For 180 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Willa Paskin's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 The Good Wife: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 180
  2. Negative: 22 out of 180
180 tv reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    Game is a genuinely mind-boggling piece of adaptation, cast more or less perfectly (except for Kit Harington's Jon Snow, who relies too much on the soap opera actors handbook of serious faces), with expert control of the story lines, gorgeous and diverse settings, and such seriousness of purpose and consistent internal logic that I find the least realistic thing about it to be that the men of [N]ights Watch don't wear hats.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    The series' thriller engine turns on, turns over and begins to purr.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    It wants to entertain you, to draw you in with exciting, exacting plotting, and precisely drawn characters.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    Game of Thrones is as complete a universe as exists on television, whatever its rhythm. More drama and more bloodshed are certainly forthcoming, and I have every confidence they will be served up as delicious and sopping as a rare steak.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    Top of the Lake [is] gorgeous and ambiguous and gripping like a hallucination.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    The Returned is very good. Let it have your brains.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    A gorgeous period drama that swiftly establishes its risqué themes.... Masters of Sex is the best new show of the fall season.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    Creepy, gorgeous, unsettling, and searching, it has--for lack of a better word--a literary quality, an accretion of meaningful detail. You can push on any aspect of the show--every line, every shot, every bruise--and it bears up.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    There’s nothing programmatic about Louie, which idiosyncratically, unevenly explores C.K.’s ideas and instincts without trying to advance an argument. It’s not a joke you’ve heard before. It’s a great shaggy dog story.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    The Good Wife, a delectable, invigorating series of unprecedented depth and cynicism, is the best drama on TV.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    To call it Amazon’s first great series, or the only great series of the new fall season--both of which are true--is to damn it with faint praise.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Sherlock is an elegant updating of Conan Doyle's stories, not an overhaul.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Girls is smart, bracing, funny, accurately absurd, confessional yet self-aware, but it is also undeniably about four white chicks with, relatively speaking, no worries in the world.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Happily, Nashville, with its unexpected intelligence and surprisingly low-key attitude, not only met all my cockamamie expectations, it exceeded them.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    The confident, acerbic new sitcom The Mindy Project is easily the best freshman comedy of the season.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Orange Is the New Black [is] Netflix’s hilarious, addictive, fantastic new series about the goings-on at a low-security women’s prison.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    In the context of other television, American Horror Story is perverse and refreshing, proof that a great show doesn’t have to be self-serious to be smart.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Watching, it is almost impossible not to root for these two Communists as they do any and everything they can to undermine America. In this regard, The Americans works its American audience as effectively as its heroes work their marks: It makes double agents of us all.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    The third season is looser, funnier, more emotional and also significantly less logical than what has come before.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Murphy directs with straightforwardness and sincerity and none of the camp fireworks of Glee or American Horror Story.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Almost every woman is a good person who made or was forced to make a bad decision, instead of something more sinister, more evil, or even more banal--as if these too were not human characteristics.... But if this sentimental streak is a little soft-headed, it springs from the series’ huge heart and its expansive humanism.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Like its heroine, Olive Kitteridge, the four-hour miniseries airing this Sunday and Monday on HBO, is quietly indomitable, more admirable than easily loveable, more likely to get under your skin than send a shock through your system.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    As a workplace comedy with a political bent Veep is both fun and funny, its nonpartisan position more a missed opportunity than fatal flaw.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Bunheads pilot is largely a a showcase for Sherman-Palladino's best stylistic and thematic trademarks.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Girls has matured leaps and bounds, comedically and structurally, but it has jettisoned some of its ambiguity, its sweetness, its own affection for its characters. It's more coherent, but it's also safer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    What constitutes a nation? This is the heady question that underpins the action-movie thrills of ABC's submarine-gone-righteously-rogue drama Last Resort, one of the most promising dramas of the fall season.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Asylum dives right in on racism, homophobia and sexism, and wrings something emotional out of them.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The Hour's charms are many, but chief among them is its celebration of intelligence and diligence as cardinal, animating virtues.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Justified takes a purely procedural setup and turns it into a long-term story arc, a season-long mystery that will presumably get less goofy than it first appears.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The Americans is delightfully cunning, exactly the quality, along with fight scenes and ridiculous disguises, one desires in a spy show.

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