Brian Lowry

Brian Lowry

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Biography:
Contributor, Variety
Publications:
Variety
Total Reviews:
966

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—— 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
—— 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
67% 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
100% 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
100% 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
79% 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
44% 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
84% 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
—— Hotwives of Orlando: Season 1 " 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
84% 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
86% 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
—— 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
57% 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
90% 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
64% The Last Ship: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " So as starts go, this one picks up speed, but still feels a little rocky. That said, there's enough here to want to hang around for a spell, waiting to see whether this crew can find its sea legs - and what dangers lurk just over the horizon. " — Variety
Posted Jun 19, 2014
50% True Blood: Season 7 (TV, 2014) " People can debate when True Blood's creative rigor mortis officially set in but suffice it to say this once-significant and hugely lucrative HBO series limps into its seventh and final season looking pretty anemic. " — Variety
Posted Jun 18, 2014
40% Dominion: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Even those familiar with the movie might find the 90-minute opener dizzying, as well as unevenly acted (to put matters kindly) and derivative in the extreme. " — Variety
Posted Jun 18, 2014
94% Rectify: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " The little series that could, Rectify is such a wispy construct, where events unfold so languidly, it's a puzzle why the hours fly by and prove consistently compelling. " — Variety
Posted Jun 16, 2014
83% The Escape Artist: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " The Escape Artist is a thriller without much in the way of thrills, but it wriggles out enough twists - and the pleasure of David Tennant and Sophie Okonedo - to lure an audience blessed with the patience to enjoy this kind of languidly paced crime drama. " — Variety
Posted Jun 12, 2014
73% Chasing Life: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This youthful drama feels well suited to ABC Family, with an appealing lead in Italia Ricci and enough soapy doings to keep its audience intrigued, despite clunky moments and another groan-inducing screen representation of newspaper life. " — Variety
Posted Jun 9, 2014
73% Murder in the First: Season 1 " The previewed hours establish the series as crisp and watchable, while perhaps shrewdly shifting and expanding the earlier show's lens from defense attorneys to the detectives assigned the case. " — Variety
Posted Jun 6, 2014
44% Power: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Violent, sexy and slick, the show mostly feels like it's sampling riffs from movies and TV of yore. " — Variety
Posted Jun 4, 2014
100% The Wire: Season 5 (TV, 2008) " Based on the seven episodes previewed, it's every bit as cynical, riveting and brilliant as the four flights that preceded it - a searing look at the decay of a major American city that puts most of what's on television to shame. " — Variety
Posted Jun 4, 2014
79% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Despite its assets, though, the series still feels more like a programmatic reboot of familiar themes than anything shiny, new and next-gen. " — Variety
Posted May 29, 2014
61% Crossbones: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Ultimately, though, a series has to deliver more than just a favorable deal. So whenthe Crossbones flag comes into view, it's probably wise to high-tail it in the other direction, for all the wrong reasons. " — Variety
Posted May 29, 2014
38% Undateable: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Sporadically funny, this Bill Lawrence production is unpretentious, but ultimately tedious. " — Variety
Posted May 29, 2014
20% The Night Shift: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This Lone Star series (in more ways than one) could hardly be more forgettable. " — Variety
Posted May 29, 2014
93% The Normal Heart (2014) " A character-oriented drama with theatrical talent and values that would face challenges finding much purchase at the modern-day multiplex. The result is a movie, for mostly better and sometimes worse, that wears its heart on its sleeve." — Variety
Posted May 21, 2014
41% Gang Related: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Taking an unfortunate page from Fox's The Following, Gang Related almost revels in a level of carnage where life is decidedly cheap, and the bad guys, drawn into a turf war, think nothing of shooting up whole neighborhoods. " — Variety
Posted May 21, 2014
97% Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " What felt fresh about Orange Is the New Black has quickly gone a bit stale. " — Variety
Posted May 15, 2014
79% Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Solidly entertaining, well cast and oozing with atmosphere, it's a shrewd genre stab for the network. " — Variety
Posted May 8, 2014
31% Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Steeped in gore but deprived of atmosphere, this update on the Satanic classic suffers from its contemporary setting and attendant improvements in obstetrics, while feeling closer in tone to a remake of The Omen than of its namesake. " — Variety
Posted May 7, 2014
75% DCU: Son of Batman (2014) " As adept as the animation unit usually is at bringing the tone of the comics to the screen, at times this feels like a sitcom premise." — Variety
Posted May 2, 2014
92% Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " The first batch of episodes [are more] scattered than ever...generally advancing the grim worldview that while death is inevitable, the indignities associated with life aren't necessarily a more desirable alternative. " — Variety
Posted May 1, 2014
84% 24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014) " This 24 revival seems motivated by more pragmatic and mercenary considerations: trying to wring a few more nuggets out of a played-out goldmine. " — Variety
Posted May 1, 2014
75% 24: Live Another Day: Season 1 " This 24 revival seems motivated by more pragmatic and mercenary considerations: trying to wring a few more nuggets out of a played-out goldmine. " — Variety
Posted Apr 30, 2014
46% The Comeback: Season 1 (TV, 2005) " Kudrow is gifted and believable enough to sell Valerie as more than just her alter ego. " — Variety
Posted Apr 29, 2014
—— All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State " HBO's warmly felt doc isn't a hard-hitting look, but it does give the late Texan a curtain call she no doubt would have relished." — Variety
Posted Apr 29, 2014
76% Playing House: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Obviously, the birthing process in TV can be difficult. But at this point, Playing House looks more like a rental than the kind of show destined to put down roots. " — Variety
Posted Apr 29, 2014
58% Bad Teacher: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Graynor's dilettante is consistently good company, even if the show's prospects of striking the Nielsen mother lode look iffy. " — Variety
Posted Apr 24, 2014
25% Black Box: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Black Box is an awful title for a not-much-better show - another "physician, heal thyself" drama, in which bipolar disorder becomes a license to flights of visual fancy and periodic bouts of overacting. " — Variety
Posted Apr 22, 2014
54% Salem: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Although the show establishes some mystery about the depth and nature of the coven this is an awfully familiar brew. And even if there's enough here to merit a charitable second look, the series will likely be operating on a short leash. " — Variety
Posted Apr 17, 2014
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