For 345 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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Diane Werts' Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Shield: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Partners (2012): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 345
345 tv reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    Good actors can get away with glib, and Woods is one of the best, persuasive enough to have you spotting freshness in the familiar and wisdom in cliches.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    It's a romp and a half.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    Disney's HSM2 delivers precisely what's required. And America is all ears.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    What Canterbury has powerfully going for it, besides the magnetic/vulnerable Margulies, is a cast surrounding her with equal strength, from principled second Ben Shenkman to Terry Kinney as their sneaky prosecutorial adversary, plus an array of effective guest stars from the rich East Coast acting pool.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    The emotional reality is so true here that not only do they get away with an assortment of gags about condoms, massage parlors and other juvenile fixations, but they make them resonate endearingly.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    It's cheeky parody/homage, exhibiting affection for comic books and other pulpy amusements, while maintaining such a zippy pace, there's no time to consider whether it hangs together. Or whether that matters. (Great voice cast, though.)
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    CBS' sustained level of series craftsmanship is certainly admirable--their dramas all look sharp and function smoothly--but that doesn't go so far when even a sweeping period piece in a distinct locale with superior stars seems to roll off the same assembly line.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    Malibu Country is nothing great. But its studio-shot sitcom style sure suits Reba.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    The cast feels solid, and likable, jelling swiftly.... Then comes that final distasteful sex gag. Let's pray it's just pilot-itis.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    You're the Worst exudes some charm (Cash is rich indeed) but can't keep from overstepping, either. It's saved by relationship detail and human vulnerability that "Married" utterly misses.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    Lucky 7 might offer more to like than authentic texture of place, race, personality and workplace emotions.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    If it wasn't a docucomedy, it would just be dull.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    It feels observed, rather than lived in. Enacted, rather than unfolding.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    There's too much going on to tell what might ultimately stick, other than the contents of the Mallow Marsh.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    The angel on my shoulder says H8R is a piece of slime, bringing out the worst in everyone involved. But the devil on my other shoulder says this show is the logical outcome of our culture's celeb-obsession, and everyone involved gets precisely what they deserve. Which is soooo fun to watch.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    The pilot is so busy establishing its new world, performances are afterthought generic. But Defiance gets more distinctive, and dramatic, through its next two hour episodes.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    The time allotted isn't long enough to truly convey the touchstones a sci-fi devotee might demand. But with so much skated through, it's plenty to confuse a newbie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    Thurgood feels more "important" than dramatic. Part of it is Stevens' then-I-did-this structure, more focused on biographical bullet points than the flesh-and-blood human behind them. And part of it is Fishburne, who despite coiled power--his Ike Turner in "What's Love Got to Do With It" was Oscar-nominated--resonates here as a cool character rather than a fiery one.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    The feel is more documentary than "reality" show, which some viewers will appreciate and others won't.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    Sad thing is, I'm a geek girl myself, who'd be happy to love this mad mix of technology, action and "humor" if it were, you know, actually funny more often than just cheaply offensive. Less pander, more wit, please.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Diane Werts
    The multi-ethnic cast is appealing and their cyber notions are nice, but it's hard to tell where this curious concoction is headed. They're certainly loading the dice with paranormal possibilities. [6 Oct 2000, p.B51]
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    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Diane Werts
    This fantasy adventure is actually tolerable now for adults who found ABC's May "Dinotopia" miniseries such an endless festival of special effects with little redeeming dramatic value. [28 Nov 2002]
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    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Diane Werts
    Even the baby talk offers more variety than you'd think, with Danza frequently encountering friends with their own peculiar outlooks on toddler life (Roscoe Lee Browne voices a stuffy baby-actor in the second show). [8 Mar 1991, p.103]
    • Newsday
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Diane Werts
    Tonight's preview/pilot can get so intoxicated with hip-hop scratching - jump-cuts, slo-mo, video backtracking - that it forgets to remember style best serves substance. [14 Apr 2003]
    • Newsday
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Diane Werts
    Quinn radiates enough sincerity to make us keep reading this uneven book, just to see how it shapes up.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Diane Werts
    While we've got to be grateful that last season's tone-deaf Applewhite saga has seen its end, this year's "DH" still is sounding the occasional flat note, sometimes by repeating its past and other times by ignoring it altogether. [22 Sep 2006]
    • Newsday
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Diane Werts
    The wit can get a little heavyhanded sometimes - yes, it's another series with voiceover narration (can anybody say "Sex and the City"?) - but its heart, and head, are in the right place.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Diane Werts
    Murphy's concept in its basics is already beautiful. But he pushes the show to be a breathtaking knockout. Like some plastic surgery patients, Nip/Tuck initially gets such a pleasing result that it doesn't seem to know when to stop.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Diane Werts
    [The episodes are] smarter than you might expect but not quite as clever as they work at being. Like the family unit it portrays, this dark/lighthearted drama tries to have everything at once and struggles under the far-reaching effort.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Diane Werts
    If only the delicacy of these two character actors [Alfred Molina and Michael Keaton], were matched by that of The Company's central figures and the production's overall arc.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Diane Werts
    We haven't had a good dishy time-waster in awhile. Maybe this is it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Diane Werts
    "Flight of the Conchords" isn't brilliant, but it isn't awful, either, just familiar, with two likable stars who seem to be channeling the deadpan dry wit of an old Beatles movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Diane Werts
    This Fox series is smartly written and acted, and it's even evocatively filmed in New York locations that lend it a gritty city flavor. But.... Less persuasively entwined is a heavy-handed romance whodunit.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Diane Werts
    This isn't "Friends," after all. At its hour length, "Related" asks us to take the Sorelli saga somewhat more seriously. Yet it provides sitcom incidents that can't stand the significance test.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    Colorfully drawn. But all inside the lines.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    Its rambling storytelling starts to reveal distinct shape in these people, their relationships and the show's quirky comic perspective [in the second episode].
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    If only it were more interesting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    Its hasty pace frequently muddles precisely who's who where, when or why. Even the zippy sex scenes play like another gratuitous burst of firepower.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    The first two episodes prove as tiresomely pleased-with-themselves as my run-on sentences. A half-hour is too much of not enough.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    There's little here that hasn't been dramatized to death already.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    So pleased with itself, it doesn't seem concerned about pleasing us.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    Consider Seed the cutoffs and flip-flops of the comedy dress code. Acceptable in summer. But just barely.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    While The Neighbors sketches something genuinely creative--and truly weird--its comedy doesn't really come together.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    Roseanne's Nuts isn't awful. It just is. There's "nut" much happening.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    About a Boy yearns to be good. Yet it relishes being bad. And Katims--guiding hand to "Parenthood" and "Friday Night Lights"--doesn't fess up to that dichotomy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    de Cadenet's interesting. Her talk show is much less so.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    The target viewer wouldn't watch all this predictable--I mean, impulsive--bickering and button-pushing while thinking: I wonder why all the paintings and posters on the walls in the background are blurred out? And then think: Geez, why am I even wondering about that? The audience for Joan Knows Best? will be loving Joan's visits to three plastic surgeons Tuesday, not fretting.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    Maybe the Thursday pilot's portentous whispers in candle-lighted spaces will seem less pretentious and more profound as Dominion moves past initial exposition from a cast trying not to sound like they're from all over the planet.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    Families can watch this together nightly. The pace isn't exactly taxing. And it's summer.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    This hour is focused as much on standup craft as sitcom-building, and fails to put the comics' genre-expanding series concepts into the context of their times.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    With "Satisfaction" an hour later proving even USA now knows what adult TV can really be, Rush doesn't deliver one.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    Greetings From Tucson tries the high-wire act of both avoiding and exploiting Mexican-American stereotypes, and falls flat on its back in the desert sand next to the tire swing and the El Camino. [20 Sept 2002]
    • Newsday

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