Kristen Baldwin

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For 118 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 7.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kristen Baldwin's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Veep: Season 7
Lowest review score: 8 The Masked Singer: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 118
118 tv reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Kristen Baldwin
    There’s an immense amount of talent on screen in Space Force, from the main ensemble to the recurring cast, which includes Jane Lynch, Patrick Warburton, Diedrich Bader, Fred Willard, Ben Schwartz, Dan Bakkedahl, and Jessica St. Clair. What the show lacks is any kind of comedic vision, or even a fully-formed concept.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Kristen Baldwin
    Creator Sam Boyd has given us a female protagonist who is not only very familiar, she seems to be living by a set of rules that are distressingly outdated. ... Love Life is at its best when it examines how Darby's non-romantic connections influence her approach to finding a significant other.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    Creators Loren Bouchard, Nora Smith (Bob’s Burgers), and Josh Gad (Frozen) apply brainy, Broadway-style whimsy to the daily dramas of life. The result is a show that has a good heart, and you can dance to it, too.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Kristen Baldwin
    Sweet, shrewd series. ...[Maitreyi Ramakrishnan] has remarkable comedic swagger; she delivers Devi’s savage takedowns with the cheerful confidence of a young Amy Poehler. McEnroe is skilled at self-parody, and he toggles his tone between supportive observer, frustrated adult scold, and OK Boomer.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 Kristen Baldwin
    Most of the cast of Too Hot to Handle aren't built for anything deeper than a foot bath — and the prospect of $100k split 10 ways isn’t enough to keep many of them invested for long.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    Mrs. America is solid. But if the show had liberated itself from the idea of “having it all,” it could have been spectacular.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    Entertaining and emotional, escapist and inspirational, Making the Cut is first-rate quarantine TV.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Kristen Baldwin
    Hulu's sharp, soapy and emotional intense limited series is more than your standard suburban whodunit. ... There's also a rich and satisfying teen drama nestled inside Little Fires' saga of adult ennui. The young cast - especially Stott as the angsty Izzy and Lewis as the lovelorn Moody - is impressive. [Mar 2020, p.90]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Kristen Baldwin
    TEOTFW, in its first season at least, followed a clear story arc — teen psychopath discovers his humanity — while Not Okay waters down its bittersweet saga of loss and self-discovery with unnecessary supernatural hoo-hah. ... The It co-stars have a sweet and comfortable chemistry.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    The majority of Hunters works — at least in the first five episodes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Kristen Baldwin
    Once the proposals begin and the couples finally meet, the pod experiment evaporates, and Love is Blind becomes just another spin on the whole Married to My 90-day Fiancé at First Sight genre. ... To Netflix’s credit, LIB is an addictive reality show, but it’s also one that will leave you feeling worse than when you started. Call it a guilty displeasure.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    An entertaining and heartfelt family adventure about growing up, coping with loss, and finding a demon at the bottom of a well on your haunted estate. Imagine Goosebumps for grown-ups, or Stranger Things on antidepressants.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    Putting aside any expectations for another serving of Iannucci’s savage satire, Avenue 5 is still a sharply-written comedy with a strong cast and an enjoyable mix of highbrow punchlines, broad physical comedy, and silly sight gags, one involving a radiation shield of human excrement.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    Light-hearted but not too whimsical, starring a heroine who solves low-stakes emotional puzzles with angsty pluck, and delivering entertaining musical numbers that supplement rather than dominate the story, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is certainly worth keeping on shuffle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    Much of the new season is fun, and showrunners Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble nod to YOU’s more ridiculous tendencies by slipping in jokes at the show’s expense.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Kristen Baldwin
    Producer Gary David Goldberg (the man behind ”Spin City”) infuses ”Park” with plenty of ”City”-esque pacing and ”walk with me” camera work, but he forgot to add the laughs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kristen Baldwin
    The Beat may not be anything new, but it’s certainly the best drama UPN has ever aired — for what that’s worth.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    After watching all 10 episodes, it’s hard to imagine the mystery sustaining more than two seasons or so. But it’s far too early to quibble. Right now, Servant is delivering the kind of giddy thrills you want from horror: Things are going from bad to worse for the Turner family, and I can’t help but enjoy it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Kristen Baldwin
    The new Mad About You is pretty much the same as the old Mad About You. It’s agreeable, familiar, a little meh. Reiser is an expert at comically charming befuddlement; his cozy chemistry with Hunt remains intact 20 years later. As for the Oscar winner, she’s even allowed to act occasionally.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    At its heart, The Crown is a catalogue of the myriad ways Elizabeth must deny her true self out of duty to her country. It’s a theme that’s at once tragic and predictable, which makes the emergence of Prince Charles and Princess Anne as more prominent players all the more welcome.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    A smart, showy, and sometimes strained drama about women and control, men and #MeToo, and the evaporating line between news and entertainment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    Though it’s only seven half-hour episodes, Fletcher gives the excellent ensemble substantive subplots about their own search for acceptance. White is a standout as Brendan ... The finale, which omits several of the developments in Perotta’s novel, feels bewilderingly abrupt for a show billed as a “limited series.” If ever a story cried out for another chapter, it’s this one.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    Wilson is riveting as the mysterious Mrs. Coulter. ... Keen easily conveys [Lyra's] cocksure spirit and fragile innocence; she is a rare child actor who is fully believable as a child. A caveat: This review is based on the first three episodes only (out of eight), so it’s impossible to say whether HDM will fill fulfill its early promise. (Either way, the show has a two-season order.) For now, though, HBO’s new fantasy saga feels like a page-turner.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Kristen Baldwin
    What follows is a propulsive story that encompasses not only Annie Wilkes’ origins, but a haunted burial ground, the Battle of Mogadishu, reanimated corpses, and Tim Robbins growling through a sharp-cheddar Maine accent as Ace’s cancer-stricken father, Pop Merrill. ... Every revelation about the character feels both urgent and canon-correct. ... [Lizzy Caplan] does a remarkable job portraying Castle Rock’s reimagined Annie. Her performance is masterfully physical.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    Living with Yourself is perfectly calibrated for binge-watching. Several of the episodes end abruptly, at the peak of cliffhanger tension, and the eight half-hour installments whiz by in a satisfying rush. We could all use a break from living with ourselves, so spend a few hours with Miles and Miles. You’ll come away refreshed.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Kristen Baldwin
    Almost Family doesn’t really want to deal with female anger, or the revolting nature of its own premise. Instead, it aims to spin stories about community and family that are just so darn heartwarming, we’ll forget they’re all based on a fertility felony. Like everything else about this show, it just doesn’t work.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Kristen Baldwin
    The Politician suffers from a combination of Netflix bloat and Murphy’s own tendency to overreach for the hell of it. ... With all of this said, it is absolutely maddening to report that the finale sets up a season 2 that looks utterly fantastic.
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    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    The more The Kelly Clarkson Show can indulge its host’s goofy sense of humor, the more connected her viewers will feel.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    Stumbles are minor, and The Spy unspools an intense tale of suspense, building to a conclusion that is as devastating as it is inevitable. With Homeland‘s best days behind it (and its final season not premiering until 2020), fans will find Raff’s latest Spy a satisfying binge.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    It is not a spoiler to say that watching Unbelievable is an extremely satisfying experience — not just for its storytelling, but for its depiction of women who confront their reality rather than succumbing to it.

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