Brian Lowry

Brian Lowry

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Biography:
Contributor, Variety
Publications:
Variety
Total Reviews:
994

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
42% 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
80% 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
—— 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
39% 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
40% 4th and Loud: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The premiere delivers an unexpectedly solid kickoff. " — Variety
Posted Aug 15, 2014
46% 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
58% 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
89% 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
77% 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
91% 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
75% 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
82% Girl Meets World: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Tediously self-referential and sweet to the point of cloying, the show has an appealing lead in Rowan Blanchard, which, based on past performance, might be enough. " — Variety
Posted Jun 27, 2014
62% Under the Dome: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Ultimately, the premiere -- while moving along briskly enough -- doesn't add much of anything to the audience's understanding of the show's fundamental mystery. " — Variety
Posted Jun 26, 2014
100% Last Tango in Halifax: Season 2 (TV, 2013) " The audacity of building a show around a couple in their 70s is so refreshing in this age of demographic pandering that it probably does more to brand Last Tango in Halifax as "public television" than virtually any other attribute in the program. " — Variety
Posted Jun 26, 2014
69% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The Leftovers, despite a big-name cast that includes Amy Brenneman and Liv Tyler, at times feels like less than the sum of its parts. " — Variety
Posted Jun 25, 2014
38% Taxi Brooklyn: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Before it's over, the show has detoured into nonsense about her taxi-driving co-star's immigration status and the unsolved murder of her [Chyler Leigh] father and, oh for the love of God, who cares? " — Variety
Posted Jun 23, 2014
60% Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's a solid but not particularly distinguished effort, one that requires a significant suspension of disbelief to explore its insights about the Middle East, and the nature of the strongmen who have held sway there. " — Variety
Posted Jun 23, 2014
100% Falling Skies: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " Based on the first few hours it would be premature to suggest the sky is falling. But as the producers labor to manage and advance all the show's moving parts, they appear to have lost a couple of battles. " — Variety
Posted Jun 19, 2014
82% Almost Royal: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The idea of foreign visitors asking their U.S. hosts impertinent or insulting questions would seem to be pretty well exhausted. Yet Gamble and Hoggart manage to strike just the right tone without coming across as mean-spirited - which is no small feat. " — Variety
Posted Jun 19, 2014
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