David Wiegand

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For 850 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 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Wiegand's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 All The Way (2016)
Lowest review score: 0 Powerless: Season 1
Score distribution:
850 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The Chicago Code may stick to police-procedural formula, but it does have most of the elements needed to make the show at least a moderate success. With better writing and a bit more imagination, it could do even better.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The first episode focuses far too much on these stereotypes. On top of that, it’s not even funny. But what a difference a second episode makes.... The real difference between the first and second episodes, though, is not just that the stereotypes are eventually turned upside down but that the characters are no longer just those stereotypes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    "Deadwood" fans already know that Milch doesn't make it easy for viewers to get a purchase on his series, but for those willing to do the work, Luck, pays off.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Downton Abbey is not the best show on television, or even as good as it was in the first season. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to watch.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The writing is sharp, funny, surprising and also very true to the characters Star has created. As funny as it is, it’s actually more mature than the writing on “Sex and the City.”
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    • 75 David Wiegand
    Their unwavering obliviousness to what may be happening in the world actually makes their accidental commentary on current events even funnier.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    At heart, this is a show about good and evil, but sometimes the catch--for both the characters and the audience--is knowing which is which. You won't be able to stop watching.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The reboot is charming and fulfilling.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Adams and Macht are terrific, with the former loosening up quite considerably this year as Mike....Torres is cool, sexy and commanding as Jessica, and Markle, Hoffman and Rafferty contribute greatly to the energy of the show's core ensemble.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show plateaus as we wait to find who got killed and how, but it has its moments, mostly when Kelley teeters toward the comic side of his unsteady walk on that tightrope.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The series is fairly lightweight, closer to Berlanti’s “The Flash” than the darker “Arrow,” but Benoist makes an appealing heroine, and there’s definite chemistry in her scenes with Brooks.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The gore and the laughs begin almost at once as the series begins and never let up.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Key and Peele are sufficiently talented and versatile to carry off a half-hour show on their own.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Awake grabs you, unnerves you, breaks your heart and even makes you work a little.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The show has a winning cast. Foster, Duff, Trout, Mazar and Tortorella are terrific.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show is moderately entertaining, mostly because of the appeal of the three leads.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    You think you know this situation and how it will turn out, but there are surprise, yet entirely credible, twists throughout Monday's episode.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It may be “Wet, Lukewarm American Summer,” but it’s perfect mindless entertainment to warm up your own American summer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show, co-created by Shawn Ryan of "The Shield," is weirdly watchable, the way a hamster spinning a treadmill is watchable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The performances are precise and beautifully detailed, as are the characterizations in Thomas' script. Fans of the original series will see certain echoes in some of the characters in the sequel, but the echoes are faint enough to allow us our memories of, among so many others, Rachel Gurney and David Langton as the Bellamys, Angela Baddeley as the cook and Gordon Jackson as Hudson, who was so much more than just the butler.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Gibney is as successful as anyone in getting beneath Sinatra’s carefully curated surface, but only so far.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Klondike grabs you with terrific performances, an unusually rich script, magnificently sweeping visuals of jagged mountains overlooking valleys of ice and snow, and such a convincing attention to period detail, you'll believe you're back in Dawson City at the end of the 19th century.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Bunheads will take some work and it could just as easily become either annoying or likable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The performances are actually good in the series, if only the actors had credible or remotely likable or, dare we ask, funny characters to play.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Westworld isn’t easy to understand at first, but you will be hooked nonetheless by unusually intelligent storytelling, powerful visuals and exceptionally nuanced performances.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Even without the original source material, Cinema Verite offers provocative insight into how far we've become lost in the reality-TV wilderness in the past 40 years.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Game Change is graced by three extraordinary performances in the leading roles, beginning with Moore's portrayal of Palin, which is both complex and entirely credible.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The scripts are adequate and many of the performances are effective. In spite of revisiting familiar territory, Humans could be more engaging if it had a greater sense of urgency. As it is, the show is, you should pardon the expression, just a tad too robotic.
    • 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 script is a masterpiece of Texas noir, with the kind of dialogue Raymond Chandler might have written if he’d found his way to the area.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Depending on your POV and perhaps your age, the show is either rather bland or exactly what you’d expect from the CW.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It’s pretty smart and doubly engaging.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The miniseries has far more depth and character nuance than you’ll find in, say, a “Marple” or a “Poirot.” Much of that owes to Whitmore’s attention to the telling details of character development and, of course, to the performances, especially Clunes.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The action is hot, fast and believable, achieved through quick-cut editing and spot-on direction.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Parade's End is a television masterpiece.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Aside from the performances by Maslany, especially, and Gavaris, who gets some of the show's best lines, it takes until the third and fourth episodes for Orphan Black to start growing on you.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Because Rash speaks the same lingo as his subjects, The Writers' Room has the potential to provide real insight into the process of making great TV.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Other episodes seem fairly standard fare, entertaining and involving enough on their own, but lacking the offbeat quirkiness of maple syrup drownings. If the “straightforward” episodes weren’t so well written and directed, this could be a problem of consistency, but as it is, the series is fun and only slightly flawed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Whishaw may keep the human story from being swamped by bad writing and worse direction, but Rampling and Broadbent are doomed.... In the end, none of it makes a great deal of sense.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The performances are superb and make Bletchley Circle more than the sum of its pedantic parts.
    • 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
    • 100 David Wiegand
    There is a brilliant mix of poignancy and hilarity in Getting On, which is why it all works so well.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Every performance is a winner, from Marsan’s mousey Norrell, to Carvel’s brash Jonathan, to Englert’s increasingly mad and self-destructive Lady Pole.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Of course it's childish, but in a good way as it effectively taps into the kid in everyone, much as "South Park" does. It both celebrates and gently spoofs the traditions of superhero comics.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Hit & Miss doesn't take long to convince us that its characters and plot are not only possible, but credible and, dare I say, touching.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Everything you fear might be true about how our government works--or doesn't--becomes hilarious fodder for Veep's biting satire.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    While I liked Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD well enough when it began, I got tired of it after a while because it became repetitive. I have a feeling I’ll stick around longer with Carter, largely because of the nifty period details, the character development and the performances.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The show's humor is subtle, the plot lines somewhat predictable, but both the individual character development and the interaction among those characters make Sweden more than welcome.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Every enlightening, poignant or funny word is true in the documentary airing Monday on HBO. The fact that it is so funny eventually becomes strangely sad, which makes the film thoroughly enjoyable but also irresistibly provocative.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    HBO’s Confirmation isn’t the first TV project to play it safe, but in this case, playing it safe results in a missed opportunity that has as much to do with what’s happening in the real world as it does with timid filmmaking.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Ripper Street is a decent but not especially remarkable thriller about crime solving in Whitechapel immediately following Jack's reign of terror.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show itself is slight, the conceit perhaps worthy of an extended sketch, but after two episodes, it begins to feel stretched.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The strength of the show is that it reflects the truth that the justice system was created and is administered by men and women, who have complicated thoughts and points of view, and who may mean well, or be blinded by their own frailty and ambition.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It’s clearly a challenge to keep the story from being entirely mawkish, but Stewart Harcourt manages to invest it with authentic sentiment throughout. Charles Sturridge’s direction is attentive and well paced. ... Gambon is magnificent, making us feel every second of Churchill’s frustration and fear as the stroke robs him of his ability to speak, and the metaphorical weight of aging.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The four episodes sent to critics show more than enough ways for People of Earth to keep the ball rolling, but the performances seal the deal.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    "Weeds" may indeed be the best-written new show of the year so far, but the performances are superb as well.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The new season is not only as smart and absurdly funny as ever, but also reflects the rapid changes in how we watch television.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The Strain is watchable, but honestly, that isn't good enough when you're talking Guillermo del Toro and FX. In both cases, we expect more.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Most of all, DirecTV seems to have a serious case of “Ray Donovan” envy. But the series remains watchable because of otherwise competent scripts, convincing verisimilitude in character and setting, a lot of throbbing, rippling, sweaty eye candy, crackling action scenes and frequently strong, nuanced performances.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Amy Schumer takes no prisoners in The Leather Special, an hour of hilarious, raunchy comedy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Almost Royal has enough silliness for both American and British tastes.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It feels like a detective movie or TV show from another era.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It may take a bit of work to suspend disbelief enough to move you forward in your seat, but once there, you'll remain on the edge long enough to make The Escape Artist worth it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    As equal parts action and drama, and giving Kiefer Sutherland one of the best roles of his career, Designated Survivor is the season’s first sure thing. Make that “Designated” sure thing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Despite the fact that Portlandia features different sketches in each episode, the show already begins to feel like a stretch by the second show.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The set-up is forced and not entirely believable, but it can work well enough. Savage and Lowe may not convince anyone that they share a single gene, but as actors, they play well off each other. The writing needs a huge jolt, though.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    While other comic book shows try to replicate the fantasy of the source material at every level, Gotham tries to walk a thin line between realism and fantasy. It seems to work--for now, at least. But you have to wonder about the challenges the series will face once those larvae become full-fledged, whackadoodle villains. Trying to have it both ways is courageous, but courage doesn’t guarantee success.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Kudrow is brilliant at playing self-deluded.... Kudrow’s skill in this area is both a strength and a limiting factor in the success of The Comeback. To put it more simply, a little of an insufferable egomaniac goes a long way.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Mostly, though, Vikings is disappointing because so much of the component parts are good but are ill served by flabby direction and a gassy script.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    You’ll probably buy into some story lines more than others, but that’s completely intended. Rhonda is the central focus of the American subplot, while Jamie occupies that position in the British half of the show. Together, the two halves of the story make for a mad, mad, mad, mad world’s end.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Big, noisy and crazy brilliant HBO series.... The performances are masterful on every level, beginning with Cannavale’s Richie Finestra, who is only occasionally capable of keeping his inner turmoil of rage, ambition and fear of failure from exploding to the surface. With his performance, Cannavale vaults to the top of the list of Emmy candidates.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    As a film, Looking: The Movie is really just a long episode of the series. It isn’t very well structured, is all talk and little drama, and bogs down halfway through because of the same insularity that made the second season pretty much a big shrug.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Maron is his own acerbic, sad-sack self, and his new show is worth a look.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    A genuinely funny and immediately likable sitcom.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It's funny and oddly touching.
    • 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
    It may not have the production values of those shows [The Tudors or The Borgias], but it does have an Irons, who, along with the rest of the cast, makes The White Queen an entertaining romp through a complicated and fascinating period of English history.
    • 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.

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