For 146 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 66% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dan Fienberg's Scores

Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 O.J.: Made in America
Lowest review score: 0 Beauty and the Beast (2012): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 146
  2. Negative: 20 out of 146
146 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Early on, Hotel hasn't hooked me with its storytelling, but it's always fun to see what the series does with its repertory acting company and with new additions. Throw in the normal grotesquerie and visual panache and that should keep me going for a while, even if all of the humor appears to have been funneled into Scream Queens.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    [The Ranch is] unexpectedly sensitive, well-acted and formally adventurous, in addition to often being broadly funny.
    • 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    The best and most honest thing you can say about Monday's premiere is, "He didn't break it." He also didn't try to.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    It doesn't start smoothly, but as we always say, comedies often require extra time to find their footing and with Plimpton, Ferguson and Galvin, the right pieces are in place and if the third and fourth episodes are an indication, The Real O'Neals may be heading in the right direction.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    For now, just as a jovial actor inhabiting an unexpected part, Baldwin is fun to watch and it's good to see him carrying over Rayburn's love for in-character clue readings, in this case a dismal-but-terrific Mick Jagger impression.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Strahan's fine, but in this case the show is the star. ... Pyramid works, and as long as Strahan doesn't get in the way, it will continue to work.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    It's occasionally a bit disappointing that with five hours to tell their coming-of-age tale, creators Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs still have trouble servicing all of their characters and justifying their very conventional arc. But the affection for the genre and for the period still carry the day.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Preacher comes on aggressively, but the third and fourth episodes give Catlin and the writers the chance to explore some of bigger picture theological issues and hint at growing maturity, even if that maturity still comes with gruesome jokes and pop culture references galore. Even in its unsteadiest early moments, Preacher parlays its messiness into an anarchy that's thematically on-point.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Most of Love doesn't feel new, but it's committed and if you can shake the fact that there are a dozen shows with similar moves and if you can warm up to the prickly, but probably realistic, characters, there's a lot to like, if not love.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Ultimately, even if not every element satisfied, the sixth-season premiere of Game of Thrones did what it needed to for me, putting this mammoth locomotive back on the track and showing again that even with less and less of Martin's published material to rely on, Weiss and Benioff know how to move it forward.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Ensembles rarely jell instantly and the first four installments of Superstore show encouraging progress.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Lady Dynamite feels like it's delivering Bamford's wounded psyche in whole chunks, sometimes eager to please, sometimes awkwardly confrontational and generally compassionate.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    This is an old soul's Christmas special. This is also a Christmas special for grown-ups, both because of a scattering of adult language, but also because Coppola's trademark dreamy/languid treatment of the material would bore younger viewers.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Mercy Street delivers on gross-out medicine, tentatively soapy romance and and even occasionally nuanced history lessons and keeps the giggle-inducing performances to a relatively minimum. Six episodes was probably a less-than-ideal count for Lisa Wolfinger and David Zabel's drama, but the run concludes at a place that should take the show interesting places in a hypothetically better arced second season.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Punisher and Elektra make it hard for Matt and Daredevil to operate and both Bernthal and Yung spend a lot of the first half of the season upstaging Cox, who has to capture a struggle that's internal, while his scene partners are playing things that are very external. And the two new additions are so vivid that there's a challenge to remain wholly invested in plotlines that don't involve them, which is tough for Foggy and, in particular, Karen.... But Daredevil still has its brooding, punchy pieces in place for a promising second season.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    It's a march through epic battles, epic romance and epic intellectual discovery, but viewers are probably going to have to take that old Tolstoy off the shelf ito fully understand what's so epic about it. Onscreen, it remains a fine, fast-moving yarn, but you don't have to have read the book to nod sagely and say, "The book is better."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Distinctive, but not necessarily unique, Flowers feels like a mixture of Franny and Zooey and Harold and Maude by way of Roald Dahl (or a mixture of The Royal Tenenbaums and Arrested Development by way of Lemony Snicket, if you prefer your references more second-generation).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    Homeland works at a slower pace and the premiere mostly lets Carrie keep up the illusion that she'll be able to live a carefree life with strudel and a smile.... It's that third episode, in which Carrie realizes that past misdeeds are coming home to roost, that the shape of the season really takes effective form.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    As usual, Odenkirk and Cross' humor ranges from easily explainable silliness that escalates in unexpected and extreme ways to more savvy and formally adventurous sketches that play off the familiar in smartly escalating ways.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    There's a lot of dudes-being-dudes banter, without any "Bro is me" self-pity that sometimes can bog the genre down. Led by Chris Distefano, Mark Gessner, Ruy Iskandar and Andrew Schulz, the cast has an easy rapport that carries Benders along even if, after three episodes, I can't quite isolate distinguishing characteristics for all of the guys.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    It remains to be seen how well Greenleaf will hold attention after the novelty wears off and the storylines have to stand on their own, but after three episodes it's a promising start.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    The Returned is putting aside the relatable and the primal in favor of something far more muddled. This changes the viewer's experience of The Returned and not always for the better.... Yet The Returned is hypnotic and otherworldly in a way that keeps it compelling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Dan Fienberg
    The Hap and Leonard friendship is a fantastic mixture of politically incorrect, boundary-free banter, loving antagonism and do-anything-for-each-other dedication, and the writers push hard to convey the friendship, even if some of the back-and-forths feel more natural on the page.... The 45-minute episodes and the sometimes light narrative leave the initial three episodes feeling somewhat thin, but that feeling could abate in the presumably intense closing three episodes, or maybe the first season will be best binged as prelude to a second season.
    • 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.

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