David Wiegand

David Wiegand

Agrees with the Tomatometer 70% of the time.

Publications:
Hearst Newspapers , San Francisco Chronicle
Total Reviews:
400

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/4 100% Orphan Black: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " The second season takes a deeper dive into the trust and ethical issues at the heart of the show. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/4 98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " You should overlook the shortcomings and enjoy the series on its own otherwise considerable merits, chief among them, of course, Billy Bob Thornton. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 16, 2014
4/4 86% Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015) " The writing, by Weiner, direction by Scott Hornbacher and performances are, of course, top-notch. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 11, 2014
4/4 98% Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " Game of Thrones isn't afraid of change: It's the lifeblood of the series, and just one of the reasons we keep watching. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2.5/4 48% Turn: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Turn is a fairly standard spy story. That doesn't mean it's bad, just not up there with what we've come to see as the gold standard for AMC: Breaking Bad, Mad Men and The Walking Dead. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Apr 1, 2014
4/4 96% Silicon Valley: Season 1 " It's not only the best show about the culture-dominating tech world to date but one of best new shows of the season. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 31, 2014
2/4 10% Friends With Better Lives: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The show ... has potential if the characters can be given more dimension and the writing is vastly improved - as it is, the jokes are so hackneyed, you can almost speak the punch lines in unison with the cast. And isn't that fun? " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 28, 2014
4/4 100% The Good Wife: Season 5 (TV, 2013-2014) " There are Emmy-bait performances at every level, from Margulies to Baranski, Panjabi and guest star Parrish. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 28, 2014
4/4 100% Psych: Season 8 (TV, 2014) " Few shows display the level of unbridled, free-form silliness that Psych had. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 25, 2014
1/4 68% Surviving Jack: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The cast is likable, until they open their mouths to deliver the fourth-rate dialogue. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 24, 2014
2/4 66% Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Sporadically entertaining though it is, Doll & Em could have been even more interesting if Mortimer had played herself as down to earth and entirely free of the kind of craziness we expect from Hollywood stars. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 17, 2014
2.5/4 61% Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " If we remain on the edge of our seats as Crisis continues, the problems will diminish " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 17, 2014
2/4 38% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There's a big reveal at the end of the episode that pushes credibility out the window. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 12, 2014
2.5/4 78% From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 1 " Rodriguez turns [the] pattern upside down so frequently that, of course, we quickly anticipate the opposite ending for various characters. That's probably fine with Rodriguez because he knows he already has our attention. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 11, 2014
1/5 52% Resurrection: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Regardless of how much it approximates the premise of the better Euro-zombie shows, Resurrection could have worked with competent writing and direction. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 5, 2014
2.5/4 73% Sirens: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The pilot episode is solid, but the following two episodes are better. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 5, 2014
3/4 29% Those Who Kill: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The surprise-filled plot of A&E's Those Who Kill will put you on the edge of your seat, and Chloë Sevigny's performance will keep you there. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Mar 3, 2014
2/4 65% The Red Road: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The script is weak, the action is overheated and not credible, the performances are hit or miss, and what could have been as powerful as last year's Top of the Lake ends up being moderately entertaining. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 26, 2014
2.5/4 78% Vikings: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Mostly, Vikings is disappointing because so much of the component parts are good but are ill served by flabby direction and a gassy script. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 24, 2014
1/5 25% Mind Games: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " If a show doesn't begin to feel real but instead just screams, "TV writers thought this thing up," you can pretty much bank on its not being very good. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 24, 2014
4/4 97% The Americans: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " So far, they seem to know the key, as it is in any great TV drama, is character: Write great characters, keep them real and, most of all, believable and you are halfway home. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2/4 50% Happily Divorced : Season 1 (TV, 2011) " Happily Divorced probably needs someone who wasn't married to either of them to make the show sharper. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 18, 2014
2.5/4 36% Growing Up Fisher: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " At least Growing Up Fisher... [proves] that "funny" can also be "nice." " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 17, 2014
3/4 77% About a Boy: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The show is funny, warm and bloody irresistible because of the care taken with creating characters who are multidimensional, vulnerable and credible. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 17, 2014
3/4 80% The Soul Man: Season 1 (TV, 2012) " Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash star in a new, nicely assembled and almost old-fashioned sitcom. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 13, 2014
1/5 59% Star-Crossed: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " How dopey is it? A nightly "TMZ" report on Justin Bieber's latest demonstration of cultural irrelevance has more intellectual content, not to mention a better script and performances. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 12, 2014
83% Game of Thrones: Season 1 (TV, 2011) " What we have here is the successful pairing of an acclaimed collection of fantasy books with a television series that illuminates and expands what's on the page. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 7, 2014
4/4 100% Game of Thrones: Season 3 (TV, 2013) " As the third season of HBO's Game of Thrones begins ... we're more hard pressed than ever to identify absolute good guys and absolute bad guys. That's just one of the reasons why the series is so great. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Feb 7, 2014
4/4 —— Quality Balls " If you're too young to recall Steinberg doing stand-up - brilliantly - Showtime invites you to play catch-up." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 30, 2014
2/4 57% Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Too much effort is made foreshadowing what Ian Fleming would achieve with the James Bond books, and too little effort is expended making a consistently interesting story about it. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 29, 2014
3/4 —— Hot in Cleveland: Season 3 (TV, 2011-2012) " Sometimes the writing is very good. At other times, it comes off better than it really is because the dialogue is delivered by four accomplished actresses. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 29, 2014
3/4 —— Hot in Cleveland: Season 2 (TV, 2011) " Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and White have all been around the sitcom block and have fine-tuned not only their skillful line delivery, but their personae as well. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 29, 2014
3/4 85% Hawking (2013) " The lasting takeaway from the film is how much there is to this man." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 28, 2014
92% Herblock: The Black & the White (2013) " Overstuffed with talking heads, it is competently yet unimaginatively crafted, but manages to make its point." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 27, 2014
3/4 66% Rake: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Kinnear is great in the role because he doesn't look like a loser - quite the opposite- and that's important. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 22, 2014
2/4 58% Black Sails: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Yo-ho humdrum. Who knew pirating was about as adventurous as a business meeting? " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 22, 2014
3/4 89% Looking: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The show... is filmed entirely in the Bay Area, which is a big part of why the story rings so true. The other parts are the delicately detailed direction by Haigh and the pitch-perfect performances of the cast. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 17, 2014
4/4 97% Sherlock: Season 3 (TV, 2014) " You do not have to be a Holmes expert to go completely gaga over the new season. All you need is appreciation of perfection. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 15, 2014
4/4 87% True Detective : Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Each actor develops his character with incredible depth and detail. Watching them individually is mesmerizing - watching them act with and against each other is one great holy s- moment after another. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2.5/4 84% Helix: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There's nothing all that original about Helix, but it works well enough. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3/4 81% The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1 " If ABC's Betrayal were this funny, I might actually watch more often. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3/4 59% Chicago PD: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " But the key to the Wolf formula isn't "catch the bad guy in the first half hour, put him on trial the second." It's about characters, and both Chicago Fire and Chicago PD are filled with them. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 7, 2014
2/4 85% Enlisted: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " After the pilot, the next three episodes become a little desperate, to the point of straining character credibility in several cases. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 7, 2014
1/4 29% Killer Women: Season 1 " The performances are OK, and it would be nice to see Helfer in better material, but the scripts are not just cliche-ridden - they're moth-eaten. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 7, 2014
2/4 36% Intelligence: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " So far, we have strands of USA's Covert Affairs, Fox's Almost Human and CBS' Elementary - just so you can keep track. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 7, 2014
3/4 93% In The Flesh: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Overall, the emotional honesty of Kieran's character and his all too human craving for acceptance and happiness make In the Flesh oddly moving. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 3, 2014
3/4 69% Downton Abbey: Season 4 (TV, 2013) " Despite the pluses and minuses of the script, the cast generally delivers the goods. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 2, 2014
3/4 56% The Assets: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Rhys and Whittaker are terrific and the two big reasons to watch the series. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jan 1, 2014
3/4 43% 1600 Penn: Season 1 (TV, 2012-2013) " 1600 Penn may not be as sophisticated as the hysterical HBO series "Veep," but it's still pretty funny when all the cylinders are firing. " — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/4 100% Six By Sondheim " Lapine's direction is almost the star of Six by Sondheim. Not only has he used the six songs to illuminate the composer's life, he organizes years and years of interviews as if they are an ongoing conversation - which, in many ways, they are." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Dec 9, 2013
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