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 Six Feet Under: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Do Not Disturb: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 168
168 tv reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    The writing is daring, the editing dazzling and bold... this is prime-time storytelling that pops.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    Elizabeth I features two of the finest actors [Mirren and Irons] in film and television inspiring each other to some of the most spectacular work they have ever done.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    While the social work done by Life Support is exemplary, the production more than stands on its own as entertainment.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    As hard as it might be to imagine after last year's dazzling debut, this period piece about life in a mid-sized Madison Avenue ad agency during the early 1960s returns tonight looking and feeling even stronger, smarter and more focused than it was.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    John Adams, a $100 million-plus production about the life and times of America's second president, is one of the most compelling miniseries of the decade.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    It's just plain good--fast-paced, emotionally engaging and even transporting at times. Much of the credit goes to Fishburne's performance, but there other important factors, like the way in which Stevens' script captures Marshall's liberating sense of humor, and the rich look of the overall production.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    By far, the best sitcom of the new season. [11 Oct 2000, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    Offers a smart, sensitive and funny look at the first year of college life. [25 Sept 2001, p.3E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    Nowhere in the media has the moral question of such [government-ordered] kills been explored with the texture and depth that Homeland brings to [just] one little scene Sunday.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 David Zurawik
    I like this show a lot. [21 Sep 1998]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 David Zurawik
    Tonight's episode does have a few moments when it goes over the comedy top and seems just a tad too broad. But who cares? Overall, it's a joy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    But the paranormal is not what counts. It's the FBI agents who matter -- they're one of TV's most interesting twentysomething couples. [10 Sept 1993, p.1D]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    What a fine piece of work. [4 Mar 1997]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    It is every bit as smart as you would expect something from Chase to be. It's built more on the limited-run model of British television than standard network fare. [9 Jan 1999, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Reading that vague description, you are certain there is nothing in the show to make you laugh. But if you watch, I guarantee you will at least smile in spite of your better impulses. I'm sorry, but this is some of David's best work.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Once again, the producers and writers are creating a show that speaks to and reflects its era more succinctly and dramatically than any other network series.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Tonight's two-hour movie pilot has major problems in trying to pull off the tricky business of combining drama and elements of high comedy within the fairly rigid conventions of the TV detective drama. But the writing by Andy Breckman (Rat Race) and the performance of veteran character actor Tony Shalhoub (The Man Who Wasn't There) combine to deliver one of the most weirdly appealing television sleuths since Richard Belzer's Detective John Munch of Homicide: Life on the Street. [12 July 2012, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    But Joan of Arcadia has one other thing none of these had - a hard edge and a savvy sense of humor that keeps the drama from ever feeling saccharine or sappy. [26 Sept 2003, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    As improbable as the premise might sound, Bell's hard-edged performance makes it work. [22 Sept 2004,p. 1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Desperate Housewives' style and dark, comic tone owe much to such groundbreaking cable productions as HBO's Six Feet Under. And, while the writing is no match for that of Alan Ball... several fine performances by an outstanding ensemble cast make Desperate Housewives one of the more wickedly entertaining network pilots of the fall. [3 Oct 2004]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    The acting is among the finest on television.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Braugher's performance as Atwater is intense, scary, seductive and astonishing in its range of emotions. It leaves little doubt that he is still among the best actors ever to grace the medium.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    The triumph of Parker's performance - just like that of James Gandolfini's depiction of Tony Soprano - is that she makes one care about Botwin in spite of all her flaws. [7 Aug 2005]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Baruchel... plays Ross with a winningly earnest goofiness, while Johnson skillfully navigates the darkly comic territory of being over the hill and irritated by everything and everyone who reminds him of his glory days.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    A network series potentially good enough to be on HBO.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Surprisingly wise and moving.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    If you watched FNL on DirecTV when it debuted Oct. 1 and appreciated the sheer genius of the season, you might be ready to see the episodes again.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    The most tautly written of all the new serialized dramas.