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

Doug Elfman's Scores

Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Dexter: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 The Path to 9/11: 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    The casting is for awesome, flat-out too-good-for-TV acting.

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