For 168 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lorraine Ali's Scores

Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Atlanta: Season 2
Lowest review score: 20 Insatiable: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 168
168 tv reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    Plague aftershock as entertainment seems preposterous right about now, but when transformed by the weirdo extremes of “Sweet Tooth’s” universe, the subject becomes a post-apocalyptic joyride.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Lorraine Ali
    Empathy and closeness radiates from the screen. ... The lead performances from relative newcomers Mbedu and Pierre are transporting. ... Jenkins is renowned for his nuance, subtlety and meditative silences, and those qualities transfer to television, with each episode of the series resembling a short film — beautiful cinematography, carefully considered locations, meticulous sets and wardrobe.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Lorraine Ali
    Thede and her cast take the kind of risks Che chooses not to, even though he enjoys safe harbor at “SNL.” And just as he’s been upstaged on “Weekend Update” by titanic impressions from the likes of Bowen Yang this season, Che is absent from many of his own series’ high points. ... When the center of the show looks like he’d rather be anywhere else, it’s near impossible to stay invested. Humor with impunity is rarely funny.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    “The Nevers” is a joy to watch and a thrill to follow. Supernatural realism, complex storytelling, fantastical powers and topical realties meet in this smart, suspenseful and colorful production. A litany of nuanced characters keep this otherworldly tale grounded.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Lorraine Ali
    The little team that could is a timeless tale, and though Netflix‘s “Cobra Kai” does a better job at breathing new life into a decades-old story, “Game Changers” is a smooth skate for those already invested in its world of misfits on ice.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    Pacing that requires patience is a risky move, especially in Episode 1, and within a franchise that’s conditioned its audiences to crave nonstop action. But the methodical buildup works, subtly creating tension on several fronts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    HBO’s powerful four-part series “Allen v. Farrow,” from investigative filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, is a comprehensive, convincing and ultimately devastating documentary that threatens to burn what’s left of his career and legacy to the ground.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Lorraine Ali
    While there are essentially two stories here, neither is told in a terribly compelling way. ... “The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel” falls in love with the crime lore aspects of the case, and feels more exploitative than revealing. ... The series makes a point of interviewing at least two guests from that time who recall the funny taste of the water when brushing their teeth, repeating much of what they’d already said in contemporaneous news clips included in the series.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    The four-part series is a powerful and haunting addition to the streamer’s onslaught of true-crime fare, but more than that, it deftly captures a place and time that many Angelenos will remember as part of their collective history.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Lorraine Ali
    The platform’s easiest trash-TV sell since “Tiger King” is an unimaginative snooze, a bland serving of salty language, an insult to creative cursers everywhere.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    The streamer’s bitingly funny, hastily assembled and slightly deranged comedic retrospective lampoons the worst year ever.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    If you liked the last two seasons, you’ll love the new one. Original characters from the first film appear throughout, giving the sense that the series has a much wider arc than it really does, while new characters continue to push the story forward.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    Historians and Jane Austen purists may take offense, but this well crafted, escapist drama — where orchestras play covers of Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish hits — is not meant for them.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Lorraine Ali
    Viewers never get to the bottom of who Selena is, what drives her or what holds her back, because she’s never afforded the same amount of attention or character development as the men behind her career. ... When Serratos hits the stage as the singer, the series lights up. ... Other issues with the series include clunky dialogue, corny jokes and family scenes that feel overly engineered to promote a wholesome household and business picture.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Lorraine Ali
    The show reveals a more subdued Hart who is clearly no longer willing to say anything for a laugh, meaning he really does give at least one or two f—. But is it funny? Sort of, but what he discloses about his life in the special is often more memorable than the jokes themselves.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    [Black-ish and The Conners] manage to squeeze humor out of the dismal realities of lockdown and viral surges while still honoring the pain and loss many American families have endured since March. Each household features frontline workers at different ends of the economic spectrum and folks struggling to cope. And each show strikes its own balance of snarky/smart humor, empathy and newsworthy candor, highlighting what it takes to muddle through unprecedented times.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    [The Conners and Black-ish] manage to squeeze humor out of the dismal realities of lockdown and viral surges while still honoring the pain and loss many American families have endured since March. Each household features frontline workers at different ends of the economic spectrum and folks struggling to cope. And each show strikes its own balance of snarky/smart humor, empathy and newsworthy candor, highlighting what it takes to muddle through unprecedented times.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Lorraine Ali
    Despite all of the authentic, real-life political fireworks they had to work with in this production, which is based on Comey’s bestseller “A Higher Loyalty,” “The Comey Rule” still comes off flat — and even boring — in places. It’s as if the cast and narrative could not compete with the larger-than-life absurdity of the actual people and events they’re depicting. ... These caricatures might distract from the story, but “The Comey Rule,” written and directed by Billy Ray, is still worth watching.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    It’s a brave effort that dares to pair humor with intense, difficult subject matter. The result is a series that’s as intimate and authentic as it is topical and necessary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Lorraine Ali
    Call them liberals, Democrats, anti-Trumpers or just plain fed up. They’re losing their minds and this awkward, uneven, funny and sometimes moving program from satirist and playwright Paul Rudnick and director Jay Roach (“Recount,” “Bombshell”) attempts to capture the progressive zeitgeist. ... Sharynn Tarrows (Dever) is exhausted after a 14-hour shift, and her testimony is so moving it redeems some of the weaker aspects of “Coastal Elites.”
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    A sharp, entertaining, eviscerating satire of superhero franchises and the culture that aggrandizes them. ... If Season 1 was great, Season 2 is even better, thanks to the expansion of the main characters’ back stories — which in turn throws the good-versus-evil, perfect folks-versus-regular slobs plot into even sharper relief. New twists and members of the ensemble are added judiciously, which is probably a strange word for a show that’s so wonderfully reckless.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” has some pacing issues and can be clumsy in its attempt to move between the various crimes, the investigation and McNamara’s impassioned quest. But it does something most true crime productions do not: It offers a form of closure for the women and men whose lives were shattered, or whose loved ones were murdered, by a prolific monster. ... But the docuseries is also a fitting eulogy for McNamara, who didn’t live to see justice served but lives on in this dueling narrative of compelling timelines.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    The comedian was in top form. ... What followed was Chappelle at his rawest. ... But this was a different sort of raw, informed by the heat of moment, decades of injustice and Chappelle’s own need to do something, no matter how underproduced or off-the-cuff.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lorraine Ali
    It is, miraculously, as good — if not better than — its predecessor. ... Season 2 is moving and profane. Stupid funny, then scary serious. Topical and evergreen. Hyperspecific with wide appeal.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Lorraine Ali
    Season 2 has problems standing on its own. ... Things feel mechanical rather than risky and clandestine, serviceable rather than seductive. ... It’s a forgettable follow-up, no memory-erasing drugs required.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    Far from a true crime Hollywood whodunit, the big bombshells in this film are emotional. ... Scattered but compelling, a fresh narrative about Wood’s legacy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Lorraine Ali
    “Defending Jacob” is a measured and duplicative story that feels like a collection of clips from other well-produced, but ultimately forgettable, crime narratives.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    It’s a compelling drama that’s as ambitious, colorful and bold as the characters it brings to life over each hour-long episode. ... The divisions among [the women's rights activist] ranks is where the drama really heats up, and strikes more than one painfully topical nerve. ... Blanchett is transformative and chilling here.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Lorraine Ali
    Season 3 extends the thinning plot and has trouble finding its mojo in the first four episodes reviewed here. ... It takes it quite a few episodes to get off the floor, into the shower, and back in the fold — and no matter how good Oh and Comer still are (and they are), it feels like a slog
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    Fresh, lively and fast-paced period drama. ... Spencer’s performance is dazzling. ... “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” isn’t just a wonderful tribute to yet another unsung hero — it’s an engrossing and uplifting series that shines light in otherwise dark times.

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