Danette Chavez

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For 80 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Danette Chavez's Scores

Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Legion: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Insatiable: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 80
  2. Negative: 2 out of 80
80 tv reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    Patriot Act, an appealing comedy-talk show hybrid from longtime collaborators Hasan Minhaj and Prashanth Venkataramanujam, isn’t going to singlehandedly swing things Netflix’s way, but it is the streamer’s best offering yet in the genre. ... The result is an engrossing mix of deep dives, personal asides, and current events, all delivered with Minhaj’s winning aplomb.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    This corner of Hell’s Kitchen has provided thrills on a reliable basis, even when legions of faceless fighters cluttered up the screen, but thanks to a new creative team, they’re more than a welcome distraction. Matt’s body and will may have been broken by Defenders, but Daredevil’s third season is a return to form.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    Aguirre-Sacasa applies a light touch all around, building up the bigger themes without sacrificing character-driven moments--and without giving into the excessive twists that threw Riverdale off course in its sophomore season.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Danette Chavez
    Thanks to reinvigorated fighting and spotlights yielded to the real stars, Iron Fist improves on its first season. ... The show also uncovers a bigger problem. Its lead character doesn’t deserve top billing, and maybe never.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Danette Chavez
    The interplay between Krasinski and Pierce brightens up that journey through well-worn territory, and the well-executed international intrigue also means it’s far from a slog. But Jack Ryan would do well to remember a certain proverb to prevent the show from being all work and no play for its otherwise strong lead.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 0 Danette Chavez
    Insatiable purports to be satire, playing every bit of offensive dialogue and questionable storyline for laughs, yet none of it is funny.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Danette Chavez
    Despite some snarls, we do find ourselves caring and rooting for this defiant teen, wayward elf, and conflicted demon, and it’s thanks in great part to the cast. Disenchantment has the potential to become as engrossing an updated fairy tale as it is a debauched one, without choosing between one-offs and longer arcs.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    A drama-free competition that’s nonetheless suspenseful, Making It is the bear hug of a TV show we need right now. Offerman and Poehler have really put their stamp on the genre (pun obviously intended).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    Great performances from Clarkson and Scanlen help make the cold war at home more riveting than the slow burn of the murder mystery, but the pitch-perfect casting of Adams is Sharp Objects’ greatest asset.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    As season two unfolds, the show and its protagonist draw power from the past, both in confronting and embracing it. And in doing so, Luke Cage becomes the first Marvel show to not only best its first season, but also maintain most of the momentum (it’s not omnipotent, after all). The character and show regain a lot of their swagger.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    The emotional beats also carry over from the first season, which managed to win over most skeptics (and probably made many of them cry). ... The show achieves equally powerful moments when it affords the hosts the same space to take in the counsel of others.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    It’s hard to hold a preference for heartwarming moments over heartbreaking ones against the show, especially when its creators are motivated by a reality that’s frequently the opposite. Pose has many excesses, and that level of consideration is just among the more positive ones.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    Aside from the occasional heavy-handedness and missteps in characterization, The Handmaid’s Tale remains a must-see.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    Cenac’s not interested in preaching to the choir or rehashing liberal talking points. The loose structure of the show—there’s no real monologue, but there are segments and cheeky, animated asides—mirrors Cenac’s desire to map out a blueprint for change. He knows this means there will be a few, if not many, wrong turns and dead ends, but he’s not afraid to admit he doesn’t have all the answers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Danette Chavez
    Thankfully, the show remains as experiential as ever—getting inside the head of an all-powerful mutant might be inadvisable, but on Legion, it actually seems possible. Just as important, the new season gives us ever more compelling reasons to make that trip.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    The result is very dry comedy early on, which can be a bit frustrating if you were expecting the kind of rapid-fire jokes from Berg’s and Hader’s other work. But when the wheels come off, as they do in the second half, the tragicomedy that ensues is one of the most compelling on TV. Viewer patience is definitely rewarded, but some of the characters still get the short shrift.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Danette Chavez
    They manage to create a through-line, but one that is hardly compelling (and did we mention it already exists?).
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    The first three episodes meander, looking this way and that at threats new (professional competition) and old (Janet McTeer as a shadowy figure from Jessica’s past). Then slowly but surely, the season begins to take shape.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    The will they/won’t they element might be gone (for now), but they’re still an exciting pair to watch. It’s a rare thing, to inspire such care from viewers whether they’re coupled or individuals, but Bernal and Kirke’s mix of flirtiness and companionability keeps us invested.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Danette Chavez
    The experience remains as incisive and intimate as that of listening to Robinson and Williams crack jokes through your earbuds, thanks in part to Tig Notaro’s direction of all four episodes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    The Akils have added an exciting new entry to the superhero genre, one that quickly strikes a balance between its light and heavy storytelling. And they’ve found a truly compelling lead in Williams, while keeping an eye on the future (and franchising) with its younger stars.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    The main appeal of the movie is what drew viewers to the show--snappy dialogue, a truly great bromance, and enough references to satisfy the most obsessive of pop culture geeks.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    When all of its parts are working in unison, Happy! is a stylish mix of violence and unhinged humor, which, while not exactly a fresh concept, still manages to be engrossing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    Though the ending isn’t tidy, the film still offers a lot of insight from Kondabolu’s contemporaries like Aziz Ansari, Aparna Nancherla, Kal Penn, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Russell Peters, and several more.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    It’s meditative but not self-flagellating; brutal but not a slog. It remains to be seen how it will stack up to the Defenders and their individual outings, but at the very least The Punisher could nab the title of first stand-alone property in all of the MCU, TV or film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Danette Chavez
    Instead of laying Maria’s (and Bamford’s) heart bare every half hour, Lady Dynamite is now building a protective layer around it. For all the cathartic comfort we’ve found in her struggles, Bamford is transcending the need to suffer for--and in--her art. And the show is all the better for it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Danette Chavez
    Sedaris has an earnest desire to share her unique brand of hospitality. What she mixes up here is cozy and kooky, with a side of depravity.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Danette Chavez
    These flashes of fun and intrigue are too few and far between, which just leaves us with some half-hearted commentary on the rich and famous. The pilot is competent, but the Dynasty reboot is more junior executive than CEO material right now.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Danette Chavez
    The episode may bear Singer’s hallmarks, but Nix’s story provides a fresh take on teen angst, family tensions, and being feared for being different. The script is far from flawless; some of the dialogue is clunky, and Acker’s character is underdeveloped compared to the rest of the Strucker family. Good performances and respectable special effects help the pilot clear those hurdles, though, and set up a promising new drama.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 42 Danette Chavez
    Joffé drops the thread before it gets anywhere, distracted by another shiny object or revenge-thriller reference. Though it has some lofty goals, the shine quickly comes off of Tin Star.

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