Mark Dawidziak

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For 177 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 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mark Dawidziak's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Arrested Development: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Hot Properties: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 177
177 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    A darker, more complex reimagining of the Archie universe. Did I say dark? Let's add moody, murky and, at times, creepy. It also is surprisingly engaging, thanks in no small measure to the winning performances of KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge and Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    What truly makes the Bays-Thomas collaboration smarter than your average sitcom is the storytelling chances taken by the script.
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    This show manages to give us the hilarious, horrific and heroic... and it has brains.
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    The tone of the second season is slightly different from the first, yet he remains remarkably true to his stated metaphoric mission. Have no fear, it's the same Penny Dreadful, but Logan is shaking things up in all kinds imaginative ways.... No if about it. Penny Dreadful works.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    The documentary not only is a moving tribute to the prolific director who died at 84, it's a reminder of what's too often missing from so much of television and pop culture--conversation... real, in-depth, smart, respectful, insightful conversation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    Once this crime thriller lures you in and really gets going, it's an off-to-the-races ride that never forgets to delve deeply into the dark sides of the central characters. Derivative? Yes, but in endlessly sly and fascinating ways.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    Although "Reunion" has its labored and lackluster moments, it is an admirable attempt to try something a little different with traditional prime-time formats. Give this one major innovation points.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    The result is a delightful horror hodgepodge packed with eerie surprises, colorful characters and Gothic plot twists.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    It is packed with towering performances that boldly and magnificently reinterpret characters who have become part of our national folklore.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    despite some clunky moments, Daly's The Fugitive sprints well past the vast majority of this fall's freshman series. [6 Oct 2000, p.5E]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    "My Name Is Earl" is a good show that doesn't quite have the feel of being the next "Seinfeld" or "Cheers." But like Lee's Earl, Garcia's feel-good concept is strangely effective. If not brilliant, it is ambitious, and it is definitely funny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    While The Strain is pretty much a cauldron churning with familiar ingredients, the dark brew bubbling inside is served up with a great deal of panache.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    It's familiar enough territory, to be sure, yet it's covered in lively fashion, thanks mostly to Katims' breezy script and the delightful comic chemistry between Walton and young Stockham.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    It's quite a good one. It boasts a brisk pace, strong direction by Rick Famuyiwa and a superb cast led by Kerry Washington as Hill and Wendell Pierce as Thomas.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    And yet, given how derivative it is, (say it with me now), Humans turns out far better than you'd think possible. The performances, pacing and direction are that compellingly good, at least in the first two episodes made available to critics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    While the political dynamics have changed greatly, House of Cards remains an addictive mixture of over-the-top soap opera, wicked dark comedy and sly melodrama.
    • 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
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    While often great fun, the series' premiere occasionally shows the strain of trying to blend all of those genres into one sleek package. On the plus side of the Firefly universe, the show is expertly paced and is full of those wickedly humorous asides that fans of "Buffy" and its ever-improving spinoff, "Angel," expect from the mischievous Whedon. [20 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Cleveland Plain Dealer
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    It starts at a dead run and never slackens its pace.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    Worth watching? Oh yeah, particularly for the genius of Rush and Flynn. Despite the inconsistent nature of the dialogue, the series obviously has much to recommend it. It's superior, if not superlative.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    Visually very different from the film, TV's Rocky Horror Picture Show also boasts superior choreography and wildly inventive costuming. It's a wonderfully dark castle packed with twisted delights.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    While unquestionably a strange brew, No Tomorrow also is quite bewitching. It's fun falling under its spell.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    Peyton List stars in this immediately riveting mix of police drama and time-bending fantasy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    As raw and raunchy as the comedy sometimes gets on Crashing, there's something incredibly endearing and downright sweet about this new HBO series. That something is the performance of the immensely likable Pete Holmes.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Mark Dawidziak
    The two-tiered, supersized season premiere tells its compelling story with flashbacks intercut with what's happening in the present.

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