For 85 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sims' Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 O.J.: Made in America
Lowest review score: 0 Wicked City: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 85
  2. Negative: 5 out of 85
85 tv reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Sims
    The result is a mixed bag, but one that--like the magazine--offers the opportunity to pick and choose as you go.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Sims
    Outside of Affleck’s strangely compelling Tom Brady tirade, Any Given Wednesday’s pilot was almost aggressively chill--a pleasantly meandering antidote to the usual hot-take cauldron of sports TV.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 David Sims
    Though they’re wildly different shows, the strengths and weaknesses of Chappelle’s comedy comeback are consistent in each.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Sims
    Though they’re wildly different shows, the strengths and weaknesses of Chappelle’s comedy comeback are consistent in each.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Sims
    Considering the gimmick factor, The President Show looks to be a surprisingly robust, well-produced work with ambitions greater than scoring cheap hits.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Sims
    Perhaps once the exposition is disposed of, it’ll pick up speed (the second episode, which also airs Monday, is a little better than the first). But to succeed, the show needs to more fully explore the complex and often terrifying world it introduces, tropes and all.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Sims
    Ferrell Takes the Field, meanwhile, finds a middle ground: It’s short on big laughs, but admirable nonetheless for Ferrell’s ability to disappear into his characters.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Sims
    Chelsea may be off to a shaky start, but for those who want to wait for the show to find its feet before checking out some episodes, there should be an interesting backlog of segments in a few weeks. It might not exactly overhaul the late-night format, but few shows are in a better position to do so.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 David Sims
    What’s disappointing about Spielberg is that it does far less digging into the intriguing later acts of his career; it doesn’t strive to move past the mythos and into the mind of an iconic artist who continues to make bold, challenging work. Spielberg isn’t quite a hagiography, nor does it completely lack insight into the man who became such an unstoppable pop-cultural force in the 1970s. But it does feel like a story many cineastes will have heard before, with just a little more detail shaded in.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 David Sims
    Stevens (probably best known as the handsome heir of Downton Abbey) is doing fine work at the center of all this, holding the camera’s focus even when Hawley’s dialogue feels like it’s going nowhere.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Sims
    Perhaps unsurprisingly, Chicago Med marks yet another routine entry and doggedly follows the same beats as its forbears, most notably the Chicago-set ER.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Sims
    Inside Amy Schumer has returned with the same blend of gross-out humor, wryly subversive musical numbers, and bluntly graphic man-on-the-street interviews, but its star’s growing celebrity has undeniably robbed the show of much of its edge.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 David Sims
    The premiere of Best Time Ever was a truly chaotic series of stunts, and enjoyment of it probably derives from just how staged you thought the audience interaction was. Either way, at a certain point it had a manic energy no other variety show of recent decades has come close to capturing, and that in itself is a strange sort of achievement.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Sims
    [Richard Dreyfuss] plays Madoff with the exact mix of charm, chutzpah, and extreme denial you would hope for from the notorious fraudster. Madoff is undeniably compelling in the ways it gives its audience the thrill of watching someone flagrantly break the law. But in the end it feels too puffy and cute.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Sims
    The Opposition could use a little more of that sense of extreme paranoia. For now, it’s an adequate, if watered-down, Fox News parody--not irrelevant, but a little less vital than the times call for.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 David Sims
    Its first episode had the typical ups and downs of a late-night debut.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 David Sims
    Gone are dumb adolescent antics; replacing them are jokes about careerism, the fear of settling down, and the perils of being young parents. It’s as staid as it sounds, and the show isn’t helped by the fact that many jokes referencing the movie have only grown more stale.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Sims
    There’s an itchy feeling of familiarity to Back In The Game.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Sims
    Son of Zorn does well to avoid the argument that something has been lost in this new, progressive world--Zorn is very much a buffoon from start to finish--but the gag has nonetheless started to wear thin by the end of the first episode’s 22 minutes.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 David Sims
    If Ironside becomes a serialized fantasy drama exploring the mystery behind the fountain of youth, which Underwood must have discovered, then it will definitely be worth watching. Otherwise, it’s eminently skippable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 David Sims
    Mixology has a big enough ensemble that it can present the dating game from multiple angles, but almost all of the angles it picks are stale and predictable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Sims
    Like many CBS dramas, Limitless is made with aggressive competence.... But there’s a depressing lack of originality to Limitless, which quickly positions itself as a dull cop show despite its wackier sci-fi origins.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 David Sims
    As long as you accept that The Muppets will never quite reach the heights of its forebears, there’s still plenty of room for the show to grow from its trudging pilot.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Sims
    Heroes Reborn would have to do something drastically different to distinguish itself in 2015, but all it seems to offer so far is more of the same.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Sims
    There’s a much more entertaining but less intensely violent show buried in Hand of God somewhere.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Sims
    Though it’s crisp-looking and well-cast like its predecessors, The Catch is mostly a flashy lot of nothing.

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