Margaret Lyons
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For 31 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 22% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 72% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 14 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Margaret Lyons' Scores

Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Sherlock: Season 3
Lowest review score: 10 Mixology: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 31
  2. Negative: 9 out of 31
31 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Margaret Lyons
    Transparent's major achievement is putting itself on the map.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Margaret Lyons
    The 100 is better than it has to be, a little more exciting and surprising and intense.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Margaret Lyons
    Don't let [Dr. OZ's] presence dissuade you from enjoying what's otherwise an almost freakishly absorbing series.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Margaret Lyons
    Let's just call Intelligence competently made.... It's just fundamentally impossible to care about.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Margaret Lyons
    For a series with an out-there premise, Resurrection feels awfully ordinary.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Margaret Lyons
    Ravenswood will in all likelihood be a functioning teen horror series, but those looking for a radical antiracist message or a lasting parable about the dangers of concentrated power will be disappointed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Margaret Lyons
    That lack of originality pervaded the episode--even though, generally speaking, I found Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to be original and exuberant.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Margaret Lyons
    Wonderland has no nuance. It's not elegant or metaphorical at all, and many of the scenes would be at home on an episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Margaret Lyons
    Black Sails is rigidly unspectacular, and it comes at the worst possible time for a show like this not to be very good.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Margaret Lyons
    The Maya Rudolph Show has all the makings of a perfectly cromulent variety series, but it's not fully hatched yet, nor is it clear that variety is a format that makes sense on American TV in 2014.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Margaret Lyons
    Mulaney's ensemble just isn't powerful enough, and rather than jazz up so-so material, they somehow drain the energy from possibly funny moments.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Margaret Lyons
    I am not at all in the bag for Mind Games. There's no bag. Mind Games is an off-putting misfire.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Margaret Lyons
    With shows like Those Who Kill, the reward for watching serial killing is just more serial killing. That doesn't feel like much of a prize.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Margaret Lyons
    Scorpion tries to get action-heavy in its final act, with the brain trust preventing an aviation disaster at LAX, and for a brief interlude, the show has a glimmer of momentum--but it's undercut by how ludicrous the whole setup is, how unnatural the dialogue is, and how impossible it feels to care what happens to any of these people.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Margaret Lyons
    In addition to being nowhere near as adorable as it thinks it is, Manhattan Love Story is also structurally off. The show relies very heavily on Peter and Dana's voice-overs, which is a real mistake.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Margaret Lyons
    Bad Judge is a bad show, though it has a pretty solid cast.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Margaret Lyons
    Chicago PD is a bad show. The dialogue is predictable, the acting is marginal, and the plots are the swept-up leftovers from the Dick Wolf Idea Factory.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Margaret Lyons
    I'm not lobbying for a show about suffering, necessarily. But Red Band makes hospital stays seem like a spread in an Urban Outfitters catalogue. Come for the osteosarcoma, stay for the funky vintage vinyl and artfully draped twinkle lights.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Margaret Lyons
    The mystery is bad, the police work is bad, the home-life stories are bad, everything is bad. This is a bad, bad show.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 10 Margaret Lyons
    ABC's new comedy Mixology is vile.

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