Caroline Framke

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For 150 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Caroline Framke's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Atlanta: Season 2
Lowest review score: 10 The Proposal: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 150
  2. Negative: 5 out of 150
150 tv reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    With its purposefully odd rhythms and blunt turns, “Los Espookys” won’t be for everyone — but it doesn’t have to be. Just as Renaldo found people who revere the art of the bizarre as much as he does, I have a feeling “Los Espookys” will find its audience that appreciates the same.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    This show isn’t an easy watch, nor a particularly pleasant one. It’s often brash and blunt, defiantly refusing to tie up loose ends or let its characters take easy ways out. But just like the teens it depicts with such staggering candor, once you get past its immediate attempts to hold the audience at arms length, “Euphoria” has an undeniable pull that makes it too intriguing to ignore.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Caroline Framke
    All the actors rip into their storylines with the depth we’ve come to expect, and all their characters’ reactions to the events of last season track (Bonnie especially has no reason to trust these women who never offered her the same courtesy before). Nonetheless, the beginning of this season suffers from separating them so much.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    The acting wasn’t flawless and the rhythms of the 1970s comedy occasionally felt jarring on a 2019 stage. But the special was so overwhelmingly dedicated to the fun of the conceit and the enduring accuracy of the punchlines that any technical nitpicks I had quickly faded from memory. ... TV could frankly do a whole lot worse than gathering talented performers to tackle smart, topical comedy with such visceral joy that they’re practically vibrating off the screen. That the material remains so stubbornly timely is a bonus.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    Despite its attempts to do something new with a well-worn genre, its blunt attempts to shock are somehow both predictable and confusing all at once. Not even vengeful ghost children and hallucinatory murders can make this one all that memorable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Caroline Framke
    This isn’t the kind of show that’s trying to reinvent the wheel so much as go for a joyride that can be thrilling even if the destination is clear all along. Throw in some splashy mythology, handsomely shot setpieces on location in Rome and Morocco, and entertaining performances from Fehr, Paras, and a bumbling Michael James Shaw, and you’ve got yourself a solid distraction to turn to in the general desert that is TV’s summer programming.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Caroline Framke
    “The Society” rarely takes shortcuts while the teens figure out what it means to build a community from the ground up, and what the dynamics of their old world mean in this new one. Much of the series’ best material comes when the characters have to confront their privilege or lack thereof. ... Few of the characters register as particularly compelling beyond their loglines; not even the aforementioned time jump, usually a storytelling device meant to shake things up, does all that much to meaningfully shift anyone’s particular arc.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Caroline Framke
    With each episode clocking in at less than 21 minutes, the show struggles to go deeply enough into everything it pursues, leaving viewers with little more than an impression of the complex communities Klepper visits each week. But he’s clearly in awe of them.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Caroline Framke
    A rare treat of a show. ... Hanawalt finally gets to play in a sandbox entirely of her own making, and the results are as weird as they are wonderful. ... They’re animated birds that are nonetheless recognizably human, and it’s a joy to watch them mess up and around as so few women ever get to do onscreen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    Rather than bursting into shocking twists, writer Craig Mazin and director Johan Renck build a steadily creeping unease, allowing the scale of the atrocity to sink in with terrible, fitting gravity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Caroline Framke
    The trouble with “Gentleman Jack” is that for all its confidence in scenes of Anne issuing blistering comeuppances to unworthy men and gorgeous declarations of love to hesitant woman, it’s unsure how to go about everything else. With a full hour to fill per episode, the show makes glancing attempts to flesh out the remaining characters that never quite connect.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Caroline Framke
    The structure of the show, which leans hard on cliffhangers and the charm of its leads, keeps it zipping along; every episode ends with enough immediate intrigue that letting it autoplay into the next quickly becomes second nature. But by the end, its persistent attempts to surprise us dulls the impact of its overall story.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Caroline Framke
    Bell and Shepard are fun together, but their enthusiasm can’t quite distract from the fact that, for a show about a couple uprooting their livelihoods to move halfway across the country, the stakes here are remarkably low.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    It traces the many infuriating ways that bad circumstances and luck can destroy lives, as well as the transformative, miraculous relief a simple act of kindness can bring. Valjean’s journey of learned compassion is the starkest example of it, but most every character in “Les Misérables” experiences similar awakenings. How good, then, to have a version that has the room and wherewithal to let them.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Caroline Framke
    If the series were given more time to tell his story, it would be fascinating and even more satisfying to see where O’Connell might take it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    Every time Attenborough pivots from a pleasant description of how some animals live and love in the wild to how they’re living on borrowed time, it’s a jarring transition as excruciating as it is refreshing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Caroline Framke
    In the Dark, to its detriment, is so determined to mash up several cliches into one series that it has real trouble coming together as its own entity.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Caroline Framke
    In the first few episodes of the new season, pretty much everyone in the “Veep” cast gets a moment in which to show off the breadth of their skill, ripping into the show’s signature waterfalls of profanity with relish. ... But 7 seasons in, much of the novelty of “Veep’s” signature viciousness has worn off.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    It’s not hard to imagine that Abby’s could become a welcome regular on NBC’s blossoming comedy schedule given its promising cast and crew. But as it stands right now, show just needs some more time, inventive punchlines, and commitment to what makes it different from what’s come before in order to truly get there.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Caroline Framke
    This is a warmer, fuzzier Project Runway that wants to be for the people instead of decreeing the grand laws of fashion from somewhere above them. So far, that doesn’t make for especially fascinating reality TV, a genre that is usually better off for allowing a little more room for rougher edges. But if the vanguards of the fashion world are truly finding it in their hearts (or at least their savvy business brains) to open the doors for talent and designs alike just a little bit wider, it makes for an intriguing new direction nonetheless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Caroline Framke
    There are several pivotal conflicts that would almost definitely land harder with more room to breathe; in fact, the last episode feels more like a penultimate chapter revving up to something bigger than the finale it actually is. But when Shrill warms up, it sparks in exactly the way that has made West’s fiery writing so satisfying over the years.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    Ramy doesn’t always land every joke; sometimes, it even drops punchlines entirely in order to chase a more contemplative vibe that might not appeal to everyone. But to its credit, Ramy isn’t especially trying to appeal to everyone. Instead, it digs into the specificity of its star’s perspective and experience to deliver something much more unique--and that, more than anything, is what makes it so worthwhile.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Caroline Framke
    When the series focuses on [Charlie and Gabby's] dynamic and Sara’s growing unease with her transient lifestyle, it’s perfectly fine and fun. ... But over its eight episodes, Turn Up Charlie keeps indulging its clumsier instincts. Its broad themes of learning to value others and balance ambition with family spill out in sporadic bursts. Its dialogue gets clumsier and clumsier. ... Its plots get lost in big set pieces and interpersonal DJ drama that’s nowhere near as interesting as the show wants it to be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Caroline Framke
    There’s something to the idea here of accepting how all consuming grief can be, but that message gets lost when the show indulges Tony’s aggressive unpleasantness as much as it does. The turning point comes when someone finally goes ahead and calls Tony out to his face. ... The show and Tony alike turn a welcome corner--but it’s still impossible to tell how self-aware this evolution is on Gervais’ part.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    If the show can find more unique ways of harnessing its star’s power going forward, it might find a more interesting groove. Until then, “The Enemy Within” will remain more of a shrug than a must watch.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Caroline Framke
    Yes, it’s cheesy, but it’s hard to hold that against the show too much when it’s also half the point. ... It also keeps insisting that Will and Frankie have undeniable sexual chemistry, but at least in the two episodes screened for critics, that has yet to prove itself.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Caroline Framke
    Better Things feels a bit freer to be its most audacious self this season. Making the show under extraordinary pressure has, in the end, allowed Adlon to throw up her hands, say anything she wants, get it all out there and succeed entirely on her own terms.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Caroline Framke
    Flack is often too blunt to be as interesting as it palpably wants to be, burying any shred of nuance by underlining its themes in red marker to make sure you can’t miss them.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Caroline Framke
    The anthology style also means that the show’s success is more hit or miss depending on the episode. . ... Weird City’s writing is sharp and self-aware enough (and its casting exciting enough) to at least give it a shot.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Caroline Framke
    A surprising and very funny workplace comedy--complete with coffee runs and co-worker crushes--that happens to take place in Heaven.

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