Mark Dawidziak

Mark Dawidziak

Agrees with the Tomatometer 50% of the time.

Publications:
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Total Reviews:
98

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
52% Cristela: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " You like comedian Cristela Alonzo, so you want to like the comedy she created with Kevin Hench. The writing makes that impossible. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 15, 2014
88% Constantine: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " If less than enchanting, Constantine is an intriguing rookie drama that inspires no shortage of hope and doubt. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 15, 2014
84% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Davis wins a favorable verdict for the series, commanding our attention every moment she's on-screen. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 15, 2014
60% The McCarthys: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " A lot of shouting, but not a lot to shout about. It's a throwback series, so throw it back. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 15, 2014
66% A to Z: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The writing for A to Z gets an F. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 15, 2014
65% Gracepoint: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Fox executives promise that, after the setup, their story will be substantially different. You'll be in good company if you want to stick around to discover if they can deliver. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 15, 2014
18% Bad Judge: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Bad Judge has its outrageously funny moments, but the writing is as wildly erratic as the main character. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 15, 2014
20% Stalker: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Another twisted thriller that loves jumping out from dark corners and yelling boo. It's not bold. It just gets old. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 15, 2014
85% black-ish: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The material is being put over beautifully by the winning cast. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 15, 2014
59% Red Band Society: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It feels like Glee meets Grey's Anatomy (by way of The Breakfast Club), but the surprising thing is that, despite the obvious influences, it works. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 15, 2014
23% The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It doesn't take Columbo to figure out why NBC courted Emmy winner Debra Messing for this lighthearted mystery. She's an immensely likable veteran player comfortable on the comedy and drama sides of the prime-time street. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 15, 2014
56% Forever: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's an hour that goes by pleasantly if not memorably. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 15, 2014
64% NCIS: New Orleans: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Think of it as NCIS with better food and music. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 15, 2014
79% Marry Me: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Wilson and Marino get it right, even if the writers don't. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 15, 2014
29% Manhattan Love Story: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Once you get past the standard stuff, there are some heartwarming moments served up by Analeigh Tipton, Jake McDorman and their co-stars. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 15, 2014
96% The Flash: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It works, mostly because the producers fully and joyfully embrace the comic-book conventions rather than battle against them. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 15, 2014
56% Selfie: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Here it is. Take a picture. Then delete the picture, because this probably is the worst new comedy of the fall. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 15, 2014
18% State of Affairs: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " They got the wonderful Alfre Woodard to play the president, then surrounded her Oval Office with something awful. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 8, 2014
100% Jane the Virgin: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Underneath all the highly stylized material, there are real characters you really care about. Jane the Virgin is equal parts heart and humor, and that's quite a balancing act to pull off. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 8, 2014
38% Scorpion: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Although it's inspired by a true story, the nerdy characters don't ring true. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 8, 2014
90% Gotham: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Gotham is an immediately intriguing crime drama that sets out to be both a Batman origin story and a stylish noir mystery. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 8, 2014
15% Mulaney: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The writing is less than ideal in this stilted, uneven series that's Seinfeld-like in design, not results. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 5, 2014
67% Madam Secretary: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The main plots, at least so far, are derivative, but the performers commit and push this one through. They'll give it a chance to improve. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Sep 5, 2014
56% Legends: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The lurching plot turns are preposterous. The supporting characters are thinly drawn. The structure is terribly disjointed. And the dialogue ranges from ham-fisted to stilted. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Aug 7, 2014
58% Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) " Sharknado 2: The Second One is bad, and that's good. Well, it's meant to be bad, in a good sort of way. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Jul 31, 2014
88% Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 (TV, 2011) " Its depiction of the 1920s is undeniably stunning in detail, and, when near the top of its game, Boardwalk is intoxicating stuff. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Jul 15, 2014
93% Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " The best thing Winter and his team have done throughout the first-season run of Boardwalk Empire is sagely match the ideal actors with intriguing characters. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Jul 15, 2014
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Despite its frank treatment of sexual topics, Masters of Sex has an undeniably gentle, beguiling quality. It's part period drama, part soap opera, part societal commentary. The first two parts of that equation make the third part palatable. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Jul 11, 2014
80% Ray Donovan: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " Gritty, moody, raw, Ray Donovan is a two-fisted drama packed with sensational players handed marvelously crafted roles. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Jul 11, 2014
87% The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " While The Strain is pretty much a cauldron churning with familiar ingredients, the dark brew bubbling inside is served up with a great deal of panache. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Jul 10, 2014
83% Extant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Extant is a hodgepodge that serves up some creepy moments but gets bogged down by the inelegance of its copycat nature. It rumbles when it should roar. It stumbles when it should soar. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Jul 3, 2014
70% The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The Leftovers is every bit as slow as it is somber. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Jun 27, 2014
96% Justified: Season 3 (TV, 2012) " Even with all the changes, Justified remains the same potent mix of understated humor and fascinating point-counterpoint intrigue. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Jun 24, 2014
60% Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " There is little consistency of tone here, and the efforts to depict a realistic Middle Eastern political struggle are undermined by campy and melodramatic moments. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Jun 20, 2014
46% True Blood: Season 7 (TV, 2014) " The potential definitely is there for a bloody good finale. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Jun 19, 2014
38% Dominion: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Despite being billed by Syfy as an action-packed drama, it's surprisingly lackluster. Drearily paced, the plodding post-apocalyptic series is as familiar as it is pedestrian. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Jun 16, 2014
73% Murder in the First: Season 1 " Murder in the First is an immediately engaging crime drama boasting a deep cast and crisp direction. It's the ideal newcomer to team with Major Crimes. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Jun 9, 2014
100% Lost: Season 4 (TV, 2008) " This is a world of wonder for those who loved booking trips to The Twilight Zone, spending time in Twin Peaks and looking into cases from The X-Files. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Jun 5, 2014
78% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The performances are exceptional. The dialogue is ham-fisted and stilted. The dark, grim tone is intriguing. The pace is choppy. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted May 29, 2014
94% The Normal Heart (2014) " It is a movie packed with sublime performances and searingly memorable moments. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted May 22, 2014
78% Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Moody, mystical and wonderfully twisted, the eight-episode Penny Dreadful is as visually imaginative as it is playful. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted May 9, 2014
84% 24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014) " It was worth the wait, and the wait was good all around. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted May 5, 2014
92% Louie: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " No other half-hour show is as consistently brilliant (or as painfully funny) as Louie. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted May 5, 2014
54% Salem: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Outrageous? Yes, Salem often is outrageous, over the top and way out there. And that rollicking approach is not without its charms. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Apr 19, 2014
86% Mad Men: Season 7 (TV, 2014-2015) " The characters got the wake-up calls last season. The writers need one this season. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Apr 14, 2014
96% Game of Thrones: Season 4 (TV, 2014) " Game of Thrones is the grandest pageant on TV -- an epic tale spread across a canvas unmatched in design or scope by any other drama. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Apr 4, 2014
72% The 100: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " It's another faulty futuristic fantasy drama patched together with used parts and overused designs. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Mar 17, 2014
61% Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " If you're looking for a series that's a heady mix of action movie, political thriller, teen soap opera and network crime drama, you'll want to get on the bus. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Mar 17, 2014
36% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This is a little bit Carrie, a little bit The Dead Zone, a lot Firestarter, a little bit ... OK, you get the idea. Quick, call King. Somebody has stolen his paranormal playbook. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Mar 11, 2014
86% Bates Motel: Season 2 (TV, 2014) " A&E's Bates Motel has managed to cut its way into discussions of the very best the crowded horror genre has to offer. " ‐ Cleveland Plain Dealer
Posted Mar 3, 2014
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