Allison Keene

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For 220 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Allison Keene's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Fleabag: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Married at First Sight: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 98 out of 220
  2. Negative: 17 out of 220
220 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    It’s funny, weird, caustic, and occasionally affecting (mostly thanks to Kelly), and parts of it are very good. But there’s also something fleeting about it that doesn’t make it standout as essential viewing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    It is really just a quiet and slow chess match between two men whose fates we aren’t tied to. That leaves us free to enjoy the machinations without being beholden to the side of the crooks or the posse, although it also doesn’t leave us with any stakes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    Ultimately Z: The Beginning of Everything is low-fi, escapist television that houses a serviceable biography with a fair amount of style, even though] its TV series format feels a little like a missed opportunity to tell the story in a different way.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    The charming, vulgar cacophony carries on. But for some, it may just be quieter and less urgent than it used to be.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    Time After Time has the opportunity to do something worthy of both of their light and dark legacies. Whether or not it does, only time will tell.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    The Get Down is ambitious, and sometimes it’s even fun. But it takes a whirling dervish approach to its visuals and its storytelling in a way that doesn’t do justice to its cast or to the fire behind this important moment in music history.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    Impressively, writers Tim Hill (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Jeff Morris (The Honor System) do Lifetime's meme-centric movie a great service by making it constantly snarky and self-aware. Everyone is in on the joke that it's ridiculous, and the movie plays up to that while still executing a workable plot.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    Despite the unfortunate monotone narration of Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Konkol, whose script is full of hard-boiled cliches ("must be something in the water," when speaking of Chicago's gangland past) and odd phrasing ("school closings and budget cuts: the ultimate buzzkill"), and time spent with Emanuel that is occasionally charming, but often feels like fodder for a campaign ad, Chicagoland has more pluses than minuses.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    Falling Water feels ambitious and maybe even a little pretentious, but we’ll see if it ends up earning a full season of viewer attention.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    The heartfelt but sometimes stiff pilot (with unnecessarily jerky camera work) struggles to tell the story of a young black woman breaking into a men’s professional field without turning it into a mini Hallmark movie. And though by the end of the hour we don’t have much of a sense of Ginny, we do get to know star catcher Mike Lawson, played with conceited yet charming aplomb by an almost unrecognizable Gosselaar.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    In its first few episodes the series feels a little too boilerplate in its characters and plotting to feel like essential viewing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    Speechless has a lot of promise, and Driver--who brings her same manic, pushy, yet charming persona over from NBC’s cancelled comedy About a Boy--is its driving force. But Yarbrough is quietly the show’s greatest asset, and his interactions with J.J. allow for both characters to have that coveted voice, one that makes them as deeply considered and uproariously funny as anyone else.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    The self-imposed restriction of having only 5 days to handle each case gives the episode some urgency, but the clunky dialogue and viewer hand-holding sets it back.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    It takes time to get going, and even four episodes in, still hasn’t really found its voice. HBO is clearly looking for another hit, but this one needs a little more time in A&R.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    The sprawling story is definitely more concerned with soapy plots than the realities of court and the battle for power between the Protestant and Roman Catholic Church, a la Wolf Hall, but like Versailles itself the results are charmingly ostentatious.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    Though a final reveal in the pilot feels a little gimmicky, it’s also a signal that the real drama (and tears) can start to flow. If you were a Parenthood fan, this series appears to be in a similar vein. Mark it one down as the most likely candidate for the guilty (or perhaps not so guilty) obsession of the fall season.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    Though Creature Shop's competition approach might be tiresomely formulaic (all stemming from the Project Runway idea tree), the bottom line is it's still a series that promotes creativity.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    There are so many twists and arbitrary rules to the competition that it can certainly be disconcerting for viewers.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    One Mississippi’s pace and tone are casual and languid, like Tig’s own radio stories, but it’s also similarly personal and surprisingly intimate.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    BrainDead moves along at a plucky pace, with the always charming Winstead as an affable and compelling lead, especially as she starts to unravel more about the space bug conspiracy. ... While those aspects work--though they are occasionally too on-the-nose (early episodes were re-tooled to include timely references about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton)--the series’ tone may be divisive.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    The series isn’t necessarily equipped to deal with the true emotional ramifications of its story of kidnap as well as, say, Starz’s harrowing miniseries The Missing, but it doesn’t just gloss over them, either.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    While the last few seasons have kicked off with sound and fury, Season 6 is quiet and taking its time to build its case. For fans still here through six seasons, it’s a safe bet that we’ll keep giving it time, wherever it may lead.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    Though the season’s early framework may have let them down, the ease with which the main cast portray their characters is still among the best on television, and it’s what keeps Ray Donovan a series worth watching--even with such a slow, easily telegraphed start.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    Girls wastes too much of its time in this new season falling back into old patterns instead of embracing its most effective kinds of storylines.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    Powerless is silly and fun, and the setup of existing within the DC Universe but outside of Gotham City and other landmark towns keeps it from coming into contact with the comics’ better-known heroes and villains.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    As a 40-minute expansion on the first 10 minutes of the original film, the action can seem needlessly drawn out and played for time rather than for narrative sense. But the occasionally snappy dialogue, twisted humor and cinematic direction--which are all in Rodriguez's hallmark style--bode well for the rest of the series.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Keene
    The bad wigs and fluctuating accents are counteracted by Mary Harron's dream-like direction, and the emphasis on plot points rather than character development is occasionally shaken by some of the noteworthy performances (such as Virginia Madsen as Smith's hard-bitten mother).
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Allison Keene
    Like NBC's faux-reality show Siberia, Surviving the In-Laws feels too much like a standard issue reality show when it's not, especially because it's also not trying to be a satirical send-up of the format (like Yahoo's Bachelor-parody web series Burning Love). Its impression is ultimately a muddled one.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Allison Keene
    Ultimately, both series [Sinbad and Primeval: New World] are the TV equivalent of summer beach reading: popcorn fun while they last, but don't expect a lasting impression.

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