For 100 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 63% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dan Fienberg's Scores

Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 91 The Last Man on Earth: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 H8R: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 100
  2. Negative: 14 out of 100
100 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a mess, albeit a charming and admirable mess.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Dan Fienberg
    So far, there's some laughter in the early episodes of The Muppets and a ton of built-in affection, but the wait for a great show continues.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Ersatz animation aside, Moonbeam City lacks a clear comedic point of view because several episodes in, its characters remain cyphers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    If the half-baked subcultural anthropology doesn't grab you, Outsiders starts slow, but begins detonating little pockets of insanity in nearly every episode, proving that audacity without dramatic foundation can be amusing, if not necessarily good.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Dan Fienberg
    Madoff feels padded, but also warped with artificial cliffhangers, corny ad-break musical stings, cheap attempts to add thriller elements and an ending that lurches across nearly half of the second night. Still, working from ABC News correspondent Brian Ross' research and book The Madoff Chronicles, the movie has enough juicy details to remain very watchable, and Dreyfuss is having a great time playing this awful man.

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