For 12 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Zack Handlen's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 91 The Challenger Disaster: Season 1
Lowest review score: 33 Salem: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
12 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Zack Handlen
    While the narrow view of the tragedy means a limit to the movie’s broader appeal, it’s intensely refreshing to see a story like this told without any need to soften or commercialize its ideas.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Zack Handlen
    Wolf Hall’s efforts to capture the same mood as its source material ultimately serve it well.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Zack Handlen
    It’s a bitter, but deeply empathetic portrayal of suburban malaise and depression that also doubles as a very funny TV show.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Zack Handlen
    For now, though, it’s comfortable, but inessential. The performances blur together, as actors deliver lines in a competent, polite way, and everything is filmed in a hazy glow. There’s nothing wrong with any of it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Zack Handlen
    Roper is never much more than a menacingly jovial monster, and Pine never earns the soulful self-loathing Hiddleston brings to the role. But there’s something to be said for surface pleasures, especially when they’re this well dressed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Zack Handlen
    The result is a series without a charismatic rooting interest, a narrative in which it’s much easier to root for the invisible Big Bad than it is for the nominal leads.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Zack Handlen
    There are ominous signs of an oncoming crisis, and it’s possible that, once that crisis finally arrives, the show might shed its more tedious elements and become something worth watching. As of now, it proves roughly the same as its literary equivalent: a few cool ideas, and a whole lot of dross.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Zack Handlen
    While the pacing is solid and the direction is competent, nothing rises above the average. The pilot is too tasteful to be intense, and too silly to be affecting. It’s middlebrow to the bone.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 Zack Handlen
    The new Rosemary’s Baby is, at best, a glossy, flat reminder that there are better versions of this story readily available. At worst, it’s just flat.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 Zack Handlen
    There’s no real attempt at authenticity or immediacy, but the clarity of simple A to B to C storytelling offers some satisfaction. On the whole, it’s an unengaged affair.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Zack Handlen
    It’s always possible that Intelligence might warm to its subject, giving Holloway more to do than look morose and occasionally quip. As it stands now, though, Intelligence is a title that serves as a punchline.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 33 Zack Handlen
    Salem uses real life to prop up its shallow theatrics, and the result is too distractingly tacky to be enjoyed as pure foolishness.

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