Danette Chavez

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For 107 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Danette Chavez's Scores

Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Legion: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Insatiable: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 107
  2. Negative: 2 out of 107
107 tv reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    The cast is owed a lot of credit for keeping the momentum going and the series grounded. ... Though its messaging gets muddled—especially in the sixth episode, which should raise the question of whether some symbols are too entrenched in violent, racist history to ever be repurposed or otherwise subverted—Watchmen is commendably bold in its dive into this country’s fraught past and present.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Danette Chavez
    As it turns out, an hour and 40 minutes is at once plenty of time to cram in a season’s worth of family drama—starting with Maura’s will and the realization that Shelly and her kids never really knew Maura’s wishes, certainly not in life—and not quite enough to keep some characters from getting the narrative short shrift.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Danette Chavez
    Bold and gorgeous. ... Undone’s singularly captivating visual style is always in service of its deeply affecting story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    The dialogue is just as heavy-handed about passing along stats about sexual-assault reporting as any episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. But its strength of focus keeps even the more formulaic parts from becoming stale. The series is just as invested in how survivors cope—and the socially acceptable ways in which to do so—as it is in how law enforcement can let them down.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Danette Chavez
    As it stands, season one offers an outline for the type of show Carnival Row wants to be—mixed genres and all—instead of the Thrones successor Amazon is banking on with an early renewal.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    The exceptional cast handles the tonal shifts and more absurd developments with aplomb, but they can’t keep the season from losing steam in its final two episodes. When the wheels come off, it makes for an exciting stretch, but what follows feels a tad anticlimatic. It’s a quibble, though.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    The season only sputters in the second half; it doesn’t go off the rails. By then, it’s set up a number of storylines with great potential, which all converge to do more than entertain.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    Where many Netflix series either lose steam or snap into place in their back half; here, it’s much more difficult to declare the first five episodes stronger, as there standout episodes in the both halves, as well as more standard entries sprinkled throughout. ... Despite that unevenness, GLOW continues to be one of the best shows about show business.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    Everything about the production of Right Now is incredibly well considered, from the special’s more intimate setting (at least, compared to MSG) to Ansari’s casual wardrobe to Jonze’s choice to remain onstage with the comedian, where he personally captures even the briefest of pauses. His energy shifts up and down, but his act-outs—which run the gamut from impersonating performers of “wokeness” to succinct racists to his 25-year-old self—remain a reliable source of humor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Danette Chavez
    Pose applies the lessons learned from real-world history as well as its own to deliver a second season that’s just as lovingly crafted as its first, but with even grander spectacle and greater urgency—and in so doing, makes wearing your heart on your sleeve look downright fashionable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    Though its focus is more scattered this time around, Big Little Lies recaptures much of the magic of the first season, especially in the performances. ... Kelley is once again writing every episode, it seems, so the barbs are just as acidic, often more so when they’re delivered by Streep, who deftly adjusts Mary Louise’s sparring strategy with each new combatant.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    Good Omens soars when it focuses on the buddy comedy between Aziraphale and Crowley, who are tasked with keeping mortals on the straight and narrow and luring them away from it, respectively, neglect their duties, either by aiding the first couple cast out from Eden, or by partaking of the many wonderful things humans have created. ... It’s when the series looks elsewhere for its drama and humor that it starts to falter.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Danette Chavez
    Although the show occasionally gets tripped up in its world-building, the story it’s telling remains one of the most vital, heartwarming, and fraught on TV.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Danette Chavez
    When it gives itself over to big, loud sequences, L.A.’s Finest comes close to recapturing the bombastic spirit, if not the scale, of Bay’s films (such are the constraints of the small screen). But after blowing the budget on making a good first impression, L.A.’s Finest quickly sinks into mediocrity, unable to offer the same kind of big-screen thrills in a weekly format, or find much of anything new to say about odd couples and pasts that won’t stay hidden.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Danette Chavez
    Tuca & Bertie takes some time to find its rhythm, but once it does, it soars. Guest stars like Nicole Byer (who is a repertory company unto herself), Laverne Cox, Isabella Rossellini, Reggie Watts, and Awkwafina (as the Time’s Up-chanting breast) make an indelible impression, but Haddish and Wong’s performance are just as singular and key to the show’s success as Hanawalt’s surreal flourishes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Danette Chavez
    There is a winning comedy along the lines of The Golden Girls and a poignant coming-of-middle-age story like Better Things hidden in Dead To Me; the real mystery is why they aren’t the focus of the show.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    There are worse things than ambition, which The Chi also explores, but the show would benefit from joining its characters on the stoop to take it all in.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    The very nature of the anthology series allows for reinvention, and the reboot quickly regains ground after an uneven introduction. What’s most important is that the show’s ethos, one that was optimistic even as it shed light on another one of our foibles, remains intact. Disturbing and insightful, The Twilight Zone strips us of most of our bearings even as it offers a grounded center.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    Even when the series misses a beat or two, Bryant’s mega-watt personality keeps it moving. She’s one of the most winsome performers on SNL, and more than capable of holding down her own series; but Bryant and Shrill push beyond a slice-of-life comedy to set Annie on a compelling and hilarious journey.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Danette Chavez
    Now Apocalypse is equally as ambitious [as Kaboom], but not nearly as well executed. Where Araki and Sciortino do succeed, in addition to making sly, poignant commentary about power and relationships, is in subverting expectations, first in giving viewers a queer story that’s a bit fraught, but mostly fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    A harrowing watch, the soaring orchestral score from Chad Hobson providing a jarring counterpoint to Robson and Safechuck’s graphic accounts of the abuse they say they suffered from Jackson over several years. ... The documentary maker’s credulity is valiant, but it also prevents Leaving Neverland from achieving the same scope as his other works like Three Days Of Terror (another HBO production) or his Emmy-nominated documentary, Terror In Mumbai.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Danette Chavez
    ODAAT has long since perfected its mix of in-the-moment humor and issues-based storytelling, so we get great visual gags (think Dr. B posing as a matador for Lydia) and gentle teasing about baby queer Elena’s boundless enthusiasm--which culminates in the wearing of a “heart-butt” hat--along with heartfelt moments of discovery and vulnerability.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    Pen15 is too, uh, long—the premises for the first four episodes in particular could easily been merged into just two installments. It’s at the halfway mark that Pen15 grows into an equally affecting and raunchy coming-of-age story, demonstrating that middle school isn’t any easier to navigate with hindsight.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Danette Chavez
    Unlike so many puzzle-box shows, Russian Doll doesn’t rely on its twists and clues, though there are plenty of those, all expertly deployed across each of its eight exquisite half-hour installments. ... Russian Doll’s investment in its characters makes it a binge-worthy show that demands an immediate rewatch.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Danette Chavez
    Black Earth Rising’s focus on moving outward, on widening the scope of the investigations and recriminations to put the whole system on trial, is admirable, but in so doing, the series loses sight of its lead character. The story starts and ends with Kate, but after eight hours, we still have little sense of how she’s coping with survivor’s guilt, mental illness, navigating two cultures, or any of the fallout from challenging rich white men who live on estates with driveways the size of football fields.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    Palmer does have an easy chemistry with Goode. Their shared excitement over every discovery, scientific or otherwise, keeps us invested in the story even when it’s just some carefully worded nonsense. Most important, their relationship is an equitable one, one that’s built on trust, which is far more romantic than a certain sparkly vision that came before it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Danette Chavez
    Roswell, New Mexico’s interpersonal drama works better than the run-of-the-mill mystery about a sister Liz realizes she may never have truly known.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    Patriot Act, an appealing comedy-talk show hybrid from longtime collaborators Hasan Minhaj and Prashanth Venkataramanujam, isn’t going to singlehandedly swing things Netflix’s way, but it is the streamer’s best offering yet in the genre. ... The result is an engrossing mix of deep dives, personal asides, and current events, all delivered with Minhaj’s winning aplomb.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    This corner of Hell’s Kitchen has provided thrills on a reliable basis, even when legions of faceless fighters cluttered up the screen, but thanks to a new creative team, they’re more than a welcome distraction. Matt’s body and will may have been broken by Defenders, but Daredevil’s third season is a return to form.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    Aguirre-Sacasa applies a light touch all around, building up the bigger themes without sacrificing character-driven moments--and without giving into the excessive twists that threw Riverdale off course in its sophomore season.

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