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
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Heather Havrilesky
    We don't really learn anything new about the military or its operations, of course, but with the slick scenes and snappy one-liners coming in rapid succession, who really cares?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Heather Havrilesky
    If this were a show about creative passion, then maybe Ben and Cam would be a little more interesting than the glossy professional yuppies on every other channel, straining to make that promotion and bag that babe. Unfortunately, as Ben and Cam demonstrate, more often than not the desire to "make it" is exactly as vague and empty as those two words imply.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Heather Havrilesky
    When you watch this show, you can almost hear some big, dumb executive animal saying, "We want a single-camera comedy that's weird and dark and fun, you know, like 'Arrested Development,' except with a young, sexy cast!"
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Heather Havrilesky
    Somehow the same clunky philosophizing and heartfelt confessions fall flat in Caprica. Although the second and third episodes of the prequel are a little more intriguing and less gummed up with melodrama than the pilot, the overall picture is a world apart from the dynamism and intensity of "Battlestar."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Heather Havrilesky
    "The Tudors" takes all of the intrigue and power struggles and tomfoolery of the House of Tudor and gives it six-pack abs and a rock-star swagger
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 10 Heather Havrilesky
    The Life & Times of Tim isn't even as well written as that show, and it's far more amateurish and deeply, alarmingly stupid to boot.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Heather Havrilesky
    Although at times Hung unravels and feels as lost as Ray Drecker himself, its individual scenes present as darkly funny and disturbing a parable of the disheartening state of American culture as you'll find on the small screen.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Yes, Bored To Death may be a parody of noir, or maybe it's a dramedy that dips into detective novel tomfoolery, but most of all, it's a story that revels in the realm of those strange overgrown children who use artistic pursuits to justify their weak little whimpering selves.
    • 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."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    The dialogue is just so artful and poetic, the characters are so appealing, the whole damn package is so original and daring and lovely, that after watching the first four hours, it's impossible not to feel inspired and cheered by the fact that a drama this ambitious and unique could make it onto network TV.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    ABC's Shark Tank is easily the best new reality TV show to air this summer (which, admittedly, isn't saying much).
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Heather Havrilesky
    Smart writing, fine cast, cool setting and story, but so far Crusoe can't help feeling a little dorky and dated.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Heather Havrilesky
    There's something distinctly disappointing about taking such sly, dark subject matter and making it so clunky and obvious.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    This show transcends the base level of twisty procedurals with one thing: Patty Hewes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Heather Havrilesky
    Unfortunately, when you take Canterbury's admirable vim and vigor out of the picture for a second, this is just another courtroom drama, limited to the same old overdramatic courtroom scenes that we've seen a hundred million times before
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Heather Havrilesky
    Just as "King of the Hill" started out as a show about middle-class Texans and slowly evolved into a twisted take on mainstream suburbia and family life at large, The Goode Family should eventually transcend the boundaries of its original premise.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Heather Havrilesky
    Basically, the whole thing is stylish and '70s-sexy but also shallow enough to feel like a less funny, hollowed-out combination of "The Wonder Years" and "Boogie Nights."
    • 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!"
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Heather Havrilesky
    The Ex List tries to pull off an impossible balancing act: We're supposed to believe that Bella is at once pathetic and admirable, hapless and perkily resilient. As a result, this scrounging-single fable is an unrealistic, clumsy, cringe-inducing mess.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Heather Havrilesky
    ABC's The Middle, a comedy about living in the nondescript middle part of the country, resides somewhere in the nondescript middle of the pack of new fall comedies.

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