For 34 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 29% same as the average critic
  • 16% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hanh Nguyen's Scores

Average review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Little Women (2018)
Lowest review score: 58 Kiss Me First: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
34 tv reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Hanh Nguyen
    Although each of the six parts are standalone stories, the order in which the episodes play feels deliberate in building emotional engagement and complexity, adding in a meditative and humorous breather in the middle, and then finishing with what feels like a call to action. The series doesn’t have to be binged, but it’s hearty and heartfelt fare for family Thanksgiving and holiday viewing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Hanh Nguyen
    It’s still too early to tell how this season will fare from just the first two episodes. There appear to be too many disparate plots, some without appealing characters. But based on the promise of Vincent, and what havoc his story can wreak on the others, we’re willing to be cautiously optimistic about what’s to come. For now, we’re in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Hanh Nguyen
    Bodyguard remains a gripping and thoroughly entertaining adventure that’s emotionally deft, but that clumsy ending dims its overall excellence.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Hanh Nguyen
    Once viewers power through the bafflingly slow first episode, the series becomes equally engrossing and enraging as patriarchal machinations push the siblings into intolerable situations.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Hanh Nguyen
    The show feels like an old-fashioned adventure with teens banding together to uncover a mystery with limited adult interference.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Hanh Nguyen
    Goofy and curious, commanding and contemplative, Thirteen is already well on her way to demonstrating the complex emotional makeup that is the Doctor. She also demonstrates a cheerful, can-do spirit. ... With the exception of Tim Shaw’s unappealing self, very little about the episode feels Whovian. Gone is former showrunner Steven Moffat’s sense of play, both in the verbal sparring and convoluted storytelling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Hanh Nguyen
    King Lear starts to break down near the last third with a choppiness that takes a toll on the logic of the piece. Still, the performances hold it together; this play has always been focused on human suffering. Amazon’s King Lear is by no means a definitive adaptation of what is arguably the Bard’s finest tragedy, but it is a thrilling and entertaining one.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Hanh Nguyen
    Each twist can potentially upset the direction that the show seems to be heading in and instead create something profound. But for now, it feels like a well-orchestrated attempt to force melodrama into meaning while hooking viewers with an icky sense of ghoulish curiosity.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Hanh Nguyen
    Perhaps the show will develop, but in the first two episodes given to critics to review, it’s simply boring in its predictable moralizing. The show isn’t awful enough to be hemorrhaging or flatlining but watching it is long, drawn-out suffering for which the only sweet release is the end credits sequence.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Hanh Nguyen
    The Miniaturist may feel raw and green, sometimes naively so, but in its awkward, otherworldly way champions hope and change, and that’s rarely a waste of time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Hanh Nguyen
    At times, this lack of establishing a sense of place and motivation makes the series feel unmoored, but the action moves along rapidly all the way up to its last-minute sick twist.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Hanh Nguyen
    This year does a better job dovetailing its stories and crafting multiple reversals and surprises that build to an engrossing, if not entirely satisfying, final act.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Hanh Nguyen
    Despite the periods of melancholy and turmoil, this season feels more energetic and subsequently lighter because of the faster pace. It also is more comfortable in its skin and handles humor in its everyday situations deftly while also poking fun at itself.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Hanh Nguyen
    The show’s adherence to tired storytelling tropes hamstrings it from becoming more profound, exciting, or original. Instead, it somehow manages to be both sleepy and bleak, which only drives viewers to seek out a different reality elsewhere.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Hanh Nguyen
    As the show (and Liza) grows older, it’s comforting to see it shake off inertia but still be able to offer insight in a loving, laughable way. Judging by the first three episodes this year, Younger shows promise in being able to adapt and grow, no matter what its age.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 83 Hanh Nguyen
    Unlike “Black Mirror” though, NBC’s series doesn’t seem like it will get too bogged down with misanthropy and nihilism. The virtual reality setting is a blank canvas that invites play, and the procedural element of Mara regularly retrieving lost souls gives the series an optimistic and hopeful bent. There’s plenty of fun here, but with enough pathos to add weight.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Hanh Nguyen
    Beautifully produced and faithful to the original story, the miniseries also captures the joyful spirit of the novel despite its many heartaches. For every generation comes a new Little Women, but PBS’ version promises to be the go-to standard for a long time to come.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Hanh Nguyen
    The energetic if not terribly sophisticated martial arts choreography is entertaining, and a fight sequence that takes place in the school cafeteria is fun in a completely unrealistic way. Perhaps because of its throwback vibe, “Cobra Kai” is able to get away with some of its more problematic issues.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Hanh Nguyen
    The love of LA and the strong storytelling, not to mention the top-notch characterizations and performances, remain as consistent as ever.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Hanh Nguyen
    The viewer must go along with Stephen on this strange and intimate journey because only by enduring the torture and confusion can the catharsis occur. There is hope, there is another side for those left behind, and for The Child in Time it is hard won, but builds to this conclusion deliberately and beautifully.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Hanh Nguyen
    Despite the ridiculous storytelling and two-dimensional characterizations that are flatter than a flounder, what really sinks Siren is that tonally, it’s neither fish nor fowl. It has no self-awareness of what it wants to be, but there are glimmers of what it could be: a horror series that plays upon people’s paranoia of deep water, a maritime action series, a morality tale about what it means to be humane, a tragic and/or sexy interspecies love story, or a soap with heightened emotions that carry it into the realm of juicy Douglas Sirk-ian melodrama.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Hanh Nguyen
    Neville’s multidisciplinary approach to storytelling matches Chang’s break-all-the-rules mentality. Each episode careens through a number of different styles, including talking heads, cinéma vérité, drunken conversations shot on a phone, illustrations, animation, sitcom spoofs, and even a mock political debate, in which the opposing parties argue over which culture’s dumplings reign supreme. The flexible approach makes for a kinetic, humorous, and entertaining viewing experience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Hanh Nguyen
    Performances are as strong as ever, if not better. While Anderson never fails to stir the heart, Galifianakis continues to stun with his nuanced take on the two brothers.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Hanh Nguyen
    Its message, and the methods it employs to deliver it, makes this the most important television on right now.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Hanh Nguyen
    The Season 3 [episodes] feel far more ordered and purposeful.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Hanh Nguyen
    The new generation of kids who will be introduced to Duckburg through this series may not have the history to appreciate the way these characters have become far more vibrant and relevant, but that isn’t necessary. DuckTales is brisk and playful romp from start to finish with plenty of cheeky details.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Hanh Nguyen
    Suburra is an experience saturated with color, sound, and sin. Ultimately it doesn’t seem to offer any insights into the human condition except that being rotten is pretty much universal. But its depiction of a modern-day Rome with all the evil that men do is a raw and compelling one, uncolored by sentiment and nostalgia. This could be Netflix’s next big foreign addiction
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Hanh Nguyen
    Poldark dips back into the same well as in seasons past, but with an extra dimension.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Hanh Nguyen
    The uncertainty of where Mindy will end up--with a relationship or not--isn’t so much unsettling as it is promising.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Hanh Nguyen
    Expect some equally strong language to reflect the harshness of the crimes, but enough charisma from the protagonists to keep the show from derailing into glorified grisliness.

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