John Levesque

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For 56 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 26% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John Levesque's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 The Bachelor: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 56
  2. Negative: 3 out of 56
56 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 John Levesque
    Sarah Michelle Gellar plays Buffy to perfection in this witty, intelligent and thoroughly entertaining series based loosely on the 1992 film, and if she isn't the next closet-door poster queen - or the Internet-shrine equivalent - I'll be stunned. [10 Mar 1997, p.C1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 John Levesque
    Freaks and Geeks may fail because it has no hope of drawing viewers to a crummy Saturday night time slot. But don't ever suggest it lacks soul. Or heart. Or brains. Freaks and Geeks is that wonderful rarity among television series, a show that simultaneously lampoons reality and embraces it. [25 Sept 1999, p.C1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 John Levesque
    In addition to good direction, "Will & Grace" has the attractive cast and snappy writing that most comedies never have the luck or skill to achieve. [18 Sep 1998]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 John Levesque
    "EZ Streets" has great ensemble acting from a formidable cast. It has an attractive balance of conflict and humor. And it's that uncommon cop show that makes the bad guys more than cutout caricatures. [25 Oct 1996]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 John Levesque
    "Futurama" is smart but not pointy-headed, satirical but not annoying. It's the hallmark of Groening and his people: sly, subversive humor delivered with such who-me? guiltlessness that it's hard not to like. [26 Mar 1999]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 John Levesque
    One of many shows plumbing the "growing-up" experience this season, Roswell is easily one of the best. And producer Jason Katims, who never got a chance to fully examine new love in ABC's "Relativity," should get plenty of time from The WB to use "Roswell" as a captivating way to explore young people's notions of differentness, romance and loyalty. [6 Oct 1999, p.E9]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 John Levesque
    In the wrong hands, it would be hopelessly hokey. In Kelley's hands, it's hokey and somehow meaningful, thanks mainly to his deft writing touch. [8 Sep 1997]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 John Levesque
    Gideon's Crossing" has a fabulous actor -- Andre Braugher -- and some terrific writing by Paul Attanasio, who created but did not stay around for Braugher's last series, "Homicide: Life on the Street." With this combination, Gideon's Crossing could be the 12th doctor show on the schedule and still be worth your time. [10 Oct 2000, p.F1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 John Levesque
    It's as rich and sumptuous as maybe any series that TV has produced, on both sides of the cameras. [4 Mar 1992, p.C1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 John Levesque
    Peter Krause, Josh Charles, Felicity Huffman, Robert Guillaume and a marvelous pack of supporting players lend a palpable pulse to the most stylishly produced workplace/relationship series to arrive in some time...Though packaged like a comedy, "Sports Night" isn't always funny. It's just seriously good TV. Sign up for season tickets. [22 Sept 1998, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 John Levesque
    As pilot episodes go, this one is about as polished as they get. From the main players - Treat Williams, Gregory Smith, Vivien Cardone - to the supporting cast, Everwood crackles with humor, presence and authenticity (even if Alberta stands in for Colorado in the pilot and Utah will do the honors subsequently). [16 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 John Levesque
    The Tick is easily good for several big laughs per episode. This is rare in today's comedy environment, where the time-honored practice of funmongering still revolves around a stale setup/punch line process that gets duller by the rim shot. [8 Nov 2001, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 John Levesque
    Band of Brothers is absolutely repellent. Obscene. Unsettling. And, if you've got the stuff to stick with it, some of the most instructive TV you'll see this year. [8 Sept 2001, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 John Levesque
    William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger lead an appealing cast, but the real stars are the toenail clippings, hair strands and fingerprints that complete an investigator's puzzle and turn nagging doubt into scientific certainty. [5 Oct 2000, p.E2]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 John Levesque
    At times tonight, The WB's new Gilmore Girls will be well worth watching, easily the most arresting show of the young season. At other moments, it will make you wince at its unrelenting cuteness, an overeager poseur trying hard to impress. Please be patient. Next week's episode tempers the sweet with a little more savory, achieving a charming balance that promises to fill our Thursday nights this fall with an achingly on-point homage to mother-daughter relationships. [5 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 John Levesque
    It's all raucous nonsense, but the debate will rage as to whether "Family Guy" contributes to, or merely reflects, the demise of civility. As with most TV fare, it's doing a little of both, and it's doing it with a sharp eye for detail. [9 Apr 1999]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 John Levesque
    What remains is the Bochco trademark: intelligent writing and good acting, which give the characters a richness that is appealing and deep, even if the courtroom is the real star. [10 Oct 1996, p.C1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 John Levesque
    Like an ice cube to the temple on a hot day, Smallville startles and refreshes the way "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" did in its early years. Though not as cleverly written as "Buffy," the new series about Clark Kent, tormented teenager, has much going for it: beautiful people from The WB's Burbank assembly line, movie-style special effects, a subtle sense of humor. [15 Oct 2001, p.D1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 John Levesque
    Meeting Mike and Nancy is worth the contrivance, for if this show succeeds it may be due in part to the capable support of Josh Randall and Jana Marie Hupp, who offer occasional relief from the silly plot lines of Ed's life. As the Burtons, recently blessed with the arrival of their first child, they provide Ed with amusing reality checks as he pursues the new woman of his hometown dreams: Carol Vessey. [7 Oct 2000, p.C1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 John Levesque
    "Just Shoot Me" reminds me of the inspired ensemble work of "NewsRadio," a show most of the American viewing public ignores. It still has rough edges and tries a little too hard in tonight's episode, but some of the writing approaches the cleverness of "Frasier." [4 Mar 1997]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 John Levesque
    As long as the show's 13 episodes retain the unrelenting sense of bedlam that characterizes the first, they'll be fine. [3 Sep 2001]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 John Levesque
    In spite of predictable story lines, it is crisp writing from Kelley that makes such a group seem approachable, almost lovable. [4 Mar 1997]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 John Levesque
    Viewers who like Carter's government-conspiracy paranoia and his penchant for confusing plots will embrace Harsh Realm. It requires close attention to details that propel the story, and it has instantly likable characters in Hobbes (Scott Bairstow) and Mike Pinocchio (D.B. Sweeney). [8 Oct 1999, p.38]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 John Levesque
    Choosing to build a series around an antihero is one thing. But making it impossible to root for him doesn't bode well for repeat business. [12 Mar 2012, p.E1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 John Levesque
    In serialized form, The Fugitive is nothing more than "Touched by an Angel on the Lam." Kimble moves from town to town, staying a step ahead of Lt. Gerard, a step behind the one-armed man, and inevitably involved in the life of someone he meets on his peripatetic way. [5 Oct 2000, p.E2]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 John Levesque
    In fleshing out a role that's based on the Archie Comics heroine, Hart herself is beguiling. [27 Sept 1996, p.34]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 John Levesque
    Ray Romano is goofy enough to make it a winner. [13 Sep 1996]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 John Levesque
    The style of The Big Easy is slick: good camera work, great music, fast pacing. Its script isn't as intelligent yet as some of the big cop dramas on the big networks, but there are glimmers of hope in the City that Hope Forgot. [9 Aug 1996, p.24]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 John Levesque
    It seems a little bolder than its most recent predecessors. [26 Sep 2001]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 John Levesque
    The problem, at least in tonight's episode, isn't with Dharma. She's delightful. It's Greg. He's not delightful. OK, he's not supposed to be. He's a stick in the mud. Yet there are plenty of people who can make the straight man seem funny. Thomas Gibson ("Chicago Hope") is simply not delightful being not delightful. [24 Sept 1997, p.F4]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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