For 116 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Brian Lowry's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 The Pelican Brief
Lowest review score: 10 All About Steve
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 116
  2. Negative: 14 out of 116
116 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    Tilling some of the same conspiracy turf he explored in "All the President's Men," Pakula has improved on Grisham's book by excising much of the detritus, crafting a taut, intelligent thriller that succeeds on almost every level.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Director Chris Columbus shrewdly brings together many of the same selling points as in his "Home Alone" movies, mixing broad comedic strokes with heavy-handed messages about the magical power of family.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Yet even with those slightly different chords, Ross manages to pluck the right heartstrings, in the process delivering a grade-A tear-jerker.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    The result is a tense, documentary-style drama that methodically builds a sense of dread despite the preordained outcome.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    The Farrelly brothers are growing up, which in this case isn't a bad thing. With a tacked-on ending made necessary by the Boston Red Sox's improbable World Series run last fall, Fever Pitch proves a charming romantic comedy against "A Beautiful Mind"-type framework.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    In essence, British director Nigel Cole has brought a breezy arthouse sensibility to this tale of fated love.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    The new Bad News Bears has adopted a somewhat raunchier tone but delivers enough laughs to go the distance.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    Slick enterprise buoyed by a Motown-flavored '60s soundtrack and an appealing ensemble cast.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    Put simply, if somebody had to make a "Simpsons" movie, this is pretty much what it should be -- clever, irreverent, satirical and outfitted with a larger-than-22-minutes plot, capable (just barely) of sustaining a narrative roughly four times the length of a standard episode.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Bigger, louder and considerably less charming than its predecessor…Still, there are enough crowd-pleasing moments amid the frenetic action.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Yet for all the enjoyable flourishes, and there are many, Ephron keeps pausing to remind us, through various contrivances, that this is a movie, making it hard for anyone to really get lost in the story.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Thanks to its simple construction, Wolfgang Petersen's large-scale liner moves reasonably well, though anyone with the faintest memory of its 1972 predecessor will wonder where most of the plot went.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Periodic bursts of cleverness brighten the festivities, but they're too few and far between, and the trademark humor that appeals to adults and kids often misfires.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Unlike most TV-to-movie transitions, Mann returns to his roots and delivers what amounts to a slightly overblown episode, brimming with style and characteristically short on substance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    World Trade Center yields lovely and touching moments but proves a slow-going, arduous movie experience.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Deftly cutting between the past and the present, director Taylor Hackford manages to establish a compelling mood and pace even though the pic lacks a thriller's true "Aha!" moment
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Lethal Weapon 3 is all about chases and comedy schtick, and in this case the sum of the parts really adds up to more than the whole.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Features strong performances and a solid story, drawn from the familiar well of faceless corporations grinding ordinary people through their profit-making machinery. Yet Gilroy's fidelity to his script comes at the expense of the pacing.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    There's a nice chemistry between Mac and Samuel L. Jackson in this latest variant of the road movie, which contains comedic elements but actually works better as a drama.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    So "The Family Stone" becomes "The Family Rodriguez," and to their credit, the able performers wring as much mileage as they can from such familiar material.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    The Proposal won't catch any bouquets for originality, but in terms of a bended-knee pitch for the affections of women -- including Ryan Reynolds’ boyish charms, a hip granny and even a beyond-adorable puppy -- this romantic comedy pretty much pulls out all the stops.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Best enjoyed (a la the "Mission: Impossible" franchise) by simply admiring the explosions and silliness without dwelling too much on the skeletal plot.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Barring a few lapses, the gags fly by in rapid-fire fashion, and enough of them connect -- thanks in part to the amusing mix of Hill's hang-dog demeanor with Brand's lanky, relentless hedonism.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    While the movie doesn't wholly succeed, there's enough to like here -- including Channing Tatum's credible performance as a tradition-bound Roman soldier.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    While director Guy Ritchie's excesses and modern concessions -- among them a lot of explosions -- remain intact, the parts of this second "Sherlock Holmes" are considerably more rewarding.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Crisp and efficient, with the occasional clunky moments, Parker also shows off Jennifer Lopez (literally) to good effect, while mostly squandering the rest of its first-rate cast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Despite flashes of nudity, crudity and mockery of women's raging hormones at the first sight of a trousseau, at its core it's just a big pushover with the heart of a chick flick.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Loud, silly but kind of lame-brained fun with car chases aplenty, "Dukes" faithfully plays like an extended episode of the series, albeit with an additional gallon or so of fuel-injected raunchiness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Crude, sophomorically homophobic but frequently funny, pic also overstays its welcome a bit and indulges in some juvenile excesses. All told, though, The 40 Year Old Virgin delivers enough belly laughs.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    As uneven as the topography of its San Francisco locales, but the amiable peaks mostly offset the flat stretches and valleys. A variation on a very old meet-cute theme with a touch of otherworldly romance.