For 55 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Lowe's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 80 The Retrieval
Lowest review score: 0 The Impaler
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 55
  2. Negative: 13 out of 55
55 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 72 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.
    • 77 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
    • 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.
    • 73 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.
    • 69 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.
    • 73 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Although Gregorini is very clear on where her lead characters are coming from, it’s where they’re headed that remains entirely vague, an oversight that leaves them unfortunately adrift.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    As a document of the American political process, Caucus offers an intriguing if limited snapshot of a specific campaign season, but lacks either breadth or depth.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    The script succeeds by expanding the Paranormal Activity mythology with additional details and even a few surprising twists.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Turns out to be something like a comic riff on "Training Day." Leaning more toward Hart's brand of slightly raunchy humor rather than Ice Cube's equally popular family-friendly fare, the PG-13 film exhibits broad appeal.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Creepy enough to get the job done, but not sufficiently extreme to fulfill the initial setup.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Rose-tinted as the film’s perspective may be, Ping Pong Summer is still a lingering, entertaining glance back at an era that Americans just can’t seem to get enough of, whether in music or movies.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    The scares are as hit-or-miss as the filmmaking in the second installment of the “VHS” found-footage horror anthology series.