Gillian Flynn
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For 139 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gillian Flynn's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Bleak House: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 The Wedding Bells: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 139
  2. Negative: 10 out of 139
139 tv reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Gillian Flynn
    Smart, unruly, and very fast, Arrested is the ultimate TV series for our TiVo age.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 100 Gillian Flynn
    The best worst series on TV. [30 Sep 2005, p.89]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Gillian Flynn
    Deadwood has become one hell of a great gimmick-free Western.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Gillian Flynn
    It's not a nice show, but it's so damn good. ...Leary has invented simply one of the best characters on TV.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Gillian Flynn
    The fifth and final season of David Simon's peerlessly acted, stunningly scripted, revolutionary drama of 1,000 moving parts kicks off Jan. 6.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Gillian Flynn
    The best series on TV, period. [15 Sep 2006, p.63]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Gillian Flynn
    Dark, textured, and lively--this is how Dickens is done. [20 Jan 2006, p.66]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    If Brotherhood isn't as brilliant as The Wire, it's just as believable. The cast is so solid.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    The sheer number of plotlines can be overwhelming, but the images--flowers dropped on the side of the road, a dusty van sliding away--are relentlessly riveting. And the series only gets better from here. [5 Oct 2007, p.66]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 53 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    The series shows the darker side of Belle's work without getting into that porno-punishing crap so often disguised as morality lessons. The series, like Belle, is far too smart to succumb to such an average attitude.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    With Rescue Me, [Leary] redeems himself by doing what we always suspected he could do: really act.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    What makes Veronica so strangely touching is that on a larger scale, her quest mirrors the common teen conundrum: My family's screwed up, and I'm not cool enough. How can I fix it?
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    Ultimately, the reason 'The Shield' is one of the best police dramas going isn't just its spiderweb plots, the claustrophobic you're-stuck-with-us camera work, or its antihero, although Chiklis -- who won a well-deserved Emmy two years back -- is just as spooky and weirdly amiable as ever. It's the fact that the program regularly yields even its main characters to baleful Fate.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    Prison Break has the dark social hierarchies of Oz and the clever inventions of Escape From Alcatraz.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    Silly, weird, occasionally sweet, and always very, very funny, 'Scrubs,' which just wrapped its third season, is one of the best comedies on TV.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    A gleeful, fizzy race through Hollywood.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    The largely improvised series is a jangly American version of 'The Office,' with its best comedy revolving around race, gracelessness, despair, and a glorious lack of self-awareness, courtesy of the kinds of outsize characters who inhabit the typical workplace.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    The more leisurely pace allows for some singular moments. [17 Mar 2006, p.101]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    At one point, before a press conference, Dern morphs her face from that of a human being into Harris' crazy-cuckoo public mask, and the moment is absolutely chilling. Fair? Debatable, but like Recount, it's a gorgeous bit of political theater.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    [The first episodes are] four of 24's best hours to date. [20 Jan 2006, p.59]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    The biggest worry with The Nine is that its mystery will start to crumble after a dozen episodes or so. But for now, it's one smooth, creepy, cool operation.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    There are no big sociopolitical statements here, no guerilla-style confrontations, no scenes of squirmy awkwardness, no multilayered pop culture references. It's just a very smart, very funny show.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    The premiere jumps the series from 1960 to 1962, but it plays coy with most of last season's cliff-hangers, including the whereabouts of Peggy's son with married exec Pete Campbell (played with oily brilliance by Vincent Kartheiser). It's quite a tease, but the debut proves Mad Men is as smart as ever
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    Wise steals this, show, and his costars aren't easy prey. What's more, the dynamic is quite clever. [28 Sep 2007, p.94]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Bornheimer absorbs every setback with such a beaten-puppy air that each fresh misery feels ludicrous, rather than merely annoying. Will it work, (worst) week after (worst) week? With Bornheimer, it's strangely possible. His is a feathery touch on wrecking-ball comedy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Tell Me is an incisive drama, but it's not an easy commitment.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Still humming along, L&O has become the ultimate comfort show: Every week it offers a new crime cut, dried, and shelved, making the series a handy, self-contained alternative to all the serial dramas with their demanding mythologies.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Between Laurie's more-great-than-good doctor and cases that encompass everything from bad ham to complete body meltdown, House preys on all that's wrong (and some of what's right) with modern medicine.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Elegantly filmed, Medium is quite eerie when it stays within the chilly purview of its star.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    With Bauer's audience-alienating daughter, Kim (Elisha Cuthbert), sent packing, the snazzy new cast members should keep the series moving at a nice clip.

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