Caroline Framke

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For 346 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Caroline Framke's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 The Proposal: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 346
346 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    The Disney Plus “Hawkeye” is too beholden to the larger MCU as a guiding narrative force and generic house style of filming to truly find its own voice as Fraction’s “Hawkeye” once did.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Caroline Framke
    While it initially lucked into a charismatic cast that captured the nation’s attention at a truly unique moment in history, at its core, “Tiger King” is a middling true-crime series on a streaming service chock full of the same, that furthermore lacks the attention span to dig deeper into the crucial context of its many, many stories.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    [Adele] went into the Winfrey interview ready to say what she wanted to say, and not a single thing more. ... It was genuinely fascinating to watch Winfrey contend with a subject who truly does not seem to care about what most celebrities care about. ... As breathtaking as the aerial shots of the observatory were, they wouldn’t have been half as effective without the towering voice soaring right alongside them. She reminded the world why she’s become such an icon.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    Don’t be fooled by its teen show trappings: “Yellowjackets” is a pitch black parable of human desperation that will creep its way under your skin given the chance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Caroline Framke
    The mashup of R-rated jokes, thrilling sexual adventures and feel-good friendship stories that generally defines “The Sex Lives of College Girls” works for Leighton, Bela, and Kimberly. Where it falls short is with Whitney.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    It’s a smart showcase for a talented actor who seizes it with both hands, giving the rom-com genre a jolt as welcome as it is overdue.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Caroline Framke
    As “Invasion” hops from storyline to storyline to yet another storyline, its blunt dialogue and characterizations fail to make any of its disparate threads as immediately compelling as its scattered narrative needs to stay afloat.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Caroline Framke
    In its most basic iteration, “Maya and the Three” could have been a cute enough story of a plucky girl who saves the world. What a treat, then, to watch as the show digs deeper, reaches farther, and takes bigger leaps to explore more complicated terrain. It’s an epic, in all senses of the word, with a palpable love for its world that proves hard to resist.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    The pilot episode of “Queens” is efficient, dramatic and intriguing without feeling overstuffed, which is a feat given its many intersecting plotlines. In that respect, too, the core acting foursome of “Queens” bring crucial skill and personality.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Caroline Framke
    “Guilty Party,” which swings from black comedy to high-stakes drama without finding its desired sweet spot somewhere in between, just keeps giving in to Beth’s worse instincts without giving its audience any real reasons to care if she ever succeeds.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Caroline Framke
    Watching people in their twenties and thirties struggle to remember details of a legend and assemble the once iconic silver monkey only highlights how basic this show really is. It’s probably just as well that the CW appears to be targeting an audience that already knows and likes what “Legends of the Hidden Temple” is about, since it’s hard to imagine anyone else tuning in for long.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    “Acapulco” boasts enough sharp characterizations to make its gentle screwball comedy ping pong around the hotel with effervescent ease.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Caroline Framke
    It’s admittedly rare for a sitcom to find its feet as quickly as the American “Ghosts” does, no doubt because it’s got a fairly malleable outline to follow that’s already proven successful. So while it’s genuinely jarring to watch this iteration of “Ghosts” if you’ve seen its British inspiration, if you have not [seen the original] … well, it’s charming enough to merit sticking around, anyway, especially as it begins to find its own way in a third episode completely divorced from the show’s source material.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Caroline Framke
    In its initial outing, not a whole lot of “The Problem” feels particularly surprising or brand new. Its most immediately compelling aspect, then, is the restless undercurrent thrumming throughout. ... Its best moments come from pushing past its first “what the fuck?!” instinct to the bigger, thornier question of, “what now?”
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    Throughout the first four episodes of the season’s eight in total, “BMF” defaults to distracting “vintage” filters and scattershot storytelling that often threaten to flatten the setting and characters that might otherwise make it unique.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    If “La Brea” [flies off the rails like CBS' Zoo], it just might find a loyal audience of people willing to go with it to the ends of the bizarro earth and back. If it remains determined to take itself very seriously, though, the bland procedural lurking underneath just might swallow it up.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    Yes, it can be self-indulgent, meandering and more complicated than need be. But that feels somewhat inevitable, given the scope of the task at hand. That “Foundation” is otherwise nimble and engaging, even for those unfamiliar with the work that first inspired it, is down to its willingness to buck the Cleons’ line of wisdom and change with the times.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Caroline Framke
    Dear White People is, in other words, one of the most confident new TV comedies I’ve ever seen--and that confidence is what ends up making it so compelling.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Caroline Framke
    It’s frustrating to watch this one not only throw everything at the wall to see what sticks, but fail to give its characters enough space to be people outside of the twists defining their lives from second to salacious second. “Our Kind of People” has plenty of intrigue inherent in its premise and location without having to make its ever-changing plots the stars of the show.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    At least in the first episode, Lachey proves a perfectly solid center of gravity in her first leading series role; it will be interesting to see how much the show pushes her outside her comfort zone, if at all. ... If you’re already a fan, it’s worth giving a shot. If not, there are plenty of other shows in the sea.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Caroline Framke
    With a steady hand, the series details the ins and outs of Ali’s unparalleled boxing career, his significance as an unapologetic Black Muslim, and his singular place in history as a lightning rod who never shied away from the storm. ... But it’s hard to begrudge the directors too much for rushing at the end when the rest of the series is so thoughtful and thorough, bringing fresh insight to a story so many think they already know.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Caroline Framke
    If you’re someone who grew up in the same Chicago as Diane and Daniel, maybe “Chicago Party Aunt” will appeal to your knee-jerk “hey, I know that place!” sensibilities. If not, there are plenty of other animated show dirtbags out there who can give you more of a reason to root for them, even if by just providing the slightest hint of a twist on the most expected jokes they could make.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    It takes itself too seriously to allow for many other emotions beyond “desperate” and “grieving.” ... Even while furiously grieving, human beings are able to laugh, flirt, and dream bigger than our circumstances might allow. “Y: The Last Man” acknowledging as much wouldn’t betray the genre, but enrich its own reality to become more recognizably poignant — and, yes, harrowing — than the monochromatic pain to which it otherwise defaults.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Caroline Framke
    Charli D’Amelio is the kind of famous that means she’s either completely swarmed by attention or completely ignored, depending on who’s looking. It’s a genuinely strange, fascinating dynamic for a docuseries to explore — and yet, not one that this doc is either interested in or well equipped to handle. Instead, “The D’Amelio Show” settles for a general peek behind the curtain that focuses on the basic frustrations of sudden fame. ... Probably won’t be compelling to an audience beyond preexisting fans.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Caroline Framke
    Taking itself too seriously to be camp, but not seriously enough to avoid some of TV’s most obvious traps, the series struggles so hard to juggle every storyline it tackles that the scripts often force characters to be the most obvious versions of themselves.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    “Only Murders” delights in its many (rather predictable) twists, but moreso in the chemistry between its three leads. ... The intricacies of the people and setting of “Only Murders” are what ultimately make the show such a pleasure to dive into, and so easy to marathon without necessarily intending to.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    [Rosa Salazar] imbues every [scene] with vivid emotion that almost — almost — grounds the show’s self-consciously weird reality. Any time “Brand New Cherry Flavor” gets specific about Lisa’s pain, it comes close to working. Too often, it loses her personality and motivation to Boro’s jungle, Lou’s ego, or the omnipresent viscera of her own blood and guts betraying her along the way.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    “The Chair” manages to demonstrate the layers at play for both factions without feeling like it’s equivocating too much to have any real bite.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Caroline Framke
    “Mr. Corman” has trouble finding much of anything new to say about the overwhelming ennui of a thirtysomething year-old man feeling stuck in his own boring life.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Caroline Framke
    “FBoy Island” isn’t totally unaware of how bonkers it is, as evidenced by Glaser’s pointed jokes about the cast’s macho nonsense and the fact that eliminated “f-boys” get exiled to a beach shack labeled “Limbro.” But it also never quite interrogates its own premise enough for it to make much sense, either. ... Every episode brings a new set of arbitrary rules and allowances for when the contestants don’t feel like adhering to them; by the fifth episode, practically the entire premise crumbles in front of our very eyes.

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