Heather Havrilesky, Salon
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For 183 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Heather Havrilesky's Scores

  • TV
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 183
183 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Heather Havrilesky
    Yes, it's tough to trace the relationships between various ranks within the police department and the city and state governments, but that doesn't mean this is an incredibly serious drama it takes a degree in literature to understand. "The Wire" is funny and odd and sad and, above all, engrossing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Heather Havrilesky
    Even though Party Down features a steady flow of absurd jokes and funny situations, it still offers more of a consistent, realistic, lively story than dramedies like "Weeds," "The United States of Tara" or "Glee."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Heather Havrilesky
    Treme is a true gift, a way to finally appreciate and embrace one of our most beloved but neglected cities.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Heather Havrilesky
    From its breathtaking cinematography to its meticulous period costumes to its smart, snappy dialogue to its talented cast, Boardwalk Empire presents a TV program that's so polished and beautifully executed, each episode feels as rich and memorable as its own little Scorsese film.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Heather Havrilesky
    A film-quality drama series about zombies? Somebody pinch me!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Heather Havrilesky
    Every single scene of The Wire is meticulously scripted and dramatically riveting.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Heather Havrilesky
    The uninitiated may continue to write off "Battlestar Galactica" as the remake of a mediocre show, or as the domain of science fiction fans alone, but those who've watched the show more than once or twice know better.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Heather Havrilesky
    There are elements of this new series that have a quirkiness that might seem deliberate or overly clever against a different backdrop, but that feels natural in its own gracefully odd environment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Heather Havrilesky
    This is damn fertile soil for a comedy, and creator Jenji Kohan and the writers of "Weeds" farm it for all it's worth in the show's second season, cultivating vivid, surprising stories that naturally transcend the typical limitations of the half-hour format.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Heather Havrilesky
    Gervais' timing remains impeccable, and Ashley Jensen is wonderful as his shallow, lazy friend Maggie.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Heather Havrilesky
    Not only does Colbert maintain his persona without skipping a beat throughout the entire show, but he's got great comic timing, the show's writers are brilliant, and the whole thing is pure foolish, bizarre, idiotic fun at Bill O'Reilly's expense.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Heather Havrilesky
    Unlike anything else you've ever seen on TV.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Heather Havrilesky
    The acting on this show is so incredible that it's hard to remember that there's any acting going on at all.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Heather Havrilesky
    There's a sense of gathering gloom as this exceptional drama gains steam in its second season, a feeling that the individual and his or her high-minded goals and values will be dragged under by the wheels of industry and the restrictive norms of the culture, all in the name of modernity and progress.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Heather Havrilesky
    Instead of the usual family sitcom curse of clichés and bad "Full House" jokes, Modern Family captures the absurdities, quirks and freakish flaws of today's extended family in ways that feel lively, unique and just dark and mean-spirited enough to be...well, accurate.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Heather Havrilesky
    FX's Justified translates the intense interactions of author Elmore Leonard's characters into dialogue that's unpredictable, dynamic and positively riveting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Heather Havrilesky
    Surprisingly clever dialogue, great characters and an excellent cast will make you enjoy this very typical sitcom in spite of yourself.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 83 Heather Havrilesky
    As odd and fast-paced as you'd expect from a show created by "Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Only one thing is for certain: Even if you're skeptical of science fiction, Battlestar Galactica will make a true believer out of you.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Big Love not only recovers from this near disaster in its third season, but its episodes build to a dramatic climax heretofore unseen on this series.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    The only bad thing about Summer Heights High is that it makes a lot of American comedies look pathetically unoriginal and lackluster by comparison.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    May be the most riveting and the most haunting drama to air this fall.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    One of the major strengths of "The Unit" is its ability to tackle the blurry ethical lines and confusing behavioral codes of the military during a time of war.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Life on Mars is colorful and fun and well-written.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Skilled chefs, great dishes, a few doomed nervous Nellies and lots of petty squabbles ahead? What more could a loyal Top Chef fan ask for?
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    In its fourth season, Friday Night Lights is just as thoughtful and restrained as it's ever been, with its focus firmly planted on the small-town disappointments of ordinary people.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    It only takes two episodes to demonstrate that this season is going to be another wild ride, maybe even one that's a little more nuanced and unpredictable than the first.