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 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
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Such fare plays better on DVD, where the best moments can be absorbed in bite-sized bits and the debris easily bypassed.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    The main drawback is that under director Rock, actor Rock doesn't possess quite the chops to pull off this character, and the humor and flights of fancy are simply too low-key.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Director Ridley Scott's lavish production isn't totally satisfying, coasting aimlessly at times before suddenly leaping to a more intense dramatic plane.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Uneven but occasionally quite funny political satire.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    It's mildly diverting for kids and families in a way that would be perfectly fine as an ABC Family cable project.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Relentlessly silly in spoofing martial-arts movie conventions, Balls of Fury has roughly enough laughs for a first-class trailer but wheezes, gasps and finally goes flat through much of its 90 minutes.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Sprinkles in charming moments but ultimately doesn't evoke enough wonderment to overcome its tongue-twisting title and completely win over adults along with kids.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Director Doug Liman churns out a serviceable sci-fi thriller/videogame template that plays like "The Matrix Lite" and, finally, isn't nearly as cool as its trailer.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Best in its small moments, the movie should find receptive gal pals congregating for the mother of all viewing parties.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    The warming glow of nostalgia only goes so far, with one's level of forgiveness likely dictated by where they reside along the "X-Files" fan continuum.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Hardly groundbreaking, but for those with an appetite for an increasingly rare gust of unapologetic romance, well, as they say, any port in a storm.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Excise the love story, and there's a pretty good movie buried within Love Happens struggling to get out, mostly to little avail.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Ultimately, the story feels as if it's killing time before throwing the next hurdle at the couple.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    This tepid romantic comedy falls somewhere between a weak sitcom pilot and a second-tier Hallmark movie.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Part of the action occurs in the desert, which inadvertently proves apt, since the oases of enjoyable moments -- and they do exist -- suffer from being spaced too widely in what's otherwise a long, arid trek.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    A respectable but watered-down heist movie that, given the Los Angeles setting, either owes a debt to director Michael Mann or suggests an unusually violent and action-packed episode of "Entourage."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    In essence, this one is the equivalent of the "B" movies that flourished during the original's era -- and it proves middling, and occasionally muddled, on almost every level.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Director David Frankel's picture delivers sweet and (more rarely) amusing moments, but this odd duck never completely gets off the ground.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Despite some amusing moments, everyone simply works too hard at providing rambunctious zaniness, until one grows painfully aware the inevitable outtakes reel will be superior to the movie.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    What starts out crisp and promising gives way to a conventional shoot-'em-up in Safe, a fast-paced but extremely familiar vehicle for Jason Statham, who can only carry the material so far on his brawny shoulders.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Handsome but hollow, Snow White & the Huntsman is easily among the stranger additions to a roster of rebooted fairy tales.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    A muddled effort that offers little more than visual splendor to recommend it.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    There are a few bursts of sheer, irresistible idiocy -- along the lines of "Wayne's World" or even "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"-- but not enough to sustain the more arid stretches.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    If only as much thought went into the script for this listless comedy as its marketing calculus.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    Nora Ephron's attempt to reconceive the standard TV-to-bigscreen adaptation goes bizarrely haywire here, spinning out of control like a runaway broomstick.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    Whatever John Patrick Shanley's script may have tried to do in adapting Crichton's book, it clearly feels as if the picture were edited to leave the action sequences in while removing any connecting material that might have helped them make sense.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    Yet even with its ribald laughs and spectacular action sequences (clearly seeking to up the ante on the latter front), the movie gets mired in a comedic midsection that wears the audience down, sapping their energy before the film shifts to a chaotic third act that just doesn't know when to quit.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    A ponderous, self-indulgent bedtime tale. Awkwardly positioned, this gloomy gothic fantasy falls well short of horror.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    This is an especially limp star vehicle that delivers a few widely spaced moments of frivolity before what should be a quick mop-up trip to the DVD aisles.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    The result is dull and lifeless.

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