For 79 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Molly Eichel's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Transparent: Season 2
Lowest review score: 20 Fuller House: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 79
  2. Negative: 2 out of 79
79 tv reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Molly Eichel
    Where The Comedians feels forced, Louie is at once more natural and more surreal--and one of the best comedies on television.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Molly Eichel
    Transparent's second season is even more visceral, real, and funny than the first.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Molly Eichel
    The second season of Fargo is just as fantastic as the first. And viewers who didn't catch the first season can easily slide into the second. Some nuances will be lost, but those are minor compared to how good this series is.... Hawley and his writers' greatest strength is incredible control of tone and atmosphere.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Molly Eichel
    There’s something soapy and delicious about Empire.... But it’s a double-edged sword: Empire will either continue to be fun and splashy, while staying grounded and engaging, or it will flame out as so many primetime sudsers have before it, becoming too ridiculous for its own good.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Molly Eichel
    Bloom is so perfect for the part, emerging as a fully formed character. She grounds Rebecca, but is also fearless when Rebecca needs to live up to the title of the show.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Molly Eichel
    Ansari and Yang come out of the gate strong, showcasing who they are and how they view the world with a clarity and assuredness that few others have been able to master.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Molly Eichel
    As impressive as Sam is--a teenager trapped inside an old man’s body who never seems bothered by his circumstances--when the documentary focuses on his mother, it easy to see where he gets it from.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Molly Eichel
    Generation Cryo separates itself from the likes of Catfish and Teen Mom by not treating its subjects as spectacle. They’re portrayed as people dealing with issues that affect their everyday lives, recalling some of the better installments of the True Life series.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Molly Eichel
    [Five-year-old Joe Hughes (Max Vento)] doesn’t take direction, not because he’s obstinate, but because he can’t. Joe is also a wider part of the family portrait, which is one of The A Word’s greatest strengths. It shares that quality with another dramedy that used an autism-spectrum disorder to great narrative effect: Parenthood.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Molly Eichel
    It’s a sweet, well-made show. It may not dominate the conversation of the internet, but it’s certainly worth talking about.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Molly Eichel
    The second season is as lovely to watch as the first, but it smartly dampens Bruce’s cultural tone deafness and expands the scope of the series to focus more on Emma and her family.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Molly Eichel
    This version of War & Peace may not have all of its parts intact, but it keeps the structure of the plot in place, giving a nice overview of Tolstoy’s novel, and keeping a tight pace for TV. It’ll be interesting to see whether the series can sustain throughout its six-part run, but the first few hours are an enjoyable way to pretend to digest great world literature.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Molly Eichel
    They’re awful, but they’re the butt of the jokes, ruining the audition or bombing at comedy night. They may be difficult, but they’re also inherently likable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Molly Eichel
    There’s an artfulness to Rosenfeldt’s killers, and that’s what makes his stories compelling, even if they’re ridiculously improbable. Seeing how Rosenfeldt can keep everything moving cohesively is almost as much fun as the story itself.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Molly Eichel
    The first season of the wildly popular Fox dramarama was soapy in all the right ways, but, like the best soaps, teetered between being, like, the greatest and a big mess. This season walks the same precarious path.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Molly Eichel
    First Day of Camp does not disappoint--mainly because it's more of the same.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Molly Eichel
    He tweaks both his nice-guy image and the family-sitcom formula just enough to make his show feel new--yet he retains the sense of familiarity that beckons viewers and keeps them watching.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Molly Eichel
    Some episodes are silly, others are sad. ... All of them are worth watching.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Molly Eichel
    It doesn't try to get too edgy (looking at you, Netflix's The Ranch), yet feels new all the same.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Molly Eichel
    It's profane and funny and totally out of the ordinary. A Very Murray Christmas won't become a classic of the Christmas genre, but it's certainly a nice way to spend the holidays.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Molly Eichel
    You'll turn on the first episode and mysteriously find yourself sitting in the same spot on your couch eight episodes later, never having moved an inch.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Molly Eichel
    Though UnReal's purpose is to skewer the fakeness and calculation behind reality shows like The Bachelor, it really does something more important: It humanizes these archetypes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Molly Eichel
    The dialog is sharp and not always nice. It means Catastrophe has to earn its sentiment, which it does with aplomb.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Molly Eichel
    Gibney's doc is a punishing amendment to Wright's book, illustrating how this modern religion has stayed alive and well.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Molly Eichel
    It all works. Jimmy and Gretchen are horrible people, but they are endearing in their congenital terribleness. They are unlovable, which makes them inherently lovable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Molly Eichel
    Chip is an angry guy wholly consumed with himself, but as ludicrous as he may be, Galifianakis makes him feel stubbornly real. Chip is a bitter, middle-age guy holding on to his dream so tightly he's suffocating himself. That commitment also extends to Louie Anderson, who brilliantly plays Chip's mom, Christine--yes, his mom (in drag).
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Molly Eichel
    Demos and Ricciardi serve their subjects well, but they also serve their case well. They take complex legal subjects and make them interesting, boiling down mundane legal bureaucracy into a cohesive story that still is able to treat all victims--no matter what side of the cell bars they are on--with respect.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Molly Eichel
    The surface bromides of meritocracy are each artist’s main talking points, but the real fun comes in smaller moments, like watching Jay Z rehearse or Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons nervously pace around the stage, worried that not everything will go as planned.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Molly Eichel
    A To Z has the potential to be a sweet romantic comedy—if it doesn’t get caught up in its own quirks first.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Molly Eichel
    Forte can certainly handle the darkness, the lack of contact weighing down his heavily bearded face, but his attempts to compensate for that lack of connection make for some strange turns of events.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Molly Eichel
    With such a complicated subject matter, The Messengers certainly has its work cut out for it to stay coherent while still staying accessible. But the pilot moves briskly enough, keeping up the desire to learn how these people deal with their newfound powers and identities, and how they will react when The Man comes a-calling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Molly Eichel
    It’s focused on Mrs. Watts’ personal journey home, her escape from the small bubble she’s come to know. As it is, it’s wonderful to watch Tyson make that escape.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Molly Eichel
    It has great potential to be an incendiary comedic voice among a sea of family sitcoms with a harpy mother, a no-nonsense dad, a scheming brother and a girlfriend who wants the approval of her boyfriend’s parents.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Molly Eichel
    While that loving relationship between these two women is Playing House’s strength, to unlock its potential, and go beyond delightful sitcom, it needs to be about more than that, and there’s certainly potential for that growth.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Molly Eichel
    Do these high concepts always work? Not really, but sometimes they’re quite funny. But like any show that is heavy on concept, that can wear thin.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Molly Eichel
    Goldberg whets the appetite for what Mabley can do, but it’s Mabley, not Goldberg-as-director, who delivers.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Molly Eichel
    Like AHS and Glee, it could become a mess, but the launch is fun.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Molly Eichel
    Like Entourage, it boasts an affable cast. Johnson is the real draw, able to flex dramatic muscles he's not often given the opportunity to use.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Molly Eichel
    Preacher lets its mystery and mythology trickle out slowly over the four episodes provided for review, never being vague for vagueness' sake, or too obvious.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Molly Eichel
    Telenovela may not have depth, but watching Longoria mug for the camera ain't a bad way to spend half an hour.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Molly Eichel
    The great thing about The League is that it feels entirely comfortable to return to.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Molly Eichel
    Each episode is chock-full of the events that made it into American history textbooks--in addition to the Boston Tea Party, the second episode features Paul Revere’s ride and the battle at Lexington and Concord--but in between those scenes of warfare, Sons Of Liberty loses its momentum, especially as plots of personal intrigue are shoehorned in for salacious measure.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Molly Eichel
    There’s still enough of the scandal inherent to the story to keep the film from squandering its Lifetime potential. But in the hands of director Gabriel Range (Death Of A President) and the film’s team of writers (basing their work on When Gods Become Men by true-crime writer Stephen Singular), it becomes more of a character study, ambling along without any true momentum to the story.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Molly Eichel
    Knight recalls how Berry’s mother kept her room exactly as it was before she was abducted. Knight’s mother, assuming her daughter had left home, moved to Florida. It’s one of the more heartbreaking aspects of Cleveland Abduction, although that feeling of isolation is largely psychological.... Cleveland Abduction’s ending seems particularly truncated, with the likes of Pam Grier and Joe Morton showing up to ultimately do very little.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Molly Eichel
    The Goldbergs is far from terrible—it just needs to learn how to mix the quirky dysfunction with the heartwarming moments in the style of shows like Malcolm In The Middle or Raising Hope.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Molly Eichel
    There is potential for Lopez, but George has to stop relying on old tricks.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Molly Eichel
    The show works better when Dice is in sitcom mode, rather than trying to stretch his dramatic chops.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Molly Eichel
    Madoff takes the easy route, but what it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in a pace that keeps Madoff’s dealings moving at a clip. And while it still won’t explain the inner workings of why we should be enraged by Bernie Madoff’s actions, it still evokes that rage.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Molly Eichel
    Teachers still feels like a webseries, just in a longer format. There’s a lack of fleshed out narrative in the four episodes screened for critics.... [But] Their comedy lacks vanity, and their onscreen chemistry together is quite good, with each member of the troupe filling a different stereotype for Teachers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Molly Eichel
    It's a shame that the marathon viewing of Angie Tribeca exposes the show's weaknesses. Does goofiness hold up in a 25-hour block? Or does the shtick wear too thin? Angie Tribeca's shtick was never particularly thick to begin with.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Molly Eichel
    In many ways it achieves these aspirations [focusing on advocacy and opening up frank discussions on transition and transgenderism], especially early in the first episode shown to critics.... but in the context of I Am Cait this desire to do good feels shoe-horned in. Even if she wants to be a voice for a marginalized group, and there's nothing to say she does not, it still feels like a producer is pulling the strings, even with the best intentions.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Molly Eichel
    Matador has the potential to be really fun, once the place-setting of the first episode is out of the way. But the show won’t unlock that potential unless it fully buys into how ridiculous it can truly be.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Molly Eichel
    Shades Of Blue doesn’t have the same balls that The Shield did by making the central figure a person who could do truly reprehensible things, yet still dare you to like him. But it’s not a slog to watch thanks to Lopez and Liotta.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 Molly Eichel
    Giving her a dirty mouth and dirty mind is like a cheap laugh that grows stale, and the goodwill Krumholtz creates with his wonderful character quickly dissipates.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Molly Eichel
    Looks like a standard procedural, but McDorman is adorable.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Molly Eichel
    The rushed plot leaves Grossman's rich world feeling empty. That world is still fun to live in--even if it's not as good in TV form.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Molly Eichel
    The [first] episode is stilted and odd, the plot not engaging, and no one looks particularly excited to be there. So much time is spent on exposition and reminders of the past that it's groan-worthy. The following two entries are episodic, monster-of-the-week affairs and they reminded me how good The X-Files could be.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Molly Eichel
    The true goal of Grace and Frankie is laughs, gained sometimes at the expense of genuine feeling but, hey, funny is funny.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Molly Eichel
    The playfulness associated with these familial moments is where Wahlburgers hits its sweet spot.... The show is derailed by subplots that have no momentum or little drama.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Molly Eichel
    It has its moments of comedy that land, but the entire show, which is going for a Dr. Strangelove vibe, feels off. As political satire, it lacks the bite needed to really work.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Molly Eichel
    The second season's central mystery is enough to keep you watching, but you can say the same thing about Law & Order. The ordinariness is a quality that weighs heavily on True Detective because its cop-show genre is all over TV.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Molly Eichel
    The presentation of mythology and backstory, such an important aspect of a show like Bitten, is handled in a laughably inelegant way.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Molly Eichel
    Benders is produced by Denis Leary and his type of humor is all over the show.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Molly Eichel
    The wives never feel like fully drawn people. Instead, they feel like takeoffs on what the press latched onto about them in the first place.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Molly Eichel
    The cuts back to Garner and Noseworthy make sure that every concept is laid out bare, rather than allowing for any shades of subtlety.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Molly Eichel
    Flavius Josephus’ position in The Dovekeepers would perhaps be even more egregious if any of the other characters were fully drawn, but they aren’t.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 42 Molly Eichel
    Questionable taste aside, there are major narrative issues at work in Faking It that go beyond sustaining the faux relationship between Amy and Karma. Tonally, it can never decide to satirize the type of über-tolerance on display at Hester High—as 21 Jump Street did—or hold it in high esteem.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Molly Eichel
    A comedy so slight, you might not even notice it is there.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 42 Molly Eichel
    Put stand-up comedians in the confines of this fake reality and their material feels labored as well. That’s exactly what Oxygen has done with Funny Girls.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Molly Eichel
    Even in Medium, Arquette was able to to tap into something deeper than she does in Cyber’s outset. MacNicol and Van Der Beek have proven themselves as solid comedians in Ally McBeal and Don’t Trust The B---- In Apartment 23, respectively, yet here they carry the dour weight of investigators saddled with iron-laden lines.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Molly Eichel
    Impastor plays right into the stereotypes. Impastor has an edgy veneer--but once it rubs off, you're left with an entirely ordinary show.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Molly Eichel
    There's potential here, especially if it's not burdened with biological mumbo jumbo that makes little sense in explaining why these animals are going ape on humans. But even that potential is only that of a Patterson novel: cheap, easy to digest, and you don't have to think all that much about it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Molly Eichel
    Crystal just seems too nice to be big-timing a guy like Gad, no matter how much Gad revels in his own ability to annoy.... The Comedians feels forced.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Molly Eichel
    [Netflix's Love] at least felt fresh and directed in the way it surgically examined the tropes of the romantic comedy. It was a character study that had a purpose, explaining through its run why we were watching these characters to begin with. Flaked never answers that question.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Molly Eichel
    The newest aspect of Heroes: Reborn is that there are no new characters, only the same inertia that plagued the first go-round for Heroes. The superfans will be pleased if only because it's comforting to see long-gone characters return to continue their story lines, but everyone else will be confused as to why Heroes was resurrected in the first place.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Molly Eichel
    The show features narrative moments, snippets of his stand-up, and talking-head interview segments that would feel more at home in a mockumentary (think The Office or Parks and Recreation), all coming together into a hodgepodge that makes no sense.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Molly Eichel
    Bill Prady tries to update Kermit and Company with adult humor Miss Piggy and Kermit have called it quits, draining the Muppets of the warmth and love that made them so lovely in the first place.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 33 Molly Eichel
    It’s 90 minutes of treacly declarations and follow-your-dreams platitudes that waste the talents of both Regina King and S. Epatha Merkerson.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Molly Eichel
    It accomplishes what it sets out to do--be a bland family sitcom playing to a nostalgic audience. But that doesn't mean it's any good.

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