For 330 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 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Diane Werts' Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Boomtown: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Running Wilde: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 330
330 tv reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Diane Werts
    Lucky 7 might offer more to like than authentic texture of place, race, personality and workplace emotions.
    • 62 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Diane Werts
    Quinn radiates enough sincerity to make us keep reading this uneven book, just to see how it shapes up.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Diane Werts
    We haven't had a good dishy time-waster in awhile. Maybe this is it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 32 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 43 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].
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    Roseanne's Nuts isn't awful. It just is. There's "nut" much happening.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    So pleased with itself, it doesn't seem concerned about pleasing us.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    de Cadenet's interesting. Her talk show is much less so.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    Families can watch this together nightly. The pace isn't exactly taxing. And it's summer.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    If only it were more interesting.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    While The Neighbors sketches something genuinely creative--and truly weird--its comedy doesn't really come together.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    Colorfully drawn. But all inside the lines.
    • 48 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 Diane Werts
    Consider Seed the cutoffs and flip-flops of the comedy dress code. Acceptable in summer. But just barely.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    TV fave Daly is more personally accessible than Janssen and Harrison Ford. And his show is beautifully produced. But we've seen it all before. CBS must figure this old-style genre-single- lead hero, chase drama, closed-end action-is primed for a comeback, though it's hard to imagine younger viewers sitting still for this Diagnosis Pursuit. [6 Oct 2000, p.B51]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    At first glance in the two-hour pilot, none of the actors comes close to the robust presence of "SG-1" star Richard Dean Anderson, while the show relies on the technology and special effects that can send noncultists fleeing. (Good luck trying to fathom the setup, too, if you're not already "Stargate"-versed.) [11 Jul 2004]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    If only the series works its way toward more effective show than tell, Las Vegas might find itself with a winning hand.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    "Drive" is less the sort of textured character study we've come to expect than an action-packed joy ride. That's not to say you won't wanna hop in. But it's hardly a journey you've gotta take.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    Pathos may make for a more positive reality TV experience than a parade of lying, backstabbing and physical torture. But the basic appeal remains pathetic. Perhaps in more ways than one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    "The Tudors" could actually use a touch of the over-the-top wildness that undermined the substance of HBO's "Rome." If we could blend the two together somehow, we might have a kickily effective history mash-up.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    The stories may hardly be innovative... but their very familiarity becomes comforting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    To steal from the old beer slogan, (this show) looks great, (but it's) less filling (than it intends).
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    ABC's new computer animated Shrek half-hour seems to disqualify itself from the timeless category almost immediately by insisting on being "hip" (which means anti-hip), usually at the expense of feeling real.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    While it's nice to see a show that isn't cops/docs/lawyers, it'd be nicer if the show was better.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    Though American tastes are mocked here, too, laughing at your own group doesn't necessarily excuse laughing at others.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    This show lurches along, all its sitcom puzzle pieces laid out without being assembled into even a Hollywood picture of life.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    Despite Salomon's efforts at visually stylish filmmaking, Justice for Natalee Holloway never puts any real meat on the bones of the much-hyped saga.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    I did catch enough of "Hart of Dixie" to tell it's formula absurdity for the "princess" demographic of magical thinkers who now imagine being lifesaving doctors as well as rescued royals.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    Nothing is left unspoken in dialogue as blandly obvious as "I am the only other person who knows" and "She had a lot of secrets."
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    Surface fashion styling can't cloak the underlying framework of yet another CBS procedural.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Diane Werts
    Lehman is good, most everything's OK, but nothing is especially fresh or compelling.
    • 50 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]