Kristen Lopez

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For 85 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kristen Lopez's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Somebody Somewhere: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 I Know What You Did Last Summer (2021): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 85
  2. Negative: 10 out of 85
85 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Kristen Lopez
    Dark Winds may seem similar to other detective shows but it’s more than that. With well-written and sharply defined characters, plus an invigorating and tightly wound story, it’ll be hard to wait a week for each episode to drop.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Lopez
    The series isn’t content to be a saucy exploration of the Tudor era, but instead a searing examination of the politics of the time. Think of it like “Succession” with French hoods.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Lopez
    If you’re a fan of flashy hilarity than “Angelyne” is for you. The series captures a camp quality and Rossum is utterly captivating. She finds the nuance in a character whose an icon, even if it’s just in her own mind.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Kristen Lopez
    The problem is many of the series’ themes are swathed in overt metaphors that have all the grace of a sledgehammer. There are no organic moments, everything connects back to an element from these women’s pasts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Lopez
    “The Flight Attendant,” like its heroine, reinvents itself in Season 2. The story is streamlined to focus more on Cassie’s own personal development. This might turn off those who enjoyed what Season 1 laid out, but if you’ve enjoyed the characters this far you’ll continue to love Cuoco and company as they try to become adults.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Kristen Lopez
    I do wish it had just decided to rip off “Yellowstone.” Brolin’s good and if the series eschewed the sci-fi conceit there’s enough good actors here to at least make it entertaining. But slathering a sci-fi element on top of it and not understanding what tone to strike doesn’t lead to oil, it leads to crap.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Lopez
    “Julia” is the ultimate comfort television that wraps the audience in the joys of cooking, with sweet performances from actors all at the top of their game. Just sit back and enjoy this one with your favorite dessert and wine.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Kristen Lopez
    “Bridgerton” Season 2 tries hard to please everyone, but ends up feeling watered down. Gone is the sexiness in favor of a more chaste series that almost everyone can watch together. Simone Ashley is a gem this season, but there’s never enough chemistry between her and Bailey to get a fire started.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Lopez
    In the span of 60 minutes Hawke not only lays the groundwork for how Woodward and Newman fell in love, but how they came to represent the last gasp of a dying era. ... If you’re a classic film fan or just a devotee of cinema make it a point of seeing “The Last Movie Stars.”
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Lopez
    The first half of “Phoenix Rising” works in peaks and valleys. Wood’s courage shines through, and by focusing on Manson’s alleged abuse, there’s a compelling exploration taking place about power dynamics and relationships in Hollywood.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Lopez
    “The Girl from Plainville” is another standard Hulu true crime series. When it has the opportunity to weave a narrative, away from the confines of a courtroom, it’s impossible to look away. It’s dreamy, disturbing, and impeccably acted by Fanning and Ryan. But it too often falls into the Hulu trap of simply reenacting, presenting the facts and little more.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Kristen Lopez
    “From” maintains the audiences’ interest because of Harold Perrineau’s acting. He believes in the character and so does the audience. But like many of the shows it’s inspired/imitating, depending on your view, it spends too much time setting up its world and not pushing the story forward.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Lopez
    “The Girl Before” doesn’t feel like a conventional mystery and that is its strength. It feels akin to a staged performance, with the character predominately relegated to One Folgate Street. Mbatha-Raw and Plummer are powerhouses in a story that sticks with you because it’s a slice of reality.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kristen Lopez
    There’s little to be found in “The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window” that you can’t find in the countless movies that already litter Netflix about women solving crimes. Bell is a strong lead, but if the series wants to be a send-up the humor needs to be more consistent. If it wants to play it straight, eschew humor entirely.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Kristen Lopez
    “Pam & Tommy” is funny, emotional, and an incisive look at a story many still believe they know. James and Stan are astounding, with the former completely transforming herself physically and utilizing that to show Anderson as the fully realized person she was never allowed to be.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 58 Kristen Lopez
    “As We See It” has the potential to show their autistic cast’s true perspectives, but the writing certainly needs to be more reflective of a neurodivergent POV. Pien, Rutecki, and Glassman are great, as is Bacon, but if you’re at all on the spectrum and/or a disabled viewer, expect a lot of treacle that’s not meant to make you feel seen.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Kristen Lopez
    Everett and Hiller are the dominant forces within “Somebody Somewhere,” but the supporting cast is compelling. ... If you’ve ever just driven around with your bestie on a Sunday looking for something to do, and what you did was boring but you two connected, “Somebody Somewhere” captures the singularity of that experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Lopez
    “Abbott Elementary” should be everyone’s new comedic obsession, with a cast that’s not only funny but who’ve already formed an honest, connective chemistry. Quinta Brunson’s sitcom always feels heartfelt, even when it’s criticizing a system that’s overworking teachers and letting down students.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 33 Kristen Lopez
    “The Cleaning Lady” has good intentions, but is far too derivative to form a compelling series. Yung is a star, as is Millan, but the two women are smothered by the soapy (pun intended) issues of a criminal underworld that feels like Mafia 101.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Kristen Lopez
    If you’re a “Harry Potter” superfan, you’ll probably find returning to Hogwarts and seeing your favorite characters reunited pleasant enough. Just don’t expect anything passing for growth.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Lopez
    The situations here aren’t new, but they feel different in Calderón Kellett’s hands. “With Love” is a vibrant and engaging original on par with some of the best network content out there — deliciously captivating and hard to stop watching.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Kristen Lopez
    “Anne Boleyn” is a cold retelling of the the English queen’s life that is only given life through Jodie Turner-Smith’s performance. Maybe if this had been a full-length series with more opportunity to expand the world out, there would be more reflection here.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 42 Kristen Lopez
    “The Hot Zone: Anthrax” is a formulaic look back at the anthrax scare with little profound or specific to say. Tony Goldwyn gives a flamboyant lesson in fear, but everything else is too much of a slog to get into.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Kristen Lopez
    For all the warm fuzzies found within “Harriet the Spy,” the series lacks the rebelliousness Fitzhugh created with her novel. ... Regardless, Beanie Feldstein’s charm certainly helps keep Harriet engaging for fans new and old.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Kristen Lopez
    With a story that feels like it’s being made up in the moment, Netflix’s second season of “Tiger King” feels like a blatant grab for cash, hoping to snare all the people that watched the series during the pandemic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Kristen Lopez
    “Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson” is another essential episode of The New York Times Presents.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Kristen Lopez
    Overall, the storyline with the teenage girls actually enduring the wilderness is superior. ... Right now, “Yellowjackets” is all kinds of fun, focused on a messy story and the messy people who rose from the ashes of it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Kristen Lopez
    There’s a lot of discussion but not nearly enough action to keep the show compelling.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Lopez
    Steinfeld still conveys the intensity of the creative process, but this final season forces Emily to ask herself if writing enough. ... This final season expands the show into a true ensemble.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 58 Kristen Lopez
    “Colin in Black and White” can feel sentimental and blunt in a way that feels as disparate as those two terms are. But there’s something highly watchable about it, particularly in young Colin’s narrative.

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