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 2.8 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?
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    A gleeful, fizzy race through Hollywood.
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    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Every so often, when the tension feels DefCon 1 high, there's a temptation to remind Sorkin that the fate of the free world isn't at stake. Then again, with such mesmerizing speed-bag dialogue, Studio 60 is a great case for taking TV seriously.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Andy Barker isn't as complete a comedy as Andy Richter Controls the Universe — the first three episodes feel like a series of very funny bits that have been welded together. But so did 30 Rock when it first started, and that's now the best comedy on TV.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Like last season, the plots are thick and quick-flying. (Also like last season, the abstruseness can sometimes feel showy.)
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Nip/Tuck has reclaimed its sense of humor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    The drama's strange coincidences and unlikely twists are boundless. But The Riches is like a skillful shell game: Even when you know you're being played, the dizzying machinations are irresistible.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Stylized, soapy, silly, it's one of the most interesting shows this fall. [12 Oct 2007, p.64]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    The good news for fans — and neophytes — is that the new sitcom is clever and insular, capturing all the drudgery, awkwardness, and rivalry of cubicle living. ... Ultimately, though, The Office lacks the aching subtlety of the BBC version.
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    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    A cheery, hot pink daisy of a show -- inherently cute and incredibly simple.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Director John Gulager ... is easily the most intriguing personality in PG history.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Braugher [has] never been better... rarely has a character hopped onto the screen feeling so completely real. [31 Mar 2006, p.51]
    • Entertainment Weekly
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    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    After dialing it down to an 11, [Vincent] D'Onofrio — along with some creepy stories — is turning CI into the best of the L&O franchise.
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    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    That's the joy of the show. 30 Days is not about black and white, but about gray matter at work.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    The opening of Weeds makes me want to scream. ... That said, Weeds is a dozen times more creative than its opening credits.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    It's a testament to Curb's cleverness that what's now rote--Larry offends, we cringe--can still be so surprising.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Kalyan and Byrd are two likable, unaffected actors (or at least as unaffected as Aliens' heightened reality allows them to be; this show would be a mess in lesser hands).
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Meaty, gorgeous and sometimes soapy. [10 Aug 2007, p.58]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Big Love has dropped the last vestiges of its ostentatious quirkiness and fashioned itself into a rich and grounded family drama. [22 Jun 2007, p.62]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    While there are a a few too many "awkward-guy moments," there are enough genuinely sweet ones to balance them out. [28 Sep 2007, p.93]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    I defy the naysayers who claim Curb is in a rut: Who cares if it's not reinventing itself? It has become one of the most reliably amusing comedies on TV, taking little annoyances, indignities, and offenses, and worrying at them until they bubble into fantastically overblown debacles.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    With its paranormal occurrences, ever-autumn aesthetic, extraneous flashlight use at crime scenes, odd bursts of humor, and constant friction between faith and doubt, Fox's new sci-fi serial Fringe just might be a worthy successor--finally--to "The X-Files."
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    The Ex List could be one of the more charming new shows of the fall.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Even at its yuk-yuk-kiest, the show is elevated by Corddry. [9 Mar 2007, p.96]
    • Entertainment Weekly

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