Dorothy Rabinowitz

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For 219 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dorothy Rabinowitz's Scores

Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Prime Suspect: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 219
219 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Thoroughly sharp, seriously compelling.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    In the Inspector Morse mold only more depressed and decidedly less dynamic, Inspector Wallander (Kenneth Branagh) has made his slow and pensive way through some slow and depressive plot entanglements during the four seasons of this “Masterpiece Mystery!” series without losing a scintilla of his power to fascinate. This season, the fourth, is no exception.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    [A] complex, pathos-filled and very funny comedy series
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    [The wife is] not to be ignored. The same holds true for these two splendid hours of entertainment.
    • 44 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    All told, a heavily crowded series, stuffed with characters and interwoven tales of vengeance, betrayal, murder--unyielding in its darkness, unfailing in its power to hold you in its grip.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There’s a lot of lying going on in this police headquarters. A lot of smart, superbly sustained entertainment, too.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    This highly personal view of the Nixon years is, for obvious reasons, a sad and wrenching one--a film that is nonetheless filled with spirit, humor and a beautiful sense of irony.
    • 62 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A high-hearted script awash in flinty wit and two extraordinary performances.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It may require concentration to savor all its moving parts. But that’s not exactly work, considering the reward.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    That this rich, impressively ambitious film says far more about Martha Gellhorn than about Ernest Hemingway was inevitable.
    • 55 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It seems impossible to say enough for the unfailing wit and nuance of Sally Wainwright's script, or for the skill that shaped this mix of family melodrama and romantic comedy into the marvelous brew it is.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Overstuffed yet altogether gripping work.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Ms. Comer delivers a compelling portrayal as Ivy, who, even in the grip of terror, projects an air of dangerousness. She’s fragile, but has also developed a core of steel—her experience has made her tough, as she shows throughout the five episodes of this thriller entirely worthy of the name.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    From the evidence of the first few episodes, "Criminal Minds" may be a hit, and deservedly.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Its smartness comes shining through despite the claptrap (none worse than the parade of sex scenes, soft-porn variety, whose noisiness is exceeded only by their unconvincingness); its story, littered with intriguingly repellent characters, like Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen), local evil tycoon, grows ever more enticing.
    • 62 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.

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