Dorothy Rabinowitz

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For 232 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.5 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 Graceland: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 232
232 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    [A] smartly ordered, sizzling drama, which establishes itself from the opening scene and builds from there.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A wonderfully diverting film with Mr. David at his abrasive best.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    This hour [is] packed with Mr. Brooks at his most endearing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    "House of Cards" is not without its flaws -- the occasionally heavy dribblings of symbolism, for instance, as exemplified by the regular appearance of gnawing rats. We could have figured out, without the rats, that this is black comedy. The last episode, further, is so written as to produce an Urquhart of considerably flattened character. By this time, however, it has been a superb ride for so long that no one will care. [25 Mar 1991]
    • Wall Street Journal
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A sharply drawn and riveting one from the evidence on hand, and bolstered by a skilled cast. This club should lure plenty of customers, television-viewing variety. They'll have good reason.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Once past an introductory flow of steamy images--plenty of stripping and unzipping, couplings in darkened rooms--it takes no time to recognize the quality in this sharply written and entertaining saga of four women destined to lead exceedingly complicated lives.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Prattle is, in any case, a minor note compared with the crackling pace of the first script, its evocative mood of menace at every turn, each police car racing to destinations that will reveal who knows what tragedy or unspeakable sight.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Four episodes of Life on Mars have by now aired, each livelier and more confident than the last and--despite its mush of a lead character--justifiably so. That's no small triumph.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It's one that's sharply plotted, fast-paced, with impressive performances.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There's considerable charm in this medical-drama concoction, which comes with the usual generous supply of spectacular brain disorders nobody you know will ever get--and in Mr. Pasquale's Dr. Cole, a confident, dedicated surgeon.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A suspense story enriched by its psychological dimension and three quietly compelling performances.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The suspense is ripping, the combat violent, in its own peculiarly satisfying way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A spectacularly entertaining enterprise.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    With its sharp writing and a uniformly fine cast, this show about lives in pieces is impressively, entertainingly whole.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    For their part, Messrs. Levitan and Lloyd set their ambitious sights on a rare kind of comedy, and they have, it appears, found the gold.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A stellar Toby Huss portrays the hard-driving Bosworth, a commanding presence. There are more than a few of these in Halt and Catch Fire, a drama set in Texas, filmed in Georgia--and from the available evidence an immensely seductive enterprise.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Its unyielding moral passion, exemplified in the character and pursuits of its hero, Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones), is the life force that propels this powerful--and powerfully violent--tale of New York City, 1864.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The writing is sharp, the atmosphere thick with tension from, among other things, car and foot chases.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Hard as it may be to imagine, there is still drama in the subject of crime families. And National Geographic Channel's contribution, the six-part Inside the American Mob, is impressive on that score. Most of its persuasiveness derives from first-person reflections both by federal officials and by Mafios.

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