Brian Lowry

Brian Lowry

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Biography:
Contributor, Variety
Publications:
Variety
Total Reviews:
1036

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
44% Big Driver " Such commercial considerations notwithstanding, in the wake of a recent run of cynical Lifetime movie topics, from Saved by the Bell to Brittany Murphy, Big Driver runs into another creative dead end. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2014
79% Marry Me: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Despite some funny bits and solid supporting players, the writing works a bit too hard at times, like the assertion that the couple is so joined they're like "Paula Deen and the N word." " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 13, 2014
52% Cristela: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " As nice as it is to see another sitcom with dollops of heart built around a real-looking woman, that's about the only thing that distinguishes Cristela from what once occupied these environs back in ABC's "TGIF" days. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 9, 2014
100% Jane the Virgin: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There's a lot going on in the pilot, almost all of it fun and frothy, bringing genuine effervescence to CW's soap bubbles. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 8, 2014
96% The Affair: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Launched behind Homeland, this is the kind of conceptually low-key series with which pay cable sometimes struggles to distinguish itself, but meticulously crafted and cleverly introduced, it's likely to hook a discriminating audience. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 7, 2014
84% American Horror Story: Freak Show (TV, 2014) " Where too many TV series become stale after a season or two, Horror Story has a proven ability to transform itself -- not just season to season, but also episode to episode and sometimes even scene to scene -- built into its creative DNA. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 7, 2014
71% Town of the Living Dead: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " While this represents a lower-octane way to chase after The Walking Dead's footprint than the recent drama Z Nation, it's still a rather uninspired addition to reality TV's hillbilly chic craze, aimed at those apt to swallow anything they see on TV. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 7, 2014
79% Kingdom: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " [It] quickly establishes itself as a solid drama. There are plenty of boxing-movie-type cliches in creator Byron Balasco's series, but DirecTV's latest original still delivers a surprisingly potent punch. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 6, 2014
96% The Flash: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Perhaps the best things this Flash has going for it compared with its predecessor are the current mainstreaming of superhero fare and the liberating freedom that comes with playing on a niche network, where audience demands are considerably smaller. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 2, 2014
15% Mulaney: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Beyond a Seinfeld-like framing device and a couple of self-absorbed pals, the show proves inordinately flat, punctuated by a few moments of silliness that, ultimately, enough to justify still add up to less than nothing. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 2, 2014
93% Survivor's Remorse: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " What makes it work... is primarily the genial camaraderie between Cam and Reggie, and the genuine warmth among the characters. Give part of the credit to director Ken Whittingham, who brings a natural, unforced quality to those scenes. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 2, 2014
18% Bad Judge: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Walsh's mix of comedy chops and sex appeal do as much as an actress could to sell such a role, but even generous acceptance of the show as broad farce makes it difficult to return a favorable verdict. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 1, 2014
82% Homeland: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " Meet the new, improved Homeland. a show that lacks the initial kick the program delivered, but plays like a smart, spare thriller. [It] might never be a truly great series again, but if it stays on this path it will be an eminently watchable one. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 1, 2014
65% Gracepoint: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Setting those not-inconsequential considerations aside, the series is competently executed with Gunn finding a reasonably juicy follow-up to the role of a lifetime. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 1, 2014
20% Stalker: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " [Maggie] Q was great fun in Nikita, but here she and her castmates are stranded amid a tired series of cliches, hitched to a vehicle built on the hope Criminal Minds viewers will be too lazy or inert to push a button. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 30, 2014
No Score Yet Peaky Blinders: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " There's ample drama to be found in this particularly tumultuous moment in British history, and some will no doubt appreciate the unhurried pacing. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2014
29% Manhattan Love Story: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Clearly, though, the whole Venus and Mars thing, explored via internal monologue, is not only a slim conceit, but risks becoming quickly tedious. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2014
56% Happyland: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The show saddles its mix of comedy and soap-like drama with tired, well-telegraphed twists and on-the-nose dialogue. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2014
97% The Walking Dead: Season 5 (TV, 2014) " The Walking Dead opens its fifth season in spectacular fashion, a dazzling adrenaline rush filled with suspense, righteous violence and, before it's all over, genuine emotion. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2014
64% Once Upon a Time: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " It's still surprising the studio would risk such a formidable asset [Frozen] in this manner, but the stunt should help rekindle interest in a program whose happiest days appeared well behind it. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 26, 2014
No Score Yet Resurrection: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " [It] gradually spiraled out of control and now returns seemingly desperate to hit the reset button. Yet the latest contortions don't work, suggesting this is one of those concepts tailor-made to a limited series. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 26, 2014
84% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The jury's still out on this latest [Shonda Rhimes] drama, which features an intriguing foreshadowing device to frame what otherwise feels like a hyper-caffeinated update of The Paper Chase, only with a criminal-law (what else?) twist. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 24, 2014
85% black-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " [It] is only sporadically funny, and while there's ample potential in the concept, even with diminished expectations for the post-"Modern Family" timeslot, it would behoove the series to get a bit better, fast-ish. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 23, 2014
92% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Agents of SHIELD remains a flawed construct, but the less viewers thinks about that, the more they're apt to enjoy it. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 22, 2014
64% NCIS: New Orleans: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Despite conspicuous creole flavoring, this second spinoff looks likely to pick up pretty seamlessly where the L.A. edition left off - with Bakula providing good company, and justice served up faster than street-vendor gumbo. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 22, 2014
100% The Good Wife: Season 6 (TV, 2014-2015) " To those who insist cable has an unfair advantage the CBS drama continues to provide evidence that quality isn't necessarily defined by blood, guts or exposed flesh. All it really takes is brains - and in this case, you don't even have to eat them. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 22, 2014
38% Scorpion: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " While there's something to be said for the brilliant inheriting the Earth, the series feels a little soft for a network with so many chalk-outline hours. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 19, 2014
98% Transparent: Season One (TV, 2014) " Almost instantly achieving a beguiling and bittersweet tone, Transparent represents the sort of breakthrough destined to firmly put Amazon's nascent original programming push on the map. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 18, 2014
56% Forever: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " An oddly uninvolving drama that forces one to contemplate what Castle might look like if the lead character couldn't die. Star Ioan Gruffudd is likable enough, but the rules of the show tend to blunt any emotional attachment. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 18, 2014
67% Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The premiere doesn't bode particularly well for being able to maximize those assets, and as they say in diplomatic circles, the devil is in the details. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 18, 2014
90% Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This looks more like a job for Batman. And since we can't have him, the question is just how long Gotham can get by on smoke, mirrors and coy references without him -- a riddle, frankly, that even the future E. Nygma couldn't solve. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 17, 2014
59% Red Band Society: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The pilot doesn't do enough to establish these archetypal characters - adults or children. And there's cause to doubt whether the show will have the time to effectively bridge that gap. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 16, 2014
50% Deliverance Creek " As presented, it simply feels like Lifetime saw Sparks' name and decided to cast Deliverance Creek into the waters of primetime - with too many paddles rowing in different directions. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 16, 2014
23% The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Whatever good will the series musters with its easy-going tone is squandered not only by the familiarity of its story beats but the haphazard way they're thrown together. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 16, 2014
78% The Mindy Project: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " Frankly, the series still remains a trifle weak in terms of the support staff, and the opener's secondary plot feels even more disposable than usual. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2014
100% New Girl: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " The good news is if you've enjoyed the show in the past - and perhaps felt New Girl lost a bit of its fastball - the kickoff episodes suggest there might be more to like in the year ahead. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2014
100% The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The documentary miniseries is a meticulously crafted and wonderfully executed effort that represents a very good new deal for PBS and its viewers. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2014
53% Z Nation: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " [It] has more guts than brains, essentially trotting out an old-fashioned wagon-train western, with a hardy band running a zombie gantlet trying to reach California. Think of it as the fast-food alternative to Dead's more-flavorful dish. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2014
86% Sons of Anarchy: Season 7 (TV, 2014) " While it will be interesting to see the way Sons tackles loose ends, in terms of how the series explores shades of gray, it looks like it's all over but the shooting. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 8, 2014
33% Utopia: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Yet while raw and weird have certainly yielded dividends in the past, please let's not kid ourselves: If Utopia has any legs at all, it will as a cable-style freakshow, not some grand "experiment" in democracy. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 8, 2014
100% The Chair: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Viewed from that perspective The Chair is certainly an interesting experiment, and probably an intellectual exercise that will give film students plenty to contemplate. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 4, 2014
88% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 (TV, 2014) " Looking even more sweeping and cinematic than usual, the early episodes owe a distinctive debt to "The Godfather" saga, using extended flashbacks to provide insight into the character of Nucky Thompson, while jumping among multiple locales. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 3, 2014
44% Houdini: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Houdini exhibits more fidelity to history than the 1953 movie... but that was, in its own way, wonderfully cornball and cheesy. By contrast, this is dour, grim and labors to get through a second act that clocks in a half-hour shorter than part one. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 28, 2014
93% Justified: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " Justified has a clear sense of its strengths and shrewdly plays to them. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 26, 2014
100% Justified: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Although Justified isn't always mentioned in the same breath with some of cable's most prestigious dramas, last season's twisted alliances and terrific heavies (here's to you, Neal McDonough and Mykelti Williamson) put it on par with many of them. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 26, 2014
56% Selfie: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There's much to be said about social media self-obsession in the digital age, but almost nothing memorable about it in this latest spin. Is it worth watching? With apologies to Prof. Higgins, not on a bet. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 22, 2014
91% Doctor Who: Season 8 (TV, 2014) " It's a skillful tonal balance that defines the best of Doctor Who, and exemplifies the ethos that keeps the series going strong, nodding to the past with all eyes on the future. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 22, 2014
66% A to Z: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Charm is a relatively scarce commodity among this year's new comedies, and A to Z has it. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 21, 2014
86% Breathless: Season One (TV, 2013) " Doctors and nurses have been engaged in soapy doings since broadcasting's infancy, but seldom in a package quite as tantalizing as Breathless. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 21, 2014
43% Intruders: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Another moody, macabre drama that proves too stingy about disgorging its secrets. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 20, 2014
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