For 129 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jen Chaney's Scores

Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Fargo: Season 3
Lowest review score: 10 Kevin Can Wait: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 129
  2. Negative: 6 out of 129
129 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    This Close has a lighter, more hopeful spirit than any of its “sad in California” counterparts, and its characters are more inherently decent. Stern and Feldman are both convincing in their roles.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Jen Chaney
    The result is an insufferable ten-episode HBO series that’s trying very hard to speak to the mood of our times but ultimately does not have anything significant to say about it. ... It seems pretty clear that we would be better off spending that present on something other than watching Here and Now.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Jen Chaney
    “It’s like everyone is you,” cartoon Melania says. “They’re like, ‘Bigly!’ ‘Tremendous!’” That comment describes precisely what’s wrong with Our Cartoon President, a depiction of what goes on inside the White House that’s exaggerated a tad for laughs, yet still feels remarkably tepid compared to what we’ve already read in Fire and Fury.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    The lack of bitchiness admittedly makes this Queer Eye a little less funny than the first; most of the comedy weight is provided by Van Ness, the most quick-witted of the group. But all five of the consultants are likable and go out of their way to match their guidance to the interests and circumstances of the men they advise. ... Engaging.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Although there are only four episodes of 2 Dope Queens, the ones I’ve seen make a convincing case that we need to see Williams and Robinson in late night on a more regular basis.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Jen Chaney
    There are some compelling scenes and moments in Altered Carbon, but at no point do any of them convince me to care about what happens to the main characters.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    Like its protagonist, at this stage, A.P. Bio is a guy with a bad attitude and little sense of direction, one who has some potential but is too committed to his own cynical plans to do something actually great.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    Even though there are moments in the pilot that feel orchestrated, its stylistic approach leans more toward indie film than True Hollywood Story. It is more compelling the more organically it allows its story to unfold.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    From episode four onward, though, it’s in appealing and touching form, especially in the gut-wrenching finale, which is best left totally unspoiled.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    Mosaic doesn’t really start to hum until episode three, at which point a parade of supporting actors--Ferrin, Allison Tolman as Eric’s attorney, Beau Bridges as the ex-police chief--start to enter the picture more prominently. ... Some viewers may be annoyed when the picture in the puzzle isn’t quite crystal-clear by the end of episode six.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Like every superhero show, Black Lightning delivers energizing fight sequences and intriguing nemeses that our protagonist must confront. But as developed by husband-and-wife producing team Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane), alongside co-producers and Arrow-verse veterans Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, it is more organically substantive than much film and TV comic-book fare. It’s also deeply aware of its black popular-culture roots, with a soundtrack that swings from hip-hop to Nina Simone to ’70s soul.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    While, overall, it is not as consistently compelling as Black Mirror, Electric Dreams is a worthy addition to a genre--the anthology series--that is in the midst of a renaissance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Although this is a serious and inevitably sad film, there is also great joy in it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    It was Winfrey’s speech, delivered after she became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Globes equivalent of a lifetime-achievement honor, that instantly established itself as the most memorable moment of the night. ... The late-night host struck the right tone more often than not, and to those who think he didn’t, I ask you to imagine what this night would have been like with Ricky Gervais holding a microphone in his hand.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Written by Charlie Covell and directed by Jonathan Entwistle, The End of the F***ing World takes more unexpected narrative turns as it goes on, and that makes it worth watching, assuming you can muscle your way through the accompanying gloom and occasional gore. Both Lawther and Barden have a capacity to go from deadpan to deeply agitated in an instant, and those shifts become more compelling the more you watch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Jen Chaney
    Grown-ish has a lot of obvious potential, but based on the first three episodes made available to critics, it’s still trying to determine how to effectively channel it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    This is adrenaline-rush TV. It’s instantly compelling, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, and a pretty solid way to start 2018.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Jen Chaney
    Too often, this season skews too heavily toward bleakness, is weak on character development, and strains so hard to shock that it ultimately frustrates more than transfixes. All six episodes, directed by filmmakers ranging from Jodie Foster to David Slade, are elevated by strong performances and incredibly detailed production design that makes the settings feel credible, even when the characters in those settings engage in behavior that isn’t.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Jen Chaney
    [Gunpowder] takes its precious time with weighty moments yet still skims the surface of things in a way that never fully engages nor illuminates its key characters.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Jen Chaney
    On every level, The Crown is deserving of praise. But it’s that subtle emphasis on the idea that even the most stubborn among us can at least try to evolve that makes it vital end-of-2017 viewing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    Like other shows that invite the viewer to try to solve them, Dark suffers a bit in the humanity department. With so many characters, and such attention on how their identities and actions fit into the plot, there isn’t much room to truly get to know these people on a deeper level, at least not in the six episodes that I watched out of the ten total.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    It’s much, much more exciting when Midge is at the center of the frame, all by herself, or sharing it with Susie, whom Borstein imbues with charming sarcasm and occasional peeks of vulnerability.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Godless is a wonderfully modern addition to the genre that’s simultaneously classic and traditional in all the right ways.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Jen Chaney
    Runaways has a deliberately enigmatic narrative that serves as a strong selling point as well as a frequent source of frustration.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    SMILF is not quite a great series yet. But in its initial trio of episodes ... it’s obvious it has the potential to get there.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Jen Chaney
    Where The Handmaid’s Tale has a propulsive sense of urgency and a tendency to aggressively hammer home its points, Alias Grace operates on a much more subtle, hushed frequency.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Though it takes two or three episodes for the various story lines to fully kick into gear, Stranger Things 2 is a suspenseful, thoroughly satisfying follow-up that goes to emotionally deeper places than its predecessor did.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    If you’re a comedy nerd or happened to read GQ’s oral history of The Dana Carvey Show a few years ago — you’re not going to learn anything terribly new. But if you know very little about the button-pushing ABC sketch-comedy series built around the former Saturday Night Live MVP and featuring a murderers’ row of writing and performing talent, the 90-minute film will be a revelation. And no matter which category you fall into, you’ll probably be entertained regardless, because it’s funny to listen to very funny people talk about making a piece of television that was an immediate, abject failure with the mainstream public.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Mindhunter is compelling purely as a well-executed, smart, and suspenseful work of crime drama, but it is necessary viewing because it so deftly provokes a conversation about that very same crisis.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    For those already weary at the prospect of more episodes rife with frustrating mind games, know that in season three, Mr. Robot is much more consistently assured and compelling than it was in its uneven second season.

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