Adrian Horton

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For 13 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 15% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 85% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Adrian Horton's Scores

Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 80 RAMY: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 Brews Brothers: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
13 tv reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Adrian Horton
    Brews Brothers doesn’t strive to break the immature humor mold. We all know a clever slacker – this one just thinks it’s more clever than it is.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Adrian Horton
    The main show is the slurp of creepy, disturbing manifestations of repressed psyches coalescing into, by the later episodes, a nonsensical yet amusing horror show.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Adrian Horton
    The result is a show which is sometimes grating yet sneakily beguiling, in the way that beautiful, curated messiness can be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Adrian Horton
    The thinness of the show’s plot thus puts a hefty burden on the shoulders of Awkwafina as the show’s star, and she demonstrates once again to be an energetic, compelling performer, especially when it comes to physical comedy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Adrian Horton
    Arquette gives a human center to Dee Dee’s manipulations – a frantic and unnecessary EpiPen injection for a non-existent sugar allergy becomes, for example, both an act and a desperate act of love. Gypsy’s teary-eyed disappointment and shame are visceral. But still, the show makes clear that while it’s based on actual events, some of it is dramatized, and that knowledge feels suspect.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Adrian Horton
    There’s little trace of the wondrous and luminously sad Dickinson many teens encounter in high school curriculums in this show that seems to be going for coming-of-age comedy but lands somewhere between skit and revisionist biography.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Adrian Horton
    Dollface can be frustratingly overdrawn, without the painful precision of PEN15 or radically empathetic heart of Shrill, both fellow Hulu shows similarly interrogating millennial womanhood.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Adrian Horton
    Clooney’s adaptation is immediately impressive – visually deserving of a bigger than a laptop screen – with a cohesive, arid palette and shots ranging wildly in scope from resonant closeup to sweeping landscape. But it takes a couple of episodes to settle into the show’s polarizing rhythm, which is less a film-making issue than the high-level entry to the source material’s cunning conceit.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Adrian Horton
    It’s initially a slow burn, but through it all, Ramy consistently subverts and redirects expectations, and doesn’t hide from tough contradictions, such as Muslim relatives who admire Trump or Ramy’s unsuccessful attempts to abstain for Ramadan.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Adrian Horton
    Even as Shrill hits its stride by the end of the third episode, it never quite reaches the hilarity levels of concurrent comedies such as PEN15 or Big Mouth, which mine the absurd and meta for laughs. But those quibbles feel beside the point, and increasingly less noticeable the more you invest in Annie’s journey, which is more complicated, rollicky and emotional – that is to say, more human – than a straightforward sitcom.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Adrian Horton
    Erskine and Konkle so convincingly effect the “no duhs” and knee-jerk emotions of the tweener years that I genuinely forgot they were adults for most of the series. ... “You’re my rainbow gel pen in a sea of blue and black writing utensils,” Anna tells Maya by the end of the first episode. It’s an insight into lockstep friendship, one of many joys over of the course of the series.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Adrian Horton
    The problem is that the market is short for either catharsis or humor on Black Monday and, given the options abounding on TV, audiences may not want to bet on a whole season.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Adrian Horton
    The Passage is frustratingly mechanical yet, being human, you can’t help but feel at least slightly invested in this threatened world. It induces eye rolls but still, the virus is easily caught.

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