Malé Lásky | ProductsFoundry | Thriller
For 353 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ben Travers' Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Red Oaks: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Fuller House: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 353
353 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Ben Travers
    There’s enough parity in the group to keep viewers engaged, be it from their slew of emergencies (like a crazy man screaming about unicorns on top of his car) or testy inter-personal dynamics. Even after the ridiculous opening scene, Fillion manages to fill Nolan with enough foolish sincerity to be a believable human being.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Ben Travers
    The ominous setting plays into the high stakes facing Sabrina and her friends, while the efficient scripts and lavish production design build an immersive, exciting space to explore them. To say it’s the best “Sabrina” yet is a bit reductive, but it’s certainly a new series worth screaming about.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Ben Travers
    Its real potential lies in breaking the mold more than reapplying it. It’s the people who haunt viewers more than the ghosts, and emphasizing the stories of the living is what makes Netflix’s horror show come alive.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Ben Travers
    What starts as a fun reminder of just how bankable rags-to-riches stories can be, results in a relevant original series that’s a whole helluva lot of fun--all on its own terms. ... Bre-Z, Logan, and Ezra are all early stand-outs. They’re charming, they listen to each other, and they never lose the intended tone.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Travers
    Why the audience should invest in [Kathryn's] journey, or learn anything from it, is unclear, even if why her friends stick around is simple enough. Most of the people are there for Walt. ... Walt is nearly too shy to empathize with. They’re all living in denial about something, and only occasionally is blindness exposed to any useful effect.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Ben Travers
    Even more than before, Season 2 is weird and proud of it; a living embodiment of putting it all out there, despite what people might think. In a very real way, these episodes are a form of activism, and in a season focused on teaching kids how to separate shame from guilt, it’s downright powerful. A Peabody Award would not be out of order.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 33 Ben Travers
    The writer (or co-writer) and director of every episode relies too heavily on the general mystery surrounding the family to drive interest, and his running times are unforgivably self-indulgent. While the production team has done fine work, from the elegant costuming to lush real-world locations, these episodes don’t deserve their length, especially with Weiner’s uninspired framings and tepid pacing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Ben Travers
    The producers are excited to create more absurd fun for their comic duo, and the audience should be happy in the long run, admiring a knowing farce at a time where the world’s dark buffoonery needs to be ignored. Happy Together may not become an iconic sitcom, but it’s already a pretty good source for happiness.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 Ben Travers
    It’s the misuse of Cedric and Greenfield that seems criminal.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Ben Travers
    Tim Allen’s revived comedy is exactly what it always was: a predictable, kind of lazy sitcom built on easy jokes and the odd, occasionally misguided rantings of a middle-aged, wealthy white guy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Ben Travers
    To say this was one of the sharper starts to a season would be stretching it, but one has to admire the series’ persistence.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Ben Travers
    Based on the premiere, it’s hard to say if This Is Us wants to change at all. Mistakes are made, but hearts are warmed. The Randall Show is alive and well--providing so many more reasons why Susan Kelechi Watson is the sneaky pick for ensemble MVP--while just about every other arc is very much under a “wait and see” status.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ben Travers
    The first episode may not be perfect — Killam has some work to do honing his exaggerated sketch of a human being — but it quickly builds a set of charming characters, exhibits sharp comic timing, and the surprisingly expansive cast of children are (even more surprisingly) all funnier than they are adorable. I
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Ben Travers
    Bits of unsuspected violence are cut with moments of utter absurdity. It’s surprising and intriguing, but Nash Edgerton’s unassuming vision is also a thoughtful evaluation of an ugly world where violence is the accepted norm.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Ben Travers
    The Good Cop never aims to be anything more than an amiable distraction. ... Danza is a big personality filling a character with a big personality. Groban is the opposite for both, and no matter how great Danza gets, the odd couple dynamic doesn’t work when one guy’s doing all the work.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ben Travers
    So much less fun than than the original. ... Hernandez gives off the natural charisma needed to carry a procedural, and his cohorts (including “Happy Endings'” Zachary Knighton) are given brief moments to shine (albeit less brightly than the central star). The action scenes are fine, even if their special effects leave a lot to be desired, and the pilot is perfectly serviceable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Ben Travers
    The many tonal shifts aren’t always well-finessed, but the star-studded, wildly ambitious miniseries serves up enough brilliant flourishes to leave a mark.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Ben Travers
    Even if the formula is familiar, AHS is having one helluva time playing with it. Actors like Grossman and Williams are hamming it up with style, the fast-paced storytelling makes the most of its time jumps, and the sets are simply gorgeous.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 42 Ben Travers
    Some internal conflicts arise, but even those turn repetitive within the first two hours, and the stagnant plot is only magnified by individual character inconsistencies.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Ben Travers
    Roberts helps set up Homecoming as a creepy, fun thriller and a gripping, human drama.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Ben Travers
    Each narrative strand works to prove a point and tell an intriguing story, and yet for as compelling--and complicated--as the Martino brothers’ lives remain, all of their hustle and bustle pales in comparison to the work done by Maggie Gyllenhaal. ... Gyllenhaal handles every aspect of Eileen with an earned authenticity.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Ben Travers
    Season 13 proves McElhenney, Day, and Howerton aren’t out of ideas; the formula they’ve established still works beautifully, and allows them to stretch as far as their creativity demands.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Ben Travers
    The middle section of Season 1 features some of the best character development, perspective shifts, and overall writing this year.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Ben Travers
    At best, The Purge is a generic, broadly appealing thriller with enough obvious socio-political commentary to act as a welcome guide to the better, more incisive movies. At worst, it’s yet another example of filmmakers treating TV like a garbage dump for rejected movie ideas unworthy of fleshing out for the big screen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Ben Travers
    Carrey’s committed turn as Jeff Pickles, a children’s television host whose son recently died, is immediately convincing and endearing. ... Series creator Dave Holstein delivers sharp commentary on corrupted innocence and toxic cynicism. The half-hour non-comedy is fixated on death enough to make even the most morbid fan uncomfortable, but through four episodes, it shows signs of a lighter, broader scope and is buoyed by unrelenting optimism.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Ben Travers
    Mayans already feels a little too comfortable in its choices for a show with a lot of simmering feuds. The dialogue can be as blunt as the cold-blooded torture devices, making Mayans M.C. a show you have to want to watch to enjoy. But the sequel is far from a careless follow-up; it’s a deliberate expansion that’s at least within spitting distance of “SOA” quality.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Ben Travers
    It’s the little things that separate the solid spy stories from the addictive ones, and “Jack Ryan” has momentum while still lacking an x-factor. For all the other Jack Ryan entries, the missing piece was in the man himself. Jack Ryan is an everyman type, but he’s not any man. Here, he could be, and that’s the slight.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Ben Travers
    In the last three episodes, Disenchantment embraces its story in a way that makes for easy viewing--there’s still nothing revolutionary here, and much of the comedy is still too stagnant, but it’s a far more effective fairy tale.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Ben Travers
    Season 2 lacks urgency beside the basic danger of the Byrdes’ continuing their work in order to escape it, and glimpses inside Marty and Wendy’s moral outlooks aren’t compelling enough to make up for the lack of action.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 16 Ben Travers
    So many problems plague Netflix’s original series it’s only option is the scrap heap, where a few spare parts can be salvaged to sustain other functioning vehicles.

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