It is cheaply made, poorly acted and directed, and as a piece of filmmaking it is to be dismissed out of hand, but as The Guardian17/09/2012 put it "the really sinister thing is that all this ham-fistedness
and crassness is an important sense deliberate.
Brian Viner, The Independent's TV critic, said of the show: "for all its occasional ham-fistedness
, and some confusion over its identity as it lurched between comment and comedy, The Complainers might just be worth following.
Ah, but there was a point to all this: The network actually played off Caruso's ham-fistedness
, featuring fresh clips of the actor introducing each night of the new schedule with a hackneyed Caruso-ism retooled to describe the new lineup: (paraphrasing) "Cordon off CBS' Friday night, because -- (campy pause as he dons his sunglasses) it's a killer.
Where there had been ham-fistedness
, there was finally some guile and intelligence.
But when that strong leadership lasts long enough to give them a sense of security, how quickly they become critics of the crassness and ham-fistedness
of the clumsy American giant.
This time it was ham-fistedness
, not a cocked-up start, that dumped him on to the sidelines with his helmeted head buried in his arms.