For 133 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Brian Lowry's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 100 The Pelican Brief
Lowest review score: 10 Cool World
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 133
  2. Negative: 14 out of 133
133 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Brian Lowry
    A small, melancholy movie that explores cultural differences and dealing with death in an utterly charming, understated manner.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    A polished and satisfying film, yet one that conspicuously feels even more like a consumer product than most Disney revivals of its animated classics.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    The problem is that those pulling Child's Play's strings don't consistently commit to anything other than the gore.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    Even grading on a curve, though, Murder Mystery is a tired, bordering on tiresome endeavor -- feeling like the pilot for a not-very-good TV show -- as well as a reminder that Netflix's content buffet caters to all kinds of tastes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Lowry
    Toy Story 4 delivers a cinematic grand slam, a nine-years-later sequel that's wholly equal to the high expectations raised by the terrific trio that it follows. Touching, raucously funny, adventurous and yes, even profound, Pixar's signature property once again touches them all.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    A private eye who's "a sex machine to all the chicks," as the song went back in 1971, isn't exactly tailor-made to 2019. The new "Shaft" plays with that tension but yields mixed results, in an action comedy that's neither consistently funny nor especially exciting, despite Samuel L. Jackson's second stab at the part.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    The movie conjures some of the goofy charms associated with the franchise, but sags in its midsection like "Endgame"-vintage Thor before nicely rallying at the finish.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    There's a good movie to be made about a woman wading into late-night TV's headwinds -- both in front of and behind the curtain. Despite solid moments, Late Night isn't consistently it.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Simon Kinberg has worked on scripts for three previous X-Men films, and with his promotion here to writer and director, approaches the material with considerable conviction, as well as plenty of callbacks to the earlier movies. What he can't do, at least consistently, is make this story pop, or prevent the inevitable showdown -- with multiple parties engaged in a massive battle -- fully engaging, as opposed to devolving into a sort-of chaotic mess.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Park and Wong are both innately likable, which makes the movie pleasant enough to watch, but also a bit of a slog given the ostensible inevitability of where it's heading.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Brian Lowry
    Those raised on John's music will surely luxuriate in the songs, from the title track to "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Your Song" to "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me." In those moments, it's easy to share the euphoric sense of being lifted off the ground. It's only a bit of shame that Rocketman, as constructed, doesn't consistently stay airborne.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    The net effect is more numbing than stirring, with only a few monster-on-monster tussles that come close to being worth the price of admission.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Lowry
    Chalk it up to modest expectations -- starting with early previews that rubbed people the wrong way -- but Aladdin is a great deal of fun, with charming leads and elaborately mounted songs. It's hardly a whole new world, but in this suddenly well-populated land of live-action reboots, makes the most out of its familiar one.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Proves just clever enough to come out on the right side of a split decision.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    There's a lot of teeth-sinking, bordering on scenery-chewing, in this latest film from writer-director Dan Gilroy, which reunites him with Gyllenhaal and real-life spouse Rene Russo after their collaboration on "Nightcrawler."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Still, the madcap nature of the exercise -- and narrative road map that the earlier movie provides -- can't help but make this incarnation feel less inspired, for all its colorful irreverence, before rallying a bit at the finish.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    A mildly pleasant but significantly flawed vehicle for Taraji P. Henson.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    A wholly forgettable movie, most likely to be remembered, lamentably, for its contributing role in Neeson landing in hot water.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Isn't It Romantic has charm to burn, in a light-hearted send-up of romantic comedies that playfully turns all the familiar tropes into a lively vehicle for Rebel Wilson. The movie owes a thematic debt to "Groundhog Day," but mostly -- in a film so conscious of conventions that it niftily bleeps its foul language -- it's a heckuva lot of fun.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    There are no icebergs here, but that doesn't prevent the movie from sinking under its own weight.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    A solidly made animated feature, but one more notable for the height of its aspirations than its consistent ability to deliver on them.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    The movie does contain an empowering message thanks to its gender distinction, which is thrown into sharper focus by the period. Yet while it's a welcome landmark, Marvel and Disney's ambitious plans will almost surely reduce that status to a historical footnote.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    Wonder Park feels like the kind of mild attraction that younger kids might enjoy when it hits secondary platforms. It's just not an adventure that's worth the price of a ticket or standing in line to see.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Richardson, in particular, shines in the role.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Us
    As a first film, this movie would have surely been hailed for its promise. Held up against a debut that garnered a well-deserved Oscar nomination and honors for best original screenplay, it's easy to come way thinking that "Us" doesn't merit all that fuss.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Dumbo achieves a minor miracle, taking a challenging animated classic and completely refashioning it into an effective, often-charming live-action movie.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Brian Lowry
    A bloody mess.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    Even with the interlocking nature of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Endgame feels like a triumph of narrative engineering -- weaving in enough callbacks to earlier movies to delight even the nerdiest patrons.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    One wishes the movie had a little more heft to it. It's fine, even welcome, to see a superhero exult in his abilities, and on that level, "Shazam!" is generally fun. Even so, that lightning symbol notwithstanding, the film only occasionally conjures the spark of magic that gives the title its meaning.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Long Shot is a movie somewhat at war with itself, seeking to combine political satire with crude (in the mode of many Seth Rogen movies) romantic comedy. Both elements work in fits and starts, but they tend to offset each other, yielding a film more enjoyable for individual moments than any sort of cohesive whole.

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