David Zurawik
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For 171 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 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Zurawik's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Felicity: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Do Not Disturb: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 171
171 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    The writing is daring, the editing dazzling and bold... this is prime-time storytelling that pops.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    It's Sutherland's performance that so elevates the hour. This is a feature film star at work, and his performance demonstrates why the folks who fill the big screen make much more money than most television stars. [6 Nov 2001]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    A well-crafted opening to a television drama is like an overture to a musical. To succeed, it must, however fleetingly, sound the major themes and melody of the piece, as well as suggesting its continuing sensibility. Tonight's opening is a great one. [2 June 2002, p.5E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    Part science-fiction, part teen soap opera, part Shakespearean love story, with a healthy dose of "The Fugitive" thrown in, Roswell has more than enough to make a believer out of me. It might not be as good as "The West Wing" or "Once and Again," but it is my favorite new series of the fall season. [6 Oct 1999, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    Rock deals with a harsher teen reality than Cosby did in his Fat Albert days, but he is hitting the same universal notes of conflict, love, weirdness and strength found in close-knit families.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    One of the primary attractions of the drama looks to be the fantasy it offers of office mates becoming a community of friends who are continually dropping in on each other to offer companionship and support.
    • 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.
    • 79 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
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Just the right mix of camp, witchiness, special-effects and hand-to-hand combat.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    If you like Brit mysteries, this one set in the post-World War II era is easy to fall for.
    • 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
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    The deeper bow to the dictates of prime-time storytelling in this return to Hopkins by executive producer Terence Wrong and his ABC News documentary team isn't a bad thing. In fact, the choices made by Wrong and his digitally armed filmmaking troops result in a faster-paced, more engaging series.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    The recession is driving all the madness, and Fey's genius is in turning our economic fear and anxieties into such a comedy romp.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    There is genuine drama in Dollhouse--or, at least, all-engaging narratives of action-adventure.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    The most tautly written of all the new serialized dramas.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Let me tell you how much I like TNT's new drama series, Men of a Certain Age. The cable channel sent me five hours worth of screeners, and I watched all five back-to-back Saturday--and would have watched another five hours of the series if they had sent them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Surprisingly wise and moving.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    It's smart, richly textured, complex and filled with suspense and intellectual challenge--in short, it has all the things network television is supposed to have abandoned in favor of cheap reality shows.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Just sit down in front of the TV and savor the spirited and daring performances of Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore as Big and Little Edie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    True Blood, Academy Award-winner Alan Ball's steamy, sassy, sometimes nasty, but always thoroughly engaging, new HBO drama.

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