David Wiegand

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For 959 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 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Wiegand's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Top Of The Lake: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life): Season 1
Score distribution:
959 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It's modestly engaging, but is likely to leave viewers less than satisfied when it's over.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The deadpan approach only enhances the delicious off the wall comedy of Animals. The series is batty and brilliant as it turns the whole notion of anthropomorphic cartoon animals on its fuzzy ear.
    • 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].
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    There’s nice but predictable chemistry between Ellis and German, and although Fox only made one episode available to critics, the show’s concept is so obvious, it’s easy to see exactly where this will go, unless it gets canceled first.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The three episodes represent what was good and maybe not so good about the original series. They also remind us that, somehow, even when Carter and company went off the rails, The X-Files was usually worth watching.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    At first, Ralph seems a little old for the part of Quentin, but he skillfully personifies a postgraduate man-child. The show’s special effects are deftly executed and the script is nicely crafted with twists, turns and surprises to hold our attention
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The 13-episode series may be imitative, but it’s well plotted, acted and directed. Bew is solid in the title role as is Speleers who, despite his odd Ed Grimley haircut, is every bit the petty, envious and devious villain you’d want Beowulf to face.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Baskets is bold, it is courageous, but it doesn’t really work. It’s not that a TV comedy has to offer wall-to-wall belly laughs, but unrelenting bleakness with the minor relief of a few scattered bits of dry humor--no matter how much it may aspire to a neo-Beckettian level--ends up being more bemusing than amusing.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The problem is that Berlanti and Co. just seem to be falling back on a template at this point, and not paying enough attention to the kind of details that have made “Arrow” and “The Flash” so good. If they want or need to fix the show, casting should be at the top of their to-do list. Most of the actors are acceptable; a couple are not.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    The script occasionally wanders into “Gone With the Wind”-style melodrama, but is always rescued by excellent performances. Among the best of the bunch are James, Radnor and Winstead. Butz and Summers edge delightfully close to comic relief.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The script is nicely detailed as it builds on the theme of a corrupt system fed by corrupt players. The one obstacle you’ll encounter, especially in early episodes, is that the biz-speak--most likely evidence of Sorkin’s participation in the writing--is almost impenetrable unless you work for the Financial Times.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Characters and details are what hold our interest, almost to the point where we don’t realize that the plot is fairly thin. That works for a while, but eventually the series begins to feel flat, and our interest begins to drift.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    Angie Tribeca hits on every cylinder--sharp writing, consistent attention to detail (the visual jokes are just as funny as the spoken ones), terrific performances by Jones, MacArthur and Burns, as well as the secondary cast and guest stars, and great direction, including Steve Carell for the pilot episode.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Second Chance is watchable without being especially engaging.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The show has a winning cast. Foster, Duff, Trout, Mazar and Tortorella are terrific.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    The problem is that the writers--i.e., the cast--don’t seem to have any idea about an overall story arc. Without that necessary ingredient, the show’s potential is pretty much squandered after the first episode.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 David Wiegand
    Angel’s premiere episode isn’t very funny, but what’s worse is that it’s not very interesting, either.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    [Rodie Sanchez is] so magnetic you’ll forget that this is an unscripted series.... Discovery sent one episode to critics, but it was enough to suggest that The Killing Fields should appeal to fans of both true-crime documentaries and fictionalized police procedurals.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 David Wiegand
    The dialogue is sharply creative, and the jokes are fresh and funny, even if the characters border on the insufferable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    There’s little doubt that Shades of Blue would not stand out from the other TV cop shows were it not for Lopez. She’s so good, you can’t help wishing someone would write her a better show.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The first eight episodes of the sixth and final season, although not flawless, remind us of why we care about the show.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    [A] terrific, boundary-busting comedy.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The show is funny, but a not-always-subtle flip side makes the jokes funny as well. Inevitably, we view it all through both our personal lens and through contemporary sensibilities.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    There are enough lifelines to keep you going through the first four episodes, but Fergus and Ostby are mostly in over their heads. They probably could have used a few traffic cops as consultants to keep the story lines from becoming the entangled, confusing and plodding mess they often are.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Wiegand
    An eye-opener that’s also funny, real and compelling, the series is a heartwarming reminder that no matter who we are, we’re all born this way.

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