Brian Lowry

Brian Lowry
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Contributor, Variety
Publications: CNN.com, Variety

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) While time is likely on the side of its leads, their chemistry only goes so far in what feels, finally, like a half-baked movie. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
88% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) [It] certainly follows that script -- or rather, lack of one -- delivering adrenaline-fueled thrills, before fatigue creeps into the unrelenting mayhem about halfway through. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
93% What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) He was, indeed, the greatest, and while "What's My Name" clearly portrays those qualities, as constructed, it's merely pretty good. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
65% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Detective Pikachu isn't that bad, and the movie arrives helpfully armed with a couple decades worth of equity and goodwill; still, once you've gotten your fill of its wisecracking namesake, even grading on a curve, it isn't good. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
68% Wine Country (2019) Wine Country goes down like a decent pinot grigio -- something that might not be a medal winner, but which isn't half bad. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Efron not only bears a striking resemblance to Bundy... but deftly captures the off-kilter nature of his demeanor... That doesn't elevate the material, necessarily, as much as it does add to the queasiness watching it. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
100% The Last Survivors (2019) The Last Survivors... is the stronger of the two. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) Perhaps what "Knock Down the House" does best, in that context, is highlight the enormous odds that Ocasio-Cortez had to overcome, as well as the dismissive nature of her opponent, the congressional veteran Joe Crowley. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
77% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) The Inventor is one of those documentaries that -- unlike The Edison -- really gets under your skin. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Having set up a formidable task and then some with the finish of "Infinity War," "Avengers: Endgame" rises to the challenge, delivering an epic finale that proves immensely satisfying. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
16% Hellboy (2019) Once that sort-of novelty wears off, what "Hellboy" isn't, consistently, is much fun. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
63% Native Son (2019) Native Son vividly revives a seminal book, and once the movie and audience get their bearings, proves as thought-provoking as it is heartbreaking. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) Truth be told, though, one wishes the movie had a little more heft to it. It's fine, even welcome, to see a superhero exult in his abilities, and on that level, "Shazam!" is generally fun. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
57% The Highwaymen (2019) Everything about it, however, smacks of an old-fashioned TV movie, and a pretty mediocre one at that. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
83% The Brink (2019) While "The Brink" should hold some interest for those inside the cable-news bubble, selling it to a broader audience is a different kind of barrier, one that Klayman doesn't quite clear. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo achieves a minor miracle, taking a challenging animated classic and completely refashioning it into an effective, often-charming live-action movie. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
100% Roll Red Roll (2019) Some of the most disturbing material in "Roll Red Roll" comes via audio from a sports radio show. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
93% Screwball (2019) [It] brings a lighter touch and almost satirical approach to what's been described as the biggest illegal steroid scheme in pro sports history. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
94% Us (2019) Us is a solid, almost old-fashioned thriller. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
54% Five Feet Apart (2019) Offers a solid showcase for its young leads, Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse, while laboring to flesh out a complete movie. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
33% Wonder Park (2019) Wonder Park feels like the kind of mild attraction that younger kids might enjoy when it hits secondary platforms. It's just not an adventure that's worth the price of a ticket or standing in line to see. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel ultimately feels more obligatory than inspired, a movie that basically gets the job done and little more. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
98% Apollo 11 (2019) It's a wonderfully nostalgic if somewhat antiseptic reminder of what it meant to first break the bonds of Earth. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) It's a satisfying resolution, without reaching the same heights that the original achieved. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
100% Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017) This look at Davis' personal journey through a tumultuous period in US history makes this an especially rich "American Masters" documentary. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
100% Kim Possible (2019) It's all a good deal of fun, bringing the animated show to life while riffing on those conventions. That said, the tone can be a bit uneven. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Ultimately, "Alita" seeks to create a semi-immersive experience (the 3D is impressive), but in the process plays like more like a video game than a movie, which is fine for about all of 10 minutes. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
69% Isn't It Romantic (2019) Isn't It Romantic has charm to burn, in a light-hearted send-up of romantic comedies that playfully turns all the familiar tropes into a lively vehicle for Rebel Wilson. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
69% Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit falls squarely into that basket, yielding a wholly forgettable movie - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
45% What Men Want (2019) A mildly pleasant but significantly flawed vehicle. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
83% Song of Parkland (2019) HBO marks that moment through a narrow window into it with "Song of Parkland," a half-hour documentary short that's equal parts uplifting and heartbreaking. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Far from awesome, it settles for being just OK -- lacking the surprise that elevated the original, while appearing reasonably content to simply follow the instructions. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) It's a modest twist on an old horror formula, where -- like snotty teenagers -- the viewer isn't supposed to feel especially guilty about watching the characters potentially become victims. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
27% Rent Live (2019) Given the various shortcomings, it's not clear it would have made enough of a difference to redeem a show that struggled to recover from an equally bad start. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
100% Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (2018) The heart of the film resides in capturing what increasingly feels like a bygone era, when vibrant newspapers -- and the "big personalities with big opinions" they employed -- were powerfully connected to their communities. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
83% The Client List (2010) Frankly, a movie pitched as "Jennifer Love Hewitt plays a mom turned hooker" pretty much sells itself, which is why "The Client List" is such a pleasant surprise. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
38% Glass (2019) For those intrigued but not anticipating too much, it's the sort of flawed but reasonably entertaining effort that can be viewed as "Glass," half full. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
79% Brexit (2019) Even knowing the outcome, the glimpses behind the curtains of the two campaigns -- as written by James Graham, and directed by Toby Haynes -- presents a fascinating chess match. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
90% Fyre (2019) Fyre -- Netflix's version of a pair of dueling documentaries -- is positively bonkers, a feature-length look at the planned Fyre music festival that went spectacularly awry. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
92% Stan & Ollie (2019) An ode to friendship, it's something no one who has ever laughed at the pair should miss. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
73% Destroyer (2018) Kidman's brooding, mumbling, unglamorous turn comes in a vehicle so fraught with clichés that the movie feels as if it's stumbling about until the finishing stretch. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Worth seeing, not only as a tribute to the jurist nicknamed "Notorious RBG" but for the welcome context that it provides... As a drama, though, the film is just a bit too thin to warrant much more than ending up on the favorable side of a split decision. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
No Score Yet American Dream/American Knightmare (2015) Although Knight isn't always the most reliable narrator, the filmmaker gives him the latitude to tell his tale, describing a world of money, power and violence, while alternating between explaining and lamenting those dynamics. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) [It] is such an eccentric film that it wins a few points for sheer ambition, including its inventive visual scheme. The central story, however... never feels as transcendent or stirring as director/co-writer Robert Zemeckis clearly intends it to be - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
45% Second Act (2018) The movie frankly feels like three stories in one -- without fully servicing any of them -- but skates by, barely, on the strength of Lopez's charm and some amusing supporting players. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
92% Bumblebee (2018) Even grading on a curve, though, this is a solidly executed story, tapping the familiar theme of a troubled kid whose life is changed by an extraordinary visitor. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
67% Vice (2018) It's a character study of a man imbued with a guiding vision of his own greatness that, finally, yields a somewhat scattered, just-OK movie. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If Beale Street Could Talk portrays Tish and Fonny's fleeting happiness but also doesn't sugarcoat the impediments to it created by a system that treats young blacks as less than. Its director... he's by no means a one-hit wonder. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
95% Springsteen on Broadway (2018) Granted, those kind of accolades [EGOT] might sound like a lot to ask of one guy, standing alone on stage, armed only with a few musical instruments and an unabated passion for rock. But fortunately, he's that good. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) This animated feature -- distinguished by its dazzling visual palette, which creates the feel of a comic book leaping onto the screen -- proves a great deal of fun, reinforcing that animation remains the ideal medium... for superhero adaptations. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018