David Wiegand

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For 768 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 Orange is the New Black: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Z Nation: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 92 out of 768
768 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Writer Stephen Butchard has done a superb job distilling the nuance and complexity of Cornwell’s story, which avoids simplistic good guys vs. bad guys plotting.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The six-part series not only makes science accessible, but it’s also fun to watch.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    While these character traits represent the real heart of the story, there are times you feel that Ridley is making an instructional film for a corporate HR department. On paper, it’s good for him to break away from stereotyping, but he does it with such obviousness, he almost undermines the power of his story and of the show’s extraordinary performances.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The writing and performances combine to make The Detour worth the trip.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 65 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The story does meander from time to time, especially in the early episodes, but 11.22.63 eventually finds its way.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    In the end, it works only as well as the performance of its star. Needless to say, when the performance is delivered by Audra McDonald, it works brilliantly.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Take away the song and dance, you’re left with an engaging series about a young woman who’s too smart to be as obsessed as she is supposed to be.
    • 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.
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    • 75 David Wiegand
    If Kingdom were only about mixed martial arts, it would be boring and one-dimensional. But Belasco does a superb job of creating credible, compelling characters for his talented cast to run with. Grillo, Tucker and Sanchez deliver beautifully detailed performances.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It's about characters, and both "Chicago Fire" and Chicago PD are filled with them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The plot is filled with what might be considered melodramatic cliches.... But a funny thing happens after the first episode or two: "Underground" ... loses its melodramatic patina. That’s almost entirely because of the performances.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The first eight episodes of the sixth and final season, although not flawless, remind us of why we care about the show.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Enos is terrific, managing the seeming impossible: to go from adoring fiancee to avenging private-eye angel in a flash. She’s well partnered with Krause, who is an entirely convincing liar when Ben and Alice are still together, and equally credible when his ruse is revealed. The show moves so fast, you may miss its logical flaw until after the episode ends.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The makers of Sharknado 3, including director Anthony C. Ferrante, were aiming to make a terrible movie and have succeeded brilliantly.
    • 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.
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    • 75 David Wiegand
    As exhausting as the list may seem, it’s not complete. But the quality of the film isn’t about quantity: Rather, it’s about how well chosen the content is and, even more important, how it is arranged.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The performances of the entire cast of Thirteen, and by Comer in particular, counterbalance many but not all of the weak spots in the over-plotted script.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    For the most part, Weird Loners is done well enough to merit your attention.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The series is not for the squeamish. But, as with “Game of Thrones,” the violence is not gratuitous but rather a necessary tool in telling the story. The Bastard Executioner not only hits the mark, it sets the bar very high for the rest of the fall season.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Virtually every performance is equal to the quality of the script, but Moura is especially compelling as he manipulates the seeming incongruities of Escobar’s character to heighten his aura of unpredictable menace.... Brancato does make one significant misstep by having the entire series heavily narrated by Murphy.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Even if the creators had stuck to the traditional pattern of star-crossed-lover romances, instead of turning it on its ear, Love would probably be almost as lovable as it ends up being. That’s because of great writing and great performances.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Lisco and his writers do a good job weaving a compelling narrative, one that’s filled with action, but more significantly defined by the complexity of the individual characters.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The forecast for America’s Next Weatherman is decidedly funny, with a only a slight chance of showers.

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