For 29 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Laura Fries' Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Five
Lowest review score: 20 Survival of the Richest: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
29 tv reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Laura Fries
    About 10 years too late to qualify as provocative.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Laura Fries
    A member of the top of the class of the fall season. Offering more comedy than drama, the show is quirky, with feel-good sentiments lingering beneath clever writing. [6 Oct 2000, p.24]
    • Variety
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Laura Fries
    This world is inhabited by every type of get-rich schemer, social pariah and general loser, but is given enough depth and emotion to draw viewers in.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Laura Fries
    Works a little too hard to be everything to everyone. However, beyond the carefully calculated diversity of the pilot lies a pleasant and heartwarming series that may bridge the generation gap at the WB. It's still a chick show, but at least Gilmore Girls could attract women well past the N' Sync phase. [4 Oct 2000, p.7]
    • Variety
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Laura Fries
    Proving that lightning can and does strike twice, High School Musical 2 actually surpasses the first movie in sheer energy and verve.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Laura Fries
    While the characters here haven't yet had the chance to become as interesting as Carrie Bradshaw and company, this great adaptation of Gigi Levangie Grazer's story should help fill the void left by "Sex and the City."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Laura Fries
    With a dream team of producers, directors, writers and stars, this is more than a message movie; it's artful storytelling at its finest, focusing on the human considerations of a disease that afflicts one in eight women.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Fries
    The series is anything but ordinary, a cosmic blend of high school angst and otherworldly intrigue.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Laura Fries
    On the surface, the concept of Criminal Intent seems like a gimmicky way to milk some of the success from its predecessors, but in the capable hands of exec producers Wolf and Rene Balcer, who also serve as the show's head writers, it makes for taut, engaging television. This self-perpetuating franchise of cops and lawyers is hardly running out of steam. [28 Sept 2001, p.8]
    • Variety
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Laura Fries
    It all makes for an intriguing setup that doesn't quite gel, even by the end of the third episode.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Fries
    As good a couple as he and Sarah Michelle Gellar made, Boreanaz was too boxed in by the "Buffy" love story. The actor, formerly tagged by some as just another pretty face, is given much more to do here and proves that he can handle the load. [4 Oct 1999, p.4]
    • Variety
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Fries
    The show not only gives its devoted fans what they love most --- continuity monitoring --- but rejuvenates a somewhat tired notion. [27 Sep 2001]
    • Variety
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Fries
    A hip-sounding and visually entertaining piece that might best be summed up as "The Odd Couple" meets the "The Brady Bunch" meets "teensomething." [28 Sept 1999, p.10]
    • Variety
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Fries
    Director Coky Giedroyc's grittier, reality-based approach to Sarah Phelps' adaptation contrasts sharply the popular and nostalgic musical account "Oliver!" Nevertheless, this version does stay true to Dickens' original intent to call attention to social evils in harsh times.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Fries
    Plenty spicy series “Soul Food” dishes up even more sex and drama than the 1997 hit movie it is based on, while retaining the look and feel that made the saga of the Joseph family so appealing on the bigscreen.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Laura Fries
    As a director, Nigel Lythgoe works the judge's reaction shots, often forgetting wallflowers enjoy watching the dancers, not other wallflowers. [22 Jul 2005]
    • Variety
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Laura Fries
    Writer-director Mike Robe does a nice job of exploring the repercussions of life choices.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Laura Fries
    State of Mind is a smart and edgy series featuring a fresh and talented cast, solid writing, good music and a great premise.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Laura Fries
    Sticking absurdly close to the same formula as the original, down to the opening theme and the filming style, the new version lacks that same sense of wonder and awe that Beverly Hills decadence and excesses once held over viewers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Laura Fries
    Crews quirky mannerisms don't overwhelm the plot, and the show does strikes a nice balance between whimsy and its much darker backstory.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Laura Fries
    "Big Brother" debuted Wednesday night with all of the style and drama of a Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol commercial. ... Five days a week of people in a cramped house full of Ikea furniture is like a bad college flashback. [10 Jul 2000]
    • Variety
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Laura Fries
    More like great water-cooler gossip than actual true-crime material, the self-deprecating humor helps but doesn't exactly distinguish the series from other examples of this genre.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Laura Fries
    But more often than not CSI isn't sure if it's trying to be intellectual or just sensational. John M. Keane's heavy-handed music, inversely proportional to the events onscreen, doesn't help. Subsequent episodes would do better to pull back on attention-grabbing stunts in favor of the mystery and drama that lies at the core of this premise. [4 Oct 2000, p.2]
    • Variety
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Laura Fries
    Besides a few screwball scenes and hints at a possible pairing a la "Romancing the Stone" between Danny and moony-eyed romance novelist Kate Providence (Christine Lakin), the rest feels rather ridiculous.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Laura Fries
    Director Sara Sugarman presents less a tale of love and redemption than a colorful how- to on losing $97 million in a few short years. Donatella skates through rehab as an afterthought, resulting in a comeback story lacking any emotional investment.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Laura Fries
    "A Perfect Day is a Christmas movie" only in the sense the movie's denouement coincides with Christmas. Otherwise, it's just a run-of-the-mill contrivance where problems are easily rectified and life can be distilled into greeting card sentiments.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Laura Fries
    Everyone appears far too prepared to play a part, and any self-realization comes far too fast without any real transformation. Either producers picked a bunch of duds to participate or else the editing team was so hopped up on caffeine they cut out the juicy parts.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Laura Fries
    An affable new sitcom.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Laura Fries
    Viewers looking for polished fashion and couture really won't find much here...On the plus side, judges Cynthia Rowley, Derek Blasberg and James LaForce are far more likable and approachable than most TV experts.

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