Brian Lowry

Brian Lowry

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Biography:
Contributor, Variety
Publications:
Variety
Total Reviews:
1002

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— 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
—— 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
50% 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
83% 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
20% 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
87% 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
71% 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
50% 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
—— 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
40% Intruders: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Another moody, macabre drama that proves too stingy about disgorging its secrets. " — Variety
Posted Aug 20, 2014
100% Happy Valley: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Not to say the Brits are immune to rolling out clunkers. But the chance to take additional detours also paves the way to an off-the-beaten-track gem like Happy Valley. " — Variety
Posted Aug 19, 2014
100% The Sopranos: Season 5 (TV, 2004) " Worthy of most accolades showered upon it (which is saying something), the long layoff between seasons hasn't dimmed the show's status as one of TV's gems - a family drama like no other, imitated but unlikely to be equaled. " — Variety
Posted Aug 18, 2014
50% 4th and Loud: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The premiere delivers an unexpectedly solid kickoff. " — Variety
Posted Aug 15, 2014
53% BoJack Horseman: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " A series that not-so-boldly goes where seemingly everyone has gone before. It's such a stale premise that even when the series musters the occasional smirk, it feels deserving of a trip to the glue factory. " — Variety
Posted Aug 13, 2014
56% Legends: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Bean is a compelling presence. " — Variety
Posted Aug 12, 2014
100% Black Jesus: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There's a sweetness underneath its scabrous, sacrilegious exterior, as Johnson's Jesus puts his own spin on all the greatest hits while endeavoring to establish a community garden. " — Variety
Posted Aug 7, 2014
87% The Knick: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The barbaric nature of medicine -- evolving though it was -- remains grisly stuff, but once that point's made (and made again), it's tough to see what breakthroughs The Knick has left to offer. " — Variety
Posted Aug 6, 2014
25% Partners: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Watching these two comedy veterans trying to keep such a leaky, woefully flat vehicle afloat is more depressing than nostalgic. " — Variety
Posted Aug 5, 2014
90% Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Whether the show will succeed or fail is impossible to predict, but Outlander has already set itself apart with a story as unique and confident as the woman at its center. " — Variety
Posted Aug 4, 2014
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) " The Honorable Woman certainly doesn't evoke any enmity. The problem, rather, is that it doesn't provide enough thrills or momentum to completely reward the viewing commitment of its friends. " — Variety
Posted Jul 29, 2014
56% Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) " Aside from a few clever moments, the creatives haven't managed to bridge the gap between blood-spurting exploitation and winking genre parody." — Variety
Posted Jul 28, 2014
89% Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Manhattan certainly isn't a bomb creatively speaking, nor is it yet the bomb, in latter-day vernacular. As admirable as some of its elements are, what's missing in the opening hours is the elusive spark necessary to make them genuinely pop. " — Variety
Posted Jul 24, 2014
44% The Killing: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " Despite flashes of what initially made the Danish adaptation so intriguing, this stretch drive can't escape the feeling of a show ready to be put out of its misery. " — Variety
Posted Jul 21, 2014
53% The Lottery: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There's enough to stoke interest in the pilot to hope The Lottery can first become pretty good, and then have a chance to get lucky. " — Variety
Posted Jul 18, 2014
82% Satisfaction: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Unlike the easily diagnosed Rush -- this companion series warrants further monitoring. And while it's premature to say I can't get enough Satisfaction, at this point, I definitely want more. " — Variety
Posted Jul 16, 2014
39% Rush: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The world could do without another "physician heal thyself" protagonist whose renegade image is seemingly summed up by the decision to sport a three-day-growth beard. " — Variety
Posted Jul 16, 2014
56% Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Mostly, it's the age-old fear of married guys that someone is having a lot more fun (and sex) than they are. [Nat] Faxon sells all of that - as well as a nagging concern, in subsequent episodes, about money issues. " — Variety
Posted Jul 15, 2014
79% You're the Worst: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Heavily leaning on Los Angeles as a backdrop, the show mimics an indie-film sensibility, with each of the leads conveying just enough vulnerability to offset their odious ways. " — Variety
Posted Jul 15, 2014
92% The Divide: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There's a corner-cutting quality to the series -- beginning with the casting -- that makes this feel like a decidedly off-Broadway effort. " — Variety
Posted Jul 15, 2014
67% Matador: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " More marketable than watchable, Matador is worth sidestepping. " — Variety
Posted Jul 14, 2014
67% Seed: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Networks can be cut some slack as they cast about for inexpensive programming, and while the show is cheery enough, it's still pretty tempting to throw out this baby with the bathwater. " — Variety
Posted Jul 11, 2014
100% The Almighty Johnsons: Season 1 (TV, 2011) " This Kiwi extract is a cut above. And while the feeling isn't quite like being struck by Thor's proverbial thunderbolt, for a hardy few who don't mind their gods in street clothes, it will be easy to develop a sizable crush on The Almighty Johnsons. " — Variety
Posted Jul 11, 2014
78% Ray Donovan: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Ray Donovan remains somewhat limited in its appeal -- featuring colorful characters, yes, but at times constricted by Ray's cowboy nature, which includes a professional knack for finding weak spots and exploiting them. " — Variety
Posted Jul 11, 2014
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Masters & Johnson returns for a second season with all of its charms intact, juggling an assortment of plots built around sexuality, including the inherent lie in how the principals try to characterize their ongoing affair as "research." " — Variety
Posted Jul 11, 2014
91% The Sopranos: Season 6 (TV, 2006-2007) " Not all The Sopranos' flights of fancy pan out, but it never fails to fascinate, creating a completely organic world in which it's easy to forget the art and artifice that go into realizing Chase's vision " — Variety
Posted Jul 11, 2014
87% The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " At times the portentous dialogue can sound hokey, but for the most part, the slick pilot and three subsequent episodes set the tone for a series with enough of a hook to get under one's skin. " — Variety
Posted Jul 9, 2014
41% Working the Engels: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Think of this as a very, very poor woman's Arrested Development, and as thematically tired as a half-hour comedy can get. " — Variety
Posted Jul 9, 2014
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " "Cute" isn't always a flattering term in TV circles, but it happily applies to Welcome to Sweden. Summer might be the time to try this out, but with any kind of success, NBC could have an appealing utility player for next season. " — Variety
Posted Jul 8, 2014
78% The Hotwives of Orlando: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The half-hour episodes feel a bit like a Saturday Night Live sketch stretched to its limits - fun for a while, then a trifle repetitive. " — Variety
Posted Jul 8, 2014
83% Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Extant feels a bit like a Steven Spielberg greatest (and not-so-greatest) hits album, from "A.I." to, in this case, a close encounter of the reproductive kind. Throw in assorted subplots, and it's certainly an intriguing launch. " — Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2014
88% Finding Carter: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " What sounds like a highly provocative concept quickly devolves into a standard-issue, ABC Family-style soap. " — Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2014
50% Hemlock Grove: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " While a loyal contingent was inclined to give Hemlock Grove the benefit of the doubt in a "So bad it's good" way, watching the opening of the second go-round still tips the scales toward so bad -- and boring -- that it's just plain bad. " — Variety
Posted Jun 30, 2014
80% Vicious: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " McKellen turns out to be the show's not-so-secret weapon. A great actor playing a mediocre one, he's somehow entirely convincing in the part and particularly adept at delivering Janetti's acid-tongued putdowns and sarcastic asides. " — Variety
Posted Jun 27, 2014
46% Reckless: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Other than the accents, the series also seemingly misses a chance to fully capitalize on its locale, talking a lot about where old and new meet in the South without much context, despite CBS' best efforts to make the show feel "sultry," as it's described. " — Variety
Posted Jun 27, 2014
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