Kristen Baldwin

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For 157 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 21% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kristen Baldwin's Scores

Average review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Veep: Season 7
Lowest review score: 8 The Masked Singer: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 157
157 tv reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    [The Upshaws] juices the multicamera-family-sitcom model with fresh dynamics, depth, and genuine laughs.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Kristen Baldwin
    The show excels in these small moments of discovery. And Smart, the reigning Meryl Streep of tough broad types, excels at absolutely everything. ... Einbinder, an LA-based stand-up comic tackling her first leading role, is immensely appealing as Ava.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    While the specter of AIDS hangs over the whole season, Pose leaves a significant milestone in the history of the virus until the 90-minute finale. It's a lot of ground to cover, and some of the dialogue trends toward overwrought speechifying. But this was a time when ACT UP literally had to throw the ashes of their loved ones on the White House lawn to get the government to pay more attention to the AIDS crisis, so perhaps a little melodrama is called for.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Kristen Baldwin
    New things, things we've waited for, start to happen in episode 6. A few of these moments are genuinely cathartic and moving, but others feel underplayed and dulled by such a long delay.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    For now, Cruel Summer is addictive and fresh — and with any luck, viewers won't get burned.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    The three episodes provided for review set up a reliably pleasant structure: Coach Korn's single-minded approach clashes comedically with the emotional intricacies of teenage girlhood; bristling and push-back on both sides ensues; by the end of the hour, compromise is achieved, and everyone learns a little bit about themselves in the process. Stamos is the ultimate utility player, capable of delivering dry wit and sweet sentiment in equal measure. The other adult characters aren't as well-defined.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    Bracingly honest. ... Dancing raises a host of thorny, complex issues — too many for its brief runtime of four 22-minute episodes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    Pedrad captures the many contradictions of early adolescence. Chad moves stiffly through the world, swinging from bouts of loud hyperactivity to a muttery, almost physical self-effacement. The actress is so natural in the role that it's not long before the device is overshadowed by the character, a kid coming to terms with his identity.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 67 Kristen Baldwin
    The Globes made a valiant (if not always successful) effort to deliver some awards show glamour. ... If you squinted a bit, Fey and Poehler almost-not-really looked like they were on stage together, though that split-screen technology didn't help much with their toothless monologue.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Kristen Baldwin
    Underneath Ginny & Georgia's patina of cutesy quirk lies a somewhat depressing story about two unhappy children who repeatedly suffer the consequences of their mother's broken moral compass.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    What makes Allen v. Farrow all the more devastating is that it isn't packed with explosive revelations — it just puts all the evidence together and lays it at our feet. At times the series meanders and would have benefitted from a tighter edit.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Kristen Baldwin
    Firefly Lane would be entirely forgettable without Heigl and Chalke — which is both a compliment and a disappointment.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    Success will depend on whether the eventual answers are satisfying — and whether all those fancy sitcom adornments are just a long wind-up to an overly familiar superhero smash-up. Consider WandaVision an unusual first step for this new Marvel phase. The best parts lovingly conjure the mood of very old television shows. The worst parts feel like just another movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Kristen Baldwin
    The sophomore season seems to be building steadily toward another chaotic and awful reckoning with Leanne, and this is one nightmare I'm in no rush to escape.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    Bridgerton, it seems, is a wonderful diversion for those who love Pride & Prejudice but wish it had more stairway sex. ... For all of the misery we endured in 2020, at least it is the year that Shondaland successfully dragged the period romance into the modern age.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    Of course, the girls aren't there by accident — and each episode of The Wilds balances this mystery with woman-vs.-nature drama and flashbacks to the castaways' pre-crash life. Remarkably, both story tracks remain consistently engrossing throughout all 10 episodes, as the writers skillfully weave urgent island dilemmas with each character's personal challenges.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Kristen Baldwin
    The Flight Attendant's glimpses into Cassie's deeper complexities are largely overshadowed by her frantic, increasingly silly efforts to find the mystery woman she met in Bangkok (Michelle Gomez) and piece together the events leading up to Alex's death.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Kristen Baldwin
    Piper gives an extraordinary performance. ... The eight-episode series tells a complete story, and the finale, "Acceptance," is an emotionally wrenching treasure. But I Hate Suzie should be Piper and Prebble's Fleabag moment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Kristen Baldwin
    Corrin handles the burden of portraying Diana — one of the most beloved public figures of the 20th century — admirably. ... O’Connor is uncannily skilled at portraying the prince’s chimeric moods — the arrogance and entitlement, the hangdog malaise, the insecurity and yearning. ... It’s a season of next-level performances, really. Anderson’s turn as Thatcher is so viscerally physical. ... She is transformed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    Robinson, with his boyish, sad-eyed beauty and quiet charm, deftly manages Eric’s transition from lovestruck kid to haunted young adult. He and Mara have a palpable chemistry (but don’t worry, folks — Robinson is 25). As Claire, Mara does her best work after the affair is exposed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kristen Baldwin
    The effort and ingenuity is very commendable. But everything about Connecting — starting with the groaner of a title — is painfully on the nose.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    Even when Social Distance focuses on the pandemic — a desperate father (Peter Scanavino) cares for his toddler while his COVID-stricken wife (Ali Ahn) quarantines in a bedroom 10 feet away — there’s a humanity to the stories' specificity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    The Undoing is beautiful — the people, the locations, the coats! — and we’re all apt to cut beautiful things a little slack. Through all of the misdirects, the characters’ dumb decisions, the dreamy detours, The Undoing kept me guessing — and, of course, gloating over everyone’s misfortune.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Kristen Baldwin
    Grand Army is ambitious, often to a fault. Still, there are flashes of beauty — let me say again, Odley Jean is a revelation — amid the gritty teen boilerplate.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    What’s interesting about Emily in Paris is that Star seems to know that his heroine is très annoying. ... You'll wish you were watching Mindy in Paris. (Not too late for a spin-off, Mr. Star!) That’s not to say that Collins has somehow failed in her role. Emily is written as an irritating go-getter who relentlessly pursues her colleagues’ approval and believes wholeheartedly that she deserves it. If Collins delivered an Emily who was likable — well, that would be a failure.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Kristen Baldwin
    It's hard to imagine that Comey, polished and well-acted as it is, will sway many hearts and minds. Those who support Donald Trump are highly unlikely to watch, and those who don't — well, a dramatic re-enactment of the events surrounding the 2016 election may feel less like entertainment and more like ideological torture porn.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    A welcome throwback to the type of playful, Spelling-esque silliness that’s been missing from primetime for too long.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Kristen Baldwin
    Woke spends its 8-episode season nudging Keef toward his epiphany, all the while making necessary but not particularly interesting discoveries about the variety of micro- and macro-aggressions Black people face every day. ... The best scenes in Woke are between Keef and his roommates.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Kristen Baldwin
    A self-important patchwork of space clichés and boilerplate family conflict that never manages to make it into orbit.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Kristen Baldwin
    What’s so chilling about The Vow — HBO’s immersive new docuseries about NXIVM, the New York-based “self-help group” brought down by charges of sexual slavery — is how vividly it illustrates the seductive and insidious ways these groups lure intelligent, well-meaning people into servitude.

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