James Poniewozik, Time
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For 375 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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Poniewozik's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Homeland: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 375
375 tv reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    It's the sort of talky tedious drama that is far less intelligent than it clearly thinks it is.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 James Poniewozik
    I feel that there's a really good dark comedy about the decline of the American dream struggling to emerge from the often-forced plots.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 James Poniewozik
    Hannah's normalcy is refreshing, and it keeps the show light and funny. But it also makes her seem a little dull and shallow.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 James Poniewozik
    There's a sweet, good-hearted minuteness of observation to the show, which manages to work in middle-of-the-night wakings and diaper changes without going for obvious gags.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 James Poniewozik
    As with many other instances of men sharing their feelings, Love is better in theory than in practice.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 James Poniewozik
    The three episodes NBC screened, especially the two past the pilot, aren’t bad, really; they’re studiously un-bad to the point of blandness. The supporting characters are thin types.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 James Poniewozik
    Sleepy Hollow got my attention, but I’m not yet sure if it’s good, ridiculous, good but ridiculous, or good because it’s ridiculous.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 James Poniewozik
    The pilot of Revolution comes across better than either of the aforementioned shows [FlashForward and The Event], but there are still too many forgettable characters, stock scenes and flat patches of dialogue.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    Scandal isn't a deep show, but it's bright enough.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 James Poniewozik
    The message, overall--insofar as you can take a message from one episode of a talk show, which you can't--is that Conan the show is not so much about a reinvention of the talk show form as a restoration of Conan.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 James Poniewozik
    As a glorified romance novel, it's perfectly fine, but don't expect Shakespeare.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    House of Lies is sharp, but not big on subtext.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 James Poniewozik
    The charming pilot swerves quickly from the expected Bravo-reality-show-catfight scenario and becomes something more complicated and rewarding: a good-hearted comedy about an extended family (including Pete’s two ex-wives) figuring out how to make itself work on the fly.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 James Poniewozik
    It still remains to be seen what it looks like as a series; with some stronger writing and deeper character work, it could build on its math-superpower idea to make something intriguing and emotional.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 James Poniewozik
    Rock Center may not be a ratings smash, and not all of its experiments may work. But the good news is, Williams and Stewart can both keep their day jobs.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 James Poniewozik
    Life's Too Short can be uncomfortably funny in a familiar way, and if you're OK with the familiarity, you might like it well enough. But the problem with the humor of discomfort, which Gervais pioneered with distinction, is that it doesn't last long when it becomes a comfort zone.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    It's a fetching enough prospect and Kudjoe and Mbatha-Raw do a fine job bringing the Blooms alive as a bourgeois couple sharing the joy of feeling really alive again. I also suspect that they could do a fine job with even more.