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 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Phil Rosenthal's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 2
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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Phil Rosenthal
    This should be solid, action-packed stuff. Where it flattens out is that with Bauer involved -- and even if CTU wants nothing to do with him, he's going to put himself in the middle of all of this -- you know things are going to work out and too often you know how they'll work out. It takes nearly all of the tension away from a series that trades on suspense. [7 Jan 2005]
    • 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
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    It's good to see Dr. Phil look-alike Jeffrey Tambor and "My So-Called Life" alum Bess Armstrong working as his bookie dad and frustrated mom, respectively. But someone should tell Tyler Labine that Jack Black wants his act back. [27 Sept 2002, p.49]
    • 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
    Clearly inspired in style and substance by "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," its sick cases are more interesting than, say, NBC's new "Medical Investigation," but that's setting the bar awfully low. [16 Nov 2004, p.49]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    This undercooked stew gets bogged down in attempts to show the softer side of men, though Dotrice's dotty bromides are good for a chuckle. [6 Oct 2000, p.55]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    Littered with the Italian stereotypes that don't involve organized crime, it features Kent as a thirtysomething who throws over her idiot fiance (to the supposed shock and disappointment of her family and friends) and now looks to go to college. [6 Oct 2000, p.55]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    Visually interesting but otherwise blah. [6 Oct 2000, p.55]
    • 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
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    The WB is hoping you'll be so agog over the atmospherics and Aussie underwear model Travis Fimmel's sculpted pecs and abs that you don't notice the story's a little thin in this New York update of the old Edgar Rice Burroughs tale. [3 Oct 2003, p.49]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    The dialogue is stuffy, the stories are predictable and, while the idea of a show all about beautiful gay Los Angeles women is interesting, this comes off like a second-rate "Melrose Place" with pretensions of depth. [16 Jan 2004, p.53]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 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
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    Spelling is infamous for launching shows that need at least a half-dozen episodes to find their footing, and this effort has plenty of room for improvement. It's not nearly as bewitching as it needs to be. [7 Oct 1998, p.53]
    • 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
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    This should be -- pardon the expression -- a fertile area for drama. Yet it fails to bear fruit. Instead we get a string of old cliches aimed at an audience young enough that it might not notice they're old cliches. [7 Oct 2004]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    When Danny is a last-minute fill-in as a ballet instructor, you're inclined to forgive this amiable but aimless show its shortcomings and succumb to Stern's charms. Almost. [28 Sept 2001, p.48]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    At times almost downright mesmerizing. But that, even coupled with Marg Helgenberger and William Petersen, is not enough to make CBS' flashy update on "Quincy" engaging. [6 Oct 2000, p.55]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    This effort should be called "Hollywood Babble On." [14 Mar 2003, p.37]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    We fear [Family Guy] already may be out of material. [9 Apr 1999]
    • 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
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    With time and understanding, maybe his Realm will prove a solid successor to "The X-Files," his earlier hit, but that's assuming that more than Carter's cultish core fans stick around long enough to make sense of this elaborate war game inside a super-secret government virtual-reality setup called Harsh Realm. [8 Oct 1999, p.55]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Rosenthal
    It's just not that suspenseful. [14 June 2002, p.55]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 35 Metascore
    • 37 Phil Rosenthal
    True, people always love a good dinosaur story. They even love a mediocre dinosaur story. This sometimes laughable, yawn-inducing, convoluted effort would have to improve to be written off as mediocre. [26 Nov 2002]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 53 Metascore
    • 37 Phil Rosenthal
    Ritter and Sagal are old pros, but they can't salvage material this weak. [17 Sep 2002]
    • 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
    • 36 Metascore
    • 37 Phil Rosenthal
    Everything that made the original series distinctive, if not actually entertaining, has been ditched. ... The changes haven't made the dreary show... any funnier, just more conventional. [15 Apr 2003]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 57 Metascore
    • 37 Phil Rosenthal
    A dull, plodding and predictable letdown. Apart from showing us some very lovely breasts, it squanders the freedom of pay-cable by going for obvious gags and even more obvious plot developments. [17 June 1999, p.55]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 54 Metascore
    • 37 Phil Rosenthal
    One of those standard-issue high school series, and it's infuriating. [29 Sept 1999, p.59]
    • Chicago Sun-Times

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