For 28 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Power's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Mindhunter: Season 2
Lowest review score: 40 Messiah (2020): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
28 tv reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Power
    Messiah is a New Year’s curio that doesn’t know whether it wants to be an esoteric rumination on leadership and hope or a spy romp with New Testament bells on. ... The real twist, however, is how divinely underwhelming the whole thing is.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Power
    All jokes eventually run their course. And Gervais’s committed but thin performance was like the worst sort of Hollywood sequel: brimming with quips and callbacks, lacking anything new or daring.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Power
    Eager to please but confused, Sex Education could do with a stint on the therapist’s couch itself.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Power
    The world can seem awfully dark and frightening nowadays. Modern Love is here to tell us that now and then it’s fine to sink into a scented bath of unabashed optimism, which is what this opening instalment delivers.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Power
    The Umbrella Academy is a reminder caped crusader adaptations can be delightful and insightful along with punch-drunk and deafening. It’s as bonkers as anything – but a brolly good show to boot.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Power
    The world Carnival Row creates is handsomely realised and sufficiently different from Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings etc to feel like its own unique corner of the fantasy universe.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Power
    Colman, by contrast, brilliantly inhabits the Elizabeth we all know and take for granted. There’s something dazzlingly banal about her. ... Tobias Menzies is less convincing. ... Three seasons in, the formula to which The Crown bends the knee is as plain as a huge gem-encrusted headpiece.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Power
    Russian Doll ultimately has an uplifting message about life, death and the importance of human connection. Fans of Brooker-style contrarian technophobia will be underwhelmed. Everyone will be too busy having their cockles warmed to notice.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Power
    Under the laconic chuckles After Life is at once a scorched-earth portrait of grief and an impassioned exhortation to keep living.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Power
    It’s clear The OA is doubling down on its commitment to strangeness for strangeness's sake. All of which makes it a uniquely acquired taste – but also a show that, if you can attune yourself to its batty frequencies, delivers an experience like nothing else on screen.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Power
    At its tautest, Hanna doesn’t so much grip you as sit figuratively on your chest, forcing all the breath out.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Power
    With 10 hours to fill, the pacing occasionally slows to a bleary stumble (an ongoing Netflix issue) and plausibility seldom rears its head. Yet this bingeable teenage fever dream is never less than entirely creepy – like a ghost story that sounds absurd as you are taking it in but still keeps you awake half the night.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Power
    From Grylls’s devil-may-care brio to the modest length – choose wisely and you can get through an episode in less than 20 minutes – this is a throwaway distraction fully aware of its inherent silliness. Approached in the same spirit, it’s a walk on the wild side that just about justifies your time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Power
    It prioritises cinematic grandeur to an almost oppressive degree.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Power
    Interviews with old school friends, remembering a young woman frozen in time, were supplemented with animations of Lee. This was a potentially exploitative flourish that somehow landed the right side of mawkish. ... [Amy Berg] took a person who had been defined only by a terrible evil done to her – and the media carnival that followed with Serial – and restored her right to be remembered as a human being.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Power
    What/If has its longueurs and Levy and Jenner’s lack of chemistry lands like a dead fish. But it roars to life whenever Zellweger is on screen. Tossing her hair and crinkling her eyes, she’s a baroque riot. Her performance alone makes What /If a contender for guilty pleasure of the year.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Ed Power
    As political drama Designated Survivor season three has the smoke-streaming-from-its-ears quality of a Donald Trump stump-speech. As bursting-at-the-seams pot-boiler it is magnificent.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Power
    As a grab-bag of chuckles and amateur philosophy, Right Now is completely serviceable. Anyone hoping for something deeper and darker risks being underwhelmed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Power
    Over-familiarity is the biggest issue in an eight-part series that refuses to stray from the Goonies-meets-Stephen King formula. ... Stranger Things is on more solid territory addressing the growing pains its teenage protagonists.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Power
    Amid the fan service, there is plot too. .. A series that has started in relatively low key fashion but seems certain to leave everyone, and not just Star Wars ultra-diehards, wanting more.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Power
    Just like BoJack Horseman, Undone is about a person in a dark place trying to make sense of the world. As a portrait of an emotional breakdown so severe it causes reality itself to fracture it’s both disorientating and riveting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Power
    There are real pleasures to be had watching beautiful puppets running, kissing and poking each others’ eyes out. But the Dark Crystal is in such a hurry to create a splash it plunges off the deep end too soon.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Power
    The series fascinates rather than unsettles. Yet the picture it paints of Manson, Rader and the rest is never glib. It’s a remarkable achievement and one of those rare “binge-watch” shows that lives up to the billing. You really will want to snaffle it down in one sitting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Power
    The gore factor is significantly reduced for the screen. Nonetheless it is still frequently over the top. Heads explode, eye-balls fry, a beloved sea-going mammal smashes through a windscreen. You may feel queasy at least once per episode. ... Beyond the yuck factor, The Boys offers an astute commentary on popular culture’s obsession with superheroes.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Power
    See (Apple TV+) is undeniably ravishing. It is also dreary, hysterical and often simply inept. A song of cripes and dire, if you will.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Power
    The Morning Show is at its most engaging when [Jennifer Aniston's Alex Levy is] front and centre. If only the slightly rickety drama constructed around her had a clearer idea what it wants to be and for whom it is intended.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Ed Power
    As a mindless fantasy rollercoaster, Geralt’s journey is five stars all the way to tea-time. Sadly, for those who like brains with their brawn, it may be more of a slog.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Ed Power
    As with the latest Doctor’s debut series in 2018, the chemistry between the four leads is what drives the new Who, with Whittaker excelling as the perpetual motion human gyroscope at the centre of the chaos. Everything duly pelts along.

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