For 139 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kelly Lawler's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Dead to Me: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 The Orville: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 139
  2. Negative: 23 out of 139
139 tv reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    "Veronica" doesn't pretend it's still 2004. She's a thirty-something woman who still works her high-school job, and there's no pretending it's glamorous. And for this genre, and this character, the themes of wasted potential and existential angst fit perfectly.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    Except for a few cheesy moments here and there, the new episodes are exuberant and excellent, nearly surpassing the creative heights of the first season and providing a path to keeping things strange for years to come.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Kelly Lawler
    "Voice" is an entertaining and very well-crafted piece of television that is just a little too predictable to be transcendent.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    The second season is nearly as breathtaking as the original. "Lies" remains an immensely satisfying platform for superb performances (now with 100% more Meryl Streep), one that gives women’s issues, often seen as frivolous, the weight they deserve.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    The new season is more propulsive and watchable, although it doesn't quite reach the heights of that first moving season. But "Handmaid's" regains its footing by setting off on a new path.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Kelly Lawler
    Impeccably acted and written series. ... "Dead" is a rare Netflix's series that's well-paced for a binge-watch. It unfolds slowly but assuredly. ... The series feels more alive than almost anything else on the air right now.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Kelly Lawler
    The pacing was too fast at some points and too slow at others, but it sets up the season for success, if writers can squeeze everything into those five remaining episodes without making them seem overstuffed (no big deal).
    • 47 Metascore
    • 37 Kelly Lawler
    The writers of Village make the mistake of confusing emotion with quality. It's not enough just to feel; you have to do something with those feelings, too.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kelly Lawler
    All flash, very little substance. For some, that will work. But plenty of shows (including CBS's "Elementary") manage to do both.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Kelly Lawler
    Overall, the series reeks of undeveloped potential. It looks beautiful and has an incredible cast, yet often drags. After a solid first episode, the plot is excruciatingly slow, pausing in all the wrong places.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    Its short run makes Workers not a particularly Earth-shattering series. But it's a charming, chipper story that suggests humans are inevitably good.
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    • 50 Kelly Lawler
    World's isn't perfect, but it's a perfectly serviceable entry into the reality-competition landscape.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Kelly Lawler
    The audience surrounding the stage was energetic to a fault, sometimes overpowering the singers. The too-dark set, paired with an endlessly spinning camera that nearly induced nausea, made the show excruciatingly hard to follow, even for those familiar with the material. The energy was low, and the chemistry between many of the romantically linked characters lackluster.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    The series' historical speculation is just dirty and plausible enough for the story. But the 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short is beside the point: What the series does best is capture the sick fascination with grisly violence, making the audience complicit in the grotesque world it portrays.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kelly Lawler
    It's fun to see the "Discovery" characters, who improved greatly over the course of Season 1, play in the same space as the classic guys. This is a setup the series has proven it can work with: interpersonal relationships (Spock is Burnham's brother, of course) and a multi-episode adventure. And in the season premiere, The new "Discovery" continues to shine, with a more confident atmosphere and even some humor mixed in.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    It's a lot of plot for 43-minute episodes, but creator Liz Heldens aptly threads the needle, balancing disparate elements into an action-adventure series with just enough mythology and mystery to keep the audience guessing. As an emotional anchor, Gosselaar's hunky, post-"Saved by the Bell" persona is perfect for a father figure/GI Joe/tortured soul like Brad. His has natural chemistry with the young Sidney, who deftly stays on the right side of the line between cute and cloying.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Kelly Lawler
    In the first two episodes, the humor is there, the heart is there, and the plot progresses much as it would've on Fox.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    "Sex" is not for everyone (pun intended), but if you're game for explicit scenes and dialogue and appreciate English wit, it's a cheerfully hilarious (but safely distant) return to puberty. If any series can make adult viewers appreciate getting past that life stage, it's this one.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 80 Kelly Lawler
    The joy of this series lies entirely in the singers, and it really doesn't much matter who they are. ... It's a tightly paced hour in which the main joys are the good and bad voices, the costumes and the reactions of the judges and the in-studio audience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Kelly Lawler
    I suppose there might be a path I could have taken that would have satisfied me more. And I also suppose Netflix would love if I went back and tried to find all five endings. But every ending should be satisfying. Every story should be equally strong. That's a hard hat trick to pull off with this kind of storytelling. But they certainly get a lot of points for trying.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    What Maisel repeats best is its sense of joy and optimism. Its candy-colored version of 1959 may be incredibly myopic, but it celebrates the good in people, the good in comedy and show business and the good in family and marriage over wallowing in the bad. Even when it makes you cringe, you know it soon will make you smile.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    The weak moments in Drummer Girl come and go, but the beautiful scenery, transfixing acting and tense action remain throughout, and those are worth tuning in for. You may be confused at times watching Charlie, but you'll never take your eyes off her.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    The series portrays the lives of two poor young girls, that so many of their contemporaries might deem insignificant, as important and enthralling as anything else onscreen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Kelly Lawler
    A transformative work that so vividly brings the drama to life it might as well be brand-new to its audience. ... [Ben Stiller's] gorgeous and haunting work, combined with a career-best performance from Arquette, helps Dannemora transcend into one of the best TV experiences of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    Homecoming can be annoying, slow or confusing at times, but its final few episodes are so gripping, well-acted and well-written that you may get swept away and forget what annoyed you in the first place. Roberts starts to show her incredible range as a performer, turning her emotions on a dime and filling up the small screen with as much magnetism as she ever did on the big one.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    Frequent cliffhangers and rapid storytelling make the series addictive. But more importantly, the writers still make smart use of self-contained episodes, a format that's sorely lacking in many streaming shows.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Kelly Lawler
    Part 2 is the equivalent of fan service: further confirmation that they're innocent, demonstrated by an even more painstaking examination of the flawed evidence against them. But for those with a more casual interest in the cases and the true-crime genre they helped spawn, the sequel is a lesser version of the original, with the same style and trappings slapped on a less-compelling story.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Kelly Lawler
    Rookie is full of familiar cop-show types and tropes. But instead of murder-solving detectives, it's on the fast-paced beat of uniformed officers.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Kelly Lawler
    There are moments when Camping feels a little pointlessly misanthropic, and others where it just feels random. In the middle are a few laughs, a few good performances and a little bit of that "Girls" sense of humor.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Kelly Lawler
    Unfortunately, it feels as if the new writers have outright disdain for the source material, so arbitrary and widespread are these changes. ... Not all of the changes are problematic. Matching the sisters' fight against demons with the #MeToo movement and other feminist protests against the patriarchy is a smart move, if executed with a heavy hand in the premiere. Setting the series on a college campus is an ideal way to bring those social and and supernatural issues together.

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