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 5.7 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Heather Havrilesky
    Every single scene of The Wire is meticulously scripted and dramatically riveting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Heather Havrilesky
    Gervais' timing remains impeccable, and Ashley Jensen is wonderful as his shallow, lazy friend Maggie.
    • 88 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
    • 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
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Watching Pete ride an emotional roller coaster may be the most entertaining part of Mad Men. Pete beautifully demonstrates the mixed blessing that big responsibilities bestow on the average life.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Heather Havrilesky
    Unlike anything else you've ever seen on TV.
    • 87 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Heather Havrilesky
    If you adored "Saving Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers" (I enjoyed but didn't love both), then "The Pacific" is well worth your time. But if you're sometimes left cold by the epic films that others gush over, if you're often lukewarm on Spielberg and expect more from a war movie than just realistic battle scenes, then I would skip the 10 hours of viewing time and rent "The Thin Red Line" instead.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Heather Havrilesky
    There's something distinctly disappointing about taking such sly, dark subject matter and making it so clunky and obvious.
    • 86 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    With snappy writing, stunning art direction and a great cast, this really is the new show you don't want to miss.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Breaking Bad has so many redeeming qualities, from its low-key, almost mean-spirited sense of humor to its stark, artistic shots of the Albuquerque sky to the patient pace with which its story unfolds, that it seems a shame to miss any of it just because we're accustomed to more sugary, cheerful tales.
    • 84 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."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    While the orgiastic madness of Season 2 might be hard to top, the first three episodes of Season 3 look promising indeed, serving up one juicy twist after another, plus a steady flow of great dialogue, intense conversations, brutality, blackmail, mystery, suspense and, best of all, some wickedly funny moments that are beyond compare.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Heather Havrilesky
    "Brotherhood" is definitely worth the effort: The acting is solid; the situations are, for the most part, new and unknown; and there are enough twists and plot devices to keep us interested in the short term. Over the long haul, though, I'd like to understand more about these characters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Heather Havrilesky
    A film-quality drama series about zombies? Somebody pinch me!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    This show transcends the base level of twisty procedurals with one thing: Patty Hewes.
    • 81 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    The second season of HBO's Flight of the Conchords offers another wave of quirky hilarity of the very highest caliber, from Bret pawning his guitar to pay the rent, then mimicking guitar-playing while humming his part onstage, to Jemaine looking to supplement the duo's income with a little freelance prostitution.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Heather Havrilesky
    Sorkin may be self-important, but he's certainly not mediocre.

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