David Wiegand

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For 894 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 Preacher: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Secrets and Lies: Season 1
Score distribution:
894 tv reviews
    • 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 entire cast is outstanding, and Simien’s script is masterful. On the one hand, he is dealing with very complicated identity issues with intelligence and directness. On another level, though, he’s writing exceptionally funny comedy, crackling with credible wit that often packs a not-so-secret weapon: thought-provoking points of view about how we deal with issues of race and identity. Or, in some cases, how we don’t deal with them.
    • 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
    The performances are extraordinary, especially those of Colman, Tennant, Whittaker and Buchan, as they have always been since the first season, and the amazing Hesmondhalgh as the woman who struggles but finds the strength after the attack to stop being a victim in her own life. Chibnall may stumble a bit in plotting, but not on characterization.
    • 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.

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