Dorothy Rabinowitz
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For 177 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 5.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dorothy Rabinowitz's Scores

Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Parade's End: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Prime Suspect: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 177
177 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's an old story rolled out with all the power of the new--meticulously plotted, irresistibly suspenseful.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There's promise, plainly, of rich developments ahead.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Mr. Gervais has in no way lost his touch.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    From the evidence of the first few episodes, "Criminal Minds" may be a hit, and deservedly.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Four episodes of Life on Mars have by now aired, each livelier and more confident than the last and--despite its mush of a lead character--justifiably so. That's no small triumph.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A wide-ranging work and a compelling one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    "House of Cards" is not without its flaws -- the occasionally heavy dribblings of symbolism, for instance, as exemplified by the regular appearance of gnawing rats. We could have figured out, without the rats, that this is black comedy. The last episode, further, is so written as to produce an Urquhart of considerably flattened character. By this time, however, it has been a superb ride for so long that no one will care. [25 Mar 1991]
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's best to get quickly past the confused and shapeless first episode and on to the rest, where the characters become individualized.
    • 65 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Prattle is, in any case, a minor note compared with the crackling pace of the first script, its evocative mood of menace at every turn, each police car racing to destinations that will reveal who knows what tragedy or unspeakable sight.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The lineup of episodes has been rich in their revelations, moving in their testaments to the lives of the employees and, especially, to the meaning to them of their daily labor. There is above all no simulated emotion in what those workers say, no artifice—a new and revolutionary turn for the genre.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There's plenty of life and overall quality to sustain this series for a long time to come.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The new Melrose Place may not be the old, but it is, all told, instantly engaging and--from the evidence--likely to remain so.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It promised, in short, steadily absorbing plots and skilled writing, and these the series has delivered ever since.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    For their part, Messrs. Levitan and Lloyd set their ambitious sights on a rare kind of comedy, and they have, it appears, found the gold.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Mike & Molly may not at first seem to offer much (other, that is, than streams of fat jokes), but it boasts a cast with distinctive looks and a capacity to deliver quick comedic jabs that can make you howl. That these come unexpectedly in the midst of endless gross clatter is one of those mysteries of the creative process best not to dwell upon.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    These are, in short, characters with a long literary-and Hollywood-pedigree. Which makes all the more impressive the vividness and mystery they bring to this series (adapted by Andrew Davies from a 1936 novel by Winifred Holtby)--thanks, needless to say, to extraordinarily seductive performances.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A sharply drawn and riveting one from the evidence on hand, and bolstered by a skilled cast. This club should lure plenty of customers, television-viewing variety. They'll have good reason.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The arrival of one pure and unadulterated drama about a passion as old as man is something to celebrate. That's particularly true when that drama is as spellbinding in its satisfyingly gaudy way, as Revenge turns out to be.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's no small miracle that Mr. Azaria makes this soppy character work. He does. The same can be said for just about everything else in this appealingly hard-headed, smartly written comedy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The real Messrs. Gervais and Merchant haven't lost their touch with self-humiliating characters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    [The wife is] not to be ignored. The same holds true for these two splendid hours of entertainment.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's one that's sharply plotted, fast-paced, with impressive performances.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The Killing returns with all its powers intact, its uniformly superb performances--not least Ms. Enos's Detective Linden and Mr. Sexton's Stanley.