For 147 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lorraine Ali's Scores

Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Crown: Season 3
Lowest review score: 20 Insatiable: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 147
147 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 62 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.
    • 68 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.
    • 62 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Lorraine Ali
    Clumsy dialogue aside, “Little Fires Everywhere” is entertaining as a high-end soap opera driven by star power, a little bit of mystery and lots of ‘90s pop culture references.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    Expect outrage from her right-wing detractors and cheers from her fans when this persuasive and brisk four-hour series by documentarian Nanette Burstein debuts.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Lorraine Ali
    This collection of wacky conundrums and underachiever gags feels like a missed opportunity — and distinctly half-realized next to her other stellar achievements of late. ... Nora needs more than meandering dialogue and a few absurd set pieces (catching her roommate’s apartment on fire, for example) to emerge from her funk as an underdeveloped character.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    No two journeys are alike in the smart, nuanced eight-part drama, one of television’s best takes on modern migrant culture. ... The beauty of this production is that it never has to make that point with pro- or anti-immigration rhetoric, or with heavy-handed narratives that pit the huddled masses against a cruel, intolerant establishment. The stories breathe on their own.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Lorraine Ali
    The last thing anyone needed was for the smirking master of ceremonies to reprimand them for having hope, or taunt the room for trying to use their influence to change things for the better. Almost immediately, however, it became clear Gervais wasn’t the funniest guy in the room at the 77th Golden Globes — and he wasn’t running the show, either. ... Politics aside, the telecast’s strongest comedic moment erupted when Gervais was off stage.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    A powerful and necessary second act. ... Is it hard to watch? Absolutely. But it’s also riveting and cathartic, especially since Kelly is being prosecuted. “Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning” continues to press for justice and give voice to credible accusers and witnesses.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Lorraine Ali
    It’s long on impressive special effects and alien shootouts, and short on a fresh story line beyond the usual unwitting hero with a mysterious family tree and a destiny that involves saving the universe (or part of it). ... It’s “Star Wars"/Disney right down to its weird sand creatures and blighted outposts, and a safe-but-entertaining start for the media giant’s exploratory mission into a largely untamed universe.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lorraine Ali
    Colman is masterful as a cold but not uncaring figurehead for a country in need of solace. ... Sweeping historical significance aside, it’s the intimate, internal battles make this season just as riveting — if not stronger — as the last two.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    The series is a smart, funny, irreverent ride — a coming-of-age comedy fused with a rich costume drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    Fast-paced and captivating. ... Its depiction of a racially divided, corrupt and often venal world rings just as true today.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    When the band of misfits set out to solve the mystery, “Stranger Things 3” crackles with the same oddball charm, dark suspense, innocence and self-aware humor that made this nerdy monster tale a surprise hit in the first place.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    In a wickedly funny and moving season opener, the ladies’ hard-won camaraderie may make them the biggest kingpins in town, if they stick together.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    A furious and emboldened June embodies an entire resistance movement. She and her fearless fellow handmaids validate the rage of women who not only feel disenfranchised but targeted, and the characters fight back.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    The story itself falls apart and reassembles several times per each hour-long episode, but when viewed as a collection of clever sketches by master performers it’s a fun frolic — and with a cast of biblical proportions.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Lorraine Ali
    Though flawed, “The Hot Zone” is an effective, real-life horror story whose key points are hard to brush aside.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    The series is produced by the group’s surviving members and at times feels like a cleaned-up version of a presumably rawer and dirtier truth. ... But it’s the old footage and artful vision of Jenkins that sets this retrospective apart from the countless other docs about rappers who changed the game.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    Gripping.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lorraine Ali
    Powerful and haunting. ... As bleak as it all sounds, “Chernobyl” is a riveting drama that’s full of payoffs. It’s a thoroughly researched account of an event that’s still misunderstood, and it captures the sacrifices made by the Russian people — knowingly and inadvertently — in their efforts to clean up another state-sponsored mess.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    The most dynamic and eventful season opener in the HBO drama’s nine-year history. ... Dots were connected at a brisk pace ... but not at the expense of eloquently cut dialogue, ongoing character development, stunning scenery and an often wicked sense of humor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    The 30-minute episodes are refreshingly self-contained so viewers don’t have to add more mental notes in their already-crowded Prime TV memory bank.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Lorraine Ali
    The series take its time establishing who [Hae Min Lee] was, and the deep loss felt by her community after her murder. Otherwise, things move fast. Avid listeners of “Serial” may find that even they have to pay close attention in order to keep up.

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