Dorothy Rabinowitz

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For 232 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dorothy Rabinowitz's Scores

Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 All The Way (2016)
Lowest review score: 10 Graceland: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 232
232 tv reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A wide-ranging work and a compelling one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Ms. Jones's president is compelling--a force to contend with. Much the same can be said of the new 24 itself--a force now returned in strength and, once again, highly addictive.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Mr. Gervais has in no way lost his touch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    How this works out over its many episodes isn't easy to predict, but we have, at minimum, a strong beginning--Zamani notwithstanding--one that reaches undeniably satisfying levels of menace.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Season three's In Treatment [scripts are] entirely original. That may partly account for the so-far stagey quality of the episodes involving Jesse (Dane DeHaan), a 16-year-old gay male adoptee confronting a birth-mother problem....There is, otherwise, little that can detract from this series now roaring back with its old miraculous suspense and flinty intelligence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    [A] splendidly written work whose surprise ending is the kind worth waiting for.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Just two episodes of this 13-part series have been made available—enough to indicate the enormous care devoted to the look of the '40s, to the primitive living quarters. We get an immediate sense, as well, of the characters likely to command attention.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's a dramatic premise that should yield high rewards for Hostages, whose confident pilot episode ends with a cliffhanger worthy of the name--a kind that should bring audiences back lusting for more.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There isn’t much that can pass for comedy here, but there’s plenty of compelling viciousness and two powerful performances.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    This workplace comedy comes out of the gate with instant appeal. Mr. Williams is never less than formidable in his delivery; the writing is never less than crisp and sometimes it's crisply hilarious.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A series about a high-school girl that's neither maudlin nor alarming nor conceived with intent to preach or to shock. It's further distinguished by its focus on entirely recognizable teenage pains, as endured by an entirely recognizable teenager, Jenna. Its other distinction: strong echoes of an older kind of storytelling, the sort whose characters grow and acquire depth.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Who in this family has been plotting what against whom? That this quickly becomes, for the viewer, an urgent question says all that’s necessary about the story’s magnetic pull.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's an old story rolled out with all the power of the new--meticulously plotted, irresistibly suspenseful.
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    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The non-toxic intimacy of these struggles--a rarity in reality TV--and the recognizable nature of these lives should keep plenty of viewers glued to the screen.
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    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It’s nonetheless admirably written, and reliably sophisticated comedy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Sharp-tongued, ambitious, highly seductive--a TV series that has, it can be said, done the job.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It promised, in short, steadily absorbing plots and skilled writing, and these the series has delivered ever since.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's a measure of the skill brought to this script by Paul Scheuring that a first episode so awash in multiplying complications manages to maintain its coherence and even a significant measure of suspense.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Alert to every deranged impulse of his clients, Mr. Silver brings his lessons home with vigor and wit.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    As the premiere episode nears its end, the plot begins thickening agreeably with so many secrets, dark revelations, shocks and betrayals it all begins to seem familiarly and comfortably absorbing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The standard caution is relevant -- debut episodes tend to be highly polished. All the more reason to enjoy the hilarious scenes and fine ensemble cast here.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's a testament to the crackling intelligence of the script (written by Mr. Boyd) that the nature of that menace hangs elusively in the air until the end.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    [A] darkly acerbic, and riveting, Masterpiece drama, written and directed by Sally Wainwright
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Rectify is an ambitious and eloquent series, vivid in its portraiture of family and local citizens who don't know quite what to make of Daniel (a proclivity the film seems to share)--assurance enough of an engrossing six hours.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There are precious few signs of trouble or uncertainty in the polished, instantaneously seductive finished product on display in its first episode.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    HBO's Bored to Death sneaks up speedily, an eight-part comic enterprise that's soon transformed into flat-out inspired comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    [The show’s writers revert] at least once to a Carrie who maunders on pathetically during a trip back to America, as she evokes loving memories of the psychopathic Brody for her infant daughter—a truly unbearable scene, fortunately brief. There’s not a lot likely to dim the attractions of this Homeland with its energized spirit--not to mention the implacable Carrie, capable of mounting a war on terror all her own.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Jack will have his work cut out for him, and audiences will be as enthralled by 24 as they have ever been, if not more, and they'll have good reason.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Ms.Tomlin and Ms. Fonda make an immensely potent comedy team. Together, and also separately, they’re the source of most of the ebullience, style and assorted other pleasures of Grace and Frankie, and those are considerable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A tartly written number, (by Paul Feig) that is amusing and frequently hard-eyed in its look back at certain not so dear old school days. [27 Sept 1999, p.A32]
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The series, created by Simon Block, weaves its way deftly through its engrossing plot entanglements.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A hard-charging, unfailingly suspenseful mystery whose tonnage of side dramas and veritable school of red herrings don’t, miraculously enough, undermine its strength. Though it is, on occasion, a close call.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The unit's work was top secret, its members' experiences, recounted in this film, fascinating above all for what they tell about the determined inventiveness, the all-out ambition to try everything, characteristic of that war effort.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There's plenty of life and overall quality to sustain this series for a long time to come.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The series couldn't have arrived at a more timely moment for such subject matter, but there's no point looking for even-handedness or a lack thereof in a work that offers only--give or take a caustic political observation or two--exhilarating drama.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Whatever the complaints about the movie, it brings home, as few films on such themes ever do, the terrors of accusation and conviction.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Given the filmmaker's unrestricted access to Mitt Romney through both presidential campaigns, Greg Whiteley's Mitt is an unsurprisingly warm portrait. Which isn't to say it isn't full of tensions, when not outright suffering, perceptible through all the upbeat chatter from the candidate and his wife, campaign advisers, the Romney sons and their wives.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The real Messrs. Gervais and Merchant haven't lost their touch with self-humiliating characters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A six-part saga awash in fashionable gloom, set in the mountains of New Jersey, and much of the time a compelling one in its picture of the tensions between the Van Der Veens, members of an Indian tribe, and the blue-collar Jensens, headed by Harold (Martin Henderson), a police officer.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    In You, Me and the Apocalypse the destruction of the world and all life in it is imminent thanks to a comet set unalterably on a collision course with Earth. It’s a measure of the strengths of this strikingly sharp-witted comedy-drama that it’s hard to keep that looming threat of world-wide annihilation in mind, so vivid are the preoccupations of the characters racing around, fending off their private disasters.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The new Killing appears to have taken a sharp turn from the kind of emotional life that enriched the last season, with its drama of a disappeared daughter. In its portrait of family grief, beautifully nuanced to the end, the series landed a dramatic punch more potent than that of the key question, "Who killed Rosie?" Itself a mystery of considerable power, and one that the latest chapter of The Killing will have to go some way to equal.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The show's astringent tone, its excursions into low comedy--scenes like the one where everybody trying to diaper the baby ends up throwing up on her, and similarly stomach-churning fun--all work to counter the sentimentality of themes like this one. They work only in part here, and in this case that's all to the good. The show is meant to be a comedy, and it is--a smart and witty one--but there's no missing, either, under all that grotesquerie, its hard-core sweetness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Much about this eight-part series, based on a novel by Stephen King and adapted for television by Bridget Carpenter, is, in addition, fraught with both little and not-so-little comprehension problems.... But there is much here that has undeniable appeal, most of it having to do with the impressive period detail of the early ’60s.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Clearly, the creators of Filth (Amanda Coe, writer, Andy De Emmony, director) had their problems settling down to a comfortable tone for this figure who was, after all, famous entirely for her career on behalf of censorship. Julie Walters, who portrays her with grand and ebullient sympathy, shows evidence of no similar problems.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's Mr. Sutherland's portrayal of the father--unyielding in his effort to break through to his mute child and grasp what he's trying to say with his numbers--that is the heart of this story, the power likely to sustain this promising enterprise.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The breakthroughs described in National Geographic Channel’s ambitious six-part series aren’t all equal in promise or tone.
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    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The case involves a body found in a wood and the mysteries of a Lewis Carroll manuscript, all of it strangely satisfying in its own familiar, unsuspenseful way.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    For all its running time over three consecutive nights, Childhood’s End leaves a sense of a story not quite told--the result, largely, of the fact that it deals so much in large themes and generalities and provides so little of character and detail. Even so, it’s entirely compelling drama, with a uniformly fine cast and dazzling special effects.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Mad Men is infinitely more concerned with entertainment, an effort at which it succeeds, thanks mostly to its first-rate cast, disarming humor and period detail.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Its semi-psychic hero is intriguing enough and confident enough--not everybody can sneak a hypnosis-inducing trance into an exchange with a reluctant witness as deftly as he can--to bring viewers under his spell.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Plenty of twisty plotting, grim atmosphere and MI5 staff with a rich variety of psychological afflictions, in six parts.
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    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Only one thing is certain now--the season that begins Friday has a lot to live up to.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A series both formulaic and limited in the writing department, Allegiance shows no signs of the immense ambitiousness of “The Americans.” ... The theme [of sleeper agents] does its work and carries Allegiance, as do Hope Davis, outstanding as the desperate Katya, and Scott Cohen, impressive in the role of her husband.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    For all its grisly nature, an involvingly sinister tale.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    This series... is, for all its noise, sharply plotted, visually rich, heavily informed by intrigues and intriguing characters
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    By the time the three episodes available for review end, a plot is thickening suspensefully, Blackbeard is exhibiting still more interesting propensities, and nobody can possibly mind not being able to figure out which woman in the Commodore's court is doing what with whom.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There's more than enough absurd charm in the show, meanwhile, to make the wait worthwhile.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    This is a different series, one whose good start has to do with its capacity to be affecting, which it is in its picture of loss and longing--a sense this young Carrie projects persuasively.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Forget the preposterousness of the plot -- it's easy enough to do -- and enjoy the suspense, of which there's plenty.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    By the end of a few episodes everything meshes nicely, and the prospect of watching more has become enticing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's not likely the audience for The Kennedys will be spending much time pondering what it was about this potent, lavishly produced eight-hour miniseries airing on ReelzChannel beginning Sunday night that caused former JFK speechwriter Ted Sorensen, self-described political activists like the filmmaker Robert Greenwald, and concerned others to go to so much trouble to get the project quashed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The film draws effectively on the power of two seductive performances--those of Nico Evers-Swindell as William and of Camilla Luddington as Kate Middleton....It's a familiar story and an entertaining one.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It promises to be a journey that should draw plenty of viewers.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Their new effort--about a band of young careerists--shows considerable signs of promise along these lines, its depressing heroine notwithstanding.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Smarter and snappier than one might have expected from a familiar sitcom premise.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    With the second and third episodes ever more predictable, and, not least, with Martha's character gone flat under the weight of a preening righteousness. If bad scriptwriting were a prosecutable offense, Ms. Peake might have a case here. Still, episode one of Silk is smartly written and highly entertaining--a treat, in short, and at two hours a sumptuous one.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The fine cast, both regulars and guest stars, elevates the proceedings considerably.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Think "Legally Blonde" meets "Working Girl." Kyle MacLachlan plays Martina's perceptive boss in this series, promising for its deft plotting and, perhaps above all, its high spirits.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Ms. Heche's Beth is just madly menacing enough to keep things interesting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There's a lot going on in Bent. A lot of absurdity, a lot of characters, and that vital thing, a lot of talent.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    What this comedy has is the charm of its brash comic energy. That it's an energy located mostly in a single character, and not the main one either--officially, anyway-makes little difference.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There's a strange sense of distance in the picture here of a decade not exactly in the remote past, but there's also something sweetly enticing about its portrayal of relative innocence.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A film that so deepens the dimensions of the known-all thanks to a masterful performance by Rob Lowe--it has the force and mystery of a new story.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Slick and entertaining.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Highly compelling most of the time.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    This is suspense that goes well beyond that of most medical shows.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Likable work.... though it's very soon clear that this high-minded enterprise could use a good jolt of acid, and at least a modicum of granite authority in the character of the new secretary of state.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A marvelously complex atmosphere of wartime tension hovers over the peacetime lives of these characters--no small saving grace in a script that includes the hunt for yet another tiresome serial killer/rapist with strange sexual tastes, now a staple of British television mysteries.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The Conan Doyle of this series has considerable charm as played by Mr. Clunes, though that takes some time to emerge from the effects of episode one.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    An intriguing look at Americans with their own ideas of the purpose-driven life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Syria and refugees are only the beginning of this season’s potent mix of ripped-from-the-headlines crises.... Carrie is, unsurprisingly, headed back to her old identity as master snoop on the hunt. Between that and the news focus, not to mention the glittering Berlin street scenes, welcome to the new Homeland.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Mr. Gad is utterly seductive. Mr. Crystal’s endlessly changing facial expressions flow into one another, each containing its own little world of loathing, of mockery. They’re perfect. He’s perfect. All that he, Mr. Gad and this series need is more coherently themed comedy of the kind in the pilot, which they don’t quite have down yet in some subsequent episodes, as one talent-squandering revel in a supermarket shows.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Some of this can be hard going. Even viewers racked by curiosity about the life, loves and early adventures of Gloria Vanderbilt--an audience that may not be as great in number as might be imagined--would have trouble maintaining their fascination while watching prolonged scenes like the one in which Ms. Vanderbilt and son trudge around poking into piles of old belongings in storage. ... The film, directed by Liz Garbus, is alive with color.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The problem comes in the second episode, along with a suddenly increased capacity to resist everything about Designated Survivor. Here we come up against the show’s message, or more precisely its gross political tendentiousness. ... Mr. Sutherland may not have been the best choice for the role of a virtuous milquetoast concealing a heart of steel--the milquetoast part dominates even when the steel is flashed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The series doesn’t lack for suspenseful moments, the settings are intriguing, and there’s much to be said for the strong performance by Mr. Morrissey and that of Roger Allam. ... None of this can offset the burdens of a production lost in its own wilderness of plot schemes.
    • 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
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The new run of The X-Files may well, in time, encompass some more up-to-date conspiracies. If so, they’ll be welcome. Nobody is likely to grieve long over the absence of the latest on Roswell and invading aliens from space.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    [Churchill's Secret is] awash in a deadening sentimentality, in addition to much received wisdom on why the children of great men go wrong. ... Churchill’s Secret has its strengths, among them the setting--the majestic Churchill family home at Chartwell--and the fine cast, in particular Mr. Gambon. For his scenes with his special nurse, Millie (Romola Garai), a wholly fictional character, he manages a faintly wicked buoyancy that is, at times, the one thing that saves them.
    • 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.

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