Dorothy Rabinowitz
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For 191 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 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dorothy Rabinowitz's Scores

Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Downton Abbey: Season 2
Lowest review score: 10 Category 7: The End of the World: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 191
191 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Likable work.... though it's very soon clear that this high-minded enterprise could use a good jolt of acid, and at least a modicum of granite authority in the character of the new secretary of state.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It promises to be a journey that should draw plenty of viewers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The arrival of one pure and unadulterated drama about a passion as old as man is something to celebrate. That's particularly true when that drama is as spellbinding in its satisfyingly gaudy way, as Revenge turns out to be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A six-part saga awash in fashionable gloom, set in the mountains of New Jersey, and much of the time a compelling one in its picture of the tensions between the Van Der Veens, members of an Indian tribe, and the blue-collar Jensens, headed by Harold (Martin Henderson), a police officer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A fact-based film of exceptional power.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Thomas Jane and Tanya Skagle's performances aside, Hung remains, despite all efforts to inform it with larger meaning, trapped in being all about just what that title says.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It is sharp comedy enriched by a cast led by Allison Janney as Bonnie, the mother in question, and Anna Faris as Christy, her daughter.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    "Justice" chugs along nicely, its plots gratifyingly tense, its dialogue sharp and uncluttered.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Forget the preposterousness of the plot -- it's easy enough to do -- and enjoy the suspense, of which there's plenty.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There is no edge to Dancing on Edge, a drama sunk by its pretensions--one, to be sure, that does come clanking to life somewhat in a madly melodramatic final episode. A long wait, for little.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There's a strange sense of distance in the picture here of a decade not exactly in the remote past, but there's also something sweetly enticing about its portrayal of relative innocence.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Highly compelling most of the time.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    HBO's Bored to Death sneaks up speedily, an eight-part comic enterprise that's soon transformed into flat-out inspired comedy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There are precious few signs of trouble or uncertainty in the polished, instantaneously seductive finished product on display in its first episode.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Smarter and snappier than one might have expected from a familiar sitcom premise.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It promised, in short, steadily absorbing plots and skilled writing, and these the series has delivered ever since.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The real Messrs. Gervais and Merchant haven't lost their touch with self-humiliating characters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    This series, about an underground British antiterror team that has joined forces with U.S. Special Forces veteran Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), does succeed in wresting plenty of high-level suspense out of these low-aiming scripts--no small miracle.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    If the quality of this one, so irresistible in its vitality and suspense, does fail to hold up, its creators will have delivered, at the least, one remarkably fine hour.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's a dramatic premise that should yield high rewards for Hostages, whose confident pilot episode ends with a cliffhanger worthy of the name--a kind that should bring audiences back lusting for more.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Even on the basis of the two episodes made available, it's easy enough to see that Mob City has plenty up its noir sleeve, including some rich plotting. Above all there's the cast, mainly responsible for the aforementioned life and energy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    As the premiere episode nears its end, the plot begins thickening agreeably with so many secrets, dark revelations, shocks and betrayals it all begins to seem familiarly and comfortably absorbing.
    • 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.
    • 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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