Wall Street Journal's Scores

For 473 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 341
  2. Negative: 0 out of 341
341 tv reviews
  1. Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth is not quite the train wreck one might expect.... Mostly he vents. And whether Mr. Tyson delivers the truth as advertised isn't really the question. It's whether anyone, at this point, cares very much.
  2. [So far] the show has the elements of a gripping yarn.... But there was a vibe of something tedious when one of the kidnappers announced: "Today the bug is king"--and if Crisis really goes there, some of us will be tempted to run away.
  3. Despite some funny and even pungent moments, in fact, Doll & Em is so gentle that you can barely feel anything.
  4. Turn can be described as both sturdy and unsteady.... Mr. Bell is a less-than-charismatic centerpiece, but he also makes emotional sense.
  5. Since the series was filmed partly aboard U.S. Navy vessels, aircraft and with other working equipment, when the big guns go off it looks and sounds satisfyingly earthshaking. Inevitably, some things are formulaic.
  6. An escapist, absurdist universe of barely credible plots, stellar GPAs and flawless faces.
  7. Yes, it's all fairly formulaic.
  8. The result is ridiculous; but it's far more amusing than Hollywood Squares, which is where other formerly famous go to die.
  9. The main thing in its favor is the chemical tension between its stars. That may not be enough, but it's something.
  10. For the time being it's a hard slog.
  11. The writing could be sharper, the vision less soft-headed.... That aside, there's no mistaking the sense of life and vitality that comes bouncing out of this series, or its cause -- namely, its two stars.
  12. Despite its updated gloss and cast, in fact, Raising the Bar doesn't really break a mold.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    True Blood is supposed to be a sexy, easy-to-swallow mystery, but too often it ends up leaving a bad taste in one's mouth.
  13. Kings, which also serves up melodrama and mystical happenings, is far more ambitious [than Aaron Spellings' shows]. Yet it can have the effect of a real sleep potion.
  14. It seems determined to eschew high style in favor of a flat, dark world that's appropriately grim yet also numbingly static.
  15. [Why do] The husbands come across as total bums? Not just because of the way they lounge around all day moaning about how hard (sniff) it is (sniff) not to be able to provide for their family. They dress like bums, too.
  16. The series might be more fun if "jobmother" Hayley Taylor didn't have to stop each time she utters a harsh truth and comfort an angry or weeping spouse.
  17. Magic City is a little slow at getting under our figurative skin.
  18. [The show is] so tame, in fact, that viewers may be forgiven for hoping, against their better instincts, that things get a little wilder, if not more wanton, down the road.
  19. There are aspects of the series that are engaging--Daniel's intricately conceived sleuthing for the FBI, for instance--but, as the voices in your own head soon tell you, there's a lot more of it that's wearisome.
  20. SEAL Team Six offers no new revelations, and the plot's factual background will be familiar to most viewers.
  21. The veracity of this series is, in the end, less important than what it says about a culture in which people blithely create online worlds on a collision course with the truth. Schadenfreude may be the lifeblood of reality television, but in "Catfish," it's fairly guilt free.
  22. There is some suspense here, even if it is mainly because the violence when it comes is so swift and sickening. But the show still feels slack.
  23. It's a good refresher course, but not a hugely gripping one.
  24. It is, in short, a busy, fearlessly idealistic president (Martin Sheen) who struts through the neatly packaged, frequently deft and invariably predictable first episode of NBC's The West Wing, If the series continues at this level -- continues, that is, being handsomely produced, polished and thoroughly unexceptional in its content and aspirations, it should stand a very good chance of winning a bunch of Emmys. [22 Sept 1999, p.A32]
    • Wall Street Journal
  25. It's a far superior piece of filmmaking [than Encore's Hindenburg: The Last Flight], impressive in its special effects, its dramatic displays of technical know-how in the face of unthinkable catastrophe caused, you will not be surprised to learn, by an avaricious driller.... The cookie-cutter quality of the sermonizing in these films is hard to miss.
  26. While there's a nice ensemble cast, Mr. Samberg is meant to steal the show and he does--although not often in a good way.... But the nearly laugh-less pilot of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is like one of those SNL sketches that doesn't work but you don't mind too much because it's possible the next sketch will be hilarious.
  27. It has its strengths--most of them derived from the skilled cast--but none related to any capacity for originality.
  28. Watching NBC’s Dracula isn’t always easy, and not only because its Dublin-born star, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is often compelled to speak with a cartoonish American accent.... The biggest distraction of all may be the series’ sociopolitical construct, seemingly ripped from the headlines about Occupy Wall Street, as told to climate-change zealots and written up by Dalton Trumbo.... To its credit, this one isn’t camp and doesn’t clown around.
  29. A docudrama, the REELZ film finds its focus in ballistics talk, much of it intriguing, and ballistics tests. Better yet, it manages to maintain a certain suspense--that having to do with the wait for the inevitable other shoe to fall. The time that invariably arrives in films of this kind, when documentary moves on to derangement.

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