Darren Franich
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For 27 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 18% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Darren Franich's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 91 Treme: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 The Pauly D Project: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
27 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Darren Franich
    It's a beautiful mess. Don't miss it. [29 Nov 2013, p.66]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Darren Franich
    Night One felt almost fully-formed, as if Oliver has spent his Daily Show tutelage making a list of everything that works-- and everything he wanted to do just a little bit differently.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Darren Franich
    There's plenty to enjoy in this period drama. [28 Sep 2012, p.64]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Darren Franich
    Even though Fallon is a big fan of The Tonight Show, you get the pleasant vibe that he is unencumbered by any extraneous anxiety of influence.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Darren Franich
    History? Possibly. Trash? Definitely. Fun? Pretty.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Darren Franich
    They [Rupert Penry-Jones and Phil Davis] make an appealing upstairs-downstairs odd couple, even if the nifty concept--studying centuries-ago crimes to help solve contemporary cases--is starting to wear thin.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Darren Franich
    Wilfred, the vulgarian talking dog, [is] beginning to feel like the same lame joke repeated ad nauseam.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Darren Franich
    The thriller elements are mostly nonstarters, but the show does offer some genuine pleasures, thanks to the overqualified cast. [8 Mar 2013, p.73]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 Darren Franich
    Rogue is trash, but thanks to Newton, it's delightful trash. [5 Apr 2013, p.62]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Darren Franich
    Sequoyah is an appealing presence, doing what she can with an impossible wonder-kid role. And Cuarón is incapable of creating a boring shot. But he won't direct every episode. The only actor in the pilot who seems to be having any fun is Sienna Guillory as a hitwoman.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Darren Franich
    This lighthearted, thin import is worth a watch. [20 Jun 2014, p.60]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 75 Metascore
    • 58 Darren Franich
    The show veers precariously between low-budget and lazy, and the sketches are hit-or-miss. Still, Jacobson and Glazer make an appealing odd couple. [24 Jan 2014, p.64]
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Darren Franich
    Beyond him [Big Jim (Dean Norris)], Dome remains bland and opaque, running on lo-fi sci-fi. [4 Jul 2014, p.58]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Darren Franich
    Like fellow Canadian import Rookie Blue, Combat Hospital seems almost purposefully forgettable. Watch a China Beach rerun instead.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Darren Franich
    Two tunes in this attempt to reverse-engineer a new High School Musical are decent.... But the rest is dull as sand. [19 Jul 2013, p.80]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Darren Franich
    Here's a show descending into self-parody before it even has a self to parody. [14/21 Sep 2012, p.133]
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Darren Franich
    The Show With Vinny is better than Snooki & J-Woww and The Pauly D Project. That ain’t saying much.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Darren Franich
    It has exactly three things going for it: Zoe Lister-Jones, Rick Donald, and the assumption that their next respective projects will be more entertaining than this. [18/25 Apr 2014, p.102]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 39 Metascore
    • 33 Darren Franich
    It is very, very bad. And yet: Dinosaurs! [31 May/7 Jun 2013, p.131]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 42 Metascore
    • 8 Darren Franich
    [A] morass of vanilla quirk and stereotype whack-a-mole. [28 Sep 2012, p.66]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 36 Metascore
    • 0 Darren Franich
    Alas, this Joey-ish spin-off is pure hagiography.

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