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For 651 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Brian Lowry's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 A Very English Scandal: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Life of Kylie: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 651
651 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 55 Brian Lowry
    While there's a fine line between Hawkins and the Upside Down, from a narrative perspective the portal separating epic from overkill can be just as narrow.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Brian Lowry
    While there are still four installments to come, based on the liftoff, the Force is still very much with "Obi-Wan Kenobi," which may possess a bit less spring in its step but has lost none of its allure to those who have long followed him.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    The result is a five-part Apple TV+ series packed with plenty of dino might.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    With Musk very much in the news, "Crash Course" offers a window into this inordinately outspoken and controversial billionaire and the corporate culture that he fosters. Yet more urgently, it raises questions about the safety of Tesla owners when they employ Autopilot now, not where they'll be two years from now.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Brian Lowry
    Assembled with a level of ambition worthy of Carlin’s verbal dexterity, directors Judd Apatow (who not long ago produced a similar ode to Garry Shandling) and Michael Bonfiglio have endeavored to contextualize the comic’s work through key events.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Brian Lowry
    Thanks to Spacek and Simmons, the show proves initially worthwhile despite being its meandering pace. For now, that tandem makes it worth watching the “Sky.” Continuing to do so, like the show itself, remains an unsolved riddle.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    "Angelyne" approximates its subject in the wrong ways: It's big, attention-getting and has all the depth of a billboard. Emmy Rossum stars and produced this limited series, which doesn't profess to be truth but rather a facsimile of it. In a year that's already given the world the superior "Pam & Tommy," consider this evidence that impressive makeup alone isn't enough.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 35 Brian Lowry
    It's an admirable effort, but one that simply underscores how unadaptable this material might be -- the bottom line being that if time is indeed precious, these six episodes finally feel too much like a waste of it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Odd and tense, Candy burnishes Jessica Biel's crime-based limited series credentials, following her star-producer turn in "The Sinner." Here, those two hats come in the service of an understated "whydunit" true crime yarn with all the trappings of a "Dateline" episode, which happily doesn't overstay its welcome at five episodes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    A direct prequel populated by younger versions of characters like Spock and Uhura, it’s hardly a bold construct but it’s mostly an entertaining one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    While the episodes occasionally grind too slowly, Colin Firth's riveting work as the hard-to-read suspect elevates this HBO Max limited series several steps above standard true-crime fare.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Cements its place among Netflix's finest dramas. Having already shown itself to be one of those addictive series that pushed the boundaries of serialized thrillers, its full-throttle race to settle accounts in this final flurry of episodes officially closes the deal.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    Moss is obviously a draw, but even she can only do so much with thin and confusing material.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Lowry
    "Under the Banner of Heaven" isn't quite a great show, but it's a solidly good one.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    The whole exercise would be considerably stronger as a five- or six-part series that went lighter on both personal detours and the juxtaposition of organized crime figures with the struggles of Ruddy and director Francis Ford Coppola (Dan Fogler) to preserve their vision.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    We Own This City doesn’t reach the level that “The Wire” did. Yet in terms of bringing a sharp dramatic eye to big-city policing, Simon and company pretty much own this genre.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Barreling forward without much apparent thought to its own longevity, “Barry” returns without missing a beat, fearlessly racing through story with a mix of darkly comic violence and drop-dead-funny visual gags. Delving deeper into Hollywood’s quirks and its title character’s double life, the crackling third season continues to operate like a high-wire act without a net.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    As always, the Kardashians' lives don't unfold with a great sense of urgency, devoting the first two episodes to the preparations for Kim's "SNL" stint, while eliciting fairly obvious exchanges like her marveling, "This will be live. Live."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    While "Russian Doll" didn't fully explain the "Groundhog Day"-like aspects of what was happening in its first go-round, it finally reached a logical conclusion. By contrast, the altered nature of Nadia and Alan's predicament mostly just feels like, "Well, we got picked up for another season, so why not?"
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    The mystery here proves more convoluted and difficult to track. ... It seems fair to say "The Flight Attendant" is a whole lot less fun than it was.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Deftly adding one more layer each year as it has approached the outer shell that was "Breaking Bad." ... Can they stick the landing? That's the last piece of this delicately constructed nesting doll left to unwrap.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    There's not much that's really new here, with Peacock's "John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise" having covered similar territory just last year. But Netflix provides both a wider platform, and the project comes with a somewhat more contemporary hook amid ongoing efforts continue to identify Gacy's victims, some of whom remain unknown.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    Think of it as a more satisfying companion to HBO's "Winning Time," or more focused alternative to ESPN's comprehensive Bulls chronicle "The Last Dance."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Lowry
    Setting a high bar for HBO's upcoming "The White House Plumbers," Gaslit looks at Watergate from the perspectives of several key players, deriving its title from the horrid treatment of Martha Mitchell. Losing a bit of momentum down the stretch thanks in part to its diffused storylines and semi-satirical tone, it's still an extremely well-cast look at the presidential scandal that made the suffix "gate" part of our lexicon.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 65 Brian Lowry
    An old-fashioned courtroom miniseries with a somewhat more modern backdrop of sexual politics, "Anatomy of a Scandal" is a crisply told, nicely binge-able mystery that doesn't overstay its welcome. Adapted from a novel, the material certainly doesn't break any ground but proves watchable enough for its various twists, some admittedly more strained than others.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    "Benjamin Franklin" might not be as showy as some of Burns' other works, but like all of them, it's still a keeper.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    The resulting Disney+ series starts well enough but becomes messier and more convoluted with each hour, leaving interest waning when it should be waxing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 55 Brian Lowry
    The strange case of Michelle Carter turns out to have been better suited to a documentary than a drama, as The Girl From Plainville -- Hulu's stark, spare eight-episode series -- proves too inward and clenched, despite Elle Fanning's convincing portrayal of the central player in the "texting suicide" case.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Deprived the company of the Duke (with Regé-Jean Page having opted to move on), the series remains frothy and watchable, if perhaps a bit less Lady Whistledown-worthy in this latest iteration.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    "Phoenix Rising" proves most compelling during the first part, which includes a step-by-step breakdown of common patterns that domestic abusers follow to control and intimidate victims.

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