David Wiegand
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For 569 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 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Wiegand's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Sherlock: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Ground Floor: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 71 out of 569
569 tv reviews
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    • 75 David Wiegand
    The 10-episode series may not win any major awards, but it's well made and fun to watch.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The show is fast-paced and sexy, but perhaps its secret weapon is the authenticity of Tony's character as a young Latino resident of the working class, largely Mexican American Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The characters on Go On are engaging and varied.
    • 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.
    • 62 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Although Blick's structural concept skirts close to mannered gimmickry, it also makes artistic sense. We are slowly but unavoidably drawn into the ever thickening mire of secrets, lies and shifting allegiances in both the lives of the characters and, of course, in the constant strife in the Middle East.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The adaptation is superb as it explores the Austen-James characterization, but Towhidi is ably abetted by Daniel Percival’s exquisite character-focused direction and, of course, first-rate performances from the entire cast.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Almost nothing about Empire ... feels original, but just a few minutes into the premiere episode, you’ll stop caring.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Worst, created by Stephen Falk ("Weeds"), takes that well-worn conceit and forces it through the cold sieve of contemporary antiromanticism, and the result is often very funny.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The flawed but oddly compelling drama Satisfaction takes an especially cynical view of marriage, but it's no laughing matter in the USA drama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    While it’s so fast paced, you barely realize that it isn’t always credible, you do get that it’s always fun.
    • 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
    There's no laugh track, the humor is gently sophisticated and the main characters wounded but appealing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Despite what we know about his troubled childhood, Fischer remains enigmatic.
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    • 75 David Wiegand
    What made that show great is what makes Cleveland hot: solid casting and crisp writing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The Awesomes is charming, but your enjoyment of it may depend on how much you may already feel over-saturated with animation.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It remains a well-made and potentially addictive drama, whether you watch it in real time or later on your DVR. Time is still on its side.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Silly as the set-up may seem, it works because of competent writing and convincing performances.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Suspend disbelief, not to mention your knowledge of Washington Irving's classic tale, because the illogical hodgepodge of myth premiering Monday night is great fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Manhattan brings legitimate class to WGN's nascent original content project.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It may be the nicest show you'll ever see.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It captures the teeming bleakness of the future world and establishes winning chemistry between Kennex and Dorian.
    • 68 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Maggio employs the now-standard historical documentary technique employed most visibly by Ken Burns, but the real strength of his film rests in the care with which he builds his case about the epic struggles Italian Americans have had over the years, and their invaluable contributions to a culture that took a long time to accept them.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    While some plot elements and characters have been imported intact from the United Kingdom, the American show makes its own statement and will move away from its British roots in future episodes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Grayson/Dracula and his pals sound closer to characters from a '30s film than a 21st century TV series. But over time, as our modern ears adjust to the melodramatically declarative style, the antiquated dialogue enhances the other-worldly tone of the series.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The show’s humor is grounded in Nina’s fish-out-of-water career adjustment to a far less glamorous job and world, which may sound rather obvious, but works because of terrific writing by co-creators Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The humor is subtle, almost deadpan, but brilliant at every turn. Some moments become excruciating to watch, only because we've formed an immediate affection for Josh and hate seeing him screw things up for himself.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The show is funny, warm and bloody irresistible because of the care taken with creating characters who are multidimensional, vulnerable and credible.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The performances for the most part fill in some credibility gaps in how the characters are written.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    There’s an unabashed quaintness about Normal Street, reminiscent of a time when kids TV was all about fun and homemade adventure.
    • 72 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.
    • 65 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Directed by Jon Alpert and Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Wartorn is convincing on a number of levels.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The performances and characterizations are all top-notch, and the action sequences, especially in the first episode, are crisply directed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    If you want a history lesson, stay in school. Otherwise, there are enough facts in Sons of Liberty to add some ballast to a ripping good saga.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It's about characters, and both "Chicago Fire" and Chicago PD are filled with them.
    • 50 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The action is hot, fast and believable, achieved through quick-cut editing and spot-on direction.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It's full to overflowing with clever and sometimes very funny geek-speak.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Almost Royal has enough silliness for both American and British tastes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The series, created by Mara Brock Akil, works for a number of reasons, including Union's performance as a very credible contemporary woman.
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    • 75 David Wiegand
    Gordon-Levitt has unshakable cred among the 18-to-34-year-old demo targeted by Pivot, but the cool thing about HitRecord on TV is that it's just great TV for anyone.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Television simply doesn't get warmer or fuzzier than Last Tango in Halifax, but the reason the six-part series works so well is that its sweetness is not unalloyed.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The cast is appealing and the story line is not only compelling but also deals with fascinating moral complexities.
    • 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.
    • 79 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The films work individually, of course, but gain even greater meaning and emotional strength in context with each other.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Once they buy into the richly charactered story, it'll be an even bigger challenge to let go.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Elementary will probably infuriate Sherlock Holmes purists, but other viewers are likely to find it gripping and well cast.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    At times, there are actual punch lines in the script and the show veers into "writerly" territory.... But make no mistake: You should overlook the shortcomings and enjoy the series on its own otherwise considerable merits, chief among them, of course, Billy Bob Thornton.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    This is a family show in the best meaning of the term.
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    • 75 David Wiegand
    The second of the new Lewis mysteries is even better plotted than "Soul of Genius."
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Interviews with Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers, Sidney Poitier, Kathy Griffin, Harry Belafonte, Anne Meara, Bill Cosby and others provide ample evidence of Moms' enduring influence. Yet, even if you remember how great she was, you may find yourself wishing there were fewer testimonials and more footage of Moms performing.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    This may not be Martin Scorsese's most sophisticated film, but it actually takes a smart filmmaker to understand that, with a subject like Fran Lebowitz, the best thing you can do is let her talk.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Despite the pluses and minuses of the script, the cast generally delivers the goods, especially Phyllis Logan as housekeeper Mrs. Hughes, Joanne Froggatt as lady's maid Anna Bates, and Jim Carter as Carson, the overseer of the household staff.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    American Horror Story: Coven ramps the silliness up an enjoyable notch with a story set in a New Orleans school for young witches.
    • 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.
    • 74 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Rodriguez is a charmer and as intentionally preposterous as it is, Jane has more than enough plot string to keep it going for a long time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 75 David Wiegand
    Sometimes the writing is very good. At other times, it comes off better than it really is because the dialogue is delivered by four accomplished actresses.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Because Rash speaks the same lingo as his subjects, The Writers' Room has the potential to provide real insight into the process of making great TV.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Overstuffed though the pilot is, the show works because of the performances.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The Goldbergs is funnier because the jokes are better but also because it is more credible [than "Mom"].
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 75 David Wiegand
    Although topicality trips up some of the jokes, others are spot-on.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    This is not sophisticated, drawing-room humor. It's closest to what they used to call college humor, and what is now considered stoned humor. But beneath the silliness is gentle but still dead-on satire that makes The Birthday Boys worth a look and a laugh.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    As has been the case in so many films and TV shows, Sevigny is the most compelling reason to watch Those Who Kill, but if the scripts remain as carefully crafted as that of Monday's pilot, Sevigny will have found a vehicle worthy of her singular skills.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Of course it's childish, but in a good way as it effectively taps into the kid in everyone, much as "South Park" does. It both celebrates and gently spoofs the traditions of superhero comics.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Undateable still doesn't quite capture the zany entirety of D'Elia's comic style, but it comes closer than anything he's done so far. The rest of the cast is solid; the writing works; the familiar situation is at least freshened by snappy direction and appealing characters.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It is filled with adventure on the high seas and sex and intrigue on dry land. And, yes, above all, it's fun.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The show makes good use of its New Orleans setting and the script hits all the right, albeit familiar, notes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The show is generally well written, expertly directed (Thomas Schlamme of "West Wing" directs the pilot) and most of the performances are solid.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    A few missteps notwithstanding, The Bridge crackles with intelligence and great acting at every turn.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The show's humor is subtle, the plot lines somewhat predictable, but both the individual character development and the interaction among those characters make Sweden more than welcome.

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