For 185 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 11.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Doug Elfman's Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Heroes: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Back to You: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 185
  2. Negative: 59 out of 185
185 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    [It] isn't awful. Mostly, it's just too tightly packed, like those peanut cans kids open and giant toy snakes spring out. [11 Aug 2005, p.49]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    Rome is so jam-packed with Caesar and pals, it feels like a show that high school teachers would ask students to watch, if it weren't for all the whore sex, rape and consensual carnality. It very well might take an apt pupil to follow this cinematic jigsaw puzzle. [24 Aug 2005, p.55]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Based on the first three new episodes, I can continue to put Rescue Me on my list as one of the best 20 shows that have ever been on TV. [13 June 2007, p.51]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    In the vein of Bill Murray, [Leary] is now a subtler tragic-comic actor who signals both tough luck and buoyant twinkles with a smirk and a glance. [30 May 2006, p.39]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    If you're a woman and you want to see a naked male butt, watch Nip/Tuck. If you're a man who values the naked female form, Nip/Tuck is for you...Those two sentences are outlandish. But I'm doing what I can to draw your attention to one of the most exhilarating shows on TV...Nip/Tuck is fun. It's sexy. It's the opposite of sexy. It's existential. It's bloody disgusting. And it's the only series on TV now that deserves to inherit the fans of "Six Feet Under." [4 Sept 2006, p.31]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    The new episodes find the upper-middle-class mother of two evolving into a gangster. This is a good move for the show. [13 Aug 2007]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    "Weeds" comes from a Hollywood la-la land that is too crammed with trauma and wit to be real. But it's just entertaining enough to be watchable, despite the fact that it doesn't seem to be going anywhere dramatically deep. [4 Aug 2005]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 24 Metascore
    • 12 Doug Elfman
    Bad sitcom, bad.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    I will be rooting for this series to improve, but not watching it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    Dexter, one of the best shows on TV this decade. High praise, indeed. Deserved.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    As far as junk like this goes, it's not heinous and has moments of OK-ness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    Tonight's premiere episode doesn't have a single laugh in it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    There are a lot of studious, high-achiever kids. Lauren is an anomaly. She is the lucky one. The one with an MTV camera crew for a resume. The pretty one with petty friends who melt in bikinis by blue-green pools of entitlement and argue idly with quarrelsome, spoiled boyfriends.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 0 Doug Elfman
    Oh, and there's a very pink teapot on their coffee table. It's easy to take note of such set pieces when you're in the process of not laughing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    "1 vs. 100" isn't really bad. Its only serious trouble is the pacing. In an hourlong episode, I count just 14 questions.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    In Treatment is exhilarating.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    The writers and directors do a sometimes routine, sometimes solid job of making something as atypical as an imprisoned innocent seem believable in the world of fictional network television.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Doug Elfman
    The show's super strengths are its well-developed filmmaking, smooth pacing and a perfect cast. It views like the first hour of a fun, thoughtful movie.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    An anemic, unfunny romantic comedy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    If you enjoy inside baseball, it's an interesting dynamic to view, and it's made cohesive by solid efforts from the actors, scriptwriter James D. Solomon and director Jeremiah S. Chechik.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Doug Elfman
    "The Class" is a good example of how any premise can be turned into good fiction, even if it's cluttered with tired cliches.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    It's kind of good.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It's sleek and mildly epic-looking. But qualitywise, I'm wondering where the storyline is going other than just the soapy family fights.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Doug Elfman
    In better moments, "Weeds" proves small kerflops can be made interesting and fun to watch. In lesser moments, not so.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Doug Elfman
    It's just a younger and hotter and stupider and drunker "Law & Order" office.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    "Heist" is good TV -- not great yet, but good -- from the cast to the suspenseful pacing and a cool musical score.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Doug Elfman
    Fans of Sorkin's years on "The West Wing" will likely enjoy "Studio 60." And there should be enough mature viewers who crave bright writing to make the show a sudden mainstay.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Doug Elfman
    At least "Lost" and "Heroes" give us a sci-fi excuse to forgive illogical stretches of the imagination.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 12 Doug Elfman
    The new debut episode climaxes with a confusingly written yet completely unoriginal plot twist at the end. And the women characters are less confident than before, frazzled and more judgmental.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Doug Elfman
    The new premiere isn't horrible, and it shows some promise.

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