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 Boomtown: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Do Not Disturb: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 172
172 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    The banter between Perry and Whitfield... is dazzling enough to make one forget the pilot's storytelling sins.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    Viewers who can get past the uncertain dialects and a few cartoonish supporting characters are in for a real treat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    Ugly Betty has high spirits, camp, couture, charm and heart.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    Think Ocean's Eleven (2001) meets HBO's The Sopranos.
    • 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]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    As entertainment, the pilot is a most impressive work of economic and focused storytelling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    Despite being so derivative, it is brimming with promise. [21 Mar 1995]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    Without a Trace is an engaging and resonant adult drama, which means it is just the kind of series that should rate a rave, except for one thing. There is a decided drop in quality between the pilot and episode two. [26 Sep 2002]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    While the police story line has never been stronger, the first seven episodes made available for preview contain nothing that matches the emotional power and sociological insight of the show at its best--namely the classroom scenes from Season 4.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    All in all, it's a pleassant enough series. Just don't think too hard about it, or it will deconstruct into psycho-goofiness before you get out the door of the Talmadge Institute and onto the first case.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    [It has] a tick-tick-tick pace almost as intense as that of 24.
    • 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]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    Those viewers who can come to terms with Joey's voice will find themselves richly rewarded by the powerful performances of Tucker as Tommy Donnelly and Olivia Wilde as Jenny Reilly.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    This is a series with tremendous potential. The first hour of "Wonderland" is nothing if not intense, but next week's episode packs less punch. [29 Mar 2000]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    I am not yet ready to say The Middle is a great sitcom, but it sure seems in synch with the mood of middle America today.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    Think The Fugitive meets Beverly Hills 90210 done dark and brooding.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    If you like that kind of Elmore-Leonard-wannabe dialogue, you'll probably like McBride a lot. [31 Jan 1995]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 David Zurawik
    Stiller may not be enough to save this pack of wrongheaded cliches, but it will be fun watching him try. [21 Sept 1998, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 David Zurawik
    Mackey is right where I left him years ago: again facing a disciplinary hearing that might mean the end of his career. As The Shield starts its seventh and final season, maybe it is time to say goodbye.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 David Zurawik
    While it doesn't work for me, I'll bet many of the WB's teen viewers who have just finished watching "Dawson's Creek" are going to love it. The girls will feel empowered; the boys, who have been lusting after the three, will be entertained by the violence and havoc they can generate. [7 Oct 1998, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Zurawik
    Push, Nevada is not a terrible series in any way, shape or form. In fact, it's fairly entertaining. But what I absolutely hate about it is how desperately hard it tries to be Twin Peaks. [17 Sept 2002, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Zurawik
    His team is formulaic - and that's not a good thing. Omar Epps plays neurologist Dr. Eric Foreman. He's African-American, and even though he had great medical school grades, House says he was chosen for his "street smarts." Jennifer Morrison is immunologist Dr. Allison Cameron, and, while she is beautiful and brainy, in the second episode, she acknowledges some sexual issues. Jesse Spencer, as intensive-care specialist Dr. Robert Chase, is from the WASP world of old money, but nothing he says or does in the first two episodes offers any social-class insights. [16 Nov 2004, p.1C]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Zurawik
    Karen Sisco isn't a great drama. For one thing, much of the dialogue is too tough-guy wooden to believe. [1 Oct 2003, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Zurawik
    That's Life has a good message and great cast. But if it wants to last, it's going to have to lose the professor, settle on a single voice, and do it fast. [30 Sept 2000, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Zurawik
    While Traffic: The Miniseries is definitely not in a league with its predecessors, there are still a number of things to like. [26 Jan 2004]
    • Baltimore Sun

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