Mark Dawidziak
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For 113 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 3.5 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 The 100: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 113
  2. Negative: 10 out of 113
113 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    With a cast led by Michael Chiklis and CCH Pounder, The Shield isn't just pushing boundaries. It's bashing through them like police officers wielding those door-destroying battering rams. The results are often quite arresting... Chiklis and Pounder are terrific. Their co-stars aren't even close to being in their league. [12 Mar 2002, p.e5]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    If some plot elements in the third season seemed forced (and they did), then Fellowes seems to have completely regained his balance in the fourth season. And that balance means expertly bouncing between the upstairs and downstairs worlds of Downton, letting the plot turns flow naturally, carrying us along joyously for the posh ride.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    Typical of the series, Yost and his team tackle something deceptively difficult to do well and make it look easy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    Even if you're bothered by the "oh-come-on" moments, you're more than compensated with the sheer number of "oh-wow" moments. They are in huge supply over the course of this opening four-hour run.
    • 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
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    It easily lives up to its advance billing as the best new show of the fall season.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    Weaving the lives of these three towering Roosevelts into one triumphant 14-hour film, Burns has found another ideal prism for examining the American character and the American story.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    This trio of tales uses plot elements from the original stories in wonderfully inventive and deliciously brilliant ways. In other words, knock the dust off of 221B Baker Street.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    The show wins points for innovation, intelligence and solid production values. [6 Nov 2001]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 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
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Mark Dawidziak
    As brilliant as many of the storytelling flourishes are, the narrative frequently suffers from awkward construction, clumsily bouncing among three time periods.... It's a brainy drama, to be sure, and it's a challenging one. The riveting lead performances are what keep you engaged when the going gets static--something more than engaged, actually.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Mark Dawidziak
    Has little to offer but formula storytelling and conventional crime-drama techniques.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Mark Dawidziak
    An intense, intriguing and exciting mix of action and horror. [22 Sept 2004, p.E1]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Mark Dawidziak
    Although technically listed as a drama, make no mistake, it's one of the funniest programs on TV this season.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    Serve up enough great moments (and The Normal Heart certainly does), and Ryan's occasional missteps are easily dismissed as mere annoyances, not major gaffes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Mark Dawidziak
    In the past, the slower season premieres crackled with energy. You could feel the tension. Traveling through Time Zones, you experience something of a power failure.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    '24' is back in top storytelling form, spinning an intricate new web of mystery and suspense. [29 Oct 2002]
    • 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
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    There is a warm sense of family in this series. There is a distinctive sense of style--of being its own kind of show. And there is a sly sense of humor. On all three counts, Jane the Virgin delivers.

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