Jon Caramanica
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For 30 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 12.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jon Caramanica's Scores

Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 80 Generation Cryo: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
30 tv reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Jon Caramanica
    Even though it’s moving to watch a bunch of young people turning to one another for strength and counsel, finding what they need in the others, the clear narrative through-line of the show is Breeanna’s mission.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Caramanica
    Modestly scaled and clever.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Caramanica
    This sometimes gripping show isn't so benign. First, the adversaries are worthy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Caramanica
    As on "Gilmore Girls" there's a sense that a place, if peaceful enough, can redeem the people within.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Caramanica
    It's too soon to tell whether this amiable show, which runs for five episodes, will upend those preconceptions, though it's probably not in its interest to do so.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Caramanica
    When Zach is performing for the cameras, he’s hammy verging on pathetic, as if he’s starring not in a reality show but a sketch-comedy show about someone with deep feelings of inadequacy..... He’s at his most personable and affectionate when he thinks he’s shooed away the cameras, which are of course still filming, in a more vérité style.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Caramanica
    [A] dignified and sometimes moving mini-series.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Caramanica
    An oddball, sometimes clever and sometimes eyebrow-raising new animated comedy series.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Jon Caramanica
    Rather than have the opportunity to respond to events in real time, the show is left to tackle broad themes like fame and television’s golden age. And often, the conversations are edited in a way that appears to clip discourse short just as it takes off.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Jon Caramanica
    While there are moments of snappy dialogue, it's sometimes snappier than the characters themselves.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Jon Caramanica
    The directionless but well-shot archival footage dates to 2011, when Kesha led her first headlining tour, and was filmed by her brother Lagan, among others, which explains the access, the duration of filming and the intimacy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Jon Caramanica
    Much like the shows on ABC Family, Finding Carter has a muted palette, and is full of double crosses, shifting sympathies and warring dualities.... Carter has friends, but they’re mostly “Breakfast Club” archetypes. The one exception is Ofe (Jesse Carere), the rare sui generis sidekick on a teen show.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Jon Caramanica
    Quirky, so obsessed with the process of taking an idea to market, overlooks the process of building a successful television narrative.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jon Caramanica
    The new jokes mostly feel slow and hands-off, less disdainful than uninterested.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Jon Caramanica
    The models themselves are incidental on Scouted, merely empty planets around which revolve some fascinating characters and plenty more dull ones.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jon Caramanica
    It's refreshing, and ultimately unnerving, to see just how naïve Jane Quimby (Erica Dasher) is at the outset of Jane by Design.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jon Caramanica
    These interactions have none of the dark drama found on "Teen Mom" or "16 and Pregnant"--at least not yet.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jon Caramanica
    Both the summer movie and Tuesday’s premiere feature plot points so severe and odd that they destabilize the show’s narrative.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Jon Caramanica
    A reality show set at various small companies, it's part docuseries, part gauche game show.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Jon Caramanica
    The film jumps eras willy-nilly, and never settles on a narrative of how the role of chief of staff has evolved over the years.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Jon Caramanica
    As the film swerves from one speed bump to the next, it takes TLC’s success and acclaim largely for granted, a clear violation of the “Behind the Music” blueprint. Often, the actresses do little more than appear on screen to deliver the heavy-handed, exposition-thick dialogue by Kate Lanier.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Jon Caramanica
    It is perhaps good for Ms. Lohan that the first half of the premiere is dull — at first, seemingly studiously so--since it cultivates an image of Ms. Lohan as a sober person, both in terms of substances and substance. But over the course of the episode, the dullness becomes endemic, almost tragic.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Jon Caramanica
    [A] too glossy, too skeletal procedural.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Jon Caramanica
    This "Amazing Race" doppelganger, produced by Mark Burnett, is culturally tone-deaf, stunningly dull and lazy, with only minor innovations to the format.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Jon Caramanica
    It’s a mass-market knockoff of a luxury brand, not even as chillingly melodramatic as the typical Lifetime movie, dragged down by comically huge jumps in narrative and downright dismal dialogue.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Jon Caramanica
    Much of the acting has dull edges, and the screenplay is aggravatingly stilted.

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