David Zurawik

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For 188 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Zurawik's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Do Not Disturb: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 188
188 tv reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    The film, which begins tomorrow night on ABC, is classic storytelling. It's Stephen King as spellbinder, gathering us around the prime-time campfire -- enthralling, dazzling and scaring our pants off before sending us to bed afraid to turn off the lights. [13 Feb 1999]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 59 Metascore
    • 37 David Zurawik
    Outside of that brief reprieve, though, it's mainly tedium in the plane's cabin and at a deserted airport in Bangor, Maine. Tedium, and a lot of creaky disaster-movie dialogue.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    Ringwald jokes aside, The Stand is an impressive piece of work. It has a convincing, realistic look, relentless pacing, strong performances and a sense of grandeur as well as humor and irony. [8 May 1994]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    Beyond Rickman, however, the series offers little more than a stale buffet of recycled King ghouls and refried hospital types from every dark medical drama that ever aired from M*A*S*H to ER. Chief among these characters is Dr. Hook (Andrew McCarthy), the cynical, anti-authority neurosurgeon who operates on Rickman. Call him Hawkeye. Tonight's two-hour pilot works to a limited extent only because of the Rickman story line. The big question is where can the miniseries go during the next 10 weeks? [3 March 2004]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 David Zurawik
    I don’t know if I will get though all 30 episodes, but I badly need a dose of realpolitik leavened with a some sense of idealism and hope, and this feels like just the ticket.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 David Zurawik
    Maybe if you're 15, living in mom's basement and obsessed with wormholes, you'll find a laugh or two in the scenario. As for me, I was checking the press release to see if tonight's pilot was really two hours long. It is.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 David Zurawik
    Walker, Texas Ranger would have been retrograde in 1972. The acting is wooden. The bad guys are drawn in the dimensions of cartoon characters. I'm not even going to start to talk about how it handles racial stereotypes. It celebrates vigilantism. There's violence and more violence.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 David Zurawik
    "Death to the parents" in prime time is an interesting notion for a cultural essay. But it makes for a fairly uninspired drama tonight on Fox when all that seems to matter is money, money, money. [12 Sept 1994]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Zurawik
    Brace yourself for a visual look from Levinson that was designed for viewers who grew up with MTV. But, before you dismiss it as too radical, try to remember the jumpy, herky-jerky, hand-held look of the first "Homicide." [21 March 2000]
    • Baltimore Sun
    • 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
    • 56 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
    • 85 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

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