For 133 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Lowe's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 90 Mission Blue
Lowest review score: 0 The Impaler
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 133
  2. Negative: 24 out of 133
133 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 41 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Much of the naval action is realistically and thrillingly staged with blazing cannon fire and slashing swordplay that sufficiently diverts attention from the sometimes unrealistic special effects.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Although the pacing would have benefited from some judicious tightening, much of the film’s effectiveness is attributable to the lead actors’ well-modulated performances.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Aside from some uneven handling of the cast, Ball competently styles the action sequences throughout the film and capitalizes on his VFX expertise with pulse-pounding scenes tracking the Runners through the Maze battling Grievers.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Nalin and cinematographers Anuj Dhawan and Swapnil Sonawane do an admirable job profiling the experiences of their selected subjects, although some trimming of the 115-minute runtime would help tighten the narrative focus.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    The film is attractively and professionally packaged however, with accomplished camerawork and editing supporting a narrative that eventually seems to reveal more smoke than fire.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    An accomplished first feature that doesn't quite achieve its initial promise.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Strauss-Schulson brings an appropriately wacky comedic style to The Final Girls. Co-writers M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller have shamelessly raided the horror-movie canon, efficiently repurposing familiar references to amusing effect, without neglecting nods to Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and similar fare.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Sanga establishes the film’s offbeat style by frequently relying on Kieslowski’s quirky voiceover to frame events, a technique that boosts the effectiveness of characterization but somewhat diminishes the impact of plot developments.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Mustang fanatics will be thrilled by the level of access that Ford provided the filmmakers to shoot at the company’s Dearborn, Mich., headquarters and interview the Mustang design team headed by chief engineer Dave Pericak. Even so, it may be difficult to escape a sense that the film sometimes plays like an extended product promo.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    The whimsically humorous script relies primarily on playing up the individual idiosyncrasies of the characters rather than full-on comedic situations, although the overall approach remains grounded in reality, rather than taking to Wes Anderson-style flights of fancy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Building on a string of B-movie action titles like Assassin’s Bullet and Ninja, martial arts veteran Florentine doesn’t need any schooling on running an efficient and energetic production.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Liberally riffing on situations and themes familiar from the high school-set movies that established the renowned writer-director’s legacy, Lee has crafted an entertaining alternative interpretation that substitutes an international cast of Asian actors for Hughes’ largely white, suburban ensembles.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Meyer...and his easy rapport with the kids and Sacks helps coax sometimes surprisingly candid comments from his subjects. What’s missing however is adequate background on how the boys became such impressive young musicians and why they gravitated toward heavy metal rather than pop or rap.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    The cast’s performances adhere to appropriately exaggerated comedic expectations, but could have benefitted from more specific character differentiation.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Coming in a few notches below the terror factor of Wan’s most exemplary material, this somewhat less-satisfying variation of an ill-fated haunting nonetheless represents a solid debut for Swedish filmmaker David F. Sandberg
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Yadav’s concerns about discrimination and violence against women are evident in nearly every scene of the film, as her script positions each of the principal characters to undergo an experience of self-actualization in defiance of prevailing patriarchal norms.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Inspiring as her journey may be, however, the film tracks an overly familiar arc, dwelling on Shields' disadvantaged background, teenage romance with another young boxer and family turmoil but providing limited focus on the sport of women's boxing or the complexities of obtaining training sponsorship or lucrative endorsements.
    • 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.

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