Sonia Saraiya

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For 189 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sonia Saraiya's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Outlander (2014): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 189
189 tv reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Sonia Saraiya
    It’s not doing a whole lot of work to examine the role of women in society, but it is a show with a single and still-novel goal: to entertain women, without patronizing them.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Sonia Saraiya
    Now, three seasons in, Dunham and her team are better at doing what they’ve been trying to do all along: create a string of lovely character vignettes, with a deliberate disinterest in plot and a fascination with a certain zeitgeist. This is specific enough that it has its disadvantages, but now that the characters have been around for two seasons, it’s become easier to understand their different versions of cluelessness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Sonia Saraiya
    Where Bletchley succeeds is in its unapologetic, decidedly feminine take on British life in the ’50s.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Sonia Saraiya
    Fargo is a singular idea with, so far, not-so-singular execution, perhaps suffering from the fact that what was revelatory in 1996 might be just humdrum in 2014.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Sonia Saraiya
    Madam Secretary is not perfect, but it could be. There are seeds of something excellent in this pilot, one that’s able to tell a character-driven story in a world that’s constantly changing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Sonia Saraiya
    Ultimately it’s that frisson of complication that makes Manhattan worth watching--the performances are good, the writing is good, and the premise is good, but the complication of our own history is involving and fantastic.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 Sonia Saraiya
    There’s something lighthearted about the proceedings, murder and mayhem aside, because the show is more interested in the character drama than the procedure. Taxi Brooklyn embraces the New York-ness of both its main characters, and that bodes well for its future--and provides something fascinating to watch through the summer, in the meantime.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Sonia Saraiya
    It’s not perfect, but it’s never boring.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Sonia Saraiya
    Despite what feels like risky storytelling, Homeland is staying true to its characters, following through on its fireworks to examine the ashes as well. It’s hard to tell which way it’s going to go, but for its performances and sheer courage, it’s worth watching.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Sonia Saraiya
    It’s not exactly groundbreaking, but it’s fun to watch and slightly addictive.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    Corden and bandleader Reggie Watts make a fantastic team, but they bear eerie resemblance to Fallon and his bandleader Questlove.... The total randomness of the stars made for some of the show’s alchemical appeal.... So, so often, these pre-recorded videos or rehearsed segments look and feel excruciatingly awkward or boring. It bodes very well for Corden, and for CBS, that he made these excursions into the absurd look like a lot of fun, both to be in and to watch.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    It’s essentially fun and easy to watch, and isn’t attempting to comment grandly on humanity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    Season 2 makes room for Jimmy’s relationship with Kim, and to my mind, it gives the show a jolt of emotional resonance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    The show’s strength is that it makes the experience of inevitable catastrophe so watchable, like being enraptured by a car-crash in slow motion. You live with creeping dread, and so do the characters.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    Rather than break down each episode into sketches, each episode is its own, contained sketch, focusing on one particular set of characters and their stories. It makes Portlandia a lot easier to watch--and a bit more profound, too.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    Adam Reed--creator, showrunner, voice actor, and writer--seems to have composed Archer both as a love letter to douchebags and as a set of instructions for destroying them. Having a baby might be the final nail in the coffin. Then again, maybe not; Sterling’s the resilient type.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    Metatextual commentary aside, the third and final season of Kroll Show starts off strong.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    Master of None is about grappling with a specific kind of privilege, and figuring out how to live with it; in that sense, it is the definitive millennial comedy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    It’s frequently possible to see the jokes in Trial & Error coming from a mile away, but the commitment of the performers somehow makes even the silliest punchlines very funny.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    This is a sumptuously produced, beautifully executed show, and if the story doesn’t always make sense, the metaphysics always does.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    Making a Murderer doesn’t have that arresting peg of the audience surrogate, which can so often be a galvanizing force in and out of a dense journalistic tale. But it’s worth observing that while Making a Murderer is more detached than those other docuseries—with a very uncinematic, nonfiction, brass-tacks style—the series also can’t help but evoke some other critically acclaimed series of the past few years.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    Perhaps this third one will exhaust the audience’s desire for sharks sliced in half by chainsaws; perhaps not. (Oh hell, no.)
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    Literally everything in the show is ridiculous, in a way that is not even necessarily funny, just confusing; what eventually makes it work is how seamlessly it all fits together, from the cold opens in each episode to the completely absurd situations that Todd gets himself into.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    It’s smart enough to make the mechanics and facts of its premise just plausible enough, but its real interest of exploration are the details that are relevant to the audience--what it is like for us, with our current values and awareness, to enter into times that are so far removed from where we are now.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    Where “Louie” is frequently taken by flights of fancy and an inexhaustible curiosity about why the world is what it is, Better Things is, so far, more focused on the Fox family’s daily grind. The world is full of puzzles, but Sam and her daughters largely leave others to the solving.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    The kinetic energy of the production wasn’t quite at the level of “Grease Live”, but the vocal performances and wonderful dance numbers made up for most of that. And most importantly, Hairspray Live! in the main was genuinely entertaining, even amid some messy moments of a huge production that seemed to be striving for a lot of different emotions all at once.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    A a behind-the-music celebrity miniseries with a surprising sense of humor and humility. ... It helps also that Carey--through sheer charm--makes what is essentially an eight-episode misdirect so delightfully human and engaging.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    But where “Battlestar Galactica’s” story engine ran almost entirely on mystery, The Expanse is a little more like “Game of Thrones,” with its intensely detailed and ever-broadening world inhabited by very recognizable characters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    The Missing is harrowing, absorbing, and difficult to stop watching; in its multifaceted storytelling about one toxic case in a small town, it offers a wide-ranging, intimate, and mercilessly honest view of human tragedy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    It’s sometimes horrifying and sometimes silly, and at times, Search Party can get a tiny bit precious with its own cleverness. But when it works, it’s an astounding and engaging journey through genre conventions that should be at odds with each other.

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