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 0.9 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
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Sarah Rodman
    The creeping sense of dread has been part of what has made Breaking Bad so engrossing.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    The episode, written by series creator Matthew Weiner, is a model of efficiency and nuance.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Dunham manages to ties the grimaces and grins together with a comedic sensibility that allows you to see these characters as they are with all their irritating and contradictory behavior, but still root for them as they feel their way into adulthood.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Sarah Rodman
    Rarely do they strain the credulity of real situations or the constraints of the time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Fellowes does a good job of keeping all of his players engaged while introducing fresh faces and bringing back old friends.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    The first few episodes available for review feature several moments--callbacks, sight gags, and just plain funny jokes--that will likely feel like rewards to longtime viewers. But Community has also always been plagued by low ratings, and that is unlikely to change now given that some of those rewards probably won’t resonate with newcomers giving the show a try at the urging of those already on board.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    What’s less clear is how interesting this premise will actually be, as Elliot asks lots of reasonable questions and Mr. Robot offers few, if any, satisfying answers, which could get tedious. Malek is an actor worth watching, though, and he is well-suited to his character’s quirks.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Establishing that she is a competent professional helps ground the comic surrealism in reality and make Crazy Ex-Girlfriend one of the most promising shows of the season.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    All three episodes offered varying degrees of laughs, but the “Kunuk” episode is a high-water mark.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    While not every moment works--or even makes sense--the most vital link between old and new is Odenkirk and Cross’s almost-sacred dedication to following the funny as they see it. Viewer mileage always varies the most when it comes to comedy, but dedicated “Mr. Show” fans will likely be happy to spend a little more time W/Bob and David.
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Sarah Rodman
    This hourlong drama is peopled with actors who have long deserved a rich showcase for their talents, and each rises spectacularly to the occasion. [4 Nov 2004, p.77]
    • Boston Herald
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    An informative and haunting new Showtime documentary about the legendary comedian-actor-writer
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    There were quibbles to be had with some of the casting--um, Mario Lopez?--some flat punch lines, one major sound glitch, a bizarrely haphazard approach to sanitizing the racier bits, and uneven pacing and tone. But, the frothy ’50s-set high school musical was so expertly executed and choreographed visually and exuberantly performed by most of the actors that it more than compensated for its flaws.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    Like all comedy, whether the duo always sticks the landing will depend on the viewer.
    • 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    Everything works and the actors range from fine to good--although the fast-talking chatter between De Caestecker and Henstridge gets old quickly--but it doesn’t exactly crackle with excitement. It’s fun, but a little flat in spots.
    • 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Plenty of ground goes unplowed, both personal (there is almost no discussion of wives or family), and business (including the era of exorbitant ticket pricing they helped to usher in), but there’s enough here to give Eagles fans a captivating History lesson.

Top Trailers