Sonia Saraiya

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For 198 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sonia Saraiya's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Planet Earth II
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 198
198 tv reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Sonia Saraiya
    The FX comedy’s fifth season reveals a show that is as confident and distinctive as ever, a sitcom that is not quite like anything else on television.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Sonia Saraiya
    Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a worthy, heartbreaking adaptation of the text, anchored by strong performances and profound visual grammar.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Sonia Saraiya
    An exquisitely rendered documentary of the natural world. ... As a show, it is masterful work. As an instrument of love and affection for the multitudes of life on this fragile world, it is indispensible.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Sonia Saraiya
    With Masters and Johnson occupying a space in between love, work, and friendship, the heart of the Masters feels like it is finally beating; the joy of the show is watching the two of them interact with each other, and Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen have thrown themselves wholeheartedly into their roles. Ashford and her team have also become more confident with pacing and plotting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Sonia Saraiya
    Outlander succeeds admirably, and partly that’s because it follows the bent of both of its creators: It refuses to sit comfortably in any genre.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Sonia Saraiya
    This isn’t just a story, it’s a history, and admirably, the work of the players has brought it to life.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Sonia Saraiya
    If there is just one thing that The People v. O.J. Simpson is, it’s maddening. Fascinating and involved and nuanced and sympathetic, too.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Sonia Saraiya
    Fortunately, it continues to be fascinating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Sonia Saraiya
    The series is ambitious and shaggy--those two go hand-in-hand--but despite its blurry spots, The Honorable Woman is hard not to watch all the way through. The story sucks viewers in farther and farther down a rabbit hole that does not end.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Sonia Saraiya
    Penny Dreadful is a surprising show, one that offers both some putrid rotting at the core of London’s soul and a way of going about excavating humanity’s inherent darkness in a different and unexpected way. That is easily worth a penny, and maybe more.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Sonia Saraiya
    As of right now, Satisfaction is actually suspenseful--leaving the audience unsure if its protagonists will embrace their better natures or succumb to their special version of suburban ennui. And though some of that suspense is a result of some messy decision-making, those types of messes look a lot like life.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Sonia Saraiya
    Game Of Thrones has not moved away from “sexposition,” prostitution, and casual rape as titillating plot points, and that will always tarnish what is otherwise a groundbreaking show. But the good outweighs the bad. Game Of Thrones was and is an astonishing achievement.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Sonia Saraiya
    Burton And Taylor is not comprehensive or perfect as a film--the direction in particular is lackluster--but as a character study in both writing and acting it is, as Burton says of Taylor herself, “peerless.”
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Sonia Saraiya
    The result is a show that isn’t always “ha ha” funny, but is scathingly brilliant.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Sonia Saraiya
    In the fifth season, the story has been distilled to just the moments of pathos and characterization and gorgeous direction that make the story work.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Sonia Saraiya
    This season has done a much better job at focusing on the characters and stories that really pop, and sidelining or writing out the relationships that were boring.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Sonia Saraiya
    It carries a stronger sense of artful engagement with the viewer, through both direction and tone.... It’s still not exactly an easy watch, but it’s a far more engrossing one than in season one.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Sonia Saraiya
    It’s quietly brilliant, as we have come to expect from Simon.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Sonia Saraiya
    A finished, cinematic, and beautiful production that may be one of the best new shows of the fall.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Sonia Saraiya
    It’s not easily definable as a format, being the love child of a passion for O’Neill, stand-up comedy, and the most available format C.K. has--a webseries. That makes for a strange and sublime episode, one that is gripping in both how different it is and how familiar it feels.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Sonia Saraiya
    What’s best of all about A Series of Unfortunate Events is how every element of it--from the performances and set pieces to the detailed production design and steady pacing--come together to form a complete, considered vision.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Sonia Saraiya
    The drama is not perfect, but the ambition behind it is breathtaking.... As if the scope of the show weren’t enough, American Crime ups the ante with surprisingly affecting directorial choices.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Sonia Saraiya
    Witty, airy, convoluted Lady Dynamite is no exception, showcasing a brilliance of concept and bizarre execution that would be hard sells on many other networks.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Sonia Saraiya
    A show that cannot help but carry with it the burden of being a standard-bearer for diverse voices on television, even as it attempts to be, you know, funny. Insecure proves to be ably up to the challenge. The show marries specific issues with universal questions to create situations that are both precise and affecting. ... Issa herself is a profane, brilliant lead character.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Sonia Saraiya
    BoJack Horseman is deeply, ridiculously funny.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Sonia Saraiya
    What makes Transparent season two different from last season--which was itself technically and thematically brilliant--is that creator, writer, and director Jill Soloway introduces a thread of historicity to the story, with flashbacks, of a sort, to 1933 Berlin.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Sonia Saraiya
    This fourth season is not pretending that things are funnier or more upbeat than they really are. Either by accident or design, Kohan and her team have found a way to pull the rug out from under its audience, with a sudden reminder of the horrors of mass incarceration.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Sonia Saraiya
    The new show, which updates the original’s single-mom plotline to follow a Cuban-American family in Los Angeles, is fresh, funny, and smart. ... The pilot episode alone is an exercise in using sitcom rhythms to further, not just flatten, the themes of the show.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Sonia Saraiya
    The Night Of is compulsively watchable and extraordinarily rewarding, a brilliant and addictive mystery that inspires the viewer to go back and watch the same scenes again, looking for subtler character beats and hidden clues.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Sonia Saraiya
    Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal debuted last night with an acerbic, bracing premiere that felt like, in the best way possible, a much-needed slap in the face.

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