Phil Rosenthal

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For 93 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Phil Rosenthal's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Ed: Season 1
Lowest review score: 12 The Trouble with Normal: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 93
  2. Negative: 9 out of 93
93 tv reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    [It] would be pleasant enough if someone hadn't decided it needed spicing up. Belita Moreno as George's phenomenally unlikable mother drags this whole proposition down. [27 Mar 2002, p.49]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    Despite two great character actors as support--Alan Rosenberg runs the legal clinic and Dabney Coleman is the dad--this manipulative and cloying series neither rings true nor strikes the emotional chords it all too transparently wants to pluck. [25 Sept 2001, p.47]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Phil Rosenthal
    A powerful, engrossing yet sometimes hard to watch six-hour elegy. [14 Apr 2000, p.39]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Phil Rosenthal
    The joke remains the same and threatens to wear out, but it's still a kick to see him asking thoroughly ill-informed questions of people who should know enough to walk out on him. [16 July 2004, p.47]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Phil Rosenthal
    You've seen this kind of shtick before on other shows, but Cohen occasionally gets off a laugh-out-loud moment. [21 Feb 2003, p.45]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Phil Rosenthal
    "No Flights, No Tights" is the mantra among the series' writers and producers, emphasizing that this show is set long before the orphan of Krypton becomes a full-fledged superhero. [16 Oct 2001, p.43]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Rosenthal
    It takes a while to get into the rhythms of Gervais' writing and seemingly improvised acting, but once you've become a fan, it's the kind of show you can watch over and over. [10 Oct 2003]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    It's disappointing because there was genuine promise here. Spader and Shatner each won Emmys for their work on "The Practice" last season. They're great together as soulless soulmates, partners in slime. ... Unfortunately, they take a back seat to over-the-top stories that -- like hearing "Tomorrow" from the musical "Annie" over and over -- begin to grate in short order. [1 Oct 2004]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 97 Metascore
    • 88 Phil Rosenthal
    It is nearly impossible for [The Sopranos] to match expectations, which may be why it doesn't. ... The series has grown coarser, more base. [28 Feb 2001]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Phil Rosenthal
    "The Sopranos" ... continues to shock, stun and amaze. It is why you get HBO, why you get cable, why you get a television. [12 Jan 2000]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Phil Rosenthal
    Every part of this ... reality series ... has been copied, borrowed or just plain stolen from somewhere else. [20 May 2003]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Phil Rosenthal
    The quality simply did not go in before the "CSI" name went on. [16 Sep 2002]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Phil Rosenthal
    The real problem for "Medium" is that the whole thing plays much creepier than necessary. [3 Jan 2005]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Phil Rosenthal
    While the tendency might be to overpraise this oddball but smart and keenly observed family comedy about the ordinary life of an extraordinary child simply because it arrives square in the middle of a TV season in which most TV comedies have been simply awful, it is nonetheless one of the better shows to come down the pike. [6 Jan 2000]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Phil Rosenthal
    "Futurama"... dissolves into so many random clever-to-cute jokes, visual puns and other shtick. It just doesn't hold together. [25 Mar 1999]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    We fear [Family Guy] already may be out of material. [9 Apr 1999]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Phil Rosenthal
    Its lack of niceties makes for a love-hate affair for viewers. [2 Jan 2004]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Phil Rosenthal
    Larry David's greatest asset as a comedian and a writer has always been the ability and, more importantly, the courage to straddle the razor blade's difference between funny and painful. [13 Sep 2002]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Phil Rosenthal
    Perpetually miffed, always digging himself out of one disaster while inadvertently miring himself in yet another, David is either making you wince or making you laugh. Unfortunately, it's probably more of the former than the latter. [13 Oct 2000]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Phil Rosenthal
    As good a new drama as there is this fall. [19 Sep 2002]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Phil Rosenthal
    "Will & Grace" so far is sophisticated and funny. [21 Sep 1998]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Phil Rosenthal
    Has some funny moments and shows promise it might improve, but early episodes are dragged down by lulls, redundancies and the fact that this isn't exactly fresh fodder.
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Phil Rosenthal
    "Numb3rs" isn't awful, but it's also not as smart, inventive or layered as its characters need to be and often seem. [21 Jan 2005]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Phil Rosenthal
    Compelling... While "The Apprentice" is not without its humor as the budding entrepreneurs inevitably stumble and jostle for position, this is a show that runs counter to the current trend in reality TV in which the wealthy are ridiculed. Instead, it shows the hard work and innovation required to become rich. [7 Jan 2004]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    It's not quite up to the level of "The OC." Not yet anyway. [23 Sept 2003, p.41]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    Neither smart nor witty enough to sustain itself. Ted Levine and Bitty Schram are no help in by-the-numbers roles as the crusty cop who doesn't want to give Monk his due and the nurse-turned-Girl Friday, respectively. [12 July 2002, p.39]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Phil Rosenthal
    A success in that it exceeds expectations. It sets up the challenging premise that God -- in the personage of a hunky classmate, a cafeteria worker or who knows what -- might ask us to do things for reasons we can't immediately comprehend, and successfully straddles the razor-thin line between sacrilege and sacred. [26 Sept 2003, p.53]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 51 Metascore
    • 37 Phil Rosenthal
    Stiller, a late replacement for the originally cast Jack Carter, is too crude, too crazy and too cantankerous to be tolerable in anything but the smallest doses. Doug and Carrie can take him; we can't. [21 Sept 1998, p.32]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Phil Rosenthal
    "Desperate Housewives" is, quite simply, a very good time. [30 Sep 2004]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Phil Rosenthal
    Probably isn't for everyone, but surely more than a few viewers will identify with the misfits of all backgrounds and (judging from the presence of Loudon Wainwright as father to Steven Karp, the series' central character played by Jay Baruchel) ages thrown together in an anxious environment of self-discovery and perhaps too much freedom. [25 Sept 2001, p.47]
    • Chicago Sun-Times

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