For 334 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 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Diane Werts' Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Friday Night Lights: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Partners (2012): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 334
334 tv reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    Hip, clever and hilarious...A sparkling little character study, quirky comedy, relationship drama and all-around delight. [5 Oct 2000, p.B43]
    • Newsday
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    Wallops don't get more walloping than the one that arrives at the end of the premiere of FX's adult cop show The Shield. Won't tell you what it is, and don't you dare read other reviews in case they blab it. This is one of those punch-in-the-stomach moments of TV you'll want to remember being stunned by. Although The Shield looks pretty dang good to that point - or pretty %@$#! good, as its characters would swear - the show suddenly becomes flat-out brilliant. [12 Mar 2002, p.B27]
    • Newsday
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    Man, is this a good show...Boomtown is so good, it single-handedly restores your faith in broadcast networks. They can compete with the "freedom" of premium cable. All it takes is creative smarts. And NBC's Boomtown has plenty of those. [27 Sept 2002, p.B02]
    • Newsday
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    Nobody tries to be funny here, so they're more hysterical than the folks falling all over themselves elsewhere. They're simply hopeless specimens of spoiled humanity who haven't a clue how to operate in the real world. [2 Nov 2003, p.04]
    • Newsday
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    "Galactica" is so beautifully designed, shot, edited and acted that you can practically smell and taste its emotional validity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    Best show of the season? Call me crazy, but it's a loopy-twisted-serpentine whodunit revolving around a whip-smart teenage girl...So let's recap. Engaging star, cool characterizations, witty scripts, meaty backstory. What's not to like? Only that networks always cancel deliciously offbeat gems like this. Let's hope UPN doesn't actually want to be a "real" network, after all. [22 Sept 2004, p.C01]
    • Newsday
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    Every character bursts with life here, in what may be the most fully realized show on TV. [13 Aug 2007]
    • Newsday
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    This show captures a distinct culture, and the people jockeying for places in it, trying to prove, mostly to themselves, that their lives have value. And so Friday Night Lights has more than almost any network show today. [5 Oct 2007, p.B33]
    • Newsday
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    Party Down took awhile to jell, but it has hit its stride as one of TV's most finely observed comedies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    Even film school snobs like me can learn a thing or 10 from Moguls & Movie Stars. The breadth and depth of information rushing through each hour is astonishing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    For a show forever detonating bombs, it's surprising how sweet and frothy Tara feels. Just a half-hour long, it doesn't waste a second, pulling a gun within the first few and no punches ever.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    As real as real gets, invaluably adding human understanding to a hot-button topic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    Showtime lets them take their time to spin serpentine story lines, gradually pulling us deep into one very sticky, scary web of intrigue.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    Whether it's Brent's starry-eyed foppishness, Dawn's artistic daydreams or Gareth's organizational stiffness, these are characters we don't see on American TV. They're not accomplished, clever or distinctive. But they're so well-observed, and so subtly personified, that it's as if we're finding amusement in people we know. [21 Oct 2004]
    • Newsday
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    The first three episodes totally nail it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    They [directors John Dorsey and Andrew Stephan] know how much to say, and show, to viscerally deliver the sights, sounds and even smells, without scaring us away.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    Owner's Manual looks as sharp as you'd expect from cinematic-minded AMC -- whip-pans, slo-mo, montage, animations, infographics. Sounds great, too, with heart-pumping action music and industrial power sounds. Best of all, homework-doer Marcus (aka Sweet Cheeks) and scoffer Ed (or is that English Muffin?) are natural bicker-buds throughout, adding life and laughs to each half-hour that flies (or rolls) by.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    It's hilarious, and sad, and ironic, and rich.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    Humor is also key in the capacious pilot hour directed by John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love"). Subsequent episodes echo its deft balance of epic scope and whimsical humanity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    The documentary cannily employs Goldberg's enthusiasm and some clever animations over Moms' audio routines to keep this lost legend's influence in the forefront.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    They know how to nail situations/characters, while snappy edits cull fluff, leaving only comic gold.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Diane Werts
    Disturbing. Magnetic. Hold your breath. Watch.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Diane Werts
    Garcia's single-camera editing amplifies the comedy inherent, rather than being a crutch to create it. And the casting here is as good as "Earl," which is saying something--even if Leachman goes a bit off the rails as wacked-out "mamaw."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Diane Werts
    Producer Beers' team is the gold standard in male-aimed reality, and these guys have grit to burn.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Diane Werts
    With two shopping trips in each half-hour, TLC's latest hit is so fast-paced--and such giddy consumerism--that it's fairly irresistible. Also educational.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Diane Werts
    The soul of the show, though, is its conflicted "heroes," truly tortured, in palpable ways, recalling the best, early days of NBC's ill-fated Monday comic book. There's no cartoonery here. Just adult adventure and angst.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Diane Werts
    This evocative hour doesn't lionize Steinem, but simply lays out what happened.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Diane Werts
    Fascinating documentary--and extremely effective commercial.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 91 Diane Werts
    The show's core relationship is appealingly relaxed. It dares to suggest successful coupledom lies less in heated passion than in being able to dress down and screw up and know you're still loved.
    • 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.