Newsday's Scores

  • TV
For 1,619 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Game Change
Lowest review score: 0 Partners (2012): Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1072
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1072
1072 tv reviews
  1. A baffling, beautiful, maddening, provocative puzzle.
  2. This intelligent, sensitive portrait effectively explores a lost childhood and remarkable mind. It's engrossing to a point, then tiresome.
  3. Being Mary Jane has been formulated for being fascinating. Now comes the follow-through.
  4. The Save Me pilot saves itself artistically. But debuting in a summertime double dose makes series salvation improbable.
  5. Gritty, jarring, profane and smartly produced.
  6. A partially successful reboot, with less music, more story.
  7. Suffice it to say, keep the kids away, but you will laugh - and feel guilty about it afterward.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Though they certainly cover the heady early days, filled with screaming girls and their cultivated persona as the anti-Beatles, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards aren't afraid to keep it real. Both show some interesting insights into their success.
    • Newsday
  8. A good portrait of a fallen man and the place he has fallen into. Promising--but also frustrating.
  9. Still absorbing. Still painful.
  10. Which isn't to say Duck Dynasty isn't entertaining. It's just more of the same.
  11. No one wants this show to channel "24," but C-SPAN won't do either. For the most part, however, Madam Secretary charts a steady--and intelligent--middle course.
  12. From "The Mod Squad" to "Being Human," TV's young misfits find it [family] where they can, and Tomorrow is that next step, too. Scripter Phil Klemmer wrote for "Chuck" and "Veronica Mars," good arguments for promise here (and "Undercovers," a bad one).
  13. 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.
  14. Lively pilot, with plenty of pop--but you've seen it all before.
  15. 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.
  16. Monday's pilot can't quite close the sale, but there's promise here. The Chicago Code deserves another look.
  17. Gravity looks like another slow build. Its characters aren't as directly defined, and initial episodes exhibit curious methods to its storytelling madness.
  18. A well-produced film that is ultimately more painful than conclusive.
  19. 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.
  20. Kings is a worthy enterprise that will deeply puzzle millions of viewers.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Tere's real promise in Parenthood. In time, we may all genuinely care whether Crosby and Sarah find themselves, or at least grow up.
  25. 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.
  26. You may hate yourself for laughing--just don't be too surprised if and when you do.
  27. Surprise! Crusoe's good, and by "good" I mean competently produced and acted.
  28. 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.
  29. Dogs is a perfectly pleasant show based on the perfectly reasonable proposition that dogs are people, too.

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