David Wiegand

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For 772 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 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Wiegand's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me
Lowest review score: 0 Secrets and Lies: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 92 out of 772
772 tv reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 David Wiegand
    The main problem with The Following, isn't that by the second episode, you get the template of Williamson's gotchas--that the most innocent-seeming characters are actually Carroll's minions--it's that the violence is so gratuitous, it actually ruins what could have been a very good psychological thriller.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 David Wiegand
    There was one funny sketch and it killed: Rudolph and the inevitable Fred Armisen play parents of Kristen Bell who is coming home to to announce her engagement to her boyfriend, Andy Samberg. Mom and dad make a their living recording their voices to GPS systems and speak like 21st century Coneheads. It killed, but the rest of the show was, if not dead on arrival, kinda painful.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Start-Ups isn't very good, or very original, neither of which should come as a huge surprise. But what's really too bad is that the show misses a great opportunity to capture the singular mix of ambition and creativity that makes Silicon Valley so special.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The performances are OK, and it would be nice to see Helfer in better material, but the scripts are not just cliche-ridden--they're moth-eaten.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The concept is ridiculous, the murder case not even remotely intriguing, the script for the pilot is amateurish, and the whole Jersey thing is so phonied up, you'd actually welcome a cameo by Snooki just to add some verisimilitude.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Nothing could bring this show life.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The performances run the gamut from woeful to out-and-out terrible, but in some cases, you can't blame the actors because no one is sufficiently talented to deliver the lines of creator Matthew Parkhill's script with even minimal credibility.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Nothing is at all believable in the script, and nothing’s very funny, either. On top of that, the charm and abilities of Rosenbaum and Sara Rue, who plays the church secretary, are wasted with bad writing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    It's painful watching an actor as skilled as Wilson trying to force-feed credibility to a horrifically unbelievable moment and sadly failing. Things only get worse from here on.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    American Gothic is badly written, which means that the actors don’t have enough to work with to achieve anything more than fleeting credibility.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Whishaw may keep the human story from being swamped by bad writing and worse direction, but Rampling and Broadbent are doomed.... In the end, none of it makes a great deal of sense.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    It takes two episodes to begin to understand it, and once you do, you may not care much, except for the presence of some very respectable actors.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Actually, the show is so bland, it feels better suited for ABC Family
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Created by Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro ("Miami Medical"), the writing is amateurish, the premise as thin as watery gruel, the emotions generally inauthentic, and the cast only minimally engaging.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The plotlines of the various episodes have been repurposed from shows so old, they were broadcast in black and white.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    It's really sad to see such a great show dumbed down to this extent, and with the apparent cooperation of the original show's creators, Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, who serve as executive producers for the American travesty.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    It is a sporadically engaging mess that eventually slouches away from your attention span like a puppy caught piddling on the rug.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    What's really sad about the show is that without the painful Hall of Fame discussion there's not much substance to Hits & Mrs.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The show isn't funny, but worse, it's not interesting. The characters are dull, the performances off the mark at virtually every level, and the writing is flatter than a deflated implant.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    A mostly appealing cast is wasted in a laugh-starved show about a relentless screw-up of a man-child who has never been able to find a career path, much less make his dad proud of him.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    There should be more mystery about what makes Betty and Kent tick, but we know too much from the get-go. The psychological transparency of these two destroys whatever potential the show’s concept may have.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    There isn't a single laugh line in the two episodes NBC sent out to critics, and you'd have to be nuts to want to spend five minutes, much less a half hour, with even one of the Perfect Couples, much less all three.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    It creeps and creeps in a very petty pace until it puts itself out of its misery, and ours.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The show is laughable, but I suspect the writers are dead serious.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    There's very little that's fun about Perception.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    He's worked from an overthought idea and larded it up with remnants of other shows, and the result isn't worth your time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    If only Holtby and screenwriter Andrew Davies hadn't larded the story with so many cliches, not to mention people who seem like second-rate versions of characters created by Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The cast’s good work is fatally underminded by the show’s fuzzy concept.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    You’ve seen it all before, done better at times, worse at others, and the presence of Heigl isn’t enough to make State of Affairs anything more than just another second-rate wannabe.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Unless the writing of the show improves exponentially, it may not be around long enough for us to remember the characters' first names, much less learn their last.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    [The] moderately appealing cast is wasted in a show about three children of a recently deceased rich guy who have to compete among themselves to become the sole heir to his $23 million estate.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    There's virtually no intelligent or convincing exploration of character in the film, beyond the shopworn theory that she craved fame to validate herself, but traded whatever "self" she had to get it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Wolf either doesn't know what to do with his characters while they're waiting around for a fire to break out, or thinks their personal stories should be the dominant element in his new series. They could be, if only those stories weren't ripped from the book of overused cliches.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The acting is terrible throughout, but it's hard to blame the cast, including newly minted Emmy winner Cromwell, for having to utter some of this dialogue.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Notwithstanding the unfathomable reaction of the studio audience, the show certainly couldn't survive on the basis of its humor, because there is none.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The episodes are predictable because they’re unoriginal and the writing is painful. The canned laughter is perhaps the greatest reminder of the “good old days.” If only all those recorded voices had something legitimate to laugh at.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The film compartmentalizes the public and presumed private lives of Taylor and Burton with little sense of the whole and little sense of who these people really were.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Most of the performances are pretty laughable.... It’s too bad SyFy didn’t invest more in a better script and direction.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The problem is that the writers--i.e., the cast--don’t seem to have any idea about an overall story arc. Without that necessary ingredient, the show’s potential is pretty much squandered after the first episode.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    There are a couple of funny lines, mostly from Rebecca Mader, who plays mean-mouthed regional sales leader Grace, but overall, the humor is about as inauthentic as the guys' drag.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The concept of the show actually isn’t bad, but the execution is wanting, and then some. Every conversation feels awkward and forced, and of course the supposed jokes just aren’t funny.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    None of it is believable. If the show’s structure were obviously satirical, there would be credible room for over-the-top, but the show is meant as a straight-ahead sitcom, and the story lines all sound exactly like what a bunch of guys would come up with in a college dorm room, rank with the smell of soiled laundry, flatulence and pot-induced tall tales.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The show seems to exhaust its small comedic possibilities with the first episode, not to mention viewer interest.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The plot is one telegraphed event after another, so that the only enjoyment to be found in sitting through this thing is timing when a blatantly preordained event will actually occur.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Red Widow staggers into an already listless mid-season Sunday on ABC with a premise borrowed from Dutch TV, a second-tier cast and consistently unconvincing writing throughout.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    For the humans, nothing ensues that can't be predicted by a comatose cockatoo.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    While the actors in Glory Days are attractive and not without talent, they're ill served by the hackneyed writing and desperate plot. These boys have only one thing on their minds and it isn't matriculation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Wanting soap and dirt--a lot of dirt--he [creator Greg Berlanti] has fashioned something that's watchable only if you completely divorce it from the realm of credibility.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    A puffy documentary by Jeffrey Roth about President George H.W. Bush that ends up being a boring and uninformative disservice to the former president.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The dialogue is so awful, it probably doesn't matter that most of the performances are inauthentic.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The melodrama is thicker and more implausible than the tarlike gunk oozing out of that tree at the beginning of Sunday's premiere, but there are adequate performances to balance the painfully over-the-top dialogue, at least.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Underemployed is simply and irreparably underwhelming.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    If this show was premiering even a decade ago, it might not feel as stale and out of place as it does in today's sitcom world.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The acting is terrible, the direction is indifferent, the story implausible.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The cast is likable, until they open their mouths to deliver the fourth-rate dialogue.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    No, you won't and shouldn't laugh at neurological disorders, but there are enough writing disorders to keep you in stitches until someone issues a DNR order on Black Box.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The cast is OK, although Mulaney tries so hard to make them hilariously wacky that each one comes off as a version of Cecily Strong’s the Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    It's virtually impossible to care about the characters, and not only is the show without a single laugh line, its attempts at humor come off as brittle and nasty.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The writing (Heldens and Peter Elkoff) is atrocious, the direction (Peter Horton and Jonas Pate) slow and flabby, and the performances run the gamut from sad to just adequate, but even proven actors like Garber couldn't make us care about any of this.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The conceit of Boyd's book and this mini-epic is provocative, but unfortunately, the reality is something else.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Allen's show may be a clone of "Home Improvement," but it's somewhat watchable. Man Up just isn't.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    There may be something salvageable here--this kind of odd couple pairing worked great in, well, "The Odd Couple"--but the pilot is virtually humorless.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Nothing could equal Kurosawa, of course, but the Americanization of the story was at least credible as seven hired gunfighters protect a Mexican town from an outlaw gang. With Badlands, though, credibility is all but completely lost in translation, replaced by unintended silliness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The dialogue is pretty unbelievable, like a few hundred Hallmark card greetings strung together over two hours.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The sloppy sentimentality is cheap and unearned, greasy camera lenses notwithstanding.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Usually, follow-ups to goofy films like the first "Sharknado" suffer because the makers are too conscious of the original. In this case, though, they just don't seem to give a shark.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Actually, the bigger danger is in watching the show in the first place: You might die of boredom. In other words, don't try this at home.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The writing is a big problem. It's just not funny.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Longmire has the look and feel of a show cooked up by a bunch of bored TV industry types while they were waiting for the valet to bring their car to them at the Beverly Hills Chuck E. Cheese.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    It is a perfect example of why bad writing kills TV.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The NBC show, premiering Tuesday felt forced, awkward and phony. But most of all, it made you feel embarrassed for its over-eager host.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Miss Advised can be summed up simply as "dating and relationship expert, heal thyself," to which we might add: "Just do it where we don't have to watch."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Unfortunately, no amount of tweaking can save Unsupervised from itself. It's just a sad waste of good intentions and great talent.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Even with such dreadful scripts and the phony noise of canned laughter, the four reasons to kind of watch maybe a little of Dads are the core actors. You don't have to watch more than a couple of minutes to know they deserve much, much better, and so do we.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Arnett’s personal appeal does help the pointless series from time to time, but it just as often exacerbates the hollowness of it. The whole man-child thing is getting old.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The performances are bland, robotic and uninteresting--clearly these actors were recruited for their looks, rather than their acting chops. And most of the main cast white, which is inexcusable in this day and age and completely unrealistic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    I suppose Sunshine can get by for a time on Perry's familiarity to audiences and because it has the great "Modern Family" as a lead-in. But in the long run, those factors aren't enough to counterbalance how much of a downer the show is.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Angel’s premiere episode isn’t very funny, but what’s worse is that it’s not very interesting, either.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The show has a few moments, but it simply tries too hard overall. It is unforgivably guilty of wasting Martin's comedic gifts.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    As trite, overblown and obvious as the fundamental plot is, credible, nuanced backstories for the five angels would have elevated the entire show to a more watchable level. The performances are adequate without ever reaching exceptional levels.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The groan-worthy dialogue, usually spoken in a monotone by alien and human alike, is rarely credible and lacks the kind of self-aware irony that might make this enjoyable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 0 David Wiegand
    [A] dreadful new sitcom.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 0 David Wiegand
    The two-taste-treats-in-one thing worked for Hostess Ding-Dongs, so maybe Fox figured it would work for this ding-dong of a dud for the masochists in the crowd.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 0 David Wiegand
    It's hard to imagine any other reason for NBC to go ahead with a noisy, unwatchable show like Night Shift except to fill holes in its schedule.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 David Wiegand
    [An] overheated, badly written, wretchedly acted and unconvincing drama, which makes mincemeat out of the traditional beauty and the beast fairy tale.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 0 David Wiegand
    This thing is so bad, it makes SyFy's goofy piranha-gator-shark movies seem as if they were made by Terrence Malick.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 0 David Wiegand
    Secrets and Lies starts out stale and predictable, which really does save so much time, especially for viewers who should immediately find something else to watch.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 0 David Wiegand
    There’s nothing funny about One Big Happy, the performances are wooden and irritating, the setup is completely phony, and that’s about all the energy I have to expend on what is just one big pile of something, but it definitely isn’t Happy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 0 David Wiegand
    The new worst show of the fall season.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 0 David Wiegand
    The show and its central character are thoroughly repulsive.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 0 David Wiegand
    Even for SyFy, this is Grade Z television.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 0 David Wiegand
    The show is deadly and Jeong, who did nice work in “Community” and those “Hangover” movies, is wooden and completely lacking in credibility. There isn’t a funny line in the entire first episode.

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