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 Nip/Tuck: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 185
  2. Negative: 59 out of 185
185 tv reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    Despite high praise, there are two serious problems: (a) The first new episode is crazy confusing, and (b) over the course of the first batch of episodes, the story lines don't develop quickly enough.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    This is the best the drama has been in some time.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    "Curb" may be ridiculously silly, but, unlike "Extras," its shenanigans are inventive.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    In the vein of Bill Murray, [Leary] is now a subtler tragic-comic actor who signals both tough luck and buoyant twinkles with a smirk and a glance. [30 May 2006, p.39]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    The fifth season of this filmlike thriller is metaphorically knocking my socks off. My actual socks remain on.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    Dramatically speaking, what douses a bit of the fire of this ensemble show are a few non-compelling characters and/or bad actors.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The first episode doesn't measure up to the actors' capabilities, but there is a fantastic amount of promise.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    It's really quite good and oddly entertaining, as cynical as it is.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    [A] rare work of brilliance.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    I said this is an old-school literary movie because it is a gallery of objective portraits, leaving the viewer to absorb narrative while pondering various parallels and themes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    "Dirt" gets the ingredients right (the tone, acting and pacing are swell), but the dialogue doesn't make it addicting enough to watch, and the editing could be slicker more often.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Pushing Daisies deserves its high praise. It's the best new drama of the fall, finding sweet hope in morbid tragedy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Dexter, one of the best shows on TV this decade. High praise, indeed. Deserved.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    K-Ville's" heavy tone and sober acting capture enough of that essence to make it interesting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Based on the first three new episodes, I can continue to put Rescue Me on my list as one of the best 20 shows that have ever been on TV. [13 June 2007, p.51]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    There's nothing particularly fresh or appealing about the story lines or symbolisms, no matter how well-directed and -acted "Brotherhood" is.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    The new episodes find the upper-middle-class mother of two evolving into a gangster. This is a good move for the show. [13 Aug 2007]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Scene by scene, "Mrs. Harris" overcomes the rote nature of true crime stories.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It's not a great show, but it's a good concept.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    It's a lot of fun. It's funny. And stars Bret Harrison and Tyler Labine have better chemistry than most duos on TV.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    There's nothing wrong with "The Nine." It's just essentially a step above pedestrian.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    Tedious.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    Irons and the rest of the cast are spot-on. The writing and directing are fairly crisp. Perhaps, though, tracing Elizabeth's life for 20-plus years subtracted from my becoming intently involved in each period of this biopic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    The playful and creative scripts are pretty fun. The good-looking cast is solid, led by Barrowman, a graduate of Joliet West High. The special effects are iffy. It's no "Buffy," but like "Buffy" it's getting better with age. It's not hard to imagine it could be must-watch TV by season four.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    Fans of Sorkin's years on "The West Wing" will likely enjoy "Studio 60." And there should be enough mature viewers who crave bright writing to make the show a sudden mainstay.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    It's still solidly entertaining (if less so) thanks to Walsh and McMahon's dependable character arcs.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    It's a fairly entertaining show right out of the gate, though it's distractingly busy with a gimmick: Poorly edited flashbacks pop up suddenly to show what victims were doing in the moments before they suffered health problems. This could be done well, but it's not now.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The problem with the beginning of "24" isn't the plotting or the rusty acting. It's the pacing, the clunky rhythm of the action-adventure. Thank goodness, the quality of "24" fluctuates, so it has real potential to become great again in future episodes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    High School Musical 2 is very good. It's more than listenable. The music is surprisingly catchy, smartly penned and not annoying.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    It's really kind of a glorious little miracle, a half-hour series of little pictures of simple, complex and unfamous Americans breathing everyday lives, with a twist of kookiness, while they search for the Meaning of Everything and The Big Picture.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    Hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are back. And once again, there's more meat to the competition than there is on the bones of the models.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    In better moments, "Weeds" proves small kerflops can be made interesting and fun to watch. In lesser moments, not so.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The cast is a fine one. The chemistry works between Elfman and Randall. The weakness of "Alex's" premiere -- and not future episodes, I hope -- is the overwrought script.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    It isn't as ambitious or objective as HBO's "The Wire," but it's about as close as broadcast TV gets to "The Wire." It finely depicts the daily grim and gritty existence of kids and adults dealing with narrow hopes, sad expectations, provincial victories, race and poverty.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The script -- like the direction and acting -- is only half on.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    The casting is for awesome, flat-out too-good-for-TV acting.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Fantastic, fascinating, creepy, charming and gruesome.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    It's hard for an artistic entity to balance that kind of American duality. Mad Men does so in a subtler and more natural way than "Natural Born Killers" did satirically.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    This is annoying beyond my comprehension.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    It's very appealing. Aliens in America pulls off its absurd, touchy situation by handling everything with a relaxed tone and excellent film work.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The first episode is OK. Predictable. Standard. But Garrett's funny, and he and Fisher work great together.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    At first, this new comedy about four mostly wimpy dudes seems just stupid, but some of it is decent.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    The execution is cute, silly, heartfelt and sweet (not saccharine), plus it's shot at the cinematic level of a moderately funded romantic comedy movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The direction is capable. And there are moments of shining in the script, though there aren't yet enough fine scenes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    Yes, another comedy starts out with mild promise and quickly tanks.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    It's slicker, more ambitious and has more chuckles than expected.
    • 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
    The story itself is just fine and dandy, and smidgens of it are charming. "Wedding Wars" just isn't very good.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    I predict those struggles for allegiance to be reflected in the microcosm of smalltown Jericho. Instead of “North and South,” we may be about to get “East and West.”
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    If you're a woman and you want to see a naked male butt, watch Nip/Tuck. If you're a man who values the naked female form, Nip/Tuck is for you...Those two sentences are outlandish. But I'm doing what I can to draw your attention to one of the most exhilarating shows on TV...Nip/Tuck is fun. It's sexy. It's the opposite of sexy. It's existential. It's bloody disgusting. And it's the only series on TV now that deserves to inherit the fans of "Six Feet Under." [4 Sept 2006, p.31]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Cute, creative and slick, this is one of the best new shows of the fall season.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    The Sarah Connor Chronicles" begins as an intense, thoughtful, exciting, fun spectacle. The first episode will kick your ass.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    "Tuesday Night Book Club" has the effect of making viewers wish to live somewhere less petty and self-destructive than America, or at least the Scottsdale of this show.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    Breaking could be a good study of acting, since Cranston and Aaron Paul (as his partner, Jesse) get under the grimy skin of their characters. But there's not enough of the good stuff, like writing, directing, mood, cinematography--you get the point.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    NBC should consider scrapping Thursday's first episode.... But then come the second and third installments -- inspired, taut and funny.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    The storylines are not so much entertainingly paced as they are merely interesting, representational or too often plodding.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    The acting, writing and directing are subtle and graceful.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    Shrek the Halls does a very good job of top-to-bottom production.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    As far as junk like this goes, it's not heinous and has moments of OK-ness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    In Treatment is exhilarating.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    "Weeds" comes from a Hollywood la-la land that is too crammed with trauma and wit to be real. But it's just entertaining enough to be watchable, despite the fact that it doesn't seem to be going anywhere dramatically deep. [4 Aug 2005]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    These tall tales flow into a stream of consciousness. That's good. The acting is convincing. That's good. The Irish stuff is heavy-handed. That's bad.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    Hopefully, the scriptwriting will improve and make better use of the cast, which is ripe for higher-quality material.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    "Boondocks" is a charming, amusing and good-looking cartoon. What's more, it establishes fertile, identifiable characters and story lines.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    It may be hard to believe that "Invasion's" premiere could be touching in the context of Katrina, and effective as a sci-fi drama. But that is the power of high-quality storytelling.
    • 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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    The minute "Thief" begins running tonight on cable's FX, television reclaims its best actor.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    Tonight's premiere episode doesn't have a single laugh in it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Californication--the best new TV show in a year.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    t's not perfect. A few situations and lines are hyped-up "Sex and the City" moments, like when a distraught Lipsticker complains, "I need a cupcake." But if you can moan your way through such moments, the show gets more serious as it goes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    An anemic, unfunny romantic comedy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    At least "Lost" and "Heroes" give us a sci-fi excuse to forgive illogical stretches of the imagination.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    The show's first three episodes don't always land their punches. But "The Riches" takes daring swings. And the acting, especially in Monday's debut, is as good as it gets on TV.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    It's awash in sudsy Bo Derek and Morgan Fairchild, plus a bit of Tippi Hedren. But slow tension fails to fill the first episode, and the acting is a tangle of scorns.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The script is just poor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    Good cast. Nice narrative flow. But I don't quite care about this drama yet -- villains are too smart and heavyhanded, and tension is slack.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    It's a better film than a viewer, and certainly a parent, could expect from a movie based on an 18-inch piece of plastic.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    If this is America, I want out.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    "Rome" treats viewers as long-term fans of deep terrain. To follow "Rome," it is required you keep up. If you do, you may be rewarded with a fine tale, proper acting and a better-told history lesson.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    There is one fantastic thing about this show. It's only a half-hour.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It's just a younger and hotter and stupider and drunker "Law & Order" office.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    It starts out a little cutesy but quickly finds laughs in crisp writing and really strong (and blessedly not-overblown) acting.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    I don't want to spoil the great lines, delivered with perfect comic acting. To me, it's bliss.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    Taylor, being one of Hollywood's underutilized great actresses, makes State of Mind interesting just by appearing in it. Taylor's supporting cast is quite good, too.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    The show's super strengths are its well-developed filmmaking, smooth pacing and a perfect cast. It views like the first hour of a fun, thoughtful movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    As usual, he's demanding, brutal and fearless. He repeatedly insults egotistical managers and chefs and yells, "Just smell that for me!" And they do.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    I'm not positive, but I think "Justice" is terrible, at least the first episode.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    If you enjoy inside baseball, it's an interesting dynamic to view, and it's made cohesive by solid efforts from the actors, scriptwriter James D. Solomon and director Jeremiah S. Chechik.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    "Army Wives" is better than it has any right to be.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    A clutter of clunky dialogue that sucks the life out of [Flockhart] and other usually skilled actors.

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