David Zurawik
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For 168 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 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Zurawik's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Wire: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Lennon Naked: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 168
168 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Zurawik
    The first covering the initial 30 minutes was the one to pay attention to. It had no guests and featured Leno and his staff --and it was lame, tame and tepid. The second was all guests--and it had energy if nothing else.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Zurawik
    Instead of life-affirming laughter, we get an occasional ironic chuckle in NBC's version of The Office. It's a comedy that offers only escape instead of insight into our workaday lives. [24 Mar 2005, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 David Zurawik
    Not surprisingly, Crash, the TV series, does not measure up very well against the film in terms of atmosphere and acting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 David Zurawik
    Borderline over-the-top moments threaten the sense of verisimilitude usually expected in prime-time drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 David Zurawik
    As the lead, Simon Baker is too one-note smirky for me.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 David Zurawik
    That is profound stuff--if only the series did a better job of capturing it. The idea that all he has to sell is himself is an interesting one intellectually, but it doesn't play very well onscreen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 David Zurawik
    Conan O'Brien's first Tonight Show was a good one--if you like canned video clips rather than topical humor. Otherwise, there wasn't much to get excited about.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Zurawik
    The problem with the pilot is in tone. Self-important and silly but optimistic and sweet is a hard mark to hit week after week.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Zurawik
    Frontloaded to high heaven or not, it was still a solid premiere. Now, that bad news: None of the standard building blocks of the show seemed that impressive on their own--so that when you tried to imagine the show without an overload of starpower and star-drama, it didn't seem that exciting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 David Zurawik
    There are just too many problems with the lead character and writing for this to ever become a PBS staple like "Inspector Morse" or "Miss Marple" had been.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 David Zurawik
    It's not as smart about race as "In Living Color," and it lacks the political edge of " Saturday Night Live" at its best. But Hype might have the stuff to make it in prime time on WB. [7 Oct 2000, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    The Eric character and his sort-of girlfriend, Donna (Laura Prepon), do provide a few sparks of interest in this ensemble of dumbed-down teens, but it's not enough for me...Fox calls the series "retro hip." I think it's retro dull. It probably seems a lot funnier if you are 16 and smoking pot. [22 Aug 1998, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    Neither Meloni nor Hargitay is a great actor, and both are guilty of overacting here...The limited range of each is suggested by their over-reliance on one or two basics moves. Meloni purses his lips and bugs his eyes out to tell us he's intense and/or getting mad. Hargitay runs her hand through her hair to tell us she's stressed. She does the hair thing so many times tonight you fear she'll have pulled all her hair out by midseason. [20 Sept 1999, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    But it's going to take more than two or three minutes of near-art near the end of each hour to keep this series on the air. [29 Sept 2001, p.2D]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    I watched the pilot three times, thinking I'd get used to the timer. But each time, I found myself looking at the timer more than I did at Ellie. And, I'll tell you something: for the first half of the pilot, I liked the timer a lot more than her. And I'll tell you something else: the timer is only one of several things I hate about the pilot. [26 Feb 2002]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    Fairly likable in a bland sort of way - a very, very bland sort of way. [17 Sep 2002]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    I like Williams as an actor, always have. But he can sink to the level of those around him, and I'm not too sure about the kids in this drama -- Vivien Cardone as his 9-year-old daughter Delia, and Gregory Smith as his 15-year-old son, Ephram. On the other hand, who knows with kids anyway? They could get better in a hurry. The writing also has a tendency to go a bit gooey in the middle. [16 Sept 2002, p.1C]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    Impressive photography and a good-looking cast add up to a drama that is at least pretty to look at. But it doesn't have quite the sizzle of Fox's new teen drama "The O.C.", the new series young viewers seem to be in love with this fall...Maybe, if you're 14, this is epic enough. [23 Sept 2003, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 86 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    But as perfect as Leary is in some ways to play the wounded and angry working man in midlife crisis, it is a one-note act...Leary is simply not an actor capable of other notes, let alone nuance. Anyone who saw him in the ABC cop series "The Job" has seen this character.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    The problem is, at the end of the pilot, one simply doesn't care enough about Jay and Tyler to go on the lam with them each week.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    While the story line speaks to loneliness and celebrates community belonging, the episode ultimately feels as flat and superficial as a mass-produced holiday greeting card.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    While the series created by Shonda Rhimes brings some outstanding performers like Amy Brenneman and Audra McDonald back to weekly TV, tonight's season opener is not very appealing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    I suspect Olbermann could build it out exponentially. But for that to happen, Gore or someone is going to have to rein Olbermann in on reckless and self-indulgent attack segments like the last one with Moulitsas.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    The only way it will strike anyone who has seen HBO's "The Sopranos" as extraordinary is in how extraordinarily tame it is.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 David Zurawik
    In all but one or two cases, if I were seated with one of these people on a plane, I'd ask to be moved next to a crying baby or a drunk. What CBS has done here is cast this house with people who resemble the stock types we have come to know from prime-time sitcoms and dramas for 50 years. [6 Jul 2000]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 David Zurawik
    It's all about superficial glitz: Pretty to look at, but utterly devoid of real dramatic meat on its bones. In the pilot, Duhamel's character is sleeping with Big Ed's flirty daughter, and Big Ed doesn't like it. I could care less. [22 Sept 2003, p.1C]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 David Zurawik
    At times, The Apprentice seems like one long Trump commercial. [7 Jan 2004]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 David Zurawik
    The show is vulgar, adolescent and sexist -- and seems proud of it. [18 July 2004, p.2F]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 David Zurawik
    The problem isn't as much with DeVito and Reynolds as it is the ensemble to which the actor and character are added. [29 Jun 2006]
    • Baltimore Sun

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