John Engstrom
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For 17 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 11% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Engstrom's Scores

Average review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Roseanne: Season 2
Lowest review score: 20 Home Improvement: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
17 tv reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 John Engstrom
    It talks to real life, the way "Cosby" talks to family fantasies. It deals with alcohol's temptations for teenagers. It speaks to the frustration of being forced to take a menial job just because it puts food on the table. It looks at growing up and growing together and growing apart, with all the pain and laughter that come along for the ride. And it does it all with... class, plus great creativity. [14 May 1990]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 John Engstrom
    An engrossing, emotional drama full of intriguing characters. [15 Sep 1994]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 John Engstrom
    Rarely has a cast been so perfectly chosen and thoughtfully developed as the crew on "Murphy Brown." [14 May 1990]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 John Engstrom
    A stunning, wonderful show. Here is network TV at its best, as it's almost never done. [7 Oct 1991]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 John Engstrom
    "The Simpsons" is both a challenge and a delight. It's also that rarest of TV fauna, a cartoon show with levels of mirth for every brain and pair of eyes in the family. [12 Jan 1990]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 John Engstrom
    The cracking chemistry of Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt, a tremendous performance by Hunt, and an exceptional script for the pilot mark this as the best new sitcom of the season. [10 Sep 1992]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 John Engstrom
    I'd trade one good episode of "Brooklyn Bridge" for the entire seasons of "Family Matters" and "Perfect Strangers." [20 Sep 1991]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 John Engstrom
    A rich blend of generations that has more of the juice of life and truth to it in an hour than a thousand formula sitcoms squeezed for everything they've got. [20 Aug 1990, p.D1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 John Engstrom
    There are some over-the-top scenes, and no indication yet that these writers know, any better than those on "NYPD Blue," what to do with Sherry Stringfield. [15 Sep 1994]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 John Engstrom
    Unfortunately, the next two episodes are not up to the [premiere's] standards, but the series still promises an enjoyable weekly joust with the puffed-up image that some TV types assume viewers still believe in and accept as real. [14 Aug 1992]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 John Engstrom
    Some spots are noticeably rough and unfinished, with several lapses into clicheland, and occasional bumps where the need to set the series' premise knocks against the wish to do good, episodic storytelling...There's definitely an appeal, with a homey, real-people feel to its principals and side players, most of then interesting, even just in passing. [12 July 1990, p.D15]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 John Engstrom
    High quality but uneven. [25 Sep 1992]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 John Engstrom
    What The Outsiders needs is more finesse - some "soc" boys with at least a few redeeming values, some parents who have a gnat's notion of what's going with their kids, more blurred lines between the two teen groups, more background on all these kids, and more sides to their lives and personalities, just like real life. [22 Mar 1990, p.C9]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 John Engstrom
    What may be missing most in the TV mix is the supporting cast and behind-the-camera work that launched Griffith's acting rocket in the movie. [16 Apr 1990, p.C4]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 John Engstrom
    The intentions of the new CBS drama "Christy" are properly earnest, and the premise, locations and supporting cast all exude promise. But in the end, the execution is so ploddingly predictable and - in the case of the star - so shallow that the outcome is a disappointment. [1 Apr 1994]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 64 Metascore
    • 20 John Engstrom
    Without a stronger role for his wife (Patricia Richardson) and some trimming around the edges, like lopping off the sexist tool-girl helper on his TV show, it's mostly a botched job. [12 Sep 1991]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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