James Poniewozik

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For 553 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Poniewozik's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Shield: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 56 out of 553
553 tv reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    It's a lame premise burdened with even lamer jokes.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    Lil' Bush is too lame to be taken seriously, or, more important, taken humorously.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    Campily depicting high school as a den of sluts and predators, Secret achieves the noble goal of making sex thoroughly unsexy.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    I Survived a Japanese Game Show took a simple enough concept—importing Americans to compete on a bizarre game show in Tokyo—and turned it into a boring, American-style reality show, complete with confessional segments and backstage scenes.
    • Time
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    It's the sort of talky tedious drama that is far less intelligent than it clearly thinks it is.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 James Poniewozik
    The series hopscotches to so many locations (the Carolinas, the Antarctic, the ocean trenches) that you briefly forget that it gives you no reason to feel afraid or intrigued or anything else.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    The problem is, those aspects of the show that are not about lesbianism are tedious, and those that are, are predictable.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    '80s is full of unlikable stereotypes who were already well-parodied cliches two decades ago.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    You might be a match for the show if you have a high tolerance for New Age woolgathering, if you consider hokey dialogue and amateurish characterization a fair trade-off for luminous atmosphere, if you enjoy ordering the most exotic item on the season’s video menu for the experience of having tasted it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    Whatever potential The Lottery has to look at the connection between fertility and power, or the timely issues of women’s reproductive autonomy--or a simple dramatic fight over the future of the species--is wasted with flat characters and flimsy political intrigue that plays like a duller version of Scandal.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    While I know the show has avid fans, this version leaves me cold much like the original does.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    Almost none of [the characters] shows signs of becoming an actual person rather than a high-concept joke.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    The show-within-the-show is bad, intentionally so (I think). The show itself is worse, if only because there’s more of it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    The West Wing gave us rich characters, a sense of proportionality and an infectious feeling of romance with the country and the people who want to make it better. The Newsroom, after four exhausting, smug episodes, gives us none of that: just Aaron Sorkin writing one argument after another for himself to win.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    There are also, unfortunately, a stiff performance by star David Lyons, as a cop, on the run for A Crime He Did Not Commit, who becomes the eponymous superhero, and the kind of dialogue that gives comics a bad name ("One man can still make a difference!").
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    Though his Barry is a bit of a stiff, Rayner among the least of the show’s problems. There’s not a fleshed-out character in the show.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    Simultaneously gross and sanctimonious, this histrionic science procedural is mainly a warning against the cloning of TV concepts.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 James Poniewozik
    The show is weak, sometimes plain creepy, when it moves from fantasy football to male fantasy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    The Brink is far more likely to trigger a hasty finger on your TV remote.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    Hellcats, set at a Tennessee college, can do nothing more with the material than a stale story.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    The Kennedys is also--in case anyone cares--pretty bad TV: melodramatic, rote and grim.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    The original pilot had funny moments, but also some pacing problems and dead spots-which the final version, unfortunately, if anything made worse. And a second episode that Fox just sent out is no more encouraging.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    Making Marco Polo dumb fun would be just as legitimate as making it weighty historical realism. But the show tries to be both (sort of, though producers freely admit to playing with facts and the timeline), lurching between modes without warning.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    A wan, chintzy soap that can’t compete with reality–either Britain’s or E!’s.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    As subtle and amusing as a brick border wall.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    There is no reason Outsourced needs to be bad. Outsourced, however, is bad. It is full of jokes about sacred cows and funny names and how funny certain American things sound when you say them in an Indian accent.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    Bravo's newest attempt at a cooking-competition franchise took some quality original ingredients and made them into a hash.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 James Poniewozik
    After nine tepid episodes (and a subpar season of Grey's) last year, there's less reason than ever to care about the dramedies and quirky cases of sexy doctors at a ritzy "wellness center," and the return episode trudges along like a 44-min. chore.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    For a bizarre comedy with the potential for some really pointed wackiness, this alien vehicle doesn't get off the ground.

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