David Wiegand

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For 865 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Wiegand's Scores

Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Doctor Who: Season 8
Lowest review score: 0 Z Nation: Season 1
Score distribution:
865 tv reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    [Rodie Sanchez is] so magnetic you’ll forget that this is an unscripted series.... Discovery sent one episode to critics, but it was enough to suggest that The Killing Fields should appeal to fans of both true-crime documentaries and fictionalized police procedurals.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Rhys and Whittaker are terrific and the two big reasons to watch the series.... Speaking of assets, credibility of the story is nicely enhanced by muted cinematography and art direction, emphasizing that catching spies is done by nondescript men and women who lead seemingly normal lives and work in under-decorated offices deciphering codes and other information.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Hollander more than succeeds in making Corkoran completely repulsive, despite the fact that the character is unwaveringly loyal and smart enough to realize Pine isn’t who he seems to be. That said, the role is offensively homophobic. ... Otherwise, The Night Manager is a class act, not only because of the care that has gone into the writing, direction and performances, but in the great respect the creators show to the quality of le Carré’s novel.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Although there were rough patches, The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore planted its own flag with Monday night’s premiere and is a solid addition to the late-night stew.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    ABC’s new series, The Astronaut Wives Club, can’t make up its mind if it wants to be a serious, nuanced fact-based drama about the wives of the Mercury Seven astronauts, or “The Real Housewives of Cape Canaveral.” Fortunately, there’s enough legitimate drama in the show, premiering Thursday, to counterbalance its cheaper moments.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The series, created by Mike Gibbons, really is funny, which is the important part. But it’s also very smart, given the generally older demographic for broadcast TV. ... The cast is great, especially Fry, but Fielding doesn’t quite have the right chemistry with McHale to be the potential frenemy love interest. She doesn’t seem quite formidable enough in the role.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    CBS’ Zoo has more than enough edge-of-your-seat drama to make it feel like the television equivalent of great summer beach reading.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Heroes Reborn is engaging if you never much cared about the original show or can’t really remember it. If you were one of the loyalists, you’ll find seeds of some of the same problems that eventually eighty-sixed “Heroes.”
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Most of the performances are superb, beginning with Tennant, of course. He is so well cast and skilled that he's able to sustain credibility despite some of the gaps in the script.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    It’s great writing with a savvy juxtaposition of comedy and sometimes ugly everyday real life.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Stamos’ show has the writing, performance and concept chops to go the distance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Nothing gets lost in translation in Deutschland 83, especially the timeless human drama.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Kaufman's film, despite some flaws, captures the intensity of their story and pulls us in with the irresistible force of a great, doomed love story.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The enduring notoriety of the Simpson case and memories of the live courtroom broadcasts are enough to hook viewers regardless of the problems with the series. Some of the problems are minor, others we can sweep under the rug as the show progresses, one is unfortunately insurmountable [casting John Travolta as Robert Shapiro].
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Some may criticize Jarecki’s rigidly amoral documentary style, but even if he and co-producer Smerling don’t skew their filmmaking to underscore the guilt of their subjects, the facts, as they say, speak for themselves. When the facts are as extraordinary as they are in The Jinx, it’s impossible not to listen.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Hawley’s writing is vivid, sardonic, smart, and brilliantly deadpan, in keeping with the tone of the original “Fargo” movie. His characterizations are deft, nicely nuanced and compelling, offering more than enough for the actors to work with. Danson feels a little out of place, but he may grow into his role. Culkin, Garrett, Smart, Plemons, Dunst and Donovan are outstanding.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Schwartz's workmanlike film nonetheless gives us a detailed portrait of the man as well as the activist.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The inevitable and believable intersection of "old" and "new" musical theater adds real life and renewed potential to Smash.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The writing is sharp, funny, surprising and also very true to the characters Star has created. As funny as it is, it’s actually more mature than the writing on “Sex and the City.”
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Loss is the birthright of every life, and no one can refuse it. Yet we go on, buoyed by hope and love. Not exactly an original message, but it is one that Midwife delivers convincingly.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The series, created by Soo Hugh and premiering Monday, has all the right pieces working together to make a decent show. It becomes slightly over-plotted by the third episode, but nothing that significantly diminishes its power to hold our interest.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Hit & Miss doesn't take long to convince us that its characters and plot are not only possible, but credible and, dare I say, touching.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The deadpan approach only enhances the delicious off the wall comedy of Animals. The series is batty and brilliant as it turns the whole notion of anthropomorphic cartoon animals on its fuzzy ear.
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    • 75 David Wiegand
    The Fighting Season, a six-part documentary produced by Ricky Schroder is as gripping as a very good feature film, but better because it’s all very real.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The show is great fun, and clearly the star herself is having fun in the lead roles.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Although Wolf Hall does require an unusual amount of work on the viewer’s part, as well as the patience of, well, a saint, the performances and how they eventually elucidate the theme of what power can do to a man and a nation when it becomes too personal, make it mostly but belatedly worthwhile.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Even if it isn't the scariest series ever, Horror Story still has tasty performances by several characters, chief among them Lange and Conroy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    History aside, Reign, created by Laurie McCarthy and Stephanie SenGupta, is not only engaging but also pretty classy for a CW production.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    The mysteries at the respective centers of the two episodes made available to critics are engaging enough, but it’s the interplay among Doyle, Houdini and Stratton that holds our interest.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Wiegand
    Hannibal moves at a snail's pace to build tension. At the same time, there's an obvious attempt to counter its inertia with a lot of very intrusive soundtrack music.... Fortunately, Dancy's performance is terrific and more than enough to maintain our interest, with or without elks.