David Wiegand
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For 571 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 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Wiegand's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Hour (UK): Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Rush (2014): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 71 out of 571
571 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 70 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 75 David Wiegand
    Their unwavering obliviousness to what may be happening in the world actually makes their accidental commentary on current events even funnier.
    • 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.
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    • 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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    • 75 David Wiegand
    All in all, it's astounding how many plot elements can be packed into 90 or so minutes and how well all of them can be resolved in the hands of a competent writer like Stephen Churchett.
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    • 75 David Wiegand
    As difficult as some of the imagery in the film is, it's impossible to look away and maybe just as impossible not to learn something about elephants and about ourselves.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    [Looking was] filmed entirely in the Bay Area, which is a big part of why the story rings so true. The other parts are the delicately detailed direction by Haigh and the pitch-perfect performances of the cast. All of these elements work together to present a convincing, multidimensional portrayal not only of contemporary gay life but also of contemporary life in general.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It's funny and oddly touching.
    • 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.
    • 49 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Skies has enough going for it to appeal even to those who don't think they like sci-fi.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The humor is sly and more thoroughly integrated into the plot and characterizations than we’re used to in most sitcoms.... Six episodes just don’t seem enough.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It definitely has its moments.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The scary parts of the show really are scary and the actors are all appealing.
    • 67 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    In truth, the drama half of this comedy-drama is a little weak and not as engaging as the comedy. That becomes evident a few episodes in, but, fortunately, the show’s creators don’t linger too long on Hailey’s love life before getting back to the very funny business of running a symphony orchestra.
    • 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.

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