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 2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Zurawik's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 24: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Lennon Naked: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 171
171 tv reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    There is genuine drama in Dollhouse--or, at least, all-engaging narratives of action-adventure.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    [It has] a tick-tick-tick pace almost as intense as that of 24.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    A comedy with lots of charm.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    The banter between Perry and Whitfield... is dazzling enough to make one forget the pilot's storytelling sins.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    Think Ocean's Eleven (2001) meets HBO's The Sopranos.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    Think The Fugitive meets Beverly Hills 90210 done dark and brooding.

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