Sonia Saraiya

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For 182 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sonia Saraiya's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 182
182 tv reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    The result is a show that is lushly intimate, the second season building on the foundation of the previous.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    The third season isn’t nearly so neatly constructed [as the second]; the end of the season feels less like a conclusion and more like a plateau. But without the smooth lines of deliberate plotting, the show is able to find some really brilliant sweet spots.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    It is a plot that is reminiscent of nothing more than “Braveheart.” This might make Frontier a little predictable--but it’s a highly entertaining and satisfying journey, too, if you’re in the mood for it. The story is vast and at times either slow or confusing. But it always reads as considered and thoughtful--an adventure epic full of characters, not caricatures.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    The political comedy, starring Nick Nolte and Sela Ward, is both genuinely funny and genuinely moving, displaying a kind of rigor in its storytelling that is frequently lost on networks new to original programming.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    The Girlfriend Experience isn’t perfect. Christine’s motivations are sometimes opaque, and sometimes not; the plot is sometimes thrilling, and sometimes not. ... But it is riveting--and sexy--to watch Christine watch the rest of the world.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    The premiere is the strongest, largely because Sudeikis is the perfect serious foil to Richardson and Robinson. (Sudeikis isn’t a regular cast member, but according to press materials, he will reprise his role as the Chrysler rep.) Without him, the show is a weirder journey, one that de-emphasizes story for the more elusive quality of atmosphere. But it’s a bizarre, rollicking joy to watch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    The pilot does everything it needs to, checking off the necessary boxes for the unwilling American hero-president in efficient, compelling scenes. This show isn’t going to be for everyone, but it comes with one of the highest-quality pilots broadcast is offering this fall, and it’s ABC’s strongest drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    One thing is immediately clear about Stephen Colbert as the anchor of The Late Show: He’s very good at it. It’s impossible to take the measure of a show based on the first episode, but given the most superficial of impressions, the immediate takeaway is assurance. Colbert has this in the bag; it’s now just a question of letting him do his thing.
    • 84 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    To Sinclair and Blichfeld’s credit, the HBO series presents its new season as one that can be appreciated by both first-time viewers and long-time fans. It builds on what’s happened before, but there are few inside jokes and veiled references--just the continued dedication to finding intimacy with these characters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    Wayward Pines is a splashy, melodramatic thriller: smart enough to stay ahead of itself, well-made enough to keep the audience engaged; creepy enough to be delightful.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    With just two episodes made available for review, it’s difficult to say yet whether or not Mr. Robot will be able to produce a second season as wild and seductive as the first. But the show remains an artfully constructed receptacle for our cyber-paranoia, whether directed at the government, or capitalism, or technology, or most pressingly, one’s ability to betray oneself, with hallucinations or selective memory or--worst of all--a self-serving notion of the right thing to do.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    An absurdity that is disturbing real, funny at times, and depressing at others.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    I Love Dick is a treasure trove of charged moments, an intriguing dance of provocation, creation, and self-reflection. It digs to the roots of desire with unflinching curiosity. It is a daunting show to step into, with its scathing critiques and blunt personalities. But there is something cleansing and freeing about its unvarnished intimacy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    Fortunately, Looking: The Movie is a lovely coda to a lovely show. It’s not always possible to get a satisfying ending out of television. But this one is also graceful, a closing pirouette that drops the curtain on these characters so that we can let them go, however unwillingly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    The new episodes aren’t perfect. Brooker, who has joint or solo writing credit on every installment, is more successful at building devastating second acts than he is at earning his endings, and several episodes turn again and again to social media’s terrors, as if vigilante justice and mob mentality didn’t exist before hashtags.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Sonia Saraiya
    The show’s pastiche resolves into a gorgeous, fantastical tapestry of music legend and urban history, a reclamation of, and a love letter to, a marginalized community of a certain era, told through the unreliable tools of romance, intuition, and lived experiences. All that can be alienating, but simultaneously, the show feels like vital, radical work.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Sonia Saraiya
    The show is not perfect. At times, Good Girls Revolt can be very smart about the themes of the ‘60s; at others, it can be painfully obvious. ... With a show that is as much about atmosphere as plot, some sprawl can be forgiven.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Sonia Saraiya
    I’m not entirely on board with all of Fuller’s operatic, bloody vision, but if it’s hard to watch, well, that’s the point.
    • 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.”
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Sonia Saraiya
    Riverdale, the CW’s new teen drama based on the Archie comics, is an eerie and offbeat take on the high school mythos--both addictive and confusing in equal parts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Sonia Saraiya
    I’m interested to see where The Path goes with its musings, because although it took me a while to accept the premise of the show, I cannot deny that it is well-made and thoughtful, if mostly concerned with the thoughts and feelings of very frustrating people.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Sonia Saraiya
    Like so many Netflix comedies, Santa Clarita Diet is a slow burn, and the first batch of episodes doesn’t quite deliver the sendup of suburbanite foibles that it could. But the seeds are all there.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Sonia Saraiya
    Generally an appealing little comedy, able to juggle things like identity and success and privilege and a general terror of aging with some nimble skill in a way that felt actually fresh.

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