Brian Lowry

Brian Lowry
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Contributor, Variety
Publications: CNN.com, Variety

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
25% The Goldfinch (2019) The movie represents a transparent bid to bring the book's prestige to the screen, but it's another case of literary underpinnings being lost in translation. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
87% Hustlers (2019) A solid caper movie rooted in the challenges associated with running any criminal enterprise -- a more modest version of Goodfellas, with less blood, and more skin. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
45% Camp Rock (2008) Camp Rock is the kind of confection that requires copious brushing and flossing immediately afterward, but given Disney's track record, that won't dissuade four out of five girls with Jonas Brothers fever from sinking their teeth right in. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
90% Descendants (2015) The movie boasts a stronger, more assured story than most of the recent youth-oriented live-action musicals Disney has offered, with plenty of brightly colored bells and whistles as well as songs that range from Broadway to rap. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
67% Descendants 2 (2017) [W]hile the first exhibited flashes of inspiration, the second feels entirely phoned in, as if it could skate by on the title alone. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
72% Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2019) Compared to the original, both the message and the messenger look more flawed. But stripped to its core, Super Size Me 2 answers those questions in a manner that still manages to leave you feeling shaken and, if not crispy, a little steamed. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
85% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Like its subject, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice hits all the right notes. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
63% It Chapter Two (2019) It Chapter Two is in many ways a victim of its own success, a sequel virtually assured a vast audience that proceeds to undermine its virtues by conspicuously overplaying them and overstaying its welcome. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
84% Untouchable (2019) Untouchable doesn't provide all the answers, but it frames this still-unfolding story -- and the entertainment industry's awakening to it -- in stark, thoughtful and unsettling detail. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
97% American Factory (2019) It is, in essence, a scholarly, almost sociological treatment of the material, in a way that broadly speaks to the plight of these blue-collar workers, with an empathy that's personal but not partisan. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
88% Blinded by the Light (2019) "Blinded by the Light" represents such a sweet, easy-to-relate-to story that it deserves to be seen, at the least, by anyone who has shown a little faith that there's magic in the arts -- either in music, or a darkened theater. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" might have lost something in the translation from page to screen, but taken on its terms the movie is satisfying... - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a sort of welcome throwback, a horror movie cleverly designed to be more spooky than truly grisly. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Even with the occasional dollop of dog-related humor, The Art of Racing in the Rain feels as ponderous as its title. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
21% The Kitchen (2019) Although there are some solid moments, the resulting concoction is a bit of a mess, the kind that makes one wish these very busy, in-demand performers were a bit more selective. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
No Score Yet Rosie O'Donnell: A Heartfelt Stand Up (2015) A Heartfelt Stand Up blunts its impact, feeling like more of the same from a comedienne who has done quite well, admittedly, by consistently wearing her heart on her sleeve. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
No Score Yet Chris Rock: Never Scared (2004) This might not be a Rock spec for the ages, but in its laugh-out-loud examination of timeless themes, it still seems destined to age quite well. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
78% Descendants 3 (2019) wWhatever magic Descendants initially possessed, this third time around the spell is pretty clearly fading. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
No Score Yet Lewis Black: Black on Broadway (2004) As angry comics go, Black blusters with the best of them, but his material can't quite sustain this format, resulting in an hour that's amusing but ultimately nothing to shout about. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
30% The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) The problem stems from a general flatness of the characters and, despite the harrowing situations, storytelling. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The generally appealing if in-no-way-surprising mix of elements reflects what amounts to an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) For those well-versed in the writer-director's work, it's a credible and intriguing addition to his filmography. Yet at 2 hours and 41 minutes, it also feels too leisurely in connecting its threads. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Despite its shortcomings, Mike Wallace is Here is well worth watching, primarily for Wallace's interviews with a who's who of celebrities and world leaders -- augmented by outtakes, raw material and previously unseen archival footage. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
87% The Great Hack (2019) It is, admittedly, a lot to process. Yet at the very least, this sobering documentary should make anybody who clears two hours to watch it want to learn more, to be more skeptical about what finds its way into one's inbox. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell says a whole lot about grief, guilt and determining what's important in life, while still providing its share of laughs. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) The result is a polished and satisfying film, yet one that conspicuously feels even more like a consumer product than most Disney revivals of its animated classics. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
No Score Yet Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age (2018) The most unsettling aspect of Swiped,... [is] whether those responsible have simply brought another shiny new wrinkle into the process of pairing up or, more unnervingly, opened Pandora's box. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Even with a plot that builds off the emotional heft of Endgame, another mediocre villain, heavy dose of Disney Channel-level romance and too much clunky shtick... made this feel qualitatively more like a middle-weight contender. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
58% Ophelia (2019) Ophelia brings a feminist quality to the character despite the period setting. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
100% At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (2019) By turning the documentary into such a powerful forum for the resolve and resilience of these young women, [Erin Lee] Carr, in filmmaking terms, really sticks the landing. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
64% Child's Play (2019) While the movie initially features modestly clever wrinkles, the satirical and technology-inspired elements recede as the conventional slasher bits take over. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
45% Murder Mystery (2019) 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. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
32% Shaft (2019) An action comedy that's neither consistently funny nor especially exciting, despite Samuel L. Jackson's second stab at the part. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) 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. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
90% Ice on Fire (2019) A better-than-most film on the topic that gets beyond the dire warnings to contemplating what can actually be done to help turn, or at least significantly curb, the tide. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
22% Men in Black International (2019) All told, it's a breezy but too-often flat popcorn movie, one that tests the considerable chemistry of its stars, former Thor compatriots Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. That the movie holds up as well as it does is a tribute to the two. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
23% Dark Phoenix (2019) "Dark Phoenix" does little to squelch the sense that it's about time to put a torch to things and boot -- or more likely, reboot -- "X-Men" back into a 21st-century universe. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
97% Deadwood: The Movie (2019) "Deadwood: The Movie" provides a welcome if bittersweet, characteristically foul-mouthed reunion, one that more than justifies saddling up the entire gang for one more ride. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
90% Always Be My Maybe (2019) 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. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Egerton's electric performance as the famed rock star drives this jukebox musical. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) 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. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
95% Running with Beto (2019) "Running With Beto" works best, in other words, when viewed as a marathon, not a sprint. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) "Aladdin" is a great deal of fun, with charming leads and elaborately mounted songs. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) 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. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) [It] certainly follows that script -- or rather, lack of one -- delivering adrenaline-fueled thrills, before fatigue creeps into the unrelenting mayhem about halfway through. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
94% What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) He was, indeed, the greatest, and while "What's My Name" clearly portrays those qualities, as constructed, it's merely pretty good. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Detective Pikachu isn't that bad, and the movie arrives helpfully armed with a couple decades worth of equity and goodwill; still, once you've gotten your fill of its wisecracking namesake, even grading on a curve, it isn't good. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
66% Wine Country (2019) Wine Country goes down like a decent pinot grigio -- something that might not be a medal winner, but which isn't half bad. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Efron not only bears a striking resemblance to Bundy... but deftly captures the off-kilter nature of his demeanor... That doesn't elevate the material, necessarily, as much as it does add to the queasiness watching it. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
100% The Last Survivors (2019) The Last Survivors... is the stronger of the two. - CNN.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019