For 67 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Brian Lowry's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Deadwood: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 Hell's Kitchen: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 67
  2. Negative: 5 out of 67
67 tv reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    While Masters of Sex might not be a great show as yet, viewed strictly in terms of giving consumers something worth paying for--or at least an experience they couldn’t receive in quite the same way in many other places--it’s the equivalent of a master class in pay-TV development.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    "Family Guy" begins its new life with a slightly more assured mix of satire and non sequiturs while still displaying the kind of hit-miss joke ratio that doesn't quite belong in the major leagues. [28 Apr 2005]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    The series is again intriguing but less than satisfying --- a concept more notable for the unusual time and space the show occupies than what it achieves dramatically. [7 Jan 2005]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Slow-going in developing its web of interconnected plots, this latest demonstration of cable's series-for-every-interest-group strategy is watchable enough, but probably not likely to be the sort of buzzworthy addiction-in-waiting Showtime would like and certainly could use. [13 Jan 2004, p.06]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    At its best in the boardroom and still flabby in the buildup to it. [9 Sep 2004]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    The well-traveled Carell is a very talented guy, from "The Daily Show" to "Anchorman," but understatement and restraint are hardly his forte. As a consequence, he plays Michael bigger, and therefore harder to endure, than Gervais did --- a fine line that's significant in such a delicately balanced comedy. [24 Mar 2005]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    "Boston Legal" suffers from the pervasive feeling of been here, seen this. The show's closer to "Ally McBeal" than "The Practice," which provided the Petri dish to nurture and grow it. Kelley's fertile mind still disgorges occasional gems, but for the most part here, he's delivered more rhinestones than diamonds. [1 Oct 2004]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Interesting but not especially funny. [1 Aug 2005]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Clever, if familiar. [2 June 2005, p.8]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Recruiting Danny DeVito to play the estranged dad to half the show's central quartet might have seemed like a good idea, but the result is a more uneven and mean-spirited show that overreaches and forces some gags. [29 Jun 2006]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    So is it super? Not yet. But there's enough spinning around these extraordinary visitors to at least provoke a second visit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    That's not a bad starting point for beginners, maybe, but this "History of Hollywood" feels a little ho-hum for those TCM viewers craving a more advanced course.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    While the first four parts (airing in two-hour blocks) of National Geographic Channel's sweeping nature film rival the majesty and wonder of Discovery's "Planet Earth" and "Life," the final three amount to DVD extras, padding out the exercise.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    A mixed bag both creatively and conceptually. [24 Sept 2003, p.2]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Still, the raw materials--from the island setting to the underused Kim and Park--have more potential than punch in the pilot, resulting in just another crime procedural with a nifty blue-sky backdrop.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    What's left, then, is Danza playing (and there's really the operative word) at being a teacher, with the show employing the customary musical cues and editing tricks to try to generate suspense about whether he can actually teach the kids to appreciate "Of Mice and Men."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    The Big C gets an "E" for admirable effort but still feels like a squandered opportunity. Given the chance to explore what truly matters in life, the show ultimately provides little more than a showcase for a terrific actress, while treating death like the next slightly zany frontier.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    It's just that we've seen this movie (or rather, reality-TV show) before, dozens of times, in more glamorous settings. And having each half-hour (two will air back to back) conclude with an auction doesn't really foster much suspense.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Gold Rush brims with can-do spirit, but such an exercise is only as good as its characters, and after two installments, it's hard to distinguish one prospector from the next.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    For the most part, there's nothing here to be ashamed of. It's just that at a time when TV drama is so flush with riches, Shameless plays like a poor relative.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    This feels at best like a utility player--a hodge-podge of gameshows past. In other words, if there's anything else compelling to watch on another channel--Whoosh!--look out below.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    The series doesn't generate nearly enough highlights to merit a filibuster-proof yea vote, much less a ticker-tape parade.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Despite clever and uncomfortable moments, Ladies falls short of the pay-TV plateau.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Dancing [isn't] without elegant moments. It’s just that in the slow waltz of a miniseries that envelops them, someone forget to hone its edge.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    Unfortunately, Allison is such a passive heroine that it's hard to get too involved with her, and Arquette doesn't bring much life to the role. Moreover, the episodes made available are virtually devoid of supporting players or any workplace tension to augment her relatively staid (by TV standards, anyway) home life. [3 Jan 2005]
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    William Shatner makes the pilot barely watchable, but only because the fleeting moments of heart overshadow the mostly limp one-liners. In a business obsessed with younger demos, the septuagenarian Shatner is an unlikely sitcom star, but he provides the lone spark in this otherwise-formulaic comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    The best the pilot can muster is a few silly hops.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    Eccleston, who lacks much of a physical resemblance to Lennon, certainly nails the biographical portrait, but Lennon Naked spends a lot of time probing around its subject's thin skin without exposing much that augments his legend. It's a movie with music as its foundation that hits occasional high notes but, ultimately, can't carry a tune.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    So boring? You betcha--perhaps even for many who otherwise admire Palin.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    Granted, one can argue that such programs, including History's "Pawn Stars" and Syfy's auction series "Hollywood Treasure," tap into a recessionary desire to mine moolah from unexpected sources. Such deeper meaning, however, proves elusive in the sheer banality of the process.