Carol Midgley

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For 170 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Carol Midgley's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 This Is Going To Hurt: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 Cooking With Paris (2021): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 170
  2. Negative: 1 out of 170
170 tv reviews
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    • 40 Carol Midgley
    Amsterdam did look nice as the detectives rushed about trying to solve the Baruch Spinoza-themed mystery, but the plot was hokum.
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    • 60 Carol Midgley
    There’s a lot to like but a lot that could do with dialling down.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Carol Midgley
    The Newsreader was, is, a joy to watch, and this is mainly down to Anna Torv who plays with fabulous nuance Helen, a talented, takes-no-crap TV newsreader in an Australian newsroom in the 1980s, suffering sexism, male hostility and panic attacks.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Carol Midgley
    [An invisible cyberwar with Russia is] a terrifying prospect, and one that he [creator Peter Kosminsky] has brought pretty effectively to the screen without succumbing to the temptation to make the main characters swashbuckling or glamorous.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Carol Midgley
    A buzzy, zippy, thoughtful feast of a film with a well-selected collection of tributes and observations.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Carol Midgley
    It’s a show that reminds us how very brave bomb disposal officers are. I’m just not sure yet if long sequences watching wires being snipped in bathrooms makes for very good telly. We’ll see. At least McClure, who I thought always got the worst lines in LoD, has centre stage here and, after a slow start, there’s enough to keep watching — for now.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Carol Midgley
    This is intriguing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Carol Midgley
    Brazenly gorges on the Marvel fandom hype but which even this old fogey can see totally works as a TV show (although do note that I’m not a Marvel-comic reader. Purists may dislike its deviations from the source).
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    • 60 Carol Midgley
    Yes, much of it is clearly scripted, but Flintoff, Harris and McGuinness seem genuinely to get on and find each other funny. When they repeatedly slapped each other's faces in a childish game of snap it felt spontaneous, a tiny bit fetishistic, and I did actually laugh.
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    • 80 Carol Midgley
    The good news is that the second series came firing on all cylinders and teeming with quality awkwardness and filth.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Carol Midgley
    The premise may not be totally original and the plot occasionally daft but Chloe feels crisp and new and Doherty is like a breath of fresh air.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Carol Midgley
    This jaw-dropping series bringing dinosaurs to life is so immersive, so real, that you feel you are there, peering through a portal into an age that blows the mind.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Carol Midgley
    It's an uneven watch, however, with some things working well (such as their domestic bickering) and others not so well.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Carol Midgley
    The BBC adaptation is excellent and Whishaw is a joy to watch.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Carol Midgley
    Gentleman Jack seemed intent on boring [viewers] to death. I like this show but, for the love of God, if I have to hear another word about railway shares or double canal locks or the Navigation Acts I will slip into a coma. How Suranne Jones remembers all these tedious lines and delivers them perfectly is a miracle. She could, though, do with dialling down the redoubtable marching, the gurning and the brusque checking of her pocket watch, because Anne Lister is in danger of caricature.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Carol Midgley
    I struggled to care about this meandering story, which involved John Bishop looking as if he'd fallen on hard times and gone into panto in a pirate costume from Aldi.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Carol Midgley
    Any writer who tackles Christie takes a risk, but Laurie's effort was classy and luscious, if a little lengthy at three hours. You could do far worse than lose yourself in this over the long Easter weekend.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Carol Midgley
    What makes Ridley Road a joy to watch is not only the stellar cast, but the storytelling, and the great one-liners of Vivien's mother (played by Samantha Spiro).
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Carol Midgley
    I found the second of this two-parter the more compelling. Part one feels like an extended curtain-raiser.
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    • 80 Carol Midgley
    The Split isn't perfect, often too polished for its own good, and many characters too cold to like much. ... But that teeth-itchingly awkward restaurant meal, in which Hannah clearly wanted to stab her smug love rival Kate with her chopsticks, was absolutely delicious. I don't blame her. Who calls children "little people"? I think this is The Split giving us clear permission to hate Kate.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Carol Midgley
    It was not at all what I expected, which was a stats and sport-heavy “groin strain” of a drama from which I would frequently zone out like I do whenever someone mentions golf. It was the opposite: flash, brash, blowsy, cheesy, bosomy (literally), vulgar, “fun” — and extremely pleased with itself, the drama equivalent of a loud, busty barmaid in a seaside postcard.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Carol Midgley
    While [A Very English Scandal] was an effervescent, almost feelgood trot through Thorpe's Old Bailey trial, this feels bleaker and sadder. ... [A] series which gets better with each episode.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Carol Midgley
    The performances of Bailey and Ashley are good, and make the series more substantial. Let's not get carried away, though: it's still candy-floss flimsy much of the time and packed with frocks, froth and cliche, but it is moreish, a splash of jolliness, glam and colour in a grim world (its timing is excellent).
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Carol Midgley
    When Lesley Sharp stars in something it behoves you to watch. Although I'm not sure her character, weather-beaten detective Hannah, who was having an affair with Sean, is very convincing.
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    • 60 Carol Midgley
    Now on series two and still a bit patchy, but with occasional nuggets of gold. There is quality black humour to be found here and few no-go areas.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Carol Midgley
    A powerful, troubling documentary.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Carol Midgley
    You may not feel much in the mood for comedy but it really is worth watching. Not least because it reminds us, both in fiction and fact, that "non-politicians" can make great leaders, and sometimes "populism" works.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Carol Midgley
    Adele simply has an astonishingly good voice and seems nice along with it. And if you are a fan of her music then there is no question that this would have been a treat.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Carol Midgley
    It is stunning, gorgeously acted and directed and, though it’s still early days, looks likely to be the best series yet. I would have given episode one five stars were it not for the fact that Lenu’s friend, Lila, played by Gaia Girace, wasn’t in it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Carol Midgley
    Seyfried did a good job of conveying the complex hubris of Holmes, who, while flouting the rules, did enough to be credible and show how her charisma convinced lots of rich people. ... The drama's tactics were less nuanced.

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