For 159 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Zurawik's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Felicity: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Lennon Naked: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 159
159 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Funny, charming and smart.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Just the right mix of camp, witchiness, special-effects and hand-to-hand combat.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    Its power radiates from the screen as forcefully as it does from the radio.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    True Blood, Academy Award-winner Alan Ball's steamy, sassy, sometimes nasty, but always thoroughly engaging, new HBO drama.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    There is a near-perfect symmetry between the sensibility of Wright's book and the work of Simon and Burns.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    There is genuine drama in Dollhouse--or, at least, all-engaging narratives of action-adventure.
    • 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.
    • 79 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 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.
    • 76 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 68 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    I have no major complaint with this Fugitive as an act of filmmaking imitation. I just wish they had tried to emulate the spirit of the original and re-imagine this "Fugitive" in a way that made it connect as vitally with America today as the original connected with America in 1963. [6 Oct 2000, p.1E]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    "Ally McBeal" is not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but it is bona fide quality TV. [8 Sep 1997]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    Despite being so derivative, it is brimming with promise. [21 Mar 1995]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    It is not the greatest half-hour pilot I've ever seen, but it is mighty impressive in how much storytelling it compresses and how many cultural buttons it manages to push in 22 minutes. [26 Mar 1999]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    An example of television getting it right. The themes -- teen angst, coming-of-age, puberty, loneliness, intimacy, connection and lack of connection to parents -- are skillfully woven into an engaging story line that reinterprets the 63-year-old mythology of Superman for a new generation...There is a major downside to Smallville -- the acting is pretty bad. [16 Oct 2001, p.1E]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    This is the bottom line: If you give this series three hours, you'll start caring about these characters, and that's no small accomplishment by the writers...But, during that time, the series more often feels like a network soap opera than it does a serious, groundbreaking drama. [2 Dec 2000, p.1E]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    It has genuinely funny moments... [but] the biggest problem with "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is the unevenness of the improvisation. [13 Oct 2000]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    While the action genre and, indeed, Friday nights on Fox, are most targeted at young men, particularly adolescent males, I have to admit I kind of like Firefly. I'm not sure, though, whether that says more about my level of maturity than it does the series' potential appeal to older viewers. [20 Sept 2002, p.1E]