Justin Lowe

Justin Lowe

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Biography:
Hollywood Reporter film critic.
Publications:
Hollywood Reporter
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
125

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
7% A Haunted House 2 (2014) " Wayans' performance again relies primarily on mugging it up and outrageous attempts at self-indulgent humor to elicit laughs, topped with copious doses of raunchy sexual innuendo and activity." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 18, 2014
59% Hank And Asha (2014) " As if it were necessary, here's a film that proves that placing two characters in completely separate locations marks a shaky premise." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 7, 2014
47% Rio 2 (2014) " There's plenty here to attract both kids and adults alike in Saldanha's colorful imagining of the Amazonian rainforest's avian communities." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 27, 2014
92% The Retrieval (2014) " A skillfully wrought feature with appreciable emotional and historical resonance." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 4, 2014
—— Memphis " A film of quiet intensity and poetic imagery." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 29, 2014
—— This May Be The Last Time " The ethnographic material at the heart of the film ... warrants further exploration that's perhaps not best-suited to what's essentially an extended personal documentary." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 29, 2014
83% Ping Pong Summer (2014) " Rose-tinted as the film's perspective may be, Ping Pong Summer is still a lingering, entertaining glance back at an era that Americans just can't seem to get enough of, whether in music or movies." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2014
18% Ride Along (2014) " Since the film's largely schematic subplot about Serbian gunrunners can't manage much in the way of originality, it's fortunate that Story knows his way around a comedy." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2014
39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " A shift in focus helps revive the low-budget horror series, despite the near-absence of returning cast members." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 3, 2014
70% V/H/S/2 (2013) " Less is not necessarily more in this slimmed-down collection." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 31, 2013
78% Breakfast With Curtis (2013) " This low-budget feature is more a series of anecdotes than a fully-formed narrative. " — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 6, 2013
89% Narco Cultura (2013) " This issue-based journalism piece yields diminishing returns the deeper it digs." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 6, 2013
29% House In The Alley (2013) " Lacking both originality and thrills makes a weak formula for a suspenser." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 30, 2013
85% Spinning Plates (2013) " Episodic doc could use more focus on food preparation, but vividly captures the human element involved." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 28, 2013
29% Machete Kills (2013) " Machete may kill, but on the second time around his repetitious, deadpan brand of humor really doesn't so much." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 6, 2013
89% Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (2012) " Writer-director Olnek... deftly parodies the myriad tropes of low-budget sci-fi with obvious glee, from the alien's monotonal speech to wobbly camera-handling and cheesy special effects." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 1, 2013
38% Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) " Chronic mediocrity continues to haunt this series exploring the terrors of demonic possession." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2013
58% Riddick (2013) " Faithful to the template if not the spirit of previous installments, this flabby second sequel barely manages to advance Riddick's considerable personal mythology." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 4, 2013
34% Hell Baby (2013) " A doomed parody that's almost painfully unfunny." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 3, 2013
62% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " Adding another must-see item to their portfolio will surely only increase One Direction's popularity." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 26, 2013
14% The Smurfs 2 (2013) " Beyond a few chuckle-worthy one-liners and some amusing visual comedy, there's not much to engage adults, although the wee ones should be distracted enough." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 28, 2013
52% The To Do List (2013) " Writer-director Maggie Carey's feature debut boasts a crack ensemble cast led by Aubrey Plaza that evocatively captures the carefree elation of youthful summer romance. " — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 22, 2013
42% Red 2 (2013) " Not that it isn't entertaining, but the film's premise is certainly well past its "use by" date." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 16, 2013
70% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 27, 2013
94% A Band Called Death (2013) " Determined and persuasive filmmaking pays off with a moving and remarkable true-life account of groundbreaking musicianship." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 20, 2013
40% The Rambler (2013) " Misguided exercise in genre fetishism marks a forgettable misfire." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 19, 2013
99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " More than a tribute, the film is a recognition of the talent and sacrifice that many of these vocalists have invested in often challenging careers." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 13, 2013
66% Tiger Eyes (2013) " Catnip for the bookish emo demo." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 6, 2013
—— Saturday Morning Mystery (2013) " This indie feature lifts a beloved cartoon template, but can't hit the bar it sets." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 9, 2013
71% Dead Man's Burden (2013) " An intense family drama that plays out as a low-key Western." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 30, 2013
85% Graceland (2013) " The social and economic pitfalls facing the vast urban underclass of Manila's sprawling metropolitan area are depicted with unflinching regard in Ron Morales' observant low-budget Filipino feature, a blend of ruthless crime drama and grim thriller." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 26, 2013
94% Sun Don't Shine (2013) " Although the film may not always be as aesthetically involving as better-budgeted productions, the performances are really the point, so by keeping focused on her actors Seimetz succeeds in making it all work." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 22, 2013
86% Electrick Children (2013) " You needn't be a true believer to appreciate Rebecca Thomas's indie feature rooted in a traditional Mormon community." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 4, 2013
39% Dark Skies (2013) " There's little to fear from this rather tame genre outing." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 25, 2013
27% Jobs (2013) " A biopic that's perhaps too respectful of the tech icon's innovations still remains frequently engaging." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 26, 2013
27% Charlie Countryman (2013) " With a scruffy demeanor and wide-eyed enthusiasm, LaBeouf projects a degree of emotional recklessness that's both disarming and disconcerting to watch." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 25, 2013
45% Big Sur (2013) " An intuitive approach to this literary classic yields dividends for both style and performance." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2013
74% Blood Brother (2013) " Addressing the heartrending issue of children living with HIV and AIDS is enormously complex, but Blood Brother accomplishes the challenge with sufficient grace and empathy to give hope to anyone concerned with this global affliction." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 23, 2013
82% Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer (2013) " A rough DIY style doesn't obscure the significance of this very timely documentary." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 22, 2013
28% The Truth About Emanuel (2014) " Although Gregorini is very clear on where her lead characters are coming from, it's where they're headed that remains entirely vague, an oversight that leaves them unfortunately adrift." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 22, 2013
96% The Crash Reel (2013) " This compassionate account of the thrills and risks of extreme sports makes it required viewing for both aspirants and enthusiasts." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 22, 2013
13% The Lifeguard (2013) " Not even a checklist of indie film attributes can inject a sense of originality into this familiar narrative." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 22, 2013
93% The History Of Future Folk (2013) " A low-key sci-fi mashup that charms by focusing on character rather than grandiose special effects." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 28, 2012
77% Bones Brigade: An Autobiography (2012) " Peralta's doc is a generous, tasty slice of skateboarding history." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 31, 2012
86% Wreck-it Ralph (2012) " With a mix of retro eye-candy for grown-ups and a thrilling, approachable storyline for the tykes, the film casts a wide and beguiling net." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 26, 2012
24% Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) " This once-innovative series rolls on without much regard for either plot or character development." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 17, 2012
65% The Expendables 2 (2012) " Taut, humorous and attractively packaged, the sequel is both fleet footed and engaging enough to captivate audiences with more than just nonstop action." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 13, 2012
30% Total Recall (2012) " Engaging enough, although not entirely satisfying from either a genre or narrative standpoint, lacking both substance and a degree of imagination." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 2, 2012
74% Hope Springs (2012) " More comedic drama than midlife romantic comedy, rather literally titled Hope Springs holds few surprises but delivers plenty of warmth." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 1, 2012
42% Step Up Revolution (2012) " More is not necessarily better, even when it comes to hot bodies and smooth dance moves." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 25, 2012
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