For 342 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Willa Paskin's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Masters of Sex: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 342
342 tv reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    If you are looking for some upscale junk-food--beautifully packaged, nicely performed, delectably plotted, but shot through with hot air and likely to make you queasy by the time you reach the end of the bag--look no further than NBC's soap-mystery Deception, which starts tonight, and is, at least for now, scrumptious.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Objectively, Downton is not that good and certainly not as good--well-made, well-wrought, reasoned, executed--as it once was. But objectivity only has a little do with it.
    • 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.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    You can hate Lifetime movies, and still see that Liz and Dick is exactly what a Lifetime movie is supposed to be, instantly hootable, usually ludicrous, rarely dull.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    SEAL Team Six, a shallow TV movie about the raid to kill Osama Bin Laden, stars a bevy of beefcakes in Navy SEAL costumes--and Barack Obama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Asylum dives right in on racism, homophobia and sexism, and wrings something emotional out of them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    The Walking Dead is extremely realistic about the decayed, vast, destroyed world, and dopily idealistic about its main character.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    Chicago Fire a predictable but pleasantly familiar throwback that could have been on TV a decade and a half ago.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    The series' thriller engine turns on, turns over and begins to purr.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Ben & Kate seems poised to be to the "20 to 30-somethings get their lives together" sub-genre what "Parks & Rec" is to workplace comedies: something willfully, wonderfully kind.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    Vegas is not embarrassing. But it is just a gussied-up procedural, which would be fine, if it weren't so blatantly aiming to be something more.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    The confident, acerbic new sitcom The Mindy Project is easily the best freshman comedy of the season.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    It remains the most ambitious show on TV with nothing to say at all.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    It's far too mediocre to be truly provocative even if the premise is a carefully camouflaged bit of retrograde.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    When grenade launchers, automatic weapons and war games substitute for salsa and swing dancing, the results are less wholesome entertainment and more armed-forces propaganda.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    If the show pulls back on the sour humans a bit and keeps it up with the cute animals, it might have something.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Hell on Wheels is a perfectly adequate piece of television with above adequate production values.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    As with many of these series, Honey Boo Boo wobbles along that strange line of being at once an exploitative mess, and not just an exploitative mess.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    Political Animals may be super-fun, but it is also superficial.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    It wants to entertain you, to draw you in with exciting, exacting plotting, and precisely drawn characters.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Though I understand how effective the hit-man aspect of the story must have seemed on paper, both as a thematic device and a driver of plot, Mia's story was interesting enough with out the being saddled with such an ultra-violent profession.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    The show is not just about the struggle between the good and the mediocre, it is itself a struggle between the good and the mediocre.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 10 Willa Paskin
    Unlike most new series, and certainly unlike every other series on FX, it is totally uninterested in originality.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    The results are a captivating, riveting, rousing, condescending, smug, infuriating mixture, a potent potion that advertises itself as intelligence-enhancing but is actually just crazy-making.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    The bar fight--which made the rounds of the Internet this past September--elevates the series's voyeuristic satisfactions to the next level.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    It's a straight down the line uninspired, dull, humorless soap opera that mimics the original without taking any of the interesting things from it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Bunheads pilot is largely a a showcase for Sherman-Palladino's best stylistic and thematic trademarks.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    It's with much appreciation that I report that Season 5 of True Blood is not about the introduction of any new magical creatures (though the fairies are up to some B-story shenanigans), but the long-discussed Authority, the seven-member governing body of all vampires everywhere.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    Push Girls is not as edifying as it might be, but it's not sanctimonious either.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    It's got law and lawlessness duking it out against a backdrop of grime, guts and gravelly voices, but this is all served up humorlessly and laden with self-seriousness.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 10 Willa Paskin
    A disastrous two-and-a-half-hour Cliffs Notes on the passionate, dysfunctional love affair between Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) and his third wife, the war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman).
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Sherlock is an elegant updating of Conan Doyle's stories, not an overhaul.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    The show is ludicrous, nonsensical, dopey, and pretty fun--so, basically the perfect sort of TV show to be airing on Lifetime.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    Apt. 23 isn't particularly funny, but at least it doesn't have a laugh track to beat you over the head with this fact.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    What's really disappointing about Magic City is that if it weren't so desperate to be "Mad Men" in Miami Beach or The Jewish Godfather it could be an energetic, escapist hour of television.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    The banging-the-president plot may outdo "Grey's" and "Private Practice's" in sheer headline-grabbing, gonzo boldness, but it's still ill-advised. The chief executive needs to button up, and even Shonda Rhimes can't make a TV show escapist and over the top enough to obviate that--though, it sure should be interesting to watch her try.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Refreshingly, they try to convey their likability by being...likable.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    It's not nearly as highbrow and well-constructed as it needs to be, and it's far too serious and plodding to be a zippy break from reality.

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