Washington Post's Scores

For 856 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 11 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Wire: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Identity: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 343
  2. Negative: 0 out of 343
343 tv reviews
  1. There's exactly one hour left for a fall TV show that tells its tale in a deliberate, well-written and subtly acted way. That one hour belongs to Fox's Lone Star.
  2. The film is made skillfully enough that it could conceivably captivate both the most obsessive baseball fan and somebody who doesn't give a hoot but has a healthy curiosity--and the gratuitous extra minutes aren't by any means intolerable.
  3. This is not an angry documentary; it's just such a downer--and necessary medicine for those who've remained personally unaffected by events of the last decade.
  4. There's a tender and no-nonsense tenor to it, which is a welcome switch from most of reality TV's junky tropes.
  5. Using the audio from the radio episodes and then supplying a sort of 1960s-style Hanna-Barbera wash of cheap animation to more fully illustrate the inanity of their conversations, Gervais has landed on something quite special that can be scorchingly funny.
  6. The show is point-blank, but somewhat brilliantly so.
  7. HBO's The Sunset Limited--faithfully adapted from Cormac McCarthy's 2006 play and directed by its co-star, Tommy Lee Jones--more than overcomes the challenge of getting a satisfying piece of theater to work on a TV screen.
  8. I trust completely the template laid out for The Killing by the original "Forbrydelsen" (which I've not seen) and the artistic instincts evident in the first three episodes.
  9. The show is also refreshingly entertaining, even when it relies on familiar cliches of the singing-competition genre.
  10. Beyond its breakneck speed and miles logged, Citizen U.S.A. couldn't be more easy or straightforward: From tiny ceremonies in county courthouses to massive arena-sized gatherings in big cities, Pelosi presents a surprising collage of that essential moment when people who've immigrated to the United States become official Americans.
  11. Gosh, that's a lot of derivative teen-movie influences for a half-hour show. Yet the swift pacing and simplicity of Awkward remind us that awkwardness can still be freshly painful and funny material, so long as there are still teenagers and high schools.
  12. A lavish, exciting, well-acted and admirably thorough movie adaptation of Herman Melville's 1851 classic.
  13. A surprisingly stylish and addictive new counterterrorism series.
  14. The interplay between Arnett and Applegate has an instant crackle to it, especially when they argue about which one of them got the least sleep during Amy's latest tearful night. Just as one's interest in Up All Night's domestic cliches may flag, "SNL" alum and "Bridesmaids" co-star Maya Rudolph is here to lift the show up several notches as Reagan's boss.
  15. The show seems somehow sleeker and better paced. Characters may now be people first and archetypes second. This has the subtle but immediate effect of making The Walking Dead less predictable and more frightening.
  16. Paradise Lost 3 is perhaps the most interesting and well-made film of the trilogy
  17. Director Nancy Buirski's engaging HBO documentary (a Valentine's Day treat, airing Tuesday night), rescues the Lovings from the perfunctory realm of footnotes and newspaper clippings and brings them into a more emotional light.
  18. This new season starts off strong.
  19. My own enjoyment of The Killing begins and ends with the gloom so brilliantly conveyed by its pace and performances.
  20. This plot sounds laughably bizarre, but Hit & Miss has a strikingly strong sense of pace and character.
  21. Political Animals verges right up to the edge of ludicrous with the right combination of salty-sweet and silly-smart.
  22. It's all so real it verges on the mundane, but the show is also strong and necessary medicine for these times.
  23. The mind reels with possibility, and even hope, which is why we keep coming back to stories like these.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Walking Dead can still surprise us that way. And that's one of the reasons why we must keep watching.
  24. People who think the Kennedy cake has been overfrosted surely won't fall for it, even though the film is undeniably moving. No one in the film tells all, certainly not Ethel.
  25. This new Horror Story is nearly as depraved, unapologetically over the top and engrossing as the first season was.
  26. Most of History of the Eagles is rich in detail and bemused reflection, perhaps because sobriety has worked wonders on some of the band members’ sense of recall. Frey, Walsh and Don Henley are wonderful storytellers.
  27. One weak link is fellow stand-up comic Michael Richards as Seinfeld's wacky neighbor. He isn't wacky or neighborly enough; it just doesn't work. But he's in the minority where "Seinfeld" is concerned. You may not convulsively guffaw, but you're bound to convincingly smile. Here's one that worked out just right.
  28. One girds oneself for some serious hammer time when an opening fight scene of History’s compelling and robust new drama series, Vikings, delivers all the expected gore and blood spatter.
  29. Nothing if not serious, and nothing if not good, NBC's Law & Order nevertheless seems a victim of one particular TV tyranny. Its stories are too long for the one-hour format into which they are stuffed. Otherwise the series... has all the ingredients associated with quality television: strong scripts, relevant themes and a cast that qualifies as first-rate-plus. [13 Sept 1990, p.D1]