James Poniewozik

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For 525 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Poniewozik's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Master of None: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 525
525 tv reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 James Poniewozik
    Even on the level of it's-just-entertainment, Camelot is exceedingly silly.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 James Poniewozik
    Promisingly, the pilot of Red Band (like Glee‘s) has a ton of voice, but its tone wobbles wildly as it overcorrects away from sentimentality and then straight into it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 James Poniewozik
    The two stars are a delight together.... But they play like sitcom characters plopped down in a cable-dramedy world, delivering dialogue is full of one-liners that feel like they’re setting up studio audience laughter that never comes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 James Poniewozik
    Deftly written, Joey sets up running gags and delayed payoffs with the precision of the special forces laying mines, much as Friends did. No, exactly as Friends did, and that's a problem. It reminds us that five-sixths of the Dream Team is missing. And where Joey does change, it's abruptly and implausibly.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 James Poniewozik
    While I like how Lee's laid-back style translates to a police drama, there's not enough here to separate the show from the umpteen other slightly-quirky-guy-solves-crimes cable dramas.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 James Poniewozik
    The staff is well cast. .... But in portraying its one-dimensional teens, a surly lot of vipers and nitwits, Boston needs remedial ed.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Poniewozik
    The problem for GCB is that it hasn't yet figured out a way to be a soap that spoofs superficiality without being superficial itself.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Poniewozik
    It's competent. It also seems a little familiar and unnecessary.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 James Poniewozik
    The characters are many but thin, and compared with the lavishly imagined societies of “Thrones,” its 14th-century Britain is one turkey leg away from a Renaissance Faire.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 James Poniewozik
    The show still has the moments of off-the-cuff comedy and guilelessness that made the first season fun to watch, if not exactly a parade of role models.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 James Poniewozik
    This is the kind of loose, talky slacker comedy that needs razor-sharp observations and originality to work. Unfortunately, the writing isn’t consistently funny enough to make up for the, well, shaggy dog storytelling.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 James Poniewozik
    In essence, SEAL Team Six plays like a slightly longer, much cheesier version of a Homeland episode.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 James Poniewozik
    It's almost a non-premise sitcom, whose main attraction is how well the vocal actors bounce its digressive dialogue off each other. I did laugh at the pilot, if not as much as I wanted to, so I'll put this one on probation, and hope.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 James Poniewozik
    The episode is occasionally funny--John Hodgman and Jenny Slate are well-cast as Russ’ friends and sounding boards--but more often it’s mean and miserable.... Stick with Married, though, and it gets better--which is to say that Russ and Lina begin to turn into people.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 James Poniewozik
    What it needs to make it a lasting family comedy and not a VH1 special is heart and a sense of its characters as individuals. It shows signs of the former, but the latter gets lost in the deafeningly loud pilot and the pop-culture-reference humor.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 James Poniewozik
    The pilot of Minority Report, which will have its premiere on Monday on Fox, jettisons everything disturbing and thought-provoking about the film to turn it into a humdrum, slickly bland crime procedural.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 James Poniewozik
    It’s Backstrom, with Rainn Wilson as a cranky, insult-spewing cop imitating the House formula with diminishing results.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 James Poniewozik
    There’s plenty of talent in Cooper Barrett, solid sitcom actors delivering crisp, writerly patter. ... But these characters lack the genuine quirk of the ones on Fox’s "New Girl."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 James Poniewozik
    The miniseries is leaden and slack. Part of the problem maybe simply be bloat.... But the greater problem is Rosemary and Guy, who are as anesthetically generic as a couple in a credit-card commercial.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 James Poniewozik
    Overall, the first installment was yet another overbloated, two-hour NBC reality marathon, The Biggest Loser with live ammo and C-list celebrities.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 James Poniewozik
    What we lose in the US Free Agents pilot is the sense of emotional commitment to the situations of the characters.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 James Poniewozik
    Not that there’s anything wrong with talk, even if Chelsea wants to be seen as something different. Ms. Handler seemed more at ease chatting with her guests--and often interrupting them--than reading the show’s protesting-too-much mission statement.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 James Poniewozik
    Its visuals are gorgeous and its mystical glimpses tantalizing, but its transcendence is more asserted than earned. We sinful mortals still want prosaic things like a story.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 James Poniewozik
    There’s a well-intentioned flatness to the money-changes-everything stories so far.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 James Poniewozik
    V may be giving us more aliens, but I'm still looking for the people.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 James Poniewozik
    In practice, Off the Map plays like a rote example of "It's _____, but set in _______!" school of programming, in which the background is much more interesting than the foreground.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 James Poniewozik
    The Palin's in Sarah Palin's Alaska is a possessive. But you could be forgiven for suspecting it's really a contraction--Sarah Palin Is Alaska--or for wondering if someone is hoping for a spin-off: Sarah Palin's America.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 James Poniewozik
    The premiere left the Why?--that is, the show’s purpose and point of view--unanswered.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 James Poniewozik
    All the scripture and trinkets add up to a lifeless series that’s more puzzle than narrative.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 James Poniewozik
    It’s not badly written at all; there are tour de force bursts of monologue and magma blasts of white-collar rage. But it is very written, very writerly; the only thing organic in this high-end suburb is the Whole Foods

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