For 192 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Curt Wagner's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Nashville (2012): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 192
192 tv reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    The visual style pours as much emotional juice into the boiling, moody brew that Gilligan cooks up as his actors' searing performances do.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    True Blood works best when its freak flag flies--as long as its core characters are along for the ride.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    Stuffed with absurd situations and piles of bad taste, Wilfred is the strangest new show on TV. And the funniest.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    With all its harsh realism and attention to detail it feels more authentic than a lot of the actual historical dramas on TV.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    Southland brims with plot twists that never, ever feel contrived.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    Justified continues to explode with superb writing, complex characters and rich acting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    And we're off and running with another season of great animation, skillful voice acting and hilariously foul-mouthed fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    Game Change is less about Palin than it is about this sad state of political affairs....That message made an impression, as did two amazing performances, beginning with Julianne Moore's uncanny and nuanced portrayal of Palin.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    The story remains completely realistic and believable while paving new roads for future developments.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    [Show creator Callie Khouri] has created rich histories for each of her compelling characters. The actors give nuanced performances that make their characters more than one-dimensional cliches.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    Damages proves once again why it is one of the smartest thrillers on TV.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    Where it truly excels is in showing the emotional costs paid by the super soldiers doing their jobs and by the witnesses and/or victims of all the mayhem.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    It's not always pretty or easy to watch, but Southland remains an outstanding hour of appointment TV.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    Unlike Season 5's two-hour premiere, which easily could have been edited to half its length, every minute of Sunday's episode feels necessary, checking in with all our favorite players and dancing with Weiner's favorite theme, death.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    It's a powerful, emotionally engaging character study.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    These final episodes overflow with love, compassion and one lesson we all can take to heart: Cathy lived.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    It gets darker, scarier and more captivating with each episode as Luther matches wits with killers and cops alike.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    The Returned is far and away the most thoughtful and thought-provoking series I've watched this year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    [Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey's] riveting work would be worth the admission alone, but the hauntingly beautiful True Detective excels in every way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    Unlike in "Homeland," the show's main conceit grows even more complex and fascinating by including the Jennings kids.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    With its strong performances, subtle details and believable situations, Looking presents a convincing portrayal of everyday life--either gay or straight.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    The first three episodes of the epic fantasy's fourth season reach new heights at times, offering enough twists, shocks and action to make us forget last season's mind-blowing Red Wedding.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Whitechapel defies the odds, however, rising above its cliches with solid writing, taut direction, evocative cinematography and great performances by Penry-Jones, Davis and Pemberton.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Hardy and the supporting cast deliver.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    I'm pleased to report that creators/writers Ben Court and Caroline Ip and exec producer Sally Woodward Gentle have tweaked that gimmick ever so slightly, making Whitechapel fresh yet familiar in Season 2.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    In order to fully appreciate SOA, viewers have to buy into Sutter's premise that murderers can be sympathetic and heroic, but that's not hard to do with such intelligent writing and so many mesmerizing performances.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The smartly written series throws a lot of information, historical context, beautiful sets and costumes at viewers early on to create what eventually becomes a first-rate thriller.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    [It's] a new season of jump-from-your-seat scares and shivery twists that will leave you breathless.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Cougar Town returns with its wit, silliness and good-heartedness fully intact.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    It's a funny, creepy, touching thriller that had me laughing one second and peeking between my fingers the next.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    If you want bold activities, high drama and laughs motivated by something other than fame, tune in for Season 2 of Shameless.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The Borgias is back with more drama, sex, violence and betrayals than ever.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Smash tries mightily and mostly succeeds.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    An exciting and scary trip.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Well acted and smartly written, Awake works as an intellectual puzzler, emotional family drama and case-of-the-week procedural.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    TV's best series that few are watching hasn't lightened up, and that's mostly a good thing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    It's mostly improvised, which makes the funny exchanges between Kudrow and her guest stars even more impressive.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The relentless bleakness would be my only quibble with the series; one doesn't often choose to feel as battered as the characters on screen. But you won't be able to turn it off.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    It's the season's riskiest new series, but also one of the best.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Season 3 is off to a roaring good start.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    While Mazzara has amped up the action, he doesn't skimp on the angst.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The quirky campus comedy is as clever and edgy as ever.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Hunted is an intriguing and rewarding puzzle worth (trying) to solve.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Legit is legitimately and simultaneously raunchy, sweet and funny.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    He's funny and totally down to earth, which makes him an engaging host and guide for the eight-episode series.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Mamet and his actors have created a fascinating character study that puts our notions of prejudice, celebrity, media and justice in the spotlight.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    As Sarah makes one shocking discovery after another, Orphan Black weaves an increasingly intricate, suspenseful tale.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The mystical mumbo jumbo nearly derails the proceedings, but Goyer reins in the hookum in favor of frolicking adventure that's more fun than fact.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The show is way more than a thriller--although it could stand tall if it were just that. It continues to subtly examine the effects their high-risk and dangerous jobs have on the brave special ops soldiers fighting evil in the world.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Even though the team's first assignment—involving an ordinary guy with strange new powers (J. August Richards)--is kind of average as adventures go, the actors seem to have found a snappy groove already.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Please Like Me, unlike the much-praised millennial comedy "Girls," feels unpretentious and natural with fully-realized characters rooted in reality.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Although the premiere is hampered by unnecessary narration and over-exposition, it's still a bewitching brew of whimsy, psychological scares, horrific atrocities and the wonderfully relentless feeling that something wicked this way comes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    [Creator J.H. Wyman] peppers what really is a police procedural with enough not-so-distant science to make Almost Human a sci-fi thriller, and enough humor to make it a buddy cop comedy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Believe it or not, that stomach-turning gore is part of this four-part gem's charm. A Young Doctor's Notebook gets the balance between tragedy and comedy just right.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The Spoils of Babylon is an entertaining and spot-on spoof of the overdone potboiler miniseries of the 1970s and '80s.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Silicon Valley is a funny, insightful, blistering satire.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The former WWII code-breakers of this excellent British import don't deflect bullets with magical bracelets. They use their brains, determination, courage and pleasant demeanors like stealth weapons, covertly undermining postwar expectations to right wrongs no one else seems to notice.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    It remains one of TV's most compelling series, period.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Fargo the TV series--confident as Lorne Malvo--stands firmly on its own. You betcha it does.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    History tells us what the Manhattan Project unleashed on the world, but Manhattan conjures a compelling (fictional) journey for the men and women who made it happen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Despite its supporting cast of international actors who bring even thinly drawn characters to life, Outlander truly shines when Balfe shares the screen with either Heughan or Menzies.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    It's not easy to watch, but the Steven Soderbergh-directed period hospital drama sure is worth a look.