For 324 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 Homeland: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 324
324 tv reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    It is still psychologically astute, but it has become a much more straightforward, and largely effective, spy show. If you do not want to let Homeland back into your heart, that’s understandable. But maybe let it crash on your couch for a probationary period.
    • 92 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Like the many, many sitcoms about the affluent white experience, this is a show that is meant to be seen and enjoyed by everyone.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Gotham reverses the normal superhero disguise: It is not a superhero dressed up in street clothes, it is a gritty noir dressed up like a superhero.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Willa Paskin
    The Good Wife, a delectable, invigorating series of unprecedented depth and cynicism, is the best drama on TV.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 20 Willa Paskin
    Madam Secretary is just really, really dull, as if someone tried to make a counterweight to Scandal with only the boring parts--plus one shamelessly ripped-off conspiracy theory.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Willa Paskin
    Red Band is larded with quirk, twee, and pop music, all of which set my teeth on edge even as they sent my tear ducts into spasm.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Willa Paskin
    Mysteries of Laura has pretty successfully convinced us that Laura’s not a mystery. She’s just unbearable.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Even as Utopia promises to never, ever live up to its name, its funhouse-mirror reflections of the fault lines--religion, class, politics--in our own larger, obviously imperfect society make for fascinating TV, if only occasionally.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    Unauthorized, which aired last night, failed to provide even the bare minimum of salaciousness expected of a Lifetime movie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    BoJack is perhaps a little more clever than it is uproariously funny, but it is often very clever, and, moreover, well-tuned to the ludicrousness of the sort of low-level fame that surrounds BoJack.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    [A] gritty and entrancing British import.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    The early episodes are a mix of lesser world-building and sometimes dull, sometimes trite, sometimes appealing fish-out-of-water tales as Claire’s knowledge of the future gets her into and out of scrape after scrape.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    All the care that Soderbergh has taken with the colors, the camera, the blood--all his masterfully deployed aesthetic choices--stand in stark contrast to the care taken with the scripts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The Honorable Woman is in many ways, most of them cerebral, an extremely impressive piece of work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    As a thriller, Manhattan mostly works.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    All the pieces are here, not just for a real potboiler, but a satisfying character piece, the sort of show that can flood my living room anytime.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    While You’re the Worst is eventful, its emotional beats are not exactly original. It feels like watching the first 20 minutes of a rom-com over and over again, a notion that I find not entirely unpleasant.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Sitcoms, far more than dramas, are about chemistry rather than premise. Faxon and Greer have chemistry, with each other and with the very strong supporting cast.... [The characters] may not like their circumstances, but at least they like each other, and that makes them good sitcom company.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Willa Paskin
    Virgin Territory tries to get into psychological explanations for all of this unwanted virginity, because like the participants’ friends, MTV thinks it’s weird.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    For a show about sex and attraction, Masters of Sex is very cerebral, measured, distanced. But so are its characters, who use their intellects to protect their vulnerabilities.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    The Strain has a kind of earnest and respectful fanboyishness, in which every single ridiculous element mandated by the genre is rendered seriously but not exactly unknowingly.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    No one element of this show feels original, and yet I would totally watch more, even if just to peep at the sleek futuristic garbage cans again.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The Leftovers is overwhelmingly, existentially serious, without succumbing to the relentlessly violent and masculine clichés of so much “serious” prestige TV.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Willa Paskin
    For all of Tyrant’s big themes, it can feel oddly small.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    The new episodes make Daniel less complicated, not more.... Compared with Daniel, the other characters on the show are flawed, vivacious, and far more fun to watch.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    At certain moments, when Coyle and Malkovich banter about god, the devil, and England, Crossbones is almost the kicky fun it was meant to be.... But a few sentences later, Blackbeard returns to growling clichés.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Willa Paskin
    Murphy directs with straightforwardness and sincerity and none of the camp fireworks of Glee or American Horror Story.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 0 Willa Paskin
    A show predicated on the uncomfortable, but not entirely insupportable, supposition that audiences totally will watch something icky, sordid, and morally wanting, so long as a minimal effort is made to make it look like a love story.

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