Howard Rosenberg

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For 163 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Howard Rosenberg's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Full House: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 163
  2. Negative: 44 out of 163
163 tv reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Howard Rosenberg
    Although the characters are too inconsistent to be entirely believable and often act too inanely to be respected, there are enough nice moments here to lift "The Outsiders" above the ordinary and give it promise.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Howard Rosenberg
    Its uniqueness and arresting style don't earn it an unqualified endorsement here, for its first two Fontana-written episodes are absolute downers--there's no light at the end of a tunnel, nor even a tunnel--that offer no central characters to like or pull for...Be forewarned, too, that Oz is flat-out the most violent and graphically sexual series on TV. By contrast, it makes ABC's "NYPD Blue" look and sound like dancing Barney. [12 July 1997, p.F2]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Howard Rosenberg
    This split-personality series that speaks with two voices: one thoughtful and intelligent, the louder one glib and derivative. [29 Sept 1999, p.F6]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Howard Rosenberg
    The best thing Criminal Intent did was dump its low-brow, lower-IQ pilot. What remains, though, is routine at best, the violent master criminal planning a million-dollar diamond heist in the premiere naturally proving no match for the brilliant, X-ray-sighted Goren.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Howard Rosenberg
    The Guardian, despite having some promise, wears prominently on its forehead the scarlet "P" of predictability. You can be fairly certain that not only will Fallin make this difficult situation work, but that he'll be a better man for it. [25 Sept 2001, p.C2]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Howard Rosenberg
    What it all adds up to tonight, unfortunately, is something akin to a very slow camel or burro ride across long stretches of arid desert. There's dialogue galore, but comparatively little action and virtually no suspense.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Howard Rosenberg
    What And the Band Played On needs more of are not good actors, obviously, but characters who have depth and texture as well as sheen, for, at its worst, And the Band Played On appears to congeal disparate elements into a single gelatin. The AIDS-fighting good guys are so uniformly good and rigidly conventional that they present a sort of monolithically pastel image that undermines their believability.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Howard Rosenberg
    The premiere has a nice look, and its "Rashomon"-style flashbacks are very well shot. It also features a socko ending and one ingenious bit of plotting involving thieving hookers. Yet the storytelling is often muddy, and sorting out characters and determining who does what is more of a challenge than the episode is worth. [6 Oct 2000, p.F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Howard Rosenberg
    More often than not, however, most of the laughs are junior too.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Howard Rosenberg
    Watchable but disappointing. [21 Sept 1993, p.F1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Howard Rosenberg
    Everwood has much going against it, most notably an absence of subtlety that undermines Brown and others. He is so arrogant and smug (with a bedside manner bordering on the smarmy) that he's likable only compared with his conveniently snotty and mean-spirited rival. It's a stretch, by the way, that Abbott would be the only doctor in this rather cosmopolitan hamlet of 9,000 prior to Brown's arrival. [16 Sept 2002, p.C1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Howard Rosenberg
    Glimmers of good acting peep through this maze of melodrama. Yet "St. Elsewhere" practiced more interesting medicine, and Kelley's Emmy-laden "Picket Fences" is bolder and more likable. More significant, so is "ER."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Howard Rosenberg
    Early Firefly lacks majesty, and also that its laborious pace is hardly Star Warsian. [20 Sept 2002, p.C1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Howard Rosenberg
    It's an enigma, at the very least uneven.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Howard Rosenberg
    Oft-funny but problematic. ... {The] humor ranges from inspired to cheap and sophomoric. [29 Jan 1999]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Howard Rosenberg
    Quantum Leap for the most part is so excruciatingly slow and laborious that you wonder if director David Hemmings was trapped in his own time warp. Yet Bakula does nicely, and the story ultimately accelerates and even yields some very affecting moments as Beckett intrudes on his own past. [25 Mar 1989, p.C6]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Howard Rosenberg
    Now and then you hear yourself laughing out loud. More often, though, this plays like a one-joke series that keeps repeating the same punch line. [6 Oct 2000, p.F28]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Howard Rosenberg
    More than anything, what's missing in Human Target are suspense and a convincing hero.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Howard Rosenberg
    The bickering of the brothers -- who spend most of the half hour trying run down an anticipated inheritance from their deceased father -- quickly flattens into a tedious monotone. Loosen your seat belts. [19 Apr 1990, p.F10]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Howard Rosenberg
    The premiere has a nice look, but not nice enough to compensate for a plot that lacks suspense and features a mystery whose culprit should be so obvious that you may suspect a red herring. [22 Sep 1995]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Howard Rosenberg
    Although its inconsistencies begin to spread gratingly as it heads into its second half hour, "Against the Grain" is fairly pleasant viewing until it impales itself on its artificial, unrealistically giddy ending.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Howard Rosenberg
    The cast performs intelligently, but deserves better material. For Coach, not a championship season
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Howard Rosenberg
    It tops out at mildly funny and is infrequently even that, suffering from clashing tones and from too much Wuhl. [10 Aug 1996, p.F6]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Howard Rosenberg
    The new cast is fine (Stewart is a very interesting actor) and the story, although not very deep, inspired or mind-melding, has a nice payoff. But getting there takes much too long. ... Although handsome, this is a slow, thudding two hours badly in need of energizing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Howard Rosenberg
    The Flash has neither the humor of "Dick Tracy" nor, even though much of its action occurs at night, the brooding darkness of "Batman." Despite great swells of action music, moreover, it lacks a true comic book sensibility that would dramatically set it apart from the rest of prime time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Howard Rosenberg
    Initially sleek and stylish but empty. [23 Sep 1992]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Howard Rosenberg
    Fresh Prince of Bel Air is being touted as a sure hit. If it becomes one, it will be because of the raw likability of its star, rapper Will Smith, not because of his acting skills or even anything that's been written for him in this NBC comedy. [10 Sept 1990, p.F9]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Howard Rosenberg
    The premiere of Designing Women...provides fewer answers than indications. And the indications are that even good performers in an appealing setting won't make Designing Woman funny without better-designed scripts. Snappy, yes. Laughs, no.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Howard Rosenberg
    "I'll Fly Away" makes it easy for us, relegating racism to a time and region that we can confront comfortably, steeping ourselves in self-righteousness as the series steeps itself in self-importance. ... Waterston and especially Harper give performances in these early episodes that bode well for whatever future "I'll Fly Away" has in its perilous time slot. But by the time the premiere has ended and Waterston gives his final pensive pause, you'll be the one wanting to fly away.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Howard Rosenberg
    Has a few amusing moments, but is largely giftless ... You watch this half hour waiting for something to happen, but it never does. It needs less "gung" and more "ho."

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