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 Dexter: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 The War at Home: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 185
  2. Negative: 59 out of 185
185 tv reviews
    • 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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