Dorothy Rabinowitz
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For 193 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 70% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dorothy Rabinowitz's Scores

Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Cinema Verite
Lowest review score: 10 Prime Suspect: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 193
193 tv reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Substantial, atmospheric, a lure to lovers of mystery novels, though one undermined in the end by its predictable plot contortions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's an unpretentiously low-down sitcom about a female odd couple--morally speaking, that is--with characters sufficiently odd, plots that unfold with sufficient zest, to lure a viewer in.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Thomas Jane and Tanya Skagle's performances aside, Hung remains, despite all efforts to inform it with larger meaning, trapped in being all about just what that title says.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It requires a certain patience to stay with "Thief."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    "Justice" chugs along nicely, its plots gratifyingly tense, its dialogue sharp and uncluttered.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    This series, about an underground British antiterror team that has joined forces with U.S. Special Forces veteran Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), does succeed in wresting plenty of high-level suspense out of these low-aiming scripts--no small miracle.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 60 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It ought to be said that this strange slice of life about three male cavepersons making their way in the workaday world has its charms, even for those of us who would have preferred a sitcom peopled by that lizard.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    As Bruce meanders through these segments, determinedly inoffensive, the "Seinfeld" team's immortal notion via George Costanza--"let's do a sitcom about nothing"--comes to mind
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The series, unevenly written, frequently given to strange tonal lapses, is nevertheless lively, its dramatization of events abetted by its setting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There are aspects of the series that are engaging--Daniel's intricately conceived sleuthing for the FBI, for instance--but, as the voices in your own head soon tell you, there's a lot more of it that's wearisome.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    For the time being it's a hard slog.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    When not trapped in the effort to wring excitement from Fleming's adventurous sex life, the series rolls on compellingly with his spying adventures, his role in creating a special operations unit.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The series manages to maintain a certain melodramatic tension, at least from the evidence of the pilot, but it could be hard to overcome the sledgehammer cynicism and mess of nefarious plot turns.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's a far superior piece of filmmaking [than Encore's Hindenburg: The Last Flight], impressive in its special effects, its dramatic displays of technical know-how in the face of unthinkable catastrophe caused, you will not be surprised to learn, by an avaricious driller.... The cookie-cutter quality of the sermonizing in these films is hard to miss.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A docudrama, the REELZ film finds its focus in ballistics talk, much of it intriguing, and ballistics tests. Better yet, it manages to maintain a certain suspense--that having to do with the wait for the inevitable other shoe to fall. The time that invariably arrives in films of this kind, when documentary moves on to derangement.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It is, in short, a busy, fearlessly idealistic president (Martin Sheen) who struts through the neatly packaged, frequently deft and invariably predictable first episode of NBC's The West Wing, If the series continues at this level -- continues, that is, being handsomely produced, polished and thoroughly unexceptional in its content and aspirations, it should stand a very good chance of winning a bunch of Emmys. [22 Sept 1999, p.A32]
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The writing could be sharper, the vision less soft-headed.... That aside, there's no mistaking the sense of life and vitality that comes bouncing out of this series, or its cause -- namely, its two stars.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It has its strengths--most of them derived from the skilled cast--but none related to any capacity for originality.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It has one thing going for it--the essential thing. That is, deft writing that yields the kind of suspense that causes people to want to know what comes next. That's no small achievement for a series whose characters are so entirely devoid of, yes, character--or anything resembling an interesting thought.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    "10.5: Apocalypse," is visually dazzling, relentlessly hysterical and also a sequel, which means that most viewers sitting down to watch it know what they're getting into. That should damp down any untoward expectations -- the appearance of a believable character, for instance, or piece of dialogue, neither of which, be assured, is to be found here.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    She's not funny, the aide is told--a line that elicited in this viewer a stream of unstoppable thoughts about what was not funny about this show, which is a lot, all of which ended up pointing, inexorably, to its writers. What saves the show is Ms. Louis-Dreyfus's Selina.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There is no edge to Dancing on Edge, a drama sunk by its pretensions--one, to be sure, that does come clanking to life somewhat in a madly melodramatic final episode. A long wait, for little.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A situation brimming with the potential for suspense, and irony. Those may yet emerge, if only someone produces a script to make it possible. For the moment, all that is brimming here is the evidence of an ill-advised faith in the drawing power of depressive police dramas.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    From its looks so far, the new Leno show is the old Leno show. Even so, much remains to be seen of this enterprise, described as the hour that may change the nature of television.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The only bright light in this grimness is Mr. Piven's Ari--ever his electric self even in the middle of heartbreak (he's separated from his wife). Long may he shine.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Less successful in the spinoff is what comes in between--the texture and character parts, the scripts heavy with pronouncements of the obvious and with horror plots whose strained premises are so elaborate they undercut the impact of all the gore and terror.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    "Shark" suffers from a variety of flaws too numerous to detail here, not least its sentimentality, its wooden characters, its tin-eared dialogue.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Nagy's showy ventures in stylization, the raucous jokiness substituted for story are heavy encumbrances for this tale.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There didn't seem to be anything like [a plot] for the first two episodes, though there has been no lack of good looks, with Taylor Kinney and Jesse Spencer around and filling out their firemen togs nicely. Still there's hope. In episode three, to be exact, where we find a hint that the writers have caught on to the uses of a story line, this about a corrupt police detective.

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