Dorothy Rabinowitz
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For 174 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 6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dorothy Rabinowitz's Scores

Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Downton Abbey: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Graceland: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 174
174 tv reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Ms. Reilly, who is otherwise appealing, brings an all-too-steady intensity to the role of Catherine--a kind that makes it hard to tell, on occasion, whether the doctor is on her medication or off it. That aside, and despite some madly improbable adventures in the hospital's brain-surgery unit, creator Amy Holden Jones and team have delivered a Black Box whose content is both smart and seductive.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The writing is sharp, the atmosphere thick with tension from, among other things, car and foot chases.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A stellar Toby Huss portrays the hard-driving Bosworth, a commanding presence. There are more than a few of these in Halt and Catch Fire, a drama set in Texas, filmed in Georgia--and from the available evidence an immensely seductive enterprise.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It succeeds despite its little kinks in logic, mesmerizes despite the fact that we're moved to pause periodically to marvel at a plot line that requires an audience to believe that the sharpest-witted characters can be oblivious to the screaming-in-neon signs of disaster lying just ahead.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The payoff is a work powered by imaginative energy, intelligence and a skilled cast, all of it adding up to smashing entertainment.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Married turns out in succeeding episodes to be an increasingly sturdy comedy-drama of married life--dour, but recognizable, with strong performances from Ms. Greer and Mr. Faxon.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Highly compelling most of the time.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Smarter and snappier than one might have expected from a familiar sitcom premise.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    This series... is, for all its noise, sharply plotted, visually rich, heavily informed by intrigues and intriguing characters
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Slick and entertaining.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    This is suspense that goes well beyond that of most medical shows.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There's more than enough absurd charm in the show, meanwhile, to make the wait worthwhile.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The fine cast, both regulars and guest stars, elevates the proceedings considerably.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It promises to be a journey that should draw plenty of viewers.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    An intriguing look at Americans with their own ideas of the purpose-driven life.