For 116 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Sarah Rodman's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 4
Lowest review score: 20 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 116
  2. Negative: 3 out of 116
116 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    There were quibbles to be had with some of the casting--um, Mario Lopez?--some flat punch lines, one major sound glitch, a bizarrely haphazard approach to sanitizing the racier bits, and uneven pacing and tone. But, the frothy ’50s-set high school musical was so expertly executed and choreographed visually and exuberantly performed by most of the actors that it more than compensated for its flaws.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    If it doesn’t yet come close to the comedic heights of its predecessors [The Office or Parks and Recreations] there are some good finds in its aisles.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    While not every moment works--or even makes sense--the most vital link between old and new is Odenkirk and Cross’s almost-sacred dedication to following the funny as they see it. Viewer mileage always varies the most when it comes to comedy, but dedicated “Mr. Show” fans will likely be happy to spend a little more time W/Bob and David.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Sarah Rodman
    Given that the show is trying sell the real or perceived glamour, sleaze, decadence, and danger of this moment in time, the overall lukewarm feeling of the look and dialogue is disappointing. It could be any old police procedural.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Establishing that she is a competent professional helps ground the comic surrealism in reality and make Crazy Ex-Girlfriend one of the most promising shows of the season.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    The launch felt like a purposeful, and successful, reassurance to longtime fans that no one is interested in messing with a successful formula.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Sarah Rodman
    The first episode of Grandfathered is amusing and shows promise.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Sarah Rodman
    While the first episode of Life in Pieces ... doesn’t immediately inspire the same confidence as [Modern Family] does, what it does have in common with it is a big, ludicrously talented cast who elevate the pilot material in ways that a lesser ensemble couldn’t have managed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    All three episodes offered varying degrees of laughs, but the “Kunuk” episode is a high-water mark.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    Hawaii's pacing, dashes of humor and casting make this one worthy of an "aloha" - but that's a tentative hello.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    What’s less clear is how interesting this premise will actually be, as Elliot asks lots of reasonable questions and Mr. Robot offers few, if any, satisfying answers, which could get tedious. Malek is an actor worth watching, though, and he is well-suited to his character’s quirks.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    It may be impossible for it to strike TV lightning twice, but True Detective in its second iteration definitely has a charge.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Some elements of the show are stronger than others. The ominous visual mood set by director Mark Romanek in the pilot is particularly striking and is helped along by the score, and the child actors do a good job of toeing the line between creepy and normal. The adults are less well-rounded, which, given the sometimes procedural nature of the plot, isn’t that surprising or that much of an obstacle to enjoying the show.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Sarah Rodman
    This trio of formidable women [Queen Latifah, Mo’Nique, and Khandi Alexander]--playing Smith, mentor Ma Rainey, and Smith’s hissable sister Viola, respectively--bring all of their firepower, often elevating the film from workmanlike to extraordinary with their collective ferocity.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    Montage of Heck is dizzyingly impressionistic and dense with information: snippets of recordings Cobain made, interview excerpts, and images that, in some cases literally, animate his life story.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Sarah Rodman
    The best cringe comedies finely tune the balance between discomfort and laughs. The Comedians needs to work on its balancing act, because there is a lot more of the former than the latter, and that turns out to be no laughing matter.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Sarah Rodman
    American Odyssey has one gripping tale to tell. The problem is, there are three tales embedded in its framework, which includes familiar elements--the tension of “24” and the intrigue of “Homeland”--that add up to something less than the sum of its parts.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Sarah Rodman
    For those who have read Wright’s book, there isn’t much new here, but Gibney skillfully weaves the stories and visuals, particularly an extended passage about Cruise, into an engrossing narrative.... By focusing on the powerful and damning stories of the church’s most destructive practices, including the forced “disconnection” of members from family and friends, Gibney has made a forceful and memorable case.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    Change of venue notwithstanding, CSI: Cyber falls squarely in line with its predecessors and is a perfectly adequate diversion in the way that crime procedurals can be.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    While it by no means reinvents the concept, it is an entertaining-enough diversion that has sufficient fresh--or freshly recycled--elements to differentiate it from its ubiquitous procedural brethren.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    The characters are fleshed out with multiple layers — at one point Aminata is granted something of a reprieve by a British benefactor, but he is by no means saintly — and moments of easy humor and romance are woven skillfully into the story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    Bosch, based on the best-selling Michael Connelly series of books, may not set the TV world on fire in terms of storytelling or innovation. It’s another cop show, after all, but it is a quality cop show.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Sarah Rodman
    Even if the tale is not particularly captivating, the actors, in particular Sarsgaard and Newton, enliven the quotidian details.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    While Allegiance covers some of the same ground as both FX’s excellent period drama “The Americans” and Showtime’s resurgent “Homeland,” Nolfi and crew do a good job, particularly within the constraints of a broadcast network, differentiating their show’s mission.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Sarah Rodman
    While neither overly salacious or reverent, Whitney--which focuses almost exclusively on her relationship with Brown--lacks dynamism in telling the tale of a very dynamic life, and falls short of illuminating anything about Houston that both diehard fans and casual observers of pop culture didn’t already know.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    Fox’s wildly uneven, but potentially addictive new nighttime soap, Empire, feels like an anachronism.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Sarah Rodman
    If it could be judged merely on the merits of its aspirations, The Red Tent would get two “you-go-girl!” snaps up. Unfortunately, how the miniseries turns those aspirations into drama leaves much to be desired over its four hours, stranding the viewer in a place as dry and desolate--and sometimes as confusing--as the desert inhabited by its characters.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Sarah Rodman
    The fly-on-the-wall nature of the film, directed by Sam Jones, should appeal not only to fans of Dylan and the artists involved, but also to anyone interested in the process of songwriting.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Sarah Rodman
    State of Affairs is simply an efficient, if warmed-over, drama that features a lot of scribbling, typing, hushed conversing, hand-wringing, ominous intoning, and watching of special ops footage by Heigl and other CIA analysts.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Sarah Rodman
    The series looks and feels appropriately ghoulish with a couple of good gotcha moments and excellently rendered scary creatures prowling the shadows, in between clunky expository passages.

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