David Wiegand

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For 867 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 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Wiegand's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Secrets and Lies: Season 1
Score distribution:
867 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Sunday's season premiere sustains the quality of the first season, continues the story line in a completely credible way, and then opens up even more possibilities for future plot developments.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Self-delusion can grow fairly tiresome, in life and on TV, but what makes Amy sympathetic is that even though she almost convinces us at times that her personal fairy tale actually makes sense, we are always aware of her basic decency and, more important, her vulnerability.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Game of Thrones isn't afraid of change: It's the lifeblood of the series, and just one of the reasons we keep watching.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    It is every bit as powerful, moving and surprising as the first season, and just as transformative in its own way, as it belies the notion that second seasons of great high-concept shows are rarely as good as first seasons.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Louie is the gold standard of contemporary TV comedy.
    • 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
    The performances are chilling and brilliant at every level. Moss has never done better work, but what’s especially impressive here is that she manages to do the seemingly impossible: create Offred and her previous identity as June as different women at first.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    There is more than enough to captivate us, and perhaps disturb us as well, in these eight stunningly provocative episodes.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    It is a triumph of superb storytelling.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    It doesn’t really make sense to list the stand-outs because there that would imply the existence of lesser episodes, and there are none. Still several installments epitomize the care with which Ansari and Yang have crafted multidimensional characters and situation.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The ensemble cast is terrific and the direction lean and perfectly pitched at every turn.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Broadchurch is a stunning achievement in great writing and powerful acting.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    A gorgeous new documentary series on the Discovery Channel.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Sherlock is an electric marriage of great writing with great performances.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The series is so good that it isn't seriously harmed by its few minor flaws. Much of the dialogue is brilliantly written, revelatory and credible.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The dialogue in the first two episodes of the new season crackles with brilliance.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Unquestionably, though, the most significant contributing factor to the character’s [John Stone's] magnetic credibility is Turturro’s performance, a masterful assemblage of all those little details from the script, brought beautifully to shabby, world-weary life by Turturro’s finely honed skill. Ahmed is almost as good, and if he falls just shy of making Naz’s radical transformation inside Rikers fully credible, it’s really because the script fails him.
    • 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.
    • 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].
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The characters bring us into the action and, once there, we want to follow every development.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The Emmy-winning show is still as funny as ever, if not moreso, but it also merits our attention for the care with which it is managing a long run on television.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Each character, each interpersonal relationship is exquisitely nuanced, realistically detailed and fully unpredictable. ... In the four episodes made available to critics, John Ridley again proves that great television isn’t to be found only on cable and streaming platforms.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    It's as great as ever.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
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    The pile of calamities in Notaro’s life was devastating, but as she talks about them, you come to understand that, in a way, surviving one challenge strengthened her to deal with the next.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The season’s second episode signals that Hawley will probably make great use of the “Fargo” template. But three seasons in, it has to be more of a challenge to take similar characters, situations and sensibilities, all of which are narrowly defined, and make them feel completely fresh. For now, though, we’ll give Fargo the benefit of a very slight doubt.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Based on the premiere, the season may wind up being the show's best so far, but even if it doesn't, Mad Men beats almost everything else on TV.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    All of the elements that made it must-see last year are working at full throttle in season two, which kicks off Wednesday night: intrigue, deception, sex, duplicity, spy vs. spy stuff and, most of all, irony.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    [Montage of Heck is] shattering, unpredictable and tells you more about Cobain than any previous film.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Casual may seem like another snarky commentary on modern romance, but its dirty little secret, and the reason it more than sustains itself in a second season (and, Hulu willing, many more to come), is that the main characters quixotically believe they can fix themselves.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Don Draper's journey has been and remains maddening, in a very good way as far as what makes a great TV show.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Like "Justified," it's impossible to point to one element as the primary reason it works so well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Top of the Lake is Jane Campion and her cast at the top of their game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    In the Flesh is of course a complex and thought-provoking allegory.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Girls represents an exciting moment in television history because, like a handful of other shows (MTV's "Awkward," most notably) it not only makes great use of the medium but has the creative guts to realign it for a new century and a new generation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The dialogue is rich, colorful and provocative, adding to the gothic sensibilities of the series. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga makes great use of the Louisiana location, giving it as much importance to the story as the characters of Cohle and Hart. All the performances are superb, but those of McConaughey and Harrelson are in a class by themselves.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    There isn't a better cop show on TV right now than Southland.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The first two episodes of the second Silicon Valley season are more than satisfying.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Great historical documentaries not only enlighten us about the past, but tell us things about our own times as well, either directly or implicitly. Prohibition, the latest project by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, states the implicit links between the passage of the 18th Amendment and contemporary politics so loudly, you'd have to be drunk on bathtub gin not to get the message.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Although Wolf Hall does require an unusual amount of work on the viewer’s part, as well as the patience of, well, a saint, the performances and how they eventually elucidate the theme of what power can do to a man and a nation when it becomes too personal, make it mostly but belatedly worthwhile.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The portrait of Belafonte that emerges from the film is also the portrait of the times of his life, the times of the nation's life in the past 60 years.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The performances, nurtured by such A-list directors as Michael Apted and John Madden, are extraordinary. There isn't a clinker in the bunch.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    There have been many great "Masterpiece" offerings over the decades, but I can't think of a single one that is as much out-and-out fun as Sherlock, a modern-dress Conan Doyle that crackles with superb writing, brilliant performances and snappy direction, and does it all while somehow managing to be oddly faithful to the original source material.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Falk’s biggest challenge is to maintain our interest level in this wackadoodle sextet and especially in Jimmy and Gretchen because these probably aren’t the kind of people you’d want to spend too much time with in real life. He does that by making them all as vulnerable as they are insufferable.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    What makes Aisling Walsh’s film must-watch, however, is Tom Hollander’s performance as the great Welsh poet.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    They [Rayna and Juliette], and the other characters, are anything but [one-dimensional cliches], thanks not only to the writing but also to the performances of the colorful and capable cast.
    • 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 animation, overseen by art director James McDermott, is fresh, colorful and as wacky as the script.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The performances are superb at every level, with each actor rising to the challenge of revealing previously unrealized aspects of his or her character. Fortunately, the cast is blessed with a beautifully nuanced script from the Williams brothers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The film is surprisingly revealing, given the fact that its two subjects, in both similar and individual ways, are playing for the audience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The emotional authenticity of Downton Abbey continues to make it a classic.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    As much as the script, Reiner’s direction makes both stories seem oxymoronically unique and distinct at the same time. The performances are extraordinary, as they must be to complete the process of retelling a seemingly similar story.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The writing, by Weiner, direction by Scott Hornbacher and performances are, of course, top notch.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Iit’s one of the best-written shows on TV.... This is a solid ensemble cast, with equally fine, and often very funny, performances from Ash, Arnold, Lee, Epps and Bauer. Any way you look at it, Survivor’s Remorse offers the complete package.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Lapine's direction is almost the star of Six by Sondheim. Not only has he used the six songs to illuminate the composer's life, he organizes years and years of interviews as if they are an ongoing conversation--which, in many ways, they are. They are the monograph of the life and art of a singular man, perfectly assembled, bit by bit, piece by piece.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    With grit, guts and some of the best performances you’ll see on TV this year, American Crime aims for truth and pulls no punches getting there.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    As credible as the film is, what isn’t always clear is why we should care if people want to believe in the Hubbard gospel, or give the church wads of cash each time they want to reach a new clarity level.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    If the relatively simple parallel of the man and his role were all there was to The Dresser, it would be mildly interesting. But what makes it far more than that are the shades of longing, resentment, spite and indifference displayed by members of Sir’s circle.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The entire constellation of impetuous, ambitious, determined and insecure young urbanites in Girls is realigning in the new season, but at no point in the four episodes sent to critics for review do you feel that any of it is artificial.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Although the story moves slowly and much of the content consists of recorded phone calls, we want to know if Steven Avery was set up, if Brendan Dassey was involved in Teresa Halbach’s murder. We may think we know the answers, but by the end of the fourth episode, we’ve also witnessed enough out of nowhere surprises to accept that real life doesn’t follow a script.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It’s a funny, well-written and well-acted series about appealing young men and women at a point in their lives between carefree youth and accepting adult responsibilities.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Mozart is hilarity in harmony with terrific writing and performances.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The film is loaded with useful and accurately scary information about what sleep deprivation is doing to us. It’s an eye-opener, but if you pay attention, it may not keep you up at night.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Every performance is terrific.... While these characters are written and performed as over the top, the show also celebrates the subtle underplaying that goes into making Big Head and Gilfoyle so memorable. That variety of tone is another way in which Silicon Valley sets itself apart from most other half-hour comedies.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The performances continue to be winning on every level, and O’Malley’s scripts are works of tragicomic beauty.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The miniseries may veer into obvious melodrama from time to time, especially in the latter two nights, but the fact that it never loses credibility owes to the care with which the moral bases of the characters are created. ... The performances are staggering throughout the entire miniseries.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The TV epic that will be remembered for its depiction of the implosion of the postwar American dream in the 1960s.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The film has all the hallmarks of a Ken Burns production, including period music (arranged by Wynton Marsalis), a utilitarian narration (by Keith David this time) and a lot of vintage still photos and film footage, some of which aren’t specific to the story of Jackie Robinson but set the scene, perhaps so much so that at times the film feels padded.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It’s great writing with a savvy juxtaposition of comedy and sometimes ugly everyday real life.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The Netflix episodes aren’t quite as cheeky as the notorious British episode in which the prime minister is forced to copulate with a pig on live TV, but overall, the third season honors the sensibilities of the British originals.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    There is an abundance of quality in Legion at every level, making it a show you can’t stop watching and, oh yeah, the best show of the new year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    All of this may seem complicated but is not only easy to follow, but impossible to ignore because of the care with which Gobert, Fabien Adda and other writers weave the stories and characters together. You come away from each episode of The Returned more deeply involved in the story and characters than you may be used to with other TV shows. It’s a series that will haunt you, in the best possible way.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Directed by Jon Alpert and Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Wartorn is convincing on a number of levels.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It's in dire need of tighter editing, most of all. Yes, the images from the '30s are powerful, but after a while, their power is diminished by repetition.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The highlights of Wednesday's season premiere are the return of the anger translator and an insanely brilliant take-off on the film version of "Les Miserables," which is so beautifully detailed, it may actually take you a second to realize it is a satire and the song lyrics aren't what you think they are.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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