For 36 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Nick Allen's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 90 Wild Wild Country: Season 1
Lowest review score: 30 Briarpatch: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
36 tv reviews
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Allen
    At times, “Utopia Falls” has a "where is this going?" weirdness that keeps it stable as a light watch, even though you’ll wish that the drama in between the revolution was richer, and that the characters were more colorful their single-color jumpsuit uniforms. Thorne’s series can only do so much with its relationship struggles between its characters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Nick Allen
    “Briarpatch” seems to pride itself on throwing in new strange details and characters when it can, but that type of goofy pulp becomes exhausting. Any glimmer of some spirited character work (like Edi Gathegi as a lawyer that Allegra trusts) is snuffed out by the bizarre feeling of watching a show that's so kooky and yet so stagnant.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Nick Allen
    While “Diary of a Future President” is excellent and easy family entertainment, it doesn’t shy away from a presentation of a young woman going through body changes, which feels healthy in itself. It’s all tackled with a wit and sincerity that simply comes from thoughtful writing, a trait that is apparent in each of the first five episodes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Allen
    Tone and style go a long way for “The Outsider,” starting with how it leaves a lingering impression that’s as equally searing as the show’s abrasive acts of violence. But then as the series loses some of its grace, the tone plays out like a crucial factor that validates some of its kookier developments.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Allen
    Netflix’s “Messiah” is a half-fascinating, half-frustrating new series.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Allen
    Yes, you’ve seen this story before, but you’ve undoubtedly had more fun watching someone else’s take on it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Allen
    “The Spy” is a compelling albeit uneven limited series that offers a unique character study of a spy, and in this case, a true chameleon.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Nick Allen
    This series harnesses Uwais' energy as both a fighter and an actor in an exciting fashion, and creates a giddy opportunity for martial arts awesomeness to flourish.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Allen
    The series' intrigue appears to be held together by Shlomi Elkabetz, whose performance as the investigator at the center is calming but weighed down. ... You can too easily imagine "Our Boys" leaving a deeper impression by being half the episode length, or cut into a two-hour movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Allen
    “The Boys” has too little emotional momentum, and trouble with its construction throughout—it’s too obviously taped together by conversations where one person tells another of a past incident solely so that we can learn about it, a cheap way to push the plot forward and cover exposition.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Allen
    As someone who is interested in how the xenophobic sausage is made, "The Loudest Voice" held my attention, but its bland approach can be more frustrating than it is fascinating.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Allen
    “Euphoria” wants to be honest and cool AF with character arcs built around its taboos, but while it has plenty of inspired visuals, those values don't make for durable storytelling once you get to know the show at its core.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Allen
    For a series that gradually loses its sharpness in its commentary on power and masculinity in wartime, Abbott’s performance constantly reminds you of what's so great about Heller’s book, but also what is timeless in making a dark comedy about war.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Allen
    Its inspired however slight storytelling makes for another great display of Glover’s many talents as an entertainer.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Allen
    For even casual viewers, Hanna is foiled by a deadly combination of slow pacing and a predictable course of events.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Allen
    In his fervor to sell you on this story and to keep you interested, some filmmaking techniques tend toward corny, like his opening voiceover telling you that this is “a compelling story,” or tacky graphics that get in your face, like a pair of dice being thrown to illustrate a metaphor. And as for the curiosity, sometimes it leads on tangents, taking away from the tightness. ... But when “The Inventor” is running through the small downfall of Theranos, the whistleblowers and Holmes’ own detachment from reality, the documentary can be fascinating.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Allen
    [The] busy nature initially makes for a slow start, as its pilot embeds us in their grief as means of gloomy exposition, but then it creates the opposite effect by the second and third episodes and onward--the series is both slow moving and overstuffed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Nick Allen
    Fyre Fraud does not just dunk on McFarland, Ja Rule, and anyone who might be complicit--they’re clowns already, their plainly not-smart choices and astounding arrogance making for super-size schadenfreude. More persuasively, it's a damnation of the mentality that helped make it possible, calling out a culture that progressively puts more value into how you make yourself look online.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Allen
    Enamored with its characters to a possible fault, The First is cut and paced like the roughly 368-minute director’s cut; you can imagine a two-hour film, probably with the same budget, that hits the same emotional beats and divides audiences like previous high-concept sci-fi stories like "Contact" did. As is, The First is a noble, ambitious series, but one that demands equally ambitious viewers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Nick Allen
    Expertly plotted by creators Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is all the more impactful for its restraint and scope, offering excellent character-based drama that’s concerned with much more than just its namesake.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Allen
    It's jam-packed with the contents that have made Sheridan's previous stories so exciting to wide audiences, but it’s also more of a mess. And yet, “Yellowstone” still prevails as a compelling study of power, while it chews on what really makes a cowboy in 2018.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Allen
    A dry, erratic recollection of events.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Allen
    The idea of focusing on Supeman’s grandfather, instead of his father, Jor-El, might mean there is a lot of room for story with this series and its lineage. But the show’s first few episodes have a nagging inconsequential air to them, as I wonder might be the overall case if Krypton doesn’t start putting its good intent toward a more innovative cause.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Nick Allen
    After the six-plus hours of Wild Wild Country flies by, you won't want an approach to this story any different or shorter than what the Ways do. ... By handling this story so intelligently and by opening its heart to a very complicated idea of good and evil, Wild Wild Country has a profound, mesmerizing power itself.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Allen
    [Waco] does its best when working on the tension that grows between the Branch Davidians and the ATF. ... With the cliche dialogue and the dead-air drama within the group about David’s power over women played by Riseborough, Benoist and Garner, they struggle to make the series more than a half-intriguing non-fiction spectacle, albeit with Kitsch’s strong performance guiding the way.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Nick Allen
    Though clearly inspired, the overlapping cartoonish approach to this promising "return" proves to come from creativity that is clearly limited, instead of liberated.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Nick Allen
    A Series of Unfortunate Events is a very delicate balancing act that I still don’t think quite works, but I’m happy for the viewers who do like these stories that a full-fledged production is now available for them, a type of fan service of uncommon generosity. It’s just up to your sense of humor as to whether this is an elaborate contraption or just a franchise that denies death.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Nick Allen
    Santa Clarita Diet is a project with its curiosity factor driven solely by narrative motion, not striking comedy or worthwhile performances.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Nick Allen
    The series wants to cover a lot of ground, and its fascinating most of all when it leads with history.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Nick Allen
    At its best the series can be focused where every scene feels like it matters and is pushing the story at a great speed just through dialogue; in a few too many low-points, Guerrilla displays a narrative gluttony using characters who are ultimately secondary to the revolution.

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