For 307 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Willa Paskin's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Leftovers: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 307
307 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The ramifications of [Richard's] death drive all of the substantive storylines in the new episodes, storylines that mostly make up for all the obligatory reunion doohickies--endless, pointless cameos; the kitschy, cutesy antics of Stars Hollow, the most irritating faux–small town in all of fictional America; and Rory’s new boyfriend, Paul, who no one, including the audience, can be bothered to remember.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Maslany’s performance is, however, a bit like truffle fries arriving in a Happy Meal: It is much more sophisticated than everything else around it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    [A] gritty and entrancing British import.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Justified takes a purely procedural setup and turns it into a long-term story arc, a season-long mystery that will presumably get less goofy than it first appears.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The Leftovers is overwhelmingly, existentially serious, without succumbing to the relentlessly violent and masculine clichés of so much “serious” prestige TV.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    As a workplace comedy with a political bent Veep is both fun and funny, its nonpartisan position more a missed opportunity than fatal flaw.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Yet for all the horror of the show, I did not find watching it to be an entirely hopeless experience. The miniseries does not come with the novel’s stress-relieving framing device but Offred, with her sardonic asides, her sense of humor, the disobedience in her soul, if not her manner, is bracing company: She’s in this to survive.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Patrick’s moment of light self-flagellation didn’t feel boring to me. Like the rest of his show, it felt real.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    It’s not just that Broadchurch demonstrates that it is possible to reinvigorate something as tired as the hunt-for-a-killer genre with solid, engaging craftsmanship--though it does--but that unlike so many in the genre it is inordinately emotionally generous.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    High Maintenance is impressively unruffled by its lengthened format or its move to HBO.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    UnReal is darker than a locked box inside a lightproof cube sitting on the bottom of the ocean at midnight. It is an ice cream sundae laced with ipecac, delectable and poisonous all at once.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    BoJack is perhaps a little more clever than it is uproariously funny, but it is often very clever, and, moreover, well-tuned to the ludicrousness of the sort of low-level fame that surrounds BoJack.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The new season is shiny and sharp, a neon-colored candy with a puckish and puckering quality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Last Man on Earth is well-made, polished, odd, surprisingly funny.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Mom is more than what it appears. The hectoring laugh track grates, but don’t let it fool you, this show’s got brains.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    It’s almost as impossible to believe, without seeing it, that such a show could be both very funny and occasionally uplifting without ever resorting to cheap sentimentality. But it is.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    What constitutes a nation? This is the heady question that underpins the action-movie thrills of ABC's submarine-gone-righteously-rogue drama Last Resort, one of the most promising dramas of the fall season.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    If Full Frontal were going to be on every night, I would say, unreservedly, that it had a fantastic beginning. It seamlessly did in its first episode what The Daily Show With Trevor Noah has had a hard time doing for more than four months: altering Jon Stewart’s M.O. to reflect the interests and passions of a new host, while maintaining enough of Stewart’s intelligence, fire, and aggravation to keep the show urgent and scathing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Jessica Jones would probably have been better adapted in 10 episodes, or eight; given the closed-endedness of Bendis’ and Gaydos’ four-volume arc, it might have made a hell of a movie, too. What makes it work is Ritter herself.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    The first four episodes fly by in a blur of cheeky maxims, convoluted plot twists, and storylines about the deep Web.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    Humor, terror, sex, death, camp, karaoke: No show on television has all these ingredients but American Horror Story.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Willa Paskin
    As is The Americans way, ideas and ideologies—Philip and Elizabeth’s soft- and tough-love approaches--start to ping-pong off each other, and contemporary mores, in satisfying ways.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Thankfully the greatest love story no one ever wanted to be a love story is not the focus of the first two episodes, which illustrate the power and punch Homeland can still muster when freed from its more Hallmark-ian tendencies.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    The new episodes make Daniel less complicated, not more.... Compared with Daniel, the other characters on the show are flawed, vivacious, and far more fun to watch.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Colbert’s first episode generally stuck to late-night conventions--the monologue, banter from behind a desk, interviews, and band were all present and accounted for--but it tweaked and teased them in heartening ways, especially for a debut. The show looked and felt like late night, but a more wild, antic, theatrical version, especially once Colbert got off his feet and got behind that desk.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    The Bond stuff is, on the whole, more enticing than Ann and Ian’s psychological pas de deux, which skirts up against real issues--and rape fantasies--before giving them a gauzy gloss of true love.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    Derek is a fascinating, well-meaning mess, without being a particularly offensive one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    The 15 episodes of Arrested Development themselves, which start badly, but accumulate to something pretty good.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    AHS: Hotel more obviously resembles the first two, better seasons of American Horror Story than it does the latter, lesser two.... John provides the note of contrast and relief so delicious in the early goings of a scary story: the skeptical person who does not yet know fear, and who, for just a little while, is safe to hang around with.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Willa Paskin
    It is finally unshackled, plot wise, from the far better Danish version of the show and should be able to pace itself in a more effective and gripping way than it did it the past.