Washington Post's Scores

For 1,250 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Arrested Development: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Category 7: The End of the World: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 547
  2. Negative: 0 out of 547
547 tv reviews
  1. 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.
  2. A lavish, exciting, well-acted and admirably thorough movie adaptation of Herman Melville's 1851 classic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We can only be assured that Gunn's presence in the workroom will keep Project Runway's creative fires burning bright and any maudlin meltdowns to a satisfying but tasteful minimum.
  3. 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.
  4. The show has a happily palpable likability going for it, a lot of that courtesy of Zachary Levi, who plays the unlikely and in fact unwilling hero.
  5. Whatever else it is, the show is supremely entertaining. Smartly edited and cleverly constructed--the George Washington Bridge serving as a visual transition--the series marks another auspicious entry to television's vast stockpile of Guilty Pleasures.
  6. Creator Michael Weithorn (“The King of Queens”) effortlessly pulls Weird Loners past the usual pilot-episode blues to deliver a single-camera show that is harmlessly offbeat and even fun to watch (with something of a “Happy Endings” vibe), thanks to a cast that clicks instantly.
  7. Ridiculous, yes, but also engaging--and maybe some relief for viewers who are preoccupied with politics but could still use a break from cable news. BrainDead is no “Good Wife,” but it does have the Kings’ sense of wit and momentum. It also, to some degree, displays their knack for timely social commentary.
  8. There's enough going on in Caprica to keep a sci-fi fan, or anyone who likes to settle into a good story, satisfied and even beguiled--and though it's shot too dark those watching on an upscale, big-screen TV will be treated to a visual spectacular.
  9. Effortlessly smart, easy to like and exciting to follow.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a chore to watch and a delight to decrypt. Its overwhelmingness contributes to its initial underwhelmingness. But in time, with a moment to reflect, it begins to feel like the fullest and fraughtest expression of its form. It is, in a perverse way, the “Ulysses” of sitcoms.
  10. Scorsese (with Tedeschi’s help) has found a more worthy sweet spot between introducing viewers to a whole other world and simply making film tributes to people he knows and likes.
  11. Whatever it is, it's fascinating, the television equivalent of the book you can't put down and maybe the jigsaw puzzle you never quite complete.
  12. Thanks to Adams and Kreskoff's delightfully wicked power struggle, Hung feels fresher now than it felt last summer and more textured.
  13. 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.
  14. Bessie is a thoughtful and at times stirring example of how a film can add texture to a legendary figure.
  15. 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.
  16. The show is point-blank, but somewhat brilliantly so.
  17. When the stump of Ash’s right arm connects once more with his famous chain saw, you know it’s time to party, and pretty soon everything in the show looks like an explosion at the Ragu spaghetti-sauce factory. It is indeed the happiest of Halloweens.
  18. It's singularly unique, crazily nuts and perturbingly disturbed. [8 Nov 2001, p.C01]
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  19. This plot sounds laughably bizarre, but Hit & Miss has a strikingly strong sense of pace and character.
  20. The Flag is precisely the sort of film we should be making and watching at this particular distance from the attacks.
  21. Reaper works on its own cleverly devilish level and proves one of the happier, snappier surprises of the season.
  22. 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.
  23. In the Flesh skillfully navigates several genres at once, all of them heavy, none of them comic.
  24. "The Practice" may not be perfect, but it certainly has a lot going for it -- including a cast that clicks instantly. [4 Mar 1997]
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  25. A shipshape, neato-burrito side project that finds the right balance between hype and hyperspace.
  26. No matter how opulent this production, Mirren is never upstaged, and she is the best reason to keep watching.
  27. Sons of Anarchy may be wild fantasy and melodrama, but it is tempered by a feeling of verity.
  28. You could call it a formula, but it works. The jokes actually land and they deftly cut the tension in scenes that would be otherwise dour.

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