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 Rescue Me: Season 4
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
    • 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).
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    At first, this new comedy about four mostly wimpy dudes seems just stupid, but some of it is decent.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    What's not fun? At least half of the rest of the show.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    Coughlan finds the nice subtle undertones so Jenny seems more real and less cardboard.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    Breaking could be a good study of acting, since Cranston and Aaron Paul (as his partner, Jesse) get under the grimy skin of their characters. But there's not enough of the good stuff, like writing, directing, mood, cinematography--you get the point.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    I will be rooting for this series to improve, but not watching it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    Like "Roseanne," it can mine poverty for working-class laughs. It isn't executing that well, yet.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It's just a younger and hotter and stupider and drunker "Law & Order" office.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It can't be this much like glorified Lifetime every week, can it?
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    Has a lot of forced backstory writing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The script is just poor.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The problem with "Treasure Hunters" is the same problem with "Amazing Race": It just feels like all the competing teams are spinning their wheels by solving clues.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    A clutter of clunky dialogue that sucks the life out of [Flockhart] and other usually skilled actors.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The script -- like the direction and acting -- is only half on.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    I'm not positive, but I think "Justice" is terrible, at least the first episode.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It squanders committed acting and funny lines by draping them over a suspect premise.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It's not a bad show.... But I don't care about the characters or plot after watching the first episode.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    "Runaway" isn't offensively awful. It's passively poor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    The debut episode isn't so bad. The action is fairly taut, except for a dumb foot chase. The direction is tight, despite a few improbable twists.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    Yes, another comedy starts out with mild promise and quickly tanks.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    An anemic, unfunny romantic comedy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It suffers from too much gloom and glam.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It's not a great show, but it's a good concept.
    • 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
    • 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.

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