For 138 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Gillian Flynn's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Killer Instinct: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 The Wedding Bells: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 138
  2. Negative: 10 out of 138
138 tv reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Gillian Flynn
    The best series on TV, period. [15 Sep 2006, p.63]
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Gillian Flynn
    Deadwood has become one hell of a great gimmick-free Western.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Gillian Flynn
    Smart, unruly, and very fast, Arrested is the ultimate TV series for our TiVo age.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Gillian Flynn
    Dark, textured, and lively--this is how Dickens is done. [20 Jan 2006, p.66]
    • 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.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 100 Gillian Flynn
    The best worst series on TV. [30 Sep 2005, p.89]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    The more leisurely pace allows for some singular moments. [17 Mar 2006, p.101]
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    [The first episodes are] four of 24's best hours to date. [20 Jan 2006, p.59]
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    With Rescue Me, [Leary] redeems himself by doing what we always suspected he could do: really act.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    A gleeful, fizzy race through Hollywood.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    Prison Break has the dark social hierarchies of Oz and the clever inventions of Escape From Alcatraz.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Gillian Flynn
    If Brotherhood isn't as brilliant as The Wire, it's just as believable. The cast is so solid.
    • 79 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]
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    A cheery, hot pink daisy of a show -- inherently cute and incredibly simple.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Director John Gulager ... is easily the most intriguing personality in PG history.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    That's the joy of the show. 30 Days is not about black and white, but about gray matter at work.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Even at its yuk-yuk-kiest, the show is elevated by Corddry. [9 Mar 2007, p.96]
    • 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]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    Tell Me is an incisive drama, but it's not an easy commitment.
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Gillian Flynn
    The Ex List could be one of the more charming new shows of the fall.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    24's best seasons have always hinged on a central, tantalizing character... This year could finally be Jack's turn to fascinate.... Otherwise, this round of mayhem has little to differentiate itself. [19 Jan 2007, p.67]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    Groundbreaking it's not ... With its laugh track and punchline pauses, bite-size stories and strange, frozen moments where the characters all stare at each other before a commercial break, Joey is, to its core, a traditional sitcom. But so was Friends. Each works because of its witty comedic cast and producers.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    When gunplay, kickboxing, and throat slitting actually feel like breaks in the action, you've got a series with brains as well as teeth. [28 Jul 2006, p.55]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    Rome is most entertaining when it laces its wild, ancient antics with winks of the pedestrian.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    By making Johnson a sassy Southerner, The Closer is relying on the charm factor, and the show can be just as manipulative as Ms. Johnson herself. ... Fortunately, Sedgwick's is such a bracing performance, she sweeps briskly past these bumps.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    Brian's writing, while witty, tends to be oversize. [21 Apr 2006, p.64]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    The series could move more quickly... Still, creator Shaun Cassidy has plenty of enticing layers at work.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    So, yeah, Three Wishes will leave your heartstrings over-fondled. But if you can get past that... it's also one of the most interactive TV shows around. [4 Nov 2005, p.63]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    This isn't much different from Season 1--confusion, frustration, bell-bottoms--but it's still a good, uneasy time. [14 Dec 2007, p.62]
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    Jericho works when it sticks to the eerie surreality of a nuclear attack... The show, unfortunately, flops about in its first two episodes, leaning too heavily on the action-adventure stuff.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    All the bases are covered, and if that doesn't make for the most inventive show, it makes for a quite watchable one. [1 Sep 2006, p.61]
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    Standoff doesn't recreate the genre, but it certainly refreshes it. [15 Sep 2006, p.64]
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    Underbelly eschews cliche and makes pregnancy surprisingly laughable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    As much fun as the adventure is, the central mystery — what happened in that motel on that May date that created such cosmic blowback — is never truly explained.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    Neither self-serious nor campy, the new ABC police drama is just what I've been craving amid all the businesslike "Law & Orders" and "CSIs."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    The show remains a game mix of satire and sweetness--although Chuck still has better chemistry with his sister Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) than Sarah.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    A standard detective story that's brightened by unusual characters and snazzy dialogue.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    Based on a popular BBC series, Life on Mars, like Mad Men, makes a long-ago era feel both alien and nostalgic, like in the sweet moment where Sam wanders into a record store and just beams.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    Too much? Yes, too much! And yet, it's one of those moments you just have to shrug at and enjoy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Gillian Flynn
    The tricks he performs are overshadowed by the glee with which Baker performs them. Like any good grifter, he gets a genuine thrill out of entertaining, manipulating, or confusing people.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Gillian Flynn
    Alias, although not the layered, sneaky, wildly imaginative drama it once was, is still entertaining.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Gillian Flynn
    'Two and a Half''s setup ain't edgy, but its humor is a tad more genial -- brotherly ribbing as opposed to bad-tempered potshots. Its one nasty spot revolves around, unsurprisingly, women.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Gillian Flynn
    House thrives on its one-two punch of ''He's a cad... a genius cad!'' But the series falters when it comes to genuine character development.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Gillian Flynn
    Math might not seem the sexiest way to enliven a story. But that's the sneaky smarts of this show, executive-produced by film directors Ridley Scott (Gladiator) and Tony Scott (Man on Fire), who know how to dust off old genres.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Gillian Flynn
    If [James Spader's] Shore seems a bit off, the show's tone is even more so. ... Despite these weaknesses, there's hope.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Gillian Flynn
    If Bones holds up, it'll be because that old Sam-and-Diane, Maddie-and-David, Mulder-and-Scully opposites-attract stuff never feels standard when it's done right.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Gillian Flynn
    For all the amiability of the cast, few of their interactions feel natural. [27 Jan 2006, p.73]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Gillian Flynn
    Only a few scenes capture the swagger and passion that made Bourdain's memoir so enthralling.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Gillian Flynn
    Saved's ADD pace prevents any true emotion. [23 Jun 2006, p.61]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Gillian Flynn
    At its best, Day Break has a Choose Your Own Adventure feel... [It] just needs to get those pages flying a little faster.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Gillian Flynn
    While [Lizzy Caplan's] pretty great, the show remains merely somewhere on the edge of good. [3 Nov 2006, p.67]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Gillian Flynn
    Just two episodes in, and this series threatens to rattle down the wrong track. [6 Oct 2006, p.60]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Gillian Flynn
    State of Mind is filled with grand, unearned speeches. But they are so nicely written - about the camaraderie of a good marriage or the bitterness of a bad one - it's difficult to begrudge them.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Gillian Flynn
    My interest ebbs and flows depending not on the plot but on which character is in the action.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Gillian Flynn
    Right now, it's relying too much on Michael's chainsmoking mom as hammy comic relief. [11 July 2008, p.65]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Gillian Flynn
    Greek lacks the acidic one-liners that mark great satires like Heathers, but it strains against its conventional boundaries just enough to be enticing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Gillian Flynn
    'Jordan' has always had the comforting vibe of an Applebee's: The menu's solid; the staff is competent; and the end result, while never dazzling, certainly does the job.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 58 Gillian Flynn
    What we have here is a kinda-family-sitcom-semi-midlife-dramedy-medical show. The actors almost make the mishmash work. ... But for each understated scene comes a preening please-discuss-by-the-water-cooler moment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Gillian Flynn
    All of Sleeper Cell's didacticism would be forgiven if it were more entertaining. [2 Dec 2005, p.67]
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Gillian Flynn
    This clever idea mostly bombs. [7 Oct 2005, p.61]
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Gillian Flynn
    A not unwelcome addition to the genre, but not that essential, either. [27 Jan 2006, p.74]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Gillian Flynn
    With all of its bad-guy chases, Threshold feels like a fantasy series that's been focus-grouped into a cop show.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 58 Gillian Flynn
    With wannabe sensational plotlines and not-at-all-sensational dialogue, Inconceivable feels duly artificial. [23 Sep 2005, p.83]
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Gillian Flynn
    Sometimes what should be dark comedy is just plain depressing. [8 Sep 2006, p.156]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Gillian Flynn
    The frustrating thing about Eureka is it doesn't know how seriously to take itself. [11 Apr 2006, p.59]
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Gillian Flynn
    Gary's uneven because it doesn't feel like a sitcom working for Mohr, but Mohr working for a sitcom.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Gillian Flynn
    Despite its wish to be incendiary, Boondocks seems hesitant. [11 Nov 2005, p.60]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Gillian Flynn
    Unscripted is a puzzling show — and not in a good way. ... Having actors play overripe versions of themselves can create great balloon bursts of comedy — David Duchovny on The Larry Sanders Show comes to mind. But Unscripted feels like a very subtle mockumentary... so subtle it's devoid of laughs or insight.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Gillian Flynn
    It hardly enlightens, and it never feels urgent. It feels like a decent cop drama pretending to be something more important.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Gillian Flynn
    The indignities suffered by Valerie are cringy but not very funny — the show strives for the precision awkwardness of The Office but settles for general peevishness.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Gillian Flynn
    [A] House wannabe.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Gillian Flynn
    It is smug enough to think it's breaking ground, but not smart enough to know it isn't.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Gillian Flynn
    An uneven fantasy series that's not eerie enough to be a culty favorite or goofy enough to be a guilty pleasure.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Gillian Flynn
    It becomes a bit tedious, which is something this story never should be. [14 Apr 2006, p.71]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Gillian Flynn
    The pilot was reshot, and it shows--the timing lurches and scenes grind into each other. [22 Sep 2006, p.90]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Gillian Flynn
    So far, Vanished seems more interested in keeping us spinning than pulling us in. [25 Aug 2006, p.75]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Gillian Flynn
    When they're genuinely goofy, they make you grin--but too much of it feels forced.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Gillian Flynn
    [Meadowlands] adds so many bizarro details that it starts to feel quite unoriginal in its weirdness.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Gillian Flynn
    The whole ''mystical universe'' business worked for Steve Martin in "L.A. Story," but Coughlan is too perky and lite to seem a believable target for such ''live, love!'' magical messaging.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Gillian Flynn
    Camp Rock is so rigidly formulaic, so unremarkable, that by the time the cast sings its finale, ''We Rock,'' it's hard to agree.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Gillian Flynn
    In NY, the lack of inspiration is palpable.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 42 Gillian Flynn
    Romijn can't be blamed for the misfire... No, one must blame the rush this unimaginative series is in. [7 Apr 2006, p.52]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 42 Gillian Flynn
    Of course, it's near impossible to break new ground in legal dramas at this point. But Shark doesn't even try to hide its weariness.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 42 Gillian Flynn
    Rules is similar to Fox's grimly unamusing comedy 'Til Death, but it has one major advantage: deadpan, rubbery Patrick Warburton.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 42 Gillian Flynn
    Patty's suppose to be a manipulative liar, but that's too much to believe. Like pretty much everything about this show. [03 Aug 2007, p.61]
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Gillian Flynn
    Even the dialogue is mediocre, a surprise coming from Williamson.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Gillian Flynn
    It should be fun, and it isn't.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 42 Gillian Flynn
    This milquetoast cable movie doesn't even have the guts to make its protagonist dislikable enough to deserve a lesson. [22 Dec 2006, p.71]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 42 Gillian Flynn
    Henry and Anne nag and harp and tongue each other. It's like asking us to root for a particularly vapid reality TV couple.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 42 Gillian Flynn
    It's trying to be juicy, stupid fun, but it isn't smart enough.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Gillian Flynn
    It's a procedural procedural.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Gillian Flynn
    Andromeda is a two-night extravaganza that could have been one if its characters didn't speak in massive, clunky chunks of technojargon. [30 May 2008, p.80]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 33 Gillian Flynn
    Almost every creative choice has been poorly reasoned.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 33 Gillian Flynn
    Accidentally ridiculous. [4 Nov 2005, p.69]
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 Gillian Flynn
    I'd describe it as ludicrous, but that might give the impression that it's remotely entertaining.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Gillian Flynn
    Carnivàle distracts with dusty riddles and tarot cards, nightmare clichés, mutilated dolls, and twitchy Baby Jesus statues — hoping we'll forget to demand what we came for: answers or a story that makes sense.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Gillian Flynn
    Astoundingly boring and uninspired. [3 Mar 2006, p.91]
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Gillian Flynn
    There's a loathsome, mock-the-fatty undertow to Biggest Loser.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Gillian Flynn
    It's one limp comedy that pretends to be frank and daring about race, gender, and sexual orientation--and instead is glib, tired, and slippery. [11 Nov 2005, p.59]
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Gillian Flynn
    Big Day has no likable characters. [1 Dec 2006, p.72]
    • 23 Metascore
    • 16 Gillian Flynn
    Everything about the [miniseries] is so lousy, it's difficult to pick just one failure. [19 May 2006, p.65]
    • 35 Metascore
    • 16 Gillian Flynn
    Wedding Bells' pilot concludes with a bride literally catching fire, a suitably ugly ending for a truly grotesque show.