Mark Dawidziak

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For 208 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Dawidziak's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Hot Properties: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 208
208 tv reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    A lovingly crafted tribute offering many laughs, a few tears, some intriguing insights and just a constant swarm of warm memories.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    Like its characters, Sharp Objects is not without obvious flaws, it's also not without impressive strengths. The cast, led by five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams, is exceptional, making the deep pain and overwhelming angst of these characters both vividly real and incredibly fascinating.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    Sharply paced, A Very English Scandal doesn't make the mistake of overstaying its welcome. The story is told in three tightly packaged installments that cover the endlessly curious ground efficiently and elegantly.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    The more these characters talk, the thinner they get, until, ultimately, they resemble nothing more than cardboard figures set up on those splendid Utah and Montana locations. ... Yellowstone crawls when it should gallop, making for something of a dull ride. It's sort of like "Dallas" without the winking sense of soap-opera fun.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Dawidziak
    An ambitious but uneven show based on the colorful and controversial life of Jack Parsons.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    An intoxicating mix of wicked comedy and "Lear"-like tragedy. ... There's nothing all that likable about the Roys. They are a vain, petty and avaricious lot. But they are incredibly fascinating, thanks to the riveting performances and the razor-sharp writing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    The brilliantly dark five-part limited series starring Benedict Cumberbatch is a compelling journey laced with pain and overflowing with absolutely riveting performances.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Dawidziak
    There is much to admire here, from the performances to the cinematography, but then there are aspects of the production that aren't all that admirable. That would include the erratic direction and wildly inconsistent dialogue.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Dawidziak
    If not as sharply realized and profoundly resonant as the "Battlestar" reboot, this "Lost in Space" is a visual stunner packed with exhilarating action sequences. It's not a great drama, but it is great fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Dawidziak
    At the black heart of this uneven but often-mesmerizing crime drama is Donald Sutherland's sly and spellbinding portrayal of the richest man in the world, J. Paul Getty Sr.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Dawidziak
    It's all pleasant enough fare, but here we have a lead performance that demands better than fair.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    The ever-audacious comedy continues to surprise viewers in all sorts of unpredictable ways. As bold and daring as ever, producer-writer-star Donald Glover's cable series picks right up where the first season left off--fiercely funny and marvelously mercurial.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Dawidziak
    Indeed, it is, at times, quite thrilling. It's also, at times, tedious. It is a mixed bag of impressive strengths and frustrating shortcomings, which, of course, is precisely what Wright is telling us about the intelligence community before 9/11.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Dawidziak
    The troubling questions and terrific performances are enough to keep you following this murky trail, if you're not seriously burned out on serial killers. There seems to be one waiting around every corner in television, and this dark corner can be found near the intersection of trite and tremendous. Absentia is both.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    From the casting to the writing, the show has class, leaving you with the hope that Jack will be destined to a long stay in Toledo.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    Simmons, as you might expect, is equally convincing as each Howard Silk, but he's only getting revved up for the many twists and turns taken in this 10-episode thrill ride. ... Still, no matter how convoluted things get, you keep coming back to the two Howards, and, because of Simmons, you want to.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Dawidziak
    The acting styles range from sullen underplaying to over-the-top melodrama, and that mix can be quite effective. But both can be carried too far, with the underplayed stuff tending toward somnambulism and the over-the-top extremes inducing a cringe or two.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Dawidziak
    There are many incredibly suspenseful and deeply fascinating stretches. The problem is that fascination is wrapped around frustration in this second "American Crime Story," which is wearisomely lighter on details and slower of pace.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    Jauntily paced and cleverly written, the wonderfully engaging Mrs. Maisel is packed with winning regulars (none more so than Brosnahan's Midge), witty banter (a Sherman-Palladino specialty), sensational supporting players (including Kevin Pollak and David Paymer) and an exuberant sense of optimism (despite the obvious and incredibly daunting obstacles a female comedian faced in the late '50s).
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    Godless manages to come across as both familiar and fresh. Plot lines are recognizable without becoming trite. Characters are taken to predictable extremes without sliding into caricatures.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    Yes, there are times when excess gets the better of this series. Pace occasionally becomes a problem, as we move from episode to episode that could be more tightly edited. Yet the sheer vitality of the performances keep us fully engaged.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    It all comes together spookily well, with Lore resembling nothing more than six late-night trips to the campfire for some splendidly spun creep-out stories.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    Time and again, over a span of more than 35 years, we find Burns constructing bridges that insightfully and profoundly link Americans with their history. Nowhere has that been more powerfully true than in the 18 hours of his stunningly realized, intricately detailed 10-part film, The Vietnam War.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Dawidziak
    Comrade Detective does is not overstay its welcome. There's just enough here to sustain six episodes. That works. Anything more would have been a crime.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Dawidziak
    The cast, which includes Jennifer Finnigan as Pentagon public-relations honcho Grace Barrows, is extremely likable, and the first two episodes roll along at a breezy clip. So, by all means, don't ask too many questions and don't expect too much.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    Will is as sensual as it is suspenseful, as bawdy as it is bloody, as lusty as it it is lyrical.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    The good news is that Snowfall, the searing FX drama about the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles, does start moving at dazzling speed after a slow, plodding start. The bad news is that this occurs somewhere about the fourth episode.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    If all of the characters were as 14-karat authentic as Goldie, I'm Dying Up Here might have had a fighting chance. Instead, even with Jim Carrey on board as an executive producer and Tom Dreesen along for the erratic ride as technical consultant, this Showtime newcomer only intermittently finds its rhythm and hits its stride as compelling drama.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    A darker shade of "Green"? Yes, at times, grim realities are made a trifle more real. Does that work? Yes, often wonderfully well.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    An extremely smart, wildly eccentric and very adult comedy. And if Bacon is bringing the heat, then Hahn is the aching, searching heart of this series.

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