For 40 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Alex McLevy's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Mosaic
Lowest review score: 42 Midnight, Texas: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
40 tv reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Alex McLevy
    The Loudest Voice blends West Wing-style operatics with a darker narrative about power most corrupting those who were already corrupt, and if it lacks Sorkin’s gift for whip-crack pacing, its excellent cast and dependable focus on the machinations of backroom deals keeps it fleet and engaging.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 67 Alex McLevy
    The ambition is admirable. Episodes will jump forward and backward in time, teasing out elements of story in ways not often seen on television, and helping to keep the endless J.J. Abrams-style mystery-box tactics of the show from getting overly tiresome.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Alex McLevy
    It’s not until the second-to-last episode that anything approaching the goofball charm and wit of its freshman season arrives, and by then the entire narrative is so weighed down with the baggage of its sudsy dramatics that the show feels less like a witty relaunch of a beloved film, and more like a 2019 version of Beverly Hills, 90210 (but not, you know, the 2019 version of Beverly Hills, 90210), complete with hokey music sequences and soap opera-level plotting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Alex McLevy
    [The season premiere] does a lot of work in a short amount of time, but unlike some previous episodes that engaged in significant table setting, it never feels too rushed or like characters are being given short shrift in the effort to hurry to the next beat. It plays as elegant, for the most part.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Alex McLevy
    There’s a lackadaisical appeal to the whole thing. Its ramshackle pacing and generic riffs on dude-bro mentality manage to emit a shaggy-dog charm, largely on the basis of its likable cast and their easy chemistry.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Alex McLevy
    Season two of The OA is both overstuffed and undercooked, a victim of its own commitment to expanding its universe in multifarious ways. Yet the performances are so solid, the commitment to its kooky worldview so earnest, and the smorgasbord of sci-fi curlicues so endearing, sacrificing your expectations of plausibility feels like a worthwhile price of admission to this odd little dimension of the TV universe.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Alex McLevy
    DC Universe has debuted Doom Patrol, and the show is absurdly watchable. Bananas, yes, but enjoyably bananas.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 42 Alex McLevy
    Weird City tries to go for gonzo, and ends up facedown in the mutant-worm-aerated dirt. ... If we’re supposed to take it at face value, it’s boring; if we’re meant to laugh at it, it’s repellent.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Alex McLevy
    Graham’s script captures the nuances of Britain’s roiling identity crisis with deft insight, and the whole thing is packaged in such an enjoyably crowd-pleasing way that its flaws linger without dragging the proceedings down. It’s reductive and ham-fisted in its direction, sure, but still makes for a breezily engaging tale.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Alex McLevy
    Fyre Fraud, despite its efforts to go after the larger picture, ends up being a frothier and more light-hearted affair, replete with stock photo and cartoon cutaways overlaid with jaunty music cues, overemphasizing the absurdity Fyre has the confidence to know is hardwired into its narrative. [But it is] a helpful reminder that, like so many stories, one account can’t contain the whole truth.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Alex McLevy
    Despite a promising new antagonist in the form of Josh Stewart’s mysterious religious zealot (and his handlers, a pair of wealthy alt-right Bible thumpers who operate like a fusion of the Koch brothers and Franklin Graham), the new plot is continually overshadowed by Russo and his demons.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Alex McLevy
    Marvel’s Runaways finds a stronger through-line in its sophomore year, but it needs to better balance the endless brooding with levity.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Alex McLevy
    There’s a sense all of this has been done before, and showrunner Jeff Buhler doesn’t quite know how to make it feel new again. It’s a testament to the pulpy dramatics of the source material that Nightflyers remains enjoyable to watch despite these weaknesses.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Alex McLevy
    The Dream Door is straightforward enough for a change, but that’s not the show’s strong suit; getting strange, scary, and logically unjustifiable are where it soars--just like a nightmare.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Alex McLevy
    The Purge has an admirable commitment to old-fashioned storytelling, establishing some relatable characters and then simply setting them loose in an exciting, larger-than-life scenario.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Alex McLevy
    While the characters are mostly appealing and the breezy-but-busy tone keeps things moving, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether a feature-length film targeting a younger demographic will manage to sustain the interest of older fans looking for a story engaging enough to roll with the periodically reductive narrative and characterization.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Alex McLevy
    Simonds manages to craft a fresh and unusual story with which to fill in the parameters of the series’ framework.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 42 Alex McLevy
    The best that can be said for The Proposal is that it is so bizarre at times that it becomes a satire of itself, an unintentional comedy of Dada-esque proportions.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Alex McLevy
    It’s a rocky start, but once the series leans into its more formally audacious structures and brings its two leads together, Cloak & Dagger finds its identity and gives viewers a reason to invest.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Alex McLevy
    Regardless of its flaws, The Fourth Estate is the equivalent of mainlining pure political-news heroin, a fascinating fly-on-the-wall look at the frantic and unenviable lifestyle of those genuinely doing their best to provide honest and aggressive journalism in the face of a government intent on muzzling it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Alex McLevy
    While the mix of trivia-knowledge riffing and coarse humor still makes for a lively combo, the season also occasionally delves into extremely dark humor that doesn’t always land, including an awkward moment where an interrupted sexual assault is played for laughs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Alex McLevy
    Westworld season two goes to some unsettling and unpleasant places--it’s not always a fun watch--but as it settles into a chaotic groove, the show is becoming a thrilling mind-bender, laced with just enough intellectual resin to give all that bloodshed a savvy frisson of wit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Alex McLevy
    Even more so than past years, the new season of Hap And Leonard is deceptively breezy and charming.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Alex McLevy
    iZombie seems to be luxuriating in the opportunity to really expand and do some formidable world-building. But this is a show that ultimately wants its audience happy; Liv Moore is out there solving crimes and eating brains, and the television landscape is better off for it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Alex McLevy
    Final Space needs to find a smarter path to its humor (and force its main character to grow up), but the Futurama-meets-Steven Universe premise holds promise, and with some adjustments, this series could potentially launch into hyper-speed.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Alex McLevy
    Altered Carbon is often quite a bit of fun, but its flaws are large and glaring. The dialogue is rarely better than hacky and ham-handed, clunky lines of wannabe hard-boiled detective-speak interlaced with ponderous and exposition-heavy interludes. Kinnaman fares the best, in part because his taciturn character gets to do more showing than telling.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Alex McLevy
    In every case, the actor elevates the material, raising passable storytelling to a more compelling and charismatic level.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Alex McLevy
    Mosaic is a practically flawless TV series; it resists the gonzo machismo of a True Detective or the star-vehicle force of a Luther through its stubborn resistance to any norms of identification. It has a story to tell, it doesn’t have a singular hero through which to tell it, and there’s no neat ending to wrap it all up. We should all be so lucky to get more shows like this.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Alex McLevy
    After a strong start, Electric Dreams meanders through a few uninspired segments--and like any anthology series, those weaker episodes detract from the overall sense of wonder and engagement. But Dick’s visions retain such appeal, and the execution of the better entries (helmed by some excellent directors, including Dee Rees and Julian Jarrold) land so forcefully that the show outpaces its missteps, delivering a smart and transportive sci-fi series that cleverly finds its most human moments in the least humane of situations.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Alex McLevy
    If it figures out the proper tone and blend of stupid-smart jokes with its game cast, the series could potentially travel forward to a time when it becomes a great sci-fi comedy.

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