Liz Shannon Miller

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For 167 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 84% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 13% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Liz Shannon Miller's Scores

Average review score: 82
Highest review score: 100 The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1
Lowest review score: 25 The Orville: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 167
167 tv reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Liz Shannon Miller
    Of all the surprises and twists introduced by this show, perhaps the most exciting is its deep investment in understanding its central character at his best and worst, asking some truly tough questions against the backdrop of a time travel lark. Loki was always one of the MCU's greatest villains. But he's just as compelling as the hero of his own story.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Liz Shannon Miller
    You can feel the plot straining at the confines of just six episodes, and an easy solution would be for someone to please, for the love of little green apples, greenlight a second season. Because what We Are Lady Parts does well, it does extremely well, and its infectious spirit and charming characters deserve a chance to play on.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Liz Shannon Miller
    Despite having a runtime equalling almost five episodes of the actual show, the biggest surprise of the special is just how entertaining and engaging those 104 minutes end up being.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Liz Shannon Miller
    That's the real magic trick a show like this has to pull off — creating a universe that feels fresh to newcomers, without alienating them or feeling too confusing. Like so many things in life, the key ingredient turns out to be the people involved. And in the case of both the fictional characters and the cast and crew, the people of Shadow and Bone deliver.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Liz Shannon Miller
    Game Changers isn't epic enough to serve as a tentpole series for Disney+, but it is the sort of solid entry that helps establish the service as not just the house that Baby Yoda built, but rather the home of good clean fun, for parents and kids alike.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Liz Shannon Miller
    It's solid and the season finale, packed with loose plot threads, will make you crave a second season. And in the grand scheme of Netflix original series, this one might linger in the memory for longer than expected, if only thanks to that premise — the power of a truly great "What if...?"
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Liz Shannon Miller
    Taken as a whole, Debris may ultimately struggle to soar beyond its most familiar and predictable components. But, at least based on the pilot, its best qualities may make it better suited for this moment right now than you'd expect.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Liz Shannon Miller
    In some ways, the fact that Superman & Lois feels very different from the shows that have come before it is one of its strengths, and its inherent heartfelt sincerity brings with it a lot of promise; promise it may be able to live up to.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Liz Shannon Miller
    But For All Mankind's biggest, most daring choices aren't really what stick with you, in the end, because where the show really sings is in the details — there are moments scattered throughout the whole season that will electrify your brain and break your heart.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Liz Shannon Miller
    While it's not the most avant-guard of pieces, that straightforward approach helps elevate the wealth of first-hand materials included, some of which proves genuinely haunting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Liz Shannon Miller
    It's great TV on its own merits. But for those who relish these stories but always want them to reach further, WandaVision is a true triumph.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Liz Shannon Miller
    The costumes are beautiful. The actors are on point. It's a show that knows exactly what it is, but beautifully achieves that while also still layering in some surprises and modern twists. Turn your nose up at it, if you like. But you'll miss out on some of the year's most enjoyable television yet.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Liz Shannon Miller
    Come for the mysteries, stay for the raw emotional catharsis of watching these girls scream. The Wilds is a hell of a ride, and the only downside is that in these uncertain times of production, a second season isn't necessarily guaranteed. And that would be quite a shame, because not only does the final episode of this season leave us with plenty of questions to be answered, but by that point, we've gotten to know these girls so well, we genuinely care what happens to them next.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Liz Shannon Miller
    Mara and Robinson give Fidell and fellow directors Andrew Neel and Gillian Robespierre everything they need and more to make this relationship work on screen, for all its soft moments and jagged edges. ... One of the most daring and complex series of 2020.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Liz Shannon Miller
    Yes, Baby Yoda remains as cute as ever, but more importantly, the show’s titular anti-hero will do what’s right when the time is right, but isn’t afraid of grey areas in other circumstances. In those moments, The Mandalorian is at its boldest and most fascinating.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Liz Shannon Miller
    Hawley is a creator who loves images, ideas, and words, and not a single episode watched for review (FX provided the first nine) lacks for an unforgettable camera shot, a haunting character choice, or a line of dialogue so weird and wonderful it could only be Fargo. And in a year when pretty much everything feels coated with a layer of tarnish, perhaps it’s right that Year 4 is a season where heroes feel very hard to find.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Liz Shannon Miller
    The Boys remains incredibly true to itself, while also not being afraid to take some big new swings and push the boundaries of the cast, the writers, and the audience itself.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Liz Shannon Miller
    Not every joke lands perfectly, but so much of Lower Decks‘ humor is impressively well-calibrated to celebrate this franchise for its quirks, while also poking fun at concepts that are relatable no matter the century, like boring business meetings, professional jealousies, and awkward first dates. It’s not easy, trying to find a new way to sing Star Trek‘s song, but so far Lower Decks has found a way to nimbly balance some tricky concepts and look good doing it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Liz Shannon Miller
    Maxxx serves as the TV equivalent of a summer beach read, as well as delightful proof of Fagbenle’s wide range of talents — this is the show he wanted to make, and it’s good silly fun. At this moment in time, that’s very, very welcome.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Liz Shannon Miller
    If you crave originality or weirdness in your fantasy TV, there’s plenty to enjoy here. But beyond some clunky and predictable dialogue, the biggest flaw is Nimue — whether it’s on Langford for failing to really sell key moments or the writing for leading the character to make dangerous or at times even dumb choices, the ostensible focus of the show fails to come together.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Liz Shannon Miller
    It’s honestly rare to watch a show and not just feel fully confident about being able to recommend it to anyone, regardless of gender or age, but say that it should be watched by everyone. Young women deserve to be taken seriously. And so does this show.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Liz Shannon Miller
    Despite different writers and directors, all three of these episodes feel much more consistent, united by more than just the occasional appearance from Peele.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Liz Shannon Miller
    Like the first season, there’s a high level of energy that verges often on a level of camp that is almost reminiscent of vintage Glee episodes; there’s a lot of speechifying on the part of characters. But while at times the second season is quite watchable — 90 percent of the time thanks to its cast — the show doesn’t really know what it wants to say about, well, anything.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Liz Shannon Miller
    While the 10 half-hour episodes rarely drag, they also never really dig into all of the issues brought forward.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Liz Shannon Miller
    Beautifully made and complex, and unflinching when it needs to be, The Great at times feels like a light meal, but then reveals its surprising density. It’s a show that’s easy to underestimate, but promises to be unforgettable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Liz Shannon Miller
    he overarching narrative, involving the Parisian underworld of drugs and guns and how it infiltrates the supposed peaceful world of the club, gives the series some degree of stakes but honestly, more often than not, feels like a distraction. ... What is here, though, is held together by the remarkable strength of the international cast, all taking their cues from Holland.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Liz Shannon Miller
    The interactive technology still isn’t compatible with Apple TV, but in a computer browser, the interactivity and user experience is pretty sold). That said, it’s hard to deviate too much from the broader path, as most bad decisions are pretty quickly reversed and bring you back to the core storyline. ... Even though the outcomes were different, all three experiences were a lot of fun — you could spend hours replaying all the different options and tracking down the most obscure Easter eggs buried in these decision trees.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Liz Shannon Miller
    While it doesn’t quite sell its point, it doesn’t fail to entertain.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Liz Shannon Miller
    While the civil rights strides that have been made over the decades represent significant progress, any narrative talking about the Equal Rights Amendment is going to feel like a tragedy. ... This casts a harsh shadow over what is otherwise a captivating, well-made portrait of an important American movement that features one of the best ensemble casts in recent memory.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Liz Shannon Miller
    This show at times delivers the textbook definition of emotional whiplash. But on the other hand, it’s often a hell of a ride.

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