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 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
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    The performances and the writing in the pilot don't quite reach the bar set by those predecessors [Mad Men and The Sopranos], but Glazer stakes his claim to his own little corner of the beach, and we're hopeful the series will eventually produce similar magic.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    Like all comedy, whether the duo always sticks the landing will depend on the viewer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    While the first two episodes of Surviving Jack available for review didn’t offer an avalanche of laugh-out-loud moments, there is a free-spirited realness to it that makes the show worth sticking with to see Meloni whip it into shape.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    Both Hirsch and Grainger do a creditable job of getting into the skin of their complicated characters.... The supporting cast is filled with familiar faces doing competent work with a short amount of screen time and a sometimes programmatic script.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    If it doesn’t yet come close to the comedic heights of its predecessors [The Office or Parks and Recreations] there are some good finds in its aisles.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    The ratio of hit-to-miss is much better in season two, however, as musician-comedians Armisen and Brownstein have more clearly found their groove.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    The mix of the familiar and the frantic creates an intriguingly creepy effect.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    Urban and Ealy quickly establish a familiar rhythm that will hopefully deepen over time, grounding the fantastical elements of the future in the universals of interpersonal interaction.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    Fans of quirky procedurals will likely find The Finder a dependable way to lose an hour.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    The series looks and feels appropriately ghoulish with a couple of good gotcha moments and excellently rendered scary creatures prowling the shadows, in between clunky expository passages.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    There are promising signs of life in the first two hours of the new series, which take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in London.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    The degree to which viewers will enjoy the new Fox series Rake, based on an Australian series of the same name, will depend on how high their threshold is for watching a charismatic, talented person repeatedly sabotage himself while trying the patience of those around him. Going a long way toward making that trope palatable, and quite charming, is Greg Kinnear as lawyer Keegan Deane.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    Jonny Lee Miller does a fine job in his iteration. One series being brilliant does not preclude the next from being enjoyable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Sarah Rodman
    The Newsroom manages to be both precious and irritating at the same time, and Sorkin’s characters still have that habit of talking over each other, which might be realistic, but makes it hard for viewers to understand what the heck they’re sparring about.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Sarah Rodman
    I want to like the show, but it’s going to be difficult.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Sarah Rodman
    The J.R. one-liners tend to satisfy, but everything else is boilerplate, which hampers the younger cast.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Sarah Rodman
    Even if the tale is not particularly captivating, the actors, in particular Sarsgaard and Newton, enliven the quotidian details.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Sarah Rodman
    It may not be groundbreaking, but for Judd fans, Missing isn't the worst way to lose an hour.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    Fox’s wildly uneven, but potentially addictive new nighttime soap, Empire, feels like an anachronism.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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