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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Once the narrative begins hitting its stride in the second episode, it's clear the program remains on a rarefied creative tier, tantalizingly mixing terrific performances with anything-can-happen edge.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    Either appropriately or ironically for a show about meth cookers, Bad is simply one of TV's great addictions.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    Inevitably, not everything works, including some of the material devoted to Louie’s interactions with his young daughters, as he seeks to balance his standup career and parental duties. More often, though, the show is wonderfully absurd.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    Those who wade through the slow-going first three or four hours of this stately production will be richly rewarded by the engrossing final four.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Series creator Ray McKinnon manages to incorporate various elements associated with serialized drama into the narrative (such as the local sheriff, played by J.D. Evermore, investigating the beating), while infusing the show with poetic qualities, aided immeasurably by Young’s exquisite, tightly coiled performance.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    Not every beat works, but after watching an hour it was hard not to stick with The Returned for the full ride.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Transparent takes an idea that feels pretty well played out--from “Parenthood” to “Brothers & Sisters”--and invigorates it not through a gimmick but rather via strong writing and performances.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    Like "Manchurian Candidate," Homeland does some of its best work via flashbacks to Brody's time in captivity, sprinkling additional tidbits with each glimpse into the past.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    In short, coming off the first season's solid ratings, Justified pretty much looks like a home run for FX, which has been getting by lately on singles and doubles.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    While the show’s payoff is likely to strike many as strained and unsatisfying, as well as disturbing, its raison d’etre is as much about the atmospherics and the getting there, with the twists trumping the actual whodunit.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    From virtually any angle, though, Downton Abbey is an almost peerless piece of real estate.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Sherlock weds the old and new in much the way Holmes solves his cases--making a complicated process look almost effortless.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Always fun, the first two hours of the FX drama's fourth season are also meandering, introducing several new players, but as yet failing to betray much about how or when they'll intersect. Fortunately, star Timothy Olyphant by himself remains ample reason to tune in.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Granted, parts of the series feel like a rehash of "March of the Penguins," but there's enough jaw-dropping footage in this seven-part undertaking--including one installment devoted strictly to how the footage was captured--that nobody with even vague interest in the subject matter should be left feeling cold.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    At its best, it’s big, bloody and downright glorious.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    "Deadwood" remains a series like none other.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    The new season’s highlights feel more scattershot, and the plot offers less urgency.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    The CBS drama continues to provide evidence that quality isn’t necessarily defined by blood, guts or exposed flesh. All it really takes is brains--and in this case, you don’t even have to eat them.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    The show keeps delivering the kind of mind-expanding dramatic highs that ought to require a prescription.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    he come-on of the title notwithstanding very little about that is groundbreaking, or even surprising. But it is, almost without exception, highly watchable and entertaining.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Far from running out of tricks, the fifth season of "24" opens with a bang, incorporating an element of mystery that promises to be more satisfying than the somewhat disappointing fourth day in Jack Bauer's very busy life.
    • 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.