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
50% 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
63% Extant: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "It's a courageous effort, but still looks like a failure to launch. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 29, 2015
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
74% 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
58% 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
85% 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
79% 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
56% 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
40% The Making of the Mob: New York: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "A lot of notorious names are shown doing bad things during The Making of the Mob, but sitting through the first few hours, it's that stoop-to-conquer mentality, more than anything else, that really seems criminal. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 12, 2015
55% Dark Matter: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Not all of the cabler's dramas are created equal, and Dark Matter feels like it could be a modest cut above. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 11, 2015
81% Odd Mom Out: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Making fun of the 1% might seem like fertile territory right now, but other than the limits on their credit cards, this isn't far removed from the meanie moms on "The New Adventures of Old Christine. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 5, 2015
No Score Yet Murder in the First: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "If the second run of this utility player mirrors the performance of the first, English and Mulligan should be prepared to patrol the streets of San Francisco a while longer. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 5, 2015
97% Hannibal: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "Hannibal is so exquisitely rendered that it's sometimes easy to forget what you're actually watching, at least until an artery opens and blood streams freely and artfully across the screen. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 4, 2015
80% True Detective : Season 1 Episode 8 "The solving of the mystery and faceoff with the creepy killer more than anything brought to mind Psycho. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 4, 2015
97% UnReal: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Strictly as a well-produced drama... UnReal looks like the real deal. So in the parlance of the genre that it parodies, the series deserves to be allowed to continue on its journey for at least a while longer. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 2, 2015
95% Orange is the New Black: Season 3 (TV, 2015) "Sure, the dilapidated facilities at Litchfield are falling apart, but the series is blessed with a concept, with the right stewardship, that's built to last. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 2, 2015
75% The Whispers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The Whispers has a polished feel, enough twists, and moves just well enough to steadily build on its central mystery. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 2, 2015
29% Stitchers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Most viewers, however, will likely feel [the passage of time] acutely while wading through this tired and predictable hour, which centers on a secret program that hacks into the brains of the recently deceased to solve crimes. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 2, 2015
81% Nightingale (2015) "It's a gutsy piece of work, leaving the audience to contemplate the details once it's all over. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 29, 2015
55% Aquarius: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "While the dawning of Aquarius is hardly revolutionary, the show does kick off summer with a provocative, cable-like gamble. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 28, 2015
69% Sense8: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The main problem, simply, is that the show doesn't make much sense. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 28, 2015
55% Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Part of the allure surrounding Monroe, of course - who would be 88 if she were still alive - is that she remains frozen in time, an ageless icon of Hollywood glamour. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 28, 2015
13% 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
27% 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
50% 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
91% 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
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