For 118 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.2 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 Cool World
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 118
  2. Negative: 14 out of 118
118 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    The result is a tense, documentary-style drama that methodically builds a sense of dread despite the preordained outcome.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    In essence, British director Nigel Cole has brought a breezy arthouse sensibility to this tale of fated love.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    World Trade Center yields lovely and touching moments but proves a slow-going, arduous movie experience.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    The kind of buddy comedy Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau might have starred in 40 years ago, when the material would have felt less dated, if no less silly.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Stallone (who looks fit but mostly keeps his shirt on) has no intention of bogging the action down, but it's still a notably cheerless exercise, without knowing winks or stabs (pardon the expression) at humor. It is in all respects, rather, a completely workmanlike effort.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    What really makes The Truth About Cats & Dogs special in places however, is Garofalo's dry, self-effacing wit and Thurman's ditzy, old-style Hollywood glamour.

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