For 72 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Leonard's Scores

Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 90 Everybody Hates Chris: Season 1
Lowest review score: 30 Six Degrees: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 72
  2. Negative: 8 out of 72
72 tv reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 John Leonard
    Splendid television.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 John Leonard
    What makes Deadwood so fascinating is not the action we put up with; it’s the language we listen to.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 John Leonard
    We stay interested because executive producers Graham Yost (Speed) and Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes) know what they're doing and have conscripted a crackerjack cast to do it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 John Leonard
    Tedious.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 John Leonard
    In these last innings, as The Wire ties up its gnarled threads, it also makes its most daring departure yet, introducing yet another institution, and a brand-new cast of characters to disappoint us.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 John Leonard
    The best of the new fall sitcoms.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 John Leonard
    There is nothing in Dirt to look at or think about that we haven’t looked at and decided not to think about before.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 John Leonard
    Pushing Daisies will drive you crazy or make you smile.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 John Leonard
    K-Ville’s co–executive producers are both cop-show veterans--Jonathan Lisco of NYPD Blue and The District, Craig Silverstein of Bones and Standoff--who know how to yank our chains with close-ups, jump cuts, booster shots of adrenaline, and low-rent noir.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 John Leonard
    Meanwhile, some remarkable television has been made. To report on a new generation of young warriors raised on hip-hop, heavy metal, and video games, Wright went to Iraq as Michael Herr before him had gone to Vietnam, like Dante to hell with a cassette recording of Jimi Hendrix.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 John Leonard
    Entertaining... What [Nagy] has done is tailor this tabloid material to several different narrative tastes, which alternate as the movie shifts from love affair to temper tantrum to gunfire to murder trial and back again.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 John Leonard
    Reaper is strictly for fans of movies like Superbad.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 John Leonard
    [Mirren] delivers big-time... Congratulations should also go to Nigel Williams, whose screenplay for Elizabeth I is as sassy as Tom Stoppard’s was for Shakespeare in Love.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 John Leonard
    With a calculation of word and image that’s almost elegant, Five Days gives us sociology and anthropology instead of shock and awe.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 John Leonard
    Nothing shameful here, but nothing either to prize it above Ang Lee’s marvelous 1995 version. This new Sense is, in fact, somewhat of a drag.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 John Leonard
    Project Runway appears to have saved itself (and its audience from boredom) by showcasing a crop of designers that is--as Gunn has not unjustly declared--"the strongest group ever."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 John Leonard
    We’re in excellent company, from the Boston Massacre to the Declaration of Independence to Adams’s plenipotentiary missions to Versailles and the Court of St. James to his unsought but extremely gratifying vice-presidency in the first Washington administration.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 John Leonard
    Jenna Elfman really has to put a bag over it--her notorious “cute,” I mean.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 John Leonard
    The show seems to take forever to get anywhere.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 John Leonard
    The Reformation is what this equally entertaining second season is about, plus ditching the brunette, Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer), in favor of the blonde, Jane Seymour (Anita Briem).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 John Leonard
    We have to put up with characters whose brainpower compares unfavorably with a fire hydrant, but Lee is funny even in a gay bar.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 John Leonard
    This series feel like a fifties leftover, chock-full of unimportant secrets.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 John Leonard
    Everybody... will love Betty as much as her widowed father does.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 John Leonard
    Raising the Bar is professional television, but no more than that. Passion and purpose are among the missing.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 John Leonard
    Laura Harris as Jill Bernhardt, the platinum-blonde district attorney, Paula Newsome as Claire Washburn, the surprisingly jolly medical examiner, and Aubrey Dollar as Cindy Thomas, the impossibly young newspaper reporter, do not add up to a Kaffeeklatsch or a therapy group. I’m not saying that they don’t occasionally discuss emotions (usually Angie/Lindsay’s), but it’s more grad-school seminar than touchy-feely hot-tub hangout.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 John Leonard
    This is a flabbergasting cast, so far called upon to do not much besides posturing. But my fingers are crossed, and my eyes too.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 John Leonard
    The Sarah Connor Chronicles is mostly chase scenes. And very nicely staged they are, by director–executive producer David Nutter (Supernatural, Smallville), an adrenaline junkie equally adept at terrorizing a classroom, blowing up a city, rebooting a cyborg, or time-warping a bank vault.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 John Leonard
    Not enough of Breaking Bad was available for preview to decide whether the supporting cast will eventually satisfy as much as "Weeds" regulars like Elizabeth Perkins, Kevin Nealon, Tonye Patano, and Justin Kirk, but Cranston’s Walter is already a winner.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 John Leonard
    You may be surprised to hear that it works.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 John Leonard
    After twenty years of stalwart service, Kelsey Grammer should be allowed back on television whenever he likes. But on a show like this, why would he want to be?