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For 341 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Brian Lowry's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Vietnam War
Lowest review score: 10 Life of Kylie: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 341
341 tv reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 55 Brian Lowry
    A goofy HBO comedy from "Veep" creator Armando Iannucci, which has its moments but never consistently feels out of this world.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    Netflix's Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez makes a more valiant effort to find the truth, at least in terms of probing causes of his behavior.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 65 Brian Lowry
    A much more basic dish, but still a pretty good one thanks to its appealing ingredients.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Brian Lowry
    At a moment when immigration has become such a polarizing political issue, "Little America" feels like a tonic, one intended to inspire and unabashedly celebrate people who chose to make America their home.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    A gorgeous eight-part "Masterpiece" miniseries. Although fans will find many of the requisite Austen touches -- including smoldering suitors and jockeying for a large inheritance -- this PBS presentation includes issues not only of class but race, with a dollop of sex for good measure.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    Much of the credit here belongs to Price, who wrote the first five chapters, deftly beginning with a story that appears rooted in reality before gradually peeling back layers -- in exceptionally creepy fashion -- that suggest a more unsettling force at play.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    The series has a lot going on, and it's certainly food for thought. Yet given what a third-rail topic the subject tends to be, the rewards don't seem to justify the risk, in the same way the merits of "Messiah" season one, once completed, don't wholly justify the time investment.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    The concept is considerably better than the execution in Party of Five, but that idea -- breathing urgency and relevance into a reboot of the 1994 Fox series -- counts for quite a lot, hanging the predicament of the children forced to fend for themselves on the deportation of their immigrant parents.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    The cast is unusually good, with Mary Steenburgen as Zoey's mom and Lauren Graham ("Gilmore Girls") as her boss, who both get a chance to show off their musical pipes in later episodes.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    The challenge is that touching upon so many diverse threads risks diluting the focus from the fundamental issue at the heart of the Kelly story, which remains, as articulated by author Jim DeRogatis, "How did he get away with this for 30 years?"
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Lowry
    In some respects, You just feels like one of the CW shows that Berlanti produces -- just really sharply executed, with a densely serialized edge.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 45 Brian Lowry
    Henry Cavill plays the title role in The Witcher, but giving a pulse to this dreary medieval fantasy series is too much of a job even for Superman.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    If the goal was to produce a version that would still leave you feeling kind of lousy, like a bleak lump of coal in your stocking, as opposed to infused with Christmas cheer, well, mission sort-of accomplished, but to what end?
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    There's clearly no reason for Mrs. Maisel to hang up the mic. But as any comic can attest, that doesn't mean there isn't room for fine-tuning and freshening up its act.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    If the presentation feels like a bit of an experiment, the content -- adapted from an Australian show -- is too familiar to be much more than ho-ho-hum.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    The result of this very adult comedy (seriously, not for kids) feels very inside baseball -- skewed as it is toward the kind of fanboys who'll appreciate the way-inside jokes and savor the overall naughtiness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 35 Brian Lowry
    Seemingly inspired by "Rosemary's Baby," there's no recovering from the worm-ridden nature of its concept, which starts off fuzzy and weird and doesn't get much clearer over time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Lowry
    The Crown ushers in a new cast, but the Netflix historical drama's compelling and regal formula -- exploring the obligations and indignities associated with the seemingly sun-drenched life of the British Royal Family -- remains the same, and indeed has only deepened as the principals advance into middle age.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Lowry
    The simplicity of Dollface doesn't make the show any less fun, although this slenderly conceived comedy vehicle for "2 Broke Girls" star Kat Dennings could easily have landed on a conventional broadcast network. As is, it's a nice addition to Hulu's lineup of originals, and a whole lot less depressing than "The Handmaid's Tale."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Lowry
    Happily, the show's brisk, handsomely produced 39-minute premiere is a great deal of fun, giving fans reason to have a good feeling about this.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    Coming on the heels of "Watchmen," it's another notable post-movie effort to build a series around a literary property, yielding (in this case) a paper-thin result.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Lowry
    Saying it's not worth watching "See" is a little too easy. Still, with apologies to the owls, this show is strictly for the birds.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Lowry
    Steinfeld is an appealing young star, but she deserves a better vehicle than this one. As Dickinson wrote, "Hope is the thing with feathers." It will take more than that to get "Dickinson" off the ground.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Brian Lowry
    Give For All Mankind credit for a nicely calibrated takeoff, but five episodes in, it's following the kind of ragged flight plan that doesn't raise hopes that the show has the right stuff to stick the landing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    To the extent The Morning Show is Apple's way of sounding the alarm for its new service, feel safe to hit the "snooze" button.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    Mrs. Fletcher takes a concept that sounds like a snooze and turns it into an unexpectedly absorbing limited series. Give much of the credit to "The Leftovers" producer-writer Tom Perrotta -- adapting his book -- and star Kathryn Hahn, who throws her all into a role distinguished by its lack of clear definition.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    The peccadilloes of royalty never go out of fashion, but Catherine -- with her tumultuous decades-long reign -- brings more intrigue to the party than most. Couple that with Mirren's presence, and "Catherine the Great" pretty well lives up to its name.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Lowry
    It is, by any measure, a pretty tepid addition to an already saturated genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Lowry
    This is all pretty stiff, predictable stuff, built around the operatic pangs of teen romance and the mystery of Alaska's fate, with peripheral forays into class and racial divides. All told, the eight-episode limited series is a pretty slim if earnest conceit.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Lowry
    A bizarrely twisty, highly inventive dark comedy that, among other things, considers the elusive quest for happiness. The premise, frankly, really doesn't do this Netflix series justice, as the producers somehow keep pulling rabbits -- and unexpected wrinkles -- out of hats.

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