Dorothy Rabinowitz

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For 246 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 70% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.2 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 Category 7: The End of the World: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 246
246 tv reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    [Schwimmer's] the great strength of the series, along with Mr. Sturgess, whose Dion is a commanding portrait of endless faith in his dream, to say nothing of endless resilience. ... [A] beguiling tale whose kitchen scenes and gourmet dish preparations provide the ultimate sizzle.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    For all its grisly nature, an involvingly sinister tale.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It may require concentration to savor all its moving parts. But that’s not exactly work, considering the reward.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Some of this can be hard going. Even viewers racked by curiosity about the life, loves and early adventures of Gloria Vanderbilt--an audience that may not be as great in number as might be imagined--would have trouble maintaining their fascination while watching prolonged scenes like the one in which Ms. Vanderbilt and son trudge around poking into piles of old belongings in storage. ... The film, directed by Liz Garbus, is alive with color.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The Path delivers a sharp and persuasive commentary on the needs fulfilled by faiths of this kind, on the unyielding determination of the believers to continue believing.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    This is one circus worth attending, a series bottomless in its capacity to fascinate.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    As was true in season one, the first thing to notice about Togetherness--in addition to its spectacularly talented cast--is the amount of sophisticated wit the writers manage to dredge from standard sitcom craziness, the exuberance they wring out of emotional pain and everyday sodden travail.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Much about this eight-part series, based on a novel by Stephen King and adapted for television by Bridget Carpenter, is, in addition, fraught with both little and not-so-little comprehension problems.... But there is much here that has undeniable appeal, most of it having to do with the impressive period detail of the early ’60s.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The new run of The X-Files may well, in time, encompass some more up-to-date conspiracies. If so, they’ll be welcome. Nobody is likely to grieve long over the absence of the latest on Roswell and invading aliens from space.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    In You, Me and the Apocalypse the destruction of the world and all life in it is imminent thanks to a comet set unalterably on a collision course with Earth. It’s a measure of the strengths of this strikingly sharp-witted comedy-drama that it’s hard to keep that looming threat of world-wide annihilation in mind, so vivid are the preoccupations of the characters racing around, fending off their private disasters.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    For all its running time over three consecutive nights, Childhood’s End leaves a sense of a story not quite told--the result, largely, of the fact that it deals so much in large themes and generalities and provides so little of character and detail. Even so, it’s entirely compelling drama, with a uniformly fine cast and dazzling special effects.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The breakthroughs described in National Geographic Channel’s ambitious six-part series aren’t all equal in promise or tone.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Syria and refugees are only the beginning of this season’s potent mix of ripped-from-the-headlines crises.... Carrie is, unsurprisingly, headed back to her old identity as master snoop on the hunt. Between that and the news focus, not to mention the glittering Berlin street scenes, welcome to the new Homeland.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The series, created by Simon Block, weaves its way deftly through its engrossing plot entanglements.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    With its sharp writing and a uniformly fine cast, this show about lives in pieces is impressively, entertainingly whole.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It’s hard, after this encounter with the Muppets, to imagine any confidences from them, private or public, one wouldn’t want to hear more of.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The suspense is ripping, the combat violent, in its own peculiarly satisfying way.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The Conan Doyle of this series has considerable charm as played by Mr. Clunes, though that takes some time to emerge from the effects of episode one.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Overstuffed yet altogether gripping work.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It’s nonetheless admirably written, and reliably sophisticated comedy.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Ms.Tomlin and Ms. Fonda make an immensely potent comedy team. Together, and also separately, they’re the source of most of the ebullience, style and assorted other pleasures of Grace and Frankie, and those are considerable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Mr. Gad is utterly seductive. Mr. Crystal’s endlessly changing facial expressions flow into one another, each containing its own little world of loathing, of mockery. They’re perfect. He’s perfect. All that he, Mr. Gad and this series need is more coherently themed comedy of the kind in the pilot, which they don’t quite have down yet in some subsequent episodes, as one talent-squandering revel in a supermarket shows.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Who in this family has been plotting what against whom? That this quickly becomes, for the viewer, an urgent question says all that’s necessary about the story’s magnetic pull.
    • 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.

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