Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,328 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Justified: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Partners (2014): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 869
  2. Negative: 0 out of 869
869 tv reviews
  1. Bassett refuses to cast blame for the troubles, and we're left with a portrait that has plenty of love--just not a whole lot of insight or edge.
  2. Not a lot new here, but Cheney gets a fair hearing--even though a tougher one is occasionally warranted.
  3. Executive producer Frank Darabont ("The Shawshank Redemption") is wonderfully skilled at framing shots to achieve maximum horror effect. But the middle stretch tends to bog down. My advice--watch the first 25 minutes (they're really good), then go trick-or-treating.
  4. All this is to say, simply, that Passmore is an intriguing screen presence who holds a well-constructed if otherwise boilerplate cop show together.
  5. The opening episode--already posted online--is a bit sluggish, but Power gets better in subsequent episodes. Starz, and Fitty, appear to have a winner.
  6. Sure, the plot's ridiculous, but the film's mostly fun, while the pleasure of watching Burstyn play a homicidal wacko is not to be denied anyone.
  7. Fresh Off the Boat is charming, convivial, even--gasp--at times cute.
  8. A quick summary makes it sound schlocky, but William & Catherine is pretty slick schlock.
  9. "Johnny's" back to corrupt the locals, and if you liked last season, there's no apparent reason not to go along for this ride.
  10. The opener is marred by a conventional plot. The producers--who include Steven Spielberg--show almost complete indifference to science (or sci-fi). That said, TV's most ambitious new series has some promise.
  11. [The Canadian comedy all-stars] give it good vibes. But the scripts, despite mad moments of whimsy, can't keep pace with the cast's comic timing and tone.
  12. Skies fans should be pleased.
  13. Another Discovery/BBC beauty, but short on answering obvious questions.
  14. There's some very funny stuff here, but the serious question before NBC is this: How long can it stretch the joke before viewers go stark raving mad?
  15. What's new here? Nothing, really. Jane is likable, Adams is, too, and so--believe it or not--is Hung. That's another problem. Hung needed to be scabrously funny. Instead, it's just middlebrow amusing.
  16. Admirers of the novel probably will be pleased. Average viewers who never read the novel (or any historic fiction) will be either confused or bored--possibly both.
  17. It's "Reno 911!" with bloody bite.
  18. Is there anything great here? No. Is it goofy fun? Yes.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's an odd concept, but it works pretty well.
  19. Just as people either drink or don't, you'll get it or you won't.
  20. A competently made soap with some good actors and nicely staged musical numbers.
  21. Grimm has real promise if NBC has real patience.
  22. Sometimes, you're not looking for great TV. Sometimes, you're looking for par-tay! And dudes paid "to mess with the zombie culture," while also acing the case, surely fits the bill.
  23. At least in the first three episodes provided for review, what the Kesslers and Zelman don't seem to quite realize is how much of a narcotic this setting actually turns out to be. The story is also often languid to the point of stationary.
  24. It's almost a shrug of an opener, a bit diffident, a bit unfocused (not unlike Brett, in his less lucid moments). But Togetherness does gets better, and funnier.
  25. Liv is more goth than zomb, more punk than spunk. She's also as appealing as anyone who eats human brains for a living could possibly be. Her supporting cast is good, too.
  26. Rule-breaking law enforcers! Wherever have we seen this before? But it sure works Friday, seasoned with devil-may-care brio from a cool cast.
  27. Feels like a rebuilding year here. Veterans trying to hold their spots, rookies working to make the team. Whether a winning lineup coalesces remains to be seen.
  28. Richly documented, but tends to become long-winded--or just plain winded--by the end.
  29. The story has been told many times before, and is told competently--if not always with dazzling or unexpected insight--again Wednesday.

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