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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Heather Havrilesky's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Party Down: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 So You Think You Can Dance: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 37 out of 185
185 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    The improvised dialogue is sometimes smart, but it often leads to scenes where the main characters repeat their intentions over and over again -- you know, like in a really bad improv class.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    The second and third episodes mostly felt like a retread of the pilot, with the same alluring but dangerous heist to execute, the same planning session between key players, the same conflicted feelings and suspicions.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    I’d like to say that this crappy show is sure to bomb, but my faith in the intelligence of the American people is hanging in the balance right now, and since there seems to be enough dumbassery afoot to cheer on almost any half-witted scheme, I don’t want to make any assumptions.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    The whole show is so repetitive and plotless and gutless and beside the point, it's hardly worth your time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    "The Sarah Silverman Program" has all of the charms of a joke with an audible fart as the punch line.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    A show so strange and vile and stupid that I really wish I could strongly recommend it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    Desperate, self-involved losers who are aging badly? I can't think of anything I'd rather see on TV. But sweaty, half-dressed couples snorting drugs and mumbling "Wanna fuck?" at each other?
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    Suffice it to say that the destination of this elaborate six-hour allegory is meant to be far less important than the journey. And that would be fine, if this particular journey didn't feel quite so much like doing hard time.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    The main problem here is that the show's producers aren't sure what the dogs and the people should really do together, so they have them put on dorky little skits that even dog people can't appreciate, or they make them participate in obedience challenges like "jump over this" or "sit here very quickly," which many dog lovers would regard with the disdain reserved for toddlers who blurt out random phrases in French.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    If these dorky team-on-the-move scenes look like something out of "Charlie's Angels," the shiftless-druggie scenes in the show's premiere look like they were pulled straight from an "Afterschool Special" about the dangers of snorting heroin.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    In short, after watching the first four hours, I can tell you that the eighth season of 24 does not look good. You know how much I adore this stupid show, but please, don't waste your time.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    This spot-on parody of a procedural drama will have viewers rolling on the floor laughing in no time, from its wildly unrealistic plotlines to the self-serious, melodramatic dialogue that spews forth from the stars' mouths at every turn.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    A&E's The Andromeda Strain is just a very expensive, very cheesy retread.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    The new drama Crash struggles mightily to appear slick and sophisticated and special, but the whole elaborate mess is just as leaden and obvious as the Oscar-winning movie upon which it's based.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    While I can understand why Parriott and Co. might be tempted to simply swap out the high-pressure hospital setting with a high-pressure intergalactic setting, the stupidity of Defying Gravity really knows no bounds.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    As flat and robotic as the show may be, a teen "X-Files" meets "Red Eye" is likely to pull in high ratings.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    While "The Sopranos" and "Brotherhood" make it look easy, "The Black Donnellys" makes it excruciatingly clear just how difficult it is to tell a soulful story about criminals.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    Features vaguely uninteresting characters, flat scenarios and a less-than-intriguing alien/swamp thing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    The overall feeling is, "How did Rob Corddry wander onto the set of a shitty sitcom? Quick, someone get him back to 'The Daily Show' before they replace him!"
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Heather Havrilesky
    I just hate that spunky gal character who alternates between her plucky plans and occasional adorable breakdowns, where she screeches or giggles or collapses in a heap on the floor, and someone needs to give her a hug or a kick or a romp in the sack.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Heather Havrilesky
    The story is weak and, based on their performances, the cast knows it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 20 Heather Havrilesky
    My guess is that lots of people are going to rave about how deliciously dark and weird this drama is, but before you believe them, take a minute and imagine Minnie Driver with a fake Southern accent. Now imagine Eddie Izzard with an American accent that's so bad, it makes his voice sound almost computerized. Next, throw in some demonic rednecks straight out of "Deliverance." Are you getting hot yet?
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Heather Havrilesky
    Pretty, sensible teenage vampires who talk like depressed extras on "Hannah Montana"? Why, Diary? Why?
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Heather Havrilesky
    There's an attempt at darkness here that the writers don't pull off; instead each negative turn of events just feels depressing.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Heather Havrilesky
    Americans suffer, Americans chip in and throw Big Money at the problem, Big Money Fixes Everything, and then millions of Americans at home sob and wastefully plow through a forest of tissue paper while feeling way, way better about themselves than they have since, like, before that hurricane hit New Orleans.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Heather Havrilesky
    This show needs a miracle even more than the damaged inhabitants of Imperial Beach do.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Heather Havrilesky
    There's something distinctly disappointing about taking such sly, dark subject matter and making it so clunky and obvious.

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