Sioux City Journal's Scores

  • TV
For 91 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 40 Phil Spector
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 54
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 54
  3. Negative: 0 out of 54
54 tv reviews
  1. It’s involving--and just the series to keep your mind off the snow that's lurking. Fargo's still a prime TV destination.
  2. Because Louis C.K. does everything but hand-deliver the series to the network (and maybe he does that, too), it’s entirely his vision. That’s something few hyphenates get a chance to reveal. Here, though, it resonates.
  3. Consider how well-crafted they are, you might want to pace yourself and savor every precious moment.
  4. Writer Jane Anderson, cherry-picked four chapters and crafted them into a telling character study that covers 25 years of story.
  5. It’s a fascinating documentary that’ll make you want to devour it all, no matter where you start.
  6. Girls was great last year. But this season it just got a little bit better.
  7. At times, True Detective just seems like an overlong episode of a standard television series. But the flashbacks and flash forwards give it heft and let Fukunaga push the actors.
  8. Tossing Meyer into the election fray was a great idea, particularly since it gets away from the well-worn path she strutted last season. Now, out of her comfort zone, she’s bobbing and weaving with the best of them.
  9. Tyson's so perfectly cast, perfectly directed and perfected nuanced, Bountiful overflows with the kind of goodness we rarely find in TV movies.
  10. A compelling look at the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights.
  11. It’s violent in ways you wouldn’t think; daring in areas you couldn’t imagine. It’s not your mother’s Fargo. But it does have the characteristics you’ve come to cherish.
  12. While Getting On might seem confining--and hardly funny--it’s one of the best workplace comedies on television. Like both versions of “The Office,” it embraces stray looks, asides and slyly funny commentary.
  13. Like Behind the Candelabra, its action isn’t measured in car chases and explosions. It’s charted in the lives it touches.
  14. Reiner keeps the interest level high but The Affair requires much more buy-in than the pilot cares to offer.
  15. It slips into a world you probably never knew (or cared about) and finds a way to make you utterly invested.
  16. Sunday’s premiere provides the border and key pieces to the oh-so-attractive world that is Mad Men.
  17. Although it’s two hours long, Going Clear speeds by.... Mesmerizing? If you’ve had even a passing interest in Scientology, Going Clear will fascinate in ways you never thought possible.
  18. Silicon Valley is good. But “Silicon Valley 2.0” is going to be even better.
  19. Director Steven Soderbergh walks a tightrope between camp and class and, if you make it that far, pulls it off.
  20. Kohen, basing her series on Piper Kerman's memoir, immediately gives us characters worth watching.... Orange is the New Black is TV that'll have you talking for days.
  21. While Kemper’s mood can grate, she’s working from a very logical base. There’s the Elizabeth Smart innocence that suggests this does have legs. How long they can maintain the guise is anyone’s guess.
  22. It recalls some of the better standup specials of the past decade. It hits on those R-rated topics she’s good at addressing and it lets her weigh in on the problems women face in Hollywood.
  23. The Bridge doesn't overwhelm with information--as too many cable shows do--but it does shock with revelations that fit nicely into the gameplan. Kruger and Bechir are fine leads, too.
  24. Interestingly, a lot of nothing adds up to a big something.
  25. Directed by David Semel, the first episode (now available on Amazon) sets a visual tone that immediately sets this apart from other thrillers.... By the second episode, you’ll want to know who’s really good and who’s bad and how the latter will meet their untimely deaths.
  26. The new season has plenty of surprises (couples aren’t who you think they are), a reality check for Marnie and a nice showcase for Rannells.
  27. Downton Abbey seems just as fresh as it did five years ago.
  28. The show is smart--smarter than most on network television--and it has life.
  29. [Biderman’s writing and Schreiber’s acting are] a one-two punch that haven’t scored a knockout in the first round, but there’s still time.
  30. This is a very quirky, specific world that could repel the very people who might love it. It's a slow go but if you're not in a hurry, it might be worth dropping by.

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