For 33 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 12% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robyn Bahr's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 90 Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé
Lowest review score: 10 The Fix: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
33 tv reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Robyn Bahr
    If you can push yourself through some laughable feminist-baiting scenes, such Catherine's attempt appeal to Prince Harry's innate brutality with an outlandish seduction-by-swordplay tête-à-tête, or the tedious, shoehorned romance between star-crossed attendants Lina and Oviedo, you'll find a worthy story about a sly young woman trying to marry her duty and her desire
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Robyn Bahr
    Bloated and puttering ... With 10 episodes at an interminable 40 minutes each, there's just too much material here to slog through. I wasn't even sure I could digest half that number of episodes. Because much of it should have been left on the cutting room floor, the series itself feels like a first draft of something that could have been tighter and more developed.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Robyn Bahr
    Homecoming will probably go down as one of the best concert films of all time ... Ultimately, Homecoming feels akin to those filmed Broadway musicals that air on PBS for plebs like me. It's a joyous ride, but a facsimile of the experience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Robyn Bahr
    Poignant but flavorless. ... The series, as stilted and theatrical as ever, remains a time capsule of the freewheeling San Francisco come and gone.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Robyn Bahr
    Anna Symon's compelling script adroitly structures Alison's investigation across three hour-long parts, managing to render each additional betrayal even more shocking and painful than the last. ... This is Wilson's acting triumph, having lived through her grandparents' saga when her father and his brothers discovered the truth in the early 2000s, but other actresses gleam as well.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Robyn Bahr
    Even if you could stomach the unctuous slime trailing from the show's conceit, its witless execution is another stopper. The Fix is your typical cheesy, sun-soaked ABC melodrama, but one left out so long to bleach that its brain is completely zapped.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Robyn Bahr
    You don't get any sense of Annie's gift as a writer here, an issue that magnifies as the six-episode season progresses. Shrill is intended to be a superhero origin story--except we have no sense of what makes her particularly powerful yet.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Robyn Bahr
    The series is as intellectually fascinating as it is stylistically frustrating. ... This all being said, the episodes are indeed engaging.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robyn Bahr
    In its favor, the show feels less Boomerang: The Second Generation than Boomerang by way of Friends. ... Waithe has bejeweled her comical and rapid-fire dialogue with enough modern-day commentary to tell me this comedy isn't here to just play around with musty Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus stereotypes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Robyn Bahr
    As it enters its fifth and final season, and as its target audience moves into their early 30s, it feels like the right time to say goodbye to our heroines. Season five begins with an instant-classic episode following Abbi and Ilana through a sprightly series of short Instagram video "stories" documenting Abbi's 30th birthday celebration.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Robyn Bahr
    The writers blast all kinds of arcs in your face, and the fractals come at you with full force. But no matter how many layers of latex pile onto an actor's body so they can become an amphibious beast or a hircine god, the feelings are always real and the stakes are always high. The Magicians demands that its characters sacrifice love for magic, but I would never demand that The Magicians sacrifice energy for coherence.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Robyn Bahr
    Thematically and visually, Escaping the Mad House reminds me of last year's brilliant miniseries Alias Grace (on Netflix)--the damp and pitiless period setting, the endless poor women being thrown away like trash, the hot young doctor who seemingly just wants to explore the mind of a vulnerable woman. Of course, this movie isn't nearly as delicate as that series, but it's a good ride if you want a wild little intermezzo in between your staid winter programming.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robyn Bahr
    SMILF remains deliciously thorny and droll in season two, even as its impending death knell resounds louder and louder with every disturbing behind-the-scenes revelation.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Robyn Bahr
    For the most part, Butterfly humanely, delicately and realistically explores transgender issues with as much detail as it can muster in its three brief hour-long episodes. But the serial also spends so much time on Vicky and Stephen's precious feelings that Maxine could have instead been diagnosed with childhood cancer and this alternate McGuffin would probably have had the same functional impact on the narrative.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Robyn Bahr
    Good Trouble is what happens when a teen drama transmogrifies into a workplace dramedy--moments of youthful levity between friends become bogged down by triggeringly realistic scenes of professional peril. ... When the show allows these young folks to just live in their uncertainty without artificially dangling them into sociopolitical relevancy, it shines.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 10 Robyn Bahr
    Vapid and tedious. ... It's easy to dismiss a show like this as cheap trash, but it's worse than that: It's gendered malice peddled as fun in the sun. Even worse for a show set in paradise--it's ugly. Visually ugly, the fuzzy camera unable to capture the lusciousness of the seaside or the tranquility of Mediterranean architecture. Lohan, at least, comes off as emotionally intelligent with her staff, her deep, flinty voice and confident HBIC aura a welcome break from the participants' acrid attention-seeking.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Robyn Bahr
    Raw and arresting docuseries. ... Vital. It's not only a familiar #MeToo narrative about how show business exploits young women; it's also a gutting testament to how society has allowed a monster to thrive simply because his victims are young black women.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Robyn Bahr
    Interviews with journalists, Washington insiders and political wonks fill in the rest, but the middle episodes hone so far into Lewinsky's experience and Linda Tripp's machinations that the documentary starts to feel as riveting as reconciling an expense report.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Robyn Bahr
    Inconsistently amusing, The Bisexual might have been a tight feature-length film, but the story here does not justify six 30-minute segments.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Robyn Bahr
    Despite its narrative bloat and unrelenting violence, Origin fails to move the story forward in any genuinely exhilarating way, instead plodding through tedious character flashbacks that throttle the flow of the present-day action. ... Odiously derivative.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Robyn Bahr
    Somewhat light on analysis, don't go into Shut Up and Dribble expecting to find out what is particularly special about basketball or why it appears to foment unrest. Running three hours, I'd like to say the series is, at least, comprehensive in its history, but the filmmakers basically ignore basketball's more obvious iconoclasts and fallen heroes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Robyn Bahr
    We get a sense of this reboot's concept, but not its tone. Chibnall may be responding to fans' hopes for less timey-wimey jibber-jabber, offering more plot simplicity. Will a female Doctor Who be enough to revitalize the series? The development is certainly enticing, but a series has nothing without compelling storylines.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Robyn Bahr
    There's always a certain stunted, hokey filmic language to "unscripted" television, but these girls and their moms too obviously reveal the cracks of being produced. They try desperately to foist themselves into archetypes: the Crazy Mom, the Fragile Dreamer, the Plucky Upstart. ... Dancing Queen is incandescent when the narrative focuses on Johnson's personal journey.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Robyn Bahr
    Unfortunately rather dull. ... The doc coming across as an hour-long promo for why the Monarchy Still Matters. ... We're treated to a medley of topics, from a fluffy sequence on the symbolic lacework of Markle's bridal veil (flowers representing each nation of the Commonwealth) to a dragging history of the Queen's ship, the HMY Britannia (and the importance of the vessel in maintaining the Queen's visibility around the world). That said, Matthew Hill's camerawork is beautiful and delicate, his lighting bright and inviting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Robyn Bahr
    The Bobby Brown Story is a typical musician biopic, showcasing the rise, fall, and redemption of a scoundrel. ... The best scenes--besides the intentionally hilarious recreations from Bobby and Whitney's ill-fated 2005 reality show--are concert sequences reveling in Brown's fervent bops and McClain's enviable dancing skills.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robyn Bahr
    Although expectedly hagiographic, the documentary goes down as light and as welcome as a slice of chiffon cake.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Robyn Bahr
    The Last Sharknado isn't bad enough to be good and isn't good enough to be good. It's kind of just... there, lacking the gore of splatterpunk and the sanitation of kiddie-fare.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Robyn Bahr
    The show doesn't need to be the second coming of Sex and the City, but its most carbonated moments are when Issa and Molly spar with acerbic hedonist Kelli, one of TV's few zaftig sexual goddesses, and bourgie blonde arriviste Tiffany (Amanda Seales).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Robyn Bahr
    Carter is 1996's most medium hit. It's longing for a simpler era. ... Carter works as the perfect palate cleanser, a spritely intermezzo in between your leaden sadcom and feminist torture porn drama.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Robyn Bahr
    At first, the protean barrage of imagery and gonzo sound design overwhelms the senses. Once your brain gets used to its staccato rhythm, however, you settle in for the ride. Although I couldn't quite process all the nuances within the moment, I still found myself nodding along (and even dancing along) all the same.

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