John Anderson

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For 20 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Anderson's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 90 Orange is the New Black: Season 2
Lowest review score: 30 Empire (2015): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
20 tv reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 John Anderson
    The people of Orange offer some of the best times, and company, to be found on TV.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 John Anderson
    Silicon Valley, the latest creation of Mike Judge ("Office Space," "King of the Hill"), gets off to a rough start Sunday night; one might say it tries too hard. But it's certainly worth the 30-minute expenditure, because well before Episode 5 it's in a comedic groove and seems destined to run beyond the eight-week run HBO currently has planned.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 John Anderson
    Darkly wondrous.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 John Anderson
    [A] thoroughly captivating Rolling Stones documentary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 John Anderson
    Despite some clumsy exposition by its creators, Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, it has a well-researched sense of place.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 John Anderson
    Maron is short, funny and coherent.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 John Anderson
    Some of the life forms in Almost Human are artificial. The intelligence is genuine.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 John Anderson
    If ever a show was made for hate-viewing, it’s The Slap.... Where The Slap will be going in subsequent episodes is unclear and, mostly, irrelevant. Any and all misfortune, however, will be warmly welcomed.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth is not quite the train wreck one might expect.... Mostly he vents. And whether Mr. Tyson delivers the truth as advertised isn't really the question. It's whether anyone, at this point, cares very much.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    Turn can be described as both sturdy and unsteady.... Mr. Bell is a less-than-charismatic centerpiece, but he also makes emotional sense.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    The nastiness of Babylon is refreshing, even while the writing fails to support either the level of acting or the atmosphere, which aspires to something far more clever than what the writers ... have delivered.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    It’s certainly entertaining and well-done but, based on the first two chapters, the viewers are going to have to swallow quite a large helping of implausible sauerkraut to attain their suspension of disbelief.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    Blunt Talk is as wildly uneven as it is occasionally brilliant.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    Mr. Burns has created a show that is watchable.... but the lack of any rudimentary joy among any of the characters means there’s also no one to like, not during the early episodes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    The veracity of this series is, in the end, less important than what it says about a culture in which people blithely create online worlds on a collision course with the truth. Schadenfreude may be the lifeblood of reality television, but in "Catfish," it's fairly guilt free.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    True Deetective is both underwritten and over-plotted.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 John Anderson
    That no one acts in a manner remotely plausible during Murder in the First, regarding either the law or human life, will have viewers feeling like they're just being moved through the system.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 John Anderson
    Everyone seems to be imitating someone they saw in another gangster movie. It would be funny, if it weren't quite so tedious.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 John Anderson
    Derivative to the point of parody.... [But] despite the general lameness of the show, Ms. Henson is so convincing--and charismatic--you might just keep watching.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 John Anderson
    Spontaneity is scripted; hopes and dreams are meant to be crushed; the woeful are exalted; characters are unsympathetic.

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