Marisa LaScala

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For 16 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 63% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marisa LaScala's Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 80 Veep: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 Whitney: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
16 tv reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Marisa LaScala
    In its focus on such details, the show finds humor in the contradiction between the staff's renowned arena and the petty ways they get things done.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Marisa LaScala
    Some of the characters aren’t able to achieve the same balance between fantasy and realism as the rest of the show.... Thankfully, Mooney isn’t as central a figure here as Bullock or Gordon, who together are fully capable of carrying the series, even without young Bruce. Logue gives an especially strong performance as Bullock, an exhausted, veteran crime-fighter who remains likable and charismatic even as his various failings seem inevitable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Marisa LaScala
    With the relationships among MacMillan, Clark, and Howe in the foreground, Halt and Catch Fire makes impressive use of its time period without treating it as an elbow-to-the-ribs joke.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Marisa LaScala
    Instead of wink-winking at the audience about its own cleverness, The Goodwin Games mostly keeps things moving along at a snappy pace, with jokes as well. When the show gets too pleased with its own eccentricity, though, it becomes grating.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Marisa LaScala
    The rest of the show goes on to prize sweetness over superficiality.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Marisa LaScala
    There's a lot of clunky setup, a lot of piece-moving to send the main characters back to Terra Nova, and a lot of explaining of rules once they get there.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Marisa LaScala
    If Elementary is a standard detective procedural, it is at least well done. This is largely based on the strength of Miller, who brings a rejuvenating energy to a genre full of morose investigators
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Marisa LaScala
    It’s a credit to Caspe and Marry Me’s other creators that the series premiere introduces all of these characters and their relationships seamlessly, without clunky, expositional dialogue about how they all met.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Marisa LaScala
    Just when it could've coasted off its accumulated good will and anticipation, Boardwalk Empire raised the stakes instead.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Marisa LaScala
    The team assembled in the first episode is less a team and more a loose collection of brooding loners.... [Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) is] an oasis amid all this peevishness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Marisa LaScala
    It’s to this busy show’s credit that the pilot doesn’t feel disjointed. All of these disparate parts are working more or less harmoniously.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Marisa LaScala
    The writers need to differentiate how Allen Gregory relates to Jeremy from how he relates to Julie. If the show had Allen Gregory treat Jeremy and Julie differently, there'd be more opportunity for a wider variety of jokes, including some that don't involve yelling.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Marisa LaScala
    If Go On isn't breaking new ground, it does manage to find humor, even among the most dour of premises.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Marisa LaScala
    The plots of the first episodes have none of the labyrinthine structure of classic Seinfeld episodes; they feel more like vehicles for prewritten bits. They’re funny, but they don’t sound like regular people talking. This artificial sensibility is exacerbated by various performances.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Marisa LaScala
    Rhys Meyers is mostly effective during such inserting, exuding exotic appeal and sensitive yearning—at least when he’s gazing on his object of desire from afar. When he speaks, his appeal is dulled by his flattened, put-on American accent, which makes him sound like Chris Pine.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Marisa LaScala
    With its stilted scenes, canned laughter, and handwringing about marriage, Whitney feels more like a step backward.

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