Virginia Heffernan

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For 48 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 15.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Virginia Heffernan's Scores

Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Friday Night Lights: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Notes from the Underbelly: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 48
  2. Negative: 16 out of 48
48 tv reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Virginia Heffernan
    A fiercely controlled and inventive work of art.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Virginia Heffernan
    This season of “The Wire” will knock the breath out of you.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Virginia Heffernan
    It's unlikely that Rescue Me, which continues to cast a serious spell, will turn into a womany show. When "we're Irish" fails to serve as a pretext for bad or capricious behavior on this show, the second-best explanation is still "we're men."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Virginia Heffernan
    A very likable and melancholy drama about high school basketball and patrimony.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Virginia Heffernan
    [A] beautiful, intelligent, imperfect show.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Virginia Heffernan
    Like Bravo's fashion winner "Project Runway," the channel's promising "Top Chef" flaunts terms of art and insiderism to give it authority.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 80 Virginia Heffernan
    “Big Day” is marvelously cast, and the actors, especially Wendie Malick, manage, like the cast of “24,” to convey a sense of urgency that almost belongs on the stage.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Virginia Heffernan
    It's King done right.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    If "Laguna Beach" looked perpetually like late afternoon -- the mellow light of cocktail hour, the promise of a party -- "The Hills" looks like a workday.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    There’s plenty to laugh at here.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    If, while keeping its dialogue suggestive and surprising, Karen Sisco dramatizes the eccentricity, and the drinking problem, of its central character, rather than merely her sexiness or her skills, this show could thrive. But is Ms. Gugino up for it? With such a small cast -- only three characters are fixed at this point -- much will depend on Ms. Gugino's performance, on her drunken mistakes and on her cellular soliloquies.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    The comedy is nifty, light and kind, even as it tries to be real, slitting open the stand-up themes of marital sex, masturbation and dope smoking until it's dirty enough to convince you that you're not being condescended to, but smart enough not to be grim. That's a huge feat.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    [An] enjoyable and not insincere reworking of the much-reworked legend by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    “Ugly Betty” is a sweet, funny show. It’s worth watching. And we’ll see.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    This peculiar series seals NBC’s new role as the skinflint’s HBO. The shows “30 Rock,” “Friday Night Lights” and now “Andy Barker, P.I.” are all so engrossing and so creatively untrammeled that it’s almost suspicious.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    Another well-plotted show by Donald P. Bellisario.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    “My Boys” is certainly a charming knockoff.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    But the particular stories are not what “Six Degrees” is ultimately about. Instead the show’s forte, for viewers like me who don’t mind piety on television, is its ambience of faith.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    Like the fledgling “John From Cincinnati” but with fewer side effects, “Big Love” derives suspense, humor and thrills from HBO’s signature insight: that Americans are profoundly anxious about how their families are different from other families.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    The idle, boozy time between one romantic relationship and the next turns out to be a sweet spot for a sitcom.

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