Cynthia Fuchs

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For 113 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Cynthia Fuchs' Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Flag
Lowest review score: 30 Past Life: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 113
  2. Negative: 6 out of 113
113 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    Celia is facing some judgment of her own this season. Her not-entirely separate saga makes up the other half of Weeds‘ new start, such that the show is cleaved down its center, cutting awkwardly back and forth between Celia now imprisoned and Nancy fancy-free.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    In its insistence on the chaos of battles and the confusion of downtime, the series also offers another “harsh reality,” that these decent men are exploited by their faceless government, again and again. If this story is not explicit in the bloody surface of The Pacific, it is a persistent, distressing undercurrent.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    The particulars of the transition involve the usual melodrama, as each regular cast member has a chance to express his or her feelings about Grissom’s departure, however pissy or mundane.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    It does tend to love its sublimely self-confident hero, a quick draw and a smartass who nonetheless walks a sort of moral line that baffles his mostly rube-ish opponents. But the show offers other, pleasures that help to make up for what's predictable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    Much like last season, this one already has Adams and Ben standing in for viewers. Their insights, or their reactions, mold yours.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    By turns treacly and rapturous, pedestrian and insightful, the documentary submits that, as Howard Bryant observes, "Most people have found a way to make their peace with the sport they love." Still, the history rankles. And here, too much of it is noted only briefly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Cynthia Fuchs
    The series doesn’t mean to dig deeply into contemporary African social problems or politics, instead, it offers up middlebrow mysteries that can be solved in an episode’s time, a heroine who is keenly observant and positively feminine, a vague sort of half-step forward from Nancy Drew or Jessica Fletcher.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    While the picture it provides is certainly strange and paradoxical, it is also limited.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    As before, the “big picture” plotlines are often the least convincing, mostly because the trippy angel talk is tough to pull off.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Cynthia Fuchs
    Even as this plot pattern bodes ill, Margulies and Panjabi make a formidable team.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Cynthia Fuchs
    While the particulars of these cases are not uninteresting, they are mostly lost amid the swirl of Jerry and Michelle’s careening between romance and competition, betrayal and “crossing the line.”
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    It's an ingenious first two minutes of a series premiere, actiony and exciting and legible enough.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Cynthia Fuchs
    Tell Me You Love Me begins within confines, its white, middle class, straight couples all dealing with versions of the same problem. That this focus might be "real" is not the question. More troubling, for a series banking on its newness, is that the focus is so familiar.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    When Tara and Sookie speak truth to each other (or seem to), True Blood is almost shrewd.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    Dani of the Perfectly Tousled Locks watches Charlie for the rest of us, her responses shaping ours.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    C.S.I.: Miami is very slick, very clever, and very eager to please.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Cynthia Fuchs
    This sort of banter takes up a good portion of the Castle premiere episode, each instance of it reinforcing the always-already familiar premise.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Cynthia Fuchs
    The series has laid groundwork for minor and mostly predictable complications.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Cynthia Fuchs
    While the interviewees here can look back and put pieces together, fragmentation and lack of focus may be Gettysburg's most authentic effect.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Cynthia Fuchs
    The connections are sudden, relationships shallow, and dialogue glib.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    True, the episode threatened to jump the shark when it was revealed that James (Patrick Heusinger), the unsuspecting man Blair corralled to play of the part of her wonderful new boyfriend, had his own secret, ludicrous even by Gossip Girl standards. But in the coming episodes, Blair and Chuck retain their place as the series’ most exciting kids in turmoil, its salacious center.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Cynthia Fuchs
    As George W. Bush describes his thinking on September 11, it's hard not to wonder, well, what he was thinking. It's a mystery that remains unanswered in George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    You’re left to wonder about what she sees, or whether she believes what she sees, a set of questions that might be intriguing (watching her distraught face as she watches herself) or annoying (watching her vaguely worried face as she spots a stranger at the end of her driveway in the dead of night).
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Cynthia Fuchs
    More often, the show is a show: the camera cranes out to show Cathy's loneliness, the half-hour closes with a bittersweet pop song or the point is made too obviously ("Cancer's not a passport to a better life, cancer's the reason I'm not gonna have a life"). Still, the show does illustrate a useful idea, that what you think is "normal" is only that, what you think.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    As the series continues to complicate the relations among past, present, and future, Ellison’s part in any of them is increasingly difficult to frame.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    It’s this credibility that makes The Beast go. Even when the show trots out cliches (rainy nights, junkie informants and strippers, a pretty blond neighbor/love interest for Ellis [Rose, played by Lindsay Pulsipher]), Charlie is compelling, his many performances jaggedy and surprising, his rhythms weird, his sense of humor entertainingly bleak.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    As the film's "50 state road trip" reveals the multiplicity of these experiences, it shows as well that some "freedoms" have costs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    Assuming that you share its sense of outrage at what Jim Baker and Supremes wrought (in a decision they declared a one-off, not applicable to any future rulings), the movie offers easy targets and conclusions. But to intimate there was a way to “win” if only everyone had played fair, Recount has to back off the entrenched problems and the more horrific conclusion, that the system is rigged and no matter who plays it, the end is the same.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Cynthia Fuchs
    Forceful but also vulnerable, flawed and brilliant, Liz is plagued by her self-righteousness and, judging by a couple of episodes, the show is plagued by her rightness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Cynthia Fuchs
    Patrick dramatizes his sense of superiority, intimidating and irritating just about anyone who comes in contact with him....The Mentalist does offer its own charms, chief among them Baker’s low-key, apparently complicated sarcasm.

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