For 402 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 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Diane Werts' Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Jim Gaffigan Show: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Running Wilde: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 60 out of 402
402 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    These actors are serious sitcom pros, and their show is actually about something genuine--sibling bonding/rivalry, parental button-pushing, relationship-building. It's nice to see some emotional meat in a live-audience staging again, feeding off the energy and reactions of real people.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    JUNKies follows a familiar formula, but adds a buoyant burst of adrenaline when the guys spontaneously react to the inventions and their makers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Method makes a solid case for Lewis as underappreciated auteur.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    The good Lord created sitcoms like The Soul Man as relaxing, relatable humor with heart, and Cedric's new creation isn't about to mess with His template.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Mike Tyson Mysteries is highbrow lowbrow lampoon, alternately smart and stupid, dizzy and disgusting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Robbins means business, calmly prodding family members--and not just the apparent aggressors--to truly comprehend where others are coming from. She calls people on their bull, eliciting not just tears from stress but tears of realization.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Her shrewd, straightforward perspective and her semisweet, offhand attitude make her reflections fresh and relatable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Caprica feels torn between soulfully mature ruminations and adolescent "accessibility" for gamers wondering where the space action went. Let's hope the pilot's spellbinding second hour points the way toward greatness.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    These stylish suits aren't empty, by any means. But we'll have to see if USA is truly willing to let its heroes' souls get emotionally naked.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Even vintage home movies from unexpected sources-- Oakland’s black community, a Kentucky small-town newspaper--conjure a relatable sense of life being lived, in a continuity that clearly flows through us today.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    There's texture galore in this city-shot cop hour, eyed by handheld lenses echoing "Homicide's" edge (and director Peter Berg's "Friday Night Lights" intimacy).
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Bunheads seems to know exactly what it's doing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    The show spurts onto the air like ketchup spewed from an oversqueezed bottle, plopping frenzied mayhem all over everything.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    The "Funny or Die" duo makes this zesty, single-camera comedy speak to adults by letting their lead be one.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Future episodes aren't as snappy or scenic. But Shahi & Show deliver win-win, anyway.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    A great concept, mostly divorced from reality, with superb execution, just might extend forever.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    The premiere hour balances perspectives pretty well--no loopy hippies, no redneck cops, no (apparently) cutthroat gangsters.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    One thing you can say for USA: It knows what it's doing. It's got its shtick, and it's sticking to it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    Like a series of one-act two-handers--stage plays where just a pair of actors face off--this sneaky little gem steadily strips away its therapy patients' emotional defenses and excuses, exposing the raw fears and paralyzing reactions beneath.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    We're talking major-league adult content here - from unblinking strip searches, to human branding, to brutal violence and language that the broadcast networks have never even thought about airing. But that's only an alert, not a warning, because this drama series from tube auteur Tom Fontana ("Homicide," "St. Elsewhere") packs a dramatic wallop as potent as its frankness. [11 July 1997, p.B47]
    • Newsday
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    As well as New Yorkers know these three characters, it's amazing how quickly the real faces fade and the three actors here become their own "strong-willed people."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    Originally a half-hour sitcom, redeveloped into a light hour, this latter-day "Northern Exposure" creates its own eccentric, cantankerous, sweet and silly world. Can this wacky enchantment last? [6 Oct 2000, p.B51]
    • Newsday
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    A soul-deep sense of humanity grounds "Heroes."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    The show feels lived-in, making it all the more inviting to dwell there ourselves. [23 Sept 2003, p.B23]
    • Newsday
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    Who'da thunk this one'd be so adorable? Cox gets to cook comedically in this smart souffli, with great support from von Esmarch and company. Big bonus: elaborate weekly production numbers spoofing Godzilla, the penitentiary and, of course, the French Revolution. Love those decapitated dancers! [6 Oct 2000, p.B51]
    • Newsday
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    We aren't just viewing this "Real World" from an objective point of view - watching people behave - but participating in a fresh way. Sorting through all those first-hand viewpoints, we're coming to understand where these diverse people are coming from and why they act the way they do. [19 May 1992]
    • Newsday
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    A nice balance of 60-40 character drama and medicine. "Homicide" heavyweight Braugher is intense once again, yet smart enough to keep sharing the screen with a strong ensemble. [10 Oct 2000]
    • Newsday
    • 28 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    The characters are vibrantly well-defined... And the writing is smart, with a light touch.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    Good thing is, this ABC hour lives up (down?) to its name, arriving as a wacky/kinky escapist saga of screwed-up rich folks and the down-to-earth family attorney/fixer hired to sort out their shenanigans.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    ABC's latest single-camera comedy is utterly relatable. Even better, it's filled with the same warm yet witty, always smart and eccentric vibe as previous misfit-student faves "Square Pegs," "Popular" and "Malcolm in the Middle."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    This fall's most satisfying series delight.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    Samantha Who? which is not nearly as cool a title, but still a sparkling comedy that treats its viewers as--gasp!--actual grown-ups.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    It's hard to convey all the ways that this tightly directed show goes right: quietly observant character detail, solid sleuthing, play-it-straight absurdity and sneaky "Airplane!"-style parody riffs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    The busy season premiere quickly constructs an intriguing seesaw of aspirations and emotions, and it's self-contained enough to sell itself to even Nip/Tuck newcomers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    Any doubts the tube can get graphic enough for today's gore-heads disappear almost instantly with tonight's premiere installment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    Angel upholds Whedon's spellbinding "Buffy" mantle and expands it, taking his surprisingly mature and witty view of life among the supernatural into an adult realm. [5 Oct 1999, p.B27]
    • Newsday
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    Like its net- mates, Birds of Prey boasts sharp casting of little-known performers whose personalities prove as feistily engaging as their exquisite looks. And, of course, they're smart talkers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    Richness of detail permeates this modern tube-noir. The more damage done, the more juicy fun for us to savor.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    "Dexter" knows what it's doing, and savors its skill immensely.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    The second season of CBS' cult fave broadens beyond the first season's lawless action and family sentiment, even its rallying sense of community, to a wider and deeper purpose.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    Uncompromisingly revelatory.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    This impressive fact-based debut from cultural journalist turned director Nelson George keeps us captivated simply by honing in tight on the character of its people, sketching in fine detail not just their admirable strengths but their all-too-human flaws.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    The "quarterlife" series, too, offers an especially hopeful kind of exuberance, even a glowing warmth to the friendships, that shines brighter than previous Herskovitz-Zwick shows.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    "Big Love" does more this year than you might expect, and more richly, more provocatively, more dramatically and amusingly, too.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    This narrated comedy-drama finely observes the particulars and peculiarities of teen life, both in the family its narrator is trying to outgrow and the high school pecking order he's hoping to rise in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    They've translated the radio show's aural mosaic to the visual medium so effortlessly in this first season of six half-hours, we hope Showtime orders more of this life we all can recognize.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    Fans of "The Sopranos" looking for a new Sunday-night must-see may find it here - though perhaps not fans driven to fits by that HBO hit's ambiguous conclusion.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    There's real thought behind The West Wing, a blessed exhilaration in this increasingly apolitical medium. For those who remember when '70s TV comedy took on the world, this is a welcome arrival. True, the pilot takes some fish-in-a-barrel potshots at sanctimonious evangelists, in Sorkin's speechifying manner from "Sports Night." But it also delivers that series' satisfying depth of reflection and rich characterization. Eventually. Once we know who these people are. [21 Sept 1999, p.B27]
    • Newsday
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    The real-world intrigue is matched in dramatic flair by Chuck-world jeopardy. His store's fierce assistant-manager competition resounds as fatefully as saving the universe from evil. Which makes the dark light enough and the light dark enough to meld into a tasty escapist treat.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    Humans vs. cyborgs in a movie spin-off that's surprisingly effective for fans of both action and character drama.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    The filmmakers' assurance makes this miniseries play more like bang-up drama than fact-filled documentary. Yet their facts pass informative muster, and emotional validity, too.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    Human beings live on the corner, and "The Corner" makes us care about them. [16 Apr 2000, p.D15]
    • Newsday
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    Giving us hope are Kapinos' brisk writing and Duchovny's agile performance, conveying smarts, savvy, self-indulgence and sad stupidity in equal amounts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    A rich character drama and riveting suspenser that makes Fox's "24" seem lackluster.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    It's fabulous in every sense of the word.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    These folks know how to hit a note, and hold it, which means "Burn Notice" doesn't wobble around wondering how serious/silly to be. Its pitch is perfect.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    It's all sharp and snappy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    On top of the stars' subtlety and Fuller's verbal wit, Sonnenfeld's pilot direction ladles layers of flashy frosting--theatrical camera angles, emphatic zooms, intensified color and those heavyhanded moments when the narration can't quite straddle the sap line.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    Creator Vince Gilligan ("The X-Files") never loses touch with the mundane reality that so brilliantly magnifies its absurd horrors.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    This is just an action fairy tale, a modern Saturday afternoon serial or contemporary penny dreadful, designed to keep us hanging on its every outlandish turn by exasperating us, if necessary, with characters we love to hate and contrivances we delight in dissing. ... It's insulting to our intelligence. And we can't stop watching. [28 Oct 2003]
    • Newsday
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    "Mrs. Harris" unfolds with a basic playfulness that keeps the mood light even as the story becomes dark indeed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Diane Werts
    As bizarre as things can get, Torchwood still feels more like sci than fi, and more ego/id than alien vs. human. The Gwen character in particular radiates intelligence, and empathy, and curiosity, about what's out there and what lies inside Jack. We can't help but share her, um, enthusiasm.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    The pilot's envelope-pushing is caustic and obvious, two things Mom seems better than. Faris is both gutsy and touching as the adult trying to get her act together, while Janney's crafty adolescence extends to a third generation around Faris' two kids.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Hoggers is more down-market than Beers' crab fishermen and ice road truckers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    There's substance in Jill with hubby Andy and with her doctor best friend (comic KK Glick, a Huntington native), all proving levelheaded and likable. That helps leaven the snooty stereotypes of our initial path into Jill's world.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    The "Melissa & Joey" pilot is no great shakes. But Melissa and Joey could be.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Bible Challenge tries to cover all bases in America's complicated Christian field.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    The indulgence gets annoying, even as the basic details are fascinating and fun, as are the seductive testimony settings. You gotta love the fantasy of all those swank joints and modern mansions.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    The pilot is itself uneven, with the go-for-bonkers impudence of a live-action "Family Guy." But without it, Mystery Girls might be just another ABC Family-com for viewers who have aged out of Disney Channel and silly situations with sentimental topping for studio audience uproar.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    No, it's not exactly "House." But it isn't like any other show, either, with its mad mix of moral dilemmas, medical crises, family ties, double-life-living and, y'know, rubouts 'n' stuff.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    If not all things to all people, this Oscar salute should be enough for most.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Monday’s busy pilot (crammed with setting reveals and visual effects) leads to a sluggish second hour trading the thrill of discovery for downbeat foreboding. Yet the purpose-seeking characters emerge so starkly--Jason Ralph’s disturbed new student, Hale Appleman as his sardonic guide, Arjun Gupta as his itchy roommate, Stella Maeve as his left-behind soul mate. They feel worth following.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    [The Canadian comedy all-stars] give it good vibes. But the scripts, despite mad moments of whimsy, can't keep pace with the cast's comic timing and tone.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    It's "Reno 911!" with bloody bite.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Is there anything great here? No. Is it goofy fun? Yes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Just as people either drink or don't, you'll get it or you won't.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Sometimes, you're not looking for great TV. Sometimes, you're looking for par-tay! And dudes paid "to mess with the zombie culture," while also acing the case, surely fits the bill.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Rule-breaking law enforcers! Wherever have we seen this before? But it sure works Friday, seasoned with devil-may-care brio from a cool cast.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Taken exercises its thriller muscles effectively, dashing between locations and speed-introducing people as props to help/harm Mills while he races the clock to save the day.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Feels like a rebuilding year here. Veterans trying to hold their spots, rookies working to make the team. Whether a winning lineup coalesces remains to be seen.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    The pilot hour delivers with blood-soaked gusto. The second hour gets more amusing. And wit can be the saving grace for casual viewers of the grindhouse genre.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    What's most intriguing here is deconstructing the process, when Stewart outlines the surprisingly demanding "skill set" needed by "Daily Show" correspondents (with supporting clips), when Colbert clarifies how their shows are only "curating the news" to the point of setting up "the joke you wish to tell."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Hardly a treasure, but a lively island of adventure.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    A well-rounded, nicely mature comedy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Inexorably transfixing, whether you're taking names or taking notes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Solid star turn, eerie production values, even a killer ending.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    It does well what standard sitcoms do.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    The Whole Truth equals " Law & Order: The Next Generation." It's still just a little too overeager and needs to mature.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Pitch is doggedly inspirational. And despite its hackneyed moments, the pilot introduces enough meaty stuff to warrant a wait-and-see response. It’s a fresh concept amid TV’s sea of cookie-cutter franchises.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Proceed with caution into this foul but funny cauldron of catastrophe.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Super set-up seems to punch every teen ticket there is, with plenty to admit adults, too. Future execution will be key--in more ways than nine.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Producers clearly encourage some to-the-camera carping, but the overriding emotional tone is one of bonding and growth. And respect. In a reality competition!
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Gardell and McCarthy are two of the more realistic-feeling, instantly appealing sitcom personalities in ages. They're enough to make it worth drudging through the sludge tonight's pilot considers comedy writing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Being Human echoes, move for move, the BBC America fave of the same name. Yet, Syfy simplifies the tone into young-adult novelhood, where there's lots of white space around really big print. Subsequent episodes improve as plots thicken.
    • Newsday
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Some twisty situations, some unexpected heart, some nuanced acting. Some serious single-camera potential.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    For such a vast and important story, Torchwood: Miracle Day feels strangely confined and artificial. Here's hoping for more by Episode 4.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Crazy Obsession gives us benign compulsives who mainly come off as amusing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    The pair has recast the concept and their chemistry into a suburban setting that feels fresher and friendlier, truly finding its footing at 10:30 with Sloane (and those gnomes).
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    It’s emotion that moves the story forward. Highmore’s face and attitude. Schiff’s faith and moral weight. Thomas’ curiosity-generosity. That sets it apart from “House.”
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    Impastor weakens its good work by trying a bit too hard.

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