Chris Bennion

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For 28 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Chris Bennion's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 My Brilliant Friend: Season 3
Lowest review score: 20 Young Wallander: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
28 tv reviews
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    • 60 Chris Bennion
    A Whole Lifetime is an enjoyable snack for Demetriou fans but one that leaves you with the feeling of “yes, and what now?” and the suspicion that, if only for a short moment, another writer needs to take hold of Demetriou’s natural pathos and unforced mania, and force him into a different shape.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Chris Bennion
    The Curse is an old riff, being played lovingly and skillfully, over a record you’ve heard many times before.
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    • 60 Chris Bennion
    Harris has become Top Gear’s purring engine and it’s perhaps no coincidence that as each series passes, his delivery and presentation style becomes a little more Clarkson. ... Harris’s enthusiasm for the track, for the cars, for the local racing drivers, was lovely to watch. But it was fleeting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Chris Bennion
    Occasionally it is maddening, but there is true satisfaction in watching the pieces of Horowitz’s puzzle click into place. ... Submit yourself to all of the tongue-in-cheek genre tomfoolery, however, and it’s a terrific series with enough in-jokes to keep any armchair detective happy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Chris Bennion
    With an enormous ensemble cast, perhaps the Duffers felt they needed four hours to give everyone their due, which they almost do to perfection.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Bennion
    It goes without saying that it is a show with a strong flavour and it won’t be for everyone, but Atlanta is a true great of the form, making other comedy-dramas feel like the toy you get inside a Kinder Egg. Atlanta is the Great American Novel trapped inside a flatscreen TV.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Chris Bennion
    It has its cake, it eats it, and you may as well enjoy the spectacle.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Chris Bennion
    Too much? Not a bit of it. Stranger Things is a 1980s Americana theme park, and it is all the better when it embraces that fact.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Chris Bennion
    The Pentaverate is a cavalcade of toilet humour that deserves nothing more than to be flushed away. Groovy, baby. Not.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Chris Bennion
    If you were hoping that this six-part thriller, based on Sarah Vaughan’s bestseller, was going to be the sort of handsome, gripping but semi-brainless fluff you could gobble up over a couple of cool spring evenings, then fear not – it very much is. ....There’s plenty to irk you if you came here for serious drama.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Chris Bennion
    This is a head-spinning meta-watch that simply cannot be missed. That there, playing the president of Ukraine, you remind yourself, is the president of Ukraine.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Bennion
    Sublime television. And not a cliffhanger or kitchen island in sight.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Chris Bennion
    Another trite, mawkish, soggy pudding of a series, that wallows in its own cynical slurry pit of emotion and thin-skinned misanthropy.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Chris Bennion
    Goode and Chaiklin dig up plenty of dirt on Lewis and his seemingly dodgy dealings in Costa Rica (including, one acquaintance claims, sleeping with underage girls), but it only adds to the feeling that this is a tawdry affair that leaves no one enlightened. ... It’s a mess.
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    • 100 Chris Bennion
    The cast is exceptional, but we know their rhythms now. ... However, any doubts that the series would not live up to its predecessors is dispelled in the second episode. ... Sublime.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Chris Bennion
    It’s hard to knock a show that strives for sophistication while thumbing its nose at the very idea of sophistication itself. Dave – and Dave – is a maddening muddle, but one with serious talent.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Bennion
    Each early scene seems to take place either in a dusty boardroom or inside a vehicle, with every second conversation taking place over the phone. That Armstrong and his writers make this the stuff of edge-of-seat intrigue is very impressive indeed. ... Armstrong has also reined in the florid language (though not the swearing), which stops this third series from being a pastiche or a greatest hits package. The writing is still the smartest on TV, however.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Chris Bennion
    The critics and the cognoscenti will love this new series as much as they did the last. But don’t let that dissuade you. Robinson is a comic one-off.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Chris Bennion
    The myth is stripped away, the pedestal has the legs sawn off and Burns presents to us Hemingway the man, warts and all. Another great American monument, seen through Burns’s crystal clear eyes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Chris Bennion
    Thunberg has her head screwed on and what the first episode of this series showed, without doubt, is that she does not enjoy the limelight. Her crusade to get governments across the world to take climate change seriously is not about personal adulation or fame. In fact, there were moments here where she seemed to be hating everything about it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Chris Bennion
    Overall, however, it’s a hoot. And a star-making (and Big Bang Theory-shedding) turn from the Golden Globe-nominated Cuoco, who has the requisite magnetism and range of facial tics to make the slip-sliding screwball comedy work. Seatbelts on – it’s an enjoyably turbulent flight.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Chris Bennion
    If you like your crime dramas to come with sweaty palms, this one is irresistible.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Chris Bennion
    Some jokes are sharp and carry Brooker’s acidic wit and giddy surrealism. ... The problem is that most of the jokes – and observations – here, we’ve all already made, lazily, on social media, time and time again.
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    • 80 Chris Bennion
    Tin Star deserves a wider audience, but there’s no doubting that a short, brutal end feels about right.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Chris Bennion
    I Hate Suzie is a glorious mess of ideas, a potent, fizzing monument to the creativity of its makers. Piper will steal the plaudits, and she is magnificent, the camera hugging her face, making it alternately beautiful and grotesque, as we live inside her unravelling mind. However, it is far from a one-woman show, with Ings superb as the scowling, wronged, feckless Cob and Leila Farzad stealing scenes as Suzie’s long-suffering agent. Prebble’s script is typically sharp, occasionally reaching Succession-like heights of jet-black satire.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Chris Bennion
    The script treats the viewers like idiots, signposting every plot point and rolling out exposition in inert question-and-answer scenes. Someone literally says “the plot thickens” at one point. They’re not being ironic. Even the incidental dialogue, of which there is copious amounts, is stiff as a board.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Chris Bennion
    The characters are so well-drawn, and bedded in, that being back in their company is a delight, while some scenes hint at the show’s glory days. ... If there’s an air of filler about it, it floats by on an endless stream of one-liners from Fey and Carlock, who have long buried some risqué material under Kimmy Schmidt’s cutesy-poo exterior. Some moments, however, stick out like a sore thumb.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Chris Bennion
    The cast is strong, though it is Greig and Walter who hold the screen and pull you into the story, so much more than the vainglorious and self-serving men. ... So, it’s not Downton Abbey. It feels too much of a satisfying, self-contained story to run for 52 episodes. But it’s fun, frothy and fabulous looking and, just by coincidence, will fill that Downton-shaped hole on a Sunday night very nicely.

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