Brian Lowry

Brian Lowry

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Brian Lowry's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Todrick: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "While the show's namesake has a buoyant personality, it's hard to build an entire show around that, even if it runs only 20-some-odd minutes sans commercials. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 28, 2015
No Score Yet Hand of God: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The show strands a good cast, making the 10-episode run feel less like a gripping mystery than a grueling endurance contest. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 26, 2015
64% The Carmichael Show: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Over the course of three episodes, some funny moments do emerge, but too often the writing feels as if it's veering out of its lane to make points instead of doing so organically. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 25, 2015
No Score Yet From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "Some fresh star power (Esai Morales, Danny Trejo) can't escape the sense this show has been kept alive past its expiration date. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 24, 2015
81% Public Morals: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Stick with it past the premiere, however, and the show becomes increasingly rich and watchable through four previewed episodes, thanks to a splendid guest/supporting cast and growing tension surrounding an unsolved murder. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 21, 2015
No Score Yet From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "Yes, the show continues with a mix of characters old and new, but whatever novelty there was has worn off, leaving little worth digesting for all but true genre connoisseurs and diehard fans of director Robert Rodriguez and/or the cultish original. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 21, 2015
100% Survivor's Remorse: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "The show has also developed a strong ensemble, making it a pleasant lark (the awful title notwithstanding) that viewers should enjoy guilt-free. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 20, 2015
53% Blunt Talk: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's an amusing idea, but one that yields diminishing returns. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 19, 2015
86% Documentary Now!: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Despite the occasional chuckle, the jokes seem too inside for their own good. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 18, 2015
74% Narcos: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "All told, this Gaumont production is the kind of binge-worthy TV addiction that Netflix was born to import. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 18, 2015
96% Show Me a Hero: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "A timely, nuanced look at class and race through the prism of events that transpired more than a quarter-century ago, Show Me a Hero is a sobering, spare and meticulously crafted HBO miniseries. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 13, 2015
29% True Detective : Season 2 Episode 8 "Even being charitable toward the absurdly convoluted plot... the payoff felt like a series of scenes featuring characters we either had barely met or hardly remembered. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 9, 2015
No Score Yet Funny or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Building a spoof element into a reality-TV competition seems fraught with peril, but America's Next Weatherman pretty deftly navigates those currents. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 6, 2015
79% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The 90-minute premiere for Fear the Walking Dead... initially feels too much like a snore, narrowly following a single, not-terribly-interesting family, and leaning heavily on musical cues to stoke a sense of suspense. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 5, 2015
20% Mr. Robinson: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "[It] seems destined to test how fast people can operate the remote after America's Got Talent. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 5, 2015
88% Back on Board: Greg Louganis "There is something poignant about the footage of Louganis now (or really, a couple of years ago), making public appearances to scrape by, and finding his way back to a sport he dominated after having removed himself from it. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 4, 2015
9% Fantastic Four (2015) "Feels less like a blockbuster for this age of comics-oriented tentpoles than it does another also-ran -- not an embarrassment, but an experiment that didn't gel. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 4, 2015
25% Significant Mother: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "While the show does possess some energy thanks to the cast, there's such a numbing sameness to the gags. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 31, 2015
85% Difficult People: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Hulu has made only modest noise with original programming, a situation that could change, and should, with Difficult People. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 30, 2015
60% Wayward Pines: Season 1 Episode 10 "When an hour of television is most memorable for its fleeting "The X-Files" tease, something has been lost in translation. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 24, 2015
83% I Am Cait: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Just by openly discussing her life, Jenner has already shed light on the issue, lessening the pressure on this series. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2015
92% Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "That Wet Hot American Summer actually delivers some laughs is, frankly, a bonus, but certainly a welcome one. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2015
34% Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! "Whatever was cute about the first Sharknado... has been blown away amid a tide of corporate synergy, as well as pointless sort-of celebrity cameos. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 20, 2015
42% Tut: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The script doesn't withstand much scrutiny, placing a great deal of emphasis on Tut's legacy, when in fact he's remembered not for what he did but rather what he had - and indeed, the mere fact somebody happened to find it. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 17, 2015
59% Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Fun in fits and starts, the series begins with enough energy to help it coast along, abetted by rock cameos that provide an additional helping of street cred. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 15, 2015
79% The Jim Gaffigan Show: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "There are several funny lines tossed off within the show's banter... but the series also devotes too much time to bits from Gaffigan's squeaky-clean standup act, such as his love affair with bacon and constant preoccupation with what he might eat next. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 14, 2015
33% Impastor: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Ultimately, it feels like one joke stretched far too thin, with the added complication that its jokey approach to religion is likely to offend some people without compensating for that with thoughtful satire. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 14, 2015
79% 7 Days in Hell "Perhaps inevitably for a documentary spoof chronicling an exercise in (albeit fictional) endurance, 7 Days in Hell starts with considerable promise before gradually running out of gas. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 13, 2015
78% The Strain: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "Having settled on a solid core of players after some casualties along the way, the show forges ahead with a strong sense of momentum and vision, as well as an intricate mythology that connects the ancient evil of the series' vampire race... to the past. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 9, 2015
77% Ray Donovan: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "Because Schreiber's character is so brooding and emotionally clenched, though, the series heavily relies on its supporting players and guest stars, which is where the opening salvo feels relatively malnourished. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 9, 2015
74% Masters of Sex: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "Masters of Sex remains a slick vehicle, one that thoughtfully examines the relationship between sex and romance that Masters and Johnson sought to uncoil - far less effectively, it's worth noting, than either of them would care to admit. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 9, 2015
76% The Spoils Before Dying: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "That Williams plays it almost entirely straight while his co-stars ham it up around him doesn't entirely work, but it at least provides a bit of foundation to hang something remotely resembling a story around. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 7, 2015
100% Rectify: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "Anchoring everything is Young's remarkable work in the lead role, playing a man whose impassive demeanor only occasionally hints at his inner turmoil, illustrated in part through the judicious use of flashbacks to his time in prison. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2015
44% Scream: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Once the foul deed happens, though, Scream, perhaps out of necessity, shifts to a more conventional teen-drama mode, introducing an assortment of characters, most of whom, one suspects, should be prepared to get shish-kebabbed before it's all over. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 29, 2015
70% Extant: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "It's a courageous effort, but still looks like a failure to launch. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 29, 2015
100% Last Tango in Halifax: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "Still pleasant enough, one can feel series creator Sally Wainwright laboring a bit, having brought her adorable leads together, as she conjures excuses to drive wedges between them. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 26, 2015
83% Falling Skies: Season 5 (TV, 2015) "Although Falling Skies is a pretty lean, mean, combat machine, with some first-rate visual-effects work, the producers have also incorporated plenty of soapy elements. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 25, 2015
86% HUMANS: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "[Humans] mashes together renegade-robot themes in a manner that feels both derivative and a trifle boring. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 25, 2015
97% Mr. Robot: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "While commercial prospects appear hazy, it's hard to remember the last time USA put on anything more intriguing. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 23, 2015
20% A Deadly Adoption "So with apologies to all concerned, what on Earth was the point of that? " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 22, 2015
70% Another Period: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "There are amusing moments, but the conceit ultimately seems better suited to a Saturday Night Live sketch than another series. Period. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 22, 2015
54% The Brink: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "In terms of frittering around the edges of being worthwhile but not getting there, The Brink is aptly titled. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 19, 2015
87% Poldark: Series 1 (TV, 2015) "Much in the vein of Wuthering Heights, the series mixes class distinctions and romance, offering the kind of classy soap that should help keep Anglophiles' cockles happily warmed between now and more Downton Abbey. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 18, 2015
79% Killjoys: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Frankly, the only moderately ambitious thing about the show is the set design - immersed as it is in brownish hues and grunge - and even that feels borrowed from any number of sources blessed with more expansive budgets or simply a heftier dose of wit. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 17, 2015
80% Ballers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Yet despite knowing the turf, Ballers - premiering at a point when exploitation of athletes and debilitating injuries are very much in the news - isn't savvy enough about its subject matter to leave a mark. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 17, 2015
59% Complications: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Problematic in its depiction of dark-skinned bad guys, the 10-episode season... conjures its share of tension, but feels increasingly strained, until it's finally clear the patient can't be saved. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 16, 2015
50% The Astronaut Wives Club: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "While it's not clear how long the producers can keep the concept aloft, the opening episodes certainly make for a splashy entry. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 16, 2015
57% Proof: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Filled with cliches, the TNT series benefits from the casting of Jennifer Beals in the central role, but handcuffs her with a drab character and dead-end (pardon the pun) concept. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 15, 2015
67% Tyrant: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "This project from Gideon Raff and Howard Gordon suddenly exhibits the potential to become a fairly entertaining one, with the disclaimer that the terrain still contains an abundance of storytelling sand traps. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 15, 2015
65% True Detective : Season 2 (TV, 2015) "Impeccably cast around its marquee stars, the new plot possesses the requisite noir-ish qualities, but feels like a by-the-numbers potboiler. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 12, 2015
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