For 1,292 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 Game of Thrones: Season 3
Lowest review score: 10 The Last Templar: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,292 tv reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Brian Lowry
    This basically feels like the fifth best cop drama of the 1978 TV season.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Brian Lowry
    The show falls thuddingly flat, feeling tired, gratuitous in its dirty doings and a trifle narcissistic.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 10 Brian Lowry
    As for Surnow, in a sense, he's added a program to his resume that neatly dovetails with "24" -- demonstrating that stiff, uninspired comedy isn't exactly torture; it's just not much fun.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 10 Brian Lowry
    It's a new twist on an old-fashioned anthology, though the endings are only vaguely macabre or surprising, while the murders and sexual situations are trashy but too poorly executed to qualify as titillating.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Brian Lowry
    An almost comically vacuous exercise.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Brian Lowry
    Proving it's possible to construct an entire series out of strung-together medical-show cliches, "Saved" races along a too-familiar path littered with "ER"-style crises.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    As in "Family Guy," MacFarlane and company rely on a fast-moving formula predicated on the mindset that if a joke doesn't work, another will be along momentarily. There's something to that for small fry, but the low batting average and scatological emphasis conspire to narrow the program's appeal. [4 Feb 2005]
    • Variety
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Brian Lowry
    Mostly an excuse for coeds to strip down to their underwear.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    The producers of this NBC wish-fulfillment show have endeavored to out-schmaltz ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," and for those who can stomach this level of manipulative fluff, damned if they haven't done it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 10 Brian Lowry
    Mostly, this is poor man's Farrelly brothers material, without the explosive wit or glee that would make the raunch irresistible, if not palatable to watch while eating.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Brian Lowry
    Setting the controversy aside, the show is hopelessly derivative, shamelessly manipulative and in narrative terms, a bit of a mess.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    Brings too little that's fresh to a format already exhibiting signs of wear and tear.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    Put it this way: Any comedy that milks multiple jokes from a character being named "Woodcock" is pretty much running on fumes.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    This is decidedly slim and rarely funny fare.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    Actually, this comedy-reality concept is rather quaint.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    A&E bet heavily on "The Sopranos" reruns to brand the channel, but its grit and blue language notwithstanding, The Cleaner doesn't represent the kind of hour destined to build on that foundation.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 10 Brian Lowry
    "Lil' Bush," like so much on Comedy Central other than "The Daily Show"/"Colbert Report" hour, possesses all the finesse of Gallagher with a watermelon.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    "I don't want it to end, but it did," the host gushes at the hour's close. Even for those who enjoy Mandel's puerile brand of comedy, that qualifies as a clear case of Howie overdoing it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    It doesn't help that the producers shape the episodes as if they were little sports movies, peddling cliches about the nervous rookie, the veteran making a comeback or the underdog team. That might work with a real sport, but it's kind of a buzzkill when dealing with a staged one.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    The result is tonally uneven, too-rarely funny and rehashes material that isn't as relatable as it should be to the average parent.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    [It] isn't terrible but doesn't pack much of a comedic wallop.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    The main problem with NYC Prep is that the show never gets better than its title--lacking the sociological insight to score as a documentary or the hyper-real situations and "characters" that would make it sizzle as a soap.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Brian Lowry
    Some will doubtless embrace the show's camp qualities, but I simply kept thinking "Check, please" through the first two episodes. [27 May 2005]
    • Variety
    • 31 Metascore
    • 10 Brian Lowry
    This is strictly a cheap knockoff for those who can't survive a summer hiatus from housewives married to, and often equipped with, oversized boobs.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    Heavily produced, the series has some ratings potential by CW's chicken-feed standards but doesn't feel distinctive or titillating enough to keep 'em down on the farm.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    Beyond its educational footnotes for potential buyers and sellers, this six-part series is mostly a cartoon, reducing its rotating "stars" to labels like "the Blond Bombshell" and "the Schmoozer."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    The show feels completely derivative, it's wholly unconvincing that the central quartet would hang out together, and I'm frankly still fuzzy (mostly because after 10 minutes it's difficult to give a damn) on what connects them beyond the not-that-jarring status of being single again in their 30s and, well, "Seinfeld" did it.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    [A] grim, brooding, utterly muddled crime series.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    Aaron McGruder's anger comes through loud and clear in this adaptation of his comicstrip into an Adult Swim animated series, but the dearth of humor reflects another awkward and disappointing transition from three-panel glory to TV series.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    Portlandia, a vanity project from "Saturday Night Live's" Fred Armisen that plays like an awful night at the Groundlings, or worse, a collection of the most uninspired sketches from "SNL's" final half-hour.

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