For 50 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jack Seale's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 9/11: Inside the President's War Room
Lowest review score: 20 The I-Land: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 50
  2. Negative: 1 out of 50
50 tv reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Seale
    It is so assuredly in the groove. Every scene, every line of Tony McNamara’s script carries its own wicked hedonism: there is always something to enjoy that’s ruder, sillier or sharper than other shows would dare to include.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Jack Seale
    It may well be that everyone involved in the Faria case was genuinely as naive as they seem, but it creates unrewarding drama and unsophisticated comedy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Seale
    Peake embodies the role in life that Anne Williams would fulfil with the highest possible distinction: Kevin’s mum.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Jack Seale
    The fireworks finally begin and they don’t disappoint, with no big surprises (various characters find themselves on the edge of defeat in a fight to the death before visions of what truly matters to them give them the strength to rally at the last second) but a lot of impeccable judgments.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Jack Seale
    It’s feeling small. Dull, even.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Jack Seale
    This take on the Tudors boasts poison of every flavour. Succession has a very promising heir.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Jack Seale
    There aren’t too many thrills in The Outlaws’ comeback episode, which is fine because we’re content just to hang out with the characters for a while. We’re happy to be part of their gang.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Jack Seale
    Stranger Things is bigger, older, somewhat sadder – and as lovable as ever.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Jack Seale
    The series has a bigger problem when the actors aren’t speaking, because it has succumbed to the lure of the portentous pause.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Jack Seale
    Combine basketball’s opacity with the blandly pleasant positivity of the interviewees, and you have a documentary where everything seems to just happen naturally. ... Earvin “Magic” Johnson is the cream, the best, on a level above the A list – but when there’s such an overwhelming winner, there’s no sport.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Jack Seale
    Bridgerton is in fine health and ready for what will doubtless be many more seasons. Next time, though, it might need to work harder to feel new.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Jack Seale
    He is revealed here as brittle and insecure in a personal life defined by three key relationships: the series gives over a whole episode each to Warhol’s lovers, Jed Johnson and Jon Gould, and to his friend and collaborator Jean-Michel Basquiat.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Jack Seale
    It’s still recognisably Killing Eve and it’s still kinda cool, but it’s out of new ideas.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Jack Seale
    Once upon a time, Will from west Philly was miles from home, but the show he was in knew exactly what it was and where it was going. Bel-Air finds that a difficult trick to replicate.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Jack Seale
    Mediocre comedy is depressing to watch, but mediocre improvisation is excruciating, and almost every Murderville scene is torturous cringe. Arnett just doesn’t have the skills: he is unable to drive the action with any authority, corpses far too often, and has a knack for throwing his guests lines to which there can be no amusing answer.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Jack Seale
    Much of the series’ power to grip comes from mounting revulsion at Hendy-Freegard’s deliberate, sustained cruelty. That said, it has heroes as well as a momentous villain.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Jack Seale
    This is wish fulfilment, based on the question that nags us most when we read about corruption and cover-ups: how can the people who did this sleep at night? We would love to see them unable to do so – and The Journalist indulges that desire. But it does so effectively, setting up simple stories about the emotional fallout of institutional cruelty to remind us what is at stake.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Jack Seale
    Even the arch villains are less awesome monsters than slightly annoying gits.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Jack Seale
    It’s a between-the-wars season that works hard to keep us entertained while we wait for Big Gerry to be given something momentous to do. We’re waiting a little too long, though.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Jack Seale
    You will know within 10 minutes whether the operatic ultraviolence, black comedy and arch, very nearly overwritten dialogue make you wriggle with joy or combust with irritation. If you like it, there is a new sleuthing duo to obsess over.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Jack Seale
    Exotic is in prison, so there are no fresh shots of him with his snaggly grin and straggly mane. Episode one gets round this by delving into his early life. ... The last two instalments return to Joe Exotic, and whether his conviction for conspiring to murder Baskin is sound.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Jack Seale
    A couple of minor surprises are too easy to predict and there is a whole subplot about dead cats that doesn’t fit in. The series is doomed for ever to be almost great. When the end comes at last, there is a lot of fire and viscera, but no rapture.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Jack Seale
    Series 12 shows no early signs of staleness. It helps that the Bake Off’s casting process, dedicated to showing that the kind, self-deprecating charm of the hobbyist cuts across every social boundary with the possible exception of class, feels more pointedly celebratory of diversity than ever.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Jack Seale
    It is a horrifyingly tragic but also propulsive story, with twin narratives following the president’s movements and the developing carnage on the ground, minute by minute.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Jack Seale
    Williams is adept at dropping in exactly the right cultural references too, whether they are for the 2020s (Only Connect) or the 2000s (MTV Base, Babyshambles), and in the later episodes the present and past interact in new ways. ... Liam doesn’t know what he is doing, but as a writer/performer, Williams really does.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Jack Seale
    It needs to drop its kooky mannerisms, perhaps be less hung up on A-list performers, and be brave enough to spend 30 minutes saying something pure with its whole chest. Until then, the search goes on.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Jack Seale
    Energetic and flippant, unlike some modern Marvel productions, which tend towards the exhaustingly epic, this is old-school, thwack-pow fun.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Jack Seale
    A lot of the acting – some by non-professionals – is unobtrusive to the point of not really being a performance. There are story arc problems, too, with narratives fading out then suddenly zooming back in, or stopping abruptly, their significance lost in a dusty murk of competing plotlines. ... Where Somos does succeed is in evoking the singular tensions of a place such as Allende.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Jack Seale
    Occasionally, the acting compensates for the writing’s stodgy archness. ... These stories need another 10 minutes at least, for the endings to be more than abrupt dead stops or agonisingly pat twists, and for the glimmers of fine work to mature into something solid and profound, rather than sententious ick.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Jack Seale
    They are probably not enough to make you feel the “fourth” and celebrate Star Wars Day if you weren’t planning to, but they just about earn their space.

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