Brian Lowry

Brian Lowry

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Biography:
Contributor, Variety
Publications:
Variety
Total Reviews:
918

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
56% Black Box: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Black Box is an awful title for a not-much-better show - another "physician, heal thyself" drama, in which bipolar disorder becomes a license to flights of visual fancy and periodic bouts of overacting. " — Variety
Posted Apr 22, 2014
54% Salem: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Although the show establishes some mystery about the depth and nature of the coven this is an awfully familiar brew. And even if there's enough here to merit a charitable second look, the series will likely be operating on a short leash. " — Variety
Posted Apr 17, 2014
—— Californication: Season 7 (TV, 2014) " Alas, the swan-song episodes is emblematic of what's been fun about the show but also the balancing weight of what's wrong with it, including a slightly cloying aspect to the central relationship that makes it hard to care about its outcome. " — Variety
Posted Apr 11, 2014
71% The Bletchley Circle: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Still fun on its own terms, the encore takes an unexpected little gem and transforms it into Murder, She (and She and She and She) Wrote. " — Variety
Posted Apr 11, 2014
98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Boasting a stellar cast and hypnotic tone, is Fargo worth a 10-episode commitment? You betcha. " — Variety
Posted Apr 10, 2014
48% Turn: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " [It] doesn't turn fast enough, alas, to breathe life into its characters or setting... Dense, dank and atmospheric, the series certainly has all the trappings of a prestige cable drama, but lacks the vigor of a first-rate spy thriller. " — Variety
Posted Apr 3, 2014
86% Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015) " The start to the bifurcated final season feels more indifferently paced than most - and thanks to the gradual push further into the 1960s, perhaps too groovy and scattered for its own good. " — Variety
Posted Apr 2, 2014
100% Veep: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " The show does have an unpretentious quality that's somewhat refreshing amid the recent spate of D.C.-centric series. " — Variety
Posted Apr 1, 2014
98% Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " A show that operates at such a consistently high level, from the spectacular cast to the sweeping and diverse backdrops, consistently conjuring a summer-tentpole feel. " — Variety
Posted Mar 31, 2014
67% Deadbeat: Season 1 " Disarmingly funny, conjuring quirky moments as it channels the comedic side of Ghost. " — Variety
Posted Mar 31, 2014
10% Friends With Better Lives: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Naughty but not especially nice, the series should get a jump-start from the "How I Met Your Mother" finale, but after that should leave discriminating viewers looking for a better show. " — Variety
Posted Mar 28, 2014
68% Surviving Jack: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The first two episodes are slight but breezy, and it's at least nice to see Meloni doing something other than grimly circle a chalk outline. " — Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2014
72% The 100: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Parts of the plot and casting fall short, but there are enough elements in this ambitious serial to hope the show doesn't run out of ideas - or air. " — Variety
Posted Mar 18, 2014
66% Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Despite receiving the kiss-off treatment scheduling-wise, there are worthwhile moments here for those who take the full six-episode trip. " — Variety
Posted Mar 18, 2014
100% Da Vinci's Demons: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " The show returns for a second season that ups the ante on swashbuckling and arcane mythology, while continuing to cleverly use the famed artist/inventor's innovations as a blueprint. " — Variety
Posted Mar 18, 2014
61% Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's an intriguing enough premise to warrant continued attention. " — Variety
Posted Mar 13, 2014
96% Silicon Valley: Season 1 " After a string of half-hours seemingly designed for niche tastes that sporadically merit the label "comedy," HBO has its most fully realized and potentially commercial player within that genre in some time thanks to Silicon Valley. " — Variety
Posted Mar 12, 2014
78% From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 1 " The problem is the movie's mashup of two genres worked precisely because it was so compact and silly, whereas stretching it out over 10 episodes, as Rodriguez and company have done, can't help but look pompous and flabby. " — Variety
Posted Mar 11, 2014
—— Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Season 6 (TV, 2014) " Star Wars is always better when it leans toward its darker side, and that's certainly true of the batch of The Clone Wars episodes, dubbed The Lost Missions. " — Variety
Posted Mar 11, 2014
38% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " While it's understandable that NBC would be slightly starstruck over the Abrams-Cuaron pairing, especially with Gravity's success, if that's as good as it's going to get, the network's faith in "Believe" appears to be misguided. " — Variety
Posted Mar 7, 2014
52% Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Resurrection fulfills even half its potential, it could easily become the most compelling drama on an ABC lineup that has become almost comically soapy - with series like "Scandal" and "Revenge" lustily embracing their camp qualities. " — Variety
Posted Mar 7, 2014
0% Saint George: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Grading strictly in terms of comedy, there aren't enough laughs here to overpower a kitten, much less slay a dragon. " — Variety
Posted Mar 5, 2014
73% Sirens: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Given how long USA has been talking about expanding its portfolio to encompass half-hours, this maiden effort just isn't worth sounding any alarms to herald its arrival. " — Variety
Posted Mar 5, 2014
86% Bates Motel: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " [It] returns with similar craziness [to Those Who Kill], while still facing the same pitfalls about being hamstrung by where it fits into the movie's universe. " — Variety
Posted Feb 28, 2014
29% Those Who Kill: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The show is mostly just guilty of a rather mundane form of petty theft - and a decided lack of imagination. " — Variety
Posted Feb 28, 2014
100% Hannibal: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Bryan Fuller's delicate rendering contains enough beautiful images and unexpected moments to operate a little longer, but this little lamb is perched on rickety legs. " — Variety
Posted Feb 27, 2014
65% The Red Road: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The format doesn't entirely work, although it does create enough tension - thanks in large part to the scary, visually imposing presence of Game of Thrones alum Jason Momoa - to pull the audience along through this Road's modest twists and turns. " — Variety
Posted Feb 27, 2014
36% Mixology: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Mixology quickly establishes itself as an inordinately appealing comedy, blessed with quick wit and a promising array of characters. " — Variety
Posted Feb 27, 2014
92% Vikings: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Parlaying its success into a deeper cast, and thrusting ahead in its storytelling with the lusty abandon of a Scandinavian raider, the scripted drama takes big chances... and most pay off. " — Variety
Posted Feb 24, 2014
78% Vikings: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Vikings have always lent themselves to a certain kind of "B" entertainment and this latest iteration proves no exception. " — Variety
Posted Feb 24, 2014
97% The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " A narrative high-wire act, the show remains eminently watchable, in part by pushing the sex-nudity-violence quotient about as far as any basic-cable series can. " — Variety
Posted Feb 24, 2014
25% Mind Games: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Conceptually interesting but rather thin in its Mission: Impossible-type moorings, the show weaves in some unexpected threads but does little to warrant a second thought. " — Variety
Posted Feb 24, 2014
—— Vikings#DEL: Season 2 " Parlaying its success into a deeper cast, and thrusting ahead in its storytelling with the lusty abandon of a Scandinavian raider, the scripted drama takes big chances... and most pay off. " — Variety
Posted Feb 21, 2014
36% Growing Up Fisher: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The premise, in other words, lacks heft, which leaves not much more than admiring Simmons - a highly versatile actor - as he does what he can with gags about his character's insistence on doing things like driving and cutting down trees. " — Variety
Posted Feb 20, 2014
77% About a Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Boy deserves a chance to grow older, if not necessarily up. " — Variety
Posted Feb 20, 2014
67% Dallas: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " The show just appears to be recycling earlier beats, resulting in flourishes that feel more suited to daytime soaps than primetime serials. " — Variety
Posted Feb 19, 2014
50% Happily Divorced : Season 1 (TV, 2011) " It's promotable, surely, in a People magazine way; watchable is something else again. " — Variety
Posted Feb 18, 2014
59% Star-Crossed: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Star-Crossed hinges almost entirely on whether the chemistry between Lanter and Teegarden yields the desired swoons. The impediments thrown in the way of their relationship, while duly soapy, aren't interesting enough to make the supporting players pop. " — Variety
Posted Feb 18, 2014
—— Farmed and Dangerous: Season 1 " What makes [it[ mildly interesting is seeing some of these Occupy Wall Street-type sentiments articulated through the prism of a corporate-commissioned TV show. " — Variety
Posted Feb 18, 2014
40% Cupid: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " Cupid remains a rather wispy premise. " — Variety
Posted Feb 13, 2014
80% The Soul Man: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " High art it's not, but the series should deliver on a level that won't require passing the plate on its behalf. " — Variety
Posted Feb 13, 2014
67% Harper's Island: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " Playing mostly like a twentysomething soap - One Tree Hill if they killed a character or two each week - the episodes are too scattered initially to provoke much curiosity about whodunit. " — Variety
Posted Feb 12, 2014
100% Friday Night Lights: Season 3 (TV, 2008-2009) " Lights proves not only that it's possible to produce a smart drama with teenage characters, but that a series can be better than the movie that spawned it. For that reason and others, this remains an hour to savor until the final pistol sounds. " — Variety
Posted Feb 4, 2014
—— Justice League: War (2014) " Justice League: War loses the battle mostly by biting off more story than it can comfortably chew." — Variety
Posted Feb 3, 2014
19% In the Motherhood: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " Transforming a Web series into a sitcom, In the Motherhood mostly demonstrates that enlarging a picture often does little more than exaggerate its flaws. " — Variety
Posted Jan 31, 2014
88% House of Cards: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Dense and smart, Cards is still partially skating by on reputation - and for Netflix's purposes, that's good enough. " — Variety
Posted Jan 31, 2014
76% The Unusuals: Season 1 (TV, 2009) " Without a firmer base, that template feels wispy. " — Variety
Posted Jan 30, 2014
81% The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: Season 1 " It's still genial company that conveys the warming feel of curling up with a good book, thanks to the anchoring performances by Jill Scott and Anika Noni Rose. " — Variety
Posted Jan 30, 2014
73% Hot in Cleveland: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " Tartly written with good actresses in clearly defined roles, this sitcom hardly breaks new ground but unearths old gags in such unapologetic fashion that it proves reasonably good company. " — Variety
Posted Jan 28, 2014
57% Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Shaken but not particularly stirring, Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond is a better title than a miniseries - a fact-based story that never quite takes flight despite nifty touches, first-rate leads and its World War II backdrop. " — Variety
Posted Jan 27, 2014
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