Allison Keene

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For 359 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Allison Keene's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Rectify: Season 4
Lowest review score: 10 Buckwild: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 359
359 tv reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    What The Hot Zone does very well is focus its story on science and procedure. It can be hard to balance drama and accuracy when one of the series’ most key lines is “the antibodies are in the plasma!” but the series makes it work.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Allison Keene
    There is a sense of finality in some ways, and in others, a deep desire to see the story explored further through a full season. As such, there are parts of the movie that feel hinted at but largely incomplete, even though there are satisfying micro-arcs and two major resolutions that feel like a proper farewell.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Allison Keene
    Season 2 is much more open in every way.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Allison Keene
    One of The Spanish Princess’ greatest achievements is making Catherine’s journey to England and her early days with Arthur in the Tudor court one that feels intimate and personal in scope. ... The Spanish Princess wonderfully makes us want to follow her wherever she leads.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Allison Keene
    Chernobyl is a series where you will have to remind yourself to unclench your jaw and un-tense your shoulders while watching it. It is heartbreaking and intense, and a hell of a thing to watch the day after Game of Thrones. But it’s also necessary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Allison Keene
    The actors ... are really left to infuse the interactions with their own energy and inflections, leading to really outstanding and engrossing results.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Allison Keene
    Les Misérables is a haunting, unforgettable journey of sacrifice and forgiveness that changes its characters significantly over the time we spend with them, sweeping viewers up into this classic tale with the mix of beauty and sadness that feels deeply real.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Allison Keene
    Despite the time jumps, much of Fosse/Verdon feels sluggish and nonessential. Rockwell is fine as Fosse, but Fosse himself is a bore. ... More Verdon, less Fosse please.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Allison Keene
    There’s not necessarily a feeling of bloat so much as aimlessness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Allison Keene
    Do absolutely watch this brilliant and educational series on the biggest TV you can, but do not lose sight of the fact that this isn’t just about entertainment. It is not historical documentation, and hopefully never will be. It is a vital, living reminder of the extraordinary beauty of our world as well as a desperate call to action. Watch, enjoy, and help.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Allison Keene
    There’s not necessarily a feeling of bloat so much as aimlessness.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Allison Keene
    As for Killing Eve, though, everything is still going very right.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    It’s tricky to dramatize what is essentially a series of conversations between two people where one is always outraged and overwhelmed, but Wilson does a good job of embodying a woman fueled by both anger and confusion, especially in the first episode when she is also hiding in denial.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Allison Keene
    Not everything is perfect in this final season, as the series barrels towards its end with as many epitaphs as it can manage per minute, but its acknowledgement of the foibles of its leads in meta terms reminds us that this is a show that exists on its own terms.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Allison Keene
    Everything about the series is so carefully crafted, though, that even its smallest moments are pure joy (most especially when it riffs on cut-rate movies and TV series in the roles Sally and others get). But there is never a danger of superficiality, even when a recurring theme is how Barry is able to achieve this duel life largely because the people around him are so self-absorbed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    As engrossing as this story is, the Hulu series — which comes from Michelle Dean and Nick Antosca — starts to lag as it goes on.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    Turn Up Charlie, like Charlie himself, is admittedly a bit of a mess. As is the case with his 1997 hit “LUV,” there is some good stuff in the series. But if it returns, it might need a remix.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Allison Keene
    They are as they are, and their merciless candor will be missed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Allison Keene
    The only real complaint about Shrill is that it’s too short. There are many, many layers to the relationships Annie has with her friends and co-workers, and the show does an admirable job of giving them as much shading as they can in such a short amount of time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    Yes, for fans of true crime series, Berg’s documentary is a riveting exploration of the foibles of the justice system, especially when it comes to dealing with minority kids in a Baltimore suburb. For listeners of Serial, it’s literally an eye-opening experience. ... But whether or not that’s enough to warrant another look into a case that may ultimately be unsolvable, and one where potential rectification for Adnan is already working its way through the legal system, is less certain.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Allison Keene
    While the supporting cast is always very solid, the show rests entirely on Adlon; when the story or the camera ever move away from her, it becomes less engaging.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Allison Keene
    Whiskey Cavalier could turn into a solid procedural for ABC, as both Foley and Cohan have enough charm to see it through its weaker moments. There may not be anything particularly new about what the show does or how it does it, but it checks the right boxes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 Allison Keene
    It’s frankly difficult to think back to how everything began in this crazy show after having buzzed through its 10 episodes, because it’s so full of layered narratives. ... The Umbrella Academy is incredibly interesting, enjoyable, quirky, and well worth your time.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Allison Keene
    Too many liberties were taken with its structure to make it work as well as it should, and the dark, dull tone is a disappointment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Allison Keene
    The Other Two doesn’t actually make many mistakes in its short and delightful first season, as it holds a mirror up to our celebrity-saturated culture while also making us admit that sometimes we deride it only because we aren’t a part of it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Allison Keene
    The important racial component of this story is shallow and stereotyped, and the connections to the crimes of George Hodel are faintly rendered. I Am the Night paints a decent portrait of mid-century L.A. noir, but it mistakes darkness with depth, treating anything real or substantive with coy hesitation.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Allison Keene
    There is a lot about Black Monday that’s desperate; characters are desperate for success, respect, money, revenge, happiness, and change. It makes the show an uneasy watch, as its leads strain so hard to get what they think they need.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Allison Keene
    The series’ dedication to a dark and violent world of murderous impulses--or cultivating them--is a bummer. Deadly Class asks what it takes to change the status quo, but its answer so far is not particularly revolutionary.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Allison Keene
    Valley of the Boom’s skimming voyage across the biggest moments in Silicon Valley’s late-90s scene is educational, and even a little nostalgic. But it also feels like a missed opportunity to dive deeper into what should have been learned (and wasn’t) in terms of tech growth, or to explore a different prospective other than from those who happened to ride a investment wave at exactly the right time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Allison Keene
    Sex Education is just as much about the triumphs, the times things do go right, and the consequences of emotional vulnerability that ultimately make it a happy and satisfying watch.

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