For 128 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 70% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Vicki Hyman's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Night Of
Lowest review score: 25 The Royals: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 128
  2. Negative: 9 out of 128
128 tv reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    How will Better Call Saul play for those unfamiliar with "Breaking Bad"? It still works, provided they're content with Gilligan's trademark loopiness and the show's leisurely (but confident) pace.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    The Leftovers shifts locations, expands its cast of characters, delivers new soul-shaking twists and drills more deeply into its theme of spiritual vertigo. This season, it's less about loss itself than how to fill the chasm. It's breathtaking.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    The storytelling itself is agile, even with frequent digressions into the finer points of sociophysical architecture and the pitfalls of "nebulous public areas."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    True Detective keeps you on your toes, and will keep you glued to the screen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    Pacing is a problem for most pilots--so many characters to introduce, meaningful stakes to establish--but Quantico, from "Gossip Girl" producer Joshua Safran, does this effortlessly, with at least one deadly effective twist you won't see coming. Just don't come looking for subtlety.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    The four lead characters don't come off as deliberately, purposefully awful. In fact, they're so likable that their self-sabotaging almost adds to their charms. You're rooting for everyone, even when they're at cross-purposes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    For fans of the original movie, there are a number of callbacks to savor.... We're looking forward plenty of long, cold winters.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    The premiere episode is riveting--the best pilot I've seen this fall. (That admittedly is not saying much.)
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    This is not the candy-coated girl power of CBS's freshman series "Supergirl," which is doing something very different (and doing it very effectively). Jessica Jones is more psychologically complex, acknowledging how painful it can be to flee, to be free--even when you have an iron fist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    Fortitude's allure is its off-puttingness; those making a home there must indeed be tenacious, and with Fortitude, the same tenacity is required of its viewers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    How Naz's religion (he's the American-born son of Pakistani immigrants) becomes a factor in the case is a natural part of the narrative but never feels like a polemic--The Night Of is too subtle for that. Its brilliance is in the way, thanks to the moody, unrushed direction and pointed, spare dialogue, everything feels freighted with meaning.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    This is uncomfortable television about uncomfortable topics. And we could use more of it.... This way of constantly upending the viewers' own preconceptions saves the show when it seems a bit too preachy and on-the-nose. Television too often gets teenagers wrong--too perfect, too whiny, or too bratty--but the young actors here offer nuanced portrayals.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    Muscular writing and powerful performances.... You can get sucked in by the spycraft, but this is also a parable about queerness, and a fascinating character piece for Whishaw.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    Mendelsohn is superb as Danny, who shifts between vulnerability and venality with a swiftness that will leave you breathless. And there is an authenticity to the interplay between these adult siblings, freighted with unspoken accusations, long-held grudges, bitter rivalries and yes, even love, hinted at in flashbacks and fleshed out in a shocking flash-forward.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    It's not everyone's cup of oolong, but it is an idiosyncratic tale bracingly told, generously whimsical but embellished with malevolence.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    This is a smart, simmering human-scale crime drama that transcends the superhero genre.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    Outcast is incredibly visceral, both in its scenes of demonic possession and in the punch-happy tactics of the titular amateur exorcist. But it's also a tense, meditative psychological drama about trauma, redemption and belief, with nuanced performances throughout and a grim but arresting visual style that is not without flashes of humor.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    It's not a talky show; there's as much to be gleaned here in what is not said as what is. The moodiness of the production also goes a long way in helping us suspend our disbelief.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    The show, stylishly shot and strongly written, throws a lot at the wall in the premiere.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    A penetrating, demanding examination of race, faith, the pitfalls of self-righteousness and limits of parental love.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    The city--neon-washed, Chanderlesque, somewhat anachronistic--is itself also a character, and it turns what could be "Law & Order: Gotham" into something infinitely more layered and watchable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    A fascinating, globe-trotting epic that still manages to feel very intimate.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    The macabre, marvelous Penny Dreadful does nothing halfway. As the saying goes, in for a penny, in for a pound.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    The writing is sharp, and laughs are both low (Ehrlich commissions a Latino graffiti artist for a street-cool logo that turns out to be incredibly, hilariously vulgar) and high (in the same episode, Ehrlich's repeated attempts to avoid coming off as racist come off as racist).
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    Thanks to Queen Latifah, we know exactly who Bessie Smith is; the movie itself could have spent more time exploring how she got to be that way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    Franco dials down his signature smarm, and as Sadie Dunhill, the vibrant small-town librarian whom Epping courts in the small Texas town in which he waits outs Oswald, Sarah Gadon is a real find. Their stirring romance carries with it the same whiff of doom as Epping's visits to Dealey Plaza, and gives what could be merely an interesting and handsomely-made take on the conspiracy thriller genre more texture and depth, resonating across the ages.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    There's a lot of backstory, and there's a lot of plot that makes the first couple of episodes a bit difficult to ease into, but at the end of the second episode, Pizzolato's penchant for abrupt violence with a side of freakiness will leave you with panting for more.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    The deliberate pacing and slow revelation of key motivations and certain relationships don't make it easy on viewers, but you didn't tune in for "Law & Order: Mahwah."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    Even though the show moves confidently and hilariously in a new direction in the second episode, at the same time it feels like the first half of a very smart, sharply edited feature film, not a sitcom with weekly obligations.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    Into The Badlands thrills in its nimble genre fusion a la "Kill Bill" and "Firefly" (though, it must be said, without the humor). Even more striking is its impressionistic world-building, skillfully painting a feudal society a few centuries beyond our own, outfitted with Studebakers and Saarinen chairs and dressed in bowler hats and bustles.

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