For 24 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Greg Dawson's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Brooklyn Bridge: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Ferris Bueller: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
24 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Greg Dawson
    Home Improvement isn't groundbreaking TV or even the most original new show of the year (that would be Eerie, Indiana), but it's the most perfectly realized: an idea whose time has come - the ripe-for-ribbing men's movement - combined with sharp writing and once-in-a-blue-moon cast chemistry. [17 Sep 1991]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Greg Dawson
    I lost count of the laugh-out-loud lines in tonight's special one-hour premiere that makes you wish for an hour every week. [20 Aug 1990, p.C1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Greg Dawson
    Both an engrossing medical whatdunit and a modern American tragedy...It hurtles forward with the urgency of a murder mystery and ends with the suddenness of a nightmare.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Greg Dawson
    Everything about this world is more richly, deeply textured than our own, from the ornate (not luxurious) furnishings to the ornate people. [20 Sep 1991]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Greg Dawson
    I'll Fly Away, set in the South in the late '50s, is all about ideas and values, about the clash of human nobility and imperfection. Sometimes - not as often as it could be - it is a drama as compelling as its material and actors. [7 Oct 1991]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Greg Dawson
    The Simpsons hasn't lost an ounce of vinegar or chutzpah. [11 Oct 1990]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Greg Dawson
    The creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies apparently spared no cost in producing Young Indiana, a weekly series for the small screen that feels more like one of his wide-screen opuses - glossy, state-of-the-art high adventure with epic overtones. [4 Mar 1992]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Greg Dawson
    The Flash has a wry, self-mocking sense of humor, too. "I think you've been reading too many comic books," Barry says at one point. [20 Sept 1990, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Greg Dawson
    This is the longest leap of imagination TV viewers have ever been asked to make, and at first the chasm may look wider than the Grand Canyon. It's a magnificent optical illusion. Your chances of bridging the gap are actually quite good, but it may take more than one try. [26 Sep 1990, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Greg Dawson
    It doesn't matter much that there's an assembly-line feel to these drop-in characters. The focus is on Reiser and Hunt, who make a merrily dysfunctional couple. [23 Sep 1992]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Greg Dawson
    It all falls a bit flat. But not because Anderson lacks support...So why aren't we laughing more? It could be that Barry's trademark, his knucklehead hyperbole prose, doesn't translate easily to the spoken word and screen. [20 Sept 1993, p.D1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Greg Dawson
    The title of this feel-good drama is an unintended irony. Against the Grain is anything but. It goes with the grain, gently stroking the viewer with predictable storytelling and heartland homilies.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Greg Dawson
    But the writers blow it; they don't keep Fresh Prince in character. When he arrives at the Bel Air mansion and the black butler opens the door, Fresh Prince mistakes him for a relative - a believable lapse for an inner-city kid. But the next thing you know, he's doing a dead-on impression of an English butler...Fresh Prince shows up for a formal dinner in his gaudy street threads and doesn't know which fork to use, yet he's an accomplished classical pianist. None of this adds up, and it drains away most of the fish-out-of-water tension that could have produced a terrific comedy. [10 Sept 1990, p.C1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Greg Dawson
    The result, to borrow a phrase from that generation, is totally bogus. But not totally without merit, due to a cast, headed by Shannen Doherty, that's generally better than the material. [4 Oct 1990, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Greg Dawson
    The cast is first-rate. Towering Kevin Peter Hall reprises his role as Harry from the movie; Bruce Davison (Longtime Companion) portrays George Henderson; and his wife is played by Molly Cheek, Garry's girlfriend on the Shandling show. [10 Jan 1991, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Greg Dawson
    Real World is entertaining because voyeurism usually is. It's fun to eavesdrop on other people's lives, even if they are living in a fantasy world. Frankly, the conversation in the loft is a bit disappointing, considering the number of aspiring deep thinkers. [31 May 1992]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Greg Dawson
    A comedy that reeks of potential. And sometimes it just reeks. [13 Sep 1992]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Greg Dawson
    What it took Griffith more than two hours to achieve in the movie - finagling her way from the secretarial pool to the board room - TV's working girl (Sandra Bullock) does in 30 minutes. There seems little point in continuing after that. It's hard to imagine, or care, where the story goes from here. [15 Apr 1990, p.F1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Greg Dawson
    Bland gruel. [24 Sept 1993, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Greg Dawson
    Segal has a certain bombastic charm as he quaffs and quips his way through the part of Daedelus, the phoniest Irishman to hit the small screen since the last Irish Spring commercial. Han, who made her TV debut in the miniseries Space, is a good foil for Segal. She can act a little, which is all that's called for. [2 Nov 1988]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Greg Dawson
    Look, I'm all for more wholesome family fare in prime time, but sitting through the first two episodes of Christy was like being hooked up to an intravenous drip of Karo syrup. ... My principal objection to the TV series is that despite a good cast, picturesque locale and laudable intentions, it feels totally bogus, from the accents to the grime on the children's faces.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 20 Greg Dawson
    This is the most loathsome, repugnantly ugly piece of television I've seen in a long time - cynical, cheap, tawdry, pretentious and manipulative. [18 Sept 1992, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Greg Dawson
    Boredom, not outrage, will drive viewers away from Uncle Buck, which steals shamelessly from the movie starring John Candy, everything from the giant pancake to the backfiring Buckmobile. Everything, that is, except John Candy. [10 Sept 1990, p.C1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Greg Dawson
    It's hard to say why Charlie Schlatter is so annoying as TV's version of the high school prankster played by Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller's Day Off...But whatever it is - maybe consummate smugness - makes for a thoroughly irritating television experience. [23 Aug 1990, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel

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