Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,263 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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Frozen Planet: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Stalker: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 821
  2. Negative: 0 out of 821
821 tv reviews
  1. The characters, scripts and performances are surprisingly smart--almost, dare I say, deep. And you still get the comic humiliations, nasty rivalries and teeny bikinis.
  2. Edgier, more sharply drawn, while that Sorkian chatter remains at a very high boil.
  3. Terrifically hard to love, but some superb performances indicate that at least it's worth the effort to try.
  4. All charisma and command, [Idris Elb] blasts through the screen in every shot while his performance is a constant reminder that the craft, at its best, is a gossamer of countless little details that add up to something magical.
  5. The acting is first-rate, and so is the writing, but the violence is appalling, and not just appalling, but creatively appalling.
  6. Mostly fascinating tales from all the presidents' men that occasionally need (sometimes badly) journalistic balance and perspective.
  7. Nothing scary here, but Hollow is fun enough, and promising enough, too.
  8. Easily one of fall's better new comedies, but don't expect to be blown away yet. The pilot offers just a taste of what's to come, which is plenty good enough.
  9. Spader seems to be the only one who actually gets the gameplay here.... And the script seems to incite his appetite.
  10. Smart, intriguing thriller, but the opener is slightly overheated.
  11. Akerman has to be everything. Good thing she's a nimble actress.... Whitford is always winning, and even the poor exes find wiggle room inside their cliches.
  12. The cast throws this curveball that catches the plate for a strike.
  13. Besides the scenery, what's best here are the characters, and their lives--or unlives--of quiet desperation.
  14. Quiet, intelligent, worth checking out.
  15. Still good, still not for everyone, and almost gone for good.
  16. Slow start Sunday, but the drama's beauty and quality are intact.
  17. Will this be a good season? Undoubtedly, yes, and blood will be spilled. But if this opener is any indication, there's not enough fake blood in Hollywood to sate the fifth.
  18. Good newcomer that gets even better in the weeks ahead.
  19. The real pleasure of this series is watching them peel away the layers to this particular onion, often on long car drives across a vast, wet, undifferentiated Louisiana landscape.... The real problem with True Detective are those flash-forwards to the present day: Younger Cohle, at least, is interesting. The older version is gaseous and his maunderings often stop the show cold.
  20. Kinnear is solid, but his Keegan is a work in progress--both as human being and TV character.
  21. Basic yet beautiful, Cosmos appears to be a winner.
  22. This entire series will rise (or tumble to oblivion) on the shoulders of their characters, and on whatever chemistry they create. First impressions are that it will indeed rise.
  23. The film's essential weirdness felt real. The TV series' weirdness is more often just comical (or disgusting. One word: Spiders.)
  24. 24, in other words, is still thankfully 24.
  25. This John Logan creation promises an intriguing summer pastime, for an eight-week run anyway.
  26. [An] entertaining, engaging start.
  27. Disney should be sent to detention for passing off such aural plasticity [laugh track], unfairly fouling the repute of the live-audience sitcom. But the rest of Girl Meets World does its job of bringing tween-based family viewing into the 2010s.
  28. A beauty that requires time and patience, but at least strongly hints at a payoff that will reward both.
  29. Yes, Outlander can occasionally be a bit much for those not already enamored of its romance-novel leanings. (I plead guilty.) But for those open to textured historical sweep and/or time travel what-ifs (guilty on both counts), it's easy to lose yourself in this gritty production's pungent sense of place, character and dilemma.
  30. Multiple-personality thriller starts a bit slowly Wednesday night, but early signs still indicate a summer keeper for TNT.

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