Heather Havrilesky
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For 184 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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Heather Havrilesky's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Treme: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 So You Think You Can Dance: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 37 out of 184
184 tv reviews
    • 61 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    You'll find an important (and rare) thing: an off-kilter show that's at once smart, outlandish and very funny.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Even if it slices and dices art into something consumable and therefore disposable, I love the audacity of Bravo's Work of Art: The Search for the Next Great Artist. This show takes all of the petulance and nastiness and passion of "Project Runway" or "Top Chef" and applies it to the rarefied realm of fine art.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Combining intelligent layers of mystery with sly dialogue and a steady flow of action, Whedon has crafted a provocative, bubbly new drama that looks as promising as anything to hit the small screen over the course of the past year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Combining the breakneck comedy and sly farce of "Arrested Development" with the pop-savvy wit of "Ugly Betty" and the twisted humor, odd soundtrack and deadpan voice-overs of one of the greatest movies about high school of all time, "Election," Glee is bold, silly, demonic and addictive--one full hour of very good (but not very clean) fun.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Mad Men is smart, funny, eye-opening, and probably 10 times better than anything you'll see this fall, so don't miss it.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    With its patient pace and restrained style, Rubicon may take a while to get to the truth, but at least as viewers we suspect that there will be something weighty to discover once it does.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Look a little closer, though, and what you'll find is a truly strange cop dramedy with lots of sharp dialogue, jocular banter and offbeat scenarios.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Hung is much more subtle and charming and odd than its name or its concept imply.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Wootton dips as far into darkness as even Baron Cohen, but instead of merely relying on cursing and butt thongs to create comic gold, Wootton crafts a well-thought-out narrative and puts a few props in place before he meets his real-life characters.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    CW's Nikita remake isn't nearly as awful as you'd imagine. In fact, it's remarkably good.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    The Starter Wife is fun and clever, but it’s witty dialogue and a great cast, not thoughtful storytelling, that keep this rich-divorcée gaffe-fest rolling along.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Saving Grace is my second-favorite cable drama this summer ("Mad Men" being the obvious front-runner), thanks to the excellent cast (Kenny Johnson and Laura San Giacomo, among others), and the fact that Hunter plays Grace with so much authenticity and scratchy sweetness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    The first episode of Community features alarmingly smart writing, and the cast is fantastic, from Chase, who can make us laugh with just a look, to McHale, who's believably slippery but not too adorably caddish or cloying (Zach Braff, anyone?) as the antihero.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Life on Mars is colorful and fun and well-written.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    With a careful mix of respect, curiosity and humor, the filmmakers offer a colorful and surprisingly nuanced tour of the day-to-day operations of the USS Nimitz during a six-month deployment in 2005, from California to Hong Kong, Guam, Bahrain and Perth, Australia.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    "This American Life" features the same rich, rambling storytelling that makes the radio show so hypnotic, but it's enhanced by cinematography that's lovely and artful without distracting from the story lines or the tone of the show.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Hunter is just so good and the writing is subtle enough that we're willing to go along for the ride, from those looming-tornado opening credits to the last scene of each episode, in which a new heartstrings-plucking tragedy is neatly and satisfyingly resolved.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Aliens in America is packed with actual jokes and the story lines are tight and funny.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    OK, fine, so maybe the pilot does wrap up with your typical teary-eyed confession. Otherwise, though, Lie to Me is as thoroughly entertaining and charming as its fine-looking cast of characters.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Archer is funny. If you don't agree after the first episode, keep watching. You might try drinking a little coffee or having a doughnut before you tune in, though, because the zingers fly by pretty quickly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Thankfully, while the reckoning of "The Memory Loss Tapes" is probably necessary, the other documentaries in the series are a little more hopeful.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    A heartfelt, inspiring, uplifting TV show that brings out the best in people? Who could possibly resist that?

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