For 188 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Lowe's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
Lowest review score: 0 The Impaler
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 188
  2. Negative: 30 out of 188
188 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Lowe
    An affecting emotional journey as well as a telling example of how the fortuitous intervention of social media continues to reshape lives in unexpected ways.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    With predominantly improvised dialogue and performances, Felt gains scant narrative complexity from an over-reliance on a no-frills documentary style.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    The threats faced in Runoff feel generic: predatory corporations, merciless banks, environmental contamination and encroaching industrialization just seem like overly familiar themes, lacking sustained suspense.
    • 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
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Insidious co-creator Leigh Whannell’s economical script vividly reimagines Elise’s motivations for using her “gift” to aid the demon-afflicted while providing a clearer plotline that avoids many of the convoluted indulgences of the first and second episodes.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    The movie is at its strongest when it integrates family dynamics into the plot rather than indulging in extreme couples therapy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    Such a deliberate setup is by design intended to create emotional conflict, so it’s perhaps fortuitous that the plot doesn't become even more contrived than it starts off.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    While Hooper favored shock value and jump scares, Kenan and cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe construct far more fluid sequences as the camera glides and hovers over its subjects, reserving the most impactful shots for the climactic scenes, particularly a concluding sequence that’s particularly thrilling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    With a style characterized by strong visual storytelling and a seamless rapport with actors both young and old, Bradley guides the cast with a gentle hand and a well-defined vision.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    A determined focus on tight plotting and engaging character development not only helps keep the budget in check, but also necessitates an economy of style that heightens the impact of the film’s numerous plot twists.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Lowe
    As low-budget horror filmmaking goes however, this is derivative, uninspired material.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    Intermittently amusing but rarely as funny as it wants to be.
    • 62 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    With filmmaking roots in horror and other genre fare, Taylor invokes some interesting cinematic choices but sometimes seems to be uneasily straddling the line between serious, intense drama and outright exploitation.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    Reliant on suspense rather than gore, this is functional middle-brow psychological horror and screenwriter Joe Croker finds plenty of tired haunted house tropes he’s happy to recycle in adapting material from Susan Hill’s original novel.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    Initially more a series of gags than a cohesive narrative, Merkins gets by on its considerable wit and a few genuinely hilarious moments for the first hour, then tries to play catch-up in the final 30 minutes by attempting to capitalize on marginal subplots.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Lowe
    Writer-director J.C. Khoury’s second feature is a romantic dramedy featuring a conventionally appealing cast that’s squandered on a dissatisfingly derivative premise.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    An accomplished first feature that doesn't quite achieve its initial promise.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Lowe
    Fastvold and co-writer Corbet subscribe to the less-is-more branch of screenwriting, assuming that audiences will be drawn in by the air of mystery surrounding the sisters, when in fact the lack of narrative detail is consistently off-putting.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Lowe
    What new information The Culture High offers is almost entirely subsumed by its sprawling ambitions to make every conceivable connection to the marijuana debate, limiting both its reliability and its impact.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Lowe
    The too-infrequent scare techniques, however, are mostly by the book, rarely developing sufficient dread to heighten the film’s rather unremarkable climax.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    Anders’ well-attuned comic sensibility makes for moments of hilarity in some of the more originally conceived scenes, but bogs down in predictability with reliance on too many stock situations that absorb the bulk of the running time.
    • 68 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Lowe
    The filmmakers attempt to inject some life into their dubiously thin narrative by incorporating sequences shot at actual haunted houses that favor more elaborate shock tactics.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Lowe
    Co-scripters and directors Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath never seem quite sure which horror subgenre the film should favor, as the supernatural elements demonstrate little synergy with the serial-killer procedural plotting.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Lowe
    The rather routine imitation of reality TV-style camera and editing techniques, along with uninspired special effects associated with Carson’s spiritual affliction, don’t attempt to break new ground but gain little by repeating familiar formulas.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Lowe
    Actor and first-time feature director Matt Rabinowitz’s intense focus on a fragile father-son relationship makes for unexceptional developments in The Frontier, an insubstantial low-budget ensembler.

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