For 132 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lorraine Ali's Scores

Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Atlanta: Season 2
Lowest review score: 20 Insatiable: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 98 out of 132
  2. Negative: 7 out of 132
132 tv reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Lorraine Ali
    It’s long on impressive special effects and alien shootouts, and short on a fresh story line beyond the usual unwitting hero with a mysterious family tree and a destiny that involves saving the universe (or part of it). ... It’s “Star Wars"/Disney right down to its weird sand creatures and blighted outposts, and a safe-but-entertaining start for the media giant’s exploratory mission into a largely untamed universe.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lorraine Ali
    Colman is masterful as a cold but not uncaring figurehead for a country in need of solace. ... Sweeping historical significance aside, it’s the intimate, internal battles make this season just as riveting — if not stronger — as the last two.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    The series is a smart, funny, irreverent ride — a coming-of-age comedy fused with a rich costume drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    Fast-paced and captivating. ... Its depiction of a racially divided, corrupt and often venal world rings just as true today.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    When the band of misfits set out to solve the mystery, “Stranger Things 3” crackles with the same oddball charm, dark suspense, innocence and self-aware humor that made this nerdy monster tale a surprise hit in the first place.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Lorraine Ali
    Though flawed, “The Hot Zone” is an effective, real-life horror story whose key points are hard to brush aside.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    Gripping.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lorraine Ali
    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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Lorraine Ali
    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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Lorraine Ali
    "Lorena" has its problems, but as a time capsule on where we were then and how far the media has and hasn’t come in years since, it is worth wading through the lurid muck for some long overdue reassessment.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    It’s already a hit with DC Comics aficionados lucky enough to land a screener. For the rest of us, this offbeat superhero tale is a refreshingly twisted tale accentuated by the unlikely casting of Fraser and Dalton.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    The story here unfurls slowly, so the steady pace of “The Umbrella Academy” may challenge viewers who are looking for immediate villain-avenging action. But for those who don’t already know the story, there are gratifying payoffs down the line.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    Leaving Neverland is heartbreaking and hard to watch for many reasons, among them that Jackson is such a part of our collective history. While there are pacing issues here and the filmmaker could have used a few more sources to widen the story, it’s a compelling look at childhood trauma, fame and the mechanics of pedophilia.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Lorraine Ali
    Suspenseful but uneven drama. ... While the eight-part series deftly unpacks difficult questions about neocolonialism and the effect of geopolitics on the pursuit of justice, it’s less successful in forging a strong bond between viewers and the characters on screen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    The film does an impressive job explaining the complicated operation while still delivering a fast-paced and entertaining story, although figuring out who all the parliament and political players are here may be a bit harder to follow for American viewers, Boris Johnson and his tousled mop aside.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Lorraine Ali
    Black Monday isn’t very successful at capturing the zeitgeist of the time beyond sappy music by Bryan Adams, cringe-worthy fashion choices and bright red Lamborghinis. The performers work well together, but they don’t have a lot to work with.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    If it sounds weird, it is, but it’s exactly the right amount of bizarre to make this otherwise dense and tangled piece of modern history palatable--and hilarious.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    Overall, it’s a series with the promise to intrigue, terrify and bring nuanced tales of fanged villains back into the weekly fold (it’s been a long time since “True Blood.”) Just don’t call them vampires.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    Smart, moving and deeply researched.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Lorraine Ali
    Whether it’s a reaction to the curated snobbery of prestige television or simply a new low in reality programming and its worship of B-list talent, The Masked Singer kicks off 2019 with such low expectations that everything else--“CSI” reruns, pharmaceutical ads---looks like sophisticated high art in its wake. ... The show’s panelists are the most entertaining aspect of the bizarre spectacle when they shoot high in gradings on the celebrity scale when estimating who’s under the rack of antlers or giant insect head.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    This dark, funny and moving half-hour comedy is so much more than the sum of its enlarged prostate and struggling-actor jokes. ... The formidable star power and talent of Douglas and Arkin elevate this single-camera comedy right out of the gate. As Sandy and Norm, they bring substance, depth and an understated sense of humor to a format that often relies on rote plots, one-liners and exaggerated characters. ... There are also plenty of gags tucked into the smart writing and stellar performances that would be perfectly at home on network TV.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    It’s more like the Brothers Grimm meets “13 Reasons Why,” a perfect combination of childhood frightmares, teen angst and adult drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    Roseanne’s sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) and daughter Darlene (Sara Gilbert) are the beating heart of this recently altered household, and they take the new narrative in wonderfully awkward, wry and entertaining directions.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Lorraine Ali
    The Romanoffs asks a lot of viewers, with far-flung narratives that lack tonal consistency from episode to episode.

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