For 274 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Judy Berman's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Fosse/Verdon: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 See: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 274
274 tv reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Judy Berman
    One issue is the disconnect in tones between the Peaches’ story—which, done right, would be more than enough to fill hour-long episodes—and Max’s equally complicated family drama. Both plots are worthwhile, but they crowd each other out. Which leads to an even bigger problem: with runtime at a premium, Graham and Jacobson rarely find space for fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Judy Berman
    From smart casting and strong writing to exquisitely eerie, noir-meets-horror production design that makes thoughtful use of digital effects, this is easily one of the best small-screen comic adaptations ever made.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Judy Berman
    The largely gratuitous Trainwreck (recently retitled from the more evocative Clusterf**k) proves to be surprisingly illuminating. By devoting each 45-minute episode to a single day of the festival—and keeping the self-indulgent tangents that plagued its predecessor, on everything from Napster to nu-metal’s appropriation of rap, to a minimum—director Jamie Crawford (The Interrogator) allows viewers to trace many of the organizers’ biggest missteps.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Judy Berman
    Emotional performances ground the sci-fi epic in the recognizable details of growing up. As girls from the ’80s grapple with the uncomfortable realities of futures they’re just starting to build, the show expands—without ever getting tangled in too many story lines—to imagine how the future of humanity might be shaped by decisions we make today. Overstuffed with plot but bereft of substance, Stranger Things wishes it had so much left to say.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Judy Berman
    Amid all the spectacle, the show does, finally, strike a thoughtful contrast between puppy love and the more mature variety, which it doesn’t make the mistake of overstating. But mostly it’s defined by small pleasures. ... Like any good vacation, The Resort flies by. You can tell you had fun because it’s over way too soon.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Judy Berman
    It’s a faster-paced, more entertaining show than King’s inert SATC sequel, but one marked by many of the same distracting defects, from overly stylized dialogue to underdeveloped characters to a bad case of affluenza.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Judy Berman
    A brilliant, brain-breaking six-episode HBO series.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Judy Berman
    The characters are captivating—so much so that their personalities often overpower Schramke’s own perspective.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Judy Berman
    It’s refreshing that Moonhaven, for all its minor flaws, trusts viewers to make our own connections between the lunar colony, what little we get to see of 23rd-century Earth, and the various geopolitical cataclysms of today. Of course the conflicts it sets up around power and privilege are relevant. But the resolutions aren’t simple.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Judy Berman
    It’s mostly for the best that they’ve decided not to fix what wasn’t broken.So, aside from the fact they’re now trying to clear their own names—and Mabel’s in particular—fans can expect more of the same charming, intergenerational citizen-detective stuff they fell hard for last summer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Judy Berman
    The result is an unusually human grifter story. Instead of diving into the trite subject of sociopathic behavior, like Inventing Anna or Dirty John, Chloe finds depth, authenticity, and even compassion in its profile of a scammer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Judy Berman
    Not every show about the ultra-wealthy needs to be as biting as Succession, but Loot too often comes off as entirely toothless.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Judy Berman
    Harold’s ambivalence about capturing his old cohort adds pathos to the beautifully shot show’s many imaginative action scenes. ... As exciting as The Old Man generally is in the four episodes provided for review (out of seven total), it’s also too sloppy to be a great political thriller. There are plot twists that create plot holes big enough to pilot a C-5 through.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Judy Berman
    There are the occasional goofy twists and unbelievable coincidences. But for the most part, it’s a well-balanced, exciting mystery that tackles questions of identity, belonging, and how one can best serve their disadvantaged community, pitting radicals against reformers against alleged sellouts.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Judy Berman
    Hurt is the best medical drama in years. ... If it gets a bit preachy about this stuff, by the final few episodes, at least its critique is a trenchant one that’s rarely articulated on TV. The argument only hits as hard as it does because it’s grounded in the struggles of distinctive, authentic characters—not just Adam, but also Shruti, Tracy, Harry.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Judy Berman
    While most of the performances are solid, Boon’s Johnny Rotten alone is reason enough to watch. The dialogue can be clunky, as though lifted from a third-rate Pistols biography or ripped from any other on-screen fictionalization of a famous band’s formation. There’s too much starting of things better left suggested. ... Like too many docudramas, Pistol doesn’t seem to know what it’s trying to say, or why.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Judy Berman
    The show lacks momentum, partially because its neglect to establish a fixed, forward-moving “present” creates the sense of drifting unmoored through the decades. If you put aside the grooming issue, there’s just not much that’s distinctive about the characters. ... In the absence of even that kernel of enjoyment, all The Time Traveler’s Wife has to offer is an extended, painfully literal allegory for the bromide that true love transcends time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Judy Berman
    One of the best new shows of the year, Conversations With Friends proves there’s nothing inherently shallow about a story that makes space for satisfaction.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Judy Berman
    With additional context comes an even greater sense that no secondhand account of what happened on that staircase—whether generated by the prosecution, the defense, or Lestrade—will ever approach the objective truth. The linchpin of this delicate portrayal is Colin Firth’s performance as Michael. ... Although the multiple graphic set pieces that dramatize various theories of how Kathleen died struck me as excessively invasive, for the most part, the flashbacks work to restore her personhood.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Judy Berman
    The Baby isn’t subtle. It isn’t polite. It’s sometimes extremely silly. And its unusual juxtaposition of a darling baby boy and heaps of bloody, gory violence surely will not appeal to everyone. But if you can live with all of the above, it’s more than just fun—it’s also a whole lot smarter and more thought-provoking than most of the shows sucking up all the attention this month.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Judy Berman
    Instead of a single performance, Moss gives a cluster of them, finely calibrating Kirby’s posture, confidence, and anxiety level to reflect each new reality. ... Because the show sticks so close to her fractured consciousness, we come to appreciate how hard it is for her to survive, let alone conduct such an unusual investigation.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Judy Berman
    Stick[s] to the well-trod surface. Two of the three stars—Anderson as Roosevelt and Davis as Obama—are egregiously miscast. And series director Susanne Bier, an accomplished Danish filmmaker whose recent output ranges from the glossy fun of The Night Manager to the glossy meh of The Undoing to the sheer inanity of Bird Box, fails to salvage much worth watching. ... Pfeiffer’s Betty Ford is the only lead performance that feels like more than an impression.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Judy Berman
    Dockery and Friend are pros, playing parts well within their respective comfort zones; lesser-known actors like Kudzai Sitima (as Kate’s protégé) and Kathryn Wilder (as Olivia’s confidant) make strong showings in smaller roles. The fault for Anatomy’s broadness—and certainly for the silliest twist this side of Netflix’s even messier marital thriller Behind Her Eyes—lies mostly with writing that tweaks characters to fit the plot, rather than the other way around.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Judy Berman
    Yes, this adaptation is less than perfect; the disservice it does to the structural integrity of a novel that gains momentum and poignancy as the decades progress shouldn’t be understated. The overall impression is of an epochal masterpiece cut into snippets and reassembled out of order. That’s frustrating. Even when you account for its shortcomings, though, TV’s Pachinko remains the rare show of both artistic and historic import.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Judy Berman
    [The first episode is] a standalone episode chilling enough to rival season 2 highlight “Teddy Perkins,” in which the series’ increasingly illustrious cast is all but absent. ... Unsparing is, among others, the right word to describe these two conjoined episodes, if not the show as a whole. It justifies the persistence of Atlanta, an entire ocean away from Atlanta.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Judy Berman
    What’s missing, here, is a unifying sensibility. The inconsistencies are glaring. Life & Beth’s tone lurches from realistic to absurd and back; relatively normal characters suddenly devolve into off-the-wall caricatures. ... The pieces just don’t add up to a satisfying whole.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Judy Berman
    I mostly enjoyed the show. True to its title, Minx at its best is a sexy trifle, and the palpable chemistry between its leads counteracts the uptown girl/downtown boy cliché.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Judy Berman
    What feels so fresh—and so successful, thanks to stunning performances from Jackson and Fishback—is the boldness with which Mosley combines seemingly incompatible elements. He deftly weaves together the devastation that follows betrayal and the uplift of found family, science fiction and stark realism, character development and sociopolitical commentary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Judy Berman
    That private side is the focus of the sprawling, brilliantly executed Netflix docuseries The Andy Warhol Diaries.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Judy Berman
    Creators Jeff Astrof (Trial & Error) and Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) front-load Shining Vale‘s least original elements, at the expense of the witty raunch that is Horgan’s trademark. ... Suffice to say that if you can hang on until episode 3, you’ll find a stranger, more amusing haunted-house story lurking behind all the peeling wallpaper.

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