For 106 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dave Nemetz's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Big Little Lies: Season 2
Lowest review score: 16 Man With a Plan: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 106
  2. Negative: 17 out of 106
106 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Dave Nemetz
    HBO’s reboot somehow feels vitally current, with richly drawn characters, gorgeous visuals, a genuinely compelling central mystery and another terrific lead performance from star Matthew Rhys.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Dave Nemetz
    Hollywood comes as a disappointment, then, in spite of its stellar cast and admirable ambitions. It’s kind of like some of the big-screen icons that rose to fame in the early days of Hollywood: plenty of gloss, but not enough substance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Dave Nemetz
    The four episodes I’ve seen have some narrative kinks to work out, to be sure, but the filmmaking is truly stunning at times, and it manages to capture an energy and a beauty that more polished series can only dream of.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Dave Nemetz
    Little Fires Everywhere, I realized, must be what watching Big Little Lies is like for people who don’t like Big Little Lies. In my eyes, though, that show managed to find a way to elevate this kind of soapy, pulpy material into something great. Little Fires Everywhere, sadly, does not.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Dave Nemetz
    It’s remarkably in-depth and at times revelatory, but a couple of missteps keep it from being truly insightful.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Dave Nemetz
    Garland’s singular vision is in full effect — Devs contains some of the most stunning imagery I’ve seen on TV in recent years — but unfortunately, the story gets stuck at the starting gate, bogged down by dense tech jargon and a frustratingly cryptic conspiracy plot.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Dave Nemetz
    By the time Episode 5 rolls around, with the great Parker Posey guest-starring as a kooky artist looking to unload her cheating husband’s mega valuable record collection, High Fidelity has established a funky, unassuming charm all its own. It’s kind of like your favorite local dive bar: nothing too flashy, but a reliable combination of fun people, a killer jukebox and good vibes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Dave Nemetz
    The whole thing has decent energy, and boasts enough interesting visual flourishes that it’s tempting to let it slide by purely on style points. But it’s hard to locate the humanity buried underneath all this style. Like fellow oddballs Claws and On Becoming a God in Central Florida, Briarpatch tries to get by solely on quirk at times — but, sadly, man cannot live on quirk alone.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Dave Nemetz
    It’s a true pleasure to see Stewart in his element again, and it’s a relief that Picard has managed to build a new universe around him that we’d actually like to spend more time in. By the end of Episode 3, I was starting to feel those familiar Next Generation vibes again.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 42 Dave Nemetz
    They need a strong villain to play off of, though, and generically mean rich girl Alexandra Cabot (Camille Hyde) doesn’t quite cut it. I found myself wishing for more screentime for The Other Two‘s Heléne York, who plays Katy’s bitchy coworker Amanda. She’s sharp enough to provide a worthy foil for Katy, at least… but in the world of Katy Keene, it seems, any and all sharp edges have been rounded off to a safe dullness.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Dave Nemetz
    Really, it looks like all of the actors are having a blast filming Zoey‘s big musical numbers... but that fun never fully translates to us at home.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Dave Nemetz
    After a somewhat lackluster Season 2, it’s a treat to see Maisel shake off its own cobwebs and show us something new.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Dave Nemetz
    Reiser and Hunt’s veteran presence and the nostalgia factor help nudge it slightly above your standard sitcom, and maybe that’s enough to earn a spot on your holiday watch list.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Dave Nemetz
    See relies on graphically gory battle scenes to carry a largely incoherent story, but I found myself giggling far more often than its creators intended. You almost have to admire its goofy confidence… as wrongheaded as it might be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Dave Nemetz
    Steinfeld is excellent as Emily, armed with a delightful, Wednesday Addams-like morbid streak. (When her sister compliments the “lovely funeral” they just attended, Emily sniffs: “Mine will be better.”) Of all of Apple’s new shows, this one actually made me want to watch a second episode, and has the kind of breakout potential that a new streaming service desperately needs.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Dave Nemetz
    It tries to juggle too many characters at once, and doesn’t make any of them as compelling as its core concept. It’s a noble effort, and genuinely stirring at times, but I’m still waiting for it to really take flight.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Dave Nemetz
    Aniston infuses Alex’s story with genuine emotion, and reminds us what a gifted dramatic actor she is. But the rest of the show lets her down. It’s a solid performance lost in a sea of jumbled ideas and missed opportunities.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Dave Nemetz
    It’s an incredibly entertaining dual performance that carries Living With Yourself… even when the show’s initial spark begins to fade.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Dave Nemetz
    The Politician provides plenty of laughs and on-target jabs at our current political moment — but it’s the battered yet still-beating heart found in Platt’s performance that ultimately has us pulling the lever for this one.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Dave Nemetz
    The pilot spins an involving yarn, only to rush through it and wrap it up in too tidy a fashion. But the foundation is strong, and I’m interested to see where Herbers takes this complex character of hers. Mulder and Scully might not be coming back to primetime anytime soon… but Evil‘s dynamic duo might be the next best thing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 83 Dave Nemetz
    There’s nothing incredibly groundbreaking and innovative about any of this… but there doesn’t really need to be. It’s a cute, lighthearted throwback that goes down easy in an era of tough-to-watch dramas, and like The Mindy Project, it doubles as an affectionate tribute to classic rom-coms. The cast’s quick chemistry is remarkable, too.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Dave Nemetz
    Euphoria is admittedly better at establishing a distinctive mood and style than at telling a story, at least early on. ... But Euphoria‘s exhilarating style and achingly incisive observations more than make up for any storytelling flaws it might have.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Dave Nemetz
    If anything, Season 2 only gets richer as it digs deeper into these ladies’ lives. ... Savor this while it lasts, folks: This is as good as TV gets.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Dave Nemetz
    Sorry, Miley, but your Black Mirror is the weakest of the bunch. [C-]... The twist [in "Striking Vipers"]is genuinely shocking and opens up a number of intriguing storytelling avenues, and the acting is solid. ... But after the initial shock wears off, the episode just kind of plods along, and the ending feels too easy for such a complicated premise. [B] ... ["Smithereens"] is Scott’s episode from start to finish: a harrowing portrait of a man pushed firmly and irretrievably over the edge. [A-]
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Dave Nemetz
    The series does boast a breakout performance from newcomer Ashleigh Cummings. It’s just too bad that nothing else about the show lives up to that performance. Instead, any flickering glimmer of quality gets smothered by a drab visual palette, sluggish plotting and a crushingly dour tone.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Dave Nemetz
    I ended up liking it so much, I felt compelled to spread the gospel. All you Broad City and BoJack fans out there? Fly, don’t walk.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Dave Nemetz
    L.A.’s Finest is a loud, dumb mess of a cop drama, loaded up with corny punchlines and incoherent plotting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Dave Nemetz
    It’s an odd blend of tones that doesn’t always work, but the smart, spiky humor and standout performances from stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini combine to make it a satisfyingly offbeat binge.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Dave Nemetz
    Rockwell and Williams are shoo-ins for Emmy nominations this summer, it’s true, but the material they’re given here never quite rises to meet their level.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Dave Nemetz
    No, the new Zone isn’t as mind-bendingly innovative as the best Black Mirror episodes--it’d be nice to see future installments break further away from the original template and blaze a new trail--but it’s gripping enough on its own terms.

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