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
17% Texas Rising: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Watching the first six hours of Texas Rising, a wonderfully cast and otherwise completely wooden miniseries, one has to wonder what inspired the History channel to expand the production from six hours to 10. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 22, 2015
25% Between: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The general look and tone don't incubate much of a desire to slip back behind the show's well-guarded walls. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 13, 2015
52% The Casual Vacancy: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The connections among the various storylines often feel tenuous at best, and Rowling's themes have an exaggerated Dickensian quality... that is timely enough, but also smacks of heavy-handedness. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 28, 2015
100% Penny Dreadful: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "Given the appetite for the genre, a program that's simply unapologetic fun, as this is, can be plenty good, "Penny"-wise. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 28, 2015
48% Grace and Frankie: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "A show featuring septuagenarians beyond the ad-free confines of PBS is... an intriguing patch on the streaming service's programming quilt. It's only too bad, given the talent involved, that the design looks so conspicuously factory-made. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 27, 2015
85% Wayward Pines: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Everything about "Wayward Pines" is tense and spooky from the get-go... down to the old-fashioned rotary phones, which certainly plays into Shyamalan's strengths as a filmmaker. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 24, 2015
No Score Yet The Driver: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "The Driver, despite a few worthwhile twists and turns, mostly feels like a somewhat flat retread. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 22, 2015
83% Orphan Black: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "It's a challenge to lose oneself in the escalating mythology while constantly being reminded of the visual trickery necessary to, say, put several version of her on screen simultaneously, a wrinkle only magnified by the Castor plotline. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 21, 2015
33% Tatau: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Tatau just doesn't leave enough of an impression to get under one's skin. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 21, 2015
60% StarTalk: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "So for now, the cosmic journey from popular podcast to satisfying TV show will have to wait for a different time and place, or maybe an alternate universe. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 21, 2015
50% The Messengers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The Messengers is one of those teasing constructs that elicits more skepticism than enthusiasm, initially revealing little about the nature of the threat or what must be done to prevent it. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 15, 2015
100% Banana: Series 1 (TV, 2015) "Both shows [Cucumber and Banana]... are watchable and fun. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 14, 2015
90% Cucumber: Series 1 (TV, 2015) "Both shows [Cucumber and Banana]... are watchable and fun. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 14, 2015
80% Turn: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "Despite unflinching bursts of violence... the suspense is tempered by the setting and a realization how long the war will drag on, transforming some of the caper aspects into Mission: Impossible (the series, not the movies) in powered wigs and red coats. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 10, 2015
100% Veep: Season 4 (TV, 2015) "The Emmy-winning Louis-Dreyfus remains an inordinately gifted comedic actress... and the role allows her to cut loose in ways that play to those strengths. (Nobody delivers a stream of exasperated invective quite like she does.) " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 10, 2015
100% Silicon Valley: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "Silicon Valley could have gone a variety of routes with its second season, but this one feels about as good as could be expected under the circumstances - finding the most organic and even honest way, ultimately, to hit the reset button. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 10, 2015
97% Game of Thrones: Season 5 (TV, 2015) "Operating on a scale like nothing else on TV, and creatively liberated to play a long game stretching into the future, perhaps no project better distinguishes HBO's status as the leading premium player. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 8, 2015
97% Louie: Season 5 (TV, 2015) "Featuring wild swings in tone, Louis C.K.'s deeply personal, frequently melancholy vision of life opens with what amounts to a mini-masterpiece of awkwardness. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 7, 2015
58% The Comedians: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Dotted with celebrity cameos, the customary exaggerated Hollywood insecurities and an underlying commentary on the generational divide, the show generates enough solid laughs to overcome its arid patches. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 7, 2015
88% Better Call Saul: Season 1 Episode 10 "The goodwill invested in Breaking Bad fostered patience, which was largely required to reach Monday's finale... which pointedly marked the moment when Jimmy shed any higher aspirations and decided to embrace an anything-for-a-buck mentality. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 7, 2015
58% A.D. The Bible Continues: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The pace helpfully quickens over the first two episodes, charting the resistance to the Roman occupiers and appearances by Jesus (Juan Pablo Di Pace) to his understandably shocked disciples. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 3, 2015
30% Happyish: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The premiere and a subsequent episode play like a slightly less angst-ridden companion to HBO's Togetherness, with a higher comedy quotient - though one that still leaves [it] waffling somewhat charitably in the zone of "goodish." " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 3, 2015
55% American Odyssey: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "First-rate casting can't obscure the been-there, seen-that sensation, which doesn't spur much curiosity about how these tentacles connect or offer much hope the show will last long enough to find out. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 3, 2015
40% The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Granted, this might not be the most elevated fare in Lifetime's lineup. But based on reaction to the movie and the prospect of reuniting a star with such a promotable concept, it's hard to fault the network for taking another whack at it. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 3, 2015
100% Wolf Hall: Series 1 (TV, 2015) "Anchored by Mark Rylance's towering central performance, Wolf Hall is a very quiet Masterpiece, visiting the court of King Henry VIII minus the perfume and airbrushing associated with something like The Tudors. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 3, 2015
98% Marvel's Daredevil: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Dark, brooding and violent, the slickly produced series casts the blind hero as Marvel's version of Batman, a masked vigilante as apt to get roughed up himself as pummel the bad guys. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 3, 2015
93% Sinatra: All or Nothing at All: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Gibney's meticulous production employs an intriguing, more visually engaging style of incorporating talking heads while drawing heavily on concert footage and Sinatra interviews. Simply put, one needn't be a huge fan to start spreading the news. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 2, 2015
33% The Dovekeepers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Designed to play as a moving adaptation of Alice Hoffman's bestseller, The Dovekeepers is more of a wounded duck. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2015
85% The Walking Dead: Season 5 Episode 16 "if ever there was a show that didn't need to fear the Reaper it's this one. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2015
42% Weird Loners: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "This latest Fox comedy falls into that middle realm of nothing special, featuring a quartet of quirky characters, all in their mid-30s, each of whom remains single for his or her own reasons. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2015
96% Younger: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Not perfect but highly watchable, it's the kind of signature program that should appeal to its target audience, and perhaps even help chart the Viacom-owned network's course from Hot in Cleveland to whatever comes next. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2015
No Score Yet Full Circle: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "While the format dictated the smallish scale the first time around, opening up the conceit slightly just leaves the show feeling a tad claustrophobic. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 25, 2015
73% Big Time in Hollywood, FL: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The 10-episode order isn't exactly highbrow, but contains enough laugh-out-loud moments to indeed put co-creators Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf well on their way to the big time. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 25, 2015
75% Being Mary Jane: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Picking up where a high-rated TV movie left off, it's hardly ground-breaking material, but Union proves good enough company to pull it off, giving BET a credible shot at becoming a more significant player in the scripted game. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 20, 2015
18% One Big Happy: Season 1 (TV, 2015) ""One Big Happy" is one of those calculated illusions - a series that tries to appear forward-thinking and edgy by tackling the evolving definition of family and parenting, only to filter those elements through a musty sitcom template. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 16, 2015
58% Drunk History: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "The whole exercise has a distinct homemovie feel to it - a small-ball mentality suited to short bursts on the Web, perhaps, but an utter waste of empty, dimwitted calories blown up and out for television. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 13, 2015
28% The Royals: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "In terms of garnering attention, no argument here, Mum. As for being anything more than a commoner in the increasingly crowded world of scripted drama, well, let's just say that smell isn't supermodel. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 13, 2015
91% iZombie: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "While the concept and source material should spark some curiosity, let's just say Liv isn't the only one likely to be left feeling hungry for more brains. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 12, 2015
100% Better Call Saul: Season 1 Episode 6 "The series took what feels like a quantum leap forward with its sixth episode, which both further cemented ties to its beloved predecessor and finally unleashed one of the show's not-so-secret weapons that had largely been held in check. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 10, 2015
66% The Returned (US): Season 1 (TV, 2015) ""The Returned" is meticulously produced and well matched with lead-in "Bates Motel." " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 5, 2015
95% American Crime: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "American Crime compels the audience to think by finding sympathy for its key players, seeking shades of gray beyond media labels like "criminal" and "victim." " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 4, 2015
35% CSI: Cyber: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "While the threats might involve the high-tech world of hacking, CSI: Cyber is just plain hackneyed. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 4, 2015
30% Dig: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Those less inclined to accept on faith - either due to the auspices or a lack of patience - that "Dig" is leading somewhere can be forgiven for rolling their eyes at another show that promises to threaten "everything we believe in." " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 4, 2015
84% The Last Man on Earth: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Like the fate of humanity within the series, while the future certainly isn't hopeless, neither does it look particularly bright. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 27, 2015
95% Battle Creek: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It represent[s] a modest spin on its crime-procedural niche, recognizing that the genre needs to evolve as its core viewers move further up the demo ladder. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 26, 2015
36% Secrets and Lies: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Bringing viewers to the show will likely be a challenge for the network, but those who do sample the opening hours should be intrigued enough to want to see where the trail leads. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 26, 2015
70% The Jack and Triumph Show: Season One (TV, 2015) "Triumph (a.k.a. Robert Smigel) still yields a few belly laughs, but casting a dog puppet in a multi-camera sitcom, even with throwback references and meta jokes, proves just a bit too ALF for its own good. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 26, 2015
94% Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The more immediate concern should be whether its [Netflix] subscribers will be equally enthusiastic about a menu item that feels a bit too much like NBC's leftovers -- worth tasting, perhaps, but not binge-ing. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 19, 2015
24% The Odd Couple: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Good casting provides some hope, but this still feels oh-so-20th century. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 17, 2015
100% Vikings: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "While this is essentially the popcorn version of a quality serialized drama -- with more overt appeal to men than most -- Vikings is the sort of nifty endeavor that can give the idea of shamelessly marauding in search of loot a good name. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 17, 2015
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