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For 21 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 28% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 72% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Brian Lowry's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 90 Avengers: Endgame
Lowest review score: 25 Hellboy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
21 movie reviews
    • 54 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    Everything worth seeing in Pokemon Detective Pikachu neatly fits in the coming-attractions trailer, leaving a pretty numbing additional 100 minutes of sound and furry. Those deeply invested in the franchise will likely find bits to like, but in terms of fashioning a memorable live-action version, alas, that's not in the cards.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Deliver(s) adrenaline-fueled thrills, before fatigue creeps into the unrelenting mayhem about halfway through.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    While time is likely on the side of its leads, their chemistry only goes so far in what feels, finally, like a half-baked movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    The biggest surprise, frankly, might be that the funniest person here is frequently Manganiello. Indeed, the mere visual juxtaposition of the towering “Magic Mike” star and Reubens in the same frame together is practically a special effect in itself.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    Other than skewering Trump, both personally and politically, this is obviously a rather slim construct. And while Depp throws his all into perhaps his hammiest role since Jack Sparrow, it probably would have benefited from a bit less length and a tighter focus.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Ultimately, Fox’s stab at reviving one of its inherited Marvel properties feels less like a blockbuster for this age of comics-oriented tentpoles than it does another also-ran — not an embarrassment, but an experiment that didn’t gel.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    The producers, obviously, are good storytellers, and there is something to be said — touched on here — about their shifting roles as TV has embraced an auteur quality. Still, the resulting doc finally feels like less than the sum of its anecdotes.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Crisp and efficient, with the occasional clunky moments, Parker also shows off Jennifer Lopez (literally) to good effect, while mostly squandering the rest of its first-rate cast.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    The execution, alas, prevents this from being a genuine crowdpleaser, with the better moments (mostly of the schmaltzy variety) more than offset by the irritating and tedious ones.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Handsome but hollow, Snow White & the Huntsman is easily among the stranger additions to a roster of rebooted fairy tales.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    What starts out crisp and promising gives way to a conventional shoot-'em-up in Safe, a fast-paced but extremely familiar vehicle for Jason Statham, who can only carry the material so far on his brawny shoulders.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    While the result deserves some credit for finding a creative way to bring the book to life, the overlapping storylines simply aren't compelling enough, despite the best efforts of a game and attractive cast.

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