Brandon Nowalk

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For 22 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Brandon Nowalk's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Marshal Law: Texas: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
22 tv reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Brandon Nowalk
    It’s an accomplished pilot with tons of promise that introduces so much that it doesn’t have time to reveal many retrograde or complacent attitudes (not to mention fashions).
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Brandon Nowalk
    Cleverman is full of potential. It just takes all season to embrace it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Brandon Nowalk
    With a visual palette of dim neutrals and its only modes of darkness being dour realism and harmless fantasy, Damien suggests nothing so much as a hotel bar. Its death sequences are hit or miss when it comes to horror, but at least they display some imagination.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Brandon Nowalk
    Becoming Mike Nichols gets the job done. It finds a spine to Nichols’ directing, and it creates a desire to revisit his entire filmography. The movie itself isn’t much, a hands-off documentary that’s mainly a filmed stage performance, the performance being Nichols’ final interview over two nights and the stage being the site of An Evening With Mike Nichols And Elaine May.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 42 Brandon Nowalk
    The mechanical storytelling is insurmountable even for such a talented cast, but there is some satisfaction in watching Ben Whishaw sit down for an informal interrogation by Charlotte Rampling or feel out a scoundrel and potential ally played by Mark Gatiss.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Brandon Nowalk
    Naturally it prepares for its own end like a pro, not with sound and fury but with moments and gestures that recommit to the show’s belief in the dignity and absurdity of life, made all the more poignant by the knowledge that this is the end. The gravity of death and the parade of life combine to give Getting On an uncommon mood.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Brandon Nowalk
    The result is monotony. Season one spiced up its mood with a pungent mix of buddy-cop comedy, surreal horror, and mystery. Season two is serious people doing serious things all the time. None of these characters have ever found anything funny in their lives, and none of them have anything interesting to offer one another (or us) beyond solving the case.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Brandon Nowalk
    With 10 episodes this season, Please Like Me has filled out beautifully.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Brandon Nowalk
    Already there’s a wistfulness underneath the light surface. Half the scenes in the pilot are rooted in sadness, and the other half are rooted in Eliza aggressively covering up for her sadness. Eliza may seem vapid, and Selfie may seem broad, but there’s more to this one than meets the eye.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 33 Brandon Nowalk
    Scorpion feels like a world cut down to types.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Brandon Nowalk
    In the hands of McKellen, Jacobi, and company, they are sitcom characters who manage the tightrope between human warmth and on-screen viciousness, and they do it by being the best damn sitcom characters they can be.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Brandon Nowalk
    The performances are literally shaky, from wavering accents to tremulous monologues, but the movie’s such an overwhelming weepie that they fit right in.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Brandon Nowalk
    Louie season four is as good as ever, and sometimes it’s slightly different.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Brandon Nowalk
    Veep has become the clearest heir to 30 Rock and Arrested Development, and specific bits throughout the season recall both series.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Brandon Nowalk
    Believe is thoroughly devoted to its feel-good ideals, like cascading compassion and non-violence.... In lesser hands, Believe could come off like a knockoff-Terrence Malick life insurance ad. But for all his spirituality, Cuarón’s an earthy director.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 42 Brandon Nowalk
    The backwoods intrigue and the grave mood are achieved not through grounding details and eccentricity, but by portent. Some scenes are such slow, ambiguous dialogues that they recall the heyday of Audrina and Justin Bobby.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Brandon Nowalk
    The sketches themselves are still baring teeth, starting with the fodder for the shows within the Show. The one thing that unites the collection of idiots played by Kroll and co-stars like Jon Daly and John Mulaney is a lack of self-awareness.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Brandon Nowalk
    Despite a handful of cutting moments, Chozen isn’t very funny in its first five episodes--though as the man says, it gets better. Part of that is the inundation. If everything is outrageous, it doesn’t take long to adjust until nothing is.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 0 Brandon Nowalk
    The Fugitive Task Force members at the center of Marshal Law: Texas dive into a night-vision action scene so inarticulate and so juiced by the score it’s just embarrassing. Executive-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Marshal Law: Texas is desperate to be an action flick.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Brandon Nowalk
    It’s too soon to say Atlantis has a great destiny, but the signs are promising.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Brandon Nowalk
    There’s an airlessness to Full Circle that vacuum-packs these performances but leaves little real life.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Brandon Nowalk
    In spite of the undercooked ideas, there’s reason to hope.

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