Wall Street Journal's Scores

For 461 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Sherlock: Season 3
Lowest review score: 10 Prime Suspect: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 332
  2. Negative: 0 out of 332
332 tv reviews
  1. A series about a high-school girl that's neither maudlin nor alarming nor conceived with intent to preach or to shock. It's further distinguished by its focus on entirely recognizable teenage pains, as endured by an entirely recognizable teenager, Jenna. Its other distinction: strong echoes of an older kind of storytelling, the sort whose characters grow and acquire depth.
  2. The glory of this particular adaptation, intentional or not, is that what we bring to it with today's sensibilities can actually enhance the experience.
  3. All of us have common memories of that time. Yet this quiet but affecting program is Mr. Bush's story, told as only the man who was president on Sept. 11, 2001 could tell it.
  4. 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.
  5. A sharply drawn and riveting one from the evidence on hand, and bolstered by a skilled cast. This club should lure plenty of customers, television-viewing variety. They'll have good reason.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This isn't just the story of one woman's search for relevance or power in a man's world; it's the story of one human being's search for meaning, one soul's search for redemption.
  6. The arrival of one pure and unadulterated drama about a passion as old as man is something to celebrate. That's particularly true when that drama is as spellbinding in its satisfyingly gaudy way, as Revenge turns out to be.
  7. [The wife is] not to be ignored. The same holds true for these two splendid hours of entertainment.
  8. The TV series picks up perfectly where the movie left off, adding spice along the way.
  9. This is Southland, where the emotional underpinnings of the main characters give the show its outstanding grace and depth.
  10. Strong writing and acting ensure that we soon become so sensitive to the characters that we feel for them the way they feel for their horses.
  11. The real Messrs. Gervais and Merchant haven't lost their touch with self-humiliating characters.
  12. It's one that's sharply plotted, fast-paced, with impressive performances.
  13. It is the small things that can elevate Mad Men above the level of ambitious soap opera.
  14. The Killing returns with all its powers intact, its uniformly superb performances--not least Ms. Enos's Detective Linden and Mr. Sexton's Stanley.
  15. After only one episode it's clear that the more we learn about each of them, the more we will want to know.
  16. That this rich, impressively ambitious film says far more about Martha Gellhorn than about Ernest Hemingway was inevitable.
  17. 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.
  18. Alert to every deranged impulse of his clients, Mr. Silver brings his lessons home with vigor and wit.
  19. As the premiere episode nears its end, the plot begins thickening agreeably with so many secrets, dark revelations, shocks and betrayals it all begins to seem familiarly and comfortably absorbing.
  20. A suspense story enriched by its psychological dimension and three quietly compelling performances.
  21. All good stuff, plus a brief but powerful moment at the end that will leave longtime "Morse" fans in an agony of nostalgia
  22. Boss is not flawless. But buoyed by strong performances and a haunting score, the show makes for deeply affecting television nevertheless.
  23. Its unyielding moral passion, exemplified in the character and pursuits of its hero, Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones), is the life force that propels this powerful--and powerfully violent--tale of New York City, 1864.
  24. It is neither a cheap thrill or too painful to watch these lost souls being drilled in first impressions.
  25. Vide Shakespeare and all the other roles, Mr. Branagh has never been better cast.
  26. If the quality of this one, so irresistible in its vitality and suspense, does fail to hold up, its creators will have delivered, at the least, one remarkably fine hour.
  27. There's enough room left in the genre for another modern pairing, and Mr. Miller and Ms. Liu bring something memorably new to each character.
  28. No sooner has Upstairs veered toward farce than it redeems itself, again and again.
  29. [A] thoroughly captivating Rolling Stones documentary.

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