Tirdad Derakhshani

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For 155 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tirdad Derakhshani's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Returned: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Grace of Monaco: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 155
  2. Negative: 21 out of 155
155 tv reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's a deeply moving, unforgettable experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Endlessly fascinating and driven by special effects every bit as sophisticated and powerful as the writing and characterization, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a classic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    After 26 episodes, it's as funny, moving, compelling, and fresh as ever.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Intense, enlightening, brilliant, unnerving, and addictive, Narcos is high-concept drama at its finest.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's innovative, shockingly clever, sophisticated, sexy, and beautifully executed. In other words, it's the opposite of virtually every sitcom in prime time.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Masterfully written by Chibnall and brilliantly executed by a superb ensemble cast.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tirdad Derakhshani
    American Crime returns with an equally powerful, compelling, and intelligent story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Tirdad Derakhshani
    You're not likely to find better sketch comedy on TV. It's a shame there are only four episodes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Knick isn't simply a lush costume drama, a gory medical history, or a lesson in social studies. It inspires true passion.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's a safe bet Lindelof and Perrotta have no intention of solving the new set of puzzles they introduce this season with such skill and grace. Thank heavens: Instead of expending energy trying to do a Sherlock Holmes, viewers can simply let themselves sink deeper and deeper into the mystery.
    • 72 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Epic in scale, gorgeous, and beautifully acted.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Murder in the First is peerless in its ability to engage viewers with its devastating, insightful use of the procedural.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Tirdad Derakhshani
    One of the most powerful and original dramas to grace the broadcast networks in years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's thrilling, brilliant, and addictive. It's also repulsive. Reprehensible. Demonic.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Fear the Walking Dead is a wonderfully refreshing reboot that reminds viewers of the exciting, moving, and dramatic potential The Walking Dead had in its first season - a potential the show has all but squandered.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Last Man on Earth is a rare creature--a sitcom that's actually funny.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    True, the series is marred by some very lazy writing.... Despite it all, this is seriously addictive stuff.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    This is the kind of story that builds over time, so it's difficult to tell--Discovery made only one episode available--whether the rest of the series will stay as compelling as the pilot. But it's a doozy of an episode.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The season's most exciting new development is Bill and Virginia's realization they are a viable romantic couple.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Despite its occasional heavy-handedness, Hunted will give genre junkies a real high--and some food for thought.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It makes for thrilling viewing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Its characters aren't valiant champions of truth, beauty, and goodness, but deliciously compromised anti-heroes who are morally ambivalent, if not downright nasty. More compelling--at least for English lit nerds--our leads go toe-to-toe and fang-to-fang against an army of vampires while speaking poetry.
    • 49 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It is hardly as revolutionary as ABC's extraordinary American Crime, which upends the crime-show genre entirely. But the terrific writing and wonderful performances in Shades make it one of the year's most promising new dramas.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Angel from Hell succeeds principally because of the great energy between Lynch and Lawson. Their banter is smart, funny, and well-timed. It's not essential viewing, but it's a hell of a lot of fun.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    We'll leave it for the experts to decide how much Aquarius fudges the truth. As drama, it's gripping, disturbing, and rewarding.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The series veritably crackles with the chemistry between the pair [Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester)], who are propelled each week into the kind of impossible, deadly missions you don't often see outside video games.... Strike Back may be entirely unrealistic, with a storyline that lacks logic, but before the opening scene ends you'll forget about such petty concerns.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Dates isn't the kind of comedy that's supposed to elicit belly laughs, yet it entrances with its sense of dramatic irony.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The characterization and crisp writing have a biting comic edge, keeping the story from sinking into sentimental mush.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Last Kingdom isn't in the same league as that other medievalesque literary adaptation Game of Thrones, nor does it have the epic scope of Vikings. But its breathtaking photography, glorious fight scenes, and fantastical story make it a worthwhile treat for genre fans.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    AMC's computer-industry period drama, Halt and Catch Fire, returns for its second season a fresher, better, stronger series.
    • 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
    A thought-provoking, exciting, in-your-face hacker drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Clever, well-plotted, if predictable, it borrows liberally from every spy movie and conspiracy thriller ever made.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Brilliantly written and photographed, it's as thrilling, exciting and groundbreaking as The X-Files was in its era.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Slightly mad, madly majestic and overwhelming, Netflix's new offering Sense8 is one of the most ambitious sci-fi dramas on TV since the Battlestar Galactica reboot in 2004.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Old-fashioned it may be in spirit, but this adventure tale is nothing if not exciting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The disturbing alien plot unfurls through a wondrous, hours-long act of dramatic magic that draws together elements from ancient religions and modern science. This is heady stuff--but it's relayed with such intensity it'll sweep you along. The last act is a gut punch.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's a demanding show that really requires your full attention--but stick with it and you will delight in its clever writing, dark humor, and wonderfully perverse depiction of the Machiavellian power struggles that make the solar system go round.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A charming, exciting, and impeccably written sci-fi drama for grown-ups.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Causal Vacancy beautifully weaves together story lines about vivid characters of all social classes and of all ages with funny, heartbreaking and shocking vignettes about the hangups and bossiness of the main players and their children.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Spotless is great fun. Intelligent, well-written, and beautifully photographed, it has a remarkably sharp satirical edge.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Public Morals gets going at the end of the pilot when one of the underbosses of the Irish mob is murdered, which sparks a war between various gangs, including the cops. But the action in this drama is there to serve the characters, who are always unique and engaging.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    With its dark edge, low-key action sequences, and dry humor, Marvel's Jessica Jones is a unique addition to TV's growing Marvel universe.
    • 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
    A memorable drama with a fascinating mystery at its core, Arthur & George also provides an illuminating, realistic portrait of an era that is often overromanticized on TV.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The reinvented Legends is a maddening puzzle. It's exhausting. But also thrilling.... Somehow, at the end of each episode, the pieces fit together and make sense--only to raise new questions. Fans of spy yarns will lap up every second.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Casual, which features salty language, is a smart, grown-up show for grown-ups who know the sexiest organ humans possess is the brain.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Nightingale rages on at times with no real direction. At others, it hits us over the head with pretentious symbolism. Oyelowo's inspired performance keeps it afloat.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Yes, it's riddled with comic-book clich├ęs. True, the dialogue is out of a Cracker Jack box, and most of its characters have less dimension than cardboard cutouts. But I'm a sucker for well-choreographed kung fu films. And Badlands--a Mad Max-ian postapocalyptic kung fu western that costars Emily Beecham as a killer beauty--has some wonderfully wigged-out fight scenes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Fascinating and perplexing, enjoyable and frustrating, intelligent and obtuse at the same time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Grinder, which features William Devane as Dean and Stewart's father, has great energy. The nicely executed courtroom scenes are balanced with mordant scenes at home with the 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's too early to tell where Between will take us. But it's off to a great start.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Poldark doesn't rise to the dramatic heights of Downton Abbey. And though it sometimes takes itself too seriously, it is an eminently watchable yarn.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Wild, crude, and silly, at turns inspired and plain stupid.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Spoils Before Dying, which lampoons Hollywood's classic films noirs of the 1940s and 1950s, is a much more assured and accomplished piece of filmmaking. But it's not nearly as wonderfully original or manic as its predecessor.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    This ain't brain science, folks. Just a well-written, nicely performed, and very, very, very familiar sitcom.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Over the top, utterly crazy, but always fun, the second season follows James and Angela as they awaken to each other's secrets.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Carmichael Show, which co-stars Lil Rel Howery as Jerrod's brother Bobby and Tiffany Haddish as Bobby's ex-wife, relies on far too many cliches, but Carmichael manages to take hackneyed situations and turn them into something unexpected and fresh.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The overall picture is just a little too busy, too dense. The first episode of Hotel--the only one available to critics--is so busy trying to set up its divergent cast of characters it ends up being confusing and exhausting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Jacobi and Reid are brilliant, but the show... has lost its novelty.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A remarkably intelligent if sometimes flat six-part mini-series, Show Me a Hero concerns the housing desegregation scandal that engulfed Yonkers, N.Y., in the 1980s.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Grandfathered is a nicely written and well-acted charmer - but it threatens to get old fast.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Documentary Now! may not match the genius that possesses Blunt Talk and its stars, but it's still one of the best laughers on cable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Richly textured and enjoyable if wildly uneven, the star-studded series tries to marry the hard-nosed, brutally violent realism of modern TV to an antique--some would say antiquated--aesthetic of genteel mannerisms and off-the-wall humor prevalent during the first golden age of TV in the 1950s and '60s.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Tut
    A largely enjoyable, if uneven three-night epic about one of the best-known rulers from Ancient Egypt: Tutankhamun.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    [A] fascinating, if uneven, new drama,
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Even though the first two installments seem like the unfocused, muddled ramblings of a drunken storyteller, The Bastard Executioner eventually takes us to a place so dark, shocking, and surprising that one feels compelled to keep watching.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    South of Hell is an easily digestible piece of horror froth that's totally enjoyable, if entirely facile.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    An uneven, if promising, period drama set during the American Revolution.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Likable, if sometimes flat.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Stitchers is cute and so slight in dramatic gravitas that it floats away into the ether.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The writers fill Chicago Med with just enough character work to make the players interesting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    An otherwise run-of-the-mill mystery with a big twist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Hardcore Evil Dead fans may find Starz's TV series disappointing. The series betrays the film's DYI legacy by using a great deal of digital animation for the fight scenes and gore. And as the CGI effects aren't particularly sophisticated, they give the action sequences a cheesy feel. Given the half-hour format, there is little space to develop the secondary characters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The Strain has a single narrative line stretching across both seasons, but it is composed of numerous subplots that are fed to us in really brief dribs and drabs. It lacks the epic weight and scope such an ambitious premise needs.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Agent X has very little that's new. It goes pretty much where every spy show has gone before, including the wry mid-1960s dramedy The Wild Wild West. I admit, Agent X offers boatloads of fun. It's a pleasant diversion filled with great eye candy.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    [A] well-executed, edge-of-your-seat drama.... It reduces a unique story to a typical genre entry.... [Shaw's] characters are ruinous, emotionally stunted creatures.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    [Minority Report] is on the whole competent, watchable and frequently fun--if entirely predictable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    This season disappoints when it comes to Mary's story arc.... When Downton ends in March, it will end as it began, quietly, politely, and most certainly not with a bang or narrative flourish.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has the sort of kooky, off-kilter, off-the-wall energy of such true TV originals as Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone. The musical productions are wonderfully surreal, if slightly grotesque. But the songs themselves are merely adequate. And judging from the pilot alone--the only episode the CW made available--the characterizations are shallow and the humor far too broad. Bloom is impressive as the title character, Rebecca Bunch.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Wicked City probably is a tired genre piece. (How's that for critical certitude?) But it's just possible that in future episodes, the flirtation between Kent and Betty may yield worthwhile television.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    It's a moving program when it's in rom-com mode, but the series is weak as a workplace story, with too many stock characters and lame jokes.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The production values are mediocre, much of the acting rough around the edges, and some of the plotlines contrived. Its faith-based family-friendly message feels forced. That said, there's a solid heart at the core of this drama. Maybe it's hokey, but the show grows on you.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Both pics [Grace of Monaco and The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe] are dreadful, badly written, and badly produced.... The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe is far more watchable, due to a fine turn by Garner and author Taraborrelli's unique approach, which focuses on an aspect of Monroe's life usually ignored: Her complex relationship with her mother, Gladys (Susan Sarandon).
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Second Chance is preposterous, silly, and forgettable. But it never takes itself too seriously and it flows along at a good pace. Take it or leave it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The derivative Code Black takes elements from every medical drama before it, puts those aspects into a blender, and throws the results at the audience at high speed.... I'm not sure what Code Black is supposed to be about. It's a collection of rapidly moving medical cases with no real center.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Reign is a bit of forgettable froth that might amuse you for a few minutes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The series is well made and features a fine performance by Melissa Benoist (Glee, Danny Collins) as Kara Danvers, a Kryptonian woman who drops to earth a few years after her more famous cousin, Clark Kent. But it also has a patronizing, paternalistic--if not downright reactionary--attitude to gender equality.
    • 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.
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    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
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    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    There's no real chemistry among the cast--or much of a plot.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    A dull YA fantasy adventure that takes itself so excruciatingly seriously it invites mockery.
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    • 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.
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    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
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    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
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    • 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
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    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Tirdad Derakhshani
    Superstore is an unimaginative, run-of-the-mill network affair full of stock characters, flat dialogue, and too many poop references.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 20 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The series is thoroughly derivative and utterly parasitic on the most ephemeral, shallow aspects of the culture.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 Tirdad Derakhshani
    This is awful stuff. Awful.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 10 Tirdad Derakhshani
    The resulting film is a mess. Driven by a weak, facile screenplay, the film is singularly shallow in both intellectual and emotional content.

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