Los Angeles Times' Scores

For 1,972 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Stalker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1128
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1128
1128 tv reviews
  1. The period detail stays on the right side of showy, but most important, people here inhabit spaces appropriate to their class and character. The acting builds out the reality too: The performances sell the material, even when the material seems poorly motivated, confusing or just unlikely.
  2. In a wickedly funny and moving season opener, the ladies’ hard-won camaraderie may make them the biggest kingpins in town, if they stick together.
  3. A furious and emboldened June embodies an entire resistance movement. She and her fearless fellow handmaids validate the rage of women who not only feel disenfranchised but targeted, and the characters fight back.
  4. Though colored by a bittersweet note of melancholy from the passage of time and memory in a way that inevitably draws a dotted line to Milch himself, “Deadwood” seamlessly falls into step with its celebrated past.
  5. The spooky stuff is what will sell the show, but what makes "NOS4A2" interesting is the amount of time it spends on the ordinary daily drama, which apart from Vic's family, includes a classic (though very tentative) teenage romantic triangle and social-class story lines.
  6. Perhaps because DuVernay, a co-writer here as well as the sole director, has experience both in documentary and drama, it works much better than such projects often do. A human story teased from history, it is personal and political, inextricably and in equal measure. ... All [of the actor playing the five] are exceptional.
  7. The story itself falls apart and reassembles several times per each hour-long episode, but when viewed as a collection of clever sketches by master performers it’s a fun frolic — and with a cast of biblical proportions.
  8. Wobbly start notwithstanding, there’s some potential for drama and, better, comedy among the characters.
  9. Though flawed, “The Hot Zone” is an effective, real-life horror story whose key points are hard to brush aside.
  10. Where the adaptation follows the original text, it does so generally well, finding the salient points in pages of discussions. The sensational interpolations — the "Game of Thrones" stuff — are less successful, though I am sure they will please a substantial portion of the crowd. And while Turturro's performance is a model of intelligent equanimity, other actors — including Emerson as the abbey's abbot, Stefano Fresi as the Caliban-Quasimodo figure Salvatore, and Fabrizio Bentivoglio as Remigio, a monk with a dark past — push their parts to the edge of the parapet and sometimes over. The more intense the action, the more risible the series becomes.
  11. There are some admirable things in the series, some of which reflect the source material, and some of which work on their own terms, but generally speaking, the better you know the book, the more likely you are to yell at the screen, in the later episodes especially. Where it strikes off on its own, whether in dialogue or wholly new scenes, it tends to get obvious and flat.
  12. The series is produced by the group’s surviving members and at times feels like a cleaned-up version of a presumably rawer and dirtier truth. ... But it’s the old footage and artful vision of Jenkins that sets this retrospective apart from the countless other docs about rappers who changed the game.
  13. A concoction of hormonal impulses and moral dilemmas, it can be daffy and even a little dumb, but it has some thematic ambition, a talented cast, eventful episodes and a core mystery that may keep you hanging on through its 10-episode first season, even when you know the answers will be less interesting than the questions.
  14. Gripping.
  15. A compellingly woven true-crime primer that serves both the gist of what happened while exploding your consciousness over what needs to be done in the future.
  16. Powerful and haunting. ... As bleak as it all sounds, “Chernobyl” is a riveting drama that’s full of payoffs. It’s a thoroughly researched account of an event that’s still misunderstood, and it captures the sacrifices made by the Russian people — knowingly and inadvertently — in their efforts to clean up another state-sponsored mess.
  17. The dialogue has a lifelike flow and the production is unusually naturalistic for a scary story; the small-town scenes, with Sasha and Yvonne and TJ and Frank, feel only a step or two away from documentary. Indeed, those characters are vivid enough to sustain a series on their own, without the hocus-pocus. ... The series' deliberate pace works best at the beginning, when we are being shown the lay of the land, and less well toward the end when one might want it to hurry up and get where it's going.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s far more action than necessary for anyone just wanting to watch the concert, but it’s a revelatory — and celebratory — look at the boldest statement she’s made yet.
  18. It is fully formed and funny, a dry contemporary comedy built on an old foundation.
  19. The most dynamic and eventful season opener in the HBO drama’s nine-year history. ... Dots were connected at a brisk pace ... but not at the expense of eloquently cut dialogue, ongoing character development, stunning scenery and an often wicked sense of humor.
  20. It is consistently diverting and sometimes educational. And its characters, and the actors who play them, even when you can make out the clockwork animating their actions, are easy to like, and even care about, as something approximating people.
  21. An alluring and thoughtful eight-episode biographical drama.
  22. The episodes are well-cast; the performances are good. Every episode looks great, each with its own palette and atmosphere; the fact that they're in color rather than the noir-expressionist black and white of the original does not make them any less creepy.
  23. It is a solidly constructed sitcom of the family-by-association sort that does the nation the incidental favor of keeping Natalie Morales and Neil Flynn in public view.
  24. The 30-minute episodes are refreshingly self-contained so viewers don’t have to add more mental notes in their already-crowded Prime TV memory bank.
  25. Fine performances go a long way to mitigating the corniness the show actively courts.
  26. The series does better the less it makes you think of Simpson--which is to say, your own opinion of that case. ... Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a fine actor who is nothing like O.J. Simpson;, and Cohen is obviously enjoying himself as a creep in an expensive suit.
  27. An excellent and surprising adaptation of feminist writer Lindy West’s 2016 memoir.
  28. What we have in Turn Up Charlie is an amiable, ambling, eagerly conventional, fairly superficial comedy, not hard to watch, although much longer than it needs to be.
  29. The series take its time establishing who [Hae Min Lee] was, and the deep loss felt by her community after her murder. Otherwise, things move fast. Avid listeners of “Serial” may find that even they have to pay close attention in order to keep up.

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