For 341 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Diane Werts' Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Masters of Sex: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Stalker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 341
341 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Diane Werts
    There's a vibrancy here, and a clarity, that we haven't seen in network sitcoms in ages. The way ABC's "Lost" reconfigured dramatic storytelling, Showtime's Barbershop so invigorates the humor format that we hate to call it a sitcom. It's entirely its own animal. And that's evolution of a kind everyone can get behind. [12 Aug 2005, p.]
    • Newsday
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Diane Werts
    Sly as "The Larry Sanders Show," keener than "Fat Actress," more sympathetic than "Curb Your Enthusiasm," this new half-hour comedy hits the bull's-eye in every direction. It's funny, sad, smart and immensely appealing. [5 June 2005, p.11]
    • 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.
    • 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
    [A] rewardingly seasoned new drama series that's practically indistinguishable from the acclaimed feature film, except that it's better.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Future episodes aren't as snappy or scenic. But Shahi & Show deliver win-win, anyway.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Method makes a solid case for Lewis as underappreciated auteur.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    A great concept, mostly divorced from reality, with superb execution, just might extend forever.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Bunheads seems to know exactly what it's doing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Her shrewd, straightforward perspective and her semisweet, offhand attitude make her reflections fresh and relatable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.

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