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

Doug Elfman's Scores

Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Californication: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Back to You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 185
  2. Negative: 59 out of 185
185 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It's not a great show, but it's a good concept.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    Tedious.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The script -- like the direction and acting -- is only half on.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    This is annoying beyond my comprehension.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    Yes, another comedy starts out with mild promise and quickly tanks.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    Tonight's premiere episode doesn't have a single laugh in it.
    • 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
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The script is just poor.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    If this is America, I want out.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It's just a younger and hotter and stupider and drunker "Law & Order" office.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    I'm not positive, but I think "Justice" is terrible, at least the first episode.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    A clutter of clunky dialogue that sucks the life out of [Flockhart] and other usually skilled actors.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 12 Doug Elfman
    The most confusing ensemble drama of the new season.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    "Out of Practice" lives in a comedy vacuum: All its laughs are trapped inside and can't get out.

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