Kristen Baldwin

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For 205 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 22% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kristen Baldwin's Scores

Average review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Pachinko: Season 1
Lowest review score: 8 The Masked Singer: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 205
205 tv reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    This season, Stranger Things is working harder and smarter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    What Angelyne lacks in precision it makes up for in spirit. There's an endearing level of protectiveness in Rossum's performance, and indeed the entire production. Angelyne is funny, but Angelyne is never the butt of the joke. Nor is her perpetual acolyte Krause, who Linklater brings to life with a striking blend of humor and pathos.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Kristen Baldwin
    There is a lifetime of history between Irene and Franklin, and the actors make sure we feel every second of it. Most of the time, though, Night Sky is busy being busy — unspooling new plot lines like so much toilet paper and doubling down on chase-thriller drama.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    True to the nature of sketch comedy, each episode has hit and miss moments — but when they work, the humor is silly and savage.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Kristen Baldwin
    All the performances are solid, but "quiet desperation" is a tough mood to maintain over five episodes — and an oddly sleepy one for a drama about a sensational scandal.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    It's an extreme relief to report that the new season displays no sign of the dreaded sophomore slump. The six episodes made available for review deliver another superb showcase for Smart and Einbinder while also providing the standout-packed ensemble players amplified opportunities to shine.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    The sophomore season hurtles through its eight episodes, dropping in satisfying reveals about the girls' island timeline, seeding new mysteries for the larger group, and tackling themes of racism, sexuality, and domestic violence.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Kristen Baldwin
    Bayer is excellent at playing cartoonishly awkward, which made her a standout in the sketch-comedy confines of Saturday Night Live, but her cringey antics don't quite translate to episodic storytelling. Shannon salvages the underwritten Jackie.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    Scandal ultimately rushes through the true scandal of the union's ugly dissolution, in which Margaret was essentially put on trial for being a woman who enjoyed sex. ... Still, Foy and Bettany make for a brilliantly broken couple, so let this Scandal deliver your Brit fix before The Crown returns this fall.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Kristen Baldwin
    A well-meaning but ponderous effort that wastes a trio of extraordinary actresses with its dull and cursory storytelling.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kristen Baldwin
    Is it a radical departure from their previous show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians on E!, which ended last year? Least spoilery spoiler alert ever: It is not.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Kristen Baldwin
    Most importantly, the sketches are consistently, ridiculously funny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    The six hour-long episodes offer an intriguing blend of sharp comedy and genuine danger, as the gang stumbles into a local drug cartel's messy business.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Kristen Baldwin
    A sprawling, stunning drama chronicling four generations of an immigrant Korean family — is truly "it's time to start tossing around words like 'masterpiece'" TV.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Kristen Baldwin
    What season two lacks in sex montages it makes up for in emotional resonance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Kristen Baldwin
    The show seems overtly fascinated with Adam Neumann's con, dramatized through pop-music fueled montages and an ever-present "Can you believe this guy?" tone. But the consequences of his financial shell-game — many of which fell on his overworked, underpaid workforce — are largely treated as an afterthought.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    At first, the show comes on a little strong with the whimsy. ... But Pam settles into a spirit of wry satire as it chronicles the grimly comical law enforcement ineptitude and/or cavalier disregard for the truth that allowed Pam to elude capture for so long.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    Even when the laughs don't land in Shining Vale, it's a pleasure to watch Cox as this fierce, funny embodiment of misunderstood and maligned female "hysteria."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Kristen Baldwin
    Joe vs. Carole simply doesn't contain enough fresh insight to justify its existence today — despite game performances by the stars.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Kristen Baldwin
    For six years and 52 episodes, Adlon's series has centered on the stories of everyday women — moms, sisters, daughters, friends — and elevated the ephemera of their day-to-day lives into art.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Kristen Baldwin
    [Arian Moayed's] scenes with Garner in the 82-minute (!) finale, which focuses on Anna's trial, are electric — the few moments Inventing Anna lives up to its promise. The rest of the time, the series feels like one extremely long con.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    A fun binge for fans of Forte and/or "whoever smelt it dealt it" jokes. [Feb 2022, p.101]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    The final few installments yield urgently satisfying answers while leaving plenty of loose ends for a potential season 2. America's indelible myth of work/life balance will take more than nine episodes to bust.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    Good emerging from bad and bad emerging from good — that's the contradiction of Bill Cosby. We don't have to like it, but Bell proves we don't have to be afraid of it, either.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 Kristen Baldwin
    There's no doubt that the showrunners want Woman to be a parody, but the humor is oddly toothless — and satire without a point of view is like a casserole with no crunch.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    Katims is gonna Katims, and the showrunner instills just enough acidity into his earnest brew to make the sweetness palatable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    In a perfect/streaming world, the half-hour episodes would have a bit more time to breathe — say, 30 actual minutes rather than the basic cable standard of 22-plus-commercials. But there's enough fizzy fun here to make SDF worth sampling, and I wouldn't say no to a second round.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Kristen Baldwin
    "No-frills" may not be a welcome descriptor for a public school, but it should be aspirational for TV comedy. Abbott does the most with the basics: a smart conceit, sharp writing, the right cast. Other sitcoms should be taking notes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Kristen Baldwin
    Even in its less-than-original moments, Harlem is consistently enjoyable. All the klieg light attention may be on Carrie and company for their upcoming HBO Max revival, but Harlem has more than enough shine of its own.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Kristen Baldwin
    With this project, Hart proves he's more than just a funnyman, but if he decides to try drama again, he'd do well to find something that takes story a bit more seriously.

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