Dorothy Rabinowitz
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For 176 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 69% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 29% 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: 70
Highest review score: 100 Prohibition: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Graceland: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 176
176 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The vibrant brew of upstairs-downstairs relationships is more savory now, the characters more complicated.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Once you watch the first episode, it's going to be hard standing the wait for the next.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Thoroughly sharp, seriously compelling.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's not often that television with a scope so novelistic--so ambitious--comes along, and not often, either, that it yields drama so sterling.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A work as shapely as it is sprawling -- no small trick -- it renders the complex history that led to 9/11 with a ripping power that can at times feel overwhelming.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There is scarcely a central figure in American film, whether Cecil B. DeMille, Darryl Zanuck, Frank Capra, William Wyler, Orson Welles or a legendary star--that list is far too long to recite--who doesn't come to life here, in fresh perspective. It's entertainment for grown-ups all right, and you won't find that at the multiplex.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's quickly clear that this skillfully sustained, sharply plotted series is a fighter saga you'll want to follow to the final bell.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The cast is crowded and uniformly splendid. There's little about this captivating fusion of music, dance and potent storytelling of which the same couldn't be said.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    This immensely absorbing drama is worth any trouble it takes to catch up with its singular pleasures.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The Americans unfolds a thoroughly seductive tale of sleeper KGB agents.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    To watch Mr. Pacino's Spector pull himself back from the edge to shout, bitterly, that of course he knows this is only a rehearsal--he'll go on, awkwardly, to assure the shaken defense team that they've done well--is to feel the full force of the intelligence behind this drama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The new season--suspenseful as ever, more brutal in its violence, perhaps, and more expansive in its reach into history--easily upholds the standard of the first.