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 Derek: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Partners (2012): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 345
345 tv reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Diane Werts
    Like Hugh Laurie's irascible "House" title character, star Ellen Pompeo's newly minted Dr. Grey conveys such substance that you simply can't stop watching. [25 March 2005, p.B33]
    • Newsday
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Diane Werts
    [A] rewardingly seasoned new drama series that's practically indistinguishable from the acclaimed feature film, except that it's better.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Diane Werts
    The 10 hours of PBS' immersive miniseries Carrier are frank and intimate, hard-hitting and heart-rending, rocking (with hit songs) and rolling (when the ship pitches so sharply, planes can't land).
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Diane Werts
    It all flows from the heart in a way few shows do, unfolding with the ease of being surrounded by people you've known forever already.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Diane Werts
    This four-hour gem is exquisite from start to finish, rife with the texture of its place and time, rich with human understanding expressed in everyday articulation and small gestures.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Diane Werts
    The most intriguing thing, actually, is that Lost may not even need the hoodoo voodoo. Abrams and script creator Damon Lindelof ("Crossing Jordan") have already set up a pretty compelling cross- section of earthlings as a study of simply human behavior. [19 Sept 2004, p.11]
    • Newsday
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Diane Werts
    The producers' storytelling bravura grabs your guts from the first tense second and doesn't let go. [29 Oct 2002]
    • Newsday
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Diane Werts
    Layering such unnatural proceedings into the family-drama format only intensifies both story angles when you do it right. And Cassidy has, with strong casting, solid structure and a fine feel for what's most frightening.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Diane Werts
    He's rude, sarcastic, bitter, brilliant and, delightfully, the most compelling character of the fall TV season. [14 Nov 2004, p.11]
    • Newsday
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Spader seems to be the only one who actually gets the gameplay here.... And the script seems to incite his appetite.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    The show has sneaky depth. The leads are pretty without being "pretty," refreshingly down-to-earth likable, and able to flesh out their youthful stereotypes with this weird thing called personality.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Thought I was going to hate "Total Blackout." Then couldn't help laughing out loud.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    While critics like me count quibbles, kids of all ages should share my husband's assessment: "It's a superhero show. Superman flies. Give The Cape a little space."
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    This hour isn't perfectly paced, but its segues usually wind their way somewhere smart. O'Donnell remains a master of comic timing and tenor, holding the stage through the perils of fame, helicopter mothering, circumcision, women who don't "look gay," doctors lacking bedside manners, the persistence of childhood faith training and more.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Disney should be sent to detention for passing off such aural plasticity [laugh track], unfairly fouling the repute of the live-audience sitcom. But the rest of Girl Meets World does its job of bringing tween-based family viewing into the 2010s.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Yes, Outlander can occasionally be a bit much for those not already enamored of its romance-novel leanings. (I plead guilty.) But for those open to textured historical sweep and/or time travel what-ifs (guilty on both counts), it's easy to lose yourself in this gritty production's pungent sense of place, character and dilemma.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    The actors hit that soap sweet-spot between honest reality and lurid theatricality under direction from pros like Michael Apted and Catherine Hardwicke.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Science channel publicity materials call the show "a real-life Twilight Zone," and in terms of mood, that's on the mark.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    The characters, scripts and performances are surprisingly smart--almost, dare I say, deep. And you still get the comic humiliations, nasty rivalries and teeny bikinis.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    The characters hold promise, the show looks swell, the stories reflect rich history and the makers have earned our trust.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    The cast throws this curveball that catches the plate for a strike.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Akerman has to be everything. Good thing she's a nimble actress.... Whitford is always winning, and even the poor exes find wiggle room inside their cliches.
    • 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.

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