For 39 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Joanna Weiss' Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 80 Project Runway: Season 6
Lowest review score: 20 The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
39 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Joanna Weiss
    It's one thing to look like you have no sense of reality. It's quite another to look like you have no sense of humor. [17 July 2004, p.C1]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Joanna Weiss
    Either executives did a lot of soul-searching and decided to change nothing, or they let the show go on without thinking at all. Either way, they made the right move.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joanna Weiss
    The world is well-constructed, down to the details: By the third episode this season, Ulrich's hair has grown into a messy and convincing frontier mullet. And the characters are intriguing; Esai Morales is notable as an Allied States Army major who might soon be convinced that his superiors are up to no good.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Joanna Weiss
    While the technology is inventive, fear, frustration, and anguish still drive the plot. We’re back in “Battlestar’’ territory, and that feels good.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Joanna Weiss
    It works largely because his victims are the ones doing the work, offering body language clues, lapping up subliminal messages, and proving their capacity for distraction.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Joanna Weiss
    As much as this is a story of the pressures facing teenage girls, it's also a striking, honest look at the parent-child relationship, with its ebbs and flows of communication and trust.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Joanna Weiss
    It was vintage Conan stuff, proof that his absurdist sense of humor won't change much on the West Coast. And yet last night also contained some grand nods to O'Brien's fancy new home.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Joanna Weiss
    Halter is also the most heartless of the principals, in a tough-love sort of way.... [But] Most of the time, though, this show makes you wish that the principals had sharper teeth.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Joanna Weiss
    Their lack of self-awareness is intoxicating; it makes the premiere the most engrossing hour of pure TV escapism I've seen in a very long time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Joanna Weiss
    In order to fully enjoy The Fashion Show--and there is plenty to enjoy in Bravo's new reality contest--you have to resist the urge to keep comparing it to "Project Runway."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Joanna Weiss
    Rest assured, the show itself hasn’t changed. Producers know better than to violate certain television principles, and what makes this contest work is what always has: that hostess Tyra Banks is one fabulous brand of crazy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Joanna Weiss
    So far, at least, this season promises to be less about plot than personality. That doesn't mean the show is perfect - it never was--but it's better, and that's a big relief.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Joanna Weiss
    It's supposed to be a story of New York and its many demons, but it works best as a tale of loud, proud, surprisingly brittle men.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joanna Weiss
    Compared to the original, it's slicker, brighter, more obviously produced, and a smidgen less fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Joanna Weiss
    Credit Grier for trying, credit Comedy Central for adding another voice to the mix, and keep hoping that a show like this eventually hits its stride.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Joanna Weiss
    The Middleman is so light as to feel almost weightless, and compared to much TV, that comes as a relief. If comic books are meant to be escape, there are far worse worlds to camp in for the summer.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Joanna Weiss
    Any time things threaten to get maudlin, the movie takes pains to poke fun at itself, in a way that even a gentle eighth-grader could appreciate.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Joanna Weiss
    Stargate Universe isn’t quite so ambitious [as "Lost"], but it’s intriguing in its way, down to the ship, bathed in blue light, that emerges as a character in its own right. The ship is more interesting thus far, alas, than any of the female characters, but perhaps that will change over time.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Joanna Weiss
    It's a single-camera comedy that comes close, at times, to feeling like a live-action cartoon. It's not as hilariously cutting as "Chappelle's Show" used to be. But the tone is entertaining, and the format fits.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Joanna Weiss
    Over the course of the premiere episode, [Paul] Gross grew on me, as did the show itself.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Joanna Weiss
    If there's a glaring flaw, it's in the character of Dr. Eleanor O'Hara (Eve Best). As comic relief, she's far too thin. Nurse Jackie has much richer, darker comedy to offer.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Joanna Weiss
    Ruby & the Rockits has no right to be as likable as it is ... But “Ruby & the Rockits’’ turns out to be a warm intergenerational comedy that never pushes life lessons in your face.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Joanna Weiss
    FlashForward is a good idea, and while that’s no guarantee of a good series, the first hour gives us reason to hope.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Joanna Weiss
    Househusbands of Hollywood is a lot more real than I expected it to be.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Joanna Weiss
    It’s the grade of funny this show seems to have accepted - cute, giggle-worthy, and only a smidgen dangerous.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Joanna Weiss
    Lock ’n Load treats Wayne and many fellow customers as curiosities, and occasionally smacks of condescension. (The “Amazing Grace’’ sequence, in particular, crosses a line.) But the series also takes pains to avoid making judgments, and offers a parade of gun owners so vast that we end up with a broad view.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Joanna Weiss
    For the most part, the show is content to be another study in the effects of fashion on self-esteem.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Joanna Weiss
    If only the endeavor felt more worthy, and less prefabricated at some offshore factory where workers in mouse ears plug in the parts: the underconfident girl with a surprisingly pretty voice, the semi-bad boy with a sensitive side, the meticulously choreographed musical numbers, the heartfelt Disney lessons about self-love and self-expression.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Joanna Weiss
    For a certain segment of the audience--men, boys, evil babies, talking bears--it’s likely to go over quite well.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Joanna Weiss
    NBC sent the first hour of tonight's two-hour season premiere to critics, and it's sprinkled with some of the original fun: inventive special effects, a twist or two, some nifty gore. That doesn't stop it from being the same, familiar mess.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Joanna Weiss
    Samurai Girl takes up a lot of time and space, but manages to do only one surprising thing: prove that it's possible to be action-packed and dull at the same time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Joanna Weiss
    There’s a fine line between wink-wink clever and desperately cheesy. Tonight’s story crosses into Kraft Singles territory more often than it should, with bleeding statues and bloodshot eyes, sacrificial fires and some poorly acted demonic possession.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Joanna Weiss
    This version of his story arrives in a world that has seen not only "Lost," but "The X-Files," "Armageddon," and every other sci-fi show or movie that melds disaster, conspiracy, and teamwork. By now, it takes a lot more than clever ideas to keep us hooked.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Joanna Weiss
    The contestants are full-blown neurotics, and neophytes to boot: They're so young, inexperienced, and catty that they're difficult to like and even harder to watch.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Joanna Weiss
    Very little here feels original or even pregnancy-specific, from the farcically miserable boss (Chris Parnell, uncharacteristically unfunny, even when playing off a small dog) to the sassy best friend (Cheryl Hines, trying her best and smoking up a storm) to the see-it-from-a-mile-away office romance that threatens to unravel once the truth is revealed.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Joanna Weiss
    Where "Scrubs'' managed to plumb some truth about medicine and camaraderie Cougar Town is less funny, and sometimes kind of creepy.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Joanna Weiss
    A show so stunningly derivative that it feels a little bit insulting.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Joanna Weiss
    By rights, given all of this material, "The Cougar" should be hilarious. But the show takes itself so seriously that, instead, it feels impossibly sad.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Joanna Weiss
    Nothing about it feels original or even especially timely, and it certainly doesn't reveal any great secrets about society.