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

Doug Elfman's Scores

Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Reaper: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dirty Sexy Money: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 185
  2. Negative: 59 out of 185
185 tv reviews
    • 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."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    The Sarah Connor Chronicles" begins as an intense, thoughtful, exciting, fun spectacle. The first episode will kick your ass.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    This is the best the drama has been in some time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    It's still solidly entertaining (if less so) thanks to Walsh and McMahon's dependable character arcs.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    The minute "Thief" begins running tonight on cable's FX, television reclaims its best actor.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    The acting, writing and directing are subtle and graceful.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 37 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    It should get tighter as the season progresses. But I already laughed several times at the silliness of this week's first episode, which is more than I can say for most sitcoms.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    A well-written and well-cast, if broadly drawn, show.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    There's peril in traveling the well-worn path of unrequited love and adulterous wives. But what makes this beginning of "Brian" work is that the characters are nicely drawn archetypes, not stereotypes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    "The Unit"... is predictably Mametian only in that it's interesting, tightly written and finely shot.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    The world of TV benefits from having another good show, with relaxed Spade at the desk, mocking the Stepford-like trance with which entertainment-news shows like "Access Hollywood" mindlessly idolize stars into saints and sinners.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    That cast and the sweet but not disgustingly sugary direction uplift "Mattress" from what could have been a merely not-horrible event.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    "Miracle Workers" is genuine, naturally sweet and never exploitative.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    "The Class" is a good example of how any premise can be turned into good fiction, even if it's cluttered with tired cliches.
    • 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.”
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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