Mark Dawidziak

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For 186 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Dawidziak's Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Undeclared: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Tucker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 186
186 tv reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Dawidziak
    The wildly uneven series that bears his name also is a mess, a murky mixed bag of dreary and delightful moments.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Dawidziak
    Give it some style points, no doubt, because there are several very cool moments. But you get the feeling that Spotnitz knows where the problems are, and he's trying to fix them.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Dawidziak
    There's deliberate and there's plodding. This is plodding. Indeed, the jittery camera work and abrupt flashbacks almost take it from plodding to stumbling.... The acting styles differ greatly, yet none of the capable regulars hits a false note, whether playing subdued rage or over-the-top fervor.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    It isn't a bad show, in the sense of being a total swing and a miss. It isn't, however, the type of series that would be a gleaming jewel in anyone's programming crown. It's too derivative. Too uninvolving. Too inertly paced.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    The depictions of Houdini and Doyle never seem authentic. The mysteries aren't particularly riveting. And the mix of fact and fancy is anything but magical.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    The best aspect of "Freddie" is that it makes an earnest attempt to depict a loving, supportive Latino family. You want to spend time with them, but only if the writers put as much sizzle into the scripts as Freddie does in his beloved recipes.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    The odd thing about "Conviction" is the awkward way it lurches between the legal maneuverings and the personal issues of the central characters. While the courtroom scenes are entertaining, if frequently obvious, the up-close-and-personal stuff is what proves to be a real trial.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    Extant is a hodgepodge that serves up some creepy moments but gets bogged down by the inelegance of its copycat nature. It rumbles when it should roar. It stumbles when it should soar.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    This sometimes talky and often preposterous Legacy effort has all of the annoying flaws of Kiefer Sutherland's long-running "24" and none of its considerable strengths.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    The real strain is in trying to turn Tarzan into a crime fighter like Spider-Man, complete with the gravity-defying leaps and whoosh-wham special effects. [4 Oct 2003, p.E6]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    The problem with "Ghost Whisperer" is its lack of focus.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    So many strong ingredients could have gone into this brew, but, no matter how obviously the casting tries to turn up the heat, it's still a half-empty glass of weak tea.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    Memorable performances are delivered by Dominique McElligott as Louise Shepard, Azure Parsons as Annie Glenn and Odette Annable as Trudy Cooper.... Lacking any semblance of compelling structure, the series is a jumble of scenes artlessly arranged in a by-the-numbers chronological order.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    While the two episodes that the network sent to critics stumble baldly into the humor-impaired category, each manages to sparkle for a moment or two. And Emmy winner Louis-Dreyfus provides most of the sparkle. [26 Feb 2002]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    Plenty of fascinating medical material here for a series. And yet, Heartbeat botches the job, because the dialogue, direction and supporting characters are wearisomely artificial.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    Sequoyah is a charmer, and a few of the action sequences help grease the wheels on this fast-paced ride. Yet it's not enough to make up for the cloying and cliched writing.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    The problem with "Training Day" as a series is that it wants to be reassuringly safe and disturbingly dangerous at the same time, and this duality proves its undoing. The strain of this balancing act is felt in the unconvincing, sometimes cartoonish dialogue, direction and performances.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    Many aspects of the 12-part Rome might leave you cold. While certainly impressive in scope and scale, HBO’s awkward stab at a series is being made with a programming weapon that’s often blunt, dull and unwieldy... Where Rome gets tripped up is in the uneven performances and lackluster writing. This is what truly causes the fall of this particular Roman empire. [28 Aug 2005, p.J1]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    Nothing on this futuristic landscape stands out: the performances, the dialogue, the direction, the special effects. The premise is solid enough. Yet everything constructed on this foundation seems to have been fashioned from nothing more substantial than cardboard.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    The show at least moves at a fast clip and blazes past some impressive scenery ... Despite the higher production values, "The Amazing Race" offers little more than a blur of people shouting, "Which way do we go?" [5 Sep 2001]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    As Barry struggles with his sense of identity, so does this series. There is little consistency of tone here, and the efforts to depict a realistic Middle Eastern political struggle are undermined by campy and melodramatic moments.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Mark Dawidziak
    Sure, it's all very derivative. It's purposely so. That's not the problem with these scripts. The problem is that, despite all the blood, too many anemic characters fail to register on the flesh-and-blood scale.

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