For 1,267 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 32% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Brian Lowry's Scores

Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Deadwood: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Lil' Bush: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,267 tv reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    Those along for the ride since the beginning have rightly come to savor this as one of TV's premier hours --- a meticulously written, superbly acted program that demands undivided attention. [16 Sep 2004]
    • Variety
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    When television history is written, little else will rival "The Wire," a series of such extraordinary depth and ambition that it is, perhaps inevitably, savored only by an appreciative few.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    HBO just might have found its next great dramatic addiction --- a vulgar, gritty, at times downright nasty take on the Old West brimming with all the dark genius that series creator and screenwriter extraordinaire David Milch has at his fingertips. [19 Mar 2004, p.2]
    • Variety
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    The show keeps delivering the kind of mind-expanding dramatic highs that ought to require a prescription.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    Expectations were certainly sky-high for Boardwalk, but the producers have risen to meet them--in a series that grows richer, deeper and more absorbing with each of the six episodes previewed.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    From virtually any angle, though, Downton Abbey is an almost peerless piece of real estate.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    Either appropriately or ironically for a show about meth cookers, Bad is simply one of TV's great addictions.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    Julian Fellowes has created such a vivid group of characters and assembled such an impeccable cast--effortlessly oscillating from comedy to drama--that the hours fly by, addictively pulling viewers from one into the next.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    Simply put, there's no more unpredictable series, and its delicate handling of combustible ingredients will be admired and studied by writers for years to come.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    At its best, it’s big, bloody and downright glorious.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    To anyone who has followed the ups and downs of Downton Abbey, the good news begins with those first strains of John Lunn's lustrous score, and doesn't abate until Fellowes and company have wrung every last ounce of emotion from these finely embroidered characters.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    As with all Bochco series, the writing and intricacy of the characters sets apart Murder One. The show deals in shades of gray that ultimately may work to the series' detriment commercially but nevertheless are dramatically riveting. [19 Sept 1995]
    • Variety
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    Rich and absorbing, this eight-part drama quickly vaults into elite company, offering a singular voice that’s unlike almost anything else on TV.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    Martin’s fantasy world, with its ruthless lust for power, is surely not for the faint of heart, and the sheer number of subplots invariably means that one or two start to sag. Such criticisms, however, amount to nitpicking on a show that operates at such a consistently high level, from the spectacular cast to the sweeping and diverse backdrops, consistently conjuring a summer-tentpole feel.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Not all "The Sopranos'" flights of fancy pan out... but it never fails to fascinate, creating a completely organic world in which it's easy to forget the art and artifice that go into realizing Chase's vision.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Based on the seven episodes previewed, it's every bit as cynical, riveting and brilliant as the four flights that preceded it--a searing look at the decay of a major American city that puts most of what's on television to shame.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Deadwood will never be everyone's cup of tea, but it stands as one of HBO's most fully realized dramas since "The Sopranos" and exhibits no signs of fading in the second leg of its run. [3 Mar 2005, p.4]
    • Variety
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    One of TV's premiere dramas --- a rarity whose darkest moments have a way of lingering in the mind. Such depth and humanity might be unexpected from a show that clearly revels in every four-letter word and exposed cheek, yet as the series so often demonstrates, appearances can be deceiving. [22 June 2004, p.10]
    • Variety
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    There’s always the risk that series creator Ryan Murphy and his team will slip and hit an artery, but so far, things look beautiful.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Crisp and tense, this Sci Fi Channel staple looks destined to make a headlong plunge toward the finish line in pursuit of that elusive place called Earth.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Crisp, smart and spooky, this cerebral sci-fi drama is the best of the new "Something's out there" series.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Despite mining what appears to be a played-out lode (yet another showbiz-insider comedy, complete with self-effacing celebrity cameos), the pair find hearty laughs in discomfort, elicit riotous turns from their guest stars and even manage a touch of pathos in the travails of the show's hapless hero.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Dexter will be hard-pressed to match the big twists that punctuated last season, but the latest campaign is off to an impressive--and impressively unpredictable--start.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Standing head and shoulders above this fall's other seedlings.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    As with any great series, Mad Men is becoming richer as these plot strands grow, establishing an engrossing serialized life beyond the hip, reverberating cultural references that demonstrate the smoking-drinking-closeted '60s aren't necessarily "good ol' days" to be mourned, despite the cheery Norman Rockwell image that cultural conservatives proffer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    All told, it's an impeccably rendered piece, down to the smallest details--the kind of lush, meticulous little parcel that relatively few outlets these days have the means or latitude to cultivate.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    This hour finds the cast in fine form, but the most interesting crumb to emerge might be Weiner's apparent rumination on the program's success and--speaking through his protagonist--his own heightened profile since the series took off.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    If you're not enamored of jazz, Treme's extended musical interludes will play like something of a slog, and keeping track of the disparate stories is nettlesome at first. Fortunately, the talent on display--particularly Goodman, Alexander, and "Wire" alums Pierce (a New Orleans native) and Peters--is such that watching them read the phone book would be superior to much of what's on TV.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    If Beyond is deficient in any respect, it's in the minimal follow-up....Still, that amounts to a quibble regarding a series that, unlike most of what passes for "reality TV," feels truly authentic--and sobering.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Game of Thrones excels on multiple levels--with its splendid ensemble cast (able to sell even the clunkier fantasy dialogue), intricate palace machinations, sly humor and growing sense of inevitable conflict. The production's look is a wonder, showcasing a variety of environments (lensing was in Northern Ireland and Malta) and ornate sets and costumes that approximate the feel of a theatrical blockbuster.