Chris Conaton
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For 35 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 22% higher than the average critic
  • 17% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chris Conaton's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 90 Game of Thrones: Season 1
Lowest review score: 30 Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
35 tv reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Chris Conaton
    So far, there's no indication that there's enough brewing here to measure up to Season Two, but the show seems to be solidly back on track after the problems of Season Three.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Chris Conaton
    It's a lively conversation that's nicely balanced between oral history and behind the scenes anecdotes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Chris Conaton
    Densely plotted and epic in scope, full of graphic violence and lots of sex, it's tremendously entertaining.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Chris Conaton
    The Chicago Code appears to be aiming for a heady mix of action and political drama, and it mostly works. But it also takes itself very seriously, offering precious little levity to ease tensions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Chris Conaton
    The animation remains a little crude, but the show is at least trying to be a bit more dynamic in its action sequences this year. And the roughness contributes to the comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Chris Conaton
    At last, Sasha is less a collection of TV teenager tropes and more convincingly a Sherman-Palladino creation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Chris Conaton
    Human Target will never be mistaken for a great, complex or provocative show, but it does provide a consistently fun hour of action. And there's definitely room for that on network TV.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Chris Conaton
    Falling Skies' mix of compelling individuals helps to make its early use of formula less troublesome than it might have been. Later episodes develop interesting and diverse motives, as the 2nd Mass begins to figure out what the aliens are up to and how to fight them more effectively.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Conaton
    It just needs sharper writing, and the supporting cast needs to be developed. While Kaling and Messina are charming and work well together, the rest of the show needs to catch up.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Chris Conaton
    Ben and Kate has the potential to be a similar sort of low-key, hangout show [like Cougar Town and Raising Hope] that's also very funny.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Chris Conaton
    If it strains our credulity at times, Copper also assumes our intelligence, specifically, for introducing us to an unfamiliar world and, rather than explaining every simple detail, expecting us to keep up with plot and context.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Chris Conaton
    From a storytelling standpoint, though, the real juice of the show is going to lie in its long-form arcs. It's a delicate balance to maintain, and it will be interesting to see if Person of Interest is up to the challenge.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Chris Conaton
    When Falling Skies is clicking, it remains a very entertaining show that fills a niche.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Chris Conaton
    American Horror Story: Asylum reintroduces the first season's nightmarish craziness but also sets it within a coherent basic history. It helps too that the new cast appears to be so tight.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Chris Conaton
    Somehow, this ludicrous premise and uneven plot elements cohere into a fast-moving, exciting hour.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Chris Conaton
    While this is a lot of plot to deliver in one episode, Revolution manages it efficiently. But still, it doesn't feel very special.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Chris Conaton
    It is to say that this mimicking is just that, as if the creators here have watched those shows ["24" and "Homeland"], but have no original inspiration, and instead think that plot twists in and of themselves make a drama bracing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Chris Conaton
    Detroit 1-8-7 has a long way to go before it comes close to equaling Homicide, but it's off to a promising start.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Chris Conaton
    A compelling mystery, it maintains a measured pace, inviting viewers’ patience.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Conaton
    Based on the first two episodes, Alcatraz is a middling show.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Chris Conaton
    Burnett's veteran producers and editors know their way around casting and cutting this type of show, and they've hit upon a good formula here.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Chris Conaton
    The mix of appealing nerds and lack of truly grating nerds is calculated for viewers' comfort, but the first episode is decidedly bland, too. Viewers looking for a new take on the reality competition genre won't find it here.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Chris Conaton
    It's like the producers have set up Breaking In to be an action-comedy but nobody involved really cares about the action portion. But if the show is starting as a mild disappointment, it's far from terrible.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Chris Conaton
    Animal Practice seems to know exactly what it wants to do, it just isn't any good at it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Conaton
    For all the characters’ feeble development, though, Scorpion doesn’t drag. And Lin’s action sequences at the end look great as well as ludicrous.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Chris Conaton
    Unsupervised appears content to amble along, reiterating what we've seen before.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Chris Conaton
    Here everyone, even Bosley, seems interchangeable.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Chris Conaton
    All this is to say that it's good to see that Season Four starts without any arc in sight. At least until the last minutes of the premiere episode.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Chris Conaton
    The Amazing Race typically features interesting contestants from a variety of backgrounds and thrown into a high-pressure, high stakes race set in unfamiliar environments. This opening leg of Season 17 feels like a warm-up for difficulties to come.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Chris Conaton
    This season is shaping up to be a good one, with strong personalities and savvy players. The Redemption Island twist is making for compelling duels, and no one knows yet how the winner of the Island challenges will integrate back into the tribe.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Chris Conaton
    The host never seems genuinely interested in the places he visits. Because Larry the Cable Guy is a character and not a real person, his interactions feel calculated.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Chris Conaton
    Like other roads in other seasons, those in Manitoba will assuredly begin to look routine over time, leaving show creator and executive producer Thom Beers to rely again on exaggerated danger, overbearing music cues, and personal conflict to provide the drama.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Chris Conaton
    It's the rock-solid basic format that makes the show feel vital even 11 years and 22 seasons in.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Chris Conaton
    There's enough action-packed monster fighting to keep the show exciting, the character development is solid, and the cerebral overarching plot will keep sci-fi fans interested.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Chris Conaton
    In its first season, Love in the Wild was thoroughly mediocre. But any improvements this year are sadly negated by the presence of McCarthy.

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