Mark Dawidziak

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For 154 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Dawidziak's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Tucker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 154
154 tv reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    We have fifth-season banquet of delights spread before us.... With each season, that load is spread out more and more, with young players coming into their own and crafty veterans added to the cast. The storytelling also gets stronger and more assured, pushing Game of Thrones to greater and grander heights.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    Writer David Farr updated le Carre's novel with expert care, and his script is stunningly realized by a sensational cast guided by the unerring direction of Susanne Bier. Indeed, just about everything goes right in this sexy, riveting and suspenseful miniseries.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    Still standing magnificently tall in its fifth season, Justified more than justifies its place as one of television's best dramas. That's a crowded field, of course, but, in this critic's opinion, it is not just one of the best. It is THE best.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    HBO made four of the 13 new episodes available for review. Taken as a whole, they stand as compelling proof that the series' creator and executive producer, David Chase, still is in complete control of the brilliantly constructed crime saga. [4 Mar 2001]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    An intense, intriguing and exciting mix of action and horror. [22 Sept 2004, p.E1]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    From the first frame, it's clear that Jackie Robinson is a genuine labor of love. The warmly crafted two-part, four-hour PBS documentary from filmmaker Ken Burns positively glows with its admiration for the man and his accomplishments. ... Another mighty home run for PBS.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    It's where quirky meets quixotic, and the mix is enchanting - equal parts wit and whimsy. [8 Oct 2000, p.11]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    No drama mixes the profoundly painful with the profanely funny more expertly than Rescue Me, Denis Leary's FX series about New York City firefighters. As laughter wraps itself around anguish on this Manhattan landscape, you wonder if what's unfolding is an epic American tragedy or a raunchy workplace comedy. [12 June 2007, p.E1]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    Generous with the laughs. A wonderfully quirky and stylish series from a creative team headed by director-producer Ron Howard, this isn't merely the best new comedy of the season. It's the best new show of any kind.[2 Nov 2003, p.J1]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    A four-alarm run of fiery performances laced with hurt and hilarity. It means writing that swerves brilliantly from racy humor to lacerating pain, from steamy encounters to brutal insights. And it means spending quality time with some of the most human, street-level, flesh-and-blood characters you're likely to encounter anywhere in the television realm. [30 May 2006, p.E1]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    Amber Tamblyn (yes, she's the daughter of "Twin Peaks" star Russ Tamblyn) shines in the title role. Her Joan is a delightful adolescent mix of hope, doubt, joy, anger, anxiety, yearning and skepticism...Viewers searching for a promising new drama will do no better this season than Joan of Arcadia, which walks that tricky line of being spiritual without becoming preachy, touching without turning treacly, humorous without going for the cheap jokes. [26 Sept 2003, p.E1]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    The Americans stands tall in a crowded field of quality dramas. It keeps getting stronger and stronger, a realization underscored by the arrival of the fourth season.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    "Justified" and Game of Thrones, each in its own way, has done its share to raise that bar to dizzying heights.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    His character is brought low often enough, but no comedy soars higher.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    Like "Freaks and Geeks," however, Undeclared is considerably smarter, sharper and slicker than your average network series. If at times the comedy strays below the belt, it justifies these moments by appealing to our hearts and minds. [25 Sept 2001, p.E1]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    Under the guise of fantasy, Roswell manages to be insightful, profound, romantic, eerie, mysterious and funny. It artfully uses the alien characters as engaging stand-ins for countless teenagers who, rebelling against pressures to conform, feel like beings from another planet. [6 Oct 1999, p.1E]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    The cast is first rate, delivering sympathetic and believable performances. The writing is intelligent, providing intellectual grist to the grisly moments. And the direction is as crisp as it is clever. [20 Sept 1999, p.1E]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    The remarkable thing is that, even with a bigger cast, Kohan never sacrifices a whit of clarity or energy. Orange Is the New Black is as fresh and as vital as ever, and you don't always see that in a fourth season.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    Although the promising drama has its self-conscious moments when the offbeat stuff seems a trifle forced, Laurie delivers a consistently fascinating performance as the abrasive diagnostician. Even with the labored interludes, the series stands as, to borrow an old rock lyric, “a very, very, very fine” House. [16 Nov 2004, p.E4]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    Perhaps the most astonishing thing about this stylish, wonderfully atmospheric British production is how fresh it seems. It's not as if this is a tale rarely told.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    Although some liberties have been taken with the characters and plot, it is an immediately intriguing, wonderfully textured realization of Dick's challenging book.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    If you have a strong enough stomach to get through the yuck-and-yikes surgical procedures, the dramatic rewards are great. If you prefer shows with an edge and an attitude, make your appointment with Miami partners Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Christian Troy (Julian McMahon)...And if you like your television served up with wit, intelligence and a bit of daring, you won't have much to say if someone asks, "Tell me what you don't like about Nip/Tuck. "[22 June 2004, p.E1]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    The writers do take the occasional misstep along the trail. The series has it didactic moments, to be sure, as well as the occasional cartoonish character (usually among those chasing the runaways). But these drawbacks are more than offset by the riveting narrative, the outstanding lead cast and a seamless weaving of the greater historical context into the ongoing story.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    The Walking Dead still has a strong grip on our imagination as it continues to aim at all three levels--brain, heart and stomach--with deadly accuracy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    Stylish and briskly paced, Boomtown clearly shows the impact of "Pulp Fiction" in its quirky dialogue. The impact of "Rashomon," Kurosawa's film about a murder recounted in different ways, is most obviously seen in the program's structure. [29 Sept 2002, p.J1]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    Every bit as intriguing as it is intelligent. [13 Jun 2005]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    It’s raucously funny in its own right and in its own way. If the first season’s remaining nine episodes are anywhere near as laugh-out-loud hilarious as tonight’s opener, Barbershop: The Series will be nothing less than Showtime’s strongest entry yet in the comedy field. [14 Aug 2005, p.J1]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    Already TV's most literate and stylish horror drama, "Penny Dreadful" is adding new and intriguing elements to the ambitious structure as the third season begins.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    It's a sentimental journey, to be sure, but it never gives in to sentimentality. And while Tyson leads the way on this trip of a Lifetime, she is surrounded by co-stars adding illumination at every turn.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    Director Michael Apted and writer Michelle Ashford masterfully guide you back into the Masters of Sex story, providing a beautifully textured framework for these wonderfully nuanced performances.

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