David Wiegand

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For 769 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 The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
Lowest review score: 0 Rush (2014): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 92 out of 769
769 tv reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    There are definite comic possibilities in a character who has God on internal speed-dial, but the premiere episode is too overstuffed to give us a sense of whether the writers are going to be able to make the setup work beyond the few funny but obvious lines in the first show.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It probably works better onstage, but Stevens should know that what you do to achieve suspension of disbelief in a theater is not what you do to convince an audience that what it is seeing in a film is real.
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    • 50 David Wiegand
    The dialogue may or may not be scripted (you decide--I have), but it sure is colorful enough for Al Capp to have written.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The comedy is predictable on every level, which is part of the TV Land formula.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The humor in Rob is broad, occasionally rollicking, not very clever or sophisticated, but some of it works well enough to keep the show going.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    While it seems apparent that seeing the show live would be a hoot, it doesn't translate to television all that well--it just feels shrunken and confined by the medium.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Yes, Arias (Tania Raymonde), comes off as a narcissistic, sexually manipulative psycho, but because we never get a convincing take on Alexander (Jesse Lee Soffer), the film is confusing.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show's just not as funny as Chelsea Handler is when she's playing Chelsea Handler.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    There are only fleeting moments when you feel you're seeing something brand new in Defiance, but in its imitative way, it's fun to watch, thanks to some competent CGI effects and decent performances.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    This is a pleasant and generally enjoyable show that doesn’t overtax the brain. In other words, standard fare for broadcast television.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The dialogue is funny, but the longer-range question is whether it’s funny enough to keep viewers coming back week after week.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It tries so hard to be funny, but no matter how likable Alonzo is, the jokes are as stale as year-old taco shells.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    This is what USA does best, and Suits has a good shot of staying on the team. The only real danger is whether viewers will reach the saturation point for this kind of show. That's possible, even if the premise for Suits isn't.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Future episodes may exploit the whole hick-in-the-big-city thing, but one hopes that doesn't happen to the point where we forget the courage these young men and women demonstrate to spread their wings.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    People don't actually talk with each other in The Last Ship: Instead, they announce, pronounce and recycle cliches. We get a sense of character through the performances, though, and many of them are very good.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Fuller needs to sharpen the writing by throwing even more double entendres in for the grown-ups. All the parts are here- they just need to be put together correctly.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    In some ways, the show is a throwback to the days of wacky female sitcom stars with a lot of physical humor. What’s lacking is charm and lovability.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Instead of being a whodunit, Motive is a "whydunit," which, except for the appeal of the show's star, amounts to a "whocares."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show is pleasant without being as good as it could be.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Mom is hard-edged, snark-dependent and brittle.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The performances are superb and make Bletchley Circle more than the sum of its pedantic parts.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    What's missing from the show are the very things that make so many reality shows intolerable and, sadly, make them hits as well. No one's nuts, no one is a raging alcoholic or a jealous maniac, the dads don't get into fistfights, and the only misbehaving you'll see on the show can be fixed with a simple diaper change.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It's not clear from one episode whether the show's warm and fuzzy message can successfully counterbalance implausibility.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    At least in the first two episodes sent to critics, the miniseries misses a potentially rich opportunity to tell more nuanced and, hence, more compelling stories of the players in this great, early drama of Texan and American history.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    By the third episode of the three sent to critics, the bits and pieces of apparent flotsam from the earlier episodes have begun to form a direction for Better Call Saul and as they do, the series becomes less a comedy and more a serious exploration of a Falstaffian character who may be much more than the buffoon he seems on the surface.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    [Viewers] figure there will be sex and nudity, blood and violence. Black Sails has most of that, but there isn't enough action in the first four episodes. If you give us a pirate series, we want to see ships going at it on the high seas.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    King and Maxwell banter like a fourth-rate Nick and Nora Charles.... This stuff is much more credible, and interesting, in series like "Castle" and "Bones," but, again, those shows have better actors than Romijn as well as better writers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The pilot is fast-paced and gripping, as the team closes in on the killer. After the fact, it's all fairly preposterous, but there's enough going on through the show to maintain our interest.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The cast is very good, perhaps showing just how competent they are as they maintain a tenuous hold on our interest long after the film has dropped the credibility ball.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Bassett’s direction is more than competent. She clearly has the instincts to tell a good story and elicits superb performances to do so. Her pacing is off, and some of the scene changes too abrupt, but Bassett knows what she’s doing when it comes to actors, which becomes paramount when working with an uninspired script.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    You may think the whole idea of adults dressing up as fantasy characters is silly, but the dedication and craftsmanship of the cosplayers easily convinces you otherwise. What's unclear is whether competitive cosplaying is too rarefied to sustain multiple episodes. But as a one-off, it's, well, fantastic enough.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Monday’s premiere has to work hard to get you to suspend disbelief, but the actual crimes, in both the Monday and Tuesday episodes, are well plotted. Gruffudd’s Morgan isn’t quite as much of a social misfit as Jonny Lee Miller’s Holmes on CBS, but he’s a good actor and pairs well with both de la Garza and Judd Hirsch.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show isn’t terribly believable.... The cast is fine, except for McPhee.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Parts of it are funny, but it feels more like an adult's creation.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    There is something here for sure but the show has yet to find its footing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Devious Maids has the potential to be better than "Desperate Housewives," but it can realize that potential only if it finds its own substantive identity instead of being just a recycling of the "Housewives" template.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show is cozy, predictable, comfortable and, like a good ole' huntin' dog, not in need of serious housebreaking.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show has its moments, but almost all of them belong to Martindale.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Despite the fact that Portlandia features different sketches in each episode, the show already begins to feel like a stretch by the second show.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    One reason the show is great fun is Burns’ street-baroque dialogue. The characters really do talk about Palookaville. It all goes a little too far, though.... The overwriting keeps Public Morals from achieving the credibility level Burns is aiming for.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The good thing about Sean Saves the World is that it's an ensemble show. The bad thing about that for the show is that we're often happier to see the supporting characters onscreen than we are Sean, who is funny from time to time but whose constant state of frenzy gets tiresome.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    There is great chemistry between old pros Lawrence and Grammer, even if the scripts are spotty and feel about 20 years old, same-sex marriage references notwithstanding.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    For all its cleverness, there’s a danger that Odd Mom Out has too narrow a focus, even for fans of “Real Housewives” shows. But in small doses, it’s funny enough.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The production details and Stewart Harcourt's script are quite effective, but the film's pacing is too drawn out.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The writing is light and somewhat predictable, without quite hitting the level of sassy repartee of the "grand old men" of the USA stable, Dulé Hill and James Rodale of the deservedly long-running "Psych."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The performances are enjoyable, for the most part, but the script is surprisingly flat for a Murphy-Falchuk show.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Maggie Q and McDermott are competent, if not terribly interesting actors, and that about sums up the series as well.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The chase scenes are great, a special-effects scene toward the end of the episode is great, but the mix of action-suspense, supernatural and schmaltz doesn't quite blend well.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Wiegand
    All well and good, up to a point, and that point was when the relatively pleasant but not especially revealing interview morphed into an infomercial for Weight Watchers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Wiegand
    The show obviously has a great cast, but they’re badly used.... These are not people you want to spend 22 minutes with every Tuesday night.

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