David Wiegand
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For 542 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Wiegand's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Weeds: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Ground Floor: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 69 out of 542
542 tv reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    "Weeds" may indeed be the best-written new show of the year so far, but the performances are superb as well.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    There have been many great "Masterpiece" offerings over the decades, but I can't think of a single one that is as much out-and-out fun as Sherlock, a modern-dress Conan Doyle that crackles with superb writing, brilliant performances and snappy direction, and does it all while somehow managing to be oddly faithful to the original source material.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The reason the show feels so real at every turn is that it is a perfect balance of dramatic realism and gentle humor.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Fellowes does know how to write some tasty dialogue, especially for Maggie Smith....The other performances are equally winning, but beyond that, you can't help feeling these actors are having a jolly good time with all this overblown fluff. And so will you.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The characterizations are carefully nuanced in Southland, and the performances are equal to the quality of writing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Abbott makes sure the quirkiness of the Gallaghers is firmly rooted in three-dimensional, credible characterization. You never feel a bit of inauthenticity here.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The performances are superb, especially that of Sewell in the title role. He underplays the part to sublime perfection, making Aurelio Zen one of the most attractive and fascinating TV cops in years.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The ensemble cast is terrific and the direction lean and perfectly pitched at every turn.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Well, subject matter doesn't get more profound than life and death, but, thanks to McCarthy's writing and the two veteran actors, we're completely drawn into the discussion, so much so that we're taken by surprise as McCarthy careful injects another possible interpretation of the play's set-up.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The performances are precise and beautifully detailed, as are the characterizations in Thomas' script. Fans of the original series will see certain echoes in some of the characters in the sequel, but the echoes are faint enough to allow us our memories of, among so many others, Rachel Gurney and David Langton as the Bellamys, Angela Baddeley as the cook and Gordon Jackson as Hudson, who was so much more than just the butler.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Even without the original source material, Cinema Verite offers provocative insight into how far we've become lost in the reality-TV wilderness in the past 40 years.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The emotional authenticity of Downton Abbey continues to make it a classic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The series commands our attention because of how it was conceived by Neil Cross, who continues to write masterful scripts.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Wilfred works on many levels, something that may not become apparent until after you stop laughing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The characters bring us into the action and, once there, we want to follow every development.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The Hour stands perfectly well on its own merits. It's so good that other shows should start looking to it as something to emulate.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Sherlock is an electric marriage of great writing with great performances.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    If Kirkman, writer/show runner Glen Mazzara ("The Shield") and the rest of the team continue doing what they're doing--and following the template Darabont created--The Walking Dead can have a bloody long life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Person of Interest separates itself from the gimmick pack, not only because of superbly nuanced characterization and writing but also because of how it engages a post-9/11 sense of paranoia in its viewers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    A genuinely funny and immediately likable sitcom.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    There are a couple of bush-league moments in the show....[But]those are minor quibbles, made even more insignificant by the extraordinary performances of Danes, Lewis, Patinkin and Baccarin.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    When you have a story as thoroughly involving as this one, evoking both "King Lear" and "Citizen Kane," and when the performances are this good, Boss almost directs itself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Great historical documentaries not only enlighten us about the past, but tell us things about our own times as well, either directly or implicitly. Prohibition, the latest project by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, states the implicit links between the passage of the 18th Amendment and contemporary politics so loudly, you'd have to be drunk on bathtub gin not to get the message.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The portrait of Belafonte that emerges from the film is also the portrait of the times of his life, the times of the nation's life in the past 60 years.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Like "Justified," it's impossible to point to one element as the primary reason it works so well.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Based on the premiere, the season may wind up being the show's best so far, but even if it doesn't, Mad Men beats almost everything else on TV.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    "Deadwood" fans already know that Milch doesn't make it easy for viewers to get a purchase on his series, but for those willing to do the work, Luck, pays off.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    A gorgeous new documentary series on the Discovery Channel.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The series is so pervasively cynical--and, by the way, brilliantly funny--it has the potential of making any viewer feel his or her life isn't so bad after all.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    It's as great as ever.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    [It's so] good you can't help wondering why no one thought of it before, a compelling mix of credible real-life melodrama with a fictionalized approximation of what it takes to get a Broadway show from the idea stage to opening night.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Awake grabs you, unnerves you, breaks your heart and even makes you work a little.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    One of the many virtues of Buirski's film is that it doesn't hit viewers over the head with the parallel between the Lovings' case and the debate over same-sex marriage. The parallel is simply there, to be identified and considered by the viewer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Game Change is graced by three extraordinary performances in the leading roles, beginning with Moore's portrayal of Palin, which is both complex and entirely credible.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Girls represents an exciting moment in television history because, like a handful of other shows (MTV's "Awkward," most notably) it not only makes great use of the medium but has the creative guts to realign it for a new century and a new generation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Everything you fear might be true about how our government works--or doesn't--becomes hilarious fodder for Veep's biting satire.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Sunday's season premiere sustains the quality of the first season, continues the story line in a completely credible way, and then opens up even more possibilities for future plot developments.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Weight pulls no punches, spares neither the multibillion-dollar food and advertising industries nor public officials for not only failing to fix the problem but actually making it worse, and essentially writes a prescription for the nation's health and economic future that we ignore to our peril.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    What's remarkable about this quartet, and why Push Girls proves that reality shows can actually be intelligent and engaging, is that in most ways the women's lives are in fact not all that remarkable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    They [Rayna and Juliette], and the other characters, are anything but [one-dimensional cliches], thanks not only to the writing but also to the performances of the colorful and capable cast.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Louie is the gold standard of contemporary TV comedy.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    From the two new episodes made available to critics for review, it's clear that the quality of Breaking Bad will continue undiminished.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The entire constellation of impetuous, ambitious, determined and insecure young urbanites in Girls is realigning in the new season, but at no point in the four episodes sent to critics for review do you feel that any of it is artificial.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Copper has much to recommend it: action, passion and great performances arising from an exploration of classic American themes.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The series is so good that it isn't seriously harmed by its few minor flaws. Much of the dialogue is brilliantly written, revelatory and credible.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    At every turn in this heart-wrenching series of films, we are reminded that these men and women are human, no matter how robotic they may seem as they rapidly snap off shots of death and tears.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The performances, the writing, the intelligence that goes into the script and the characters--all reasons for welcoming the start of a new season of The Hour.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The dialogue in the first two episodes of the new season crackles with brilliance.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Self-delusion can grow fairly tiresome, in life and on TV, but what makes Amy sympathetic is that even though she almost convinces us at times that her personal fairy tale actually makes sense, we are always aware of her basic decency and, more important, her vulnerability.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    There isn't a better cop show on TV right now than Southland.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The new season is not only as smart and absurdly funny as ever, but also reflects the rapid changes in how we watch television.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Parade's End is a television masterpiece.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Broadchurch is a stunning achievement in great writing and powerful acting.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Top of the Lake is Jane Campion and her cast at the top of their game.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Mamet is very much on his game in Phil Spector, but so is every member of his cast, including Al Pacino as Spector and Helen Mirren as attorney Linda Kenny Baden: Watching these two titans of acting work is half the fun.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Don Draper's journey has been and remains maddening, in a very good way as far as what makes a great TV show.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    [The Crazy Ones and The Michael J. Fox Show] have great, always likable stars heading up solid ensemble casts in well-written and mostly plausible shows. Who could ask for anything more?
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Michael Douglas is astonishing.... Damon is just as good, somehow convincing us that he's far younger than he is in real life and artfully keeping us guessing about Thorson's true motivation as he worms his way into Liberace's life.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    At heart, this is a show about good and evil, but sometimes the catch--for both the characters and the audience--is knowing which is which. You won't be able to stop watching.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The art of war takes on new meaning in Rick Beyer's mesmerizing documentary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    In every case, there is an abiding feeling for character and authenticity that helps elevate Orange Is the New Black to a new definition of television excellence.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    There is more than enough to captivate us, and perhaps disturb us as well, in these eight stunningly provocative episodes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    You think you know this situation and how it will turn out, but there are surprise, yet entirely credible, twists throughout Monday's episode.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    [The Crazy Ones and The Michael J. Fox Show] have great, always likable stars heading up solid ensemble casts in well-written and mostly plausible shows. Who could ask for anything more?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The period details are exquisite, aside from a couple of stray modernisms that wander into the dialogue here and there.... But the brilliance of the series is the balancing act of the scripts, by Darabont and Buntin, executed with astonishing precision between the past and the modern version of the past.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The PBS film gives us greater perspective and insight, probing the conflicted attitudes toward civil rights in the Kennedy administration, and detailing the last-minute panic over Lewis' speech.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The performances, nurtured by such A-list directors as Michael Apted and John Madden, are extraordinary. There isn't a clinker in the bunch.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The highlights of Wednesday's season premiere are the return of the anger translator and an insanely brilliant take-off on the film version of "Les Miserables," which is so beautifully detailed, it may actually take you a second to realize it is a satire and the song lyrics aren't what you think they are.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    All of this would be so much Hollywood melodrama were it not for a superb script and stunning performances by West and Carter.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The dialogue is rich, colorful and provocative, adding to the gothic sensibilities of the series. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga makes great use of the Louisiana location, giving it as much importance to the story as the characters of Cohle and Hart. All the performances are superb, but those of McConaughey and Harrelson are in a class by themselves.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    All of the elements that made it must-see last year are working at full throttle in season two, which kicks off Wednesday night: intrigue, deception, sex, duplicity, spy vs. spy stuff and, most of all, irony.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Every enlightening, poignant or funny word is true in the documentary airing Monday on HBO. The fact that it is so funny eventually becomes strangely sad, which makes the film thoroughly enjoyable but also irresistibly provocative.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    There is a brilliant mix of poignancy and hilarity in Getting On, which is why it all works so well.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The animation, overseen by art director James McDermott, is fresh, colorful and as wacky as the script.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Lapine's direction is almost the star of Six by Sondheim. Not only has he used the six songs to illuminate the composer's life, he organizes years and years of interviews as if they are an ongoing conversation--which, in many ways, they are. They are the monograph of the life and art of a singular man, perfectly assembled, bit by bit, piece by piece.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The performances are even better than in previous years, with brand new but fully credible sides of Holmes’ and Watson’s characters. And the writing, by Moffat and Gatiss, is in a league by itself.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Klondike grabs you with terrific performances, an unusually rich script, magnificently sweeping visuals of jagged mountains overlooking valleys of ice and snow, and such a convincing attention to period detail, you'll believe you're back in Dawson City at the end of the 19th century.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    At least the first episode of the new Cosmos is terrific. And if the other 12 episodes are as good, the series will serve as a valuable continuation of Sagan's legacy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    It is emotionally raw, harrowing, and a thing of such singular horrific beauty, it will move you, exhaust you and, almost paradoxically, thrill you at the heights television drama can attain.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Every performance is terrific.... While these characters are written and performed as over the top, the show also celebrates the subtle underplaying that goes into making Big Head and Gilfoyle so memorable. That variety of tone is another way in which Silicon Valley sets itself apart from most other half-hour comedies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    As good as it was last year, it's off to an even better start in its sophomore year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The writing, by Weiner, direction by Scott Hornbacher and performances are, of course, top notch.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Game of Thrones isn't afraid of change: It's the lifeblood of the series, and just one of the reasons we keep watching.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Yes, the show benefits from superb performances, from series regulars, as well as guest stars like Sarah Silverman and Victor Garber. But it's the writing that puts Louie on the highest possible level of comedy. There simply is no better-written comedy on TV today.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    In the Flesh is of course a complex and thought-provoking allegory.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Through the six episodes of the second season made available to critics, it's clear that Orange is not only as great as it was the first season, but arguably even better.... It's terrific.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The writing is superb and painfully funny, while the cast is terrific.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    As much as the script, Reiner’s direction makes both stories seem oxymoronically unique and distinct at the same time. The performances are extraordinary, as they must be to complete the process of retelling a seemingly similar story.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The episode is about making Clara, and the audience, feel at home with the new Doctor. She does, and we do.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The three Roosevelts come back to memorable life in Burns' epic through archival footage, some of which has been seen before in other Burns' films, and insightful commentary from historians and writers such as Jon Meacham, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David McCullough, Blanche Wiesen Cook, William Leuchtenberg, and others.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The 10-episode series, available for streaming on Amazon Prime on Friday, is irresistibly bingeable and even more than “Alpha House,” signals Amazon’s intention to be a player in the streaming content game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The performances are superb at every level, with each actor rising to the challenge of revealing previously unrealized aspects of his or her character. Fortunately, the cast is blessed with a beautifully nuanced script from the Williams brothers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Olive Kitteridge explores Tolstoy’s notion that every family is unhappy in its own way, making the particular unhappiness of the Kitteridges universal through a magical combination of great direction, writing and performances. You’ll not soon forget Olive Kitteridge, the woman or the mini-series.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    In addition to electrifying footage from a number of live concerts, including the famous “T.A.M.I. Show” in which Brown upstaged the Rolling Stones (the film’s producer denies that was the case), Mr. Dynamite gives us fascinating insight into the evolution of Brown’s music.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    What makes Aisling Walsh’s film must-watch, however, is Tom Hollander’s performance as the great Welsh poet.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The film is loaded with useful and accurately scary information about what sleep deprivation is doing to us. It’s an eye-opener, but if you pay attention, it may not keep you up at night.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    With cinematographer Sophia Constantinou, and a haunting musical score by Laura Karpman and Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, Kates has created a fact-based profile, but with boldly evocative impressionist strokes that mirror the complexity of Sontag’s life and career.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Wiegand
    Whitechapel may not reinvent the police procedural, but it's great fun, and the third episode is a heart-stopping race against time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Wiegand
    While [Will] Smith is an easy interview because of his star wattage and engaging personality, the conversation between the two men was just that. A conversation. The kind of conversational interview Johnny Carson used to do, where the host in genuinely interested in listening to his guest as well as being funny.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Wiegand
    It was a very funny show, and while there are expected similarities with “The Daily Show,” Oliver’s personality sets the HBO show apart.

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