David Wiegand
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For 622 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 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Wiegand's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Luther: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 The Mob Doctor: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 74 out of 622
622 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    If the first half of the film seems slightly more engaging than the second, it’s because it has more music. Queen Latifah should be a slam dunk for an Emmy nomination for playing Bessie, but she deserves even more praise for helping contemporary audiences understand the power of Bessie’s blues.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The 13-episode series, created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, is simply irresistible, mostly because Fonda and Tomlin are irresistible.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Much of it works very well because of the casting and, to some extent, character direction. The pacing is a bit flaccid here and there, but most of the jokes are worth waiting an extra beat for.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The three episodes made available to critics are instantly compelling, taut with edge-of-your-seat drama and thick with credible melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The material works more often than not because the guys are completely shameless, which makes them difficult to dislike.
    • 54 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.
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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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Gibney is as successful as anyone in getting beneath Sinatra’s carefully curated surface, but only so far.
    • 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.
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    • 75 David Wiegand
    Maron’s character is much more than a grumpier version of “Louie.” He’s very much his own miserably hilarious schlemiel, and we’re all the luckier that he’s back for another round of trying to navigate daily life.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Spoils Before Dying is funnier than “Babylon.” The earlier miniseries spoofed ’40s melodramas, but this year’s model takes a narrower approach, mining the staples of the even more formulaic noir films, capturing the excesses of the hard-boiled dialogue and pushing them just far enough over the edge to knock you out of your chair.
    • 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.

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