For 1,595 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 32% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Brian Lowry's Scores

Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 4
Lowest review score: 10 Modern Men: Season 1
Score distribution:
1595 tv reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Arresting from the get-go, the performances in this limited series are almost uniformly superb (with one glaring exception).
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    HBO has the ingredients for a series that puts nearly every other genre offering to shame.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    Those who lived through the period should find "The Vietnam War" a highly emotional experience. But even their kids and grandkids should hear and see echoes throughout this epic undertaking, which forges a bridge from America's past directly to its present.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Almost everyone speaks in the same rat-a-tat voice, which, as some discovered with Aaron Sorkin on “The Newsroom,” can begin to yield diminishing returns. The series also remains a bit too precious in sidestepping issues of partisanship, a conceit that has grown somewhat more tolerable over time. For all that, the Emmy-winning Louis-Dreyfus remains an inordinately gifted comedic actress.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    "Deadwood" remains a series like none other.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    The latest American Crime doesn't initially feel as strong dramatically as two prior editions, but the central premise -- and the show's underlying approach to explore an issue, sympathetically, through the perspective of disparate characters -- couldn't be timelier.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    Rectify has established itself as a trip worth taking, and for a discriminating few, at least, the protagonist’s slow road to redemption remains an utterly absorbing one.
    • 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
    • 75 Brian Lowry
    Fargo's "Wow, they did it again" second season has given way to a more mundane and familiar third installment -- pleasurable enough, but initially feeling more like a retread of what's come before than anything that builds on it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Although the program isn’t as showy or heralded as the network’s other dramas, its sixth-season start reinforces a sense that Justified will be sorely missed when it rides into the sunset.
    • 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
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Each time-lapse introduces more wrinkles in the show's world, but the premiere offers a sketchy road map of what's to come, and won't expand Men's footprint beyond its solid arthouse niche.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    "Life on Mars" has the makings of an intoxicating treat, proving how far a little atmosphere can go in breathing life into a format that occasionally appears close to flatlining.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    The show succeeds, to the extent it does, thanks to the braininess of its characters, Mikkelson’s positively reptilian approach to Lecter--taking a character with which the audience is so familiar and making it his own--and the clever use of a bracing season-opening sequence that frames essentially everything to come as an extended flashback.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Series creator Joe Weisberg--who wrote the Thomas Schlamme-directed season premiere along with Joel Fields--and company have done about as well as is possible in keeping the plates spinning while adding new ones to the act. Even so, it’s hard to escape a sense that if this series runs much beyond a second season, it’s less about serving up art than it is about bowing to the needs of old-fashioned capitalism.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    Without giving anything away, the guest cast is unusually strong, offering the prospect of fertile subplots going forward, while some of the regulars don’t figure prominently at first--again, pretty par for the course.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    Foremost, the series operates on a number of levels, beginning with its effortless, nostalgic cool and subtle re-litigation of the culture wars -- revealing how the pre-Vietnam era wasn't always so grand for women and minorities. Those tiers smartly coexist with big-business shenanigans and sudsy family drama--an intoxicating stew for demanding viewers, but one likely forever destined to blunt the show's broad mainstream appeal.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    If "Tiny Furniture" filmmaker Lena Dunham's series is in places too mannered, it's also fresh, honest and raw.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    The storytelling is spare, with few of the by-now customary compromises to reality-TV (or dramatic expectations weaned on "ER" and "Grey's Anatomy"), other than the oncamera interviews and musical flourishes that close each hour.
    • 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.

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