For 80 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jen Chaney's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Training Day (2017): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 80
  2. Negative: 5 out of 80
80 tv reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Jen Chaney
    A faithful adaptation of the book that also brings new layers to Atwood’s totalitarian, sexist world of forced surrogate motherhood, this series is meticulously paced, brutal, visually stunning, and so suspenseful from moment to moment that only at the end of each hour will you feel fully at liberty to exhale.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Jen Chaney
    Even if some of the characters seem familiar or we recognize some of the narrative beats before they’re hit, we know from the very moment it begins that Fargo once again has a great, big story to tell us, and that means it’s time to settle in for the ride, wherever that old “Ace Hole” Corvette may take us.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Jen Chaney
    Every member of the ensemble cast is still performing at his or her peak, adding just the right amount of salt on dialogue that’s already high in sodium. ... Veep: it’s no longer just a brilliant satire. It’s almost--almost--something to which we can aspire.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Jen Chaney
    Practically every moment of its seven-and-a-half-hour running time is thought-provoking, astonishing, sobering, hilarious, tragic, and sometimes all of those at once.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Jen Chaney
    It is extraordinary. ... The whole experience is so absorbing that I now regret having made my top TV shows of 2016 list so early in December. The OA belongs, if not in my top ten, then certainly highly ranked among the honorable mentions.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Jen Chaney
    The splintering of the group enables the series to open new channels of competitiveness between the principal characters while also continuing to do what it does best: develop admirably intricate story lines about high-tech-sector politics as well as the inevitability that those who either possess or covet power will engage in petty behavior.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Jen Chaney
    The brilliance of the writing and world-building on The Good Place is taken to another level by its cast.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Jen Chaney
    Season three, so far, feels like it’s returning closer to that core mission after a second season that felt slightly less focused. Transitioning, for Maura and those who love her, is a process. Transparent season three shows us that the work is nowhere near done.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Jen Chaney
    The second season of UnREAL continues to work from that same multilayered template [of season one], but with even more confidence and a greater sense of ambition.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    The dialogue is funny, but performers like Martin and Higgins, who are both fantastic, really make it sing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Its mix of escapism and confrontation of life’s hardships make it a pleasure that comes with no guilt. Like the strong-as-hell female at its center, even when it exaggerates, it never stops aiming for honesty.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Humans has delivered a second season that demonstrates a full, imaginative expansion of its narrative.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    The series--created by Bill Dubuque, who wrote the films The Accountant and The Judge--is often still compelling to watch, especially for those who consider “average guy goes gangster” one of their favorite TV subgenres. That’s thanks in large part to the layered performances from its cast, especially its two leads, Bateman, who also directed four of the episodes, and Laura Linney, who plays Wendy, Marty’s not entirely innocent wife.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    The more Halt and Catch Fire continues to lean into the emergence of Cam and Donna as two of the major forces behind the show’s alternate-reality internet revolution, the more interested I am in seeing where it goes. Also, the more it does that, the more this series about the Silicon Valley before HBO’s Silicon Valley feels like must-watch TV, as opposed to just should-watch TV.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    As it progresses and its narrative deepens, viewers are left with plenty of substantive matters to ponder, especially after its conclusion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    The Defiant Ones certainly falls into that overly celebratory trap at times. But the careers of both men are so inherently interesting, and the incorporated footage of some of the most revered pop musicians in history doing their thing is so much fun to watch, that you may be willing to forgive the show’s overuse of words like visionary and genius.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Speechless shifts immediately into gear with zippy authority and a knowing sense of humor.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    It’s unclear right now whether Fogelman’s effort will fully match Parenthood in terms of quality. But for viewers looking to TV for comforting fare that doesn’t sacrifice intelligence--in other words, for a show whose cast and creators don’t appear to be settling--This is Us might be just what the kindhearted baby doctor ordered.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    With more narratives to unspool, perhaps it’s inevitable that the quality level can’t remain consistent throughout. ... If someone decides to create a TV time capsule that represents this decade, I can easily imagine Black Mirror being placed in it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    This show and Bernal exude so much warmth and zest for life that both are a pleasure to watch. That continues to be true in season three.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Just when you’re ready to break up with Love, it starts to works its magic on you, thanks to the charms of its cast and a suite of directors (Dean Holland, Joe Swanberg, Lynn Shelton, Maggie Carey, John Slattery) who have a knack for shining a light on the darker, comedic corners of human intimacy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    High Maintenance stands out, not just because it’s on the front end of what is apparently a reefer TV trend, but because it’s so precisely made and has such an ambling, open heart.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Viewing it is therapeutic and wonderful, but also like going through an additional step in the stages of grief.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Stranger Things tries to strike a tricky balance between going fully meta and creating a piece of paranoid, magical, terrifying realism that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the works of Spielberg, Stephen King, John Carpenter, and Wes Craven that it so overtly references. At times, it wobbles in that effort. But it manages to right itself pretty quickly by effectively hooking us into its central mystery and so evocatively conjuring up a not-so-long-ago yesteryear when walkie-talkie conversations were our Snapchat and what’s now considered free-range parenting was just called parenting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    This series continues to excel on all the black comedic levels it has before. The dialogue is still sharp as a serrated knife, the situations in which the characters find themselves still amuse and surprise.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    This new Horror Story is nearly as depraved, unapologetically over the top and engrossing as the first season was.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    The series has such a strong command of tone and pacing that, like any good con artist, it persuades you to overlook the parts that might not add up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    While this fourth chapter in the saga of Litchfield Penitentiary gets off to a bumpier start than usual, it ends on such powerful notes that if you’ve ever been a fan, you simply have to view all 13 episodes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    While you watch--which you will, since this show is addictive--it’s as if Riverdale is growing up fast before our eyes, like a clever, winking teenager who’s already grown-up enough to know she should keep her deepest secrets to herself.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    What sells the antics is the chemistry between its leads and the fun they’re so clearly having together.

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