John Anderson

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For 30 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.8 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 Newlyweds: The First Year: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
30 tv reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 John Anderson
    The people of Orange offer some of the best times, and company, to be found on TV.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 John Anderson
    Billions has the posture of sociopolitical expose, the mechanics of a soap opera and the morals of grave robber. In other words, it’s irresistible.... The biggest reason to watch Billions is the acting talent, something which even the endlessly expository dialogue and absurd characterizations can’t totally quash.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 John Anderson
    Wry, smart, culturally immediate, it takes great delight, on the one hand, in skewering that vaunted sociological/real-estate phenomenon one might call Insufferable Brooklyn. On the other, it consistently mines laughs and melancholy out of a smattering of sympathetic characters drawn from the ranks of the self-absorbed, the newly arrived, the mendacious and the medicated.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 John Anderson
    In attempting to crawl inside the head of Mr. Madoff--given just a touch of ghoulishness by Mr. Dreyfuss--it provides solidly sordid entertainment. But it also elevates its subject into an object of sympathy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 John Anderson
    The sense of desperation among all the characters is heightened; the stakes are higher; the politics more sordid. Other aspects of the series, however, have remained disappointingly the same.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 John Anderson
    Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the bloody event over three nights, this five-part series is a bit like the uprising itself: Under-strategized, perilously emotional, more than a little short-handed. Passion, however, is abundant. So is spectacular acting.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    It’s certainly energetic TV, but requires a strenuous suspension of disbelief.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 John Anderson
    It’s certainly energetic TV, but requires a strenuous suspension of disbelief.
    • 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.
    • 56 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 John Anderson
    At no time will the viewer feel that he or she has been transported to 1805 Russia, the drawing rooms of St. Petersburg, or the blood-soaked battlefields of the Napoleonic wars. That said, it’s not entirely a bad time. This is because directed Tom Harper and screenwriter Andrew Davies are far less interested in Tolstoy’s take on the individual’s place in the universe than they are in the who’s-sleeping-with-whom school of world literature and the more sentimental aspects of Tolstoy’s story. Neither are they much interested in subtlety.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 John Anderson
    There’s a kind of joke built into the series, which makes effective use of his sonorous voice and easy-but-earnest style. Unfortunately, Mr. Freeman is also saddled with dialogue that may cause some to lose their faith.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 John Anderson
    The program has the depth of a tuna can and is edited so frantically it feels like a trailer for itself. The four stars are basically there to present their well-established personae.