Peter Swanson

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For 10 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 10% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 80% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Peter Swanson's Scores

Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 88 Downton Abbey: Season 1
Lowest review score: 25 The Big C: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
10 tv reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Peter Swanson
    In an era when cable TV writers can focus their talents on just 10 or 12 episodes at a time, 24 exceptional installments of a network comedy is an increasingly tall order, even for the creators of a show that remains the best family sitcom on TV.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Peter Swanson
    Each season of Dexter has started slow before building momentum, and this season is no exception. Hall continues to impress with his sly comic skills and unreadable face, while Carpenter continues to enrich a character whose emotions--contrary to Dexter's--are completely transparent.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Swanson
    We're ostensibly supposed to see Eaton Place as a warm haven holding out against the cold wind of history, but a show built around the humanity of strangers would be more convincing if the characters displayed more humanness.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Swanson
    United States of Tara smothers its characters and situations in layers of quirk and sarcasm, like an expensive steak drenched in Velveeta.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Swanson
    This season, the writers have taken her even further away from the cliche of the incompetent boss--currently being flogged to death by The Office. Leslie is now both realer and more amusing, the humor of her character stemming from the fact that she's good in a profession that no one, including her boss and her subordinates, seems to care too much about.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Peter Swanson
    For every Mrs. Patmore, the cook who wants nothing more than to stay in service the remainder of her life, there is a housemaid such as Gwen (Rose Leslie), who dreams of becoming a secretary in a modern office. It's these dichotomies, and the way they exist within both the Abbey itself (half the rooms have electricity and half don't) and its multifaceted inhabitants that make Downton Abbey not only the best soap opera currently on television, but one of the most relevant as well.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Swanson
    The Cape falls into a wasteland of its own making, where neither the stakes nor the jokes can distract one from the thinness of its writing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Peter Swanson
    Hopefully the hyperactive series will mellow into a slightly less frenetic version of itself--out of budget necessity, if nothing else.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 25 Peter Swanson
    In The Big C, cancer is simply an excuse to sell the vicarious thrill of on-screen narcissism.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Peter Swanson
    We are led to believe there is something faintly honorable about these characters, and that their extreme intelligence justifies their slaughter of those who are "beneath" them. There's something distasteful about this archetype, but Wilson, a canny actress, rises above the material. Together they make Luther the most absurd and enjoyable police show to come along in a while.

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