Wall Street Journal's Scores

For 925 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 The Underground Railroad: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 The Black Donnellys: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 677
  2. Negative: 0 out of 677
677 tv reviews
  1. The brothers Manning are funny. Their back-and-forth seems genuinely spontaneous, which means some gags die a gruesome death. ... No one on “Capital One College Bowl” is in a terrific hurry, except to hit the buzzer and answer questions. Each episode consumes an hour of network airtime.
  2. [Viewers] will get sucked into the story, which after three or four episodes may call out to the viewer the way a bag of free burgers and an empty motel room would to Sheila.
  3. It’s hard not to look at this army of exquisite creatures striding smartly around—looking all the more impressive against the stunning beach background—without suspecting they’re off to some black-tie celebration. They’re not, of course—the celebration is in the minds of viewers following this enchanting sight, this filmed gift in eight parts narrated by Patton Oswalt.
  4. Ms. Parkes is quite affecting and attractive and convinces us there is steel beneath the pampered exterior of the empress-to-be. ... Viewers might want to break out the XXL togas, because “Domina” does run a bit hot, and certainly fierce.
  5. The outright fantastical elements of “Lisey’s Story,” some being of the monster-in-the woods variety, feel at some point to be in conflict with the more palpable drama at hand. ... All the performances are first-rate. Mr. Owen is in rare form. ... Ms. Allen and Ms. Moore are extraordinary and, though she plays to type, Jennifer Jason Leigh is a treat as Darla, the third Debusher sister.
  6. In this highly engaging series, a riot of creatures great and small competing for the attention of the show’s star, who is, naturally enough, the group’s therapist. She’s a standard poodle (expertly voiced by Lisa Kudrow).
  7. Throughout the reunion, there are some very genuine-seeming failures by certain performers to remember aspects of the shows that their co-stars recall quite clearly, and the collective, wobbly journey down Mortality Lane comes across as spontaneous and authentic. For all its weepiness, the show is an emotionally satisfying reminiscence.
  8. Pearl is extremely likable, and rumpled, and so is the series—a low-key, six-episode foray into storylines that are as much about the town and the locals as they are about crime and punishment.
  9. It is artfully directed by Sue Tully, a veteran of U.K. series TV, who makes the Emma-Connie conflict central to the drama, but achieves a fluid use of flashbacks, all of which carry their own kinds of tension. ... Ms. Watson has a history of delivering startling performances, but she’s the more understated partner in the “Too Close” pas de deux. It’s Ms. Gough who insists on our attention.
  10. The story moves at the director’s pace, and much of this 10-part Amazon series is deliriously, cinematically beautiful despite the context. ... He conjures visual poetry where there should be none, with all the consequent exhilaration that artistic aspiration delivers.
  11. “Fall River” is telling a sad story and a fairly old one, in which the principals no longer have much to fear, or much at stake, with the exception of Drew, who is interviewed in a Massachusetts prison. ... All the same, the setting of eastern Massachusetts—with its history of damnation-spewing preachers, Salem witch trials, Melville’s haunted whalers and, yes, Lizzie Borden—provides something of a welcoming atmosphere for imaginary demons, and very real murder.
  12. The anecdotal aside (or digression) is a stratagem employed by plenty of documentaries, as well as political speeches. But here it provides warmth and a pulse to what might have in other hands been deadly dull historiography. “Pride” is very much alive, partly because it goes deep rather than wide in wrangling the unwieldy, unmanageable stories that make up an equally untidy movemen
  13. To say that “The Upshaws” is stuck in the ’70s doesn’t quite do it. The 1970s? Or the 1870s? ... The jokes are entrenched in racial stereotyping and clichés. “The Upshaws” was meant to be transgressive, one imagines. It’s harder to imagine who’ll be laughing.
  14. The cinema is as exhilarating as the journalism is exhaustive. Still, the style remains in service to the story. ... The opioid story in general isn’t new, but a lot of what Mr. Gibney offers is.
  15. Not every joke is a killer, but the pacing makes you pay attention and the dialogue is delivered with precision by everyone with a script. That there is an abundance of musical talent in the show gives the story an authenticity it might otherwise lack.
  16. Its somewhat uneven storytelling aside, “The Drowning” emerges as a potent thriller, largely thanks to a stellar cast.
  17. The various installments are all ambitiously expressionistic interpretations of the crimes recounted. ... “Generation Hustle” consistently delivers more, not less, than what we’ve been set up to expect.
  18. There’s a caustically funny show buried somewhere beneath “Rutherford Falls.” ... But by playing both sides of a very hot topic, “Rutherford Falls” fails to hum, roar or even sputter to any satisfying degree. You can feel the brakes being applied, and the consequent lurch. The one truly sympathetic character in the show is Nathan’s best friend and pariah-of-the-reservation Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding).
  19. It takes just a single glance at the opening scene—a member of the orca family pivoting about in the ocean—to feel you’ve been transported to paradise. ... Spectacular series. ... The show’s impact has, needless to say, everything to do with Brian Skerry’s impossibly intimate photography of these creatures.
  20. Sterling drama. ... A seven-part series whose powers derive as much from its enthralling focus on that town and its society as from the unsteady life and career of its heroine, known simply as Mare, a police detective born and raised there. Kate Winslet’s eloquent command of the role is obvious from the outset. ... It’s a testament to the writing (Brad Ingelsby wrote the script) that no moment in this saga ever feels even remotely unreal.
  21. There are subplots à go-go. ... The man she kills isn’t that Nazi. And the one she’s chasing may not exist. She seems awfully young to have been widowed in the ’40s. Maybe she never had a husband at all. Alternatively, everyone might be telling the truth, which is what makes “Spy City” as engrossing as it is.
  22. A more common cable-series problem—getting a viewer through the introductory episode and establishing the characters and their relationships—is a knottier one for “Snabba Cash,” because it’s more involved than most shows of its ilk. But it’s also more involving. Once the stakes are established and Leya is faced with her near-classical conundrum—her deal with the devil—the show becomes thoroughly engrossing.
  23. The cast is attractive and committed; the storyline has multiple avenues to pursue; Ms. Liang can carry the show. And the thrust of the pilot, at least (the only episode made available), is not Asians against the world, but good against evil. From what one can tell, the production itself makes a political statement, but the storyline won’t.
  24. [Tahar Rahim] brings a breathtaking subtlety to the part of Sobhraj. ... It takes time, admittedly, until the full details of the master plan Sobhraj followed sink in.
  25. There’s a power in this work that has nothing to do with its characters, a kind that makes itself felt wordlessly—namely, the unyielding grip of fear. .
  26. From what can be seen, “Made for Love” occupies a sweet spot of satire, social critique and surveillance-state-inspired horror while still being hilarious, because it doesn’t have to try. The humor is everywhere.
  27. The show is something of a grind, the tedium relieved by sometimes appalling gore and uncharming characters.
  28. While it isn’t explained at all, Ms. Holmes and Ms. Miller obviously aren’t motivated by their own profit, so their guidance is honest and realistic. And often very, very kind. What’s fun is how they [real-estate agent Nichole Holmes and wedding planner Sarah Miller] try to cut each other’s figurative throats with freebies and concessions.
  29. A lively work, buried in plot twists, improved by ferocious action sequences, and flat-out saved by Mr. Simm.
  30. Enthralling series. ... Mr. Brandon’s storyline is that rare thing, an absolute shocker, with a plausible sense of Belfast and its current political atmosphere. The filmmakers are blessed by having Mr. Nesbitt as their lead.

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