For 187 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 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Curt Wagner's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Big C: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 187
187 tv reviews
    • 63 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    The slooowly-paced first two episodes offer enough action and intrigue to keep me riding a while longer.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    It's epic, hilarious and totally tasteless.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Gervais has written, produced and directed a thoughtful and thought-provoking dramedy that celebrates everyday heroes and the power of kindness while attacking materialism and the way society often forgets people "just because they're old and poor and weak."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    All joking aside, Key and Peele do still have something to say.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Though the gorgeous production starts out slowly and has its pompous moments, it's ultimately worth your time.
    • 68 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    It may not be as intriguing as "Thrones" or as tense as FX's spy thriller "The Americans," but Turn--which touches on still-relevant topics like torture, homosexuality and politics--offers a fresh spin on the War of Independence.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    The hauntings are staged for maximum creepiness; the show (and James) look great.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    Necessary Roughness hasn't scored a touchdown yet, but it's early in the game.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    Horowitz and Kitsis are clever and playful in how they insert the fairytale characters into the present day, which kept my interest even when, as I said earlier, I was chuckling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    There isn't anything too deeply intellectual here because the action moves the plot. And "Strike Back" has action to spare.
    • 70 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    It's all very new-agey and a bit pretentious.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    The former "Dawson's Creek" hunk provides much of the charm and limited punch lines until Apartment 23 starts to find its way in later episodes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    It isn't consistently funny--and it definitely isn't as daring or groundbreaking as advertised.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    A tantalizingly juicy soap opera.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    When it really sails, it cuts through the waves swiftly. But it loses wind so many times the thrills come only sporadically.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    Some of the dialogue is groan-worthy, some plot turns totally predictable and some of the soapy silliness is just, well, silly. But J.R.'s Dallas is still a hoot.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    NBC's The New Normal has its share of stereotypes and crass jokes that straddle the line of bad taste. But it's also sweet and, dare I say, funny.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    The Inbetweeners delivers moments of humor equal to all those other shows--mostly from the physical comedy--but overall it's too wimpy to make its own mark.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    Despite the familiarities, the cheerfulness of this group helps the show overcome its predictability and other faults.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    [Todd Ray's] passion for the peculiar is praiseworthy, and erases any misgivings that the venture is exploitation at its most blatant. Still it's not that easy to watch a guy called Morgue stick a hook in his nose until it comes out his mouth.