For 26 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Landweber's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 80 No Ordinary Family: Season 1
Lowest review score: 40 Better With You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
26 tv reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Landweber
    Unlike their previous show [24], Homeland takes its time: it doesn't make clear right away who's trustworthy and who's a traitor. Based on the first episode's strong script and performances, it looks as though the reveal will be worth the wait.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Landweber
    If Smash lacks the benefit of Aaron Sorkin's hyper-literate and unmistakable dialogue, it follows Studio 60's format, observing the producers, writers, and actors who collaborate on a show, particularly what happens backstage.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Landweber
    The season opener, "Transilience Thought Modifier Unit-11," is so incomprehensible that it suggests a no-compromise posture for the remaining episodes. Which is exactly what the loyal fans want and deserve.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Landweber
    The show is becoming more complex along with its characters, and as a result, the viewer feels a greater investment.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Landweber
    If the plot is thin, the show does offer other pleasures, including the actors’ improv skills, revealed in subtle and hilarious flashes of genius.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Landweber
    An intriguing twist suggests her involvement in his scheme is more complicated than the setup suggests, but we knew that. Moreover, she may also be more complicated than Red anticipates, which might make the introduction of this so familiar dynamic more a point of departure than a retread. That will be helpful because, based on the first episode, The Blacklist‘s plot makes little sense.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Landweber
    A joint effort between Showtime and the BBC, it features British humor and American humor. These don't always play nice together, and Episodes appears unsure of how to make them merge or which to privilege.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Landweber
    It seems a missed opportunity: the premise of the spoiled rich kid and the sassy poor kid forced to team up is an old story that often works. But both Caroline and Max come across as prep school students who are slumming.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Landweber
    As each individual seeks his or her limits, the group is coming together, sharing their difference and their secret. No Ordinary Family is set up to develop these relationships. It is off to a promising start, tweaking a lot of superhero conventions without seeming like a parody.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Landweber
    The River plainly evokes Lost.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Landweber
    This is not a show that wants to be analyzed. Rather, it demands that you enjoy it. And there is plenty of humor to mine in the premise.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Landweber
    Better With You might try to be a straight-up joke/punchline/laughtrack sitcom. But that dooms it to comparisons with the other ABC shows such as Modern Family and The Middle that bookend it on Wednesday night. Those shows both have more distinct attitudes toward institutions like families and, particularly, marriage, than Better With You seems likely to find.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Landweber
    With the subtlety of a sledgehammer, the show right away telegraphs that there is more to Kaan than meets the eye, that he's not just a con. We're just not inclined to believe him.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Landweber
    So far, its mix of spirituality and science, familial and global struggles, is galvanizing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Landweber
    The problem is that the story in between the songs is still inconsistent and muddled.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Landweber
    The general integrity of the first episode offers some hope that it won't become a Procedure of the Week melodrama.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Landweber
    Ari's misfortunes and an event at the end of this season's third episode hint that Entourage may yet drift back to Season Seven's darker and potentially more cathartic territory, a conclusion for the series that tells us something new about the industry, perhaps. Another possibility is that the show's makers are preparing for a future movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Landweber
    They've done very funny work in other shows and movies, from Scrubs to Saving Silverman to 13 Going on 30. If the show would deemphasize its already tired premise, it might be another decent comedy about four quirky friends in the city
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Landweber
    The only thing connecting how Franklin and Bash act inside and outside the courtroom is a general willingness to wing it and hope for the best. But they're not as charming as the show thinks they are, and their triumphs don't seem so great.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Landweber
    1600 Penn's tone may be apolitical, but it is also very funny.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Landweber
    Like King of the Hill, Bob's Burgers makes comedy of daily frustrations, without resorting to cheap gags or surreal asides. With the Belchers, Fox may have found another great family to move in next door to the Simpsons, Hills, and Griffins.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Landweber
    Some celebrities will surely offer better material to edit than Hasselhoff, famous and not. Future episodes promise encounters with Reggie Bush, Kathy Griffin, and Mike Tyson. Tyson in particular may bring just enough crazy to the table to tip the genre scales back to train wreck.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Landweber
    The jokes fly furiously during the first episode, and the delivery is impeccable all around.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Landweber
    While Grace must seek to do right, The Mob Doctor is most compelling when she has to sort out what that is, and also when she has to justify what she does wrong.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Landweber
    Unfortunately, the pilot doesn't suggest that there is anything more interesting at work here than a weak attempt to wring laughs out of aliens who are buffoons.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Landweber
    Cole is good and Price is evil. And neither one of them is remotely interesting.