David Wiegand

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For 850 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 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Wiegand's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Designated Survivor: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dr. Ken: Season 1
Score distribution:
850 tv reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The third season of Man Seeking Woman proves that man finding woman only opens more doors for the writing staff and continues to make the series one of the funniest on TV and certainly among the most imaginative.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Courage or crazy, or maybe both, everyone involved is following the same directive: to blow up the traditional sitcom. It’s just crazy funny.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The emotional authenticity of Downton Abbey continues to make it a classic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Sherlock is an electric marriage of great writing with great performances.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Awake grabs you, unnerves you, breaks your heart and even makes you work a little.
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    • 100 David Wiegand
    Notaro is funny because she is so creatively droll. But she’s also funny because she is --maybe not fearless, but brave enough to stare fear down and get beyond it.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Stranger Things reminds us of a time marked by a kind of no-strings escapism. And as it does so, we find ourselves yearning for it because the Duffers have made it so irresistibly appealing. There may be other equally great shows to watch this summer, but I guarantee you won’t have more fun watching any of them than you will watching Stranger Things.
    • 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.
    • 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
    A gorgeous new documentary series on the Discovery Channel.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Nothing Left Unsaid offers great insight into the lives of its subjects, but its even greater achievement as a film is unanswered questions it provokes in its viewers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Togetherness is easy to like on one level and probably a little more challenging as the Duplass brothers explore the quiet discontent among people who are just trying to do they best they can. It’s worth the effort. The emotional payoff is enormous.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    There isn't a better cop show on TV right now than Southland.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    There’s no question that he [creator Mike Schur] and NBC are taking a chance with this tangy fantasy froth, but the necessary elements for a successful comedy are there, including the chemistry between Danson and Bell.
    • 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
    David Simon’s extraordinary miniseries does live up to the complete meaning of Fitzgerald’s observation. It is ultimately a tragic story, with an enormously moving emotional payoff at the end. The finale will move you, perhaps to tears.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    [A] terrific, boundary-busting comedy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Mozart is hilarity in harmony with terrific writing and performances.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The scripts for the four episodes made available to critics are as richly nuanced as anything you’ll see on TV or, to be sure, in a movie theater. You will not only know these characters after only one episode, you’ll be hooked on them, as well. In so many areas, Atlanta sets the bar exceptionally high.
    • 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.
    • 99 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Unfortunate Events is not only binge-worthy, it’s binge-demanding.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    An eye-opener that’s also funny, real and compelling, the series is a heartwarming reminder that no matter who we are, we’re all born this way.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The script occasionally wanders into “Gone With the Wind”-style melodrama, but is always rescued by excellent performances. Among the best of the bunch are James, Radnor and Winstead. Butz and Summers edge delightfully close to comic relief.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The Comedians works and works until you’re ready to fall off your chair.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Louis CK is a great comic actor, writer and director. The character of Louie is exquisitely crafted in his creator’s mind and on the page long before he delivers his lines. It’s insufficient to call Louie an everyman. He is far more complicated than that, and far funnier as well. If Sam Beckett were still around, he’d be rolling in the aisles.
    • 92 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The ensemble cast is terrific and the direction lean and perfectly pitched at every turn.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Not only are the first two episodes of the new season smart, edgy and funny as hell, but Falk also has moved the story forward in a way that makes logical sense and keeps things delightfully fresh and sassy.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Difficult People is proudly absurd and wallows in our hope that people as hilariously obnoxious as Julie Kessler and Billy Epstein couldn’t possibly exist in the real world.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The animation, overseen by art director James McDermott, is fresh, colorful and as wacky as the script.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    So much happens in Flowers that it’s hard to believe it comprises only six half-hour episodes. More to the point, though, is that the show is so completely hilarious for a very long time. Sharpe’s writing is on point at every moment, with a wondrous attention to detail.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The point is, it works. From the get-go, we’re prompted to acclimate ourselves the notion that, like the man or woman upstairs, Preacher works in mysterious and unpredictable ways.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    All the Way is packed with superb performances in addition to Cranston’s. Mackie delivers an Emmy-worthy performance as King. ... The script is nearly perfect in its nuanced attention to the complexities of Johnson’s character.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Westworld isn’t easy to understand at first, but you will be hooked nonetheless by unusually intelligent storytelling, powerful visuals and exceptionally nuanced performances.
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    • 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.
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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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The Real O’Neals is well-written, funny, well-acted and has universal appeal because of those family secrets.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The series’ exploration of the nature of a family, the personal demons of its members and how trauma can trigger continuing tragedy make The Family a worthy addition to ABC’s Thursday night drama lineup.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The series, based on the book of the same name by Daniel Kraus and del Toro, is well written, although it relies on stock character situations such as the young hero standing up to the school bully; the awkward, overweight sidekick learning that he is more capable than he thinks he is; and the popular high school girl becoming friendly with a kid from a lower social stratum. All of it works, though, because Trollhunters mostly wants to tell a gripping story.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The action scenes are great and breathless. If only those pesky characters didn’t get in the way from time to time. Standen, Beals and Brooklyn Sudano as Mills’ sister’s friend Asha, do a pretty good job making up for dopey dialogue.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It takes special skill to write and enact a character like Eliot, someone with psychological tics.... Mr. Robot and Malek get it more than right. Let’s hope Eliot doesn’t get lost in a cliched crowd beyond Wednesday’s premiere.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    [Rodie Sanchez is] so magnetic you’ll forget that this is an unscripted series.... Discovery sent one episode to critics, but it was enough to suggest that The Killing Fields should appeal to fans of both true-crime documentaries and fictionalized police procedurals.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Hollander more than succeeds in making Corkoran completely repulsive, despite the fact that the character is unwaveringly loyal and smart enough to realize Pine isn’t who he seems to be. That said, the role is offensively homophobic. ... Otherwise, The Night Manager is a class act, not only because of the care that has gone into the writing, direction and performances, but in the great respect the creators show to the quality of le Carré’s novel.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    ABC’s new series, The Astronaut Wives Club, can’t make up its mind if it wants to be a serious, nuanced fact-based drama about the wives of the Mercury Seven astronauts, or “The Real Housewives of Cape Canaveral.” Fortunately, there’s enough legitimate drama in the show, premiering Thursday, to counterbalance its cheaper moments.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The series, created by Mike Gibbons, really is funny, which is the important part. But it’s also very smart, given the generally older demographic for broadcast TV. ... The cast is great, especially Fry, but Fielding doesn’t quite have the right chemistry with McHale to be the potential frenemy love interest. She doesn’t seem quite formidable enough in the role.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    CBS’ Zoo has more than enough edge-of-your-seat drama to make it feel like the television equivalent of great summer beach reading.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Heroes Reborn is engaging if you never much cared about the original show or can’t really remember it. If you were one of the loyalists, you’ll find seeds of some of the same problems that eventually eighty-sixed “Heroes.”
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It’s great writing with a savvy juxtaposition of comedy and sometimes ugly everyday real life.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Stamos’ show has the writing, performance and concept chops to go the distance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Nothing gets lost in translation in Deutschland 83, especially the timeless human drama.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The enduring notoriety of the Simpson case and memories of the live courtroom broadcasts are enough to hook viewers regardless of the problems with the series. Some of the problems are minor, others we can sweep under the rug as the show progresses, one is unfortunately insurmountable [casting John Travolta as Robert Shapiro].
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Hawley’s writing is vivid, sardonic, smart, and brilliantly deadpan, in keeping with the tone of the original “Fargo” movie. His characterizations are deft, nicely nuanced and compelling, offering more than enough for the actors to work with. Danson feels a little out of place, but he may grow into his role. Culkin, Garrett, Smart, Plemons, Dunst and Donovan are outstanding.
    • 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.

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