For 65 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 21% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jessica Shaw's Scores

Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 NY Med: Season 1
Lowest review score: 25 The Houstons: On Our Own: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 65
  2. Negative: 1 out of 65
65 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    The supporting cast (including Scott McNairy, Kim Coates, and Daniels’ Newsroom costar Sam Waterston) is strong, but no one is more electric than the always extraordinary Merritt Wever. ... And yet, the series still sometimes feels self-indulgent and self-congratulatory, with its looooooonng shots of horses running through water or tousled-haired townsfolk looking out in the distance. ... At least when Wever is on screen, schooling a shop owner with her pistol on why he can’t insult her niece, the show seems to find a more comfortable stride.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    With that many hours to fill [13], and that much talent behind and in front of the camera, the show might have chosen to make a broader statement on video game culture. As is, the show is like a fun game you can immerse yourself in, but not one that goes to the next level.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Jessica Shaw
    Comedy buffs will enjoy this gushy doc about Steinberg.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jessica Shaw
    Gabrielle Union is by far the best thing about this single-lady-in-search-of-a-life drama.... Alas, the sluggish pacing and ridiculous dialogue send the show down the drain. [31 Jan/7 Feb 2014, p.96]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jessica Shaw
    A delicious deep dive into six Stephen Sondheim songs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    There's no doubt that the former heavyweight champ comes off far better than you ever imagined in this filming of his 2012 Broadway one-man show, directed with spark and sincere admiration by longtime friend Spike Lee.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    This surprisingly competent TV movie rehashes the highs ("Waterfalls") and lows (Left Eye burning down her boyfriend's house).
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Jessica Shaw
    Too bad [Blair Underwood's] talent is wasted on this Raymond Burr reboot, which casts him as a wheelchairbound cop who dangles bad guys over buildings and delivers hacky dialogue. [4 Oct 2013, p.60]
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    The show has potential. Cameron possesses all the spunk and talent of the Demis and Selenas before her, and Jessica Garcia plays the most endearing G-rated high school tough girl since Jo Polniaczek.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Jessica Shaw
    A must-see for fans of Broadway's favorite redheaded orphan.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    Occasionally L'Chaim; mostly Oy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 83 Jessica Shaw
    Hemlock Grove takes its time with story lines, ensuring that each one has plenty of room to ripen. It carries out every dastardly deed with gusto, but still offers enough moments of levity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    Rectify's many stories are strung together with a wonderful, airy pacing--all hail the slow-TV movement!--that lends a haunting backdrop to the story of a man who may not be able to find a life, even after avoiding death.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Jessica Shaw
    The lack of polish makes Vice all the more riveting. [5 Apr 2013, p.63]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Jessica Shaw
    A faint facsimile of funny starring poor Sarah Chalke, who really deserves better. [5 Apr 2013, p.62]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Jessica Shaw
    The 1909 businessman hangs like an ill-fitting suit on Piven, who suffocates his scenes by speaking several decibels louder than his costars and waving his arms around like a magician. A little subtlety might have left some oxygen for the promising supporting cast.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jessica Shaw
    If this show is to breathe, someone should take a scalpel to the malignant melodrama. [8 Feb 2013, p.69]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Jessica Shaw
    His boyish enthusiasm around poisonous critters is infectious. [8 Feb 2013, p.69]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Jessica Shaw
    Mostly it is [like every other cooking competitions], but Bourdain is a Michelin-starred sound-bite machine, delivering his insults piping hot. [25 Jan/1 Feb 2013, p.110]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Jessica Shaw
    Even though you come away with no new insight into the case, the fine performances by Lowe,Revolution's Elizabeth Mitchell (as another prosecutor), and The Office's Oscar Nuñez (as Anthony's lawyer) make this TV movie far more compelling than you'd expect.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Jessica Shaw
    The film is a wonderful trip down the magazine's fabulosity-paved memory lane.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Jessica Shaw
    The twisty tale tries to tackle more than it can handle in the suspense department, but the remarkable acting keeps you sucked in till the very last confusing second.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Jessica Shaw
    There's so much tragically wrong with this reality show about Whitney Houston's family.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jessica Shaw
    A tediously boring story.
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • tbd Metascore
    • 42 Jessica Shaw
    It would be nice for this old Girl to go out with dignity, but at this rate, it's not looking good. [12/19 Oct 2012, p.99]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Jessica Shaw
    The movie belongs to Queen Latifah, who brings so much heart to M'Lynn, she will make yours break all the more.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 42 Jessica Shaw
    [A] rancidly boring, Jamie Oliver-produced cooking/travel/patriotism competition.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Jessica Shaw
    Michael Urie elevates the show out of mediocrity with his comedic power. [28 Sep 2012, p.63]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 37 Metascore
    • 42 Jessica Shaw
    It's 30 minutes of cringeworthy material, full of lazy jokes and stereotypes of overwhelmed dads and uptight ex-wives.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Jessica Shaw
    Lisa Kudrow is hilarious as online shrink Fiona Wallice, but her true talent is making those around her even funnier.

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