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 6.9 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
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Yet while Schumacher has largely accomplished the goal of delivering a cinematic comic book, he's also left the movie hollow at its core -- a distinction that may not trouble Saturday-night audiences but that nonetheless dulls the film's impact beyond its sheer and unrelenting visual grandeur.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Wispy at best, this romantic comedy from a first-time director and screenwriter feels as if whole chunks have been left on the cutting-room floor, with what remains mustering intermittent charm thanks to the attractiveness, if not chemistry, of Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Firewall begins slowly, exhibits hints of promise in the middle and then descends into silliness.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    An especially slight romantic comedy whose modest charms are derived largely from its supporting players.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Will a movie that scared the bejezus out of moviegoers 30 years ago pack the necessary wallop and carnage to satisfy fans of blood-soaked modern horror? The answer is a qualified yes.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Not surprisingly, the pic struggles at times to flesh out even its relatively brief 90-odd-minute duration, but it delivers some genuine if generally low-brow laughs along the way.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Africa's enduring sorrow is ripe for drama, but Blood Diamond is, finally, a fitting metaphor for the gems: Potentially brilliant from a distance, but upon closer inspection, one likely will see the flaws.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    The Pursuit of Happyness is more inspirational than creatively inspired -- imbued with the kind of uplifting, afterschool-special qualities that can trigger a major toothache.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Full of good intentions, We Are Marshall has a game plan that's hard to fault, but as with any playbook, a scheme is only as good as how well it's executed.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    The third voyage in the "Priates" trilogy could be touted as "The biggest, loudest and second-best (or second-worst) 'Pirates' ever!" -- not necessarily a ringing endorsement, but honest.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Strums the genre for considerable laughs, with John C. Reilly playing the title balladeer from teen to senior citizen, generating enough goodwill to offset the flat sections and a decidedly juvenile streak.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Genial but slim, picture is certainly a light-hearted alternative to weighty year-end awards bait, but the conceit isn't realized fully enough.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Campbell's topnotch production team yields predictably polished results, but the director's decision to revisit the late Troy Kennedy Martin's teleplay, finally, feels lacking.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    The potent imagery never meshes with narrative logic in Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo's first feature, promising more than it can deliver.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Isn't as much fun as its predecessor, but by the time the smoke clears, it'll do.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    It's a predictable date-night diversion.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    A pleasant-enough all-in-one-night comedy, featuring a protagonist facing the classic "Graduate"-like existential dilemma of post-college paralysis.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    An adorable cast ought to provide some appeal for tweens and tykes, though interest should gradually dwindle the closer one gets to actual prom-going age.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    The producers, obviously, are good storytellers, and there is something to be said — touched on here — about their shifting roles as TV has embraced an auteur quality. Still, the resulting doc finally feels like less than the sum of its anecdotes.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Despite nice touches, pic meanders in the middle and ends flatly.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    An overinflated mishmash that compels the audience to sift through a lot of rubble for the few requisite thrills, this second "Die Hard" sequel leaves a lot of creative wreckage in its wake.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    As muddled in most respects as its title, Rumor Has It... begins with an intriguing premise...but it devolves into a bland romance spiced with too little comedy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    James Franco and Tyrese Gibson scowl and strut and should make the hearts of teenage girls all atwitter, and that's about the only audience that won't see most of the punches telegraphed well in advance.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Pitched toward the youngest of kids -- roughly ages zygote to 4 -- with direct-to-video quality animation, plotting and backgrounds.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Neither the disaster one might have suspected nor a fully realized madcap farce; rather, Steve Martin's foray as Inspector Clouseau exhibits bursts of wild-and-craziness, but hardly enough to sustain even its relatively brief running time.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Despite a few raw moments, pic feels like a Lifetime movie with a marquee cast.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Sporadic rays of sunshine emanate from the broad and gifted supporting cast, but the core story is almost relentlessly unpleasant, like sitting through a dinner party where the host couple does nothing but bicker.

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