For 154 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lucy Mangan's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Green Eggs And Ham: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 The Outpost: Season 3
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 154
  2. Negative: 6 out of 154
154 tv reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    It’s all deliciously, confidently, stylishly done. The parodies are fantastic fun, the jokes are great, the performances (especially from Olsen and Bettany, whose chemistry is a joy in itself) are wonderful, and it has the glorious air of something shaped by people who know exactly what they’re doing, where they want to go and how they’re going to get there.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    It is a precious hour of tranquillity, this vision of talented people giving their best, taking the job seriously but without being ridiculously overinvested or intense. The retention of perspective is rapidly become the most appealing thing about these shows.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Lucy Mangan
    If you squint hard, you may see an allegory emerging from the sight of the white Christians imposing their ways and means on a populace that was managing perfectly well without them. But, for the most part, it feels as if they are just playing at it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Lucy Mangan
    Show every sign of having watched one too many episodes of Downton Abbey. ... I felt by the end of the first episode it had delighted me with its presence long enough, and yet … and yet … Was there not, after all, room for just one more? And, perhaps, another after that?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Lucy Mangan
    There is not quite enough story – there’s a lot of Sam staring into mirrors as she cleans them, and it takes her and Jess for ever in TV terms to do very little preparation for their sort-of heist, when it could have borne a much greater weight of fun-and-not-wholly-plausible-IRL detail, in accordance with the long-proved truism that the viewing public loves “how-tos” – but, overall, this is the kind of solid, well-made nonsense that is such a rare and precious joy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Lucy Mangan
    On Pointe doesn’t have the emotional heft of, say, Cheer. Backstories of emotional neglect and physical abuse overcome through athletic prowess and devotion to training were never going to be a mainstay here. But it is uplifting, nevertheless.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Lucy Mangan
    You can fast-forward through the dance bits or the narrative bits as taste dictates and probably improve your viewing experience. But I hope the sweat expended by the youngsters in uniformly excellent performances brings them all every kind of success.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Lucy Mangan
    Although the writer doesn’t quite capture the power and zest of authentic teenage – especially female – speech, it at least doesn’t have them communicating in overscripted zingers either. An almost unimpeachable array of performances sell it well, and overall you buy it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    If The Trial doesn’t quite reach the dizzying heights of last year’s A Very English Scandal, about the 70s equivalent of Keeler and its fallout, it remains a furiously fast, fun ride which doesn’t let the deeper, darker issues fall from its grasp.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Lucy Mangan
    It is not the fact that there is nothing new on show. Delivered with enough panache, there will always be an appetite for traditional sci-fi tropes reassembled to bang home the usual messages. But Raised By Wolves does not have panache – and the thin, unsophisticated story it comprises stands naked, particularly cruelly so in a post-Westworld landscape.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    Kirkwood’s world is a fully realised one, recognisable to us all (if slightly more semen-spattered than we’re used to). That it often plays at length like a workplace comedy – the bored rattling off of health and safety questions and answers after the shoot (“Did you feel like you were raped during this shoot?” “No”) – means your defences are down when the moments come that confront the business they’re in.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Lucy Mangan
    Everything remains charming, good hearted, solidly made, stolidly paced and altogether restorative to one’s fractured mind and splintered spirit in these wretched times.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Lucy Mangan
    While The Pack is obviously better than the typical British pet show in every conceivable way, it doesn’t work. It’s bloated: a lot of time is spent on slow-motion scenes of the dogs and people running through emblematic national scenery or joyfully burrowing/tug-of-warring/staying-then-fetching (dogs only, usually). For the most part, it is intensely boring.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Lucy Mangan
    The Outpost is Game of Thrones meets Xena: Warrior Princess, as written by Enid Blyton. Or a monkey.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    By the time we arrive at the midpoint of the miniseries, things are chugging along as pleasingly and efficiently as you would expect from the Luther creator Neil Cross. ... A large part of this success must be laid at Tovey’s feet. His Everyman, suffering as an essentially good person trapped in a worsening hell not of his own making, is absolutely agonising.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Lucy Mangan
    It’s occasionally charming – and mostly slightly dismal.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    All of the drama of the 1980s bubbles away underneath, and its soapiness rarely jars like it once did. It is a delicious stage for brilliant actors to do their best work.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lucy Mangan
    As well as wit by the bucketload and a searching intelligence informing the whole, the series has the thrilling confidence of a collaboration between people who trust each other implicitly and, secure in that knowledge, have been able to give the best of themselves to us. It’s a wild ride that feels like an absolute gift.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Lucy Mangan
    The Queen’s Gambit functions best and for the most part as a wish-fulfilment, rags-to-riches fantasy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    A beautiful, moving, horrifying adaptation of her unsimple tale, that honours the source and its subject.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    The fact that it is set in an alternative universe where neither Brexit nor the pandemic dominate each character’s every thought gives this unspooling tale of greed, weakness and corruption a generic or pleasingly retro mood, depending on your take. So far, I would plump for pleasingly retro. It is good to be reminded of the enduring truths.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    All is gloriously as it gloriously was. Which is to say – charming, batshit, hilarious, determinedly low stakes, entirely absorbing and restorative throughout.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    The Right Stuff doesn’t reach for the stars, but looks back to the Earth from which the phenomenon of astronauts and space travel, the glamour and the myths grew, along with the appetites they fed, and is all the more interesting for that.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Lucy Mangan
    If all you’re up for is a relatively plotless bit of atmospherics, enjoy your time at Bly Manor. Fans of Hill House will have to hope for a return to spooky form next time.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Lucy Mangan
    This Brave New World has nothing to say.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Lucy Mangan
    The series will probably benefit from the fact that adults don’t have the bandwidth at the moment to cope with much more than it offers. With any luck, it will buy Alex Rider time to find its feet, decide on its audience and fully realise the vision that floats just underneath the spectacle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    Des
    Rare it is to watch a drama about a serial killer that leaves you feeling as though the victims have been done a service. In the end, perhaps the greatest accolade that can be given this sensitive, finely worked piece is that Nilsen himself, attention-seeking narcissist though he was, would surely have hated it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    It is all the most excellent fun. Paulson conveys a fathomless darkness while appearing to do almost nothing. When moments of viciousness break her affectless surface, it is genuinely disquieting.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Lucy Mangan
    It’s a light, charming offering.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Lucy Mangan
    It may work better if you parcel it out – maintaining, I would suggest, at least the once-traditional week between episodes – rather than binge-watching. That way you can revel in the atmosphere and enjoy the performances and the broad sweep of the thing without getting overwhelmed by the not-quite-crisp-enough plot details, underwhelmed by the various payoffs or distracted by the mounting absurdities.

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