Brian Tallerico

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For 494 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Brian Tallerico's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Better Call Saul: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Stalker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 61 out of 494
494 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Tallerico
    A polished production with strong performances that’s always incredibly watchable. Ultimately however, I’m not exactly sure what James Graham’s script, based on his play of the same name, expects us to take away from it, and the muddled perspective sometimes hold back what could have been a stronger piece about spectacle and obsession.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Tallerico
    The show proves much quicker with its droll dialogue than the dramatic force involving America trying to take over space. And yet after seeing all of season one I am still recommending this show, in part because adjusting expectations does make it more enjoyable, and it simply is funny enough to warrant a look.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    Apple TV’s “Central Park” is a glorious gift for comedy and musical fans and, well, everyone. ... It’s the best show on Apple TV by some stretch, and one of the best shows of 2020 anywhere. I can’t wait to see more.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Tallerico
    Some people will look at “Looney Tunes Cartoons” and think that just copying greatness isn’t that much of an achievement. They’re wrong. Nailing the tone of the original Looney Tunes shorts in a way that can impress a diehard fan like me is not nearly as easy as it looks.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    There are moments of greatness in those three and a half hours, most of them in the engaging performances of the cast. However, one can’t shake the large shadow of the first season. Less narratively ambitious in every way, season two feels like an echo of something that didn’t really need an echo.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Brian Tallerico
    “I Love Everything,” available today on Netflix, is one of the best stand-up sets you’ll see this year.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Tallerico
    It’s a show that’s so overtly plot-heavy that it has no time for little things like character and setting. It just keeps pushing forward, completely unwilling to give you people to care about in this vision of the future, hoping that you’ll just go along for the ride.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Brian Tallerico
    At times unfocused, Netflix’s latest docuseries “Trial by Media” struggles to bring its six stories together under the same umbrella but contains enough insight to warrant a look and possibly spark conversation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    Think of “The Eddy” like a trip to an actual jazz club. There are times, especially in the beginning, when you’ll want to go get a drink or take a bathroom break, but there are also incredible solos and moments when the whole band comes together to form something almost transcendent. Whether you focus on the highs or lows after the band has left the stage is up to you.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Tallerico
    Do I wish Seinfeld took a few more creative risks in “23 Hours to Kill”? Sure, but there’s also something comforting about a familiar style that could easily be cut up an inserted into a reboot of “Seinfeld”.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Brian Tallerico
    This is the most disastrous project of his career, a limited series that not only fails dramatically but attempts a degree of social commentary that can only be called insulting.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Brian Tallerico
    This is one of the most stunning disappointments of the TV year, a show that displays none of the wit or charm of the best Daniels projects like “Parks and Recreation” and “The Office.” ... The ideas are superficial, the performances are mostly bland, and the plotting is frustrating. Worst of all, it’s just not that funny.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    “Defending Jacob” should be a show about the impact of a murder investigation on parents who thought their lives were totally normal, but by keeping us in the dark, it feels more like a game, a cheap Lifetime mystery ... only four times as long.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Tallerico
    It can be legitimately transcendent at times – Ward has so much creative energy that the frames burst with detail and Trussell is a great podcaster in terms of how much he truly engages with his subjects. It can also be damn overwhelming. I don’t recommend binging all eight because the onslaught of new age ideas and hyperactive visuals can be a bit much to take consecutively.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Brian Tallerico
    Other than a few fun scenes and a scene-stealing performance from Natalie Dormer, it’s just too inconsistent and flat overall to connect as anything but a footnote to the first series for now.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    This is no mere piece of fan service. It is a stunningly refined and comprehensive look at the legacy and inner turmoil of one of the most essential sports teams of all time, the ‘90s Chicago Bulls, with input from every major player.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Brian Tallerico
    Inconsistent but generally fun young adult drama.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    Equally moving, informative, and infuriating, Netflix’s “The Innocence Files” is one of the best true crime series ever made. Going well beyond the typically sensational whodunit formula to paint a comprehensive portrait of our justice system's failures, it’s a must-see for anyone interested in how innocent people end up going to jail.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Tallerico
    The best of “Run” has that razor-sharp wit that made Waller-Bridge famous, but it’s really the work by Wever and Gleeson that elevates it into a must-watch. ... Some of the plotting in the first five episodes of “Run” is a bit questionable but every time this threatens to go off course, Wever or Gleeson will find that perfect character beat. While I’m still not 100% sure the whole thing works narratively, these episodes have wonderful individual moments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Brian Tallerico
    By the end, I felt manipulated more than intrigued, and left with a hollow feeling only slightly alleviated by watching a great actor do his best to hold a show together as it got less and less interesting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    You might walk away from this series thinking that the case was correctly solved. You might walk away thinking it was merely closed to stop a race war from destroying the city. But you will definitely walk away with a clearer picture of why this story remains such a vital part of Atlanta’s history. It still feels like its final chapter has yet to be written.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Brian Tallerico
    “Cursed Films” isn’t some cheapo scare tactic, focusing just as much on human stories and on-set details as it does the rumors of curses and bad karma around these movies. The result is more than just a fun trivia piece but odes to the power of each of these movies, both cursed and merely mortal.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Brian Tallerico
    Overall, it’s a bit of a mixed-bag—so much sketch comedy is, especially in the first season—with some sketches going on way past their breaking point, but there’s an unabashed willingness to be ridiculous that marks the best moments in this six-episode run.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 37 Brian Tallerico
    Perhaps this is simply a story better suited to a well-researched magazine article or a news segment, but after four hours of watching “How to Fix a Drug Scandal,” I still don’t really feel like I know it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Brian Tallerico
    The fact that the U.S. government wasted so much time and resources poorly trying to push into one corner of this behemoth of corruption and greed is the real story here. And it’s well-told.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Brian Tallerico
    Offering complex, character-driven drama that will linger in your head long after it’s over less for what it says about our past and more for what it’s trying to warn us regarding our future.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Brian Tallerico
    “The Most Dangerous Animal of All” starts off in a frustrating manner, especially for those of us who know a great deal about this case, but eventually becomes a portrait of obsession and the true horror of that which we can never really know.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    Brilliant. ... The writing on this show is so smart in that the characters don’t all sound like mouthpieces from the same writing team as happens on most mediocre sitcoms. ... There’s a theory that TV and film needs to always be about people with lives more interesting than our own. What Pamela Adlon understands is that there’s equal value in presenting people as truthfully as possible, and thereby allowing us to see our own interesting lives reflected.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Brian Tallerico
    The stunningly ambitious “Devs,” a great show that’s almost impossible to write about in a review. ... It’s ultimately an unforgettable and rewarding experience, and one that I really hope people are talking about and writing about once everything has been put on the table. ... One of the best new shows in a long time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Brian Tallerico
    Being a teenager is pretty cliched, so it becomes more about the character work within that construct on a show like this one. “I Am Not Okay with This” works so well because of how deftly the creators and cast balance those character beats with a breakneck plot that unfolds in only about 140 minutes.

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