James Poniewozik
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For 441 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 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

James Poniewozik's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Americans: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 I Wanna Marry Harry: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 441
441 tv reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    The opening episodes are uneven but show a lot of potential.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    Agent Carter‘s writing early on isn’t at the level of the best Marvel films, or even The CW’s new The Flash... But Atwell and the producers (including Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters of the late, clever Reaper) have made something entertaining and engaging enough that you don’t miss the superpowers and spandex.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    [Joan is] the most extraordinarily average teen to crop up on a TV show in years--yet after a few episodes, you realize you would watch her story even if God stopped showing up.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    Other Space may not be TV’s, or streaming’s, next great comedy. But it’s a welcome and unexpected treat.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    Imperfect but chilling.... In the end, Sleeper Cell is every bit as nailbiting as 24, with one crucial difference: neither the terrorists nor the Feds are supergeniuses.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    Often True Detective is too much about the performances–there’s something very actorly about it, setting up McConaughey in particular with set pieces and monologues that, while exquisitely written on the page and probably potent Emmy-bait, would be twice as effective if there were half as many.
    • 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
    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
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    Nip/Tuck is neither pretty nor perfect, but it is a provocative, painfully funny drama--warts and all.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    It has some voice and verve, but it's definitely no Shield yet--either in content or innovation--and like a new rookie on patrol, I'm putting it on probationary status for now.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    Sophisticated and sympathetic, Unscripted has a lot going for it... But it also finds HBO--the network for people who disdain formulaic TV--falling into a formula.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    It can be claustrophobic; it can be, as Marc’s Twitter hater tells him in the first episode, “whiny.” But it can also be quite funny, as Maron’s instinctive kvetchiness runs up against the practicalities of life.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    None of these [new sci-fi] series matches Lost's mix of character, wit and story, but the grim Invasion at least has the story part down, and keeps the horror at a nicely restrained simmer
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    Margulies vanquishes her ER heroine image, but bad dialogue and dull legal stories undermine her case.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    The monologue was the sharpest part of Meyers’ first hour on the air (a departure from Fallon, whose monologue has never been his strength)–brisk, punctuated with self-deprecation, and wide-rangingly topical.... The distinguishing thing about the first night of Seth Meyers, in other words, was Seth Meyers, and the hour dropped little hints about how his personality and interests might shape the show.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    Some of the later episodes (I've seen four) are uneven, and the stories sometimes have the feel of standup riffs literally adapted for the screen. But even those can be funny and well-observed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 James Poniewozik
    It's fun if a little forgettable, and the joy it takes in its characters discovering their new powers so far works better than the fairly familiar parent-child conflicts and midlife crises that play out in the background.

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