Marvin Kitman

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For 101 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 15% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marvin Kitman's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Brooklyn Bridge: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Woops!: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 101
  2. Negative: 10 out of 101
101 tv reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    Watching the first couple of episodes once again I am marveling at how good the show really is. [16 Jan 2000]
    • Newsday
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    The show is well-conceived, well-written and very funny. [16 Sep 1991]
    • Newsday
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    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    The most fantastic program I've seen in my 18 years as a TV critic. [21 Jan 1988]
    • Newsday
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    A work of TV art. ... It's a major, major series - a masterpiece, with great characters. The writing is textured, deep, rich. [26 Apr 1988]
    • Newsday
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    'Flying Blind' is the one gem that stands out in the Fox lineup. The first show takes off like a jet. And the second show is even better. If it's against your religion to watch Fox, this one is worth straying for. [10 Sep 1992]
    • Newsday
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    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    The most brilliant and wild network program of the 1980s. [28 Apr 1988]
    • Newsday
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    Had something special about it from the start: the mood, the writing, the acting. All the great series establish a mis-en-scene, a special environment that you can cut with a knife. I felt I was in a different place watching "Wiseguy." [30 May 1988]
    • Newsday
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    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    "Thirtysomething" was the best new drama last season, and it gets better with every episode. [13 Dec 1988]
    • Newsday
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    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    The most wonderful show this year. ... The writing is only one of the miracles taking place in "The Wonder Years." What is so great about the show, and so different, is the conception of the kid and the acting by Fred Savage. [25 Dec 1988]
    • Newsday
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    This second season has been marvelous. Now it's absolutely brilliant. [27 Nov 1989]
    • Newsday
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    It's stunning for a TV mystery. It's actually mysterious. The mood, the characters, the surreal quality of how the story is told, are something different. It has a slow hypnotic movement, a style like a boxer in slo-mo. It hit me with tremendous energy and made me abandon despair at the state of TV mysteries. [5 Apr 1990]
    • Newsday
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    The show is fast-paced, crackling, choreographed like a comedy ballet. [20 Sep 1992]
    • Newsday
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    It is even better - if that is possible, and it is. Take my word. We are talking true comedic masterpieces here. [20 Jun 1994]
    • Newsday
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    It's just as good as I remembered. Even better, if that's possible. [8 Apr 1991]
    • Newsday
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    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    "Doctor, Doctor" can be hysterically, outrageously funny. [13 Jun 1991]
    • Newsday
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    The show is sweet, gentle, sad around the edges. I really love it. [19 Sep 1991]
    • Newsday
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    "I'll Fly Away" is a drama of substance, a big subject, a show about real people with great acting, great writing and strong emotion. [7 Oct 1991]
    • Newsday
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    With the mix of bizarre cases and believably goofy characters, I found already I never wanted the show to end. It's great stuff working on three levels at once. [17 Sep 1992]
    • Newsday
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    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    Fabulous, a truly stunning grab-you-by-the-throat TV experience. [11 Feb 1993]
    • Newsday
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    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    Another masterpiece of a thriller. [11 Feb 1993]
    • Newsday
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    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    A brilliantly written, funny triumph for Butler, who could become the new Roseanne. [30 Sep 1993]
    • Newsday
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    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    It is so good, so unbelievable, I can't believe anything was that good on TV last year. And it's going to be even better this year, as it continues doing these shows about nothing. [16 Sep 1993]
    • Newsday
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    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    The show is doomed, knowing the Nielsen families' love of vapid, meaningless, unsocial comedy. But that shouldn't bother anybody interested in seeing how good and funny a rich, socially meaningful and useful comedy can be. [2 Sep 1993]
    • Newsday
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    Holzman's writing is brilliant. [25 Aug 1994]
    • Newsday
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    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    A socially responsible, heartwarming, beautifully made, written and acted series. [8 Sep 1994]
    • Newsday
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    The best new show of the year. [28 Dec 1994]
    • Newsday
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Marvin Kitman
    The first case in this innovative series is terrific. [18 Sep 1995]
    • Newsday
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Marvin Kitman
    It's like "M*A*S*H" with just the helicopters showing up and no laughs. "E.R." is all trauma; you never get to know enough about the patients or get involved with them. It's just treat, release and move on. [18 Sep 1994]
    • Newsday
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Marvin Kitman
    The characters in "Hope" are slightly more interesting [than those in "ER"]. Even though they are working in a high-powered hospital and have God-like powers, you can see what's going on behind their masks beyond their eyes. [18 Sep 1994]
    • Newsday
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    Don't miss the pilot. It's the best new crime series of the year, whatever you call it, tabloid TV, exciting TV, real TV. [6 Jan 1989]
    • Newsday
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    I love the characters, the actors, the spell they weave, the way of telling a story. By the second episode, I didn't want them to solve the case so it would go on and on. Homicide: Life on the Street is another stroll down heartbreak alley. [31 Jan 1993, p.21]
    • Newsday
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    It's just super, a triumph of programme-making that even Alistair Cooke himself with his famous British overstatement can't exaggerate. [28 Mar 1991]
    • Newsday
    • 51 Metascore
    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    Wonderful. ... It is a realistic drama, the sort of thing you might see occasionally on experimental "American Playhouses" on public TV. But nobody does realistic drama on commercial TV today. [1 May 1990]
    • Newsday
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    A wildly funny family sitcom. ... I am in love with all of them after the first half hour. [5 Jan 2000]
    • Newsday
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    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    "Molly Dodd" may not make me laugh 42 times in a 23-minute period, but it never made me wince, either. And it's even funnier this second season, starting tonight. [24 Mar 1988]
    • Newsday
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    Hip deep in all the chicken droppings about the movie, you would hardly know that it's a damn good movie. [9 Sept 1993, p.109]
    • Newsday
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    The Divine One's "Bette" is still good enough to win a Marvy for the best TV comedy of the year. [11 Oct 2000, p.B35]
    • Newsday
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    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    My favorite new American TV sitcom of the year, a show that I want to spend every week with. [11 Apr 1989]
    • Newsday
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    "Alien Nation" as a series has been a remarkable achievement in the dullest fall season in history. It is both entertaining, socially responsible, and significant. [7 May 1990]
    • Newsday
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    I haven't enjoyed a new cable comedy so much since the first episode of "Larry Sanders." [15 Oct 2000]
    • Newsday
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    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    A patchwork quilt of a documentary that becomes totally mesmerizing and hypnotic. [24 Sep 1990]
    • Newsday
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    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    The writing and the story look and sound different. Even when nothing happens, it's different TV. [6 Nov 1990]
    • Newsday
    • 47 Metascore
    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    What comes out of Herman's head is the most imaginative, innovative comedy on TV since "Dream On". [5 Sep 1991]
    • Newsday
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    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    When it was first on, I could see how good and admirable an effort they were making in blending the onstage and private lives of a comic, but basically I didn't care that much about it. But it's gotten better and better. By this year it's the one network comedy show that consistently impresses me and that I keep watching just for enjoyment. [19 Mar 1992]
    • Newsday
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    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    A smart, sophisticated and often hysterically funny adult cartoon. [17 Mar 1994]
    • Newsday
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    "The Critic" is still not for everybody. That's what I love about it. [5 Mar 1995]
    • Newsday
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    Much better than the second season, happily. [12 Jun 1995]
    • Newsday
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    It is a brilliantly written and played comedy with sharp repartee and genuine laughs. [31 Aug 1995]
    • Newsday
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    It's one of those prehistoric kind of shows that is heartwarming and wholesome, that made me chuckle with the family and even cry. [26 Aug 1996]
    • Newsday
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    The best new drama of the season, the only one of the 44 new shows that could join "Law & Order," "Homicide," "NYPD Blue," "Murder One" in the pantheon of quality shows. [11 Oct 1996]
    • Newsday
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Marvin Kitman
    There is an engaging sleaziness about "The Practice" that makes it special. [7 Apr 1997]
    • Newsday
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Marvin Kitman
    The new show is very violent, in bursts, in between all the poetry and music. I don't know why, but violence bothers me less when its mixed with lyrical scripts like in "A Man Called Hawk." It's like Shakespeare on TV. ... Any script becomes Shakespeare when Brooks gets his vocal cords around it; pearly words float out of the TV. [27 Jan 1989]
    • Newsday
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Marvin Kitman
    "Dr. Katz" is a very funny show. [4 Dec 1995]
    • Newsday
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Marvin Kitman
    Tonight's first episode is highly recommended for Ed Begley Jr. fans who may have wondered what Dr. Victor Ehrlich has been doing since "St. Elsewhere." [20 Aug 1990, p.9]
    • Newsday
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    • 80 Marvin Kitman
    It's the old opposites-attract story, and it turns out not to be the soppiness you'd imagine. [14 Sep 1989]
    • Newsday
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Marvin Kitman
    Arli$$ is character comedy. The humor comes out of the characters, the relationships and their work. It rings true all the time. [7 Aug 1996, p.B65]
    • Newsday
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    • 80 Marvin Kitman
    The show is textured like a play. The characters, as they say in the theater, are fully realized. It's incredibly well-acted. [5 Sep 1991]
    • Newsday
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    • 80 Marvin Kitman
    It's a warm, powerful, 90 minutes, slow and moving and wonderful as the 37 previous episodes - and a satisfying conclusion. [11 Oct 1993]
    • Newsday
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    • 80 Marvin Kitman
    Well written, well produced and well acted. [2 Jan 1995]
    • Newsday
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    • 80 Marvin Kitman
    The writing is witty, the acting wonderful, the production values superb. It's a little cornball and musty, but, hey, that's what comes from authenticity. And "Remember WENN" above all is fun - at least for anyone who knew radio when. [10 Jan 1996]
    • Newsday
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Marvin Kitman
    The most thought-provoking new series of the year on TV. [6 Oct 1999, p.B39]
    • Newsday
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    • 80 Marvin Kitman
    "Buffy" is the best show of the year about kids in high school, with the most refreshingly original dialogue and pop cultural references. [17 Nov 1997]
    • Newsday
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Marvin Kitman
    As a law show, "McBeal" is not as good as "The Practice." It has a lot of unrealistic, implausible, even surrealistic law. What it does well is show the compassionate, human side of the law profession, outside the courtroom. [9 Feb 1998]
    • Newsday
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Marvin Kitman
    "Just Shoot Me" is Moliere compared to "Suddenly Susan" and producer Brillstein-Grey's other hit, "The Naked Truth." The writing is sharper, the targets in the worlds of fashion, journalism and TV news are hit more frequently, and it is funnier. [10 Mar 1997]
    • Newsday
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Marvin Kitman
    Heretofore, I have never thought of Candice Bergen as a major comedienne like Andrea Martin or Catherine O'Hara. But I like her as Murphy Brown. She has the addictive personality of the character she plays, and can grow on you. [14 Nov 1988]
    • Newsday
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Marvin Kitman
    Some of the sketches... have a surprising depth and richness. [5 Oct 1992]
    • Newsday
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Marvin Kitman
    The important thing about "South Park" is not what it looks like or the way the characters talk, but what they say. It's a writer-driven vehicle, like most of the better twisted adult cartoons. [13 Aug 1997]
    • Newsday
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Marvin Kitman
    And I like programs which show women as competent, caring, intelligent individuals. Young girls who start watching this program Saturday night are more fortunate than those in the 1970s who grew up with "Charlie's Angels" as role models. [9 Sept 1988, p.13]
    • Newsday
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Marvin Kitman
    But what makes this show different is Jerry Stiller. George Costanza's father is now Doug Heffernan's father-in-law. And what a riot he is. [21 Sept 1998, p.B23]
    • Newsday
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    • 70 Marvin Kitman
    There are minor flaws in the comedy. But by the second episode on Monday if you don't love Blossom Russo you're a confirmed teenagerophobe. Mayim Bialik is adorable and a winner. Even a curmudgeon like myself likes "Blossom." [3 Jan 1991]
    • Newsday
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Marvin Kitman
    It's not insulting to the intelligence. The first episode is promising and mildly, if not wildly, amusing. What it has going for it more than the laugh track is good writing and performances. [21 Sep 1995]
    • Newsday
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Marvin Kitman
    My fear is that the show may be too Alaska. TV is not ready yet for Nanook of the North, even if he has a New York accent. [10 July 1990, p.9]
    • Newsday
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    • 70 Marvin Kitman
    We know damn well it's not the same show as it was in the old days. ... I will even admit some of the shows are pretty bad this year. But when they hit one out of the ballpark, it's a thing of beauty. [3 Dec 1997]
    • Newsday
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Marvin Kitman
    I like the old "Star Trek" better than the new. I also think the new show is somewhat boring and derivative. ... The new "Star Trek" tries to make the characters "realistic," and they turn out to be unbreakably plastic. [3 Jun 1988]
    • Newsday
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Marvin Kitman
    I liked it. But not enough to watch it again. [9 Jul 1992]
    • Newsday
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Marvin Kitman
    It's OK, but not great. [20 Sep 1993]
    • Newsday
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Marvin Kitman
    It's too sitcommy ... But I still love the concept of "NewsRadio." ... And most importantly for the future, "NewsRadio" has some strong people in the supporting cast. [20 Mar 1995]
    • Newsday
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Marvin Kitman
    I'm ashamed to admit it in front of my more serious colleagues, but I think the show can be very funny. Of course, like everything else on TV, some of it hits, a lot of it misses. But in the midst of the pain, cruelty, ridicule and abuse, not to mention boredom, somebody falls into a manhole and I find myself bursting out laughing. [29 Mar 1990]
    • Newsday
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Marvin Kitman
    It's not as good as "Star Trek: The Next Generation." The premiere strikes me as a "Star Trek: The De-generation." It doesn't seem to go beyond where no "Star Trek" has gone before, or even where the other one had been creatively. [7 Jan 1993]
    • Newsday
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Marvin Kitman
    If he wanted to be a tiresome, name- dropping, motormouth, obnoxious boor, he is more than successful. But why? [20 Jun 2001]
    • Newsday
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Marvin Kitman
    The trouble with "Friends" is that Cox is not strong enough as a comedian. [5 Sep 1994]
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    • 50 Marvin Kitman
    "NYPD Blue" is no longer cutting-edge TV. ... It has become a soap. [14 Oct 1996]
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    • 50 Marvin Kitman
    "Ink" is not the worse thing I've seen this year. But was it worth the long wait? I don't think so. [21 Oct 1996]
    • Newsday
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Marvin Kitman
    While not the most stupid thing on the air, it borders on stupidity. [8 Jan 1996]
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    • 40 Marvin Kitman
    What a wasted childhood my kids have had, I got to thinking while watching this otherwise normal Doogie Howser. It makes you look at your kids differently. What lazy bums they must be, still in high school at 16. [19 Sep 1989]
    • Newsday
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Marvin Kitman
    Lacks the sharper edge of Hughes' movie. [23 Aug 1990]
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    • 40 Marvin Kitman
    What bothers me about "Evening Shade" is the lack of humor. [20 Sep 1990]
    • Newsday
    • 93 Metascore
    • 40 Marvin Kitman
    Larry David is obnoxious in "Curb Your Enthusiasm" but very funny. Gervais' David is just obnoxious. ... It's the sort of comedy that only certain people can get, like the way dogs can hear sounds human can't. I'm ashamed to say, I couldn't take it more than one dinner hour. [19 Oct 2003]
    • Newsday
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Marvin Kitman
    "Spin City" doesn't have a good joke, other than Michael J. Fox. He has to carry the show himself. He has to be what makes you laugh. In the first three episodes he is not funny, he is cute. [7 Oct 1996]
    • Newsday
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Marvin Kitman
    In the beginning, I thought it was well done, marvelously quirky and creepy, beautifully photographed, extraordinarily moody and well acted. But I can't imagine a reason to watch another episode. [27 Oct 1996]
    • Newsday
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Marvin Kitman
    It's somewhere between a small and a big bust. [24 Sep 1997]
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    • 30 Marvin Kitman
    Freddy, the series, is for the mature mind. Not the 9-year-old mind, but the 11-year-old mind. ... It's not funny, but ghastly, the sickest, most violent, blood-spurting TV imaginable. [6 Oct 1988]
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    • 30 Marvin Kitman
    A real loser. [23 Aug 1990]
    • Newsday
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Marvin Kitman
    I don't like safe TV. I admire anyone who tries to experiment. But "Cop Rock" doesn't work. [25 Sep 1990]
    • Newsday
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Marvin Kitman
    Kind of silly. [11 May 1995]
    • Newsday
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 Marvin Kitman
    It's the old school of ridiculous sitcoms at its worst. [10 Sep 1990]
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    • 20 Marvin Kitman
    It's hard to believe that anybody could make such a ludicrous police drama after "Hill Street Blues." [30 Sep 1991]
    • Newsday
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 Marvin Kitman
    Uncle Buck is sometimes funny like a poke in the eye. It's crude and vulgar. The jokes are obvious, the situations cliched, the characters obnoxious. Would you believe a lecherous insurance agent named Doreen Douche? [10 Sept 1990, p.9]
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    • 10 Marvin Kitman
    It has a strange, surreal quality. I usually like strange. But this is strange strange ... Actually come to think of it, "On the Air" may be the most stupid thing I've ever seen. [18 Jun 1992]
    • Newsday
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Marvin Kitman
    Watching one espiode was an experience less enjoyable than hangin' by the thumbs. [27 Aug 1992]
    • Newsday

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