James Poniewozik, Time
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For 390 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Poniewozik's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Girls: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 47 out of 390
390 tv reviews
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 James Poniewozik
    It should be called We Hate Every Character on Our Own Sitcom.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 James Poniewozik
    It's a cheap, stale, stereotype-addicted sitcom where no one, male or female, comes off especially well or likeable, excepting possibly the babies.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    This is the same kind of odd-couple pairing that TV has been trying to sell for decades, and, like most every odd-couple concept after the actual Odd Couple, the premise has not even Twenty Good Minutes of humor in it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    It's a lame premise burdened with even lamer jokes.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    They truly do not make them like this anymore. And thank God for that.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    It's sneering and unwatchably badly written; it shoots at fish in a barrel and still manages to miss.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    Woo, dog, is this miniseries bad--quite possibly worse than "Tin Man."
    • 19 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    Momma's Boys is produced by Ryan Seacrest--who also proudly brought us "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"--who is seemingly trying to perpetuate a final stereotype: that reality producers are willing to stoop as low as necessary for a hit. Good work on that one.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    Work It is bad dumb, memorably bad dumb, the kind of bad dumb show you will use in years to come as a benchmark for other bad sitcoms.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    Rob! is playing at a meta game in which it transmutes lame jokes about Hispanics into clever commentary by putting them in Rob's mouth, but that kind of strategy only works when the sitcom's world outside the lead character is not equally lame.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    Lindsay Lohan cannot make a movie this bad by herself. There's an ample assist from the screenwriting, which strings together soap-opera lines ("I won't live without you!" "No more LIES!" "You haven't lost me, I've lost you") into a production you might expect to see Jenna Maroney in on 30 Rock.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    We’ve seen this over and over again: a series built around an elaborate concept, dressed up with a spooky mythology, then filled in with characters so poorly conceived, they may as well be called Kidnapped Wife Lady.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    As it turns out, Does Someone Have to Go? is exactly bad as you would think.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 James Poniewozik
    Bridalplasty, on the other hand, is an example of a reality show that sounds absolutely, soul-killingly awful, and then turns out to be precisely as absolutely, soul-killingly awful as you expected.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 0 James Poniewozik
    What was one of the worst drama pilots of the fall is now one of the worst for slightly, superficially different reasons.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 0 James Poniewozik
    Dads is the new season at its worst: dated, cheaply provocative, and laboriously unfunny.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 0 James Poniewozik
    The sexist typecasting--the “naughty” one, the self-described “bitch,” the “fairy tale” references--is more or less typical of many dating shows, but with the added, gross dimension of money. What Harry doesn’t have that the original Joe Millionaire did, at least so far, is any real sense of shame.