Margaret Lyons

Margaret Lyons

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Margaret Lyons's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Magazine/Vulture, Time Out

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "If you like WHAS, you will find FDOC funny and spirited and weird and delightful. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 30, 2015
82% I Am Cait: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Each scene felt as choreographed as a ballet, as deftly applied as the hair extensions we see Kylie and Cait giggle over: Fake, but fake for our behalf. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 28, 2015
94% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "Texas, the '80s, and early computers: Sounds good! Actually, the first season was not so good, but the second season has really picked up. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 2, 2015
74% Another Period: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "It's very funny and very odd, with production values reminiscent of Drunk History, and the same feeling of "Oh boy, they seem like they're having a really good time" that that series engenders. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 2, 2015
80% Ballers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Look, we all love the Rock. That's basically the point of America. So the fact that even he cannot liven things up should indicate just how rote Ballers feels. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 19, 2015
100% Catastrophe: Series 1 (TV, 2015) "[Catastrophe is] an example of how little premise good comedy actually needs: Specificity, yes; joy, yes; charisma and wit and smarts, yes. He's Rob, she's Sharon. And that's kind of it. Go. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 18, 2015
69% Sense8: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "A truly good show has to be more than just eyeball-tickling. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 5, 2015
75% The Whispers: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "As the show digs harder into its sci-fi elements (it's loosely based on a Ray Bradbury short story called "Zero Hour," in which children facilitate an alien invasion), and pushes into the whole global-mayhem option, it picks up a little juice. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 2, 2015
97% UnReal: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "If UnREAL's not careful, we might fall in love. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 2, 2015
25% Between: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The dialogue on Between is horrendous, and the performances are not much better. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 22, 2015
92% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 14 "The new you is still the old you, too. It just makes perkier commercials. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 18, 2015
50% Grace and Frankie: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Grace and Frankie doesn't feel real enough, which is too bad, considering how direly our society needs real stories about women, about queer people, about older people, and about change. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 7, 2015
52% The Casual Vacancy: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "I'm just not sold on it as a three-part miniseries. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 30, 2015
30% Happyish: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "I don't know what the problem is for any of these guys, other than a grotesque sense of entitlement. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 24, 2015
100% Wolf Hall: Series 1 (TV, 2015) "It's hard to top the overwhelming prestige of Wolf Hall. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 6, 2015
96% Younger: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "I wish Younger had a longer first season not just because I liked it, but more because it's featherweight, and as its current run stands, might have been better off as a feature-length rom-com. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 2, 2015
42% Weird Loners: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The show feels like bullying. If Eric wants to make sock puppets and be weird, he's not hurting anyone! Just let him! The other characters don't even seem to mind; it's the show that's holding him up for cruel ridicule. No, thank you. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 2, 2015
75% Being Mary Jane: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Mary Jane is a character I'm interested in, someone whose life I am curious about, someone I want to spend time with. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 20, 2015
74% Bloodline: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Bloodline's secret is that it's just not that good. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 19, 2015
91% iZombie: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "There's a lot crammed in here, and yet the show feels poppy and nimble. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 17, 2015
28% The Royals: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "I can't even tell if people are doing terrible accents or are just terrible at talking. Perhaps both? Or maybe the problem is that no one has much to say. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 13, 2015
66% The Returned (US): Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The show captures grief almost as well as the original does, depicting its orbital pull, where, no matter how far away you get, you always loop back somehow. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 10, 2015
94% Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Kemper's just about perfect, and the show's pretty damn good, too. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 5, 2015
35% CSI: Cyber: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "While CSI: Cyber is functional, it's also a useless chore. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 5, 2015
30% Dig: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Some of the show is effective, especially the parts that double down on anything eerie... But my appetite for stories about sad cops is at an all-time low, and all the chasing-people-through-bazaars stuff I could similarly do without. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 5, 2015
84% The Last Man on Earth: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "I bought the concept -- completely and without struggle. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 27, 2015
24% The Odd Couple: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The oddest thing about The Odd Couple is that it took Perry, Lennon, Bibb, Lindsay Sloane, Dave Foley, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Wendell Pierce and wasted every molecule of their combined talents. " ‐ Vulture
Posted Feb 19, 2015
67% The Slap: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "I like the tension of domestic misery, and I like a show gutsy enough to be comfortable with viewers openly loathing most of its characters. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 12, 2015
90% Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Fresh's silly non-sequiturs are dispatched just often enough, and it strikes the right balance of making kid characters funny without seeming phony and hammy. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 4, 2015
81% Man Seeking Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "As exhausting as I found some aspects of the show, the series' imagination largely won me over. It made me curious about future episodes, about FXX's willingness to air very niche shows, about the rise of whimsy-comedy on cable. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jan 15, 2015
100% Hindsight: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "I like Hindsight's ambivalence about adulthood and its enthusiastic sense of humor, but on a basic cellular level, the show is fun. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jan 9, 2015
97% Marvel's Agent Carter: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Watching the first two episodes felt like being on a well-intentioned but fruitless blind date. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jan 7, 2015
81% Galavant: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The show does what it does about as well as it can be done -- it's funny and a little naughty, and ironic enough that it might loop all the way back to being earnest. Terrific. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jan 7, 2015
30% Marco Polo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "[It] wants so badly to be like Game of Thrones that it copies a lot of that show's battle aesthetics and visual panache without seeming to notice the most important part: [GoT] is trying to say something. And Marco Polo is literally just saying "urgh." " ‐ Vulture
Posted Dec 12, 2014
No Score Yet Wentworth: Season 1 (TV, 2013) "What dazzled me about the show, though, was how capably it holds its characters in human regard. We see these characters behave abominably, dangerously, hurtfully. " ‐ Vulture
Posted Dec 9, 2014
100% Black Mirror: Season 1 (TV, 2011) "The six one-hour episodes, spread over two seasons, are cynical, searing, shockingly good -- and often disturbing. Watch this show, but don't binge-watch this show. " ‐ Vulture
Posted Dec 4, 2014
81% Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season One (TV, 2014-2015) "Weirdly, the show is at its best when it's at its nastiest, in its most cruel and cutting fight scenes. If I'm gonna watch a show about people getting divorced, I want to really get how divorce-y everything is. " ‐ Vulture
Posted Dec 2, 2014
52% Cristela: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "I just wish the show knew what it really had in its star and let her shine. " ‐ Vulture
Posted Oct 13, 2014
100% Jane the Virgin: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "Jane the Virgin is a shining example of how much a show can get away with as long as it takes its characters seriously. " ‐ Vulture
Posted Oct 13, 2014
17% Mulaney: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "Mulaney's ensemble just isn't powerful enough, and rather than jazz up so-so material, they somehow drain the energy from possibly funny moments. " ‐ Vulture
Posted Oct 3, 2014
20% Bad Judge: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Bad Judge is guilty of being lousy. " ‐ Vulture
Posted Oct 2, 2014
27% Manhattan Love Story: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "In addition to being nowhere near as adorable as it thinks it is, Manhattan Love Story is also structurally off. The show relies very heavily on Peter and Dana's voice-overs, which is a real mistake. " ‐ Vulture
Posted Sep 30, 2014
57% Selfie: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "So much of this show is completely darling; [Karen] Gillan, working with a mostly good American accent, has so much charisma and charm, she's almost able to endear Eliza to us. " ‐ Vulture
Posted Sep 30, 2014
98% Transparent: Season One (TV, 2014) "Transparent is a crystalline bird's nest, beautiful and fragile and a little bit dreamy and magical, where you hatched and from whence you're obligated to fly away. " ‐ Vulture
Posted Sep 25, 2014
40% Scorpion: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "For a show about such allegedly brilliant people, Scorpion works hard to make sure you never ever have to think. " ‐ Vulture
Posted Sep 22, 2014
78% The Cosmopolitans: Season One (TV, 2014) "Sharply funny and a little dreamy. " ‐ Vulture
Posted Sep 22, 2014
58% Red Band Society: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "Even Octavia Spencer (as a wise, I've-seen-everything nurse) can't wrest this show from the clutches of the Mecha-Phoniness. " ‐ Vulture
Posted Sep 17, 2014
22% The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "In order for me to be invested in a show, I need characters with some kind of internal integrity. No one has a self (yet) on Mysteries of Laura; instead of characters, the show is populated by piles of index cards with ideas scrawled on them. " ‐ Vulture
Posted Sep 17, 2014
53% BoJack Horseman: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "It's one of the most aggressive portraits of depression I think I've ever seen. Look past the anthropomorphic animal characters and the satire of toxic celebrity culture: This show is radically sad. I love it. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 12, 2014
89% Manhattan: Season 1 (TV, 2014) "Manhattan succeeds as the emotional, personal side of things starts taking hold. " ‐ Vulture
Posted Jul 25, 2014
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