For 194 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 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Curt Wagner's Scores

Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Strike Back: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 194
194 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Copper doesn't open as confidently as I had hoped (or as its pedigree might lead one to expect), but given the classic themes, rich time period and great acting, I trust it will keep my interest.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    It's dark, disturbing and a little downbeat--which isn't a dis at all.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Exec producers Paul Abbott and John Wells deliver dark humor, a full heart and a real desire to illustrate--no matter how outlandishly--just how difficult it is for impoverished families to make ends meet.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    While we appear to be in for a depressing ride, fear not: Creator Matthew Weiner still has a few winks and tricks up his sleeve.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Luck is a sometimes confusing yet fascinating study of the colorful characters--the jockeys, trainers, owners, gamblers and railbirds--who populate horse-racing tracks.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    They say Revenge is a dish best served cold, and here it's downright delicious.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    While the storytelling is generally riveting, Hirst and his team occasionally drop a few stinkers in the dialogue. The exceptional cast—which also includes Katheryn Winnick as Ragner's wife, Lagertha—is able to rise above those bombs. It's their distinctive portrayals that, for me, bring this Dark Ages tale to life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Awkward's writing is sharp enough to keep even those viewers who refuse to go to their reunions laughing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    The Mindy Project mostly lives up to the hype.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Like Spader, Collette is fascinating to watch; there's always so much happening just under the surface.... Show creators Alon Aranya, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir and Jeffrey Nachmanoff pack the Hostages pilot with a ton of side plots.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Live Another Day starts its 12-episode run in a typically gripping if superficial and improbable fashion, but you'll get no complaints from me.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    There's no doubt that The Blacklist will present a terrorist case of the week. But the marvelous action sequences and intriguing plot twists should lift it above any standard procedural.... If none of that interests you, Spader's magnetic performance alone is enough to warrant at least a couple looks.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Thanks to the rock solid performances of Bello, O'Byrne and co-stars that include Kirk Acevedo, Kenny Johnson and Chicago homeboys Tim Griffin and Aidan Quinn, Prime Suspect rises above the formula network procedurals that focus more on forensics than good, old-fashioned grunt detective work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    [An] exciting but frustrating spy thriller from former CIA employee and writer-executive producer Joe Weisberg, skillfully captures the anxiety of the age.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    When her Airbender training is postponed, Korra travels to Republic City, where Aang's son Tenzin lives, so he can teach her. And that's when the fun begins.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    The gang delivers a ton of mostly low-brow laughs, but they're laughs nonetheless.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Despite some flaws, Broadchurch is beautifully filmed, sharply directed and intensely acted.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Miller is infinitely watchable as the twitchy detective, and I'm sure Liu will bring more to Watson if she's given the chance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Spivey gives her stars so much better material stemming from the parents' self-doubt about everything from doing right by their daughter to still rocking a tight skirt (Reagan) to buying the right cheese at the overwhelmingly huge supermarket (Chris).
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    It's epic, hilarious and totally tasteless.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Coleman's rich performance matches Capaldi's as Clara struggles with the regeneration of her Doctor.... The Doctor may be different, but he's as entertaining as ever.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Hints of a deeper mythology are revealed, too, suggesting that Helix will move beyond its stop-the-virus story into something even more intriguing. In the meantime, it's a suspenseful, scary thriller.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Scheuring gets sidetracked by the trite redemption stories of a hooker (Conor Leslie) and a Canadian Mountie (Marton Csokas). But those are small hiccups in this entertaining, expansive tale of one man's fight to keep his humanity, which he discovers is more valuable than all the gold in the Yukon.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Dallas is just as superbly soapy as ever, but you have to wonder whether the show can survive without its legendary star.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    None of this, of course, is cutting edge new. But if you buy into the show's out-there fantasy of the suburbs--and I do, because I fear them--then you'll be amply entertained.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    [Bean's] nearly the only reason to watch this retread mashup of team-based crime/spy shows and the "Bourne" films.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    Most of these characters are by-the-numbers denizens of any Western. Thankfully most of the actors make them more interesting than the sometimes atrocious dialogue should allow.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    The mockumentary soars more than it crash lands.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    Some might say the show is overstuffed with stories, but I had no problem following the various strands, even if some were less interesting than others.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    Necessary Roughness hasn't scored a touchdown yet, but it's early in the game.

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