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 8.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Doug Elfman's Scores

Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 24: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Hot Properties: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 185
  2. Negative: 59 out of 185
185 tv reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Dexter, one of the best shows on TV this decade. High praise, indeed. Deserved.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    In Treatment is exhilarating.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    "Day Break" asks viewers for faith, to believe unanswered questions will not go unanswered forever, and that every episode will be worth experiencing. For now, I'm willing to take that leap of faith, because the action is swift, the acting is taut and the premise is cool.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    There is a challenge to "Smith." It may be wonderfully shot so far. It may be blissfully quiet. And it may be supremely acted. But how much can a viewer care about the bad boys and girls over the course of many episodes?
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Fantastic, fascinating, creepy, charming and gruesome.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    "Curb" may be ridiculously silly, but, unlike "Extras," its shenanigans are inventive.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    The fifth season of this filmlike thriller is metaphorically knocking my socks off. My actual socks remain on.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Californication--the best new TV show in a year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Cute, creative and slick, this is one of the best new shows of the fall season.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Scene by scene, "Mrs. Harris" overcomes the rote nature of true crime stories.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    [A] rare work of brilliance.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    "Heist" is good TV -- not great yet, but good -- from the cast to the suspenseful pacing and a cool musical score.
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    What is special about "Ghost Whisperer" is the way it gets everything else right -- casting, acting, writing, directing, pacing, music, you name it.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    Finally, a "Sex and the City" clone comes through.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    If the series doesn't peter out after its first two great episodes, Comedy Central may at last have on its hands a live-action comedy as funny as "Chappelle's Show."
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    The casting is for awesome, flat-out too-good-for-TV acting.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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