James Poniewozik
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For 407 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 Arrested Development: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Bridalplasty: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 48 out of 407
407 tv reviews
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    Man Up!, to its credit, is the better of the three: it's at least scantly funnier than the retro Last Man Standing, and the upcoming cross-dressing comedy, Work It, will make Last Man Standing look like Mamet.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 James Poniewozik
    To be generous, the pilot of Mysteries is bad in ordinary ways that might eventually be fixed by better scripts. The inaugural mystery is forgettable. There are stereotypes galore.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 James Poniewozik
    Sorvino is wholly unconvincing as an Indy Jones type--which might actually work if the story went in a parodic, quasi-farce direction. But the whole production is hobbled by an uneven tone; it's not frightening enough to work as a conspiracy-adventure, not funny enough to work as light romantic comedy.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 James Poniewozik
    The show is weak, sometimes plain creepy, when it moves from fantasy football to male fantasy.
    • 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.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 James Poniewozik
    The show is a warped copy of CBS' How I Met Your Mother... except that it's cynical, smug and utterly charmless.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 James Poniewozik
    The most God-awful mishmash of a comedy-variety show to lead into local news on NBC since immediately before the Olympics.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 James Poniewozik
    It's a stale sitcom right out of the early '90s, and like Mike, it seems to believe it can just harangue the world into changing back with it.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 James Poniewozik
    It should be called We Hate Every Character on Our Own Sitcom.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 James Poniewozik
    It's a cheap, stale, stereotype-addicted sitcom where no one, male or female, comes off especially well or likeable, excepting possibly the babies.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    This is the same kind of odd-couple pairing that TV has been trying to sell for decades, and, like most every odd-couple concept after the actual Odd Couple, the premise has not even Twenty Good Minutes of humor in it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    It's a lame premise burdened with even lamer jokes.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    They truly do not make them like this anymore. And thank God for that.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    It's sneering and unwatchably badly written; it shoots at fish in a barrel and still manages to miss.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    Woo, dog, is this miniseries bad--quite possibly worse than "Tin Man."
    • 19 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    Momma's Boys is produced by Ryan Seacrest--who also proudly brought us "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"--who is seemingly trying to perpetuate a final stereotype: that reality producers are willing to stoop as low as necessary for a hit. Good work on that one.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    Work It is bad dumb, memorably bad dumb, the kind of bad dumb show you will use in years to come as a benchmark for other bad sitcoms.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    Rob! is playing at a meta game in which it transmutes lame jokes about Hispanics into clever commentary by putting them in Rob's mouth, but that kind of strategy only works when the sitcom's world outside the lead character is not equally lame.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    Lindsay Lohan cannot make a movie this bad by herself. There's an ample assist from the screenwriting, which strings together soap-opera lines ("I won't live without you!" "No more LIES!" "You haven't lost me, I've lost you") into a production you might expect to see Jenna Maroney in on 30 Rock.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    We’ve seen this over and over again: a series built around an elaborate concept, dressed up with a spooky mythology, then filled in with characters so poorly conceived, they may as well be called Kidnapped Wife Lady.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 10 James Poniewozik
    As it turns out, Does Someone Have to Go? is exactly bad as you would think.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 James Poniewozik
    Bridalplasty, on the other hand, is an example of a reality show that sounds absolutely, soul-killingly awful, and then turns out to be precisely as absolutely, soul-killingly awful as you expected.
    • 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.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 0 James Poniewozik
    Dads is the new season at its worst: dated, cheaply provocative, and laboriously unfunny.

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