David Zurawik
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For 168 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Zurawik's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The West Wing: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Do Not Disturb: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 168
168 tv reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    Impressive photography and a good-looking cast add up to a drama that is at least pretty to look at. But it doesn't have quite the sizzle of Fox's new teen drama "The O.C.", the new series young viewers seem to be in love with this fall...Maybe, if you're 14, this is epic enough. [23 Sept 2003, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    This film was one of the most pleasant surprises I've had in a year of screening hundreds of TV productions. In fact, it made my weekend.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 David Zurawik
    HBO's Recount fails. Invented dialogue and actions attributed to real-world figures play side by side with, and are indistinguishable from, verifiable actions and events that took place in Florida in 2000.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 David Zurawik
    If only Green had not made such a cold, bland stew of such rich and tasty ingredients.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 David Zurawik
    That is profound stuff--if only the series did a better job of capturing it. The idea that all he has to sell is himself is an interesting one intellectually, but it doesn't play very well onscreen.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Zurawik
    This is social satire, and Grier's job is to make a mainstream audience see race and power in new ways. That often involves shock.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    After screening three episodes, I am as hooked on this moody, hypnotic saga as I've been on any drama since The Sopranos. I'm not saying this is going to be the next Sopranos. It's too idiosyncratic and strange for that. [13 Sep 2003]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 David Zurawik
    As the lead, Simon Baker is too one-note smirky for me.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 David Zurawik
    Not surprisingly, Crash, the TV series, does not measure up very well against the film in terms of atmosphere and acting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Zurawik
    If one is looking for a TV drama that earnestly tries to reflect and speak to our lives and times, it would be hard to do better than Sleeper Cell.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    A network series potentially good enough to be on HBO.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 10 David Zurawik
    Secret Diary is a nonstop glamorization of prostitution.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Zurawik
    Old Christine is more fun than Watching Ellie. The question that remains is whether it will be funny enough for viewers to finally leave Elaine behind.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Whatever the case, he and his show are easier to like. The hour flew by, and it seemed much looser, organic and easy-going than anything I saw last year by him on NBC.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 David Zurawik
    In all but one or two cases, if I were seated with one of these people on a plane, I'd ask to be moved next to a crying baby or a drunk. What CBS has done here is cast this house with people who resemble the stock types we have come to know from prime-time sitcoms and dramas for 50 years. [6 Jul 2000]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Zurawik
    Instead of life-affirming laughter, we get an occasional ironic chuckle in NBC's version of The Office. It's a comedy that offers only escape instead of insight into our workaday lives. [24 Mar 2005, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    There is nothing as original in Side Order of Life as the metaphysical puppet, but there is enough promise to return for a second week - to see whether Jenny is wise enough to learn from the pain.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 David Zurawik
    It is both bad and offensive in its depiction of some of the workers at a small hotel.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    I like Williams as an actor, always have. But he can sink to the level of those around him, and I'm not too sure about the kids in this drama -- Vivien Cardone as his 9-year-old daughter Delia, and Gregory Smith as his 15-year-old son, Ephram. On the other hand, who knows with kids anyway? They could get better in a hurry. The writing also has a tendency to go a bit gooey in the middle. [16 Sept 2002, p.1C]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    Think Ocean's Eleven (2001) meets HBO's The Sopranos.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    A comedy with lots of charm.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Zurawik
    The problem with the pilot is in tone. Self-important and silly but optimistic and sweet is a hard mark to hit week after week.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 David Zurawik
    Let's hope Rules is just a misguided piece of fluff that disappears after a dozen episodes - and not a bellwether series trying to tell us something about how our lives have changed for the worse.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 David Zurawik
    Maple believes he created a hero in the character of Mannion. I see a self-aggrandizing, self-important hotdog in black and white shoes who I wouldn't put in charge of a swing dancing class let alone the police department. [7 Oct 2000, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    There is genuine drama in Dollhouse--or, at least, all-engaging narratives of action-adventure.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 David Zurawik
    At times, The Apprentice seems like one long Trump commercial. [7 Jan 2004]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Just the right mix of camp, witchiness, special-effects and hand-to-hand combat.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    As drama, tonight's pilot has its flaws, but it is, nevertheless, one of those electrifying TV productions that instead of simply seeking to divert or amuse, challenges viewers to imagine a reality other than the one they have been conditioned to accept.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 David Zurawik
    I swear I have no idea what The Guardian is supposed to be about. But I don't think the producers or CBS do, either. [25 Sept 2001, p.3E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    The only way it will strike anyone who has seen HBO's "The Sopranos" as extraordinary is in how extraordinarily tame it is.
    • Baltimore Sun

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