Sonia Saraiya

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For 82 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sonia Saraiya's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Hollow Crown: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 82
  2. Negative: 5 out of 82
82 tv reviews
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    • 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.
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    • 60 Sonia Saraiya
    What saves the show is that even when the humor doesn’t quite land--usually because it gets trapped in the tortured egos of the protagonists--the story of these flawed people attempting to be better is engaging.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Sonia Saraiya
    Bad Judge is fine, but it’s unlikely that it’ll get the chance to be something good.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Sonia Saraiya
    [Red Oaks] is executed with a lot of flair and sophistication--a nearly deceptive amount of sophistication, really.... But mostly, the story is scattered and unfulfilling.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Sonia Saraiya
    It’s enlightening, but rarely serves as more than a rah-rah rally for Rep. Frank, who is the subject and source material for the film.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Sonia Saraiya
    He neither excelled nor failed; it wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t flawed, either.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Sonia Saraiya
    Season 3 is pushing harder to pop--with both color and threesomes--the show still doesn’t quite cohere into a compulsively watchable story.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Sonia Saraiya
    An ultimately very well-produced after-school special--important and honest, yes, but unlikely to meaningfully reach its target audience.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Sonia Saraiya
    Their characters still do not feel particularly novel or real or interesting--or funny, sadly, which wastes both Fonda’s talent for physical comedy and Tomlin’s deadpan wit--but their friendship does eventually become real, which is something.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Sonia Saraiya
    Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll merely has the dramatic backdrop of loud guitars and middling lyrics. The show is so abrasive I had to stop watching partway through the second episode; even though I individually appreciate Corbett, Leary, Gillies, and rock music, the combination in the show offered nothing for me.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 10 Sonia Saraiya
    It’s screechingly awful.
    • 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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