For 106 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lorraine Ali's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Atlanta: Season 2
Lowest review score: 20 Insatiable: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 106
  2. Negative: 6 out of 106
106 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Lorraine Ali
    This series gets off to a shaky start over its first two installments, so it’s questionable whether fans will have the will or want to wait four weeks or more between episodes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Lorraine Ali
    The premise lends itself to potentially funny moments, but the pilot available for review is bogged down in haggard-parenting gags that are older than Hulu and Netflix lifespans combined.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Lorraine Ali
    Getting to the bottom of why Ron took his life should be an interesting pursuit, but not with these folks, who repeatedly speak in clichés--“Ron always said everything happens for a reason”--and often seem tone deaf as they joke flippantly about the suicide.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    A fast-paced drama that’s engaging and timely but still polished and slick enough to deliver the type of escapist entertainment “Law & Order” fans recognize.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Lorraine Ali
    The bumpy flight scene is indeed terrifying (firsthand advice: don’t watch on a plane). But once on the ground, rote themes of redemption and faith dilute an otherwise intriguing supernatural occurrence. ... [Recurring themes] point toward a potentially addictive series if “Manifest” allows its gripping supernatural narrative to rise above its characters’ less interesting personal dramas.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Lorraine Ali
    The Good Cop is a solid, traditional detective sitcom for viewers seeking the solace of a simpler time, before cable and disruptive streaming services altered the landscape with weird shows like “Stranger Things.” And ironically, it’s brought to you by Netflix.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Lorraine Ali
    It does what few others in Hollywood or the TV industry have: it demands accountability from “The Apprentice” producer Mark Burnett. ... [But] Arnold’s futile endeavor is the true gag.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Lorraine Ali
    [The First] has all the right ingredients of another breakthrough drama series from the streaming service that gave us “The Handmaid’s Tale.” But it becomes so entangled in the human drama of its troubled characters here on Earth that it loses momentum soon after blast off.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    Creepy, addictive and full of dry humor about social media, millennials and dating in the age of Tinder.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    An engaging and suspenseful series.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    The first half of the The Bobby Brown Story (the only part available for review) reveals a compelling miniseries filled with the sort of controversy, nostalgia and personal ups and downs that music fans and pop culture junkies find irresistible.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Lorraine Ali
    Insatiable makes “Norbit” feel like a comedic masterpiece, and in 2018, there’s nothing noble about that distinction.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    The three-episode period drama deviates from the book’s narrative yet still manages to weave an equally intriguing whodunit.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    The show’s hour-long episodes are generally pretty entertaining, thanks to the charm and timing of O’Connell [as Harley Carter]. ... The strong chemistry between Harley and Sam is another draw here. They’re fun to watch, as is their third childhood friend, Dave (Kristian Bruun).
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    If the first few episodes are any indication, this is yet another disturbing/thought-provoking mystery worth unraveling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Lorraine Ali
    A potent, moving six-part documentary offering fresh insight into the 2012 killing of unarmed teen Martin by 28-year-old vigilante George Zimmerman. ... It’s the way in which directors Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason connect new and old details of the case with its wide-spread effect that makes Rest in Power a comprehensive, emotional and brutally honest look at America since that fatal shooting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    As the title suggests, HBO’s new series cuts deeper when it dramatizes female-centric issues such as sexual assault, dysfunctional marriages and motherhood, making it both a more compelling and difficult watch.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Lorraine Ali
    Next of Kin is full of mysteries worth solving. But the slow pace can sometimes prove a challenge. And otherwise smart characters make uncharacteristically stupid decisions that are hard to believe. ... The show comes with so much cultural baggage it’s hard not to notice when it veers into the same old clichés that underpinned “24” and “Homeland.”
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    A refreshingly unpredictable and smart take on the usual caped-crusader fare.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    Dietland is a wonderfully absurd exaggeration of the rage that’s driving sea change like the #MeToo movement. The Harvey Weinstein effect is satirized here, his depravity and the victim’s fury filtered through dark humor, and that dark humor woven into a quirky yet compelling drama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Lorraine Ali
    Clues to Landry’s murder are supermodel thin, but Strike finds them as if he has hidden wizarding powers (he does not). The suspects and leads are blindingly colorful in contrast to the rumpled, low-key detective. ... The disheveled detective is of course irresistible to [temp Robin Ellacott (Holliday Grainger)] too, so you can probably guess the answer. Viewers, however, my find him--and his cases--less interesting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    The series is mostly an engrossing, behind-the-scenes look at a journalistic renaissance driven by the upheaval in Washington. But the fatigue that reporters experience from the barrage of breaking news, and the partisan rancor that makes their jobs so difficult, wears on the viewer as well. ... Yet the series does capture the excitement and crush of journalism today by throwing itself into an exhaustive news cycle.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    The film has been referred to as a pre-obituary and its title called ghoulish. But McCain's frank discussions about his limited time left on Earth and the end of a mission of "serving something more important than myself" are profound and moving.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    It's not the politics that drive this drama. It's the threat of what could be, portrayed in very human terms by Moss, Dowd and costars Alexis Bledel (Ofglen), Max Minghella (Nick) and Samira Wiley (Moira).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    It's poised to be a intellectually stimulating and emotionally bumpy ride, where the very concept of your existence becomes the stuff of high-brow entertainment and low-bar thrills.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Lorraine Ali
    The show was a collision of religion and theater and pop culture that could have been one holy mess. But by the grace of God, or maybe a great cast and lots and lots of expert staging, a great musical became a great TV production.

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