For 272 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kelly Lawler's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 A Parks and Recreation Special
Lowest review score: 0 Almost Family: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 272
272 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    The series rarely feels derivative, and the predictable plot doesn't mean it's not entertaining. "Wednesday" may aspire to the greatness of "Buffy," but comes across on the agreeably kitschy side of "Teen Wolf."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Kelly Lawler
    Marriage is not simple or easy, and neither is watching "Fleishman," a contradictory series that's addictively watchable in one moment and difficult to get through in another. At points the dialogue is too pretentious, at others it is riveting. The acting is Emmy-worthy, but the characters are often tiresome.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Kelly Lawler
    Every plot point is so absurd, each line of dialogue so corny that "Tulsa" is a compounding engine of cringe, at least in the first two episodes made available for review out of nine in total. It's like one of those cheesy direct-to-video "Geezer Teaser" action films, but longer to sit through.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    Even as "Yellowstone" remains the entertainment equivalent of a nice steak dinner – always good, always predictable, no real need to fuss with the formula – there is just the slightest hint that things are going stale in Season 5. New characters and conflicts are introduced, but they feel just a shade too repetitive of seasons past.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kelly Lawler
    The new season of "The Crown", which covers this tumultuous time in the Windsor clan, is more fine than good, blandly agreeable rather than stirringly risk-taking.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    Last year's six episodes were near flawless television, and returning ran the risk of losing the expectations game. But the new seven-episode season is comparable, and most importantly keeps the tone alive. If more sophomore seasons could learn from the "Lotus" example, television would be better for it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    It's an unembellished, taut TV show, with well-written characters and well-established stakes. In a lot of ways it doesn't feel like "Star Wars" at all, simply a very good science-fiction tale set on some far-off planets.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    The somewhat flawed series can't yet touch those impeccable ["Lord of the Rings"] films, but it scratches the surface. And if nothing else, the gorgeously rendered "Rings" is the most transportive current series on TV.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Kelly Lawler
    "Dragon" at times feels like it's running through a "Thrones" checklist so as not to miss any element from the original series and anger a single fan.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kelly Lawler
    It's a lot, but hidden within a tangled mishmash is a very appealing protagonist (played with aplomb by Emmy-winning "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany) and some well-placed humor, and if "She-Hulk" leans into its strengths, it could be a really unique, fun take on the mania of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But at least in the four episodes made available for review, it's not there yet.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 37 Kelly Lawler
    It is not, in fact, a very good or great show. The series is a middling series, made worse by wasted potential and Netflix's dollars. Excruciatingly slow and dull if not outright boring, "Sandman" is a perplexing failure.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    "Girls" is eerie, heartfelt, complex (and sometimes just complicated). It starts off with a great deal of panache and excitement but falters slightly in the final few episodes of the eight-episode season due to some poor pacing and exposition. ... "Girls" is more than just a "Stranger" knockoff.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    Combining the talents of Martin, Short and Gomez was a weird but welcome formula, and they remain a winsome trio in Season 2.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    "Bear" is nerve-wracking and a delight. The frenzied pace and the shouty, freewheeling dialogue create an intense, stressful atmosphere that reaches out from the screen and practically tenses your shoulders. But it's also about (mostly) likable people trying to do their best, and that striving energy is as addictive and satisfying as a really good sandwich.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Kelly Lawler
    "Mankind" is the most thoughtful and thought-out show on TV, so nuanced and exquisite that you forget where and when you're living and who’s president. It’s in a class all its own; it’s a new frontier of just how good TV can be.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Kelly Lawler
    The writers don't balance the series' plots well or make each of these three (eventually four, as Eleven ventures off on her own journey of self discovery) feel vital. It leaves you with the feeling that half of what you've just invested time watching was utterly pointless. But the bigger problem is the wild departure in tone.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    "Lincoln" is so pleasing in its unpretentiousness. It's not trying to answer big questions, besides whether Mickey's biggest client is innocent. Garcia-Rulfo is a bit stiff at first as the charismatic lawyer, but he quickly grows on you.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    The darkness is deeper and sometimes more despairing this year, but the jokes are just as frequent, and maybe even a bit more cathartic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    Firth feels a bit too handsome and wholesome to play a potential murderer at first, but he effectively imbues Michael with sleaze. He’s fascinating to watch it only because it’s such a departure for him.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    Earnest, playful and hilarious with a bit of cringe, "Love That" is Bayer's coming out as a leading actress. ... Bayer is a joy to watch, and she's complemented by a strong supporting cast, especially Shannon and Lewis.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    Although later episodes lose their way a bit, the majority of "Gaslit" is a surprisingly fun romp through a dark period of American history that also manages to avoid being too light-hearted.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    The comedy is still there, as are some cringe-inducing moments and head-scratching decisions, but there is also a more serious, introspective tone to the new episodes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    "Doll" is the rare show to come up with two seasons worth of good ideas.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Kelly Lawler
    So many individual scenes are engrossing and superbly acted, but they're often undercut by the time jumping and editing. There's never quite enough from any one first lady, which leaves a sense of disappointment. It's unfortunately a show that is lesser than the sum of its Emmy- and Oscar-winning parts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    Season 2 proves that there's more than one Bridgerton worth rooting for, and considering future seasons will follow the romantic escapades of other siblings (artsy Benedict is up next), these new episodes pass an important test. "Bridgerton" wasn't just a one-hit wonder.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    The new episodes live up to the ones that came before, although only two were made available for review. Both run the gamut of what "Atlanta" can be: Bold, experimental, and allegorical; comedic and astute examinations of the mundanities and oddities of Black life. They remain singular, exceptional and thought-provoking in the way only "Atlanta" episodes can be.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    The series sags in the middle episodes after an exciting start. The propulsion returns at the end, but viewers have to get there to enjoy it. ... Even if you know how the WeWork story ends, it's an enthralling ride to the inevitable implosion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Kelly Lawler
    "Beth" is complex and layered, and a departure for Schumer in the best way. ... There is so much more to "Beth," and to Beth. There is something refreshing about the series, and how it resists neat categorization.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    The seven-episode second season retains the first's ability to simultaneously present a cynical outlook on the future and also argue that love can conquer (almost) all. It's a tricky tone to perfect, but the sharp acting and sharper scripts help immensely. "Upload" has also developed a distinctive visual language.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    It's a show that's educational, thought-provoking and entertaining, not easy to accomplish all at once.

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