For 273 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dan Fienberg's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Leftovers: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Beauty and the Beast (2012): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 273
273 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a mess, albeit a charming and admirable mess.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    The film's first hour focuses on the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and despite sometimes embellishing and distorting the actual events for no particular reason, it's a fast-moving portrait of legislative brinkmanship, political pragmatism and altruistic ambition. ... In its second hour, though, All the Way becomes an underexamined Wikipedia entry.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Claire is as bad a person as Frank, but she's not as good at the game, so There's less pleasure in watching Wright, whose greatest achievement the past two seasons has been her admirable maturation as a director. Maybe that's what Kinnaman's character will eventually provide, either a worthy adversary or a rising protagonist? It doesn't matter whether or not Frank returns to talking to viewers, but he badly needs something worth talking about.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    The struggle with Ash vs Evil Dead is reconciling the giddy, maniacal pleasure that Raimi brings to the pilot with the by-the-numbers disappointment that the second episode delivers and knowing that that is more likely to be the series going forward.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    Sonequa Martin-Green is a star I'd gladly watch navigate from one end of the TV universe to the other...The opening hour had to hook audiences so completely that they'd be willing to follow the show to subscription VOD platform CBS All Access. In this respect, the Discovery premiere feels like a failure to me, albeit an entertaining and occasionally epic and ambitious failure.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    Confirmation goes for something more dispassionate and even with the fine acting and a great built-in story, delivers something less enlightening and less enjoyable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    When Downward Dog tries to be a show as funny as the ABC ads try to make it look, it's not very good at all. ... When Downward Dog is about the love triangle or unconventional ménage à trois between Martin, Nan and Jason, that's a show that I mostly enjoyed.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 42 Dan Fienberg
    American Horror Story is a glorious mess.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    midst Kirkman's banality-of-evil fixation is the potential for very real banality, and after four episodes sent to critics, Outcast has already fallen frequent victim to the wheel-spinning and superficial characters that have often bogged down lesser moments of The Walking Dead and nearly every moment of Fear the Walking Dead. Directed with some flair by Adam Wingard (The Guest), the Outcast pilot has some promise, but subsequent episodes fail to maintain that momentum.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Lavi is hampered by writing that leaves Maddie intentionally a bit of a cipher and doesn't make her post-Ava character sufficiently flamboyant, but if the entire show hinges on viewers believing that Maddie is a compelling enough spider to lure people into her web, Lavi makes the premise convincing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Through six episodes, the plotlines focusing on men putting the squeeze on each other in the name of profit or justice have already blended into a blur of well-acted familiarity; only the scenes with [co-star Maggie] Siff come to life.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    Viceland's first foray into the scripted space is an odd and absurd and initially inconsistent show.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    For a show going in as many different directions as The Detour does, the pieces of the narrative seem to be connecting well past the half-way point in the first season. The episode-to-episode continuity adds up nicely if you like your comedies heavily serialized and there are hints that some of the elements that feel disparate and chaotic could also tie together.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Just because these first two episodes are going for something slower and ostensibly more thoughtful doesn't mean it won't be back on 24 terrain by midseason, and that probably wouldn't hurt, because these early episodes aren't really what Homeland does best.
    • 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."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    With the important caveat that Wynonna Earp, premiering on Syfy on Friday (April 1), isn't as sharp, funny, thematically rich and consistently well-cast as Buffy was even in its bumpy opening season, there are enough elements in common to justify a tenuous comparison and enough small pleasures to encourage continued viewing.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Riverdale is all-in on its gimmick, and I can admire that.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Enough is happening in Ozark that it's never boring, which sets it apart from Netflix's recent misguided stab at prestige programming, Gypsy. Instead of being predictable, though, Ozark becomes monotonous.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    With Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, there are definitely barren stretches and the overall thinness of the narrative is, especially toward the end of the eight episodes, a part of the story itself. Being the worst of the Wet Hot American Summer entries is no disgrace and there's enough lunacy, inspiration and cleverness here that Ten Years Later at least makes for a fast binge.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    The series has yet to find any pairings or relationships with any real repartee or comedic chemistry, so the show is a lot of individuals elevating tired material with strong line readings, including guest stars like Bob Gunton, Cristine Rose, Ginger Gonzaga and Patricia Belcher.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    Featuring an enigmatic lead performance by Robert De Niro. ... Wizard of Lies is a much odder thing, a character study without a conclusive answer to be revealed on its subject.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    Shots Fired plays too much as predictable plot delivery system that sometimes steamrolls over its bigger ideas. Still, in its passion and in several performances, there is much to admire here.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    When the filmmakers get to showcase a true personal investment in the subject matter, the episodes really shine. When the directors approach the subject from a distance, what you get is a by-the-numbers NatGeo special, which isn't a bad thing, but plays as really disappointing given the names involved here. From this batch, examples of the latter outnumber the former, with only one installment that's truly worth seeking out.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Much of The Expanse will feel familiar because, at least for four episodes, the writers are struggling to maintain momentum across at least three sci-fi-trope-heavy storylines that eventually could coalesce into something unique.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    In its best moments, Vice News Tonight felt like a string of little amuse-bouches to whet appetites for full meals available online. In its lesser moments, it felt like Full Frontal or Last Week Tonight without the jokes and, honestly, with less on-air depth.
    • 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.

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