For 274 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lucy Mangan's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Ted Lasso: Season 2
Lowest review score: 20 The Wedding Coach: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 274
274 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 20 Lucy Mangan
    All of human life is here. Not in any credible way – just here. ... In short, it’s just what HBO ordered from the man who by now is surely actually churning this stuff out in his sleep rather than simply giving the faultless impression of it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Lucy Mangan
    What’s left is an exercise in frustration. It’s too earnest about people’s Special Days, the comedic presences jar against rather than leaven the proceedings, and, oh God, it’s so loud. Did I mention how loud it was? Exhaustingly frenetic, charmless, and pointless.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Lucy Mangan
    There is nothing wrong with trash. But this is just bad TV. Regressive, derivative, horribly written, filled with one-dimensional characters (Jenny’s son, for example, can barely be said to exist) and clearly made by someone unable to imagine that what is on screen might be harrowing rather than entertaining to great portions of its intended audience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Lucy Mangan
    The Outpost is Game of Thrones meets Xena: Warrior Princess, as written by Enid Blyton. Or a monkey.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 20 Lucy Mangan
    Little Voice is little short of a horror show.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Lucy Mangan
    It is terrible. ... Nothing has been written, shown or scored in a way to elicit any degree of human emotion.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Lucy Mangan
    There is an adamantine refusal to accept that sorrow and anxiety are attendant upon life all the way through, and a demented commitment to expunging every negative moment from it, whether by vegan eating, cold plunges, the cleansing of energy fields, psychic intervention or any other pseudoscientific activity that can be monetised for people whose gullibility marches in lockstep with their wealth.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Lucy Mangan
    I’m sure Lilley is capturing different Australian types and language registers better than I can appreciate, but still the whole thing looks and feels like a ragbag of choices that neither hang together per character or per show.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Lucy Mangan
    What none of [the episodes] has – not even Jolene, which actually has Dolly in it playing the owner of a juke joint who takes a young, motherless singer under her wing – is a scintilla of the wit, energy, humour, camp, glory or fizz of Parton. Each one is a squeeze of pure schmaltz from an industrial tube of the stuff.

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