For 185 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Doug Elfman's Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Pushing Daisies: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 American Inventor: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 185
  2. Negative: 59 out of 185
185 tv reviews
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    I will be rooting for this series to improve, but not watching it.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    An anemic, unfunny romantic comedy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It's sleek and mildly epic-looking. But qualitywise, I'm wondering where the storyline is going other than just the soapy family fights.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It's just a younger and hotter and stupider and drunker "Law & Order" office.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It demonstrates how a show can be a run-of-the-mill cop drama despite a talented cast and a few interesting twists.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    Like "Roseanne," it can mine poverty for working-class laughs. It isn't executing that well, yet.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It's not a bad show.... But I don't care about the characters or plot after watching the first episode.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The script is just poor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The debut episode isn't so bad. The action is fairly taut, except for a dumb foot chase. The direction is tight, despite a few improbable twists.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    I'm not positive, but I think "Justice" is terrible, at least the first episode.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The script -- like the direction and acting -- is only half on.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The story itself is just fine and dandy, and smidgens of it are charming. "Wedding Wars" just isn't very good.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    Has a lot of forced backstory writing.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    If Matt and Emily blow up, the show doesn't get a second episode. Because they'll be dead. Keep your fingers crossed.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It suffers from too much gloom and glam.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The problem with "Treasure Hunters" is the same problem with "Amazing Race": It just feels like all the competing teams are spinning their wheels by solving clues.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It squanders committed acting and funny lines by draping them over a suspect premise.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It's not a great show, but it's a good concept.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    A clutter of clunky dialogue that sucks the life out of [Flockhart] and other usually skilled actors.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It can't be this much like glorified Lifetime every week, can it?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    Yes, another comedy starts out with mild promise and quickly tanks.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    "Runaway" isn't offensively awful. It's passively poor.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    Tonight's premiere episode doesn't have a single laugh in it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    There are a lot of studious, high-achiever kids. Lauren is an anomaly. She is the lucky one. The one with an MTV camera crew for a resume. The pretty one with petty friends who melt in bikinis by blue-green pools of entitlement and argue idly with quarrelsome, spoiled boyfriends.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    At least "Lost" and "Heroes" give us a sci-fi excuse to forgive illogical stretches of the imagination.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    Negligible.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    My name is Clint, and I'm a big stupid doofus from Texas starring in a new "docu-soap" called Nashville, where me and a bunch of other country singers try to become famous, like those girls did on "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County."
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    "The Game" is such a predictable drag, it's hard to keep your eyes on it. It's like watching traffic or a catnap or a Bunsen burner.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    One of the most puzzling things about TV this year is the mere existence of this catastrophe. It is a huge, huge pile.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    It has moments of being so-bad-it's-good, which is to say it's at its best when it's a near-satire of the genre. But it drowns in redundant action scenes and sentimentality.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    It's one of the worst new series--but for its cardboard acting and writing, not for the morals.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    The idea is inventive and almost makes me want to keep watching, except I already did and I couldn't handle the awkward bad choices characters made.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    The execution of "Tin Man" is flat, flatter, flattest. The dialogue is utilitarian, except when it's "Dungeons and Dragons" cliche.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    You have no idea how much restraint I'm using not to call it "Crummy." Oops. Lost the restraint.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    "Out of Practice" lives in a comedy vacuum: All its laughs are trapped inside and can't get out.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    "Rules" and "'Til Death" bear exactly the same ups and downs. The ups: essentially a good cast, plus sporadic funny lines. The downs: many un-funny lines, plus rehashed storylines from a thousand episodes of married-life sitcoms dating all the way back to "The Honeymooners."
    • 23 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    A rote TV drama.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    Tedious.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    "Stacked" should be set someplace other than a bookstore. It's hard to imagine these idiot characters being able to read anything longer than a grocery receipt.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    The women aren't real, realistic, real-ish, real-esque or real-y. They don't even seem genuine in being fake.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    You can see the script and directional tone holding back the actors.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    Rome is so jam-packed with Caesar and pals, it feels like a show that high school teachers would ask students to watch, if it weren't for all the whore sex, rape and consensual carnality. It very well might take an apt pupil to follow this cinematic jigsaw puzzle. [24 Aug 2005, p.55]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    I've laughed more at my own ex-mechanic, who rode a bicycle to his shop because he racked up too many DUIs.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    "Men in Trees" starts pretty badly. The actors haven't found their characters' breath yet. The writing is chiefly cardboard. But the light drama isn't all bad.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    A followup to "Sex and the City"? Not "Related." It has zero sex and a thimble of city life. What's worse, the women are even whinier and less confident than the women of "Sex" -- and the men of "Related" are more generous and real than that other show's two-dimensional pugs.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    All this obvious plot about baby showers, maternity peeing and big-belly clothing is unbearable.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 12 Doug Elfman
    Bad sitcom, bad.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 12 Doug Elfman
    The new debut episode climaxes with a confusingly written yet completely unoriginal plot twist at the end. And the women characters are less confident than before, frazzled and more judgmental.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 12 Doug Elfman
    The most confusing ensemble drama of the new season.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 12 Doug Elfman
    "Teachers" is never not lame.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    Oh, and there's a very pink teapot on their coffee table. It's easy to take note of such set pieces when you're in the process of not laughing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    Dirty Sexy Money, ABC's dull new drama starring Peter Krause ("Six Feet Under") and Donald Sutherland, contrives for your viewing displeasure one of the world's stupidest, richest and hate-worthy families called the Darlings.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    This is annoying beyond my comprehension.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    Back to You stinks, shames the sitcom form, is written and directed with smelly gusto, and is not original, funny or redemptive by any universal standards known to science, creation or TV executives.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    If this is America, I want out.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    I think I could have written a better script during the two hours it took me to watch "Have No Fear." I think you could, too, and I don't even know you.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    "Path" is the dullest, worst-shot TV movie since ABC's disastrous "Ten Commandments" remake. It substitutes shaky handheld cameras and dumb dialogue for craftsmanship. It could not be more amateurish or poorly constructed unless someone had forgotten to light the sets.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    A low-rent "American Idol" ripoff.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    The result is a "partially scripted reality show" (whatever that means) that edits scenes so as to make people look ridiculous while clashing over artificial constructs.

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