Dorothy Rabinowitz

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For 218 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.1 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 Prime Suspect: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 218
218 tv reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Mr. Cannavale’s performance reaches the heights of magnificence. There’s much more that’s stellar both in the cast--Olivia Wilde is outstanding as Devon, Richie’s hopelessly loving wife--and in the writing.... For its creators and its fine cast, this exuberant, hard-eyed and altogether wonderful evocation of an era gone by seems also to have worked out as planned.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    After the briefest of moments with this new president and his wife, the realization sets in: We are already profoundly and inescapably in the grip of two extraordinary performances--the kind that seem so little like performances it’s necessary to remember from time to time that these are what they are.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Moment after moment the drama deepens, the rich complexity of Ford's characters make themselves felt in all their strangeness and variety.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The drama unfolds in a series of flashbacks separated by many years. Hart and Cohle, no longer young, end up reporting on the past in separate interviews—a formula carried off with subtlety and high intelligence, like everything else in this detective story.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The subjects of this series, seen in their habitats--a massive Nile crocodile, which gets to eat once a year, lying in wait for herds of wildebeests to come by; a hungry polar bear, stalking seals while struggling in the melting ice--have all the impact of characters whose moments on stage are brief but not easily forgotten. An effect largely due to the talent and enterprise of the photographic team for this endlessly compelling work.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Taken together there is in these 5 1/2 hours, breathtaking in their scope and detail, nothing approaching a dull moment.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Once you watch the first episode, it's going to be hard standing the wait for the next.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    This season's "Sopranos" is quite simply dazzling in its inventiveness, its reach, and one other aspect -- its capacity to pound audiences emotionally as the series has never before done.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A season startling in its intensity and its endless probing intelligence--not to mention the raw suspense that hangs over every moment of every scene.... There is nothing that is the equal of The Americans on TV screens now.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Television's best drama series is, in short, back with all that was delectable about season one on vivid display again-first-class writing, sterling performances, rocketing suspense.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The vibrant brew of upstairs-downstairs relationships is more savory now, the characters more complicated.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There is no mystery about the potency of this series, slathered in wit, powered by storytelling of a high order.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It takes some while before the immensity of the history it covers dawns on a viewer of this extraordinary series, so deftly is that history--the reign of Henry VIII (Damian Lewis), Henry’s court, the dawn of the Protestant Reformation in England--woven into drama here.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    They [the Loud family] are to the contrary enlarged, explained, their family loyalty honored, in a film that ends up packing an emotional punch that's as surprising as it is eloquent.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    This immensely absorbing drama is worth any trouble it takes to catch up with its singular pleasures.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    [A] captivating series created by Ann Biderman--sharply written, sophisticated even at its most melodramatic, with first-class performances throughout.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Its capacity to maintain an unyielding grip on your attention becomes similarly evident fast, as does one's strong sense that that grip isn't going to weaken anytime soon.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It was impossible to imagine anything like the gripping power of Life According to Sam.... Not long into the film, it becomes difficult to look at anyone but Sam--who has by sheer force of his intelligence, his unmistakable assurance, become a magnetic presence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's clear that all that has made "24" so huge and deserved a success is on display again in these first smashing episodes.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It is, in its artfulness and drama, a smashing pilot and--from the evidence of the next episodes--a reliable indicator of the quality to come.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Golden Boy is packed with fine performances, but no amount of actorly talent could have done for this series what its intelligently twisty plots, its nuanced dialogue bearing a distinct resemblance to human exchange--even from the mouths of TV police detectives--has done.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Its vivid, cliché-free writing has always been In Treatment's singular strength. That's even truer in its riveting new season--no small accomplishment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The Americans unfolds a thoroughly seductive tale of sleeper KGB agents.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    All of which adds up to drama--which includes a fine turn by Bill Murray--of a notably high order.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The Americans returns for a third season packed with tension, raw-nerve melodrama and enough levels of ambiguity, moral and psychological, to satisfy the most gluttonous appetite for the stuff. With, in short, all that has distinguished this series from its beginning.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    This is one circus worth attending, a series bottomless in its capacity to fascinate.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The new season returns with a full roster of the vivid characters who have distinguished the series from the outset, and in ways more important than the cultural detail for which Mad Men has been rightly praised. They're smart, they're self-seeking, they're recognizably human.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    This three-hour production, starring most of the cast of the 2004 Broadway revival, flies by with lightning speed--and that cast led by Ms. Rashad, superbly authoritative, impossibly attractive as Lena, is no small part of the reason. Ms. McDonald is heartbreaking as Ruth, desperate to understand her husband's descent into misery, and Mr. Combs, who portrays that husband, delivers a sterling performance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Out of all of this, including the aforementioned excesses--which are, it should be said, carried off with style--there emerges a brawling, crowded and unfailingly compelling film.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    What distinguishes this drama from countless mysteries about missing young women gone to terrifying deaths is the unrelenting focus, complex and haunting, on the family left behind. A riveting tale with a hunt for the killer that's no less compelling.

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