For 328 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Willa Paskin's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Top Of The Lake: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 328
328 tv reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    It’s a tasty reality TV smoothie: part food show, part real estate show, part makeover show, part matchmaking show, part therapy, and sweet throughout.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    The sheer amount of imagining, both borrowed and original, accumulates into a vast, dirty world and gives Altered Carbon the feel of a proper cyberpunk novel: big, baggy, ambitious, trashy, funny, gruesome, clever, cheesy, and hyperactive. ... It ends with a saccharine but probably true lesson about life: It’s death that makes it meaningful. Altered Carbon is not the first, or 50th, work of fiction or philosophy to come to this conclusion, but it delivers its lesson with goofy verve to spare.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The show is a meant as inspiration, as corrective, as empowerment, as a cri de coeur, as proof of struggle, as proof of survival, as validation, and as a PR strategy, and it is pretty successful at all of those things at once.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Stone’s performance is lively enough that I cared who killed Olivia (the answer is both clever and predictable), but the reveal is, like everything else, oddly dispassionate and strangely placid. In this way, at least, Mosaic is a nice distraction from everything else on your phone.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Fascinating, creepy. ... The Assassination of Gianni Versace does not justify Cunanan--he is, always, self-pitying and lazy, unwilling to choose a better course--but it does more than simply try to comprehend him. Occasionally it has compassion for him.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    My Next Guest Needs No Introduction is pleasant, entertaining, occasionally moving, a little funny and almost indistinguishable from a standard late-night interview, just stretched out. It is long, but it is not particularly deep.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The meat of the story, a group of black men caught up in senseless, endemic violence, feels familiar, if with some very good acting, particularly from Mitchell. It’s the stories and the characters on the margins that feel fresh.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    There is, as ever, lots to chew over and choke on in the new episodes. But the show is less incisive than it was. ... As provocative and to the point as Black Mirror’s speculative technology is, it keeps the new episodes from exploring more flawed developments that might make for more interesting episodes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Cautiousness, propriety, and dowdiness have never seemed more soothing. Elizabeth remains the commonsense counterpoint to the flibbertigibbets around her, but she is now comfortable in her authority. Each episode is not a lesson in personal abnegation; instead, the new season mixes episodes about contained political events--an encounter with the Kennedys, a crisis caused by a vocal critic, the Duke of Windsor’s Nazi affiliations--with the really good gossip
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    It’s a stylish, fun show that is neither punishing nor idiotic, an escape from reality that is tethered, ever so lightly, to reality.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    Runaways could be great if it dug into the question of whether it’s possible to be a bad person and a good parent, a different take on leading a double life than is standard in superhero fare. But this first part of the season, at least, doesn’t seize that opportunity to stand out. Like most teenagers, Runaways just wants to fit in.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    One of the virtues of getting to make a TV show out of a movie is the opportunity to expand the world of that movie, to give each character his or her due. In She’s Gotta Have It, Lee does that, giving time not only to Nola but her lovers, her friends, her family, and her neighbors—ultimately giving us a sense not only of a woman but a community in flux.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    [Alias Grace] uses her maybe crime as a salacious shibboleth to deliver not a whodunit, but a whydunnit, exploring the dangerous experience of being a young woman in a past that’s not quite past enough.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The new season of Stranger Things isn’t as good as the first. The Empire Strikes Back and The Two Towers notwithstanding, sequels hardly ever are. Though, as with so many sequels, what happened before happens again only more so, it is somehow more than the sum of its disparate parts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    It’s a head trip, a cerebral consideration of all the terrifying things that can go wrong inside the minds of murderers and men. ... Mindhunter locates its drama in interrogations. The show is, in essence, a string of short plays, two- and three-handers featuring Ford, Tench, and a vile murderer in a room.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    In 2017, Will & Grace is still a show that America needs, because now it’s a sharp comedy about white, moneyed, liberal hypocrisy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    All of this is very watchable, as with all Law & Order, but not without coating the viewer in a little true slime. ... The Menendez Murders, in comparison, simply feels like the most high-profile case that Dick Wolf, the Law & Order impresario, could grab the rights to.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Nervous and rushed. ... The ageless cast members [of Will & Grace], cramped into one loveseat, fielded a handful of lame questions from Kelly. ... The show’s final segment was a sop.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Behold the fantastic second season of the Pamela Adlon’s Better Things, which looks and feels nothing like a typical family sitcom but captures the rhythm of family in a way that members of families, so almost all of us, will find deeply satisfying.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    For all of China Girl’s didacticism, it has great characters, a mischievous sense of humor, grace notes. ... Scenes bristle with rousing intellectual energy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Unsurprisingly, though, it is not Cult’s take on Trump voters that has any real frisson. Murphy doesn’t respect that point of view enough to make it sound like anything other than raving semi-philosophy. But the show is more scathing about liberals and Ally in particular.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Yet for all the horror of the show, I did not find watching it to be an entirely hopeless experience. The miniseries does not come with the novel’s stress-relieving framing device but Offred, with her sardonic asides, her sense of humor, the disobedience in her soul, if not her manner, is bracing company: She’s in this to survive.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    The show has entered full-blown mania as twisted, thrilling, and devastating to watch as a person speaking in tongues.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Veep is still Veep, which is to say outrageous, brash, and very funny in promulgating its convincing vision of democracy as running on nothing but inertia. But ... Outfunnying a Trump administration on absurdist terms might be impossible, but it’s a letdown that Veep hasn’t, at least through three episodes, given it a real try.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    While American Crime surely is an impassioned and clear-eyed assessment of America’s socio-political dysfunction, the show it reminds me of is HBO’s far more metaphysical The Leftovers, another series questioning the mandate that TV be a good time.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Shots Fired has melded commercial and artistic impulses to create a highly entertaining series about entrenched racism.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    Feud is not nearly campy enough.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    The catty comments of the Monterey hoi polloi do give the series a gossipy gloss but as directed by Wild and Dallas Buyer’s Club’s Jean-Marc Vallee, Big Little Lies is an empathic drama, a remarkably astute and deep series of character and relationship studies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The new season is shiny and sharp, a neon-colored candy with a puckish and puckering quality.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    What 24: Legacy lacks in nail-biting excitement, it makes up for in head-spinning politics. For all the fears of a looming Muslim attack on American soil that 24: Legacy fans, its values are not entirely predictable.

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