Heather Havrilesky

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For 185 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Heather Havrilesky's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Boardwalk Empire: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 So You Think You Can Dance: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 37 out of 185
185 tv reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Heather Havrilesky
    The conceit--power players duel against a backdrop of ambition, greed, corruption and really good bourbon--feels bulletproof enough, but in practice, the show careens into cartoon territory almost immediately, thanks in part to the absurd contrast between Axelrod and Rhoades.... [But] Billions is exactly the sort of show that, if you don’t reject its over-the-top tactics in the first three episodes, will hook you by the sixth.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Heather Havrilesky
    If the characters and conflict of My Big Fat Greek Life continue to feel true to life, while regaining some of their edge, things might just turn out OK. Nia, at least, has learned to trust that they will.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Heather Havrilesky
    The first time you watch the show, you really don’t believe what you’re seeing. Each moment feels so real, it’s hard to tell if the actors are improvising brilliantly or just delivering their lines with incredible conviction. Like the best moments of 'This Is Spinal Tap' or 'Waiting for Guffman,' 'The Office' offers up breathtaking slices of deadpan humor and amazing comic timing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Although Banks has a bad habit of tooting her own horn endlessly while the cameras roll, she may be justified in doing so, since, from the opening graphics to the hip-hop soundtrack, her show has been undeniably imaginative and engrossing.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 0 Heather Havrilesky
    Easily takes the crown as the current Worst Show on Television. ... Like 'American Idol,' 'SYTYCD' is self-important, flashy and deeply stupid.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Heather Havrilesky
    Like the millions of other emotionally unstable imbeciles who tuned in, I found myself strangely drawn to the idiotic flair of the whole thing. Watching this show is like traveling back in time, to a simpler era, when most of our pop culture was considered foolish and sad.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Scorsese's documentary offers us a long overdue taste of her unique, queasily accurate perspectives on our culture--always right, never fair and never disappointing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    But the utter lack of hipness of Men of a Certain Age, the total lack of concern for what's deemed cool and what isn't, the complete disregard for matching the breakneck pace, the action, the swooning romances, the spitty outbursts, the shiny thrills of other TV shows, is exactly what makes this drama so lovable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Heather Havrilesky
    As entertaining as In Treatment can be at times, the third season may be the most grueling of them all. It's tough to see how any of these characters will find anything remotely resembling a sense of happiness before the season is over. Unfortunately, this season may also be the most simplistic so far.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    They can barely speak, or formulate a cohesive thought. They can't see clearly. They plod forward at an excruciating pace, stumbling clumsily over each other to get closer to the camera. They are easily distracted by bright lights, and shiny things. But they are so hungry, so ravenous! And that makes them vicious. Yes, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are just as terrifying as the others of their kind.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Although every second of this comedy is far from genius, the disturbed mood and unique mean-spirited flavor of it all points to what the network comedies are so often lacking: bold choices that border on the absurd.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Heather Havrilesky
    Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt as the dumb dad's parents really make this one impossible to ignore completely. And even though we've already got "Oh no the ugly chick likes me" jokes and "You're right, the baby's limbs could get amputated this way" jokes and other material that might make you smile but never laugh, there's also a slightly disturbed tone here that's hard to match on sitcoms about yuppies having bad hair days.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Heather Havrilesky
    Has there ever been a TV show that's at once more delightful and cringe-inducing at the exact same time than Glee? Ever since it returned for its second season, this off-kilter dramedy has been nailing its high notes while still flaunting its many flaws with even more bravado than before.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Heather Havrilesky
    Unfortunately, there's an excess of kooky cuteness here.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Heather Havrilesky
    The story is weak and, based on their performances, the cast knows it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    As charismatic and unfamiliar as Ramotswe is, after the first hour, it's hard to imagine becoming addicted to this series the way so many readers are addicted to McCall Smith's novels. But then, by the beginning of the second episode, we start to understand: This series is a dramedy, really, a more exotic, more absurd, more original version of "Grey's Anatomy," if you will.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    What Rescue Me has shined and polished to a high gloss, though, is those scenes of aggressive camaraderie between men. They're smart, funny and utterly realistic in terms of the ways that men relate to each other.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Each week the show is both intriguing and satisfying, as we watch Alicia piece together little victories while comforting her kids and confronting lurking demons from her old life. Despite the usual familiar courtroom shenanigans, the show's full, multilayered episodes keep us interested.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Heather Havrilesky
    Clumsy and tone-deaf as it sometimes is, High School Confidential offers a fascinating look at the challenges and heartbreaks facing today's teenage girl.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Heather Havrilesky
    Somehow, this ridiculous show manages to entertain us without any semblance of character development or the remotest whiff of a familiar, relatable scenario.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Although "The Good Guys" might sound like the sort of cliché-heavy dramedy unlikely to hold our attention for more than a few milliseconds, the show pushes its formula just past zany and lands in the far more appealing territory of downright absurd.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Heather Havrilesky
    The first episode of this show will probably make you roll your eyes and beg the gods for mercy. Don't give up, though, because In Treatment is sharp and unique and worth the effort.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Heather Havrilesky
    The truth is, for someone who thinks Lost is wildly overrated, I'm still rallying around it, in part because I think it should gain momentum in its home stretch, in part because I'm curious about how thoroughly the writers will clean up the enormous, unfathomably complicated mess they've made.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Heather Havrilesky
    The kid is funny, the mom is funny, the dad is funny, the stories are funny, and Rock's voice-over is fantastic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Heather Havrilesky
    For all of its charms, Nurse Jackie needs to offer a little more than an enigmatic nurse and a parade of clever grouches.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Heather Havrilesky
    Yes, [the sex is] all very realistic, but not very hot, thanks to the fact that these are grouchy, humorless people whom we'd rather see hitting each other in the head with two-by-fours.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Heather Havrilesky
    Far from epic, John Adams is a biopic as intense and moody as the man himself.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Heather Havrilesky
    There doesn't seem to be a point to the madness here, and that gives this one the expected life span (and the charms) of a housefly.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    May be the most riveting and the most haunting drama to air this fall.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    While I realize my entire description makes the show sound hopelessly shallow and unrealistic (which it is), it's also smart and well acted and at times, funny.

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