James Poniewozik
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For 410 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Poniewozik's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 The Playboy Club: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 410
410 tv reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 James Poniewozik
    Predictable but pithy, Wife takes itself no more seriously than the Hollywood-haves it skewers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 James Poniewozik
    In the early Season 2 episodes, the strain shows in the songs, which service the plot but aren't as memorable as the old ones. But the scripts are as funny and tightly written as ever.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 James Poniewozik
    Because of Lewis' brilliant portrayal of the eccentric Charlie, the show is perfectly enjoyable. It's just not compelling, mainly because the ongoing story of Charlie's search for justice is so isolated from the rest of the show that it seems meant for bathroom and snack breaks.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 James Poniewozik
    In all, not a great debut, but one with potential, and it shows off Grier's versatility well.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 James Poniewozik
    But mostly, the show improved--in my eyes, anyway--by doing well enough by what was good about it that I could simply ignore the weaker stuff.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 James Poniewozik
    Kings is fascinating pretentious hoo-ha.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 James Poniewozik
    It's a refreshing take and an interesting effort, if finally not quite a compelling one.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 James Poniewozik
    The Parks and Recreation pilot is funny, with mounds of potential. Its problem is that it seems to be actively downplaying its distinctiveness by emphasizing the surface resemblance to The Office.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 James Poniewozik
    Some of the supporting characters need work (especially a too sitcommy administrator played by Anna Deavere Smith), and some patients-of-the-week veer into clich├ęs. But Falco is outstanding as a living reminder that you meet angels only in the next life.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 James Poniewozik
    This is war as it happened, brutal and random, and in re-creating it Brothers captures viscerally the extraordinary sacrifice of a generation of ordinary men. ... But unlike [Saving Private Ryan], which bared its fictional GIs' souls, Brothers fatally neglects to turn its cast into distinguishable characters.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 James Poniewozik
    The humor is minutely observed, but the improv reminds you how much nonactor Jerry Seinfeld benefited from comic backup and tight scripts.

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