David Wiegand

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For 884 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: 66
Highest review score: 100 Casual: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life): Season 1
Score distribution:
884 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Lange is always interesting, but she’s only occasionally convincing here as Crawford. The voice is too high, for one thing. Sarandon fares better, as much good as that does with such a lousy script.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The series is agreeable enough, in that it captures some of the spirit of the earlier show, but it’s hard not to hope Julianna Margulies will walk through the door to bring the moral conflicts that made “The Good Wife” so good.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show is nicely written, but just that, and the performances are almost universally engaging. The exception to that is the performance that kicks the whole reboot up several notches: Rita Moreno’s.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    By the third episode of the three sent to critics, the bits and pieces of apparent flotsam from the earlier episodes have begun to form a direction for Better Call Saul and as they do, the series becomes less a comedy and more a serious exploration of a Falstaffian character who may be much more than the buffoon he seems on the surface.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    [The balance between love and sex in the gay world] is a valuable and promising theme, more than worthy as a foundation for a show about contemporary gay life, but it needs to be explored through better writing and deeper character development, and without the predictable cliches that rattle like Muni’s F line through the six episodes of Looking that were sent to critics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The general conceit for the series isn’t the problem--it’s the ham-fisted execution. Bowker doesn’t trust his viewers to allow credible drama and character development to make his points, so he hits us over the head, repeatedly.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It has some winning moments, and clearly the cast members are having fun with their roles. In the end, though, it just doesn't connect the way it really should have.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show is moderately entertaining, mostly because of the appeal of the three leads.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The performances are superb and make Bletchley Circle more than the sum of its pedantic parts.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.

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