Wall Street Journal's Scores

For 609 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Bleak House: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Category 7: The End of the World: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 433
  2. Negative: 0 out of 433
433 tv reviews
  1. A high-hearted script awash in flinty wit and two extraordinary performances.
  2. Fantastic (as in crazy) though much of this may be, so danger-laden is the misty, smoky air and so claustrophobic are the richly detailed sets that it is difficult to look away.
  3. It's no small miracle that Mr. Azaria makes this soppy character work. He does. The same can be said for just about everything else in this appealingly hard-headed, smartly written comedy.
  4. It may require concentration to savor all its moving parts. But that’s not exactly work, considering the reward.
  5. No vampires (so far). But no matter what materializes in the town, it's satisfying to see in the first episode that Haven already revolves around grown-ups.
  6. That this rich, impressively ambitious film says far more about Martha Gellhorn than about Ernest Hemingway was inevitable.
  7. The new Melrose Place may not be the old, but it is, all told, instantly engaging and--from the evidence--likely to remain so.
  8. It seems impossible to say enough for the unfailing wit and nuance of Sally Wainwright's script, or for the skill that shaped this mix of family melodrama and romantic comedy into the marvelous brew it is.
  9. In this skillfully conceived series the characters never fail to remind us of the forces that drive them, and no one does it better or more compellingly than Thomas Haden Church as Robert, a man in chaos hurling his many selves around, all of them infused with his absurdity and raging wit.
  10. The plot--absurd as it is that a handful of people would be alone and in charge of saving the world, or in an encounter between organizations named Section 20 and Office 39--has enough twists and momentum to keep you eager to know what happens next. What’s also cool, and helps further elevate Strike Back in its genre, is the artistic attention to detail.
  11. It is not an exaggeration to say that the effect is of opening a treasure chest and being showered with its riches.
  12. The scripts exude a distinct touch of ambition. Their content isn’t limited to cases grabbed from today’s headlines--some of them reflect a certain consciousness of history.
  13. Longmire is the best of two worlds: a modern crime drama with dry wit and sometimes heart-wrenching emotion that's also got a glorious setting under the big sky of Wyoming.
  14. Overstuffed yet altogether gripping work.
  15. Even with an occasional made-for-TV-movie flatness, Gracepoint seems poignant and complex and even frightening enough to sustain interest all over again.
  16. Portlandia is bellyachingly funny.
  17. It is funny in the manner of "Best in Show" or "A Mighty Wind," but much more biting. Although that means there are some truly painful moments, the talent of Mr. Lilley, a brilliant mimic, is a divine salve.
  18. Ms. Comer delivers a compelling portrayal as Ivy, who, even in the grip of terror, projects an air of dangerousness. She’s fragile, but has also developed a core of steel—her experience has made her tough, as she shows throughout the five episodes of this thriller entirely worthy of the name.
  19. Billions has the posture of sociopolitical expose, the mechanics of a soap opera and the morals of grave robber. In other words, it’s irresistible.... The biggest reason to watch Billions is the acting talent, something which even the endlessly expository dialogue and absurd characterizations can’t totally quash.
  20. Sleepy Hollow is great fun and gorgeous to look at.... The mythology of Sleepy Hollow is richly complex.
  21. Hey, it works. Probably because Falling Skies tells a gripping story, full of people whose fate we cannot guess on a playing field whose contours are not yet clear.
  22. The payoff is a work powered by imaginative energy, intelligence and a skilled cast, all of it adding up to smashing entertainment.
  23. Vide Shakespeare and all the other roles, Mr. Branagh has never been better cast.
  24. Married turns out in succeeding episodes to be an increasingly sturdy comedy-drama of married life--dour, but recognizable, with strong performances from Ms. Greer and Mr. Faxon.
  25. From the evidence of the first few episodes, "Criminal Minds" may be a hit, and deservedly.
  26. It succeeds despite its little kinks in logic, mesmerizes despite the fact that we're moved to pause periodically to marvel at a plot line that requires an audience to believe that the sharpest-witted characters can be oblivious to the screaming-in-neon signs of disaster lying just ahead.
  27. Everything happens quickly -- scenes, cameos, comments and quips fly by. But nothing is throwaway or stupid, and in the midst of laughter, the emotion, when it comes, feels real. That's good acting. It also happens only when writers respect their audience.
  28. The show’s whiskey-voiced, horse-loving, shotgun-wielding Camilla is so viciously funny she requires no real explanation. Already aired in the U.K., Tracey Ullman’s Show takes swipes at various aspects of British life and politics, but Americans shouldn’t need much help absorbing them.
  29. An exhilarating burst of fresh air.
  30. The new season of Foyle's War could be the best ever.

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