David Zurawik
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For 172 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Zurawik's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Do Not Disturb: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 172
172 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    There is a near-perfect symmetry between the sensibility of Wright's book and the work of Simon and Burns.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Funny, charming and smart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    The acting is among the finest on television.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Its power radiates from the screen as forcefully as it does from the radio.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    It is a joy to see a first-rate, high-quality production featuring a genuine star. And this star is bringing his best game to an intelligent script that deals with challenging, knotty, complicated issues and characters that mirror the real world in which we live.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Winfrey and ABC have taken the much-maligned reality TV format and used it to create a show that both entertains and encourages viewers to think about such matters as how best to help others.
    • 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
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    A network series potentially good enough to be on HBO.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    One of the zaniest - and most savvy - workplace comedies in years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    There is some room for debate as to whether it is the best or only the second best new drama of the season, but there is no doubt it is the most daring. [26 Oct 1996]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    What a fine piece of work. [4 Mar 1997]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    At its best--during several moments of exquisite longing between the adult Ned and Chuck--Pushing Daisies feels so right that it almost redeems all the wrongs of such wretched new series as Cavemen or Carpoolers.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    With all four [actors] bringing their "A" games to the pilot, it looks as if CBS could have another winning 10 o'clock drama.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Zurawik
    Here's a series that has a strong cast, great writing and what could prove to be an enlightened exploration of body and self image.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Zurawik
    Don't ask how or why, but it works
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Zurawik
    Crews is complicated, moody and downright strange most of the time, but in the hands of a talented team of writers and producers, it results in a drama that is funny, edgy and multilayered.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    A comedy with lots of charm.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    The resonance of this drama with our lives today alone makes it worth a look.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    The Sheen persona wears thin after a while, and Jones is just another kid actor with a goofy-sweet face. But what could make this sitcom fly is Cryer. He injects Alan with a manic energy that literally lifts the pilot into a higher comic gear each time he begins to catalog or rant about all his anxieties and fears. [22 Sept 2003, p.1C]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    It's romantic, sentimental, sometimes stereotyped and, in the end, a great showcase for the considerable talents of Martin. [2 Apr 1994]
    • 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.

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