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 9 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
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    Scenes that work are funny... Scenes that fall flat are merely blah, rather than stupid.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    NBC's new "Thank God You're Here" doesn't start out as strong as I'd hoped. It has potential, though.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    The show's weaknesses, in its first two episodes, rest in some slack dialogue and unevenly edited payoffs of suspense.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    "1 vs. 100" isn't really bad. Its only serious trouble is the pacing. In an hourlong episode, I count just 14 questions.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The new premiere isn't horrible, and it shows some promise.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    At first blush, "Help Me Help You" looks like it will be terrible, but it's not. The actors are talented. The language and pacing are playful.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    "Four Kings" is a strange thing. The first episode of the new NBC comedy reeks. But there are moments in the next two episodes that make it seem as if it has the potential to be a male version of "Sex and the City," minus the naughty stuff HBO could show that NBC can't.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    Taylor, being one of Hollywood's underutilized great actresses, makes State of Mind interesting just by appearing in it. Taylor's supporting cast is quite good, too.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The problem with the beginning of "24" isn't the plotting or the rusty acting. It's the pacing, the clunky rhythm of the action-adventure. Thank goodness, the quality of "24" fluctuates, so it has real potential to become great again in future episodes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    This show may convince us the Simmonses are good people. But there's not much catchy drama in following the evolution of a teenager's party planning.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The tone of this odd show (created by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, and initially directed by Ken Olin) is both sweet and wacky, as if it were made by David E. Kelley, he of "Ally McBeal." But it's missing something.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    Coughlan finds the nice subtle undertones so Jenny seems more real and less cardboard.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    Samantha is more of a smiler than a laugher. That's fine. But the comedy straddles straight-up storytelling with clumsy moments of broad comedy (no insulting pun intended).
    • 24 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    There is one fantastic thing about this show. It's only a half-hour.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    "Hidden Palms" isn't totally odious. After the bad acting in the initial daddy suicide, the show calms down and holds mild interest for its bikini hotness, cool blue pools and unapologetic stupidity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The direction is capable. And there are moments of shining in the script, though there aren't yet enough fine scenes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    [It] isn't awful. Mostly, it's just too tightly packed, like those peanut cans kids open and giant toy snakes spring out. [11 Aug 2005, p.49]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The show's weakness is that not a lot of interesting or funny stuff happens on the bus or in their touring cities.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    Good cast. Nice narrative flow. But I don't quite care about this drama yet -- villains are too smart and heavyhanded, and tension is slack.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The first episode is OK. Predictable. Standard. But Garrett's funny, and he and Fisher work great together.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    Hopefully, the scriptwriting will improve and make better use of the cast, which is ripe for higher-quality material.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    What's not fun? At least half of the rest of the show.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    "Tuesday Night Book Club" has the effect of making viewers wish to live somewhere less petty and self-destructive than America, or at least the Scottsdale of this show.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    [It is] a mess of unconvincing drama, and the acting veers from magnificent to quite poor.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The first episode doesn't measure up to the actors' capabilities, but there is a fantastic amount of promise.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    "Love Monkey" does have its endearing moments. A few chuckles, even. But tonight's debut clomps all over predictable territory.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The dramatic structure is overorganized around the linear detective-ing, and the show's too Dan-centric without a "Quantum Leap"-like partner to spice things up.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    "Old Christine" could morph into a fresh and funny staple, as long as it's tinkered with correctly.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    "Blade" could work as an earnest fantasy. It just doesn't, yet.

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