David Wiegand
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For 607 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 44% 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 Phil Spector
Lowest review score: 0 Z Nation: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 73 out of 607
607 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The art of war takes on new meaning in Rick Beyer's mesmerizing documentary.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The new documentary is one of the best and most far-reaching films about the modern women's movement.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    American Odyssey is rooted in current events, which provides immediate credibility to the series. But like “Homeland,” “Person of Interest” and other shows, it also makes effective use of the post-9/11 air of wariness that wafts through American society. Conspiracy buffs will be in heaven watching American Odyssey, but the rest of us will just be completely hooked.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The film's staccato pace and abbreviation-heavy dialogue follow live webcam chats from screen to screen, cutting back and forth from one character to another and only minimally showing us their lives when the webcam is shut off.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The second season is to explore Ryan's character and the vulnerabilities that enable him to see Wilfred as a biped.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Fans were rightly worried when Harmon was canned, but at least the first two shows of the new season follow his crazy-quilt template.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It’s pretty smart and doubly engaging.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The truth is, it takes a very big man to laugh at himself, and a very good actor to get us laughing along with him as well.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The film is both dramatically viable and instructive. Yes, we learn about science, but perhaps more important, we also learn about standing your ground no matter what challenges you face.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The first two episodes of Dallas 2.0, the TNT reboot of the classic nighttime soap, have all the fixin's for a juicy second season.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The critical success of the original “Returned,” as well as brainier zombie shows such as BBC America’s “In the Flesh,” has spawned other American knockoffs, such as ABC’s “Resurrection,” the kind of series that reminds us that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but only if it’s done as well as A&E’s The Returned.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Rhys and Whittaker are terrific and the two big reasons to watch the series.... Speaking of assets, credibility of the story is nicely enhanced by muted cinematography and art direction, emphasizing that catching spies is done by nondescript men and women who lead seemingly normal lives and work in under-decorated offices deciphering codes and other information.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Although there were rough patches, The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore planted its own flag with Monday night’s premiere and is a solid addition to the late-night stew.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Most of the performances are superb, beginning with Tennant, of course. He is so well cast and skilled that he's able to sustain credibility despite some of the gaps in the script.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Kaufman's film, despite some flaws, captures the intensity of their story and pulls us in with the irresistible force of a great, doomed love story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Some may criticize Jarecki’s rigidly amoral documentary style, but even if he and co-producer Smerling don’t skew their filmmaking to underscore the guilt of their subjects, the facts, as they say, speak for themselves. When the facts are as extraordinary as they are in The Jinx, it’s impossible not to listen.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Schwartz's workmanlike film nonetheless gives us a detailed portrait of the man as well as the activist.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The inevitable and believable intersection of "old" and "new" musical theater adds real life and renewed potential to Smash.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The writing is sharp, funny, surprising and also very true to the characters Star has created. As funny as it is, it’s actually more mature than the writing on “Sex and the City.”
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Loss is the birthright of every life, and no one can refuse it. Yet we go on, buoyed by hope and love. Not exactly an original message, but it is one that Midwife delivers convincingly.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The series, created by Soo Hugh and premiering Monday, has all the right pieces working together to make a decent show. It becomes slightly over-plotted by the third episode, but nothing that significantly diminishes its power to hold our interest.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Hit & Miss doesn't take long to convince us that its characters and plot are not only possible, but credible and, dare I say, touching.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The Fighting Season, a six-part documentary produced by Ricky Schroder is as gripping as a very good feature film, but better because it’s all very real.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The show is great fun, and clearly the star herself is having fun in the lead roles.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Although Wolf Hall does require an unusual amount of work on the viewer’s part, as well as the patience of, well, a saint, the performances and how they eventually elucidate the theme of what power can do to a man and a nation when it becomes too personal, make it mostly but belatedly worthwhile.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Even if it isn't the scariest series ever, Horror Story still has tasty performances by several characters, chief among them Lange and Conroy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    History aside, Reign, created by Laurie McCarthy and Stephanie SenGupta, is not only engaging but also pretty classy for a CW production.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Hannibal moves at a snail's pace to build tension. At the same time, there's an obvious attempt to counter its inertia with a lot of very intrusive soundtrack music.... Fortunately, Dancy's performance is terrific and more than enough to maintain our interest, with or without elks.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    While I liked Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD well enough when it began, I got tired of it after a while because it became repetitive. I have a feeling I’ll stick around longer with Carter, largely because of the nifty period details, the character development and the performances.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Ben Queen’s sitcom is irresistible.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The strength of his film is that he leaves it to us to make our own decisions about Barnes and the other death row inmates.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It has real possibilities, but since the “My Fair Lady” climax is repurposed in the pilot, it’s unclear where the relationship will go.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    They bring David himself on as a kind of nudge to the ribs, as if to say, "Of course we know we're ripping off Larry's show." But what the hey? David's clearly in on the joke and is well paired with Reiser as the two of them riff off each other over lunch.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    If the series were just about Breeanna looking for her biological father, it would be passably interesting. But her search also sheds light on a variety of issues that speak eloquently about the nature of a modern family.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Maron is his own acerbic, sad-sack self, and his new show is worth a look.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    There are more questions than answers in the pilot of Extant, which, in this case, is a good thing. The seeds of dramatic conflict have been planted, and we're going to come back the next week to see how all of this plays out.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    What was true about the first season holds for the second: Regardless of the links between characters and their stories, Full Circle never feels claustrophobic or insular. Instead, the experience of watching the series becomes counterintuitively universal, the more we get to know these flawed and complicated characters.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Occasional PSA breaks aside, Asylum is all in great and occasionally gory fun, and the cast members deliver the over-the-top dialogue with a heaping topping of relish.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Lights Out may not reach the level of "The Sopranos," but it has enough going for it to at least earn a shot at the title.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Broke is rich with laughs, warmth and credibility. The performances by the two lead actresses are instantly winning, both individually and as they play off each other.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    He holds forth telling wonderful stories about his childhood, about working as a "tummler" at Grossinger's, what it was like working with Sid Caesar and his enduring love for Gene Wilder, whose role in "Blazing Saddles" initially went to Gig Young, in between clips from too few of his many great films and TV work.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    This is pure comedy, with no hidden social agendas, no thinly disguised commentary on human behavior--nothing at all of much importance, except a whole lot of laughs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    As credible as the film is, what isn’t always clear is why we should care if people want to believe in the Hubbard gospel, or give the church wads of cash each time they want to reach a new clarity level.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The filmmakers do a very good job keeping all the separate plates spinning for six hours, although, to be honest, the show virtually cries out for a sequel focusing more thoroughly on modern times.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Other episodes seem fairly standard fare, entertaining and involving enough on their own, but lacking the offbeat quirkiness of maple syrup drownings. If the “straightforward” episodes weren’t so well written and directed, this could be a problem of consistency, but as it is, the series is fun and only slightly flawed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Clear History single-handedly rehabilitates the word "derivative," as long as the source material you're reworking is anything Larry David writes and stars in.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    In the end, the very droll and compelling Billy & Billie is much more than just a case of sibling revelry.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Don't try too hard to make sense of it: Covert Affairs is simply--and simple--fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The strength of the show is that it reflects the truth that the justice system was created and is administered by men and women, who have complicated thoughts and points of view, and who may mean well, or be blinded by their own frailty and ambition.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    There is much more to the story than the graphic details of the invasion and whether the police could have intervened earlier. The case became a pivotal issue in the debate over the death penalty in Connecticut and that's a big part of the film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It may not have the production values of those shows [The Tudors or The Borgias], but it does have an Irons, who, along with the rest of the cast, makes The White Queen an entertaining romp through a complicated and fascinating period of English history.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Both "The Godfather" and Tyrant are, at heart, about family dynamics. As the Al-Fayeed story evolves beyond Tuesday's pilot, that fact becomes clearer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Two things are clear from the Mindy pilot: First, that the writers need to do some work to make the secondary characters less of a cliche, and, second, that Kaling has the stuff to go the distance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The show has enough originality and sheer wackiness to maintain viewer interest, not to mention ridiculous effects that are anything but special.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    In a world that has exploded with instantaneously accessible information, television news is hard-pressed to figure out how to keep up. It takes a show like Vice to make other news magazine shows seem like they belong in a TV antiques shop.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The music is effective without being especially memorable. You may not leave your living room humming any of it, but you’ll still be chuckling over some of the jokes in the lyrics, many centered on puns, childish humor and groan-inducing obviousness.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    One of the many smart things about Covert Affairs is that the writers have always dangled Annie and Auggie's romantic possibilities before us, but without detracting from the international intrigue that remains the show's primary focus.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The Americans benefits from convincing performances by the cast, but Weisberg's concept and writing in the first two episodes make the show much more than "just" a spy thriller.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Even a TV take on the classic Victorian-era penny dreadful has to work to suspend our disbelief, and Showtime's series does that through solid performances by most of the cast, appropriately lurid special effects and a competent, albeit humorless, script.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    A fairly promising new show with a lot of humor, solid performances, a snappily written script.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    For now, though, the credibility issues don't matter that much because we're more interested in the characters, who may not be all that credibly created themselves, but who are informed by Hitchcock's 1960 masterpiece.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Grantchester is a period piece, but it’s fascinating to view it through a contemporary lens. Daisy Coulam’s adaptation is superb: She fleshes out the main characters with a deft hand, to be sure, but takes her time, enabling us to get to know Chambers as we would a new acquaintance.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Being Human works better than it should because of skillful writing, often laced with wry humor, and the very deep well of plot possibilities in the idea that three "monsters," as they call themselves, can pass for "human."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It feels like a detective movie or TV show from another era.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The show is funny enough, although you might wonder where it would go in a second season, but here's the dirty little secret of Mixology: It's intelligent and poignant as well as being entertaining.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Like "The Cosby Show," to which it inevitably will be compared, Black-ish balances credible family situations with universally appealing comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Mullally is certainly another reason to watch the show, but her presence also works to solve another problem: cast dynamics.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Missing may be 2 percent inspiration and 98 percent perspiration with all of its action scenes, but it's fun to watch. Judd classes up the joint nicely.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The Borgias, created by filmmaker Neil Jordan ("The Crying Game"), is the better of the two [The other is "Camelot"], thanks largely to Irons, a strong supporting cast and sophisticated production values.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The writing is juvenile, hormonal and often pretty dang funny.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Their unwavering obliviousness to what may be happening in the world actually makes their accidental commentary on current events even funnier.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The humor is one reason the show works, and the cast, especially Kemper, is the other.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Once you surrender to the surrealism, the comedy works, but in the long run, what makes the show itself work is the cast, especially Baruchel and Andre.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Kinnear is great in the role because he doesn’t look like a loser--quite the opposite--and that’s important.... Perhaps because this is the pilot, most of the episode is devoted to showing Keegan screwing up and only a few afterthought scenes focus on Torrant’s case. In order to succeed from week to week, the series needs more than just a lot of figurative pratfalls.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It opens into a fairly entertaining ensemble show about beautiful, bright people.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Adams and Macht are terrific, with the former loosening up quite considerably this year as Mike....Torres is cool, sexy and commanding as Jessica, and Markle, Hoffman and Rafferty contribute greatly to the energy of the show's core ensemble.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The two episodes sent to critics aren’t perfect, but their flaws (pompous introductory narration, a weak performance by Thurman, a handful of telegraphed cliches in the plot) are easily overlooked. Other performances, especially those of Quinto and Sarsgaard, are stunning in this provocative and surprisingly literate character-driven drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Manhunt may not have the thrills and chills of a Hollywood feature film about the raid on bin Laden's compound, but you'll come away from a viewing of the film knowing that there is much more to covert operations than midnight raids and state-of-the-art electronic surveillance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    McKellen and Jacobi, who are, of course, giants of their profession, are clearly having a lark with Vicious, and you'd be foolish not to want in on the fun.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The performance quality of the show is matched only by the sharpness of the writing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The series' historic recreations are convincing, for the most part, although at times, the History Channel can't help itself and falls back into some of it cheesier bad habits.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Several recent documentaries have tried to help the rest of the world understand the realities of being transgender, but, ironically, one of the better efforts does it well in spite of the fact that it focuses on the offspring of one of the most famous couples in pop culture.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Once Upon a Time is both family-friendly and smart enough to win viewers of any age and level of sophistication.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Just enough geeky insider stuff to keep the fan-boys from grousing too much, but an even bigger portion of well-written action, drama, humor and intricate plot details to hook viewers who gave up comic books before Steve Canyon was grounded.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Sinbad is uncomplicated and unpretentious fun.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Bell is likely to smooth over the minor bumps in coming shows, but make no mistake: Totally Biased isn't likely to look much like "The Colbert Report" or "The Daily Show."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Finding Carter stands out by avoiding the obvious.... The cast is uniformly good and the younger actors are notably credible as real teenagers--a rarity in many TV shows. Prescott is terrific.

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