time ago at a theater far, far away.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted May 26, 2011
3/4 86% Unstoppable (2010) Unstoppable gathers steam with a plot that's predictable but plausible and a few old-school-filmmaking flourishes that churn the picture forward.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2010
3/4 67% The Company Men (2011) It's simple stuff, but the movie's heart is in the right place.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2011
3/4 42% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2011
3/4 67% Scenic Route (2013) It begins with energy, dulls in the middle stretches but redeems itself with a final destination that makes the trip feel worth it.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2013
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
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 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
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2011
3/4 25% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) The series is finding momentum as it nears its finale.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2011
3/4 91% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2011
3/4 69% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2011
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
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2012
3/4 73% Everything Must Go (2011) If he isn't careful, Will Ferrell is going to become a bona fide actor.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted May 12, 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
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2011
3/4 77% Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012) Sarandon is worth leaving home for, even if Jeff won't.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 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
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2012
3/4 88% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2012
3/4 64% To the Arctic (2012) Unless you're rich, it may be the closest thing to being there.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2012
3/4 59% Hellion (2014) Though some characters go underdeveloped, Hellion marks one of Hollywood's most realistic examinations of rural high school angst since Friday Night Lights, another teen drama set in Texas.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 78% The Grandmaster (2013) An historical opus that is equal parts ballet and biography, though the second component pales in comparison with the first.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2013
3/4 57% Hercules (2014) Johnson was born for this kind of kick-butt-with-a-smirk role. In one scene, he appears to throw a charging horse over his shoulder, and it somehow doesn't look hokey.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/4 90% Inequality For All (2013) Directed by Jacob Kornbluth, Inequality works by avoiding most of the political minefields that have made the economy mulch for partisan consumption.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2013
3/4 75% Lone Survivor (2014) The story is nothing short of miraculous.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2013
3/4 61% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) Not only stands as the best installment (by bounds) of Johnny Knoxville's hidden-camera franchise; it's one of the sharpest comedies of the year.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/4 81% Fed Up (2014) Fed Up will change the way you look at junk food. Or at least the companies that peddle it.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted May 8, 2014
3/4 83% Cold in July (2014) Has enough nods to classic capers to make for effective pulp fiction - and revive Don Johnson's career.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted May 22, 2014
2.5/4 12% Little Man (2006) Give the Wayans brothers some credit. For a movie that could have fallen flat on its infantile face, Man scores some points for thinking big.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2006
2.5/4 37% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) Once you accept that Fantastic Four is not trying to be anything deeper than popcorn fare, the ride can be fun -- with an ending more satisfying than Spider-Man 3.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2007
2.5/4 90% Rescue Dawn (2007) As prison-break movies go, Rescue ranks among the best.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2007
2.5/4 55% Vacancy (2007) It's welcome to see another movie that relies more on apprehension and suspense than torture chambers. Vacancy might not get Mr. Hitchcock smiling from above. But he won't be spinning in his grave, either.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2007
2.5/4 70% Paul (2011) It's not out of this world, but Paul is just spacey enough to convince us the truth is out there. And buzzed.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2011
2.5/4 5% The Last Airbender (2010) He hasn't mastered the craft yet, but M. Night Shyamalan may be on to something with this action-movie thing.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2010
2.5/4 71% Hanna (2011) Too concerned with looking adult than being mature, and that's a death sentence for an action wannabe.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2011
2.5/4 63% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2011
2.5/4 47% Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (2011) None of it amounts to belly-aching laughs, but Rodrick clicks in much the way A Christmas Story became a cult hit, by viewing the world through the eyes of an ordinary kid.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2011
2.5/4 78% A Dangerous Method (2011) As a biographical film, Method gives real insight to its subjects, especially Jung.‐ USA Today
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2011
2.5/4 34% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) Despite its factual dismemberment of the movie's namesake, Hunter bristles as summer action fodder. Honest.‐ USA Today
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 31, 2012
2.5/4 38% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2011