Tirdad Derakhshani
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For 74 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tirdad Derakhshani's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Returned: Season 1
Lowest review score: 30 Whitney (2015)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 74
  2. Negative: 15 out of 74
74 tv reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's a deeply moving, unforgettable experience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Masterfully written by Chibnall and brilliantly executed by a superb ensemble cast.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Brilliantly written, with stunning performances, this will be Luther's final year on TV.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A stunning, richly textured, feminist existential epic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Richly detailed and wonderfully atmospheric ... If the first episodes are any clue, Marvel's Agent Carter will make millions of fans very happy, indeed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Tirdad Derakhshani
    One of the most powerful and original dramas to grace the broadcast networks in years.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    [A] gritty, visceral, and emotionally engaging thriller.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    We enter the third season following a shocking discovery that adds a delicious new dimension to the series: Dyad is only one of two cloning projects.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Throughout, Rectify maintains a remarkable rhythm--somewhere between reverie and anxiety. It takes its time, exploring characters' faces and gestures, their personal tics and their relationships--a glimpse into their souls.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Last Man on Earth is a rare creature--a sitcom that's actually funny.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The one to look forward to this year is CBS' The Dovekeepers, the latest in a growing series of stories that recast traditional tales from heterogeneous, even conflicting, points of view.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The cases aren't always exciting--there's a lot of waiting around--but the people we meet are always interesting and are depicted with class. This is Cops for people who hate shows like Cops.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Despite its occasional heavy-handedness, Hunted will give genre junkies a real high--and some food for thought.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's an intelligent, surreal, mildly outrageous--and most certainly outraged--satire of life in post-industrial America.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The writing has moments of embarrassing earnestness better left for a college-dorm bull session. For the most part, though, it is fearless and never shies away from showing its characters in a less-than-flattering light.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Created by Courtney Kemp Agboh, the Emmy-nominated writer/producer of The Good Wife, and fueled by a powerful yet understated performance by Omari Hardwick, the series captures the spirit of Fitzgerald's novel while telling a story that's very much of our time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    An intricately drawn and superbly cast portrait of a family in crisis that evokes Raymond Carver and James Dickey, Bloodline has the feel, the imaginative reach and aesthetic depth and resonance of a novel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's Me, Hilary isn't simply a doc about Knight's life and work. It's also an affecting story about the friendship that formed between him and the 28-year-old Dunham.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    What is surprising is that the series, an adaptation of the Kass Morgan novel, is well conceived, cleverly plotted, and quite exciting.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    One marvels at how the writers and actors keep each succeeding segment so fresh and surprising.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    White Heat is a bold, fabulously written (if at times overbearing) chronicle of the political and social changes which sweep through Britain beginning in the mid-1960s.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Brilliantly written and photographed, it's as thrilling, exciting and groundbreaking as The X-Files was in its era.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Old-fashioned it may be in spirit, but this adventure tale is nothing if not exciting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    iZombie is a delightfully ironic take on the horror genre. While as a police procedural it's far more Veronica Mars than Rookie Blues.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    What makes the film especially memorable, and equally flawed, is its single-minded determination to drive out all the sleaze and scandal that so defined Burton and Taylor's love affair. Ivory doesn't spin a celebrity tale here but rather a universal story about love won and love lost.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's anything but stale or derivative.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Show creator Bryan Fuller, director David Slade, and their writers have created in Hannibal a satisfying, addictive, and truly disturbing work.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's graphic--disturbingly and, some would say, unnecessarily, so.... But it's also intelligent and enlightening.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Duhamel and Winters were born to share the screen as the odd couple who must solve a seriously strange series of crimes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Spies of Warsaw is a deeply romantic, intricately plotted, and well-structured character study.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Game is wonderfully atmospheric, stylish, and sexy. But it's a most un-Bond-like yarn. It is totally grounded in the reality of the era.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The series is a breath of fresh air: It's not flippant, but neither is it geekily earnest; it's moody and dark, yet never self-indulgent; it has strong characterization without resorting to caricature.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    With its fine acting, tight script, and tense tone, The Bletchley Circle is pure ecstasy for mystery fans.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Hirst cleverly weaves a mystical element into the plot, which pays off with each episode. And he throws in plenty of battle scenes to please bloodthirsty fans.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's too early to tell whether the new season will have the intelligent plotting, tense pacing, and superb cohesion Morgan and her actors brought to the first. But it's off to a good start.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Killg Jesus is for the most part a conventional retelling of the gospel narrative. But it displays great regard for the viewer's intelligence.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Its few glaring missteps aside, it's a thoughtful, rewarding drama.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's not as well-written or accomplished as Syfy's Merlin, but it's a lot of fun for the whole family.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Sons of Liberty has a fairly good look, although it certainly doesn't match the production value of a blockbuster film. It does have some solid writing and a few strong performances.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's hardly required viewing, but it's enjoyable, light fun.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Though it lacks the production value or special-effects budget of the Twilight movies, Bitten has a smooth, slick look and boasts solid performances.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Pelosi tells McGreevey's story in her eighth HBO documentary, the insightful, eminently watchable Fall to Grace.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Though it makes several seriously absurd leaps of logic, American Odyssey will be a must-see for conspiracy lovers. The show's only real downside is that its utterly hyperbolic and sensationalistic tone overshadows and obscures some of the real political issues it touches upon.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Red Road may not be SundanceTV's strongest drama, but it has a hypnotic power, a strange rhythm of dread that makes it far more interesting than most network dramas.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Secrets & Lies pits Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis in an intense if sometimes overboiled battle of wills over the murder of a 4-year-old boy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Jacobi and Reid are brilliant, but the show... has lost its novelty.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The drama really piles it on: Catherine's only hobbies seem to be cutting herself on her tummy and hips with a razor and collecting paintings of famous serial killers' childhood homes. Midway through, the pilot improves considerably--and gets even stranger.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    An uneven, if promising, period drama set during the American Revolution.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's a terrific idea. But it doesn't quite measure up to its potential.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    An enjoyable if inflated and overwrought four-part mini-series.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    An otherwise run-of-the-mill mystery with a big twist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Fortitude has a lot going for it, but it lacks a unifying focus or center of gravity. Scenes seem slapped together without much forethought and with little connective tissue.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The opening episode is wildly uneven, at times downright irritating. But it's equally intriguing, compelling, and full of potential.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's sure to make for addictive viewing for the Dan Brown faithful. The rest of us will make a lot of snack runs.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Yet, for all its exciting twists, Red Widow recycles too many gangster-movie cliches.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It suffers from hyperbole-exhaustion. Piven's performance is too broad. One wishes Ira would show up and give Harry a slap.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Vicious is Two and a Half Men for pensioners. Some of the jokes admittedly are very funny, but they are ruined by a hideous laugh track.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Powers will be sure to appeal to hard-core gamers, but it's not likely to attract a wider audience. The dialogue, for one thing, is likely to rub serious drama fans the wrong way with its mix of cheap one-liners, bad metaphors, and a stunning amount of epithets and four-letter words--anatomical, sexual, scatological, it's all there.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Reign is a bit of forgettable froth that might amuse you for a few minutes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    There's no character work here, no interesting reinterpretations of a classic text, no inspired acting. Just cardboard characters surrounded by CGI frippery.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Tatau at times is diverting. Visually, it's simply gorgeous. But the story? Give me a break.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Over-boiled, over-violent, and overly abundant with sex scenes, Rogue is sure to click with hardcore cop-thriller fans who care less about plotting and characterization than the bang . . . bang . . . bang.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Admittedly, the actors have a few terrific scenes. But the show--and I say this with much rue-- just doesn't work.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The series pretends to stay true to tradition, yet seems to care very little about presenting Jesus with due dignity, if not reverence.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    There's no real chemistry among the cast--or much of a plot.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    CSI: Cyber is as dull, repetitive, and unimaginative as its sister shows and as facile when it comes to its definition of the nature of criminality.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Farmiga and Highmore give solid performances as Norma and Norman Bates. But they're working with inferior material.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Whether it's the unfunny, raunchy jokes, the acting, the writing, or the awful blocking, nothing in Sullivan & Son seems to jell. And no laugh track can change that.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It tries too hard to get down and dirty in the messy mire where crime happens. It just ends up messy, but without any real grit.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    BBC America misses wide of the mark with Almost Royal.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Dracula features solid performances from the principals, lovely lighting, and evocative cinematography. Shame it's so thoroughly, utterly, irredeemably potty.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    King & Maxwell is all lazy writing, clumsy plotting, and somnambulistic acting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Maybe it's the writing, or perhaps it's the acting, but Whitney paints Houston and Brown as facile, shallow, and emotionally stunted kids who played at having deep, Romeo-and-Juliet-style passion.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Supplied by Cross with poetic, Shakespearean dialogue, Coyle and Malkovich play off each other brilliantly. It's clear they're having great fun on-set, and it is infectious. But their relationship can't quite save this aimless story.

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