For 251 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 6% 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: 57
Highest review score: 100 Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
Lowest review score: 0 The Impaler
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 251
251 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Lowe
    The technical and logistical details of the project are constantly fascinating, but it’s these emotional moments that pack most of the film’s power.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    With The Vanished, filmmaker and actor Peter Facinelli channels that fundamental fear into a compact, consistently unpredictable thriller that provides few reassurances, but plenty of surprises.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Cut Throat City will doubtless grab the attention of RZA’s diverse fanbase, but looks unlikely to make a significant mark among contemporary crime dramas.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    More curio than classic, Four Kids and It may hold children’s attention (and sometimes test adults’ patience) over the movie’s brief running time, but seems unlikely to inspire many a rewatch.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    The dynamics among the Mystery Inc. team members remain fairly intact however, with the female roles in particular registering more clearly and confidently than in past iterations. In part that’s due to more dimensional scripting, as well as on-point performances from the voice cast, with Rodriguez rocking Velma’s unapologetic geek streak and Seyfried embodying a smoothly cool Daphne.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Irrepressibly inventive and often impulsively unrestrained, Emily Cohn’s CRSHD guilelessly celebrates digital youth culture and its sometimes messy inconsistency with abundant energy and attitude.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    For anyone who’s had to struggle to escape difficult situations, the self-reliance and perseverance these teens require to improve their lives will seem quite familiar and reassuringly realistic. Pahokee is also a worthwhile reminder for those who haven’t faced similar challenges that things rarely come easy for those from modest circumstances.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Abe
    Andrade serves up an enticing dramedy that wholeheartedly celebrates the potential for multicultural cuisine to unite people from distinctly different traditions, even in the face of determined opposition.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    It feels too much like we’ve been here, done this already.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Power and Marks clearly have a facility with dialogue, and even though many of their plot points may represent standard dramedy material, the two elevate scene after scene with imaginative insults and witty banter among the characters.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    Wilson acquits himself adequately enough, emphasizing pacing over character development, but delivering a series of kinetically propelled scenes that clearly benefit from his extensive visual effects experience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Lowe
    Ryan White crafts a piercingly observant investigative documentary that methodically pieces together a complex collage of incriminating evidence outlining a carefully orchestrated attempt to conceal the sinister implications behind Kim’s assassination.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    By turns intriguingly odd and frustratingly obscure, this is confidently quirky material that nonetheless boasts superior production values with style to spare.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Justin Lowe
    Michael and Thomas Matthews’ debut feature Lost Holiday gives the impression of an in-joke that never quite lands.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Lowe
    The filmmakers’ reliance on romantic situations throughout the midsection may have some older teens and adults rolling their eyes, but the final scenes over-deliver with a literal flood of action that enables Hinako to definitively prove herself and discover her true calling.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Justin Lowe
    Tiresomely unimaginative feature.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Lowe
    There’s barely any let-up in tension throughout the film, even during interviews with subjects who could either be concealing murderous personal histories or potential victims risking their lives to disclose the excesses of law enforcement.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Lowe
    Miller demonstrates even less conviction than his writers, relying on frequent flashbacks to fill in backstory that’s not evident from the main plot and substituting CGI exteriors for actual locations. His workmanlike approach conveys the essentials without delivering many of the thrills or stylistic flourishes that the genre demands, adequately fulfilling a familiar expectation for forgettable entertainment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Polsky crafts an engaging, in-depth examination of the intersection of politics and hockey as Russia struggles to gain its balance following the demise of the Soviet Union.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    A lethal little ensemble feature that packs quite a few thrills into a compact format.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    It’s a fun concept, but the feature lacks the deft touch required to make disembowelments and virgin sacrifices actually seem amusing, although gore-hounds will certainly get their fill.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Lowe
    Ku shows a decent grasp of plot mechanics, but never manages to adequately develop the characters or effectively modulate the film’s pacing, even in the brief action scenes, which prove too tame by typical Cage standards.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Interweaving two distinct storylines linked by recurring characters imbues the narrative with a powerful resonance though, somewhat undercut by the more prosaic contemporary scenes, which lack the same degree of tension as the mountain segments.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Lowe
    Although it makes for an initially absorbing narrative and filmmaking challenge, with nowhere for the characters to run or hide, the thrills and shocks gradually become repetitive, as the writer-director recycles his own material, forcing the girls to evade the same threats again and again.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Favoring psychological chills over blood-soaked mayhem, Callahan’s impressively crafted debut nods to recent horror classics while displaying an eminently distinctive vision of its own.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Justin Lowe
    DeNucci has a good sense for period detail, costuming and accessorizing the cast with a color palette ranging from earthy yellow through fashionable beige to muddy brown. Stylistically though, the film doesn’t have much in common with its most distinctive progenitors, missing an opportunity to recreate an authentic 70s aesthetic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Lowe
    Rich with revealing observations and engaging anecdotes, Slater’s documentary skirts the nostalgia trap by entertainingly connecting with an impressive lineup of contemporary singer-songwriters referencing the influential '60s pop style with their own releases.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Lowe
    Incorporating elements of drama and suspense, Passon’s pic avoids directly confronting her heroines' covertly sociopathic tendencies, preferring to view them as the outcome of internalized trauma rather than criminal intent.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Alternately incisive and uneven.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Lowe
    Although she seems primarily concerned with whether conflicting views of sexuality can be reconciled in a committed relationship, Cash dresses the issues up in so many layers of cuteness that the message practically gets smothered by the candy-colored cinematography and insistent indie-pop soundtrack.

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