For 161 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kelly Lawler's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Escape At Dannemora: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Almost Family: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 161
161 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Kelly Lawler
    "Maisel" has always trafficked in nostalgia, but Season 3 worships the past to a fault, spending far more time than necessary with the late 50s and early 60s ephemera. The show is stuck: Midge is becoming too boring, and everyone else is too ridiculous. The writers force the characters through change in an attempt to freshen the series and create more dramatic and surprising developments, but they have been pushed past believability.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    The series is no longer the definitive take on being a lesbian in America. Several series are telling these stories, far more than in 2004. This gives "Generation Q" the freedom to carve out its own niche, which seems to be joy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    Elizabeth is no longer the most interesting figure in her own story. Colman is conspicuously absent through much of the season, which focuses more heavily on Phillip, Margaret and Charles, and her role in her family members' stories is nominal at best. Despite the marquee position of Colman in the opening credits, "Crown" doesn't feel like her show. ... The series remains fully capable of making the family a little less mysterious and a little more entertaining.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Kelly Lawler
    No dialogue from any of these women is remotely believable, nor is any emotion or action. The world of the series is heightened to the point of absurdity, like a bunch of sponsored Instagram influencer posts brought to life in all their unreality.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Kelly Lawler
    Crafted around a protagonist designed to be obscure (he never removes his helmet, and even his voice is modulated into bland evenness), there's little in the way of an emotional connection in the first episode. ... A slight twist ending sets up a story that could involve bigger ideas from the film series. And there are a few bright moments, even behind a steel mask, where Pascal makes his equivocal bounty hunter feel more grounded.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    "Musical" works because it acknowledges the ridiculousness of its concept and its very existence.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Kelly Lawler
    It was a solid, full-throated effort by the actors and chorus members, but a spectacular failure of a live TV event that couldn't get past its own awkwardness.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Kelly Lawler
    Eventually, near the end of the fourth episode, "Materials" finds its rhythm, and here's hoping that episodes to come will live up to their potential, now that the groundwork has at last been laid. But there are more than 500 TV shows on the air right now, and this one tests the patience of even Pullman's loyal fans.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    The show ostensibly stars Joel Kinnaman as a Serious Astronaut Man, but the story becomes far more compelling when other characters take the lead. Episode 3 introduces a group of female astronaut trainees who make the series sing.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Kelly Lawler
    Unfortunately, the story hasn’t caught up to the ambition of the production design in the first few episodes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 37 Kelly Lawler
    The stakes are low, the writing is clichéd and the overwhelming vibe is one of disappointment and wasted potential. Rachel Green deserved better.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 Kelly Lawler
    "Dickinson" is a mess of conflicting tones that never jell into a show that does more than relish the chaos of twerking in long dresses. The acting is terrible, and not in a let's-drink-wine-and-make-fun-of-it way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    In both roles, Rudd is doing some of his best work. The script and his wide-ranging performances make it never quite clear which Miles the audience is meant to be rooting for, inviting sympathy (and disdain) for both.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    Like the original, it has a lot to say, and is gorgeously realized with strong writing and performances, particularly from stars Regina King and Jean Smart. But its messaging is somewhat muddied.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    If "Abishola" can move its main couple into a romance at a slow but steady pace and still find comedy once the relationship status is a little more official, Lorre may have another long-lasting sitcom on his hands. It probably won't have the volume or flair of "Big Bang," but going small and subtle can work just as well.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 0 Kelly Lawler
    It is tonally dissonant in the most extreme sense, a case of two wildly incompatible concepts crushed together so inelegantly that the result is a morally reprehensible, skin-crawling drama.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    The sharp dialogue and great casting help "Politician," but its success rests mostly on the shoulders of Platt, who carries a big role admirably. ... "Politician" suffers whenever it wanders from Payton. ... But despite its occasional flaws, "Politician" is a relief to watch, because it manages to make fiction stranger than life once more. That is no small achievement in 2019.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    "Unbelievable" has such an unbelievable story at its center that the clunkiness grates less as the episodes go on. The series is a warning, a devastating example of the consequences of not believing women. But the writers successfully prevent it from becoming pedantic or hacky. This isn't an after-school special about rape. The blunt, unbecoming direction delivers the message without interference.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Kelly Lawler
    Although so well-written you think you could get lost in it, the nagging uncanny valley in which it sits means you're always aware that you are watching something with artifice built in. But very quickly, the discomfort becomes part of the genius.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    The acting is melodramatic without being too over the top, and Liu, especially, shines. ... The early episodes are charming and fun enough to make it worth sticking around to watch how it ends, whether it's in disaster or triumph.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    A hilarious and witty comedy series that has a lot of jokes other comedians may not think of. The lightning-fast sketches manage to be universal and specific, enjoyable by more than just its obvious target demographic, but also serving an audience long ignored by Hollywood or thought of as "not ready" or "not funny."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Kelly Lawler
    "Four Weddings" was best suited to a 2-hour film in the 1990s. It's the kind of story that resists updates and reimagining, and no amount of charm from the actors or rom-com jokes from the writers can make the new version work in 2019.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    "Veronica" doesn't pretend it's still 2004. She's a thirty-something woman who still works her high-school job, and there's no pretending it's glamorous. And for this genre, and this character, the themes of wasted potential and existential angst fit perfectly.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    Except for a few cheesy moments here and there, the new episodes are exuberant and excellent, nearly surpassing the creative heights of the first season and providing a path to keeping things strange for years to come.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Kelly Lawler
    "Voice" is an entertaining and very well-crafted piece of television that is just a little too predictable to be transcendent.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Kelly Lawler
    The second season is nearly as breathtaking as the original. "Lies" remains an immensely satisfying platform for superb performances (now with 100% more Meryl Streep), one that gives women’s issues, often seen as frivolous, the weight they deserve.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Kelly Lawler
    The new season is more propulsive and watchable, although it doesn't quite reach the heights of that first moving season. But "Handmaid's" regains its footing by setting off on a new path.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Kelly Lawler
    Impeccably acted and written series. ... "Dead" is a rare Netflix's series that's well-paced for a binge-watch. It unfolds slowly but assuredly. ... The series feels more alive than almost anything else on the air right now.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Kelly Lawler
    The pacing was too fast at some points and too slow at others, but it sets up the season for success, if writers can squeeze everything into those five remaining episodes without making them seem overstuffed (no big deal).
    • 47 Metascore
    • 37 Kelly Lawler
    The writers of Village make the mistake of confusing emotion with quality. It's not enough just to feel; you have to do something with those feelings, too.

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