For 116 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sarah Rodman's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Boston Legal: Season 1
Lowest review score: 20 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 116
  2. Negative: 3 out of 116
116 tv reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Sarah Rodman
    The creeping sense of dread has been part of what has made Breaking Bad so engrossing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Sarah Rodman
    Funnier than all of the new sitcoms combined, featuring the strongest ensemble of dramatic actresses around and able to leap genre cliches in a single jump cut, 'Desperate Housewives' is the superwoman of the new fall season and is easily the most delightful and intriguing hour to come along on ABC in years. [1 Oct 2004]
    • Boston Herald
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Sarah Rodman
    Game of Thrones continues to impress with its ability to depict how intimate choices can have epic consequences, and vice versa. Each of the actors rises to that challenge, whether playing opposite one person or a multitude of extras.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Sarah Rodman
    Even if you weren't in the practice of watching ABC's 'The Practice,' you might find its spinoff, 'Boston Legal,' habit-forming. [3 Oct 2004]
    • Boston Herald
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Sarah Rodman
    As he did in the series, Gervais imbues Brent with a kind of idiotic cleverness that is both silly and devastating. [21 Oct 2004]
    • Boston Herald
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 Sarah Rodman
    Both the title and the first few minutes ... nearly ruin what could turn out to be a charming show. ... Fortunately, the tone starts to shift, soften, and gain stronger comic footing. ... Additionally, almost all of the snarky skewering of the corporate environment of Henry and Eliza’s Big Pharma workplace radiates the same wonderfully acidic tone as Better Off Ted.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Sarah Rodman
    Even though True Detective can feel very heavy at times, and as often as we’ve seen serial killer story lines, Harrelson and McConaughey were compelling enough that I powered through the first four episodes HBO sent for review.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Sarah Rodman
    Given the welcome arrival of spring, some viewers may not be ready to dive into the wintry expanses of Fargo, but, based on the first few episodes, it will be worth reliving the chill.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Sarah Rodman
    This trio of formidable women [Queen Latifah, Mo’Nique, and Khandi Alexander]--playing Smith, mentor Ma Rainey, and Smith’s hissable sister Viola, respectively--bring all of their firepower, often elevating the film from workmanlike to extraordinary with their collective ferocity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Sarah Rodman
    For those who have read Wright’s book, there isn’t much new here, but Gibney skillfully weaves the stories and visuals, particularly an extended passage about Cruise, into an engrossing narrative.... By focusing on the powerful and damning stories of the church’s most destructive practices, including the forced “disconnection” of members from family and friends, Gibney has made a forceful and memorable case.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Sarah Rodman
    Iannucci and his cast are as deft with a wonky policy joke as they are with good old-fashioned bathroom humor and Louis-Dreyfus shines, throwing herself, as she so often did on "Seinfeld" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine," physically into the role.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Sarah Rodman
    Rarely do they strain the credulity of real situations or the constraints of the time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Sarah Rodman
    Nip/Tuck is unabashed in its portrayal of the flawed ways people conduct the private sides of their lives and how the professional bleeds over in unexpected ways. [21 June 2004, p.43]
    • Boston Herald
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Sarah Rodman
    The two leads are very charming, and the first episode sizzles with promise.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Some elements of the show are stronger than others. The ominous visual mood set by director Mark Romanek in the pilot is particularly striking and is helped along by the score, and the child actors do a good job of toeing the line between creepy and normal. The adults are less well-rounded, which, given the sometimes procedural nature of the plot, isn’t that surprising or that much of an obstacle to enjoying the show.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    The uniformly solid acting pulls Mob City back from its occasional flirtation with the “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” precipice.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    As Seth Avett notes, “there should not be an element of exclusivity with folk music.” Another Day shows that it is here for us all, the folks playing and the folks watching.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    While the premise sounds confusing, and sometimes is when it comes to the details of the dueling crimes-of-the-week, the producers and writers do a good job of keeping the worlds distinct and vivid, including some neat visual flourishes and subtle color coding.
    • Boston Globe
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Earnestness is often the enemy of sitcom writers. Snark and innuendo, which can indeed be loads of fun, reign in many half-hour shows, with NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” being a notable exception. So Fox is taking a gamble, a worthy one, with its new comedy Enlisted.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    It helps that Cheadle is surrounded by characters, and actors, who seem like they will go interesting places.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    It may be impossible for it to strike TV lightning twice, but True Detective in its second iteration definitely has a charge.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Fans of Sorkin's work, especially his previous shows "Sports Night," "The West Wing," and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," will be pleased to see The Newsroom has all the hallmarks of its predecessors.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Given how sharp his songwriting is, it’s little surprise that Sondheim makes an excellent storyteller, always candid and precise, and by turns funny and rueful. And it’s a remarkable tale, one that could probably make for a great musical.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Montage of Heck is dizzyingly impressionistic and dense with information: snippets of recordings Cobain made, interview excerpts, and images that, in some cases literally, animate his life story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Unlike some of the more uneven odd-couple series that have premiered in recent years, Apartment 23 could turn into a trustworthy address for laughs.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    The characters are fleshed out with multiple layers — at one point Aminata is granted something of a reprieve by a British benefactor, but he is by no means saintly — and moments of easy humor and romance are woven skillfully into the story.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    The fly-on-the-wall nature of the film, directed by Sam Jones, should appeal not only to fans of Dylan and the artists involved, but also to anyone interested in the process of songwriting.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    As far as revisiting a tearjerker goes, Steel Magnolias reliably hits the funny bone and will assuredly send you to the tissue box
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    The horror-disaster-supernatural mashup thriller premiering Sunday at 10 p.m. is creepily captivating but most assuredly not for the squeamish, or for nervous fliers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    The launch felt like a purposeful, and successful, reassurance to longtime fans that no one is interested in messing with a successful formula.

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