For 191 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lorraine Ali's Scores

Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Underground Railroad
Lowest review score: 20 Insatiable: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 191
191 tv reviews
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    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    “Devil in Disguise” is not as powerful or haunting as Netflix’s “Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer,” but it’s equally as fascinating in its deep exploration of another notorious crime that captured the city‘s imagination. ... Footage of interrogation sessions with Bianchi stand out here, taking this series deep into the mind of a sociopath.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    The vibrant half-hour comedy layers flashy pop-culture trimmings atop meaningful personal journeys as it follows estranged high school friends Shawna (Aida Osman) and Mia (KaMillion) when they reconnect in their 20s and form an unlikely rap duo.
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    • 50 Lorraine Ali
    It’s telling that some of the most intriguing material associated with “Unprecedented” didn’t make it into the final film. ... While there’s plenty more to chew on in the docuseries, especially for those interested in Trump family dynamics, it pales in comparison to the hearings’ must-see TV.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    Marvel TV’s first South Asian Muslim superhero expands its universe in this bold yet lighthearted series.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    There is plenty of fun to be had in “Stranger Things 4,” which both celebrates and parodies a decade that pushed conformity, conservatism and questionable style.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    “Now and Then” is a compelling soap mixed with well-crafted drama and an even better cast [than Netflix's “Who Killed Sara?”].
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lorraine Ali
    His quest for forgiveness begets ever more violence, pulling the story in masterfully funny, tense and disturbing directions, and proving that this half-hour comedy is still one of television’s best suspense-filled thrillers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Lorraine Ali
    The film is an authentic and brave effort that works two-thirds of the time, when it’s not bogged down in needless animated interludes likening Wood to “Alice in Wonderland.” Segments dedicated to issues with her family, and father in particular, feel overworked.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    “Jeen-Yuhs” is a compassionate record of the journey.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Lorraine Ali
    Delvey’s story is riveting. The series, sadly, is not. It’s five hours too long and far too formulaic to keep up with its brazen protagonist, played here by “Ozark’s” Julia Garner. But for all its problems, it’s hard to stop watching “Inventing Anna”.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    “Murderville” isn’t afraid to be an imperfect, silly mess, which is why it’s the perfect escape for messy times.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    Goofy as “Pam & Tommy” can be — and despite its periodic struggles to add a #MeToo frame to the sex tape story — it’s still clever enough to be a worthwhile escape.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    Nothing is tied up in a neat bow, and that’s largely what’s so engrossing about this series. It struggles, like the rest of us, with where to put Cosby.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    “Archive 81” is amateurish in spots, and not in a self-aware way. .. But the long-haul effects of “Archive 81” are worth the time spent on this series. Unlike many a mystery streamer, there is a satisfying payoff at the end of the analog mystery.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Lorraine Ali
    Casting here alone should win awards for capturing the essence of a decade when raw, untamed and dangerous young women surged to the forefront of music and film. Ricci (“The Ice Storm”), Lynskey (“Heavenly Creatures”) and Lewis (“Natural Born Killers”) kill in “Yellowjackets,” figuratively and literally. ... If it holds up (I’ve seen the first six episodes available for review), “Yellowjackets” may turn out to be my favorite show of 2021, even though it stretches into 2022.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    Each character grows more interesting as the series proceeds thanks to strong character development and sharp writing, and the chemistry among the performers becomes the bond that carries the show as the women become entangled in one another’s relationship disasters and work dilemmas.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Lorraine Ali
    It’s the music where she’s most expressive, which was certainly borne out Sunday night by her uneventful and distinctly nonrevealing interview with Oprah, which only succeeded in interrupting the momentum of the performance.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    This miniseries revives old themes but drops in enough new conflicts — internal and otherwise — to pull the narrative forward into fresh terrain.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    ["Colin in Black & White"] tackles the depressing truth of discrimination inside and outside the world of sports. And it does so with a clever balance of YA humor, strategically deployed data — in a league that’s more than 70% Black, less than a third of the quarterbacks are — and an emotional authenticity that sheds light on who Kaepernick is today, and why he was willing to risk his career in the name of justice.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Lorraine Ali
    Season 2 again enters territory that is frequently too fraught to dissect in public without triggering knee-jerk responses — with all the risks that entails. And whether it holds together as the world falls apart is an open question. But “The Morning Show” most definitely succeeds at striking the balance between advancing its own personality-driven narrative and tackling topical issues in one entertaining drama.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    A must-see limited series. ... Propelled by the brand of brisk, addictive storytelling, stellar casting and high-end soap appeal that have defined the “American Crime Story” franchise since its first entry, “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Lorraine Ali
    [Nine Perfect Strangers] takes its unwitting visitors on a more metaphysical ride than its predecessors, which is equal parts intriguing and frustrating.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    It ultimately sets itself apart by taking a deeper look at the multitude of issues that surfaced after America finally chose its first Black president. ... Using Obama’s legacy as a prism to look at the myriad ways his presidency forced the country to grapple with its painful history, the series thus offers a fresh look at how Obama did and didn’t fit into the country’s prevailing political narratives.
    • 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.
    • 57 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.
    • 74 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.

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