Kristen Baldwin

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For 110 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 21% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Kristen Baldwin's Scores

Average review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Better Things: Season 3
Lowest review score: 8 The Masked Singer: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 98 out of 110
  2. Negative: 3 out of 110
110 tv reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Kristen Baldwin
    TEOTFW, in its first season at least, followed a clear story arc — teen psychopath discovers his humanity — while Not Okay waters down its bittersweet saga of loss and self-discovery with unnecessary supernatural hoo-hah. ... The It co-stars have a sweet and comfortable chemistry.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    The majority of Hunters works — at least in the first five episodes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Kristen Baldwin
    Once the proposals begin and the couples finally meet, the pod experiment evaporates, and Love is Blind becomes just another spin on the whole Married to My 90-day Fiancé at First Sight genre. ... To Netflix’s credit, LIB is an addictive reality show, but it’s also one that will leave you feeling worse than when you started. Call it a guilty displeasure.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    An entertaining and heartfelt family adventure about growing up, coping with loss, and finding a demon at the bottom of a well on your haunted estate. Imagine Goosebumps for grown-ups, or Stranger Things on antidepressants.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    Putting aside any expectations for another serving of Iannucci’s savage satire, Avenue 5 is still a sharply-written comedy with a strong cast and an enjoyable mix of highbrow punchlines, broad physical comedy, and silly sight gags, one involving a radiation shield of human excrement.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    Light-hearted but not too whimsical, starring a heroine who solves low-stakes emotional puzzles with angsty pluck, and delivering entertaining musical numbers that supplement rather than dominate the story, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is certainly worth keeping on shuffle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    Much of the new season is fun, and showrunners Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble nod to YOU’s more ridiculous tendencies by slipping in jokes at the show’s expense.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Kristen Baldwin
    Producer Gary David Goldberg (the man behind ”Spin City”) infuses ”Park” with plenty of ”City”-esque pacing and ”walk with me” camera work, but he forgot to add the laughs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Kristen Baldwin
    The Beat may not be anything new, but it’s certainly the best drama UPN has ever aired — for what that’s worth.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    After watching all 10 episodes, it’s hard to imagine the mystery sustaining more than two seasons or so. But it’s far too early to quibble. Right now, Servant is delivering the kind of giddy thrills you want from horror: Things are going from bad to worse for the Turner family, and I can’t help but enjoy it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Kristen Baldwin
    The new Mad About You is pretty much the same as the old Mad About You. It’s agreeable, familiar, a little meh. Reiser is an expert at comically charming befuddlement; his cozy chemistry with Hunt remains intact 20 years later. As for the Oscar winner, she’s even allowed to act occasionally.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    At its heart, The Crown is a catalogue of the myriad ways Elizabeth must deny her true self out of duty to her country. It’s a theme that’s at once tragic and predictable, which makes the emergence of Prince Charles and Princess Anne as more prominent players all the more welcome.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    A smart, showy, and sometimes strained drama about women and control, men and #MeToo, and the evaporating line between news and entertainment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    Though it’s only seven half-hour episodes, Fletcher gives the excellent ensemble substantive subplots about their own search for acceptance. White is a standout as Brendan ... The finale, which omits several of the developments in Perotta’s novel, feels bewilderingly abrupt for a show billed as a “limited series.” If ever a story cried out for another chapter, it’s this one.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    Wilson is riveting as the mysterious Mrs. Coulter. ... Keen easily conveys [Lyra's] cocksure spirit and fragile innocence; she is a rare child actor who is fully believable as a child. A caveat: This review is based on the first three episodes only (out of eight), so it’s impossible to say whether HDM will fill fulfill its early promise. (Either way, the show has a two-season order.) For now, though, HBO’s new fantasy saga feels like a page-turner.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Kristen Baldwin
    What follows is a propulsive story that encompasses not only Annie Wilkes’ origins, but a haunted burial ground, the Battle of Mogadishu, reanimated corpses, and Tim Robbins growling through a sharp-cheddar Maine accent as Ace’s cancer-stricken father, Pop Merrill. ... Every revelation about the character feels both urgent and canon-correct. ... [Lizzy Caplan] does a remarkable job portraying Castle Rock’s reimagined Annie. Her performance is masterfully physical.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    Living with Yourself is perfectly calibrated for binge-watching. Several of the episodes end abruptly, at the peak of cliffhanger tension, and the eight half-hour installments whiz by in a satisfying rush. We could all use a break from living with ourselves, so spend a few hours with Miles and Miles. You’ll come away refreshed.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Kristen Baldwin
    Almost Family doesn’t really want to deal with female anger, or the revolting nature of its own premise. Instead, it aims to spin stories about community and family that are just so darn heartwarming, we’ll forget they’re all based on a fertility felony. Like everything else about this show, it just doesn’t work.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Kristen Baldwin
    The Politician suffers from a combination of Netflix bloat and Murphy’s own tendency to overreach for the hell of it. ... With all of this said, it is absolutely maddening to report that the finale sets up a season 2 that looks utterly fantastic.
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    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    The more The Kelly Clarkson Show can indulge its host’s goofy sense of humor, the more connected her viewers will feel.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    Stumbles are minor, and The Spy unspools an intense tale of suspense, building to a conclusion that is as devastating as it is inevitable. With Homeland‘s best days behind it (and its final season not premiering until 2020), fans will find Raff’s latest Spy a satisfying binge.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    It is not a spoiler to say that watching Unbelievable is an extremely satisfying experience — not just for its storytelling, but for its depiction of women who confront their reality rather than succumbing to it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Kristen Baldwin
    At times, the mythology can feel needlessly complex, but there is something truly endearing about Carnival’s earnest, irony-free storytelling. Oddly, this splashy streamer production built around a movie star and a former model feels like an underdog — a Cones of Dunshire-style labor of love on a Jack Ryan budget.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    None of this will make any sense to non-90210 fans, but this show isn’t for them. If you loved the original, BH90210 won’t tarnish your memories — it will deepen them, and maybe even make some new ones.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    Ending a long-running series is fraught with obligation — story lines must be wrapped up, questions must be answered, characters must be honored. It’s a daunting task for a show with such a sprawling ensemble — there are 19 stars listed in the opening credits alone — but overall, OITNB delivers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Kristen Baldwin
    The jokes are fast-paced and tinged with absurdity; at its best, Los Espookys can feel like a half-hour telenovela assembled in the 30 Rock writers’ room. ... For all of its fantastical foolishness, Los Espookys is, at its heart, a comedy about friendship, following your passions, and fighting the urge to fit in.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Kristen Baldwin
    Crowe is excellent as Ailes; the actor all but disappears inside his synthetic girth, and he toggles effectively between Ailes’ avuncular charm and apoplectic rage. ... After three episodes, I found myself wishing the show had approached Ailes’ story from a different perspective, one that might offer fresh insight — Carlson’s, perhaps, or better yet, that of the mysterious gatekeeper Laterza. But The Loudest Voice isn’t really interested in learning anything from Ailes’ history — it’s simply content to repeat it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    Grand Hotel is the perfect summer escape for your DVR. [14/21 Jun 2019, p.102]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Kristen Baldwin
    There are a few times in the first four episodes where the show veers perilously close to pedantic. But overall, Pose still sparks one emotion more than any other, and that’s joy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Kristen Baldwin
    Season 3 hits a series of familiar notes. ... When season 3 does venture into unfamiliar areas, it retreats quickly.

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