Phil Rosenthal

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For 99 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Phil Rosenthal's Scores

Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Sopranos: Season 2
Lowest review score: 12 The Trouble with Normal: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 99
  2. Negative: 11 out of 99
99 tv reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Phil Rosenthal
    Genuinely creepy. [12 Feb 1999, p.41]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Phil Rosenthal
    It's well-written enough, even stylish at times. It's just not very funny. [20 March 2000, p.45]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Phil Rosenthal
    But so help me (and I'm not proud of this) Son of the Beach made me laugh. Out loud. Several times. I may not respect myself in the morning, but I'm having a good time tonight. [14 March 2000, p.35]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 59 Metascore
    • 37 Phil Rosenthal
    One fact is unassailable, however. This animated variation on the Faust legend isn't very funny. [9 March 2000, p.37]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Phil Rosenthal
    Numbingly unfunny. [23 March 2000, p.49]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Phil Rosenthal
    Battery Park isn't awful. Goldberg is too skilled at putting together slick ensemble comedies for that. It actually does click some of the time. But it's not quite charged up to the level of "Barney Miller," the gold standard for this type of show. [23 March 2000, p.49]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Phil Rosenthal
    A clunky, crass and utterly charmless "Malcolm in the Middle" knockoff.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    When Danny is a last-minute fill-in as a ballet instructor, you're inclined to forgive this amiable but aimless show its shortcomings and succumb to Stern's charms. Almost. [28 Sept 2001, p.48]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    It's good to see Dr. Phil look-alike Jeffrey Tambor and "My So-Called Life" alum Bess Armstrong working as his bookie dad and frustrated mom, respectively. But someone should tell Tyler Labine that Jack Black wants his act back. [27 Sept 2002, p.49]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 Phil Rosenthal
    What did anyone really expect from the guy responsible for the infamous dud "Shasta McNasty" for UPN five years ago?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Phil Rosenthal
    While he's just as puzzlingly effective at fighting bad guys and blithely eluding common sense, he's just not as funny as he used to be. [7 Nov 2001, p.57]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    With time and understanding, maybe his Realm will prove a solid successor to "The X-Files," his earlier hit, but that's assuming that more than Carter's cultish core fans stick around long enough to make sense of this elaborate war game inside a super-secret government virtual-reality setup called Harsh Realm. [8 Oct 1999, p.55]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 57 Metascore
    • 37 Phil Rosenthal
    A dull, plodding and predictable letdown. Apart from showing us some very lovely breasts, it squanders the freedom of pay-cable by going for obvious gags and even more obvious plot developments. [17 June 1999, p.55]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Phil Rosenthal
    Not to say this is complicated, but it takes Alfred the butler a full three minutes just to explain who's who and what's what as prologue to the debut hour.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Phil Rosenthal
    The fall season's most daring new show. [17 Sept 2002, p.32]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    This effort should be called "Hollywood Babble On." [14 Mar 2003, p.37]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Phil Rosenthal
    Sisco smolders but never flames up or burns out, played by Gugino with a steady, unflinching calm that reflects a character who never makes presumptions and who's willing to see the shades of gray in typically black and white situations, like any great Leonard hero or heroine. [1 Oct 2003, p.61]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    The WB is hoping you'll be so agog over the atmospherics and Aussie underwear model Travis Fimmel's sculpted pecs and abs that you don't notice the story's a little thin in this New York update of the old Edgar Rice Burroughs tale. [3 Oct 2003, p.49]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Phil Rosenthal
    This should be -- pardon the expression -- a fertile area for drama. Yet it fails to bear fruit. Instead we get a string of old cliches aimed at an audience young enough that it might not notice they're old cliches. [7 Oct 2004]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Phil Rosenthal
    The storylines, as we meet the staff, feel as though they've been plucked from "St. Elsewhere," but things were brighter there -- both literally and figuratively. [10 Oct 2000, p.47]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Phil Rosenthal
    On its own, this series ... might not have seemed so bad. But it can't hold a note compared with "The Sopranos." [4 Apr 2000]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Phil Rosenthal
    The whole thing is laid out with the comic visual sensibility Sonnenfeld brought to films such as "Raising Arizona" and "Throw Momma From the Train" as a cinematographer and "Men in Black" as a director. It's a welcome change from the cookie-cutter stuff one normally sees in prime-time, but you do sort of wonder what brought Sonnenfeld to TV, a medium not known for its nuance and subtlety. [4 Aug 1998, p.33]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Phil Rosenthal
    It's just not that suspenseful. [14 June 2002, p.55]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 35 Metascore
    • 37 Phil Rosenthal
    True, people always love a good dinosaur story. They even love a mediocre dinosaur story. This sometimes laughable, yawn-inducing, convoluted effort would have to improve to be written off as mediocre. [26 Nov 2002]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 53 Metascore
    • 37 Phil Rosenthal
    Ritter and Sagal are old pros, but they can't salvage material this weak. [17 Sep 2002]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Phil Rosenthal
    It could have been worse. It could have been "The Michael Richards Show" or Jason Alexander's "Bob Patterson." [25 Feb 2002]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 36 Metascore
    • 37 Phil Rosenthal
    Everything that made the original series distinctive, if not actually entertaining, has been ditched. ... The changes haven't made the dreary show... any funnier, just more conventional. [15 Apr 2003]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Phil Rosenthal
    Platinum... may not be great but already is better and more ambitious than most of what UPN has to offer and has ever offered. [14 Apr 2003]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Phil Rosenthal
    There's nothing wrong with sex, but much of it seems gratuitous here, thrown in not because it's required to tell the story but to needlessly indulge in the freedom that pay cable affords. It detracts from the heartwarming story rather than embellishes it, pandering to viewers as if the people at Showtime feared no one would watch unless there were at least a few "booty call" references. [28 Jun 2000]
    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Phil Rosenthal
    It's hard to say from the series whether "Stolen Summer" will succeed as a movie, but it's abundantly clear that Project Greenlight works as television. [30 Nov 2001, p.59]
    • Chicago Sun-Times

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