For 340 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Diane Werts' Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Gilmore Girls: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Stalker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 340
340 tv reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 33 Diane Werts
    Narration clunkily tries to fill the narrative void. But it's blandly delivered.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Diane Werts
    ABC must be loco throwing Lopez to the critical wolves like this. [27 Mar 2002, p.B31]
    • Newsday
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Diane Werts
    Someone must believe the allure of "CSI" lies in its "look" - Cold Case also offers time-tripping flashbacks blending the past incident into present time - along with the behavioral "cool" of its central character. But even when William Petersen plays reserved, his "CSI" cop seems to be seething at his core. That suppressed fire makes him worth watching. Morris is barely an ember.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Diane Werts
    There's certainly comedy to be found in these basic situations, but not in "Lucky Louie's" confounding approach or stilted presentation.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Diane Werts
    Despite the storylines' incessant emotional and psychological delvings, the result is an inert if not annoying muddle among unpleasantly profane people whose prospective salvation isn't worth wading toward.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Diane Werts
    Too many moments feel false, overblown or contrived.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Diane Werts
    A second-rate knockoff of what's not quite a first-rate fabrication itself.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Diane Werts
    Eli Stone is fated to flounder.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Diane Werts
    Carpoolers is like a flimsy "Saturday Night Live" skit pounded home and running on beyond endurance. Actors sputter their lines, dither and whimper like some 1950s sitcom.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Diane Werts
    This show is slickly packaged and unchallengingly trite in its slavish reality-show construction.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Diane Werts
    Make a list of sitcom cliche shtick, and you'd find it all here. The eye-bulging hard-trying line sell. The ba-dum-bum punch line rhythm. The motormouth babbling to signify "wackiness." The louder- the-better sense of comedy. Even the family visit where members enter a room precisely a peculiar eight paces apart so each has time for an entrance "joke." [27 Feb 2003, p.B31]
    • Newsday
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Diane Werts
    Some amusing bits, but for every one of those, there are 10 misfires.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Diane Werts
    The characters couldn't be more bland, and atmospheric Texas settings are ill-used.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Diane Werts
    Russian Dolls is so busily edited--is any shot longer than 3 seconds?--that there's no flavor of anything.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Diane Werts
    TBS' entry only lacks "Sex and the City's" craft in writing, characterizations, plot, production and wit.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Diane Werts
    Nothing to see here. Move on.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Diane Werts
    This feels like "funny" by focus group, one composed of cloistered network executives.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Diane Werts
    What this show isn't: fresh, witty or even well constructed.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Diane Werts
    Not worth sitting through for the scenery when you can switch to Travel Channel.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 20 Diane Werts
    The only thing deep in tonight's Firefly premiere, though, is the well of cliches into which Whedon dips for what passes for plot and exposition. [20 Sept 2002, p.B02]
    • Newsday
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Diane Werts
    Any smart girl would also wish for humor at a higher level than slapstick broccoli on the eyeball or a 12-year- old boy drooling, "You're kinda easy on the peepers." [20 Sept 2002]
    • Newsday
    • 71 Metascore
    • 20 Diane Werts
    Calling Rome a crushing disappointment would be accurate but too forgiving of its sordidly cockamamy fixations. Brutality and nudity rise in direct proportion to unpersuasive storytelling. Finding someone, anyone, to care about amid all this shock-value Sturm und Drang swiftly becomes an enervating chore. [26 Aug 2005, p.B33]
    • Newsday
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Diane Werts
    There's perverse fun to be had in watching "3 lbs." Count the groans as you spot yet another trite piece of formula.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 Diane Werts
    The show seems to have no point, rendering it agony how hard the proceedings work at making one.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 20 Diane Werts
    Most of the cast stammers its way through sentences as if awaiting a lightning strike of inspiration. When it doesn't come, the actors have to say something anyway, and that meandering search for structure is what winds up filling 30 shapeless minutes.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Diane Werts
    This is pretty tedious viewing.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Diane Werts
    Maybe the problem with CBS' new Sunday popcorn movie "Mayday" isn't that it could be better. It actually could be worse. Then this would be deliriously mockable trash instead of an occasionally gripping but mostly frustratingly loony piece of hooey.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Diane Werts
    This one isn't David Spade's fault. Really it isn't.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Diane Werts
    The filming is urgent! The dialogue is obvious! The actors get choked up! It's as if a film school class put together a thriller following all the rules precisely.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Diane Werts
    "Fashion House" is a bit more coherent, if still ludicrous.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Diane Werts
    NBC's new Bionic Woman remake is a desolate slab of ice where any resemblance to human beings - alive, dead or cyborgian--is purely coincidental. It's hard to imagine a bigger modernized mess being made
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Diane Werts
    Nobody seems to be having any fun here, not even lording-it-over-everybody Ming. You'd think next week's second episode might be better, once all that exposition is out of the way, but you'd be wrong. It's even more lifeless.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Diane Werts
    These folks wouldn't be paranoid if they thought critics loathed their forced and annoying show and widely predicted it would be the season's first to tank. [6 Oct 2000, p.B51]
    • Newsday
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Diane Werts
    If this is comedy, who needs it? [24 Sept 2002, p.B27]
    • Newsday
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 Diane Werts
    A groaner from beginning to end.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 10 Diane Werts
    The whole project feels salaciously sleazy, unless you're enjoying the proceedings, in which case it's juicily depraved.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 10 Diane Werts
    ABC's little-girl gang of four represents nothing more than cliches.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 10 Diane Werts
    The storms in this production have more personality than the characters who chase, study and prepare for them.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 10 Diane Werts
    Forced, frantic and continually preposterous.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Diane Werts
    NBC's superficial knockoff is just Lipstick on a pig.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 10 Diane Werts
    At least "Men in Trees" doesn't tax your brain. Just your patience, taste and intelligence.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 10 Diane Werts
    There's nothing unexpected here, and certainly no adventure, just who's sleeping with whom, and who's the daddy, and why they're still so juvenile, and how Tom Berenger ended up in this soapy soup.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 10 Diane Werts
    Viewers are expected to swallow - worse, to savor - simplistic recycling of melodrama plots seen a hundred times before.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 10 Diane Werts
    Our mouths may be open, but more likely agape than laughing.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 10 Diane Werts
    [A] treacly piece of tripe.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 10 Diane Werts
    Little of it adds up to much of anything but foul-minded mischief.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Diane Werts
    No matter where the goofy "Desperate Housewives" goes, it's not into the toilet, which is where Big Shots spends its time both literally and figuratively.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 0 Diane Werts
    There's not a whiff of actual life here, no grounding character like "Arrested Development's" Jason Bateman . There's just frantic, false and tiresome.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 0 Diane Werts
    The plastic "punch lines" grow more contrived. The tired stereotypes feel more offensive.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 0 Diane Werts
    It's all about the women-in-terror kick of frying them alive. (Oct. 15's episode promises a bride who's shot during her wedding.) Reprehensible.