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
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Dan Fienberg
    "The Jinx" is an utterly compelling watch. Through the two episodes I've seen, it's chilling, emotional and occasionally morbidly funny and moves at a thrilling pace.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Dan Fienberg
    The second time I watched The Last Man on Earth, I laughed a lot, but I found myself taken by the way that the stillness in the landscape and the stillness in one side of Forte's performance also accentuate a sadness and humanity. Forte's line readings make the most of every word, but he pulls mirth and misery in the same breath.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Dan Fienberg
    Along with FOX's "Last Man On Earth," Fresh Off The Boat is one of the best new network comedies of the spring and both are probably better than any network half-hour--allowing for "Jane the Virgin" genre wiggle-room here--that debuted last fall.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Dan Fienberg
    The Honorable Woman is really a thriller and, at its best, it's on a level with something like "Homeland" at its best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Dan Fienberg
    Michael Hirst's saga of pillaging and migration remains everything it has been almost from its premiere.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    When I write that "Undercovers is basically a slicker, more expensive, less geeky version of 'Chuck,'" that's not quite meant as an insult. I prefer "Chuck," but the pilot for Undercovers is stylish, sexy and, at its best, quite fun.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dan Fienberg
    Dexter returns as a slightly fresher show, without doing any damage to the character fans love. I enjoyed the first three episodes back and I imagine most fans will feel the same.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Fienberg
    Not only are high school horrors pretty universal, even if the specifics change, but I can find a way to fit "Awkward" into a tradition of hyper-literal high school comedies like "Pretty in Pink" or "Heathers" or "Mean Girls" or "Juno" or "The In-Betweeners" (if your taste runs to British TV). It's not as good as any of those, but it's not as bad as "Jawbreaker," which is in the same tradition.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Fienberg
    Despite whatever aesthetic limitations it may have, The Curious Case of Curt Flood manages to tell a solidly complete version of the story over its 90 minutes, resisting the temptation to make this a simple hagiography.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Dan Fienberg
    With Samuels' star-power and the proficient execution of the episode episodes, The Nine Lives of Chloe King is the sort of summer fun that I'll happily watch in the summer and it has the potential, if it navigates the story properly, to become the rare ABC Family series I might stick with even against regular programming.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Jerry Weintraub feels like he's the guy pulling the strings on His Way, which hinders the film, particularly in its second half. That doesn't mean His Way isn't an entertaining 83-minute documentary, but it's an entertaining 83-minute documentary, rather than being an enlightening film that's anywhere near as perceptive as its subject matter
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    The Voice delivered an entertaining two hours, far more tightly packed than any "Idol" audition episode for years, though that's an unfair comparison.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Dan Fienberg
    Because Garner is the movie, the movie is worth watching, even if it adds little else to the already active Marilyn Monroe conversation.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Dan Fienberg
    Sharknado 2: The Second One is that kind of movie, veering more into "spoof" territory than the first one, which isn't to say that "Sharknado" was meant as high drama, but it wasn't calling attention to its absurdity in quite the same way as the sequel.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Dan Fienberg
    The Secret Circle may be over-calculated and under-inspired, but that doesn't necessarily mean The Secret Circle is bad. There's something to be said for setting reasonable goals and largely succeeding, especially when there are plenty of shows that aspire to a good deal less and still fail.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Dan Fienberg
    Awkward has grown and matured, but I don't think I love the direction that MTV and, presumably, Iungerich have chosen to push the show.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Dan Fienberg
    With the exception of Annable's Trudy, a pilot with high-flying aspirations of her own, it's hard to pinpoint the individual dreams or goals for any of these women and the show doesn't get deeply into the sense of what it's like to have your dreams so totally consumed by both societal gender restrictions and also the added pressure of living in the spotlight.

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