James Poniewozik

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For 549 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 Rectify: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 56 out of 549
549 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 James Poniewozik
    If The Good Wife can maintain the first episode's tone, it will keep an audience even after political sex scandals fade from the news.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 James Poniewozik
    Cheerfully cynical yet with a sincere appetite for the game, The Circus is both a document and an example of the superficiality of today’s elections. It may not be a three-dimensional picture, but it’s a vivid one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 James Poniewozik
    Fresh Off the Boat is damn funny--–but not only funny and not cheaply funny. Three episodes in, it’s the best broadcast comedy of the new season, a daring but good-hearted sitcom about the complexities of identity–-about not only being different but being different from the different.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 James Poniewozik
    Luck too is far from perfect, but I found a lot to love in its rough edges.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 James Poniewozik
    Funny, probing and unsentimental, House may shock the systems of viewers used to sweetie M.D.s like ER's Dr. Carter. But as an honest look at techno-medicine and the prerogatives of genius, it's a tonic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 James Poniewozik
    Younger sells it through Foster’s agile charm and its refusal to make any of its characters into punching bags. (TV Land sent out the full season for review; I’ve seen five episodes.) Like its protagonist, the ideas behind Younger have been around the block a few times. But it doesn’t show its age at all.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 James Poniewozik
    While Broad City is not heartwarming comedy, there’s an undertone of need and connection between them that helps their friendship make sense: Ilana needs Abbi’s dependability, Abbi needs Ilana to give her a kick into gear. Together, they give the early episodes an off-kilter sense of fun that recommends sticking around for more. Broad City is not the next Louie yet, nor should it try to be, but it’s a promising version of itself.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    There’s a fine line between celebrating the past and exhuming it. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life stays, mostly, on the good side of that line.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 James Poniewozik
    The show is filled with Lettermanesque non sequiturs and '70s pop-culture arcana... but it has heart too.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    The show continues striking a good balance with its moments of dark humor.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    Supergirl is an average action show thus far, but its star is engaging.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    A pretty good sketch show.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 James Poniewozik
    Awake manages something impressive: it focuses unflinchingly on the subject of loss, yet manages to be not a downer or painful to watch, but moving, absorbing and even hopeful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    While not as mind-blowing as the last season's finale (which had me finally buying into the show after a season on the fence), does a good enough job continuing to run with the parallel-universe scenario established toward the end of season one.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 James Poniewozik
    Over the first four episodes, Family Tree doesn’t have the gut-busting, excruciatingly funny moments of Guest’s movies--no Stonehenge here--but it adds a warmth to the usual pathos of his characters, and O’Dowd’s hangdog charm is a good match for the story.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 James Poniewozik
    The new episodes quickly jump back in, with higher stakes and sharper jokes, and creator Josh Schwartz hasn't let the strike stop him from developing Chuck's character.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    The first episode is zippy, slick-looking, and Whedonistically funny. It also seems much more limited in its ambitions than Whedon’s past TV shows; it seems to be set up largely as a procedural in which the agents defuse various threats of the week.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 James Poniewozik
    The dialogue's still pulpy, but its action story is the bomb.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 James Poniewozik
    Fortunately, as reminders of one’s inexorable mortality go, First Day of Camp is good fun. Like the original (set on the last day of summer camp), it’s a machine constructed of pop parodies and well-curated period references (“He’s a total fox, like a young Larry Wilcox!”) that conceals an actual beating heart.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 James Poniewozik
    In its early hours, Last Resort lays in enough plot and character provisions to potentially last a long, long journey.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    So far, it's carried mostly on the scary-eyed charisma of Summer Glau as John's robo-protector. This grim Chronicles needs to put some flesh on its humans.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    The premise is different from Gilmore but the theme of starting over, the snappy dialogue and the offbeat charm are very similar.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    while the TV satire is far too broad, the dialogue is wittily written, and Matt LeBlanc--playing himself, inappropriately cast by the network to replace the elderly thespian who originated his role--turns out to be a pleasure to watch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 James Poniewozik
    Like the dystopian British anthology Black Mirror, Humans is a sci-fi premise smartly reimagined for our own age of tech outsourcing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 James Poniewozik
    The premise of ABC's Life on Mars is ludicrous but irresistible.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 James Poniewozik
    It's an uneven Coen Brothers--like mix of dark comedy and darker moral drama, but Cranston is amazing as a desperate, conflicted gangsta-nerd.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 James Poniewozik
    It’s sadder and funnier, welling over with feeling. It’s insightful not just about marriage but friendship.... The cast is uniformly strong, but Ms. Lynskey is just staggering.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 James Poniewozik
    Refreshingly, Looking doesn’t contort itself to create a character to represent every different aspect of “the gay experience.”
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    It’s often funny, but it’s not infallible. A lot of the first episode plays like a sketch-show bit that drags on too long, tees up giant stereotypes and goes for easy “Wouldn’t it be funny if Jesus did ____” gags.

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