For 242 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kelly Lawler's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Escape At Dannemora: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Almost Family: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 40 out of 242
242 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    The cast is excellent and empathetic, helping ground the series.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 37 Kelly Lawler
    The setup for this season-long plot is so nonsensical and confusing that even the characters are doing logical gymnastics to justify their actions. It is both the hook that the revival relies on to justify its existence and the weakest part of the show. Beyond the far-fetched plot, "Vegas" projects an overwhelming air of blandness and dullness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    Superb acting performances heighten the drama, particularly from Lee, who makes Gi-hun irresistibly likable despite his many flaws. All of the characters undergo enormous trauma and transformation, and the actors rise to the challenge of portraying believable emotions in an unbelievable setting. A big part of the series' success lies in its dramatic and eye-catching aesthetic. ... What makes it so well-suited for binge-watching is how well Hwang uses pacing and cliffhangers to make the series absurdly addictive.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    Part news show, part comedy, part soap box, "Problem" is familiar but distinct, and a natural outlet for this version of Stewart.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    "[Sliding] Doors" has a "be careful what you wish for" message embedded in its plot, but "Joe" doesn't appear to be moralizing in any particular way. The show is a thought experiment come to life, and so far it's interesting enough to keep thinking about.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Kelly Lawler
    Creatively the series has potential but all the same tired pitfalls its predecessors did. There is very little surprise to the series. For some that's a feature, not a bug.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    "Y" is a deeply ambitious, engrossing epic that doesn't quite achieve the mastery and impact of its source material but is certainly a worthy adaptation.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Kelly Lawler
    There are many moments of brilliance, but they are simply not strung together with much finesse. "Impeachment" ends up as a glossy, well-acted series without much to say.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    Escapist and sweet, it has the same engrossing appeal as the podcasts the characters love so much.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    In addition to Oh's charms, "Chair" is a darkly funny satire, skewering aspects of modern higher education with veritable glee. The characters are sharply written and feel real and grounded, even as the events surrounding them become more crazed.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Kelly Lawler
    Kelley and the "Nine" writers struggle to fit everything they want to say and do into the episodes. Clunky exposition, hazy flashbacks, excessive nudity and drug-induced drama do not make up for a lack of confidence and clarity in storytelling. And despite the best efforts of the cast, particularly Cannavale, Boone and Jacinto, the dialogue often falls flat in their mouths.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Kelly Lawler
    It was an odd, sometimes awkward, and tonally dissonant four-hour presentation that tried to balance the weight of the ongoing pandemic with the joy and elation that usually accompanies the world's most prestigious athletic competition. ... So in one sense, the producers of the ceremony succeeded just by pulling something together. ... But in another – especially considering the controversy behind the Games and the toll they are taking on Japan and the world – this lackluster ceremony is a huge letdown. What's the point of all the risk, all the testing and quarantining and masks, if this is the best emotion and spectacle we can muster?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    "Schmigadoon!" is a fun romp of midcentury musical tropes, an obvious metaphor for the work that goes into a successful relationship and a showcase for Strong as a leading lady that has eluded her on "Saturday Night Live."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    The 12-episode new season, establishes the staying power of "Lasso," and then some. Funnier, deeper and more ambitious than the inaugural outing, the new episodes (six were provided in advance for critics) offer the same joyous good time, with the volume turned up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    For fans of White's deathly sharp comedy, "Lotus" is a triumphant, deliriously funny satire of the privileged classes against a gorgeous backdrop. For those who don't know White well, it's an exuberant comedy that might introduce them to his other work, such as Laura Dern's HBO vehicle "Enlightened."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Kelly Lawler
    There is something so pathologically deranged about the reboot that it inevitably will win some fans. They'll come for its flaws, for the messy narrative, humorously bad acting and absurd plot twists. But this is not the kind of show that deserves acclaim for its inanity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    Naturally levels up in the new episodes, deepening its characters and the big life questions the scripts routinely ask.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    The new episodes are as captivating and thrilling as the first batch. Each positively vibrates with tension as Assane and Pellegrini square off in a complex war of crime and deceit.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    So far, "Loki" is fun and zippy, reminiscent of the more casual and comedic Marvel films such as "Thor: Ragnarok" and "Ant-Man."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    "Sweet" has far more going for it than against it, and its eight-episode season will likely be quickly devoured by fans. It may not be the next "Stranger Things," but it certainly gets closer to that formula than many other series that have tried.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kelly Lawler
    The special felt effortless and crisp. Editing kept the 105 minute reunion going, although some segments could have been cut to make it snappier. ... Much like the chemistry between the cast helped smooth over bad jokes or the poor later seasons of the show, their chemistry as real-life friends makes the reunion an easy sell.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Kelly Lawler
    Much like its underwhelming episodes, "Solos" feels like a TV show that will flicker and then fade. There's simply not enough memorable about it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    A dark, gorgeous, slightly flawed but ultimately spectacular adaptation. At many times it is hard to watch, but it's always worth watching.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Kelly Lawler
    Season 4 teases something bigger, a pivot to the future, and then takes two steps back once again. By the end of the eight episodes made available for preview, there are hints of something different and promising. But to get there, viewers are subjected to the worst of the series' impulses, as if the first seven episodes were a thumb-twiddling waste of time. And in many ways, they are.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Kelly Lawler
    As "Shadow" unfolds, it's frustrating to see the rushed and haphazard way in which the world is built and the characters are introduced. Every bit of exposition feels incomplete. I can see the holes in the plots and characterization, and my knowledge of the books easily fills them in. But summer reading can't be required for a TV show. It's not until midway through the season that things start to fall into place for novice viewers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    "Mare of Easttown" doesn't go so far as to reinvent the detective story, it does offer a version of the tale more nuanced and thoughtful than the vast majority of its peers. ... Its characters are deeply real and expertly drawn, its sense of place firmly established and specific, and its clues genuinely shocking. It's an intense and satisfying to watch, going to places your average murder mystery wouldn't aspire.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Kelly Lawler
    The first five installments make for a gripping crime series, but the final three act more like a dull document of events. The narrative propulsion all but evaporates, and it is only through the strength of the performances, notably Rahim's, that the series remains watchable as it crawls to a conclusion.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Kelly Lawler
    "Organized Crime" struggled to make itself a coherent TV show in its first episode, but it didn't fail to re-establish Stabler. And if Meloni is all the audience cares about, then "Organized Crime" might be enough. But besides its protagonist, "Organized Crime" doesn't have much going for it yet. If the series slows down greatly and establishes its supporting characters, it has a shot at greater success.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Kelly Lawler
    "Al" certainly has good intentions. But good intentions aren't enough to make the show a worthy representation of a culture or even a good sitcom. There has to be something more substantial to back them up, and "Al" just doesn't have it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Kelly Lawler
    For those who love the punchy, kicky, international espionage Marvel movies, "Falcon" will likely check all the boxes. But after watching one episode I can't help but want more, and it's unclear whether the series will go deeper or simply offer more of the same. But maybe I'll be surprised.

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