Paul Brownfield
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For 80 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 15.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Paul Brownfield's Scores

Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 90 The Colbert Report: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Black Donnellys: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 80
  2. Negative: 22 out of 80
80 tv reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Brownfield
    Almost immediately you can tell it's a kind of fantasy camp for "Sports Center" junkies.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Brownfield
    The show... doesn't seem to be aiming for anything higher than a comfortable middle ground, bypassing a chance to watch Goldblum send up our preconceived idea of Goldblum.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Brownfield
    Steinberg is a polite, solicitous host -- too polite and solicitous.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Paul Brownfield
    Sometimes "John From Cincinnati" is a muddle, at other times rich drama and divine comedy. And sometimes it's all of that at once.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Paul Brownfield
    It's "Desperate Housewives" all over again -- the whodunit overlaid by a titillating comedy of shame-based suburban manners and shame-based depravity, the word "bitch" used scandalously. [24 Sep 2006]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Paul Brownfield
    The comedy equivalent of low-hanging fruit. [3 June 2005, p.E1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Paul Brownfield
    "Inconceivable" is a much more tentative exercise than "Nip/Tuck," offering only the mildest hints of comment on the world it depicts, of affluent people going to great lengths to bear children.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Paul Brownfield
    Nothing about the pilot of "Teachers" is particularly eye- or ear-opening.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Paul Brownfield
    Hewitt is quite good, or as good as the show allows; there are some potholes along the way, as the script sacrifices sense to sentiment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Paul Brownfield
    "Human Trafficking" is at once a sobering, tough-to-watch dramatization about girls taken from the streets of their hometowns around the world and sold into sexual servitude and a clich├ęd drama about said topic.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Paul Brownfield
    The show, in its way, is too slight to be totally fulfilling, tending to collapse into slapstick, but it can get by on moments.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Paul Brownfield
    The pilot has a "Steel Magnolias" feel to it: Too many stars, too many faces, too many names, a cornucopia of character business.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Paul Brownfield
    You begin to feel strung along on an errand whose complexities can't mask the fact that the main character isn't great company.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Paul Brownfield
    Here it feels as if Sorkin has chosen an outdated media milieu for his secular humanist dramaturgy. His first TV series, "Sports Night," was ahead of the times, but "Studio 60" is behind them.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Paul Brownfield
    It was [creators Burnett and Beckerman's] style on "Ed" to be too cutesy by half, and so here
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Paul Brownfield
    The trouble with Feresten isn't his comedy; it's his difficulty creating any intimacy with the audience or the camera. He's got the irony down cold but the empathy not so much.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Brownfield
    The devices are in place, and there's intelligent writing, but here the approach feels a bit tired, like a better version of those commercials set in offices, where the drabness of corporate life is mocked to sell some shiny new gadget, or to make you feel superior to it all. [23 Mar 2005, p.E1]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 86 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Brownfield
    Clearly, he cares about firefighters and knows them, knows the cadence of their speech, what matters to them. But Rescue Me feels like a misguided gesture of goodwill -- one that serves Leary's vanity in addition to his heart.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Brownfield
    For all its putative complexity, then, its passing examination of radical Islam versus peaceable Islam, its allusions to Guantanamo Bay and the Iraq insurgency, "Sleeper Cell" feels more like "The Shield," the L.A.-based cop drama on FX, the characters talking in overly stylized, expository quips, the L.A. cityscape whipping past in convincing fashion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Brownfield
    The result is another finely acted cable drama with great production values and the germ of an interesting idea behind it but no coherent tone or character development or story, even -- just a series of attempts to pass off creatively exaggerated behavior, the more desperate the better, as some kind of social commentary.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Brownfield
    The problem with "Modern Men" is that the scenes between the guys and the life coach don't play.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Brownfield
    Graft a "Big Chill"-like premise onto a stiff yet sudsy soap opera and you still have a stiff yet sudsy soap opera.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Brownfield
    Romijn is quite fetching here, both in looks and performance.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Brownfield
    The notion of Graham as a TV star is an enticing one, but she's starring in a show that's not big enough for her.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Brownfield
    Peter Berg... seems to have decided that the show would only work if storytelling were pared down to quick-cutting iconography set to guitars.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Brownfield
    The standoffs... are less than exhilarating thrill rides.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Brownfield
    It's "Entourage" on the cheap, without the fun stuff.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Paul Brownfield
    Stale.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Paul Brownfield
    "Project Runway" treats the contestants, the majority of whom are either from New York or Los Angeles and in their 20s, with an air of contempt and condescension. [30 Nov 2004]
    • Los Angeles Times
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Paul Brownfield
    It isn't a bad gimmick, establishing a certain tension, but the premise is about the only thing that recommends "The Evidence," a show that otherwise seems to be moving you -- rather than moving -- through its procedural paces.