Neil Genzlinger

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For 309 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Neil Genzlinger's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Fargo: Season 2
Lowest review score: 10 Tucker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 309
309 tv reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    It has the occasional police chase, shooting and so on, because even dirty cops have to enforce the law now and again. But it’s about gray-area choices, not about catching perps. Ms. Lopez and Mr. Liotta pair well, and the early episodes certainly have a pulse. The key will be how long the conceit holds up.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The pilot efficiently sets up the series. All the characters who are introduced have plenty of places they could go.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The series ... is full of the same brutal weather and dubious quests as Discovery’s reality shows, but professional actors ... make it a much more compelling attraction than any of that other fare.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Yes, this sounds preposterous. And the crime-of-the-weeks sometimes dabble in clichés--child in jeopardy, villain with an East European accent. But the actors sell it, and the writers throw in enough winking humor to let us not take it too seriously.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The people in My Crazy Obsession seem a little unbalanced only because they chose their own obsessions, rather than just going along with the smartphoning, batting-average-tracking crowd.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Ground Floor doesn’t make much of an impression initially. But stick with it for three or four episodes and it grows on you.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    It’s a fine show, relying on slow-building tension rather than the gory shock value of series like “The Following,” and the five-episode arc now on Netflix is worth a look if you haven’t had your fill of cat-and-mouse dynamics.... Oddly, the character developed the least may be Ms. Anderson’s.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    For the most part, the flexibility that television provides is used to good advantage in The Hollow Crown to clarify the action and enhance the dynamics. Only occasionally does it feel misplaced, as in “Richard II,” when [director Rupert] Goold goes all in with Jesus imagery.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    This may all seem assembled from a paint-by-numbers kit, but it clicks nicely, thanks to a lively group of supporting players who include Fred Melamed as a judge and Jolene Purdy as an intern.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Treat Williams has rarely looked as comfortable as he does in Everwood, a promising new drama full of wry touches that has its debut tonight on WB. Now if he would just get rid of that annoying teenage son!
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Beneath all that witty repartee, the two main characters actually have some depth.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The series has a sprawling cast and high production values, yet it starts off rather generically--bearded men playing with swords, battling over territory.... Hang around until Episode 3, though, and substantive themes begin to take shape that give this series a distinctive personality.
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    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The series finds its big themes, though, not in individual fossils, but in humans’ built-in drive to explore and in the likelihood that, while exploring, the earliest humans interbred with other branches of the evolutionary tree.
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    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    House of Lies began as a brash comedy but ended its first season as a drama-comedy hybrid, a direction that needs to continue to keep the show from drowning in its own caricatures. The future might lie in Ms. Bell's character, Jeannie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    This isn’t crackpot conspiracy theory stuff; the documentary is as serious and somber as its title.... The film ends with a lengthy list of officials who declined to be interviewed, which leaves it one-sided, and it doesn’t go beyond merely asking that the crash get another look: the intent is not to explore who might have fired any missiles that were fired.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Ties That Bind, marries a police procedural to a family-under-stress drama, and in the premiere, the combination works pretty well.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    A capable adaptation of Mr. King’s 2011 best seller, appealing enough to snag a general audience and yet different enough from the book to give hard-core King fans plenty to grouse about.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    This looks like a pretty tasty fantasy drama.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The mysteries in Partners in Crime are decent--this is Christie, after all — but what really makes the series click is the sometimes saucy, sometimes prickly interplay between the Beresfords, Tommy (David Walliams) and Tuppence (Jessica Raine).
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    A teary, perfectly tolerable collection of interlocking stories featuring lots of recognizable actors and two particularly well-etched segments.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The show is hilarious with a capital If: It’s hilarious If you like Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    It’s a reality show, as droll and frivolous as “The Newsroom” was serious.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The change in structure [expanding to four POVs] certainly helps the series, which though one of TV’s more ambitious writing experiments was beginning to seem limited by its own gimmick.... True, the consequences of the affair that set the series in motion are substantial and never-ending, but it’s all coated in an idyllic sheen.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Plenty of places for this series to take its engaging leads, one of the odder crime-fighting pairs on TV, doing battle against one of TV’s creepier-looking if expressionless bad guys.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    We have perhaps grown to expect a certain rhythm in these accounts. A mission accomplished amid much bravery and loss. Memories of horror and heroism carried silently for decades. The Ghost Army reminds us that in a conflict as sweeping as the Second World War, not every story fits that template.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Prominent entertainment figures direct programs on six scientific challenges facing the world, and the results are interesting enough. They’re just not especially revolutionary, unlike some of the work they document.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    Marquee HBO comedies--“Veep,” “Silicon Valley”--are known for their intelligence and understatement, but don’t expect that approach here. Or, rather, expect it to be improbably mixed with a crudeness worthy of a frat-house movie.... But along with the ribaldry, Murray Miller, who wrote the show, manages to create a deadpan sendup of sports documentaries.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The film had multiple writers, and keeping the many characters straight requires some effort, but it stays watchable to the end. And it stays relatively true to events, even those that don’t fit into a Scriptwriting 101 template.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The program may not contain any startling revelations about its five principal subjects, Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J. P. Morgan and Henry Ford. But based on the first episode, it certainly gives them a modern-day relevance, perhaps unintentionally.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Neil Genzlinger
    The Messengers certainly offers enough in its premiere to be worth a return visit next week, just to see where it’s going.

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