Jonathan Storm

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For 361 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jonathan Storm's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Rescue Me: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Inconceivable: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 86 out of 361
361 tv reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    More inviting than the usual run of sitcom idiocy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    The whole thing perks along like a Honda Civic and is just about as exciting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    There's no shame in enjoying the entertainment provided by these game shows, which are a step above some of their TV competition, but if knowing all the answers in 1 vs 100 makes you feel smart, then you must be pretty stupid.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    These medical shows aren't brain surgery, but most of them are dead on arrival anyway. Three Rivers shows up at least with a healthy pulse.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    This family show isn't in the same area code as that paragon of television, but for those of us who can't go time-traveling, it'll do in a pinch. [27 Sept 2002, p.E11]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    The supporting cast, especially Jenna Fischer as the pretty but timid receptionist ("I don't think it's many girls' dream to be a receptionist") and Rainn Wilson as an obsessive, humorless drone, helps keep the pencils sharp when boss Scott gets too unfunny in his attempts to create an easygoing office atmosphere. [24 Mar 2005, p.D01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    Just about everybody in this cast is superb. Maybe the production team, headed by Gary David Goldberg, who did Fox's "Family Ties" and the cuddly "Brooklyn Bridge", will fix all the first episode's flaws. Too many halfhearted gay and orgasm jokes bring to mind too many of last year's tired Friends imitators.[17 Sept 1996, p.D01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    Viewers certainly like this sort of thing. CBS has become the No. 1 network with an incessant stream of it, and Criminal Minds is as well-made as any of them.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    A caper that's as clever and grandiose as any TV series has presented in a long time. And fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    Kindness is the true beauty of Will & Grace, and it may be that kindness, in the midst of so much of the mean-spirited, demeaning stuff that passes for comedy on TV, will carry the day. [21 Sep 1998]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    Cold Case doesn't know Philly. Too often the few authentic exteriors - Boathouse Row, for instance - give way to some generic Los Angeles location. The show itself is full of references to nonexistent places and situations. [28 Sept 2003, p.H01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    The mystery makes Pretty Little Liars more entertaining than the tedium of Gossip Girls, and many parents might actually enjoy watching along with their young adults, who can explain why this sort of thing is so alluring to them.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    That's about where this show sits, on the rails, but with a little journey ahead to get from captain to rear admiral.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    You hope the show doesn't get stuck in sexual shenanigans week after week. Even 30-year-olds think about other things sometimes. But for now, it seems fair to follow Emily's lead and see what develops.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    When the heroes look like this, you don't have to sweat the details. [9 Oct 2002, p.D09]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    Part soap opera, part horror movie, all whodunit, Harper's is diverting, and only infrequently frightening, fantasy soap opera.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    So what if it's as superficial as a flesh wound? There's plenty of style.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    The show is ugly and fixated on death and violence. There's lots of lurid sex, too, reflected in other title images. There's also creativity and flat-out breathtaking acting to instill a voyeuristic fascination and perhaps inspire a fanatic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    It's a show-off show, the most impressive new series of the season, of many seasons, but it has one big deficit. Like the Tin Man, it has no heart. Maybe it will grow one, and it will certainly bear watching for a few weeks to see if it does. [22 Sept 1999, p.C01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 28 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    You may also laugh at some of these jokes, because Michael Rapaport, who plays Daddy Dave, delivers them with such bravado.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    It's a supernatural mystery, involving a few ghosts, a little time travel and lots of crazy people. People who have been missing The X-Files might really go for The Lost Room.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    Subtract James Woods from Shark, and you'd have an empty carcass. Instead, you have a carcass with James Woods and all his crazy energy inside.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    Despite the loud music and all the supposedly ominous foolishness, blood that even spatters the camera lenses, and a sexy proto-vamp who often manages to wear almost no clothes (OK, maybe not despite her), I kind of liked the stupid thing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    [It] would be an above-average Masterpiece [Theatre] installment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    Close to Home is supposed to be playing on the dark-underbelly-of-the-burbs fascination supposedly stirred by Desperate Housewives. But it's basically just another lawyer/crime show with a mommy twist.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    For adults, the thing plays a little like Fox's Prison Break.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Jonathan Storm
    There's plenty of that low-key humor that characterized Ed, and the show can be hilarious when the crew gets involved in Keystone Kops capers, but it drags in the middle ground.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    After all those promos, people have the feeling they've seen the whole first episode, which they probably have.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Life Is Wild, is serenely benign considering its title, but some families should find fun in this foolishness from far away.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Potential pours from the screen, but the premiere has plenty of problems. People seem to be uncomfortable and trying too hard, just as they do on their first day in school or on the job.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Smart guys from the outskirts of society have been solving tough cases entertainingly at least as long as Sherlock Holmes. The Mentalist simply presents another, along with no compelling reason either to tune in or turn off.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    It's slightly less entertaining than the moderately entertaining original, with a far-fetched connection that these undercover wonders somehow have something to do with the Navy, which is the "N" in NCIS, and who really cares what the "CIS" is?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    The Book of Daniel is different and ambitious enough to bear watching at least for a little while.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Strangely theatrical and disappointingly hollow. [29 Sept 2002, p.H03]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    It loses some luster under closer scrutiny when the jagged edges of the formula start to cut through the attractive veneer. [1 Oct 2003, p.E01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Samantha will battle against past unremembered sins, as the writers battle to bring their scripts up to Applegate's talents.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    The big mysteries behind the trees in Hidden Palms are also way more fun than the mud in the murky waters of Dawson's Creek. That's not a lot, but pondering the extent of evil in the bad boy, and the cause of the craziness in the gorgeous girl, not to mention why the dead kid died, is considerably more stimulating than it was years ago to put the TV on mute and gawk when Katie Holmes came on the screen.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Lipstick Jungle isn't that bad. It's more like "awww."; Not as in "Awww, isn't it cute?" but "Awww, little Candy didn't do as well this time as everybody hoped."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    There's not a current star among them, but this wacky lineup could provide the biggest and brightest series of Celeb Appren train wrecks ever. Alas, as usual, the episodes of the show, are flabbier than Meat Loaf ever was, two long hours long.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Give ABC credit for an interesting format and a drama that isn't about doctors, lawyers, or cops, but it's hard to imagine enough viewers going for this one that any of these folks will ever make it to 30.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Our gals will turn out to be witches, and while they are innocuously enjoyable (as well as hot), it's hard to imagine them generating enough magic to keep this show around very long.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Nothing really wrong with Raines, but not much reason to watch, either.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    The show often goes to annoying extremes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    It was all cool years ago, but today it seems just a bit too contrived, even if it does mean lots of work for Hollywood stuntmen. TV has never had a successful remake of an old show, and there's no reason to believe The Fugitive, which debuts Friday at 8 p.m., will escape that bleak statistic. [6 Oct 2000]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    All this foolishness is encased in an intriguing concept.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Ed and Tom may be similar, but Ed was plenty more satisfying than this Monkey business
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Days after announcing the cancellation of the brilliant "Life on Mars," ABC premieres Castle, dumping an original concept, beautifully achieved, with genius casting, and picking up the most averagely entertaining series in a long time.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Partially because of its more cursory treatment of the Pope's life, the show seems less preachy and more emotional than the CBS effort, and more appropriate.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    It could use a little more dramatic meat on its predictable framework.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Fringe has the feel of a chemistry-lab concoction, the forced amalgam of preexisting elements. It may not be hydrogen sulfide, which gives rotten eggs their smell, but it's mediocre science.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    The Cleveland Show is full of pubic-hair jokes, and if you don't think that's a laugh riot, you still might want to tune in--once--to see what the cool kids are digging these days.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    It's still pretty much the same old ride, maybe a little better than DS-9, as the Trekkers call it, not quite as good as Next Generation. [16 Jan 1995]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    For about three hours and 40 minutes, the mini-series rockets along, an exciting pile of preposterousness with conspiratorial overtones. Then it fizzles, with stuff you've seen 1,000 times before, and irritating loose ends.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Maybe they'll be back for more. Maybe they'll be canceled. It's hard to imagine anyone getting mad if that happened or loving the show enough to do much about it. Maybe they should have called it Sort of Annoying Like.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Sadly, as so often happens, the grandeur and surprise settle toward soapiness when the show moves into future episodes, as various high-level evildoers battle each other for power, money, and hot sex partners, while the good-hearted folk fret and risk their lives for more noble causes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    In Plain Sight may not offer the newest characters on the block, but they're diverting, and at least they can spell.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    As remakes usually are, Five-0 is too contrived.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Bynes, whose career on Nickelodeon, culminating with The Amanda Show, gives her instant recognition with the desired audience, is about as established a comedian as any 16-year-old can be. [20 Sept 2002, p.D13]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    This series, perhaps because there are some standards, even though it's on late and on FX, is gentler and has potential. But somebody needs to step in and tell Louis to round up a few friends and save his stand-up for the comedy specials.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Jonathan Storm
    Without these two, 20 Good Years would be 22 bad minutes of television, but they bring so much skill to their roles, and seem to be having so much fun, you can see the comedy running, if not for 20 years, maybe four or five.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    Greetings From Tucson tones things down a lot between its first episode, which airs tonight, and its second episode next Friday. Tonight, everybody just screams jokes at each other, but next week we learn that the people in the family - Mexican American, Irish American and half-and-half - might actually have some real emotions. [20 Sept 2002, p.D13]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    Only two members of the core cast appear even slightly interesting.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    If Wolf can keep his randy prosecutors focused on their work, he might have another modest success, but it doesn't look promising.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    Hill is terribly hokey. Half-brother basketball wizards compete for hoops and girls, as their alienated parents battle. The West Wing's Moira Kelly, as mom to the poor boy, is the only actor who shows any scope on the show. [22 Sept 2003, p.C09]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    The twist ending of the first episode just might persuade remaining viewers to stick around for hour No. 2.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    I'm not saying the copycat comedy of The Paul Reiser Show isn't funny, but it doesn't compare favorably to the cracked originality of Community or 30 Rock.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    As with most of the Peacock's "reality" TV, The Apprentice offers some amusement, but not a whole lot, to recommend it. [8 Jan 2004]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    In the pilot tonight, one of the clues has nothing to do with the murder, and that hardly seems fair, though "fair" in another sense might be the best way to describe The Evidence. Unless you want to go for "poor."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    The concept is too contrived...Fallin's sentence is 1,500 hours. His show will be lucky to get much past six. [25 Sept 2001, p.C03]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    Their recently divorced characters have all the stereotypical sitcom tsuris, plus she's engaged to their marriage counselor--ho, ho--who turns out to be Ed Begley Jr., who actually is a little funny. As is Ryan Malgarini, who plays Gary's son, who at 14 is more confused about females than his dad. He's the best part of the show.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    You have to admire Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton for holding up their end of the bargain, even if the material in their show, Back to You, is such a drop from "Frasier" and "Everybody Loves Raymond"
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    There is a twinge of fun every now and then in Kath & Kim, even if most critics are so apoplectic at its crass stupidity they can barely write a sentence.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    In the early going, it's tough to tell what, if anything, motivates the main character in Rubicon. There may be fine rewards as the journey progresses, but it will take a special sort of viewer to stick with Rubicon's amblings and get to them.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    Confidential is a comedy hash - lots of heat, little taste.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    A marvelous cast, including Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Jessica Walter and Alia Shawkat. Offbeat situations and innovative direction. Your humble critic, however, finds one problem: It's not very funny. [2 Nov 2003, p.H01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    The show lacks important elements that have been available to storytellers for 2,000 years, most notably compelling character development.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    There's tons of trouble in Jericho, and that starts with T and that rhymes with D and that stands for dumb. Not flat-footedly, spectacularly dumb, just a little bit too dumb to live up to its premise.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    It delivers only a couple of brown bears and virtually no entertainment, but plenty of Palin, Palin, and more Palin.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    I counted 14 breast and genital jokes in the three episodes of 3d Rock From the Sun sent out to critics. Some of them (the jokes, that is) seemingly went on for hours. Most would make even a mature 13-year-old cringe. [9 Jan 1996]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    Don't get this show mixed up with anything important on TV, though you may find it enjoyably diverting, if you can forgive the immorality of its premiere episode. I can't. [23 Sept 2003, p.C09]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    It seems more a collection of cliches than the revered semiautobiographical work of the first black woman playwright to land on Broadway, a woman whose father fought a restrictive racial covenant all the way to the Supreme Court to keep his family's home in a white Chicago neighborhood in the '30s.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    We've seen this before. TBS even goes to great lengths to demonstrate how much it resembles Sex and the City. Except not nearly enough.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    My Own Worst Enemy's worst enemy is all the murky mumbo-jumbo mechanics the writers have introduced to support their stupid split-personality thesis.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    Just about everything that you would expect - money squandering, dope smoking, cruising, partying, practical jokes, petty jealousies, dim-bulb decisions, and talent-agent ire - is played out flatly in Entourage...There are few jokes and little action, but the show looks rich.[17 July 2004, p.E01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    Hip TV heads may see strains of "Andy Richter Controls the Universe," a 2002-03 workplace quirk-a-thon that was seriously more amusing because its absurdity sprang from its central character's vivid fantasy life, not from a reviled institution.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    Past Life has neither [heart nor energy] and leaves us only with hope that it will reincarnate next season into something better.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    All this adds up to $100 million worth of eye-popping bravura on the screen, but not a lot of cash to examine what goes on beneath the surface of the characters. One of the most extravagant soap operas in TV history doesn't even supply the fun of The Bold and the Beautiful. Though stuffed with stupid scenes, it lacks the stupid surprises that can make more traditional soaps so addictive. [28 Aug 2005, p.H01]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    Somber and uncompromising. ... Despite its high-powered actors (Adam Arkin and Hector Elizondo also work at this hospital) and highfalutin executive producer, David E. Kelley (Picket Fences, L.A. Law), the show's a storehouse of cliches. [15 Sep 1994]
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    Except for Tom Wilkinson, who's extraordinary as Joe, most of the actors, especially poor Katie Holmes, even if she at least looks like Jackie Kennedy, seem like furniture, too.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    On Parenthood, a top-notch cast of veteran actors struggles to wrestle a mountain of cliches into submission.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    CBS's new spy spoof, CHAOS, which premieres Friday at 8 p.m., starts out in the hole by knocking the amiable and amusing "The Defenders" off the schedule, and it never crawls out all the way. At least, it's something different, unless you count a show that was on 47 years ago, or a lot of the ones on USA.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Jonathan Storm
    The most disappointing new show of the TV season...SVU helps you appreciate the "order" part of Law & Order. Though it will have the same crazy-quilt plot twists, this one's straight police work and seems a little drawn-out, not nearly as richly satisfying as a puzzler as its progenitor.

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