For 15 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 5.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Matt Brennan's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Rectify: Season 4
Lowest review score: 12 Bad Teacher: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
15 tv reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Brennan
    The series reserves its most blistering humor for the universal narcissism on display, always distracting from the real work at hand. For all the brilliant, tossed-off insults and uniformly excellent performances, including Patton Oswalt as a "hands-on" aide to the vice president, the season's through line is its treatment of politics as a con artist's medium.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Matt Brennan
    Young and Smith-Cameron unearth the reserves of pain and affection that have made Rectify one of the best shows on television.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Matt Brennan
    HBO's The Normal Heart is a boldly corporeal expression of gay political consciousness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Brennan
    Exquisitely nostalgic, it's as comfortable, and as complicated, as a reunion with an old friend, poring over the past in search of its promise and risking the sharp pang of regret.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Brennan
    With the exception of the premiere's ingeniously disorienting first half, which is best left a surprise, the episodes that follow blend this communal melodrama with the flashback structure developed in season one.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Matt Brennan
    How to Get Away with Murder screams "Shondaland" through and through, a sudsy primetime potboiler rooted in a belief that the experience of adulthood can be just as sexy as the bloom of youth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Brennan
    If discovering the sinister particulars of how they'll get there [the film Psycho] is the driving force of Bates Motel, the surfeit of subplots might be seen as a series of speed bumps or potholes, slowing an otherwise ferociously entertaining two-hander at every turn.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Brennan
    Man Seeking Woman possesses a devil-may-care creativity that marks it as a series to follow even as it occasionally stumbles. At its best, it turns the ritual humiliations of modern romance into a hilarious pop-culture pastiche, refreshing for its willingness to go for the hard laugh even if the result is a resounding thud.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Brennan
    It's ardently conventional, even corny--and yet, against all odds, it's sort of winning too.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Matt Brennan
    The Game struggles to stake out new territory for the genre, but it nonetheless emerges as an absorbing portrait of internecine squabbles during an ostensible Cold War thaw.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Brennan
    The series holds out the promise of a solid, if unspectacular, network procedural.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Matt Brennan
    Unfortunately, these flickers of the show's once exuberant energy are too few and far between to sustain the viewer through extended stretches of flagging interest.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Matt Brennan
    The style, or lack thereof, works against the tale of psychological terrors to the point that the whole thing feels like a rebuke.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 25 Matt Brennan
    The self-consciously "searching" moments that arrive in the last handful of episodes are unearned, long emptied of the first season's promise.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 12 Matt Brennan
    Leached of the original's tart sense of humor, the series quickly settles into lowest-common-denominator boilerplate, an unintended critique of the declining sitcom formula.

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