For 175 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kevin Fallon's Scores

Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Better Things: Season 3
Lowest review score: 10 Alter Ego: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 175
175 tv reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    It’s black comedy at its bleakest, a tonal juxtaposition that is to be admired. I think it’s so effective, especially in a genre that is so extreme in its gore, that it masquerades as “fun.” ... Like Parasite, it uses genre as a Trojan horse for discussions about capitalism and class. We’re a culture attuned to hyper-violence, but the series manages to show it in a way that you never become desensitized.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Fallon
    This is the same Succession you know and love: crude, uncomfortable, deplorable, indulgent, and the kind of smart that is both obnoxious and inspirational. But where season 2 was all about letting that manspread with reckless abandon, now we’re seeing what happens when it’s time to bottle it all up again. ... It’s a truly visceral viewing experience. ... I can’t think of another show for which we’re so excited for new episodes.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 10 Kevin Fallon
    A show so inane that the pendulum swings the other way and forces you to think anthropologically about how we got here.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Kevin Fallon
    Over the course of three episodes, the circuitous narrative amounts to the guests wondering, on a seemingly never-ending loop, “Why are we here?” ... Three hours into the show, I do not know why ​​they are there, but I did stop caring about the answer in about half that time. It doesn’t help that the performances are all over the place. ... The story is so underwritten that no amount of Kidman’s signature eye-twitch acting could hypnotize you into caring.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    Whatever nostalgic, unattainable utopia those old musicals portrayed, Schmigadoon!—as sharp, fearless, and at times even crude as you’d imagine from a Lorne Michaels production—imagines a new one. And, for the love of all the wind that comes sweeping down the plain, it’s so delightfully weird.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    This is Gossip Girl, so obviously there are love triangles and betrayals and backstabbing and upsettingly grown-up teen machinations. Some of those threads titillate. Some are incredibly dumb. Which is to say, it is every bit the soap opera you’d expect. Those are the diversions that hook you in each episode. ... But these diversions only work because they’re bolstered by some actually heady thematics.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Fallon
    A brilliant, maddening, and transformative piece of art-meets-comedy-meets-commentary.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Kevin Fallon
    The opening act plays out amid such astonishment that this is all even happening, it’s almost as if a stunned Janice is constantly shrieking, “Oh. My. God.” And yet...it’s also a misguided, confusing mess: stale when it’s not overly sentimental and self-congratulatory, relying on distracting stunts in place of authentic fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    Girls5eva, with its sprint through zaniness and invigorating message about getting yourself back out there even if it might be scary, might be the comedy series to capture our transition back into a celebratory world.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    The comedy and the intimacy of Che’s personal experience creates a show that feels funnier, more resonant, and more current than he could ever hope to be on SNL.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    It is the breeziest, most impactful thing I’ve watched this week, an easy, casual viewing that manages to strike you right in the heart. Watch it! It’s nice.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Fallon
    But what starts as the familiar slow burn of those other shows—a close-knit community is rocked by a murder that a hardened local detective must investigate—quickly catches fire, becoming a powerful portrait of grief, trauma, and the devastating secrets buried in this claustrophobic town’s tangled web of relationships.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    Guided by sturdy performances and a premise that promises buddy comedy, anti-terrorist combat and world-building in equal measure, the premiere of Marvel’s latest shows off few radical moves but delivers just what the faithful want.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    The reason the series will resonate is because of how candid she is about the complexities of addiction, the bumpy road of recovery, the pressures to be a poster child for sobriety, and the effects an episode like the one she experienced has on those in a person’s life. It’s perhaps corny but valid to venture that it could even save people’s lives.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    With the personable Hoback as its guide, it offers real-time access to Ron, Jim, Fredrick, Qtubers, OAN’s Jack Posobiec, and more, and is bolstered by an avalanche of news and internet clips, archival material, and interviews with experts.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Kevin Fallon
    Even grading on the curve of an attempt to stage a live production like this during the pandemic, the Globes failed to meet even the lowest bar. The irony is that this year’s hideous mess of a telecast did actually make the case for why award shows matter.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    Doing that Tom Hanks signature soft shoe down the line between gravitas and everyman accessibility, he set the tone for the night—one of extreme, inescapable, long-overdue earnestness. ... All in all, Celebrating America was a pretty standard version of what these things are. And after all of the everything of these last years, that alone was kind of nice. ... You grade specials like these on a curve. In this specific case, that curve is: “I do not even remember the last moment I felt joy so let me just appreciate this one thing.”
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    It’s refreshing to be reminded that an icon’s painful history is a part of their legacy, and that ignoring that does a disservice not only to what they endured and who they are, but to what they accomplished. It’s a delicate, tricky shot to take, but Tiger sinks the putt.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Fallon
    It attempts to find comedy in our frustration—something Veep did better—but lacks the edge it needs to really bolster its take on wokeness. It rarely digs deeper than: Isn’t it fun to see Ted Danson driven to his wit’s end over these things?
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    It’s a juicy show that will get you hard and make you cry—a real capturing of life under lockdown—while serving up a cast so stacked with attractive actors that by the time storied British hottie Freddie Stroma shows up, he starts to look almost plain. Let’s all just be grateful.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Kevin Fallon
    Elizabeth and Diana's stories are parallel, though distinct, narrative threads that are duly and richly explored in the 10 episodes. In practice, they exacerbate what’s always been a nagging problem with the series’ hopscotching through history, a distracting incoherence. ... It’s not a catastrophic misstep. ... When it comes to the Diana plot, one of the sharpest moves the show makes is to drive home just how young she was when she entered the melee. ... Anderson’s disappearance into the role is so all-encompassing it’s nearly a distraction—which is mostly praise.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    There are a slew of cute jokes that flit at major talking points from these last months without making so much of them that they become patronizing or off-puttingly quaint—a critical failure of so many other shows. ... That’s what was so great about this episode. While, yes, the pandemic was a loud presence, the commentary was subtle.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Kevin Fallon
    An elegantly staged reading of the standout episode “Hartsfield’s Landing.” ... Part nostalgic reunion, part COVID-production triumph, and part rudimentary celebrity PSA, the special boasted more gravitas than usual, as far as these things go. It also suffered the same exasperated whiff of “what’s the point” that all similar efforts battle in today’s whirlpool news cycle. ... But for an hour, at least, it was nice to cozy up with.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Kevin Fallon
    No creative or narrative decision in the show really makes sense, and everything is much more intense than it should be. Yet you can’t help but be riveted and swept up. There’s something almost accidentally spellbinding about it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Kevin Fallon
    I watched the four episodes provided to critics waiting with hot anticipation for the “thing” to click into place, the thing that bottles all of these vibes, diversions, and spontaneous forays into ensemble characters’ lives that circles and swirls so vibrantly—yet so chaotically—in this series, as if waiting to be harnessed. But it never happens. Whatever elixir you’re expecting Guadagnino to eventually package, at least in these first four hours, remains just spilled out over the screen, puddling as it will.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Kevin Fallon
    [Pen15 returns] in all its heart-shredding, hormone-confused, beautifully awkward and painfully traumatizing glory. If I had a gel pen, I would be doodling hearts all over. ... None of us would have been capable of writing about what any of that was like when we are at that age. To have it dramatized for us so viscerally—and now, at this turning point in our (millennial) lives—is pretty astonishing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Fallon
    Coastal Elites is both cathartic and insufferable. It’s provocative and annoying. It’s full of clever insight, yet it also might as well be a banshee cry in an echo chamber.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Kevin Fallon
    A production as impressive and emotional as it is unbearably on the nose and oversimplified.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Fallon
    It assumed I had the emotional intelligence and the circa-2020 compassion to deeply empathize with five girls who are dealing with the daily chaos of friendship and tweenage existence. Nothing is overly explained, just dramatically experienced. ... The writing is top-notch. The production is meticulous. The child acting is mostly fine.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Kevin Fallon
    It is, in the best way reality TV can be, an unfiltered look into the day-to-day personality of a star outside of controlled environments like talk-show couches and red carpets. That is to say that on top of the important work, Expecting Amy is very funny, because Amy Schumer is very funny. ... Expecting Amy is nothing I’ve ever seen before on this scale of celebrity and this level of intimacy, and that to me feels exciting and important.

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