For 187 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.8 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: 70 out of 187
  2. Negative: 30 out of 187
187 movie reviews
    • 57 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.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Lowe
    The film’s uneasy mixture of melodramatic and supernatural elements quickly devolves into a frequently risible genre mashup.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Lowe
    This passably palatable film never hits any real high notes.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    A blithely derivative romantic comedy that isn’t without a certain smug charm.
    • 65 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    Although screenwriter John Kare Raake’s Raiders of the Lost Ark template may sometimes seem a bit shopworn, at least it doesn’t dwell too indulgently on Viking mythology, playing to the strengths of the action scenario instead.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    Hughes and cinematographer Peter Menzies Jr. handle the assignment skillfully enough, but without much imagination, sticking to a conventional action style that is more about the quantity of explosions than nuances of execution.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    The castmembers portraying Splinter and the turtles achieve a persuasive level of realism that was never possible with the elaborate puppetry required for the original film series and adequately fulfill expectations for their characters.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Justin Lowe
    It's commonly expected that a self-described "thriller" should deliver some, well, thrills, but actor-director Zoe Quist's self-indulgent third feature turns out to be practically inert.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Lowe
    The reductionist plot eventually forces both the protagonists and the filmmakers into a blind shaft without a productive exit strategy.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Justin Lowe
    Aside from the ponderously contrived narrative, however, which mines a long list of supposedly relatable female insecurities and neuroses, much of the characterization relies on one-dimensional stereotyping.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Justin Lowe
    Commercial director Bruce Macdonald’s first feature film feels curiously inert.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Lowe
    There’s no shortage of eye candy on display, with acrobats, dancers, fireworks and carnival rides providing a colorful backdrop to the fairly formulaic story arc. The lack of specific background on the event's origins and history is somewhat frustrating, however, since the 85-minute runtime could certainly accommodate further exploration.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Lowe
    Nirmalakhandan attempts to pull off this whirlwind display of staggeringly dysfunctional family dynamics with a lightness of tone that’s often at odds with events in the film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Lowe
    The outcome is usually fairly tiresome, but on occasion reaches levels of moderate originality.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Justin Lowe
    Lacking sufficient self-parody to entertain as a campy monster-movie spoof, or the budget to thrill as action adventure or sci-fi, much like the creature it depicts, Poseidon Rex represents a throwback that even its own distributor can't really get behind.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Creepy enough to get the job done, but not sufficiently extreme to fulfill the initial setup.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Lowe
    Debuting directors Damon Maulucci and Keir Politz have a better sense of storycraft than the filmmaking on display.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Lowe
    Hank and Asha takes an unremarkable situation and renders it completely banal.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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