For 297 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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Willa Paskin's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Good Wife: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 297
297 tv reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    It’s hard to get past this iteration of Miss Piggy’s unpleasantness because that’s all there is: She’s not a fully developed moi, just a set of high-maintenance tics. Making Missy Piggy so awful has dour ramifications for the rest of the Muppets: Why are they working so hard for this pig?.... The Muppet who comes off worst is Kermit.... His voice, previously so adorable, began to sound to me mealy and weak, like the vocal equivalent of pleated khakis.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Without a steady spray of sawdust coming from Snipes’ direction, there’s too much time to focus on the show’s loony premise and unspeakable morals.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Minority Report disappoints because, in its first episode at least, it is uninterested in the very idea that enlivened the film: that precrime could be wrong.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Chance wants to be a kind of seedy California noir, complete with femme fatale but is personality-less instead.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    If you get your news from anywhere other than The Newsroom, to watch the show is to be harangued by opinions you have heard many, many times over, just polished with Sorkin’s trademark linguistic flourishes and passed off as shiny and new.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    In the two-hour premiere of the new Apprentice, Schwarzenegger talks tough but basically sticks to logic: Reasonable people get fired and get fired reasonably, now with the catchphrase “You’re terminated,” which elicited a knowing giggle from the contestants. ... The resulting show is as dull as one hopes Trump’s presidency will be.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Because Do No Harm wants to be more than just some shlocky Jekyll and Hyde--remake it has made Ian a very bad man, and yet he is not nearly bad enough.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Mulaney, a bland new Fox sitcom from former-SNL writer and stand-up comedian John Mulaney, has a laugh track. This is, by far, the most interesting thing about it.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    The show has got a ponderous B-movie quality, everything so serious and simultaneously so silly.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    It’s moody and slow and ponderous, elegant as Mikkelsen’s perfectly coiffed hair, except in the winky moments when, say, Hannibal serves Will an egg scramble that must contain body parts and Will unknowingly finds it delicious.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    While the two shows both contain bereft parents, law enforcement officials with personal agendas, pastors with painful backstories, quiet and sometimes spooky small boys, and newly reanimated criminals, the atmosphere in which Resurrection places them is thinner than Mt. Everest’s. Compared to The Returned, Resurrection’s performances, eeriness, themes, its production values, storylines, and opening credit sequence are all similarly weak.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Dracula flirts with camp, without quite committing. Unlike Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, in which Ichabod Crane finds himself alive in the present day, Dracula does not seem to be in on the joke of itself.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Even more so than in season’s past, the non-vampire storylines seem irrelevant and extraneous.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    The shame is that a series about a band of heroes trying to hunt down more potential heroes could be the perfect antidote to TV’s own overly dark cliché: the anti-hero. But instead it resists the call, too self-serious to be really goofy, and yet too fan-boyish to rescue even one hour of television from mediocrity.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Willa Paskin
    Despite this highly dramatic premise, Turn feels small and dull: if you want to have some fun learning about the Revolution, wait until Fox’s cheeky Sleepy Hollow returns.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    Somehow, in its first two episodes, Agent Carter muddies this structure up so sufficiently that it does not even deliver its rote pleasures, as diminished as they may be.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    Perhaps for fear of alienating people who don’t agree with her, McCain presents as many aspects of a topic as she can, offering up factoids and interviews without context or heft, giving viewers little bits of information about way too much. This strategy gets ludicrous in the second episode, about feminism.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    What we end up seeing is neither wholesome nor scandalous, but just enough of each to permit both as excuses for watching.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    Any way you look at it, it doesn’t quite scan--which is the point, probably. The show’s not meant to be dissected; it’s meant to be watched as the makers intended: more than half-blazed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    It is almost unbearable sober. If I have to watch a cartoon featuring a bad guy made of zombie poop named Dr. Doodoo 16 years after South Park debuted Mr. Hankey, the Christmas poo, I need to have whatever the dudes from Yo Gabba Gabba! are on.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    One of the worst shows of the new season with its very best performance [by Margo Martindale].
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    It tries to make up for what it lacks in originality with unending bleakness--Malick shots of a mangy dog running through the streets with a rat in his maw, characters who never smile--as if being relentlessly somber were proof of quality. The results are beyond claustrophobic. All the characters want out. So did I.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Willa Paskin
    It’s a staid, old-fashioned family comedy through and through. It’s by far the worst of the bunch--it’s just dreadfully unfunny.

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