Caroline Framke

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For 229 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Caroline Framke's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Russian Doll: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 The Proposal: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 229
229 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    By the end of its first two episodes, a newcomer might not have a better idea of what ballroom is, exactly, but they should be sufficiently wowed by the talent on display. ... Where “Legendary” falters is with its contestants. ... With so much rich history to draw from, and with so many viewers likely coming into this world cold, “Legendary” would have benefitted from devoting more time to the brilliant people and innovations that make it possible.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    For all the heft behind it, “Space Force” should be an easy win. Ten episodes later, however, it’s safer to say that “Space Force” is really just okay.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Caroline Framke
    If Elmo and his benevolently gormless brand isn’t your thing, his “not too late show” might not be, either. But if you’re in need of a quick distraction while wrestling your kid in and out of the bath, you could do a lot worse than letting Elmo take the reins for a minute.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Caroline Framke
    “Love Life’s” meandering uncertainty about its story leads to a great-looking show wobbly in a way a cabler graded on quality every time would likely force to refine and redefine. As it stands, though, “Love Life” is a piece of content that makes for amiable company and that doesn’t stand out as particularly grievous; as part of a library graded on capacity rather than curation, it fits right in.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    “Quiz” goes back and presents an alternate version of events it’s already portrayed, showing us all the ways in which editing a story to better fit a narrative might transform it completely. It’s a risky gambit, and one that frankly works better on a second viewing when you can better appreciate all the winks Graham layered in from the start. But when it does come together, “Quiz” is as compelling as the show that first inspired it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    “Kimmy vs. The Reverend” is impressively smart about how it tangles and untangles its narrative depending on what you choose to do with it. There are clear throughlines and traditional A/B/C storylines, but they all morph as you map them out and eventually dovetail into each other with surprising ease, no matter which paths you choose.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    “The Great” straddles the line between period drama and slapstick comedy with acrobatic ease. ... The cast is uniformly strong, and the series’ brisk and deliberate pacing makes sure to let each central actor show it (and luxuriate in McNamara’s uniquely spiky dialogue, besides).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    “Solar Opposites” proves to be more about leaning into slapstick abandon than finding anything particularly revelatory to say beyond the fact that humans are pretty weird and annoying (which, well, is fair enough).
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Caroline Framke
    Director Crystal Moselle and writer Lesley Arfin get to not only explore their lives in more detail, but indulge in more visual and narrative grace notes that make falling into the Bettys’ world that much easier and more immersive. ... Every actor is the kind of good that’s harder to absorb at first; they’re so immediately comfortable in their roles and rhythms that the show often feels more like a documentary than a scripted show. But it is, and an especially well-plotted one given that it only has six episodes to give everyone a decently satisfying arc.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Caroline Framke
    With its trifecta of elegant writing, directing, and acting, Hulu’s “Normal People” is just as bleak and uncompromising as Rooney’s novel — a feat, and one that takes several episodes to fully absorb. In fact, it took me until about halfway through to understand just how much it was affecting me. ... As Marianne and Connell’s relationship grows deeper, “Normal People” becomes as immersive as the book that inspired it, making you both crave and dread knowing — or perhaps more accurately, experiencing — what happens next.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    With enough self-awareness and empathetic acting to ground and elevate it, “Never Have I Ever” makes for a smart, refreshing, and frankly overdue change of pace.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Caroline Framke
    Largely strips it of the appeal that first made it such a phenomenon to begin with. ... This edition of the show isn’t a pressure cooker; it’s a neighborhood barbecue feigning familiarity in a fancy zipcode.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    Despite being careful to balance the screen time between factions, “Mrs. America” isn’t nearly as convincing, or even half as energetic, in its depiction of the Republican grassroots movement than it is in its liberal counterparts. The series may be fascinated by Schlafly and her various arms of power, but it never quite proves that it understands them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Caroline Framke
    “Run” does, however, suffer from leaning too hard on its leads’ (admittedly scorching) chemistry rather than tightening its story, which quickly takes some needlessly complicated turns. ... It doesn’t hurt that Wever and Gleeson make a five-course meal out of every stolen glance, buoyed by Gleeson’s lethally charming portrayal of Billy’s neuroses and Wever tearing into Ruby’s latent fury with palpable relish.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    Whenever Hilde’s on-screen, the show is a gumshoe adventure, sometimes even with lovely animated interludes to explain backstory, or Hilde closing her eyes to remember a clue in her apparently photographic memory and applying Sherlock Holmes-style deduction. Whenever the spotlight is on Matt, it turns into a grittier tale of faded dreams, childhood trauma and corruption. It’s “The Goonies” by way of “Serial,” a no doubt attractive pitch that nonetheless has trouble establishing a steady voice of its own until deep into its first 10-episode season.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Caroline Framke
    Though the story begins with their respective love for their animals, “Tiger King” quickly devolves into the complex and downright bizarre tale of the rivalry between Joe Exotic and Baskin, the outsize characters of the big cat collecting world, and the dangerous cults of personality that fuel all of the above.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    With enough warmth and humor to keep its heavier subject matter afloat, “Feel Good” feels lowkey, insightful and real in a way that so much of TV tries to be, but rarely achieves quite like this — and yes, it also can feel pretty damn good.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Caroline Framke
    “Motherland” combines too many ideas in order to make one wildly confusing show that, despite its insistence otherwise, struggles to understand what “empowerment” actually means.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    An unusually thoughtful, perceptive series, taking the interiority of teenage girls and women seriously while immersing its audience in a specific culture that, nonetheless, feels all too painfully familiar.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Caroline Framke
    “Twenties” is a solid coming-of-age comedy that makes a concerted effort to develop its own rhythm and visual style to set it apart.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Caroline Framke
    Thanks to its creative team and solid performers, “Breeders” is a reliable comedy that hits all the beats one might expect from its “parenting, but more honest” premise. This adherence to predictable plots is also what keeps “Breeders” from being much more interesting than that.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    This lackluster execution of a potentially interesting idea haunts “I’m Not Okay With This” in more ways than one. The two standout story twists — i.e. Sydney’s powers and understanding of her father’s death — develop too slowly given that the season only has seven episodes in which to explore them.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Caroline Framke
    It can all be overwhelming, but Segel weaves in enough insights on human longing to keep the chase compelling beyond its often confusing clues.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Caroline Framke
    Once the series gets past some of its blunter instincts, it reveals some real nuance. While the stories of Ana, Eric, and Chris develop in interesting ways over the season’s 10 episodes, the most compelling storyline belongs to their grandfather and the intergenerational conflicts over Boyle Heights’ rapid gentrification.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Caroline Framke
    The first two episodes of “Duncanville” reveal a show with solid voice acting (including a surprise turn from Wiz Khalifa as a cool teacher scootering around the cafeteria) that has a decent handle on its setting and characters, especially its teen ones just trying to get through the day without literally stumbling face-first into blistering embarrassment. It’s just too soon to tell how much longevity it might have given the strength of the lineup it’s now slotted into.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    The first three chapters are particularly strong, especially as they examine areas of media coverage like news reports, reality shows, soap operas and talk shows, all of which have heretofore been underserved in the larger conversation about LGBTQ+ representation on TV. ... As could be reasonably expected, the last two episodes that creep closer to the present aren’t nearly as focused as the first three, without the advantage of greater distance from its subjects to reflect.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Caroline Framke
    “Cherish the Day,” a new OWN series from multi-hyphenate Ava DuVernay, ostensibly has all the pieces to make a satisfying romance, and an intriguing structural premise, but nonetheless has trouble gelling altogether.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    Netflix’s “Locke and Key” works, but it also feels like the inevitable product of the streaming network’s own algorithm. It feels so calibrated to what’s already worked for Netflix that it ultimately feels more safe than anything else.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Caroline Framke
    It would be enough for “Mythic Quest” to be funny, and it is. But in taking on the complex, under-examined world of video gaming, the creative team gave themselves a rich area in which their wild, clever, selfish characters can bounce around unlike any other currently on TV.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    As a whole, “Hillary” is a fittingly messy, compelling portrait of an equally messy, compelling person with some moments that will no doubt provide even more fodder for the endless speculation about her private thoughts and motivations. But it could have been so much more.

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