David Wiegand
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For 492 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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Wiegand's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Mob City: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Night Shift: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 65 out of 492
492 tv reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    While there are somewhat foreseeable plot developments (Cameron's falling for Melanie, but she's hooked on Dutch), the series does have an agreeable cast and clever writing, and perhaps enough of both qualities to go the distance.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The trick to Archer is that you have to listen--and watch--carefully. What can be seen and heard on the surface is outlandish, but the real genius of the show is to be found in its seemingly offhand sight gags and throwaway lines.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The scary parts of the show really are scary and the actors are all appealing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Dinner isn't quite ready to take its place in the Brit-com hall of fame, but it's good for a laugh or three.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The performances for the most part fill in some credibility gaps in how the characters are written.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    For the most part, [Haynes] succeeds because he embraces the story's excesses instead of feeling they need to be swept under a metaphorical rug.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The material works more often than not because the guys are completely shameless, which makes them difficult to dislike.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    What truly makes the miniseries, though, are the performances in general and that of Garai in particular. The entire story and theme turn not only on contrasts but also on character evolution, which demands precision and nuance from the cast.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Angry Boys is an equal-opportunity offender, but its infectiously juvenile humor, not to mention its secret heart and, of course, the appeal of Chris Lilley's multiple impersonations, make it very hard to stay angry for long.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    With a cast this big, though, and plots this complicated, it can be a challenge to keep up. Then again, if you're willing to do the work, it more than pays off.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Despite the complexity of the subject, it's impossible not to get the gist of what went on in 2008, thanks to the focus on the players and the actors who do the playing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Don't try too hard to make sense of it: Covert Affairs is simply--and simple--fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Unlike other documentaries, Gettysburg is short on archival still photography from the battlefield, but that's because, for once, it isn't needed. The re-enactments are dramatic and horrifically convincing all by themselves.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Despite what we know about his troubled childhood, Fischer remains enigmatic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It's unlikely that any TV drama filmed in Toronto could ever come close to the bloody reality of war, but ABC's new series, Combat Hospital, makes a pretty compelling attempt at doing so.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Revenge has enough meaty characters and plot possibilities to keep it going for years. And it just may last long enough to explore them all.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The performances and characterizations are all top-notch, and the action sequences, especially in the first episode, are crisply directed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Pelosi's film may not tell "the other side of the story" directly, but if it does nudge us to consider these issues, viewing the film becomes more rewarding.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The life of an everyday American high school girl has rarely been rendered with such sly and funny precision as it is in MTV's aptly named Awkward.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The performance quality of the show is matched only by the sharpness of the writing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    By making us wonder what Steinem doesn't declare, we can come to a greater understanding of the complexities of the woman herself, but only if we are willing to venture beneath the surface.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It opens into a fairly entertaining ensemble show about beautiful, bright people.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The changes enhance the comic balance between the reality-based humor of a young couple coping with their new baby and their evaporating youth, and the "SNL"-sketch-like satire of a powerful and powerfully self-involved talk show hostess.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The show is great fun, and clearly the star herself is having fun in the lead roles.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    If Amy really was enlightened, there'd be no show, but the fact that she's wearing her enlightenment like an ill-fitting coat gives the show both its comedic and plot trajectories.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The films work individually, of course, but gain even greater meaning and emotional strength in context with each other.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The writing is juvenile, hormonal and often pretty dang funny.
    • 63 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It's great to have such important talking heads, but after a while, they don't really contribute much new to the discussion.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Endeavour is wonderfully entertaining on its own, but what puts it over the top is its loving respect for John Thaw.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The cast is appealing and the story line is not only compelling but also deals with fascinating moral complexities.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    [Berg gives] us a richly detailed look behind the scenes of the boxing world, and, in the process, showing us a battle-scarred warrior determined to live to fight another day.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The result is not only that the show is funny, but that we also actually like both June and Chloe.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Key and Peele are sufficiently talented and versatile to carry off a half-hour show on their own.
    • 80 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    A single film about three young people won't, by itself, make a universal happy ending for every troubled LGBT kid in the United States. But it's doing its job if it reaches just one of them.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Notwithstanding the cat-and-mouse plotting, we watch The Killing because of the superb writing and attention to character detail in the scripts by series executive producer Veena Sud and others.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    BFF takes a less than inventive situation and turns it into something close to sitcom gold, thanks to the fact that creators Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham have taken the time to write believable characters saying legitimately funny things.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Although the characters have only scant or fleeting redeeming personal values, we continue to buy into their machinations because of how they are created and because of superbly convincing performances at every level of the cast.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The inevitable and believable intersection of "old" and "new" musical theater adds real life and renewed potential to Smash.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Hatfields & McCoys does a good job of explaining the roots of the feud and helping us see that, regardless of whatever legitimacy there may have been in one family's hatred of the other, none of it was worth the lives lost over those six blood-soaked years.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Elementary will probably infuriate Sherlock Holmes purists, but other viewers are likely to find it gripping and well cast.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Whether you see the seams or not, though, what matters is that it all works, and we'll keep watching, if only to see Quaid and Chiklis square off against each other week after week.
    • 56 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    This is a family show in the best meaning of the term.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The performances are all first-rate, so much so that they help the audience overcome very minor skepticism when events in Tony Basgallop's script feel a bit too convenient to be entirely credible.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Sinbad is uncomplicated and unpretentious fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Schwartz's workmanlike film nonetheless gives us a detailed portrait of the man as well as the activist.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The characters on Go On are engaging and varied.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    A fairly promising new show with a lot of humor, solid performances, a snappily written script.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Yes, Revolution is a good adventure yarn, but the other reason we're likely to watch future episodes is that it grounds the action in thought-provoking themes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The production values are first-rate, the performances convincing, and with 60 units in the building, there's a wealth of potential stories to keep 666 in ABC's address book for several seasons.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    There's no laugh track, the humor is gently sophisticated and the main characters wounded but appealing.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The action is hot, fast and believable, achieved through quick-cut editing and spot-on direction.
    • 64 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    On the one hand, our love of the characters makes it more than possible to overlook the sloppiness of the scripts. On the other, though, it's because we do know these characters so well that we notice the inconsistencies in the first place. Again, none of this detracts significantly from our enjoyment of the series.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    You will come away from the film understanding a great deal about an extraordinary woman who played much more than just a supporting role in a significant period in our history. Perhaps more important, you will get a better sense of that historic period as well.
    • 66 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Hurricane is a whirling impressionistic painting of the band, beautifully conveying the energy, drive and genius of the Stones, more or less chronologically within the basic flashback structure.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    In the end, it's easy to overlook some of the credibility gaps because the writing is otherwise so fine, as are the direction and the performances.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    1600 Penn may not be as sophisticated as the hysterical HBO series "Veep," but it's still pretty funny when all the cylinders are firing.
    • 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.
    • 77 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It has a solid pedigree. It's also part of Cinemax's effort to expand its original programming. That effort pays off with Banshee.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    There isn't a bad performance in the bunch.... Veterans Molina and Irwin stand out for especially complex and nuanced performances.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It's funny and oddly touching.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Funny, fearless, down to earth and informative, Monaghan makes a great host and guide and gives us a new respect and appreciation for nature's wild things--from a very safe distance.
    • 69 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The performances are solid, for the most part.... There is promise in the one episode of Dome sent to critics and the series could work well, despite the fact that the general conceit of people living in a microcosm has been a staple of literature, film and TV forever.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Overall, the emotional honesty of Kieran's character and his all too human craving for acceptance and happiness make In the Flesh oddly moving.
    • 65 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.
    • 66 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The performances are spot-on, of course, but Enos and Kinnaman were never the show's problem. Quite the opposite, in fact. Retooling the show with the murders solved at the end makes The Killing deserving of a new lease on TV life.
    • 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
    What separates it from "Veep" is that Alpha House almost seems possible, and it's not just because of similarities between the characters and real pols. It's about the mind-set, the dealing, arrogance and boorishness of our shaky legislative branch.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Just as "A Mighty Wind" and "Waiting for Guffman" aren't like traditional movies, "Family Tree" isn't like traditional sitcoms, in that there isn't a traditional setup-punch-line structure to it. It does evoke comedies such as "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Arrested Development," though, where the humor is more incremental, character-based and cumulative.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Overstuffed though the pilot is, the show works because of the performances.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    A few missteps notwithstanding, The Bridge crackles with intelligence and great acting at every turn.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Both individually and when they play off each other, Braugher and Samberg are reason enough to tune in to Brooklyn Nine Nine.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The performances are very good at every level, in part because the script is good enough to bring out the best in this cast.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Welcome to the Family may have the most potential of the new Thursday comedies, for the simple reason that it depends largely on careful character development as the grounding for its humor.
    • 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.