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Darren Franich

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For 138 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Darren Franich's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Insecure: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 The Pauly D Project: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 138
  2. Negative: 9 out of 138
138 tv reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Darren Franich
    This feels like an ensemble with real potential. [19/26 Oct 2018, p.85]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Darren Franich
    The three Romanoffs episodes sent for review all run feature-length. Those episodes are sweet, beautiful to look at, very sincere, kinda dopey: neither armageddon nor second coming.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Darren Franich
    I Feel Bad is an okay family sitcom. ... I Feel Bad is so fast-paced you get whiplash, with hit-and-miss laugh lines. But Blue is an appealing protagonist, juggling what feels like five apocalypses before breakfast. I Feel Bad is a terrible workplace sitcom. ... If I Feel Bad wants to last, it'll upgrade the workplace bros--or even better, delete them. [28 Sep 2018, p.45]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Darren Franich
    The gray cinematography is unforgivably mulchy, though, giving the dialogue a speechy repetitiveness. But Emma Thompson and Emily Watson shine in the crazy good cast as Lear's older daughters. [28 Sep 2018, p.49]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Darren Franich
    Neo-Magnum overdoes on goofy pyrotechnics, but a cheerfully bland Hernandez can't match Tom Selleck's charms. [28 Sep 2018, p.48]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 76 Metascore
    • 42 Darren Franich
    Where The Leftovers successfully turned supporting roles into three-dimensional showcase star turns, this series reduces even the major characters to bare backstory essentials, poses of emotion. ... For all its manic poses and deflationary snark, it’s ultimately patronizingly sentimental.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Darren Franich
    “Love” seems like a strong word, but there’s a lot to enjoy here. Norm Macdonald Has a Show is a very meticulous mess, built with the opposite of frills.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Darren Franich
    In its fifth season, BoJack Horseman confirms its status as Netflix’s best TV show, a brash showbiz satire that’s also a religious act of small-screen devotion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Darren Franich
    It feels like a successful attempt to franchise-ify American Vandal’s peculiar mix of lowbrow comedy, highbrow style, and an ongoing portrait of the American high school as a clash between dueling realities, where the best truths are always fiction.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Darren Franich
    The central mystery is involving, but the sprawling tone is painfully stilted. [31 Aug 2018, p.53]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Darren Franich
    An evolutionary season. ... This is a major work, flaws and all, an examination of porn that's really an exploration of economic disruption. [31 Aug 2018, p.44]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Darren Franich
    An intriguing, yet exasperating, reboot. [17/24 Aug 2018, p.83]
    • tbd Metascore
    • 25 Darren Franich
    The tunes are forgettable, so bland they make Teen Beach 2 look like High School Musical 3. Zuelhsdorff and Blickenstaff give good age-crossed performances, but the tone around them is all over the place, fart jokes and dead-dad ruminations.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Darren Franich
    Disenchantment feels half-formed, a bit plastic. The vibe is like one of the wilder “Treehouse of Horror” segments, the kind where the big joke is how many grotesque ways Simpsons characters can die.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Darren Franich
    The plot twists are absurd, but the fine cast shimmers. [3 Aug 2018, p.53]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Darren Franich
    Molly’s starting a new job at an all-black law firm, a utopian-seeming office with its own brand of workplace politics. She’s still seeing Dro (Sarunas J. Jackson), Mr. Open Marriage, so that’s another It’s Complicated. Insecure juggles these complications marvelously, blending swoony-sexy swagger with laugh-out-loud comedy. The four episodes I’ve seen push the central characters to moments of change, some minor, some life-altering.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Darren Franich
    It’s a rollicking entertainment. There are ticking-clock countdowns to big games, on-the-field implosions, a devotional rap video, a grudge match. Pinkard shines, throughout, a walking exemplar of the possibilities of higher education, talking with raw honesty about her struggles, doing her damnedest to teach her kids about the possibilities of life off the field, opportunities they never learned about. ... It’s stunningly well-made.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Darren Franich
    There are a lot of tiny delights. (On this show, making coffee looks Hitchcockian.) But there’s a resistant macro-feeling of: Like, why? ... I’m left with the feeling that the Gus Fring scenes in Better Call Saul are the dark-drama equivalent of the horrible Darth Vader scenes in Rogue One, this looming figure of evil awesomeness brought out of retirement to emanate coolness fumes.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Darren Franich
    We’re still miles away from the majesty of season 1. There are real delights in this final season, though.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Darren Franich
    There are some laughs in Who Is America?, but the most profound feeling you get from the show is weariness. Cohen’s haphazard comedy instincts feel topical in the worst way.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Darren Franich
    Harlots has a kind heart, but no pulse. [6 Jul 2018, p.42]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Darren Franich
    The mystery's a slow burn, but Adams is a ravaged delight, soaking angry ghosts with vodka and rage. [6 Jul 2018, p.46]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Darren Franich
    Co-creator Taylor Sheridan has written and directed every episode I’ve seen so far, and when he’s not indulging himself with random gunfights, he has a weakness for wannabe poeticism, letting his characters muse darkly. Everybody gets one portentous line per scene.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Darren Franich
    The bantery ensemble comedy and doing-our-own-stunts stage farce leads to darker, more raw emotional places.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Darren Franich
    For a show steeped in apocalyptic dread and regret, 12 Monkeys has a surprisingly light sense of humor. It helps that the cast is so rock solid. ... Here’s a world-bending time odyssey with a profound adoration for the ghosts of TV junk past.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Darren Franich
    The actors all got different memos. ... Succession is some kind of success, if the point is to prove the Murdochs are boring as hell. [1/8 Jun 2018, p.78]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Darren Franich
    Some of the larger narrative elements of season 1’s big mystery feel familiar (with a parent-killing Big Evil Company at the center of it all). But Cloak & Dagger finds a new groove when Tyrone and Tandy start talking. ... So there’s real potential here. Joseph and Holt have a nice rhythm, when the show lets them hang out.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Darren Franich
    You feel, in the end, like the concept-album strangeness of season 4 has been replaced by an attempt toward facsimile: The old show, recreated. Fun enough, I guess, if you forget that a central part of the thrill with Arrested Development was how completely it could reset the boundaries of TV comedy every week. There will always be money in this banana stand--but there used to be so much more.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Darren Franich
    The dialogue sounds tin, near-parodic. ... Fahrenheit 451 has it heart in the right place, but its head sure crawled up somewhere.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Darren Franich
    It's a fine, if recessive, performance, but Paterno himself gets lost in the shuffle as director Barry Levinson covers every aspect of the story. [6/13 Apr 2018, p.84]
    • Entertainment Weekly

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