For 145 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tom Long's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Returned: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 George Lopez: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 145
145 tv reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tom Long
    This show--which mixes hints of “Lost,” “Twin Peaks” and “The X-Files”--is one of the best things to hit our airwaves this season.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tom Long
    [It] sounds pretty dark, and it is, but the wonder of both Atwood’s novel and the series is that it actually manages to be playful and witty at times.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tom Long
    Raylan, despite his tendency to shoot people, is something of an old-fashioned hero, complete with white cowboy hat. Here’s to the simple but effective balance, and to the complications that threaten to topple it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Tom Long
    It’s all very complicated, but at the same time easy to follow and terribly mesmerizing and haunting.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Tom Long
    Massive, cruelly dense, absurdly complicated and absolutely thrilling.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Tom Long
    Thrones exults in the unexpected.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tom Long
    Near flawless in execution while filled with rarely seen intelligence and complexity, the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge plumbs the depths of the seemingly mundane and finds cruelty, resentment, dogged insecurity and finally, if not hope, then some level of honesty about life’s attraction.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Tom Long
    Lush, often surreal, filled with contradictory characters and backstabbing intrigue, The Young Pope is one of the more remarkable television shows in memory.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Tom Long
    There are some fine supporting performances here--most notably from Bradley Whitford as a loyal-if-appalled Hubert Humphrey, Melissa Leo as the beleaguered Ladybird Johnson and Stephen Root as J. Edgar Hoover. But, beginning to end, this is a tour de force for Cranston. Great stuff.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Tom Long
    Relentlessly silly from beginning to end, if this show doesn't make you laugh out loud, or at least shake your head in constant bemusement, you're a member of the wrong species. [8 Nov 2001, p.5C]
    • The Detroit News
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Tom Long
    Feud: Bette and Joan is delicious fare, a mix of catty gossip and vile manipulation, a look at the dark underbelly of celebrity culture and the desperation that comes with aging out of the limelight.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Tom Long
    Mr. Robot remains one of the most dizzying, intoxicating, challenging shows on television, a gripping look at mental illness and brilliance run amok, tied to an essentially sweet, if damaged, character. It’s a show that poses Big Questions and dares to leave them hanging.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Tom Long
    Girls continues to delight and provoke in a way too few shows can.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Tom Long
    For now, though, The Leftovers is properly mesmerizing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Tom Long
    There are a lot of characters and talent involved here--Mary Elizabeth Winstead notably plays the bride who was left behind--but The Returned is very much a show propelled forward by its story and the questions it raises.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Tom Long
    There are slight miscues--Kimara’s attempts to become pregnant seem a distraction--but this very busy boat stays upright and moves forward, shifting just enough to stay interesting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Tom Long
    The disconnect between propriety and reality keeps the miniseries on constant edge. The entire cast is fine, but Hall steals the show.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Tom Long
    The gore level is playful, not scary, and the idea that true love conquers all, even a craving for human flesh, permeates the show. Sheila, Joel and Abby can still live the American dream, it will just taste a bit odd.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Tom Long
    Like the tremendously successful “American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson,” HBO’s new film, the ultra-sharp Confirmation, is a look back at the muddled ’90s, when racism and sexism were shockingly overt, and one could be used to undercut or confuse the other on the public stage.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Tom Long
    Simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Tom Long
    There’s a lot of humor here, but it’s more innocent than leering. And there’s also a great deal of understandable awkwardness that seems as pertinent to 2013 to the ’50s. You may not want to watch this with Aunt Tildy, but it is certainly worth watching.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Tom Long
    As gritty, dysfunctional family, crime-fueled dramas go, Animal Kingdom roars with dark promise.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 83 Tom Long
    As always, this is a scattered story with multiple moving parts.... Fargo revels in presenting ordinary folk with extraordinary problems, in stripping away their everyday guises and peering long and hard at their dark potential. That it can do this through adaptations of true stories makes it all the more jaw-dropping.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Tom Long
    It is, to say the least, audacious. More importantly it’s interesting. It’s about the interior as much as the exterior. That’s weird. That’s good.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Tom Long
    As harrowing, dark and bloody as the premiere episodes are, and as open as the show’s direction seems to be, the comparisons [to Game of Thrones,” “Sons,” “Deadwood,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Sopranos,” and “The Walking Dead”] seem apt. This Bastard rocks.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Tom Long
    Yes, there are a few stereotypes--a guard nicknamed Pornstache is exactly the sleazeball you expect in a women’s prison series. But, for the most part, the show strikes a fresh tone, allowing for real tenderness, social commentary and lots of anxiety in a classic fish-out-of-water scenario.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Tom Long
    The tone wavers here and there--a pair of teen brothers are too broadly drawn--but holds true for the most part.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Tom Long
    Yes, Issa, Molly and Lawrence are all a bit insecure; heck, the world itself is insecure. But this show is strong in the face of it all.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Tom Long
    Essentially, Shameless is still Shameless: A raucous, shocking, moral battleground, a family comedy taken to twisted extremes, boosted by a uniformly fine cast, and consistently entertaining.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Tom Long
    No matter what, the show returns with the same sense of modern-day paranoia and urgency that fueled its best seasons, and however over-the-top it goes, its real-world geopolitical concerns are real-world geopolitical concerns.

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