For 9 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 77% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Helen Brown's Scores

Average review score: 82
Highest review score: 100 Planet Earth: A Celebration
Lowest review score: 40 Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
9 tv reviews
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    • 100 Helen Brown
    I didn’t notice the soundtrack much, but it was heartwarming to see footage of the socially distanced musicians of the BBC orchestra reunited – their notes mingling and embracing where their bodies could not. We all had fun working out how each of the featured species would handle the pandemic rules. ... Instead of doom, we were offered hope. We were shown how other creatures survived by working together and using their brains.
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    • 100 Helen Brown
    Though there is a clear political agenda, there’s no Michael Moore figure shambling through it. There's just a crisp series of facts and figures spliced with bewildered interviewees. ... Although I know the world can seem a bleak enough place without sitting down at night to face the hard truths in a docuseries like Dirty Money, I guarantee viewers will emerge feeling more sharply aware of how the systems around us operate.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Helen Brown
    There was much food for thought in the series for anybody about to embark on parenthood. And although the whole thing could have been compressed into half the length, perhaps it all moves at the right, soothing, gooey-eyed pace for those whose brains are currently being pureed by newborns.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Helen Brown
    John Carney’s series mutes the rich diversity of those experiences to one, long, neutral-toned lifestyle advertisement designed to flatter the paper’s readers and Amazon Prime’s viewers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Helen Brown
    Although the relentless superficiality of the characters gets tiring, it allows you to keep laughing as they double cross and second guess each other at a turbocharged pace. There’s fun to be had at the expense of the premise of the school as a microcosm of American society.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Helen Brown
    The emotional weight of Duvernay’s respect for the physical and emotional facts settled slowly in your stomach. You wanted to cheer when the wrongful convictions were vacated. But the sight of the now grown men returning to their childhood bedrooms hollowed the triumph.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Helen Brown
    Some of those series – like Netflix’s 2019 retro-rubbernecking of the Ted Bundy killings – offer little fresh analysis. Others – like ESPN’s 2016 OJ Simpson: Made in America – provide a powerful and disturbing insight into the historic fault lines in our culture. Lorena definitely fits into the latter category.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Helen Brown
    Winding up with well-worn footage of Bundy’s trial and execution, this docuseries contains nothing that true crime fans haven’t heard before.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Helen Brown
    Ultimately, this is a show with an unexpectedly wide appeal. Twenty-first-century teenagers are going to find real comfort and companionship in these characters, while those of us old enough to have seen those John Hughes movies at the cinema will wish Sex Education had been there for us.

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