Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,318 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 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Men of a Certain Age: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Murphy's Law (1988): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 862
  2. Negative: 0 out of 862
862 tv reviews
  1. A by-the-book cop show without much bite or heft. But it's got Memphis and Lee.
  2. There's too much going on to tell what might ultimately stick, other than the contents of the Mallow Marsh.
  3. The show is scattered, slight and abominably self-promotional. But Michaels is so full of abundant - and infectious - good cheer that you tend to overlook these many faults. Fans will eat it up.
  4. It's an exhaustive and exhausting film, but Garbus finds nothing that will change minds or reverse conclusions. The tragic void remains.
  5. Bonnie & Clyde really is just another biopic with superior production values, a few good performances and a pair of protagonists who deserve no sympathy, and receive none here.
  6. Not great, not terrible--just your standard-issue TV movie about a well-known historic event.
  7. Interesting detours, and a worthy show--but at times just a smidgen too self-righteous and melodramatic.
  8. There's so much to like here. Now, all P&R has to do is become consistently likable.
  9. Pauly is still Pauly--but he's a more grown-up version who cares about his friends, ailing dad and career.
  10. At least Emily proves she's got the chops to cast a shadow of her own.
  11. Stellar production, famous leads. What's missing? Heart.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The cameos often are amusing, and so is Kudrow, but someone at Showtime evidently forgot to ask whether a one-joke webisode can or should be expanded into a one-joke TV series. This one feels like a strrrretch.
  12. I laughed. Not often, or perhaps not often enough, but there was also enough McFarlane-esque gross-out sophomoric tomfoolery to keep even me reasonably entertained for a half-hour. Plus, good ol' likable Cleveland works well as a leading man.
  13. It's summer, expectations are low, and you could do a lot worse than this genial, softhearted import.
  14. The angel on my shoulder says H8R is a piece of slime, bringing out the worst in everyone involved. But the devil on my other shoulder says this show is the logical outcome of our culture's celeb-obsession, and everyone involved gets precisely what they deserve. Which is soooo fun to watch.
  15. The pilot is so busy establishing its new world, performances are afterthought generic. But Defiance gets more distinctive, and dramatic, through its next two hour episodes.
  16. Mostly boilerplate teen soap that lacks the (umm) zest of "Sex and the City"--a good thing, in case you're wondering.
  17. This is a thoughtful, dutiful historic drama filled with all the requisite period details and British accents, too. But what's missing here, glaringly so, are passion and sweep .
  18. The performance tends to be monochromatic, and in the end, so is Mildred Pierce. What's especially enjoyable here are the minor performances--especially Pearce as the louche Monty--and the many almost imperceptibly small details, right down to the crockery in a restaurant.
  19. Garcia is a major-league cutie and sunny on-screen presence without being cloying. But enough with the filthy-rich-kid dramedies!
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Sure, it's a glossy, well-produced infomercial filled with powerful live performances, but it feels designed to make us want to buy more Beyoncé stuff.
  20. Competent spinoff, but the formula tends to wear like a straitjacket on Whitaker.
  21. The time allotted isn't long enough to truly convey the touchstones a sci-fi devotee might demand. But with so much skated through, it's plenty to confuse a newbie.
  22. Falco is very good, always is, but her show has gotten tired.
  23. Thurgood feels more "important" than dramatic. Part of it is Stevens' then-I-did-this structure, more focused on biographical bullet points than the flesh-and-blood human behind them. And part of it is Fishburne, who despite coiled power--his Ike Turner in "What's Love Got to Do With It" was Oscar-nominated--resonates here as a cool character rather than a fiery one.
  24. A not-bad formula gothic that'll rise or fall on the Dekker/Robertson chemistry; I'm betting on the former.
  25. The feel is more documentary than "reality" show, which some viewers will appreciate and others won't.
  26. At first, the pace is slow--make that glacial--but [the] pilot episode (and especially Sunjata) are good-natured enough to make you want to stick around to see if this gels into anything approaching an FX drama (it does not).
  27. A not-unpleasing comedy that takes time and commitment to grow on you. How long? I started to like it three or four episodes in. Seems like an awfully long time, no?
  28. Respectable, incomplete survey (on TV) Thursday night, but future installments look better.

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