For 49 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dan Fienberg's Scores

Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 91 The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Lowest review score: 0 H8R: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 49
  2. Negative: 10 out of 49
49 tv reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    The weekly cops-and-lawyers procedural aspect of the show was never going to hook me, but I found the pilot's core case, featuring an abducted girl, to be particularly manipulative and uninvolving. I was also irked by the contrivances that would allow Moynahan's character to be handling a case in which her brother was accused of malfeasance. I was much more interested in the multigenerational family stuff that played out.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    It's not especially fresh material, nor is it all that nuanced, but it's peppy and occasionally clever and it offers ample eye candy for any and all tastes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    It's a low-key premise, but not a bad one. And when you have comic actors this solid on-board, you can almost make believe that this flimsiness has substance.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    If you walk away from the Mike & Molly pilot and tell me that you hate it, because the only version you remember is the grating, pratfall-laden "laughing at" version, I can't say you're wrong. I can try to point you to the better parts of the pilot, like Mike's "share" to the Overeaters Anonymous group or his very different "share" to Molly's class of students, but as Chris Farley could have told you, those things don't get cheers like the "fat guy falls down" hijinks.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    Greek is bound-and-determined to retain focus on its core cast, even if some of the machinations to make that possible come across as slightly contrived and belabored.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    Pretty Little Liars only has a couple more episodes to become a guilty pleasure for me. You might not believe it based on the amount of programming I watch, but I've only got room for so much bad TV.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Dan Fienberg
    Jane By Design is by-the-numbers in its every facet.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Dan Fienberg
    Despite the presence of Nolan (who's co-written most of his brother Christopher's films, including "Memento" and "The Prestige") and producer J.J. Abrams, this is very much a CBS crime procedural, one that could fit comfortably alongside "The Mentalist," et al. But it would help an awful lot if Caviezel had a few Red Bulls first.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Dan Fienberg
    After a lively and appealingly hilarious premiere, Dexter goes entirely off the rails with two episodes hobbled by clumsy victims-of-the-week and then crushed with endless repetition of the core theme.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 58 Dan Fienberg
    You can feel Hardy and his mad energy desperately pushing The Take along, but you can hear the gears grinding.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Dan Fienberg
    While structurally sound, Ted Mann's script lacks the verbosity and filth and, unfortunately, subtext that he brought (with a healthy assist from David Milch) to "Deadwood."
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Fans of Larry the Cable Guy will be happy to see him do his thing in different circumstances, but they probably won't come away with much more knowledge about what makes the United States unique than they had when they started. Meanwhile, those who are Larry-ambivalent will be teased with a couple fertile situations that get thwarted by Larry's need to be Larry.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    State of Georgia just comes across as a straight-down-the-middle girls-in-the-city comedy that wouldn't have been out of place on ABC or NBC's lineup back in 1987.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Ghost Shark, in contrast [to "Sharknado"], is probably closer to 75 or 80 percent "great title," with the execution lagging behind. That may not be better than some on the Syfy slate, but it's better than many and there are moments of fun here, even if they come way too early in the movie and set Ghost Shark up for a final act that fizzles.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    It isn't badly acted. I don't remember any of the performances at all. It isn't horribly written. I don't remember any of the dialogue or plot machinations. It's actually nicely shot and the art direction in the U.S. Marshals' headquarters was handsome. That's not enough.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 42 Dan Fienberg
    True Blood returns on Sunday (June 26) night with too many new characters, not enough time with the characters I like, a general evasion of the most prickly parts of last season's finale, some plodding hints at a lumbering dramatic direction for this season and some breasts.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Dan Fienberg
    Many of the erratic and seemingly random acting choices fall on inconsistent written characterizations, many fall on stars too big to be wholly steered and many have to be placed on the "Brink" directors.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Dan Fienberg
    The Whispers is ultimately a frustratingly hollow experience, an assortment of familiar genre cliches and a stubborn insistence that its primary mystery will remain enticing for us even without hints or the gratification of answers that, in theory, would only elevate the stakes.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 Dan Fienberg
    The Protector might be worse if it were attempting to do something ambitious and failing. Instead, it's set the bar near the ground, but I guess some viewers will be satisfied to see it succeed.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 42 Dan Fienberg
    American Horror Story is a glorious mess.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 Dan Fienberg
    Baby Daddy has no real point of view, no real comedic voice and one very cute infant.

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