Emily Nussbaum

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For 114 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Emily Nussbaum's Scores

Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Girls: Season 1
Lowest review score: 30 The Newsroom: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 114
  2. Negative: 7 out of 114
114 tv reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Emily Nussbaum
    From the moment I saw the pilot of Girls, I was a goner, a convert.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Emily Nussbaum
    Breaking Bad [is] a radical type of television, and also a very strange kind of must-watch: a show that you dread and crave at the same time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Emily Nussbaum
    Fleabag is an original. ... By the final episode, which I won’t spoil but which touches on themes of forgiveness, her story feels richer than many dramas.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Emily Nussbaum
    Behind the Candelabra succeeds precisely because it doesn’t care much about health or what constitutes a good role model--it shows respect for a complicated marriage simply by making it real.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Emily Nussbaum
    A TV series that makes revolutionary art seem both irresistible and inevitable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Emily Nussbaum
    It’s a smart wartime drama that’s gripping precisely because it takes sex so seriously, treating it as life’s deepest joy and its most terrifying risk, as dramatic as any act of violence.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Emily Nussbaum
    It’s heartbreaking, provoking literal nausea, with a psychic hangover unlike any other show. Believe it or not, that’s a recommendation.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Emily Nussbaum
    By the finale, Season 2 is stronger than Season 1, largely because it’s more uncompromising about its characters, at once more nuanced and more damning.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Emily Nussbaum
    The series is not, in the first six episodes sent to critics, crude or cartoonish but ideologically and emotionally nuanced, with each episode providing a shift in perspective, as if turning a daisy wheel of empathy.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Emily Nussbaum
    It’s a daring, difficult project, a chewy story about a family from much the same privileged world as “Afternoon Delight.”
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Emily Nussbaum
    The new episodes start well, then keep improving, with narrative clarity and a fresh visual beauty.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Emily Nussbaum
    The show’s deliberately paced six hours turn out to be riveting, precisely because they are committed, without apology or, often, much explanation, to the esotericism of their subject matter.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Emily Nussbaum
    It’s smartly plotted, with characters that deepen in the course of the show. But, refreshingly, in our era of homework TV, it’s also a joyride, all roller skates and mousse-claw bangs, synthesizer jams and leopard-print leotards, home pregnancy tests and cocaine-serving robots. By the final episodes, I was whooping at my computer screen, fists in the air, like a superfan.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Emily Nussbaum
    Smash does a very satisfying job of merging the pleasures of "American Idol" and commercial Broadway, placing the "hummable melody" dead center and prioritizing fun over absolute authenticity.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Emily Nussbaum
    Freed of the constraints of thirty-minute or one-hour formulas, the episodes are luxurious and twisty and humane, radiating new ideas about storytelling.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Emily Nussbaum
    Freed of the constraints of thirty-minute or one-hour formulas, the episodes are luxurious and twisty and humane, radiating new ideas about storytelling.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Emily Nussbaum
    The third season of the show isn’t a masterpiece like the second: a few plot gears grind. But it lands powerfully, with an earned tragedy that’s as potent as anything on TV this year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Emily Nussbaum
    Episodes is great--the sharpest sitcom debut this year. Among other excellent qualities, it's actively funny, with none of the dramedy lumpiness that spoils other half-hour offerings (bad camp, faux-energy badinage, heavy-handed sentimentality).
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Emily Nussbaum
    [Andrew Haigh & Michael Lannan] collaboration is a real beauty, the standout among several smart series launching in January.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Emily Nussbaum
    [A] soaring, inventive miniseries.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Emily Nussbaum
    Broadchurch is beautifully crafted: well filmed, well cast, well scored, atmospheric without being a drag. It also has a striking mixture of cruel insight and sentimental warmth that elevates it above cheaper concoctions.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Emily Nussbaum
    The result is a series that is shrewd, emotional, and impolite, with a style that veers toward pretentiousness but never crosses over. Atlanta has quiet craftiness and the power of precision.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Emily Nussbaum
    Curb Your Enthusiasm takes its own internal dare and does somehow manage to make us care about this world-class sufferer of impacted pettiness, with his endless bickering about the thermostat, the etiquette of blow jobs in cars, the horrors of vacuum-packed plastic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Emily Nussbaum
    This is unusual fare for HBO, sunny and serene and easy to dismiss. But I think it will find an enthusiastic audience for its benign vision of the detective as feminine healer, grounded in the show’s lovely lead performance by singer Jill Scott as Precious.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Emily Nussbaum
    It’s not that the season was bad--it was daring and often beautiful, emphasizing serial storytelling over episodic one-offs, with many indelible moments, especially those involving Louie’s daughters.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Emily Nussbaum
    The show may be ridiculous, but the humiliation and panic feel real. And there's something to be said for surprise.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Emily Nussbaum
    It’s really located at that dirty crossroads HBO discovered long ago, smart enough to be uninsulting, but obsessed enough (and graphic enough about) sex and wildness that it is addictively watchable, not so much a guilty pleasure as a binge food. Cable catnip, in other words.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Emily Nussbaum
    He may be sicker than Hank Moody or Larry David, but he’s also a far richer figure, and in his own strange way, just as universal, thanks to the transcendent performance of Michael C. Hall, who deepens every sick joke and raises the stakes on every emotional twist.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Emily Nussbaum
    The show is more than tit for tat: it’s sheer pleasure, no guilt allowed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Emily Nussbaum
    Each episode intensifies, emotionally, suggesting the long arc of a story that’s just beginning.

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