Amber Dowling

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For 33 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Amber Dowling's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 90 Insecure: Season 1
Lowest review score: 30 The Great Indoors: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
33 tv reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Amber Dowling
    People of Earth earns kudos for going for the stars, but it also suffers from a failure to launch.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Amber Dowling
    While there may be some hidden truths in the intended comedy, the scenes often come across as judgemental and ill-conceived.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Amber Dowling
    Chemistry wasn’t the problem with either version of the pilot. Indeed both actresses are fine in the role, as is LeBlanc; it’s the show itself that could use some work.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Amber Dowling
    It’s an honest, unflinching look at dating, relationships and life, told from a refreshing and hilarious perspective.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Amber Dowling
    Marriage and its trials and tribulations emerge as something of its own character as the show presses on.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Amber Dowling
    It’s a charming and quirky romantic tale with an overarching twist thanks to the notion that the world may indeed be ending, and it’s pulled of by two completely watchable leads.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Amber Dowling
    [Conviction] is a mess from beginning to end, full of clichéd characters and confusing rules.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Amber Dowling
    At the outset the pilot is a fun and adventurous romp without ever feeling campy or overdone. ... Where the plot gets bogged down is in the overall mysteries introduced in the pilot, namely those surrounding the Lucy character.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Amber Dowling
    It’s like the writers are just throwing ideas on a wall to see what sticks. Nothing about this pilot feels finely tuned or carefully constructed. It’s a shame, actually, given the great chemistry between Perabo and Sunjata in the first place.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Amber Dowling
    Bunbury is a star in the making as the leading character. ... Gosselaar is unrecognizable thanks to some newly acquired facial hair. As a result viewers will pay more attention to his equally strong performance and interactions with Bunbury throughout the hour. Mo McRae, Ali Larter and Tim Jo round out the solid cast, making for a pretty entertaining hour.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Amber Dowling
    [Minne Driver] jumps into it headfirst which helps the original sale, but as she settles into the role she will have to adjust the tone in order to toe the line between endearing and annoying. ... The real story here though is breakout star Fowler. For a kid who has minimal dialogue he has loads of star power thanks to fantastic facial expressions and giggle-worthy reaction shots.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Amber Dowling
    Bull is certainly a light, breezy offering that could help you unwind after a long Tuesday. But if you’re looking for something with a little more meat and meaning, you’re going to have to visit another courtroom.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Amber Dowling
    It’s a unique blend with four very distinct but compelling stories, proving there’s plenty of drama to be mined from real life. It doesn’t hurt that each of the actors is perfectly cast in his or her role, driving home the beautifully written scenes that often pose pertinent and universally relatable questions.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Amber Dowling
    It sounds gimmicky and completely set up, but with this bunch it works.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Amber Dowling
    When stacked up against a series like “The Leftovers,” which also examines a cult, it feels flat at first. But once the story does finally get rolling, the intersecting elements begin to build towards a compelling story with more complexity than first meets the eye.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Amber Dowling
    It’s heightened reality at its finest as Vaughan and her associates (Elvy Yost, Jay Hayden and Rollins) proceed to track down the con artists who hacked them and stop them before too much damage is done.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Amber Dowling
    Unfortunately, by the end of the first hour, viewers may find themselves looking for a pulse rather than committing to future installments, let alone pondering the state of female medical practitioners in the industry and their work-home life balance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Amber Dowling
    At times there seems to be too much going on in the pilot, between Richie running away from gun-wielding lunatics, attempting to sign new talent, working to keep his existing roster, finagling a deal to sell his company and balancing his precarious home life. But it’s no greater a flaw than most pilots attempting to set up the scheme of things face, and the action never seems bogged down or tied up in specifics.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Amber Dowling
    While the characters sometimes border on cartoonish, they also manage to showcase an underdog quality that will have the audiences rooting for them anyway, and they’re somewhat grounded by the rest of the cast, including librarian Abbey Logan (Maria Thayer).
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Amber Dowling
    This is an offering best served in small doses to really appreciate some of the nuances built into each episode.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Amber Dowling
    It’s all wonderfully led by an unrecognizable Richard Dreyfuss in the leading role and Blythe Danner as his wife, Ruth.... Where Madoff falls short is in developing the man’s complex relationships with his sons, wife and those who beg him to take their money. While the narrative certainly scratches the surface, it’s not often that it delves any deeper as the writers choose instead to grandstand Dreyfuss’ performance as the leading man.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Amber Dowling
    The production managed to capture the overall cheesy tone present in the original while moving through the many numbers with lightning speed. The three hours flew by quicker than expected at the outset thanks to giggle-worthy moments and fun numbers, with things really picking up in terms of overall entertainment and production value at the two-hour mark.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Amber Dowling
    Sweeping and complex with a large cast of characters to delve into, The Outsiders isn’t necessarily new or gripping television, but it’s structured drama that delivers results thanks to the likes of Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti at the helm as executive producers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Amber Dowling
    The result is a clunky hour of bad one-liners and exposition.... The narrative tightens up in Episode 2, at least, as the series settles into a Monster-of-the-Week format. That allows Duchovny and Anderson to play to their respective strengths, but it also feels like the show is marking time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Amber Dowling
    Although there’s nothing new here, per se, it’s still a solid hour of watchable drama that often plays out more like a movie than a television series.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Amber Dowling
    The series once again attempts to pair the straight-shooter with the oddball muck-up in an attempt to allow both characters to find middle ground. In the process, hilarity ensues. Except when it doesn’t.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Amber Dowling
    By the end of the first hour you’re not entirely sure what happened or who is to blame, but you’re left with an unsettling feeling that even when the truth does surface the story won’t be tied up with a neat little bow as it would be in so many other crime dramas on television.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Amber Dowling
    It’s hard to hit pause on Making a Murderer once it’s rolling through the queue.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Amber Dowling
    The Expanse is indeed expansive with the universe it sets up within the pilot and through the characters presented. Unfortunately though there’s so much going on in the pilot that it quickly becomes a convoluted romp through space that’s more about showcasing the wasteland that humans have become than developing characters viewers will remember, let alone invest in watching.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Amber Dowling
    In the end, those hate-watchers had little to complain about other than occasional uneven camera angles, a missing Toto (he disappeared after the first scene) and the long three-hour running time; strong performances, fun dialogue and dazzling numbers rounded out an overall solid outing this time around.

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