David Wiegand
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For 503 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 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Wiegand's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Rush (2014): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 503
503 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
    • 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
    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
    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
    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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Sherlock is an electric marriage of great writing with great performances.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The dialogue in the first two episodes of the new season crackles with brilliance.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    A gorgeous new documentary series on the Discovery Channel.
    • 90 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The characters bring us into the action and, once there, we want to follow every development.
    • 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
    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
    • 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
    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
    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
    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
    Top of the Lake is Jane Campion and her cast at the top of their game.
    • 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
    • 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 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
    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.
    • 85 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.
    • 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
    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
    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
    The writing, by Weiner, direction by Scott Hornbacher and performances are, of course, top notch.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The animation, overseen by art director James McDermott, is fresh, colorful and as wacky as the script.
    • 84 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The emotional authenticity of Downton Abbey continues to make it a classic.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    Directed by Jon Alpert and Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Wartorn is convincing on a number of levels.
    • 82 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.
    • 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
    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
    Despite what we know about his troubled childhood, Fischer remains enigmatic.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Weight pulls no punches, spares neither the multibillion-dollar food and advertising industries nor public officials for not only failing to fix the problem but actually making it worse, and essentially writes a prescription for the nation's health and economic future that we ignore to our peril.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The characterizations are carefully nuanced in Southland, and the performances are equal to the quality of writing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Schwartz's workmanlike film nonetheless gives us a detailed portrait of the man as well as the activist.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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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.
    • 80 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    He holds forth telling wonderful stories about his childhood, about working as a "tummler" at Grossinger's, what it was like working with Sid Caesar and his enduring love for Gene Wilder, whose role in "Blazing Saddles" initially went to Gig Young, in between clips from too few of his many great films and TV work.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    If Kirkman, writer/show runner Glen Mazzara ("The Shield") and the rest of the team continue doing what they're doing--and following the template Darabont created--The Walking Dead can have a bloody long life.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    In every case, there is an abiding feeling for character and authenticity that helps elevate Orange Is the New Black to a new definition of television excellence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    As good as it was last year, it's off to an even better start in its sophomore year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The art of war takes on new meaning in Rick Beyer's mesmerizing documentary.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It definitely has its moments.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    At every turn in this heart-wrenching series of films, we are reminded that these men and women are human, no matter how robotic they may seem as they rapidly snap off shots of death and tears.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Lights Out may not reach the level of "The Sopranos," but it has enough going for it to at least earn a shot at the title.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    [It's so] good you can't help wondering why no one thought of it before, a compelling mix of credible real-life melodrama with a fictionalized approximation of what it takes to get a Broadway show from the idea stage to opening night.
    • 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.
    • 78 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
    Manhattan brings legitimate class to WGN's nascent original content project.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The series commands our attention because of how it was conceived by Neil Cross, who continues to write masterful scripts.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The strength of his film is that he leaves it to us to make our own decisions about Barnes and the other death row inmates.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It probably works better onstage, but Stevens should know that what you do to achieve suspension of disbelief in a theater is not what you do to convince an audience that what it is seeing in a film is real.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The Americans benefits from convincing performances by the cast, but Weisberg's concept and writing in the first two episodes make the show much more than "just" a spy thriller.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The films work individually, of course, but gain even greater meaning and emotional strength in context with each other.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    A few missteps notwithstanding, The Bridge crackles with intelligence and great acting at every turn.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    There is much more to the story than the graphic details of the invasion and whether the police could have intervened earlier. The case became a pivotal issue in the debate over the death penalty in Connecticut and that's a big part of the film.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The filmmakers do a very good job keeping all the separate plates spinning for six hours, although, to be honest, the show virtually cries out for a sequel focusing more thoroughly on modern times.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The film is cleverly structured as a time-travel flashback, beginning in 1966, at the end of Hartnell's tenancy of the lead role.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The performance quality of the show is matched only by the sharpness of the writing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Manhunt may not have the thrills and chills of a Hollywood feature film about the raid on bin Laden's compound, but you'll come away from a viewing of the film knowing that there is much more to covert operations than midnight raids and state-of-the-art electronic surveillance.