For 272 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 The Underground Railroad
Lowest review score: 20 Lunatics: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 272
272 tv reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    This Is Going to Hurt is full of images and scenes that you’ll hope to forget, but, more unexpectedly, it also retains the two most difficult aspects of the book (and those, incidentally, that remain with the reader long after the foreign-objects-up-orifices anecdotage has faded). The first is the fatigue, and the fathomless stupidities, injustices and lack of resources that cause it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    All in all, a staircase well worth climbing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    Even as the female victim count adds up, Shining Girls keeps its integrity and never backs away from this underlying truth.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    The nearly three-hour running time is a measured, relentless march of contemporary footage, present-day interviews with people who worked with or knew him, the investigative journalists who eventually unearthed the evidence behind the rumours – the years and years of rumours – and one of his victims – from the years and years of victims.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    There are plenty of laughs along the way, but it’s the unforced emotional truths that make Hacks a right and proper vehicle for Smart.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Lucy Mangan
    A Very British Scandal, with its lean, mean script and its refusal to reinvent the duchess as an icon of the movement, is the very best and fairest tribute that could be given her.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    It has a seemingly effortless mastery of a large cast of characters, warm intelligence pervading everything, and promotes the gorgeous general sense of being held for the duration in a very safe pair of hands indeed. Like Binchy, it is also entirely addictive.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    It’s a wonderful and deeply enjoyable tale of rags to riches to (relative) rags, but it panders to the viewer’s schadenfreude instead of offering anything meatier, or any wider perspective or criticism.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lucy Mangan
    Severance looks beautiful and is directed with enormous sensitivity and style by Stiller. His quartet of oddball actors, Arquette (a frequent Stiller collaborator), Turturro, Walken and Tillman, elevate an already shining script and a story that is always a finely calibrated 12 to 15 degrees off kilter, while the everyman quality of Scott throws the whole into perfect relief.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    It’s well worth watching this fun, stylish and confident caper, which clearly still has numerous twists up its sleeve and characters to play with.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    This is a show for those mainly looking to marvel – at the effrontery, the style, the steel nerves of the twentysomething weaving webs from inside a house of cards built on thin ice. Those who are looking for an in-depth, analytical take on the Delvey phenomenon, her pathology or motivations – which the handful of previous documentaries about her have lacked – will have to wait a little longer. ... Julia Garner is mesmerising as Anna.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    Amazon’s take on Reacher is as solidly made as he is and delivers the rollicking yarn as efficiently as the man himself can dispatch a Glock-wielding gangster.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    A warm, funny, intelligent and rather moving drama, with astonishing performances from Lily James as Anderson and Sebastian Stan as Lee.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    Station Eleven is a slow burn. The first few episodes look beautiful but move at a stately pace. If you can stick with it, you will be rewarded.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    The eight-episode season is full of beautifully honed jokes, absurdities, acute commentary (as well as some more similar to the decidedly unacute, defensive moments about “woke” criticism and contemporary issues the previous Fey/Carlock collaborations contained), sight gags and song and dance numbers. ... It is, as I say, a joy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lucy Mangan
    It is a rich, generous, clever, multi-textured thing, immaculately played by all the main actors, but awards for Colman, Thewlis and the script must surely be given. Consider it the first of your Christmas treats.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lucy Mangan
    It’s a dense, sharply written (by Tom Edge), absolute treat of a show about a murky, unseen world that doesn’t want to break the surface and show itself, and one that viewers will surely want to dive into.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    It’s also got an ineffable charm that allows it to add up to more than the sum of its not inconsiderable parts. So take a leap – not even a big one – of faith, and just enjoy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    For all its adherence to the psychodrama/mystery genre, Close to Me is gratifyingly full of realistic grace notes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    There are moments when these different modes interrupt the flow to no greater end, but for the most part they work. Overall, they create a jaggedly compelling viewing experience whose form as well as content keeps us uncomfortable enough to stay alert without being alienated.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    Filled with people who really know their anatomy and can parse a couple’s problems at 50 paces, break down their defences at 20 and get them healthily rebuilt, all without breaking a sweat. This is partly because they are intelligent and emotionally literate human beings, and partly because the problems they are dealing with are – at heart – wonderfully simple. ... These six episodes might be the most – not to say the only – truly valuable thing Goop has ever done.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    Think of it as a kind of Gossip Girl with gore and credible characters. ... The whole thing is joyfully addictive, and done with brio and style.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    Nothing here, be it questions or attempted answers, is new. Too much has been said about every aspect of modern marriage and its breakdowns – not least, of course, as a result of Bergman’s groundbreaker – over the last few decades for that to be the goal any more. But they are rarely explored with such style, truth or credibility.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Lucy Mangan
    The writing – though there is in this particularly plot-heavy, season-setting opener less room for the delicate characterisation that customarily leaven the script and make you wring your hands with their deftness and intelligence – remains immaculate. The performances ... remain unimpeachable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    The detail, the tenderness, the authenticity, the brilliant performances make the whole thing both a compelling drama and a potent testimony to the suffering of too many.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lucy Mangan
    The show has lost none of its delicacy or nuance, nor have its makers disturbed its heart and soul – in fact, they have only added to it. All this, and extra Janice too. Quality pum-pum all round.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    It’s a great achievement that none of this feels worthy or didactic. It feels like a genuine exploration, a dramatised discussion of intergenerational differences and divides that few are seeking to take the heat out of and examine with real interest. And it’s funny.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Lucy Mangan
    Matters of agency, courage and cowardice emerge and the story starts to accrue depth along with the superficial puzzle of the kidnapping and who saw what and when. If you can deal with the trifurcated timeline, there’s much to enjoy and admire.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lucy Mangan
    The broadening and deepening must have felt like a risk to everyone involved in a show predicated on bringing light comic relief to viewers, and which then became frankly essential to their mental wellbeing. But it’s paid off. They shot and they’ve scored. God bless.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lucy Mangan
    Bea and Horgan’s chemistry is as glorious as ever. They overlap and underlap perfectly, giving expansive but controlled performances that never take from each other. It is wonderful – indeed it feels almost a privilege – to watch.

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