David Zurawik

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For 179 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Zurawik's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Do Not Disturb: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 179
179 tv reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Zurawik
    No Direction Home is not just another two nights in front of the tube. Even by the standards of PBS' American Masters -- the medium's finest biography series ever -- Scorsese's film is 3 1/2 hours of breathing air so rarefied compared to most television that it feels as if one is inhaling helium. [26 Sep 2005, p.1C]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    Overall, the pilot for "Cop Rock" has too many flaws to be called great television. But it is daring, exciting and innovative television -- with moments where music and drama meet to touch the heart in ways television all too rarely does.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Zurawik
    My So-Called Life is about a teen-ager, but it's the quality adult drama of the TV year. It's also one of the finest family dramas in many years and the best girls' coming-of-age show the medium has ever done. [25 Aug 1994, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 25 Metascore
    • 10 David Zurawik
    Somebody ought to show NBC programming chief Garth Ancier reruns of "The Wonder Years," so that he at least knows what a "coming of age" series really is. Heck, compared to Tucker, "Doogie Howser, M.D." was "Catcher in the Rye." [2 Oct 2000]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 David Zurawik
    What are the odds that two networks could each make such a horrible show in the same year?
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 David Zurawik
    Luis is part of a noteworthy change in the way ethnicity is depicted on network TV. In that sense, if no other, it is worth a look. [19 Sept 2003, p.1E]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    Harsh Realm doesn't just resonate, it shakes, rattles and rocks the brain. [8 Oct 1999, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Zurawik
    Push, Nevada is not a terrible series in any way, shape or form. In fact, it's fairly entertaining. But what I absolutely hate about it is how desperately hard it tries to be Twin Peaks. [17 Sept 2002, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Zurawik
    If you like Brit mysteries, this one set in the post-World War II era is easy to fall for.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    The resonance of this drama with our lives today alone makes it worth a look.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 David Zurawik
    Let's not kid ourselves, this is mainly escapist entertainment fare.... I'm sorry, but I cannot feel good about watching a drama that celebrates--yes, celebrates--one class of people oppressing another.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Zurawik
    Karen Sisco isn't a great drama. For one thing, much of the dialogue is too tough-guy wooden to believe. [1 Oct 2003, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    if you are a fan of Braugher's work in "Homicide" and you crave quality drama, this is a pilot you do not want to miss. [10 Oct 2000, p.1F]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    The only way it will strike anyone who has seen HBO's "The Sopranos" as extraordinary is in how extraordinarily tame it is.
    • Baltimore Sun
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    This is a series with tremendous potential. The first hour of "Wonderland" is nothing if not intense, but next week's episode packs less punch. [29 Mar 2000]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    It's romantic, sentimental, sometimes stereotyped and, in the end, a great showcase for the considerable talents of Martin. [2 Apr 1994]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    Fairly likable in a bland sort of way - a very, very bland sort of way. [17 Sep 2002]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    I watched the pilot three times, thinking I'd get used to the timer. But each time, I found myself looking at the timer more than I did at Ellie. And, I'll tell you something: for the first half of the pilot, I liked the timer a lot more than her. And I'll tell you something else: the timer is only one of several things I hate about the pilot. [26 Feb 2002]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Zurawik
    While Traffic: The Miniseries is definitely not in a league with its predecessors, there are still a number of things to like. [26 Jan 2004]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    An engaging and illuminating look at the making of a Hollywood film and the business of manufacturing popular culture. [1 Dec 2001, p.1D]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 David Zurawik
    It's all about superficial glitz: Pretty to look at, but utterly devoid of real dramatic meat on its bones. In the pilot, Duhamel's character is sleeping with Big Ed's flirty daughter, and Big Ed doesn't like it. I could care less. [22 Sept 2003, p.1C]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    The Comeback has its flaws. But this is a moment well beyond the depth of most television comedies. This is the stuff of which plays by David Mamet and Arthur Miller have been writ. This is a sitcom to which some attention should be paid. [4 June 2005, p.1D]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 David Zurawik
    This is the bottom line: If you give this series three hours, you'll start caring about these characters, and that's no small accomplishment by the writers...But, during that time, the series more often feels like a network soap opera than it does a serious, groundbreaking drama. [2 Dec 2000, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    Part science-fiction, part teen soap opera, part Shakespearean love story, with a healthy dose of "The Fugitive" thrown in, Roswell has more than enough to make a believer out of me. It might not be as good as "The West Wing" or "Once and Again," but it is my favorite new series of the fall season. [6 Oct 1999, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    But it's going to take more than two or three minutes of near-art near the end of each hour to keep this series on the air. [29 Sept 2001, p.2D]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 86 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    But as perfect as Leary is in some ways to play the wounded and angry working man in midlife crisis, it is a one-note act...Leary is simply not an actor capable of other notes, let alone nuance. Anyone who saw him in the ABC cop series "The Job" has seen this character.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    I like the way this series cuts to the moral bone and ties so much of the evil men and women do to our culture's excessive materialism, commercialism and obsession with appearances. [22 July 2003, p.1E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    Nowhere in the media has the moral question of such [government-ordered] kills been explored with the texture and depth that Homeland brings to [just] one little scene Sunday.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 David Zurawik
    I swear I have no idea what The Guardian is supposed to be about. But I don't think the producers or CBS do, either. [25 Sept 2001, p.3E]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Zurawik
    This is television taking us on a journey into shared memory and the national past. This is television near the top of its game as the Great American Storyteller telling us who we were at one of our finest hours and, so, reminding us of what can be. [9 Sept 2001, p.2E]
    • Baltimore Sun

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