Dorothy Rabinowitz

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For 342 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 72% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Dorothy Rabinowitz's Scores

Average review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 The Deuce: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Graceland: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 342
342 tv reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A highly persuasive performance by Agnes O’Casey. ... The series’ powers profit immensely from its treasure of period detail.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The lead characters in John Morton’s drama are, at first sight, flat, undistinguished and predictable as they go about their task of finding work for clients hoping to secure their place in show business. But it’s a measure of the speed with which writer-director Morton’s skills make themselves felt that “Ten Percent” quickly establishes something close to a perfect blend of satire and geniality in this portrait of a ruthlessly competitive world.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    "Anatomy of a Scandal" is, nevertheless, far from anything approaching lightheartedness. It's a saga about justice as regards the matter of sex—a story burdened by its tonnage of flashbacks, but one that remains, throughout, unfailing in its power to captivate.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    In addition to the usual appeal of chronicles of this kind steeped in the tone and feel of imminent war, the film can be credited for the immediacy of its images of a world long past.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    All programs about the '60s should go down as well as this one.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Altogether a compelling tale whose drama grows ever greater, not least in the final chapters packed with tension.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Ms. Zellweger, who does justice to the role, transmits a powerful aura of derangement, and does so with enough energy to make you want to reach for the antacid pills. The one flaw in the tone of the six-part work is its pervasive note of archness, ever so slight but also ever so always there. A note common in many a crime docu-drama. ... Such things aside, all in all this is a wholly compelling tale.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A remarkably solid tale, notwithstanding its considerable population of deranged characters and nonhuman conspirators.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Apple TV+’s “Lincoln’s Dilemma,” the four-part saga of Abraham Lincoln’s efforts to deal with the issue of slavery, comes richly detailed both in its portrait of the president’s character and that of the nation itself.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Confidently ambitious, taut and not infrequently exhausting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    If there's a flaw in this storytelling, it's not about the patient. ... A spellbinding tale, for all its repetitions, with stellar performances by Messrs. Ferrell and Rudd.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    For all their intrinsic power, these images of sudden horror are mere details compared with the storytelling that brings this series to roaring life (the script was written by Helen Edmundson).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    [The group's teacher] is nothing compared to the students and the improbable dialogue that prevails. True, things brighten somewhat when the question "What is cancel culture?" arises. ... The trouble Miles confronts as he faces one party invitation problem—details of which needn't be reported here—is a promising one in its emotional force. Miles is a sign of hope for the introduction of human characters, capable of feeling, and a gift to the show. It is an extraordinary performance by Adrian Matthew Escalona.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Instantly addictive. ... A drama of remarkable potency, its bloated length notwithstanding.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The power of "Jaguar" is considerable, no small thanks to the caustic history it recounts, particularly about things like the "ratlines," networks devoted to helping Nazi war criminals to flee.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The documentary, by filmmaker Jenny Carchman, is compelling history not only of the tabloid and gossip column world, but also about Rupert Murdoch’s career in America. ... The series, in short, could have used an editor down around part four. That, however, should deter no one from the scholarly pleasures of the rest of this work.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It’s a measure of the script’s intelligence that there are no heavy judgments handed down here on the student’s choice. More impressive still is the portrait of a culture of bottomless sensitivity—now, to be sure, no longer confined to campuses—and the fever swamps to which it can lead. It’s a bleak picture. Still, “The Chair” is full of charm, and a captivating humor.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It’s clear from the start of “Mr. Corman” that the laughs in this 10-episode series will be few but the smiles of recognition frequent. It’s a testament to the complex charms of this series that those smiles are as often summoned by bleak moments as happier ones.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The most striking aspect of this story, perhaps, is the current of plausibility that runs through it all, that says this is what can happen, this is what did happen to the victims of someone revered as an authority, like Duntsch. Plausibility that says, too, that despite the severed arteries and deadly surgeries, voices of sanity do sometimes prevail, justice does often triumph. And it’s shown doing so in this impressive series.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It’s hard not to look at this army of exquisite creatures striding smartly around—looking all the more impressive against the stunning beach background—without suspecting they’re off to some black-tie celebration. They’re not, of course—the celebration is in the minds of viewers following this enchanting sight, this filmed gift in eight parts narrated by Patton Oswalt.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    In this highly engaging series, a riot of creatures great and small competing for the attention of the show’s star, who is, naturally enough, the group’s therapist. She’s a standard poodle (expertly voiced by Lisa Kudrow).
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Its somewhat uneven storytelling aside, “The Drowning” emerges as a potent thriller, largely thanks to a stellar cast.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    It takes just a single glance at the opening scene—a member of the orca family pivoting about in the ocean—to feel you’ve been transported to paradise. ... Spectacular series. ... The show’s impact has, needless to say, everything to do with Brian Skerry’s impossibly intimate photography of these creatures.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Sterling drama. ... A seven-part series whose powers derive as much from its enthralling focus on that town and its society as from the unsteady life and career of its heroine, known simply as Mare, a police detective born and raised there. Kate Winslet’s eloquent command of the role is obvious from the outset. ... It’s a testament to the writing (Brad Ingelsby wrote the script) that no moment in this saga ever feels even remotely unreal.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    [Tahar Rahim] brings a breathtaking subtlety to the part of Sobhraj. ... It takes time, admittedly, until the full details of the master plan Sobhraj followed sink in.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    There’s a power in this work that has nothing to do with its characters, a kind that makes itself felt wordlessly—namely, the unyielding grip of fear. .
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    A lively work, buried in plot twists, improved by ferocious action sequences, and flat-out saved by Mr. Simm.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    [Answers] emerge with a satisfying subtlety in “Beartown”—for all its familiarity, a riveting tale.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    The most compelling aspect of the series is the hard light it shines on the cost of betrayal and infidelity, particularly to children like those in Mia’s family, who watch in pain and anger as the man they looked on as a father figure has his barely concealed fling with Soon-Yi, whom he would later marry.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Dorothy Rabinowitz
    All the drama of this sharply written new tale is focused devotedly on Clarice, now portrayed with heart and intelligence by Rebecca Breeds.

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