Dorothy Rabinowitz
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For 181 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 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dorothy Rabinowitz's Scores

Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 6
Lowest review score: 10 The Millers: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 181
181 tv reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 10 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The only suspects of interest in this crime series are the producers and writers who threw this hapless business together and called it "Prime Suspect."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Lots of hearts are likely to harden in resistance to the calculated grimness, the nightmarish images. Not to mention the preening incoherence that pervades this script based on a novel by Tom Perrotta, a work whose measured tone bears no resemblance whatever to the goings on here.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    House of Lies about the thievery of management consultants, manages to turn a theme with reasonable comedic potential into a vehicle for 16-year-old males, though dressed up as satire for sophisticates.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 20 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The main deadly force in Eli Stone is its scripts, which are ever so spritely in tone, ever so dumb in essence.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The problem is--as is ever the case in sitcoms with no future, and this is one of them--vapid writing and characters drawn according to formula.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 10 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Government agents loll around the beach, exchanging the kind of banter for which television writers would, in a just world, be sent to some quiet place to reflect on their idiocy. All this, amid the plotting of incoherent designs to trap drug dealers, and plenty of sand and dazzling blue skies--elements that have on occasion succeeded in mitigating the flaws of some deadly TV series. This deadly series isn't one of them.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's clear that Mr. Sorkin's main interest in The Newsroom runs to concerns other than characters and storytelling.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 10 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The question is, who's laughing? Worth asking along with the aforementioned curiosity about what the programmers were thinking, not only about this mother but all the rest of this unutterably mirthless enterprise--the dim-witted father (Beau Bridges), too stupid to use a telephone properly, included.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The greatest problem for Ms. Gummer, and everyone else in the cast, has to do with the script, a terminal case of the well-known vacant mind disorder, to which large quarters of the TV writing world are, it would seem, particularly susceptible.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Though Ms. Heigl does throw herself into those life-or-death presidential briefing decisions of hers--powers that could have been conceived only in the fantasies of desperate scriptwriters. They have much to be desperate about.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The creators can be held responsible for enlarging the quantity of execrably written works on this theme [gay-themed sitcoms].
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The real deficiency, the one that matters, that's evident in all of them is in the writing of comedy, the capacity to imagine characters--a lack impossible to overcome, and this case is no exception.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 10 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    To sit through these four hours is to deserve compensation.

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