Margaret Lyons
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For 54 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 25% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 70% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Margaret Lyons' Scores

Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Transparent: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Mixology: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 54
  2. Negative: 15 out of 54
54 tv reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Margaret Lyons
    Transparent's major achievement is putting itself on the map.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Margaret Lyons
    Sherlock (and Sherlock [the show]) is that good, we do forgive his callousness, and yeah, we'll wait for two years for his return and never let our fervor flag. In exchange, when the miracle happens and he (and the show) come back, he's as good or maybe better than ever.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Margaret Lyons
    Don't let [Dr. OZ's] presence dissuade you from enjoying what's otherwise an almost freakishly absorbing series.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Margaret Lyons
    There are so many background jokes and one-liners and silly animals that the show's emotional depth caught me by surprise.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Margaret Lyons
    Yes, the conspiracy is well-crafted, and yes, it's an engaging critique of society in the way that lots of cool speculative fiction tends to be.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Margaret Lyons
    The show is savvy and hilarious and I was completely sold on it, but I'm also not surprised that NBC ultimately decided not to air it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Margaret Lyons
    For a show that shouldn't really work at all, Last Man works pretty well. A lot of that is Forte, who makes Phil kind of dumpy and sad and gross, but also clever and resilient.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Margaret Lyons
    It's a refreshingly un-miserable show, and while it covers a range of human emotions and identities, none are "murderer" or "super murderer."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Margaret Lyons
    The 100 is better than it has to be, a little more exciting and surprising and intense.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Margaret Lyons
    This is my dream for all shows: that they have a clear idea; a way in which that idea is uniquely theirs; a cast that can give a rich, full life to those concepts; and the savviness to use both comedic and dramatic elements to explore and enrich those characters and the articulated world they inhabit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Margaret Lyons
    The show is perfectly cast, and it certainly seems like there's plenty of story to be had.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Margaret Lyons
    Corden did a perfectly solid job. Last night's premiere went about as well as a premiere can go.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Margaret Lyons
    There's a sweetness to the series, an almost admiration for the various crummy behaviors.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Margaret Lyons
    The show's passionate aberrance can be charming and sweet, menacing and creepy, sometimes enchanting and sometimes deeply off-putting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Margaret Lyons
    A lot of the strong moments on the show resonated because of how much they reminded me of stronger moments on stronger shows.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Margaret Lyons
    hat's tough on Manhattan is that things really are substantial, which means the show can find itself at a moment of dramatic excess very quickly.... And yet that's what Manhattan is going for, and it often succeeds, particularly in the second episode, as the emotional, personal side of things starts taking hold.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Margaret Lyons
    There are so many familiar ideas and stories in BMJ that it's easy to miss some of the show's more daring and interesting moments. Mercifully, though, they're in there.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Margaret Lyons
    The six-part miniseries, premiering Sunday on PBS, is indeed largely excellent.... But that sense of dramatic conservation gets just a little bit stifling, and sometimes Peter Kosminsky's staid direction makes the series feel like a top-collar button begging to be undone, even just for a second, while no one is looking.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Margaret Lyons
    It's not fully good by any means, but I will watch more episodes, and I'm interested how everything will get resolved. I'm more curious about the characters of The Slap than I am about the characters of, say, The Affair.
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    • 60 Margaret Lyons
    At its best, Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! taunts viewers into wondering if sanity and insanity are both merely artifice, and proves that in the hands of a capable enough performer, they're often indistinguishable from each other. The show is definitely interesting. I'm just not sure how entertaining it actually is.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Margaret Lyons
    I wish Galavant were a movie. I found the show charming and festive and impressively committed, but in half-hour chunks, there's very little room to build the kind of momentum the series needs.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Margaret Lyons
    Meyers's first monologue was all down-the-middle one-liners, delivered in the exact "Weekend Update" cadence.... Meyers settled in more once he sat down at his desk.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Margaret Lyons
    Selfie needs to be either a little more grounded or a little more campy depending on what it wants to highlight, but this in-between kinda-real-kinda-bubblegum world makes everyone seem slightly out of place.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Margaret Lyons
    Individually, the performances are terrific.... Bloodline presents itself so generically. You can get away with lousy dialogue, or underdeveloped acting, or common character types, or an unspecial visual style. Just not all of it at once.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Margaret Lyons
    It's competently assembled but ultimately sort of hollow.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Margaret Lyons
    Some of the show is effective, especially the parts that double down on anything eerie or particularly ominous.... [But] Too often the series confuses "mysterious" with "dull."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Margaret Lyons
    Crisis is just the bowl of gravy. It tastes okay on its own, I guess, but you can't really make a meal out of it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Margaret Lyons
    Let's just call Intelligence competently made.... It's just fundamentally impossible to care about.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Margaret Lyons
    Cristela, both the character and the performer, is bright and goofy and confident, and she's got that sitcom-put-down timing down.... The show is a lot less successful when it goes for those pre-fab sitcom setups that feel like a catchphrase waiting to happen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Margaret Lyons
    The characters on GGTD are, for the most part, pretty smart, and their frustrations are well articulated and vivid. Divorce, I'm told, involves anger, distress, self-recrimination, and a not insignificant amount of genuine grief. That's the part the show seems to nail. Everything else, though, has been done better elsewhere.

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