For 85 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Lowe's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 90 Mission Blue
Lowest review score: 0 The Impaler
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 85
  2. Negative: 18 out of 85
85 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Justin Lowe
    While the science behind Earle’s conservation project is fascinating, it’s her natural charisma and infectious enthusiasm that are most compelling onscreen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Lowe
    A taut, efficient and ultimately evocative small-scale Western that benefits from tight scripting and proficient performances.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Lowe
    With a keen sense of the thrills of snowboarding, a cultivated understanding of the demands of the pro circuit and genuine compassion for the casualties of the sport, Walker’s particular talent in this film is in making the general more specific.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Lowe
    Making a convincingly assured feature debut, TV and web series writer-director Carey's script nails the raunchy-sweet tone required to bring off this R-rated teen-centered comedy with remarkable charm and relatability, mining a rich vein of girl-centered sexual curiosity and experimentation "loosely inspired" by personal experience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Lowe
    Addressing the heartrending issue of children living with HIV and AIDS is enormously complex, but Blood Brother accomplishes the challenge with sufficient grace and empathy to give hope to anyone concerned with this global affliction.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Lowe
    Leveraging limited resources to impressive effect, writer-director Chris Eska’s empathetic scripting and well-tuned casting reliably guide The Retrieval’s memorable trajectory.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Lowe
    Chan varies the film’s stylistic veneer of naturalism with occasional, lyrical scenes of the lush woodsy environs surrounding the family home and flashbacks to the kids’ childhoods, as well as moments of low-key visual humor, as the pair stumble about searching for clues to their mother’s secret life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Lowe
    Overall, the writers have crafted a well-articulated universe with distinct settings and relatable, compelling characters devoted to a thrilling quest for redemption.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Lowe
    Distilling a couple of decades of stunt work and second-unit directing experience into 96 minutes of runtime, Stahelski and Leitch expertly deliver one action highlight after another in a near-nonstop thrill ride.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Lowe
    The film’s bucolic mood is constantly threatened by the prevailing reality of violence and injustice in the region, a creeping tension that Syeed carefully calibrates to emphasize the tenuousness of his characters’ relationships.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Whimsically combining elements of sci-fi, drama and musical comedy, J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker’s debut feature is a unique mashup that succeeds more by sheer originality than any singular reserve of talent.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Despite some shortcomings, Pussy Riot remains a significant contribution to the ongoing dialogue assessing the current state of Russian society and culture, as well as the sometimes tenuous status of free speech in the free world.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Linsanity reaffirms that the best sports stories originate with dimensional, relatable subjects who earn respect and admiration through their personal struggles and triumphs.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Filming a truly immersive and dimensional adaptation of a Kerouac novel remains an ongoing challenge for any filmmaker, but Polish’s film comes closer than most, while adding another layer of complexity to the author’s venerable reputation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    An appealing documentary about one of the American West’s unique cowboy conservationists.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Fredrik Bond makes a promising feature debut with this fanciful crime-drama romance that gratifyingly eschews strict genre classification.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Swanberg's modest script lays out some fairly mundane domestic situations, which the actors elevate with a collaborative style characterized by gentle humor and authentic, frequently overlapping dialogue.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Vitthal realizes the virtues of keeping things simple, minimizing the complexity of shots and editing to keep the focus on the characters, which constitute the strongest component of the film.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Under Saldanha's guidance, an extensive team of animators and visual effects artists elevates the 3D format to an alluring level, with character details, dense background imagery and often complex action and aerial sequences (including a requisite Busby Berkeley-inspired musical number) appearing effortlessly executed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    The greatest strengths of the film clearly come from Green’s novel, which resolutely refuses to become a cliched cancer drama, creating instead two vibrant, believable young characters.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Simien intensifies the impact of both action and dialogue with a self-reflexive directorial style that creates a marginally heightened sense of reality, revealing more about characters' motivations than would conventionally be expected.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Genre comparisons aside, the expert timing and clever setups that were exhilaratingly employed in You’re Next are mostly absent here... Fortunately Barrett and Wingard haven’t lost their ironically humorous touch, as most of the film’s uneasy laughs revolve around upending typical thriller expectations.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Obscure, lyrical and exhibiting a far more European sensibility than even many American indies, Tim Sutton’s second feature is suffused with deep thoughts and emotions, but demands patience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Solid performances from the small cast and robust visuals will be clear selling points with audiences seeking the raw excitement of an elemental survival film.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Davey’s tortuous emotional distress, while generically relatable, seems more appropriate to a younger teen rather than a young woman who’s practically a college freshman. This curious disjunction impacts the performances as well, which are adequate but rarely persuasive.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    The film’s restricted scope of analysis and limited selection of sources threatens to undermine its conclusions.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Not that it isn’t entertaining, but the film's premise is certainly well past its “use by” date, resulting in another passably palatable sequel distinguished by a lack of narrative and stylistic coherence that could potentially underpin a really viable franchise.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    The filmmakers’ intent to depict them as “normal guys” mostly succeeds, primarily due to their not inconsiderable charm.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Without a strong thematic throughline, Levy relies on a highly episodic structure, letting the subject matter lead him along, rather than shaping the material into a compelling package.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Although a rather self-congratulatory air intermittently hangs over the film, the accomplishments of the participants and the popularity of motorcycling speak for themselves, without the need for superfluous commentary.

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