For 1,291 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 Downton Abbey: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Painkiller Jane: Season 1
Score distribution:
1,291 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
    • 98 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    At its best, it’s big, bloody and downright glorious.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    From virtually any angle, though, Downton Abbey is an almost peerless piece of real estate.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    HBO has the ingredients for a series that puts nearly every other genre offering to shame.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    For those who have studied the Roosevelts, many of the stories will be familiar. But the beauty of the writing (“No other American family has ever touched so many lives”) and eye-opening video nevertheless make much of this feel fresh.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Mostly, the show deserves to do well because it’s so bloody good--smart, whimsical and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, finding fresh, distinctive avenues into this venerable character, even with multiple incarnations currently in circulation.
    • 88 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.
    • 88 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Standing head and shoulders above this fall's other seedlings.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Directed by Adam Bernstein, the 90-minute premiere is particularly taut and effective, with three subsequent episodes slightly less so; nevertheless, there’s enough going on (indeed, almost too much) and such a weird string of dominos that it’s hard not to imagine those sampling the opener won’t want to see things through to the finish.

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