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

Sarah Rodman's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 4
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
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    Although 'Dad' also was created by [Family Guy's Seth] MacFarlane and has even more outlandish characters - a gay alien, a randy German goldfish - it feels like the more conventional (read: less funny) sitcom. [1 May 2005]
    • Boston Herald
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    The glimmers of truthfulness in the family nucleus offset the chilly crime elements. ... The office environment is less compelling as the coterie of feds... perform their unpleasant tasks with little personality. [23 Jan 2005]
    • Boston Herald
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    Fox’s wildly uneven, but potentially addictive new nighttime soap, Empire, feels like an anachronism.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Sarah Rodman
    While the first episode of Life in Pieces ... doesn’t immediately inspire the same confidence as [Modern Family] does, what it does have in common with it is a big, ludicrously talented cast who elevate the pilot material in ways that a lesser ensemble couldn’t have managed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    There are definite laughs and tears to be wrung from Doll & Em, but the actresses’ own inherent likability and warmth toward each other, oddly enough work against the premise.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Sarah Rodman
    The J.R. one-liners tend to satisfy, but everything else is boilerplate, which hampers the younger cast.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    I want 666 Park Avenue to be scarier and more interesting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Sarah Rodman
    Even if the tale is not particularly captivating, the actors, in particular Sarsgaard and Newton, enliven the quotidian details.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Sarah Rodman
    American Odyssey has one gripping tale to tell. The problem is, there are three tales embedded in its framework, which includes familiar elements--the tension of “24” and the intrigue of “Homeland”--that add up to something less than the sum of its parts.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    Though the tragic-comedy tone is intriguing if a little askew in the pilot, the bigger problem looming ahead is the show's static formula. [3 Jan 2005]
    • Boston Herald
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Sarah Rodman
    If it could be judged merely on the merits of its aspirations, The Red Tent would get two “you-go-girl!” snaps up. Unfortunately, how the miniseries turns those aspirations into drama leaves much to be desired over its four hours, stranding the viewer in a place as dry and desolate--and sometimes as confusing--as the desert inhabited by its characters.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Sarah Rodman
    The best cringe comedies finely tune the balance between discomfort and laughs. The Comedians needs to work on its balancing act, because there is a lot more of the former than the latter, and that turns out to be no laughing matter.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Sarah Rodman
    It may not be groundbreaking, but for Judd fans, Missing isn't the worst way to lose an hour.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    It doesn't add up to the most entertaining result, given the promise of the cast and creative minds involved.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Sarah Rodman
    While little about The Cape could be deemed fresh - from its noir-ish "Dark Knight"-esque color palette to the sometimes boilerplate dialogue - the show has several elements going for it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    It has some compelling elements and some weaknesses, but since so much of what happens in the pilot is pure setup, it’s hard to tell where it’s going to go and if it will do so in a way that is engrossing or, given its subject matter, problematic.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Sarah Rodman
    While neither overly salacious or reverent, Whitney--which focuses almost exclusively on her relationship with Brown--lacks dynamism in telling the tale of a very dynamic life, and falls short of illuminating anything about Houston that both diehard fans and casual observers of pop culture didn’t already know.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Sarah Rodman
    With its grand castle backdrop and sumptuous costumes, Reign looks beautiful, as do all of the people in it. But there needs to be something a little more substantial--be it drama or kitsch--between those walls and seams to make Reign into a show worthy of ascending to the heights of guilty pleasure TV royalty.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    Just as Lopez struggles to balance his loyalties, so does Gang Related struggle to bring fresh energy to the formula.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    There are glimmers of hope for season two.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Sarah Rodman
    Somewhere in this big pile of plot is a potentially enjoyable series, if the producers can figure out how to balance the week-to-week procedural elements of McDeere's court cases with the overarching mystery of his new associates' sinister secrets.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Sarah Rodman
    Perhaps “Mediocre Teacher” would be a better title for this so-so comedy about trophy wife Meredith Davis (Ari Graynor), who suddenly finds herself replaced by a shinier trophy.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Sarah Rodman
    Ultimately, the show is a silly, flimsy, and occasionally fun summer diversion for Spelling-Garth fans. Everyone else can pass on solving this Mystery.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Sarah Rodman
    The mixing of those elements--crassness, poignancy, social commentary--is a hard one to master, and Lilley doesn't always succeed in tying them together in a way that is funny beyond the amusing cringe of recognition.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    The atmosphere is suitably creepy--the show features that famously cinematic Pacific Northwest drizzle and Bear McCreary’s ominous score--and there are some tantalizing bits that make you wonder how the intruders work their mojo. But with so much heavy lifting required by viewers, it could prove difficult to let Intruders in.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    Reckless is executed competently enough, with everyone holding up his or her end of the bargain by being hot and trying to enliven the routine premises. But just about everyone in the cast has done better work elsewhere.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Sarah Rodman
    As is, The Bible sometimes feels too facile, like a colorful Sunday school pop-up book come to life, albeit one with much more graphic violence (which some parents might want to preview before sharing with their kids).
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    Change of venue notwithstanding, CSI: Cyber falls squarely in line with its predecessors and is a perfectly adequate diversion in the way that crime procedurals can be.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    If the series was actually a disaster, that might at least be captivating, but as is, Anger Management is just an average sitcom with a few good laugh lines here and there that could star any middle-age actor
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    State of Affairs is simply an efficient, if warmed-over, drama that features a lot of scribbling, typing, hushed conversing, hand-wringing, ominous intoning, and watching of special ops footage by Heigl and other CIA analysts.

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