Sonia Saraiya
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For 57 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sonia Saraiya's Scores

Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 57
  2. Negative: 3 out of 57
57 tv reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    It’s fantastically made--a clearly written, beautifully rendered story of misdirected energy, bad science, megalomaniacs, and the many good intentions on the way to hell.... Still, it’s odd: In many ways, Going Clear is a collection of alleged abuses that have been reported on many times in the past; it’s revealing little to no new information on the church. Instead, it’s really an exercise in effective packaging.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    The Jinx can be a tad too self-referential at times, and unlike the hot-blooded thrill of the podcast “Serial,” this is a story whose particulars can all be found—albeit presented far less well—on Wikipedia. But it’s absorbing, due to the exhaustive research underpinning it and the hook of Durst’s actual, shiftless presence.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    In this third season, Inside Amy Schumer’s satire is sharper than ever, taking the contradictions of our world’s approach to gender and pushing them to the farthest logical extent.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Sonia Saraiya
    It’s got some of the same appeal [as Scandal], but at its core, it’s a strong spy thriller with a few fascinating characters, not a splashy nighttime soap. And that’s okay.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Sonia Saraiya
    Even though the father-son territory has been trod before--in Halpern’s body of work alone!--it’s also where the show feels most alive.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Sonia Saraiya
    Broad City is still very funny. That being said, though, the second season is where the flaws in the show’s premise start to become more apparent, as more and more pressure is put on the structure.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Sonia Saraiya
    It remains to be seen if the strength of the performances from the rest of the cast (which includes another Academy Award nominee, Gabourey Sidibe--it might be hard to find work as a black actor, hm?) will balance out the show’s pulpy premise.... Empire is notable for doing something different, in a landscape populated by dramas of an entirely different stripe. For that, and that alone, it’s worth checking out.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Sonia Saraiya
    Vince Gilligan and his team, as usual, have surprised me. I haven’t totally fallen for the prequel series Better Call Saul--it doesn’t quite feel like its own show yet--but it did make me care about the man who becomes Saul Goodman in a way I never did in “Breaking Bad.”
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Sonia Saraiya
    The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore isn’t perfect, and it might not find its stride for a few weeks yet. But with this first episode, Wilmore and his team are demonstrating that they are not afraid of asking hard questions, whether those questions are about police brutality, representation in film, biracial identity, or how and when women feel safe in public. It takes a lot of skill to boil a complicated issue down to a single question; it takes even more to make that question funny.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Sonia Saraiya
    The show has dispensed with a lot of the real-world elements that made it so coldly compelling.... On the other hand, though, that purging of minor characters is setting the stage for a bigger drama entirely: the showdown between Claire and Frank.... It is a satisfying, slow build, and one that feels not just 13 episodes in the making but three seasons--not just three seasons but 30 years--for the inscrutable Claire Underwood.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Sonia Saraiya
    The rest of the show is built around her, and it’s her performance that is able to make the show’s softer parts work, even as the show’s best moments showcase her skills.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Sonia Saraiya
    The original film’s strengths are washed out in this version, which is instead mining it for televisual drama.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Sonia Saraiya
    Galavant is extremely silly--but at least it knows it’s silly.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Sonia Saraiya
    The show isn’t great yet, though it has potential.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Sonia Saraiya
    Not every episode of High Maintenance feels groundbreaking or perfect; despite being a set of loosely connected short films, few stand alone entirely. The second season--which is now funded by Vimeo, who will be charging a nominal fee for the six episodes--lets the show experiment with better production values and bigger casts. At times that gets in the way of the show’s quiet, intimate charm.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Sonia Saraiya
    Bad Judge is fine, but it’s unlikely that it’ll get the chance to be something good.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Sonia Saraiya
    A fourth season that, while competent, also feels somewhat beside the point.... This season the characters are making a concerted effort to change, but the show itself: not so much.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Sonia Saraiya
    It’s always interesting--Maslany is particularly transcendent when she acts as one clone disguised as another clone, which occurs again in season 3, and the show even finds a way to introduce waterboarding into its already politically charged narrative. But Orphan Black lost its grip on the story sometime early in season 2, and introducing even more characters has not proven to be a way to reclaim it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Sonia Saraiya
    The premiere tries to do too much with too little, and even though the cast gives it their all, Red Band Society never finds the right note.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Sonia Saraiya
    The premise is ambitious and messily executed, as several contestants and judges are introduced without any clear metric of accomplishment or difference between the two.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Sonia Saraiya
    For a show so bent on shock value, it has to this point failed to surprise much.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Sonia Saraiya
    Downton Abbey is not even trying anymore.... despite its astonishing talent and productive values, took the path of predictable, repetitive soap opera.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Sonia Saraiya
    Allegiance does not demonstrate any of that careful planning; indeed, it is almost exactly the same thing as “The Americans,” except executed less well, with the complexities sanded off.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Sonia Saraiya
    Intriguing but unsatisfying.... The sketches aren’t thought out well enough; the lead, Jay Baruchel, lacks presence on-screen; and the drama lacks stakes. But above all, what struck me is that it’s a story that we’ve seen a thousand times.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 33 Sonia Saraiya
    Ray Donovan is in the remarkable position of being a show that appears to be built entirely of moments that are gratuitous, provocative, and emptily thrilling.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Sonia Saraiya
    It sits at the intersection of just enough sincerity and just enough script, which made shows like Laguna Beach famous. But clearly, the show hasn’t done enough to hide its PR tracks.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 0 Sonia Saraiya
    Instead of just creating the horror show that is 12 women competing for a man, it chooses also to play them for fools.

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