SWADESH SABHYATA AND BISWA.pdf | Regarder | 5.7
For 190 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jen Chaney's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Crown: Season 2
Lowest review score: 10 Insatiable: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 190
190 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Jen Chaney
    It is a less shocking, more plodding, in-depth procedural that depicts the legal steps required to attempt to overturn Dassey’s conviction.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    The seemingly put-together layers of Joy are slowly peeled away, a process mirrored by Collette, whose performance is all happy smiles and positive rhetoric until her character is forced to become truly vulnerable. ... Wanderlust is worth watching solely to see the gifted and luminous Collette do her thing. Wanderlust also makes an admirable effort to subvert gender stereotypes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    The Conners rises admirably to that challenge, delivering kitchen-sink comedy that, at least in the initial two episodes, the first of which airs Tuesday night, is just as funny as anything in Roseanne 2.0. The Conners even feels closer in tone and intent to the original Roseanne.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Jen Chaney
    I just wish it were possible to get more of a consistent kick out of Camping, which boasts laugh-out-loud lines and enjoyably boisterous work from its cast, but too often, is grating instead of darkly funny.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    Despite some notable flaws, The Haunting of Hill House deserves credit for doing what any good ghost story does: It conjures up the unthinkable and refuses to let us look away.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jen Chaney
    The second season officially confirms that Big Mouth, co-created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett, deserves a spot in the Coming of Sexual Age Hall of Fame right next to Judy Blume books and every incarnation of Degrassi. ... The voice-work on the series also remains top notch. Everyone is so, so good that there’s no way to pick an MVP. ... This series deserves a Peabody Award.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    It’s so transparent about its intentions and also because it wants so badly for its audience to love these characters. Even though the cast is decent, the characters don’t immediately pop because the writing lacks nuance.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    Hall is charismatic and likable enough to ground the show’s fantastical premise in something semi-real, or at least real enough to make the series palatable. God Friended Me also has a sense of humor and a sense of plot-driven momentum.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Jen Chaney
    The NBC sitcom is still surprising, still meticulously plotted, and still hilarious at an extremely high velocity. ... Since season one, The Good Place has repeatedly rebooted its central narrative and shifted our understanding of its setting and what its characters are capable of doing within it. That it’s still able to do this so skillfully in its third season, without ever becoming remotely predictable, is an astonishing feat.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    On the positive side, the natural chemistry between the core cast members is still alive. ... That said, there’s still a lot that doesn’t quite work--or at least not yet--in this new Murphy-verse. The first episode is definitely the bumpiest of the three provided to critics, mainly because it’s fixated on setting up the circumstances that bring the FYI team back into each other’s orbit, and also on introducing a couple of additional new characters.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Jen Chaney
    What if Lost, except generic and forgettable? That essentially describes Manifest. ... The execution doesn’t seem to be there. The problem with Manifest isn’t that it’s trying too blatantly hard to be a pseudo-Lost reboot. It’s that even after that turbulence hits, it doesn’t capture how it feels for these characters’ worlds to be shaken.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Jen Chaney
    It is wild, audacious, addictive, and teeters so precariously between reality and fantasy that the audience will immediately question what’s real and what isn’t. The bold ten-episode series, one of the fall season’s best, repeatedly bounces in and out of its characters’ brains and hop-skips from genre to genre, yet somehow avoids spiraling out of control even when what transpires detours further into WTF-ville.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Jen Chaney
    Almost everyone our host talks to wonders why he’s doing this show at all. ... Tom Arnold is correct: An old-school dumbass like him shouldn’t be president. But an old-school dumbass like him also shouldn’t be the one investigating the president, either, unless he’s going to do it in a real way, and not a reality-TV way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Jen Chaney
    Forever is one of the best new shows of the fall TV season. ... As much as this series evokes slivers of other projects, though, it is very much its own unique creation. Forever will mystify you, make you laugh, and force you to think deeply about how and why people hold themselves back from taking risks that can elevate their lives.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    By the end, what happened to Dylan Maxwell [in the first season] actually did feel kind of tragic. The second American Vandal, while amusing here and there, isn’t able to do all that. It recycles the same template, but can’t quite convince viewers to invest in everything that transpires at St. Bernardine.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    Kidding is melancholy more often than laugh-out-loud funny, and well-acted even if some of its character development is lacking. More than anything else, it’s a showcase for Carrey.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Jen Chaney
    The result is distinguished by admirably low-key performances, much like in season one, but it doesn’t rise to the level of must-watch. ... It ambles along, showing us people struggling with the stuff of life without making that struggle compelling enough to make me fully invested in it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Jen Chaney
    Despite everything Linney and Bateman bring to the series, the real problem is that, in the end, I don’t really care what happens to this extremely flawed husband and wife.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    Disenchanted doesn’t seem interested in wrestling with tropes or, for that matter, anything too deep. It’s more focused on finding easy comedy in the pockets of the universe it’s invented, which, to the credit of Rough Draft, the animation studio that brings the show to life, has an impressive, cinematic quality that outshines previous Groening projects. It’s just a shame that it doesn’t match that ambition in other areas.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Jen Chaney
    Insecure has always been a half-hour series that goes down smooth but doesn’t shy away from the real, and in the episodes I’ve seen, it hits those marks this season with even more assuredness.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 10 Jen Chaney
    It turns out the show is not as bad as you imagined. It’s actually worse. Like, worse in ways that you can’t even anticipate. Insatiable is impressive in its capacity offend a vast array of ideologies, including the notion that TV in 2018 should really be a hell of a lot smarter and more nuanced than this. On top of all that, it’s a freakin’ narrative mess.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Jen Chaney
    It meanders and takes a while to get to the point, and even when it gets there, sometimes the point still seems muddled. But it earns credit for embracing its weirdness and being unlike practically any other show that’s currently on TV.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    One of the greatest strengths of this season is its confidence in the compelling nature of the story itself to carry the day. Under the supervision of showrunner Derek Simonds, who also wrote the first episode, The Sinner takes twists and turns but is neither flashy nor heavy-handed. It’s straightforward, smart, and doesn’t condescend to its audience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Right up to the end, Casual excels at showing us what’s in parentheses. Even as it depicts big issues like death and divorce and parent-child conflict, it excels the most at showing us the less momentous elements of daily life: the bad dates you won’t remember years from now, the game nights that go awry, the road trips where someone puts the wrong type of fuel in the tank and ruins everything.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    As promised, they’ve made a show that makes you feel good. If for some reason you’re still not sure whether to watch or not, I’ll leave you with a final piece of Parks and Recreation–style advice: Go ahead, treat yo self.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    Doing what Sacha Baron Cohen is trying to do in this fraught climate is really tricky, and my instinct tells me it won’t work more often than it does. Still, a I’m intrigued to watch how he navigates this minefield. ... When Who Is America? is on point, as it is in the “Kill or Be Killed” segment, it doesn’t just remind us that some of our emperors have no clothes. It exposes them for walking around naked with no sense of shame whatsoever.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Jen Chaney
    Usually, the conversations are entertaining or substantive enough to distract from that fact. But it’s harder this season--either because of Seinfeld himself, the times in which we are living, or some combination of the two--to overlook how out of touch the whole exercise, including Seinfeld, sometimes seems. No one would ever accuse Seinfeld of being woke, but there are times in Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee when he seems to be the anti-woke.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    GLOW also continues to be really funny, strutting right along the line between cheeky and serious with even greater confidence.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Very, very decent: That’s the best way to describe The Great British Baking Show.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Anyone who fell in love with this charming Queer Eye crew will be happy to know that they remain very much in character during season two. ... Because there’s such an established formula to Queer Eye, binge-watching isn’t necessarily the best way to enjoy it. Spreading out the episodes will cut down on one’s awareness of the repetitiveness in its structure, as well as the repetitiveness in some of the advice being offered.

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