Jeff Korbelik

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For 130 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 79% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 19% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jeff Korbelik's Scores

Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 24: Live Another Day
Lowest review score: 16 Secrets and Lies: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 130
  2. Negative: 8 out of 130
130 tv reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    The Brink is whip-smart, featuring actors who know how to play comedy. This one’s a joy to watch.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    Just as Gilligan routinely did with “Breaking Bad,” the first episode ends with a cliffhanger of sorts, and another pleasant surprise. It’ll make you wish 9 p.m. Monday comes quickly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    This is one you will want to binge-watch. It’s a thrill ride from the onset.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    With the recent Ebola scare, the show’s premise is timely. Plus, it’s a trippy, roller coaster ride as we learn, along with Cole and Cassandra, who is responsible for killing 7 billion people.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    The Detour is sharply written--Jones and Bee co-wrote the pilot--and uses flashbacks to help progress storylines. It’s dark at times, and, at other times completely and hilariously over the top.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    The story will grab you, as we slowly see the animals begin asserting their control and the humans at a total loss as to what to do about it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    This one’s super funny, especially the scenes featuring Winters and Duhamel together. Talk about chemistry.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    Creator/executive producer Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods”) serves up a dark, edgy, violent and, at times, gruesome series that has some teeth to it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    The joy here is watching Crystal and Gad play off each other. Their scenes together are a hoot, with each having no problem lampooning the other, or themselves, for that matter.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    These episodes will stick with you long after watching them.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    Absurd is the best way to describe the Zach Galifianakis-fronted comedy, like absurdly funny, the way “Portlandia” is on IFC.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    [Bobby Cannavale's] performance is something to behold. Music, not surprisingly, is the driving force here, used creatively and effectively in scene transitions, as scene setters and in performances.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    You expect Fargo to be dark, funny and quirky. But, darn it, if it doesn’t pull at the heartstrings, too.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    Pulling it all together is the cast. Cooper is fierce and weathered, Negga is spunky smart and Gilgun is just a joy to watch and hear, with that thick Irish accent of his.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    This is the best new show of the summer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    Gaffigan is a master of self-deprecation, and the jokes here, at his expense, come fast and furious. The banter between Gaffigan and the supporting characters is extremely well orchestrated.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    The pilot is a trip, with Thornton’s character leaving four bodies in his wake--three of whom he dispatched himself. Each meets his end in an unusual, dramatic and somewhat humorous fashion. It’s just the kind of thing you’d expect from a Coen brothers' product.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    What makes Penny click is the chemistry among the characters, especially the psychic and the gunslinger, who end up seducing the viewer with their seductive encounters. They make you forget this is an action show
    • 44 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    The joy here is watching Grammer and Lawrence trade barbs (and there are a bunch of them).
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    [Enos is] kind of fun, especially when she’s matching wits with the veteran Krause. And Krause is perfect. He’s smooth, suave and charming. You’re rooting as much for him to elude Enos as you are for Enos to catch him. Let’s hope this chase lasts awhile.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    The Kings’ clever summer horror thriller.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    It’s the kind of show that sits with you long after it’s over.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    The drama is quite riveting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    While Geere and Cash are razor sharp, the supporting cast are just as entertaining, if not more so.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    The wide-eyed Ahmed is perfect as the naive young man who can’t seem to make a right decision. That is until he agrees to let Turturro’s Jack Stone help him. And Turturro hits the right notes as the cynical attorney who has his work cut out for him.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    The series is fun, scary and a perfect tribute to the era, including the spot-on hairdos and clothes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Jeff Korbelik
    The good news is the limited series is just as entertaining.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Jeff Korbelik
    There are times when the dialogue is rough and doesn’t flow quite right, but not enough to overshadow the humor. Ansari has a gem of a show here.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    This one’s worth watching for Richard Dreyfus’ performance as the scheming con man, Bernie Madoff.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    Bloodline unfolds like a good novel. It’s so well acted, that like a good book, it’s hard to stay away from it
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    Burns gives us a good old-fashioned crime tale, just the kind of thing we need to end our summer.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    It’s creepy, especially when the children talk to the unseen Drill.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    This is over-the-top. And extremely fun. And here’s hoping Wyle recurs often.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    What Cuse and Tucker have done best is maintain the eerie tone and feel from the original.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    Like “Mars,” part of iZombie’s appeal is the banter among the characters.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    The series is an examination of wealth-and-power politics, with Lewis and Giamatti playing their roles devilishly well, with an emphasis on the devil part. It’s juicy good fun.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    It’s been a “24”-like thrill ride so far, with baddies coming at the ship right and left to get their hands on the doc and the in-the-works cure.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    It’s entertaining, mainly because all the characters are just so darn likable. Earl, particularly, is a hoot.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    It has the look and feel of a sweeping “Game of Thrones” kind of epic filled with romance, intrigue and violence.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    The thrill comes not from the actual computer building, but the people doing the building. These characters are complex and well-developed, especially Pace’s fiery exec, who is a mesmerizing manipulator.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    While the first episode lacks development of any of the characters outside of Kunta Kinte, a young man taken from Africa and sold into slavery in the United States, it still resonates. It’s a story that needs to be told again.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    George is the reason to tune in. She’ll be the reason why you keep coming back.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    The humor results from its realism and the blossoming relationship between father and son. Here's hoping this one sticks around.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    Turn is a heart-racer at times. That’s the sign of a thriller done well.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    What’s extremely effective is the relationship (and chemistry) between Sequoyah and McLaughlin. You will find yourself rooting for them and hoping nothing comes between them.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    There are lots of sight gags here, with many of them involving the very funny Rhys Darby.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    The story is an edge-of-your-seat kind of thriller. Clues are dropped, but you never know what’s coming next.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    For those of us 40 and older, it’s a bit of a hoot watching Foster navigate these waters, from learning how to use Twitter to deciphering texts IRL (in real life) to explaining away those crow’s feet, among other things that aren’t mentionable in a family newspaper. But it’s the personal relationships--with the hunky Tortorella and with Duff--that hold the most interest here.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Jeff Korbelik
    The early episodes lack depth because there are so many characters and so many stories to tell.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    It’s difficult to like or root for any of the four, making this one difficult watch. Still, creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto has a knack for storytelling and character development. Especially intriguing is Farrell.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Johnson, in a non-action role for a change, is surprisingly good, offering up a multi-dimensional character.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    The drama is light-hearted, perfect-for-summer fare. It’s a procedural that relies on its setting--you can expect other historical figures such as Bram Stoker and Thomas Edison to make appearances--and comic banter between the three main characters to make it attractive to viewers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    The performances, especially Gooding’s and Travolta’s, are over the top, but, heck, so were the real-life events. Gooding and Travolta show just how sensational the whole thing was. The trial captured a nation’s imagination, and, more than 20 years later, it still does.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Schwimmer and Sturgess are so darn good in their roles you forgive the writers. Schwimmer, for instance, uses those sad, puppy dog eyes of his to play up his grief, and Sturgess really has the charming cad thing down. They really cook up some chemistry in the scenes with just them.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    We not only see how those stories [of her patients] play out, but how Black’s story does, too. We see how her ailment affects her relationships with her boyfriend (David Ajala) and her family, and what little control she has over her life.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    UnREAL is way over-the-top and trashy, but in an entertaining way.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    This is a good summer mystery to take your mind off the heat.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Braga is compelling as the woman who eventually will team with someone from her past to take down the drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. This one is violent and frenetic, kind of like a video game.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    While Duchovny is the draw--he plays Sam Hodiak, a no-nonsense World War II veteran who, because of his age, has trouble infiltrating the 1960s hippie culture--the actor to watch is Grey Damon, who portrays Hodiak’s partner, Brian Shafe.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Wilson’s Backstrom is just downright rude and in-your-face belligerent, and, at times, it can be tough to swallow. That’s where the supporting cast comes in. Polaha and Rosen are particularly winsome characters, providing additional touches of humor and helping to soften Wilson’s hard edges. A little more of them and little less of Wilson will go a long way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Viewers will get a kick out of how each character is portrayed from what we know today about them from history texts and biographies. Samuel Adams likes his beer, Benjamin Franklin his women and John Hancock his money.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Of course, the first episode will leave you with more questions--which will make the drama one of the most compelling (or maddening) of the summer. Berry’s character drives the story. The Oscar winner is a good choice for the role.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Other than a few missteps here and ther --Why would someone who claims to have been abducted by aliens several times live in the middle of nowhere away from people and protection?--the reboot feels like Linus’ blanket, warm and comforting. Duchovny and Anderson slip easily back into the give-and-take which helped make the original series so darn entertaining.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Procedurals work well when viewers like the characters, e.g., Mark Harmon on “NCIS” or Mariska Hargitay on “Law & Order: SVU.” It’s hard not to like Arquette, Van Der Beek and the other cast members on Cyber.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    While Longoria is the draw, her supporting cast is just as entertaining, including Jeancarlos Canela as her ex-husband, Amaury Nolasco as the soap’s villain, Diana-Maria Riva as Ana’s best friend and Alex Meneses as Ana’s nemesis.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    The drama starts a little slow as we’re introduced to Hap, Leonard and Trudy, but once Trudy recruits the men to help her, the show kicks into gear. The fun becomes watching the two men make the most of the bad situations that seem to befall them.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    If you can get past the sermonizing, there maybe a story worth seeing here.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    What makes the series click are the peripheral characters. Margot Bingham plays a detective who thought she solved the case, and Florina Lima is the newspaper reporter who suspects something’s hinky with the Warrens. The best is veteran actor Andrew McCarthy, who plays the neighbor imprisoned for the boy’s murder and released after his sudden return. He is intense and scary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Bosch’s dialogue is clunky at times, especially in scenes involving Bosch and his superiors. They look like somebody scolding a puppy and are hard to take very seriously. But the story is compelling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    What del Toro, Hogan and Cuse are extremely good at here is suspense and horror.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Because it’s so dark, and all the characters--like the teenage daughter--are destructive, it comes off as extremely depressing, even difficult to watch.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    This is just a straightforward whodunit--a summer escape.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    The pilot ends with a big reveal (and more mystery), kicking off what is shaping up to be some great summer escapism.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Shades is not stellar--it’s a little over the top in playing up the conflict--it has some grit to it. If anything, it’s kind of fun seeing Lopez kick some butt and take no prisoners.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    The fun is trying to figure out if Lynch’s character is delusional or really an angel.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Gillies is great when going toe to toe with Leary, and she can sing to boot. As for Leary, well, he’s playing himself again, and if you’re fan, you’ll love it, and if you’re not, you won’t.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Dominion is dark, and the angels portrayed here are scary--not the heavenly do-gooders we’ve come to know them as through other media. Based on the pilot episode, good has a long way to go before it can overcome evil--if that’s even possible.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    This one has promise because it’s not formulaic. I have no idea where it’s headed, which is kind of nice for a change.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Loners is goofy--the same way Knighton’s “Happy Endings” was--and that’s what makes it so fun.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Watch this one just for Zahn’s performance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Like “Lost,” you’ll be left with more questions than answers by pilot’s end.... Should be a fun ride.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Outside the courtroom is where the drama finds its feet.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Oh my goodness is this one filled with testosterone, reminding me a bit of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.” ... Watch for Shawn Hatosy (“Southland”). He's creepy good as the whacko son with a mean streak.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    The good thing about procedurals is you can come and go and not miss much. The bad thing about procedurals is you can come and go and not miss much. Holloway, though, should be enough to keep you coming back.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    If you’ve enjoyed “Sons,” you’ll be taken with Executioner. Sutter’s swapped swords and horses for the guns and motorcycles.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    The pilot is a little uneven. There’s a villain (played by Martin Donovan) within the government, but his agenda is extremely unclear, and the story of the recovering alcoholic dad seems to have little connection to the lottery. Still, the premise is intriguing--a “what if” kind of science fiction story that makes you think.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    O’Mara is intense as a man backed into a corner, but the series needs to do more with the supporting players.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Jeff Korbelik
    Where Robinson excels are in the scenes with him leading his funk band.... The series, however, sticks too much to the sitcom formula, telling 22-minute stories that are all too predictable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Korbelik
    A bit contrived at times--how many times have we seen an uninvited police detective hanging back at a funeral to initiate a confrontation--Game of Silence offers a so-so compelling tale.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Korbelik
    It’s brutal, violent and graphic. And it’s a story we’ve seen before.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Korbelik
    Sounding like an old married couple, the interplay between the two is, at times, bitingly and laugh-out-loud funny. But it also becomes tedious.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Korbelik
    Resurrection is the tamer American version [of "The Returned"].
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Jeff Korbelik
    The pilot also contained a few eye-rolling scenes.... Still, Sevigny is quite good. Her character is complex, with a backstory, that we’re slowly finding out, for turning her into the kind of person she is. D’Arcy also holds his own.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Korbelik
    The story’s fine. It’s just filled with a bunch of overacting and poorly orchestrated scenes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Korbelik
    That’s the setup for this story [A meteor crashes to earth in New Mexico, sending out shockwaves that affect five people], which is unevenly acted but features a compelling story about angels.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Korbelik
    It has its moments. It just needs a few more of them.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Korbelik
    I found little interesting in Wicked City until Erika Christensen became a part of it halfway through the pilot.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Korbelik
    It's a ho-hum procedural with a new story each week, but I like how the series strives for authenticity in setting and costumes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Korbelik
    The comedy is “Rescue Me”-like, but lighter, with less angst.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Jeff Korbelik
    In Assets, I wanted more about Ames and his motives--and maybe that will come later--but this is Grimes’ story, right down to how her job affected her home life.

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