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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Diane Werts' Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Jim Gaffigan Show: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Big Shots: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 58 out of 381
381 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Diane Werts
    The show's crisp, witty dialogue is mostly egalitarian among the ages, and everyone's great at working the words.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Diane Werts
    This evocative hour doesn't lionize Steinem, but simply lays out what happened.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 Diane Werts
    Lizzie Borden takes an ax to many assumptions--including the one that Lifetime movies aren't worth watching.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Diane Werts
    It all adds up to one solid nail-biter, with a profusion of clever clues that seems to cast suspicion on everyone.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Diane Werts
    This playful hour gets under your skin with its quirky personality humor, at the same time it's spinning a pretty fair murder yarn. [12 July 2002, p.B51]
    • Newsday
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Diane Werts
    This eccentric assemblage truly captures the distinct feel of Vegas-the night, the gallows humor of grisly work and the people who thrive on it. Sure, it's seedy, surreal and supremely specific. That's why we're hooked. [6 Oct 2000, p.B51]
    • Newsday
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Diane Werts
    This stuff is good. No, superb.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Diane Werts
    The result is not just a great comic book transfer but a warmly human cartoon that's goofy, clever and touching. And cool. What else do we need? [8 Nov 2001, p.B35]
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Authenticity ranges wide enough here to engage the whole family.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    Beals and company (including Joe Morton as her remarkably flesh-and-blood boss) breathe life into this tale the way their characters restore life to patients, with skill and guts and, crucially, souls that radiate precisely what this show is about.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Diane Werts
    This is one crazy-paced show, and one smartly crafted comedy.
    • 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.

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