Virginia Heffernan

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For 51 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 15.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Virginia Heffernan's Scores

Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Wire: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Notes from the Underbelly: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 51
  2. Negative: 16 out of 51
51 tv reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Virginia Heffernan
    This Salem's Lot is a significant improvement on the undistinguished 1979 mini-series starring David Soul, and it ought to please the many fans of Mr. King's 1975 novel.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Virginia Heffernan
    The series is an excellent reminder that what makes Mr. King’s visions so fascinating is not their uniqueness or their artistry, but exactly how much they’re like ordinary nightmares. Which are plenty scary. And good for him for writing them down.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Virginia Heffernan
    It may seem ludicrous to say that a movie running more than six hours is well edited, but The Staircase, by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, is. And not only is the editing prize-worthy, but the whole film is also so brilliantly conceived, reported, filmed and paced that you may come to wish it were twice as long.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Virginia Heffernan
    In fact, whether racism is a fact of life or the ne plus ultra of social transgression, how did television writers forget how little comic potential it offered in the first place?
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    If, while keeping its dialogue suggestive and surprising, Karen Sisco dramatizes the eccentricity, and the drinking problem, of its central character, rather than merely her sexiness or her skills, this show could thrive. But is Ms. Gugino up for it? With such a small cast -- only three characters are fixed at this point -- much will depend on Ms. Gugino's performance, on her drunken mistakes and on her cellular soliloquies.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    [An] enjoyable and not insincere reworking of the much-reworked legend by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Virginia Heffernan
    Tonight's two-hour season opener is tedious. The interiors -- an Antarctica set and the Atlantis set -- are heavy on Art Deco game-show décor, and the shadowless tableaus make even the live-action sequences look computer-generated.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Virginia Heffernan
    It's unlikely that Rescue Me, which continues to cast a serious spell, will turn into a womany show. When "we're Irish" fails to serve as a pretext for bad or capricious behavior on this show, the second-best explanation is still "we're men."
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Virginia Heffernan
    This show, so far, cannot match 'Dancing With the Stars'; it's dour, lead-footed, mean, downbeat. [22 Jul 2005]
    • The New York Times
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Virginia Heffernan
    A very likable and melancholy drama about high school basketball and patrimony.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Virginia Heffernan
    Somebody thought this would be exciting to watch? [2 Nov 2004]
    • The New York Times
    • 67 Metascore
    • 20 Virginia Heffernan
    If you're feeling charitable, too, you might wrench a laugh out of the final line of the pilot, one in which a woman in a grocery store mistakes Charlie and Alan for boyfriends. But it's testament to the show's thoroughgoing dreariness that an old gay-misunderstanding joke is the best line in it. Or maybe the moment is happy because the show's over.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    Another well-plotted show by Donald P. Bellisario.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 0 Virginia Heffernan
    Revolting.... Watch and you’ll lose your appetite for life.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Virginia Heffernan
    Let’s say it one more time: He’s charmless and unfunny.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    If "Laguna Beach" looked perpetually like late afternoon -- the mellow light of cocktail hour, the promise of a party -- "The Hills" looks like a workday.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    There’s plenty to laugh at here.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Virginia Heffernan
    An eclectic, speedy and fun-enough cartoon.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 10 Virginia Heffernan
    It’s a television series as a prolonged [car] commercial, and it absolutely crosses the line.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Virginia Heffernan
    The writing on "Love, Inc." is unsparkly and sometimes labored.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Virginia Heffernan
    Leverage winds up seeming merely anachronistic, wrapping up with a cute resolution each week, the swine in handcuffs, not torn from the private hockey rinks of their Aspen vacation homes.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Virginia Heffernan
    This first episode doesn’t offer enough payoff for those first scenes: far too much Hauser and running, and too little Boulet and talking. But the opening scenes give proof of intelligence, and the series might yet display that intelligence more effectively, and give Mr. Anderson room to play.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    The comedy is nifty, light and kind, even as it tries to be real, slitting open the stand-up themes of marital sex, masturbation and dope smoking until it's dirty enough to convince you that you're not being condescended to, but smart enough not to be grim. That's a huge feat.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Virginia Heffernan
    As a self-aware show, perhaps too self-aware, Nashville attends closely to the money-country nexus, mindful that it’s not your daddy’s, nor Robert Altman’s, "Nashville."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Virginia Heffernan
    [A] beautiful, intelligent, imperfect show.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    “Ugly Betty” is a sweet, funny show. It’s worth watching. And we’ll see.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Virginia Heffernan
    This peculiar series seals NBC’s new role as the skinflint’s HBO. The shows “30 Rock,” “Friday Night Lights” and now “Andy Barker, P.I.” are all so engrossing and so creatively untrammeled that it’s almost suspicious.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Virginia Heffernan
    Like Bravo's fashion winner "Project Runway," the channel's promising "Top Chef" flaunts terms of art and insiderism to give it authority.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Virginia Heffernan
    Pervasively disappointing.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 80 Virginia Heffernan
    “Big Day” is marvelously cast, and the actors, especially Wendie Malick, manage, like the cast of “24,” to convey a sense of urgency that almost belongs on the stage.

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