David Wiegand

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For 995 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Wiegand's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Suburgatory: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Z Nation: Season 1
Score distribution:
995 tv reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The characters may be types, but what they do as back waiters, servers, bartenders and sous chefs is convincing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Bobby Kennedy for President is not a definitive work. Yes, it has been carefully researched and is a very useful and important compilation of materials about who RFK was and what he did. In doing so, it captures the appeal of the man, especially to a generation looking desperately for a leader who would bring the nation peace, within its borders and elsewhere.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    We’ve all heard the names of the series’ subjects so far (and next year’s subject, author Mary Shelley), and may know something about them — perhaps a lot about them. But the addition of solid performances and attention to production details of setting, design and costumes enhances our knowledge and goes a long way toward making us want to know--and see--more.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show isn’t as satisfying as seeing Styles perform live, and Grimshaw may not add much to the party, but it is, after all, Harry Styles.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The Searcher is a spellbinding and grippingly revealing documentary. On the plus side, it eschews the tiresome talking-head structure, but doesn’t always identify who is speaking, which only occasionally makes you wonder who’s speaking.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    This is not only an important show, one that gets into your head as few TV series can, it is also pretty much a masterpiece. ... Once again, the performances are astounding. And once again, the most astounding is Emmy winner Moss. ... The rest of the cast is extraordinary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    There is plenty of action and violence in the first half of the season, but what will empower the show’s longevity is its metaphysical theme, the exploration of the meaning and definition of human existence.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show is watchable, but mostly for the special effects. The scripts are plodding and formulaic and the direction consistently flabby.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Not only is it way more fun than most assassination dramas, it’s also nicely conceived and, you should pardon the expression, executed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Lonergan’s script is simply stunning. ... Every performance is spot-on, especially that of Atwell, who is captivating and engagingly intelligent as Margaret Schlegel. Ormond is heartbreaking and noble as Ruth Wilcox.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The script is weak and the direction is weaker, as Levinson tries to walk a fine line on the issue of Paterno’s involvement for the sake of the tacked-on finale. Fortunately, Pacino’s performance counterbalances the problems with the film, as do solid performances by Kathy Baker as Paterno’s wife, Sue, and Riley Keough as journalist Sara Ganim, who would win a Pulitzer Prize for her work on the sordid case.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The Crossing has a European feel and a more deliberate pace to match. That’s a good thing, but without other episodes, it’s not easy to assess the real potential of The Crossing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    There are rough spots here and there in The Last O.G., but they are easily smoothed over, especially by the show’s excellent core cast. You’ll find yourself hoping the O.G. lasts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    McEwan’s theme, exquisitely celebrated in the adaptation by Stephen Butchard, the direction by Julian Farino and enviable performances by Cumberbatch, Macdonald and Moore, especially, is about the nature of childhood itself, about how it becomes subsumed in the quotidian routines of adulthood.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Apatow’s film overflows with great, smart commentary on who Shandling was and how much of an enigma he remained all his life. ... Apatow is blessedly generous about reminding us how extraordinary Shandling was by including a good number of clips from his standup and his TV shows. In other words, Zen Diaries is very, very funny and very obsessed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The scripts may make political points here and there, but Roseanne is still a comedy about a family--a family of individuals. Resurrected shows give us a chance to remember what things were like when “Roseanne” and “Will & Grace” first aired, and consider how different many things are today. ... How nice to be able to turn to old friends for their take on it all.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Trust often feels made up, and that’s intentional. Beaufoy and fellow executive producer Danny Boyle, who directed the first three episodes, adopt a slyly sardonic tone throughout the story as it unfolds through shifting time periods. With so many morally bankrupt characters, the slightly humorous tone leavens the mood a bit. The performances are captivating.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The show benefits from superb writing with the slight exception of the eighth episode, where the script falters a bit trying to balance comedy and mayhem.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The series eventually begins to click but the pacing is slow, the action is sporadic and the special effects are, well, not all that special. ... Campbell and Ogbomo, and the battle of wills between daughter and mom, are consistently more interesting than Seg-El’s machinations to restore his family honor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    In spite of its overall lack of imagination, Instinct has promise, but more important, it has Alan Cumming.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The writers rely too heavily on the cliches to develop characters, which leaves many of them underdeveloped or inconsistent. Radnor is such a good actor that it takes a while for us to realize his contradictory actions don’t really line up with what we think we know about Lou.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Deception feels not only time-tested, but timeworn.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Kaling and co-creator Grandy use plot as a display case for consistently funny writing, sweet and credible performances by the ensemble cast and most of all, the exceptional skills of J.J. Totah, who plays Priya and Vince’s proudly out son, Michael.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    In the second season of the Emmy-winning comedy, he [Donald Glover] breaks even more rules, again with dazzling and deserved confidence. ... The performances are superb at every level, and the direction, mostly by Hiro Murai, is equal to the levels of excellence in the acting and the scripts by Glover, his brother Stephen and others.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The three episodes made available to critics are masterful and smart in how they use our knowledge of what happened on 9/11 to supply retroactive suspense to the events of the late 1990s. That may be more challenging to maintain over the remaining seven episodes, but even if the the construct falls short, the series still has a core of complex, morally various characters, brilliantly embodied by Daniels and others, to hold our attention.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show’s success owes primarily to the performances by the lead actors, who are so appealing that you might not remember they are actually committing crimes including theft, kidnapping, blackmail and transporting contraband across international borders. And that’s just in the first three episodes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Long and Hemingway take a lot of chances with Unsolved, and sometimes come dangerously close to confusing their audience. But their collective drive pays off. Even if we don’t always know where we’re going, the ride is never less than exciting and challenging.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    As it plods along, Seven Seconds is often redeemed by superb performances from actors who are constantly called on to make the best of overwritten and not always credible dialogue.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It’s a tender, compellingly realistic story about modern relationships. Its charm comes through loud and clear, even when words are not spoken aloud.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The thematic base of the fourth season is delivered most directly in the last of the season’s 10 episodes. Four seasons in is when you’d expect a series to jump the shark--or, in this case, the “sharp”--but the writers have been jumping sharks, real and imagined, all along.

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