Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,602 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Donny!: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1059
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1059
1059 tv reviews
  1. Filmed in New Orleans, Coven wants to soak up some atmosphere, bowdlerize some local history and otherwise creep out viewers. At least on these three points, this season should easily score.
  2. Lively pilot, with plenty of pop--but you've seen it all before.
  3. While you're left to wonder why these four stars need a reality show, or why the contestants never truly made it in the first place, "The Voice" should remain a solid performer for NBC--which it so very badly needs.
  4. Monday's pilot can't quite close the sale, but there's promise here. The Chicago Code deserves another look.
  5. Gravity looks like another slow build. Its characters aren't as directly defined, and initial episodes exhibit curious methods to its storytelling madness.
  6. A well-produced film that is ultimately more painful than conclusive.
  7. In blunt and at times salty language, Bush gets to say exactly what 9/11 meant to him; it's visceral but only occasionally revelatory. We all know this story very well. Maybe too well.
  8. Kings is a worthy enterprise that will deeply puzzle millions of viewers.
  9. The Closer may be the most comfortable old shoe on all of television; slip it on and be assured of no blisters. In fact, the cast (and not just Sedgwick) is so competent, the characters' tics so familiar; and the format and formula so firmly etched in "ceeement" (as Brenda might say) that it all feels almost too comfy.
  10. There’s a fine line between “calming” and “soporific,” but the new season mostly manages to stay on the right side of it, judging by the first three episodes.
  11. The Writers' Room winds up more anecdotal than explanatory. Heavily edited/compressed, it makes for a breezy half-hour if not necessarily revelatory disclosure, at least in the three episodes sent for review.
  12. Tere's real promise in Parenthood. In time, we may all genuinely care whether Crosby and Sarah find themselves, or at least grow up.
  13. Sontag, simply put, was a very interesting person, who fully inhabited some interesting times--which this film captures. But as to that genuine, lasting impact? Who knows: Regarding is so busy trying to capture this busy life, that it never gets around to an answer.
  14. You may hate yourself for laughing--just don't be too surprised if and when you do.
  15. Surprise! Crusoe's good, and by "good" I mean competently produced and acted.
  16. The X Factor is a hugely entertaining endeavor full of malarkey, good performances (and bad), and enough momentum to keep you engaged from the first overblown second to the last.
  17. Dogs is a perfectly pleasant show based on the perfectly reasonable proposition that dogs are people, too.
  18. Knox is neither absolved nor condemned, and you'll end up with more questions that you began with. But pay close attention: There are many telling little details throughout.
  19. It could easily be mean and cynical, but manages to avoid both fatal pitfalls because the finalists are so genuinely enthusiastic and so blissfully uncomprehending of their shortcomings.
  20. Yes, this is all very familiar--Sundance's "The Returned" was better, by the way--but there are still solid hints of an engaging series.
  21. There's plenty of heart here--and some very sharp writing and acting, too.
  22. The problem with Jackie is that split personality--drama or comedy. What's funny here is funny, like last season's final seconds. There aren't enough moments that remind you when to laugh.
  23. The show can be messy and confusing--a headlong rush to who-knows- where-or-why at times. But those clones keep it grounded.
  24. Good, cleanly told newcomer that can be a bit pokey.
  25. Often profane and occasionally offensive, Louie won't be to every viewer's taste, but it's a more interesting show than many with a definitive point of view.
  26. Intelligent adaptation absent the dark humor, satire--or horror--of the original.
  27. The formula's a little too familiar, the pilot a tad dull. But Michalka's a big talent and for that reason, Hellcats has potential.
  28. Solid opener, compelling premise, good cast and one major hole.
  29. The Girl is getting older, but there's still pleasure to be had on the final lap.
  30. All dark shadows and gloom, there's a comic-book vigor to the series, and the narrative contortion of a soap.

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