For 194 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Curt Wagner's Scores

Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Fortitude: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 194
194 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    An enigmatic and engrossing whodunit that should move to the top of everyone's DVR queue.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    Marco Polo flits between storytelling styles without completely tying them together as successfully as "Game of Thrones" does.... By the fifth and sixth episodes the action picks up, the intrigue deepens and the stakes some higher.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Coleman's rich performance matches Capaldi's as Clara struggles with the regeneration of her Doctor.... The Doctor may be different, but he's as entertaining as ever.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    [Bean's] nearly the only reason to watch this retread mashup of team-based crime/spy shows and the "Bourne" films.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Despite its supporting cast of international actors who bring even thinly drawn characters to life, Outlander truly shines when Balfe shares the screen with either Heughan or Menzies.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    It's not easy to watch, but the Steven Soderbergh-directed period hospital drama sure is worth a look.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    History tells us what the Manhattan Project unleashed on the world, but Manhattan conjures a compelling (fictional) journey for the men and women who made it happen.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    The short, 41-minute opener (I'd DVR it and fast-forward through the commercials) is slickly filmed, generally well acted and ends with an intriguing revelation. But so little feels new and fresh.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Live Another Day starts its 12-episode run in a typically gripping if superficial and improbable fashion, but you'll get no complaints from me.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    Salem as a whole reflects the difference in the work of West and Montgomery. Yet its wildly uneven premiere has enough going for it to make me watch at least another episode.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    It remains one of TV's most compelling series, period.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    While we appear to be in for a depressing ride, fear not: Creator Matthew Weiner still has a few winks and tricks up his sleeve.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Fargo the TV series--confident as Lorne Malvo--stands firmly on its own. You betcha it does.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The former WWII code-breakers of this excellent British import don't deflect bullets with magical bracelets. They use their brains, determination, courage and pleasant demeanors like stealth weapons, covertly undermining postwar expectations to right wrongs no one else seems to notice.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    Silicon Valley is a funny, insightful, blistering satire.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    It may not be as intriguing as "Thrones" or as tense as FX's spy thriller "The Americans," but Turn--which touches on still-relevant topics like torture, homosexuality and politics--offers a fresh spin on the War of Independence.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    The first three episodes of the epic fantasy's fourth season reach new heights at times, offering enough twists, shocks and action to make us forget last season's mind-blowing Red Wedding.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    While the storytelling is generally riveting, Hirst and his team occasionally drop a few stinkers in the dialogue. The exceptional cast—which also includes Katheryn Winnick as Ragner's wife, Lagertha—is able to rise above those bombs. It's their distinctive portrayals that, for me, bring this Dark Ages tale to life.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    Unlike in "Homeland," the show's main conceit grows even more complex and fascinating by including the Jennings kids.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    If only writers John Brownlow and Don Macpherson focused more on Fleming's wartime spy-jinks than on his extended mating dance with the already married and cheating Ann.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    While its glimpses into the democratic world of piracy are interesting, Black Sails could cull a few plot barnacles and give viewers more action.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    [Broad City] feels like a series of sketches that often hit but sometimes miss.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Scheuring gets sidetracked by the trite redemption stories of a hooker (Conor Leslie) and a Canadian Mountie (Marton Csokas). But those are small hiccups in this entertaining, expansive tale of one man's fight to keep his humanity, which he discovers is more valuable than all the gold in the Yukon.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    With its strong performances, subtle details and believable situations, Looking presents a convincing portrayal of everyday life--either gay or straight.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Curt Wagner
    Hints of a deeper mythology are revealed, too, suggesting that Helix will move beyond its stop-the-virus story into something even more intriguing. In the meantime, it's a suspenseful, scary thriller.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    [Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey's] riveting work would be worth the admission alone, but the hauntingly beautiful True Detective excels in every way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    The Spoils of Babylon is an entertaining and spot-on spoof of the overdone potboiler miniseries of the 1970s and '80s.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Curt Wagner
    The ambitious series finds a nice balance of slapstick and suspense. You might feel cheated if you're expecting the usual setup and joke, setup and joke format of many American sitcoms, but there are plenty of surprises and laughs.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Curt Wagner
    [Creator J.H. Wyman] peppers what really is a police procedural with enough not-so-distant science to make Almost Human a sci-fi thriller, and enough humor to make it a buddy cop comedy.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Curt Wagner
    The Returned is far and away the most thoughtful and thought-provoking series I've watched this year.

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