For 381 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 lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Diane Werts' Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Eureka: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Stalker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 58 out of 381
381 tv reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    So, what about the human intrigue of partner interaction, coordination and strategizing? That gets a bit of short shrift in favor of more blood (leaking hydraulic fluid) and guts (flying sparks and parts).
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    As episodes unfold, the relationships resonate, and the characters run deeper.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Diane Werts
    The Lottery, with otherwise sage setup and promising performances, merits its own shot at something great.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    So far no amnesia bouts or cougar attacks. And no Kim! [9 Jan 2005]
    • Newsday
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    There's warmth and wit there, along with not a little magic.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    The best thing about "Free Ride" is the lack of pressure to be about something. Trusting its talented cast to embody their own truths, it ambles and weaves, leaving space for the characters, even folks briefly bumped into, to nail a specific attitude or situation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    The show moves more like a ready-for-prime-time comedy than a kiddie toon. Think "The Simpsons" with soul.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    Watch the first few minutes of "The Class" in its CBS sitcom debut tonight, and you may not believe me when I say this, but here goes. I think they might have something here.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    We're happy to see a multigenerational sitcom, and the pilot has some nice writing. But the effort feels somehow strained. Though stage veteran Byrne has charisma, he's hardly a sitcom natural. So maybe that's the point. A sitcom that doesn't behave like one. Hope springs eternal. [6 Oct 2000, p.B51]
    • Newsday
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    It's daring, disconcerting and/or enlightening.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    Many viewers will find its satire way over the line, but they're not the ones The WB is aiming for. [6 Oct 2000, p.B51]
    • Newsday
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    A pretty nifty, if completely insane, suspense/conspiracy/ chase/road adventure.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    Don't believe the critics who tell you "Hidden Palms" stinks after they watched only the first episode.... This is a seriously involving serious show. A show about something.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    Like many Lifetime productions, this one is designed to make you stand up and take action on a hot-button issue. Unlike many, it's got the dramatic chops to keep you on your feet applauding.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    There's enough human drama here to keep us occupied without having the walls fall down, too.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    The intimate moments have a gutsy realness, and the central characterizations are bedrock enough to sell us through the stereotypes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    It's one tasty piece of lunacy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    Smart. [23 Aug 1998, p.D10]
    • Newsday
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    Ultimately, viewers just have to work a lot harder to fathom John from Cincinnati than Tony from Jersey.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Diane Werts
    The writing is pointed, the direction tight. But what really makes it work is Tori herself, light, bright and vulnerably likable.
    • 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.)
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    Expanse is so expansive, it’s hard to pin down--well, anything.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    The plotting had better up its game, too, with nearly every pilot “twist” being ridiculously predictable.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    Should Lopez go big and broad with cultural comedy, trafficking so hard in stereotypes they seem all the more absurd? Or stay subtle and let its less-enlightened characters hang themselves? “Lopez” can’t decide, overloading its pilot with maid/valet/parole jokes (those crazy Mexicans!) vs. “white-man problems.”
    • 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]
    • Newsday
    • 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]
    • Newsday
    • 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.

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