For 103 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Adam Buckman's Scores

Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 24: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Heroes: Season 3
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 103
  2. Negative: 25 out of 103
103 tv reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Adam Buckman
    OK - so plausibility is not this show's strong suit. It never has been. This show is about suspense, action and violence. And, as a look at the show's first four hours reveals, all three have been taken up several notches in the series' sixth season.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Adam Buckman
    After watching the 10-hour Band of Brothers, I'm so drained by the intensity of what I have just beheld that I'm ready to declare this World War II miniseries the finest piece of work ever produced for television. [7 Sept 2001, p.117]
    • New York Post
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Adam Buckman
    The [first two episodes] are filled with mystery, suspense, action and the lush greenery of Hawaii, where the show is filmed. Be there. Aloha.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Adam Buckman
    For better or worse, The Shield set the standard for what is now permissible on basic cable. It's one of those shows I can't imagine living without.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Adam Buckman
    Its scripts - always among the finest on TV - are even stronger this time around.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Adam Buckman
    If you check out Mad Men tonight, I guarantee you'll be back next week.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 100 Adam Buckman
    A wall-to-wall weepfest.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Adam Buckman
    Some of the best performances seen anywhere on TV. They're all so incredible that it seems unfair to single out some and not others, but if you watch Friday Night Lights, pay close attention to Chandler, Britton and Gilford; Taylor Kitsch as beer-swilling lothario Tim Riggins; Scott Porter as the wheelchair-bound former quarterback; Brad Leland as team booster Buddy Garrity (especially him); and Jesse Plemons and Adrianne Palicki as Landry and Tyra, the school's most unlikely couple (especially them too)...Everyone on Friday Night Lights deserves an Emmy. And true to form for this great unsung show, none of them were even nominated. [5 Oct 2007, p.133]
    • New York Post
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Adam Buckman
    This new 10-episode season boasts the same high quality of production that this series has always exhibited.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Adam Buckman
    I tend to watch "Curb Your Enthusiasm" with open-mouthed amazement... The show is a drop-dead accurate, edge-of-your-seat depiction of the minefield through which we all tread everyday in our interactions with spouses, friends, business associates and that most dreaded of all groups, total strangers. [13 Sep 2002]
    • New York Post
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Adam Buckman
    No pair of actors on any other show, new or old, on any network is as pleasurable to behold as these two. [1 Oct 2004]
    • New York Post
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Adam Buckman
    Both "The Closer" and Saving Grace are at the top of their games in tonight's premiere episodes.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Adam Buckman
    This is the funniest TV show I've ever seen. It might also be the best comedy series ever made, period. [2 Jan 2004]
    • New York Post
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Adam Buckman
    One of the finest TV shows ever made.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Adam Buckman
    I am happy to report that this series remains a 100-percent authentic, white-knuckled hair-raiser. [24 Oct 2002]
    • New York Post
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Adam Buckman
    WHO knew Craig T. Nelson had so much charisma? [7 Oct 2000, p.55]
    • New York Post
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Adam Buckman
    It's really a great movie, like a modern-day version of an old Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney picture in which the kids put on a show that improves the lives of all who see it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Adam Buckman
    That rare TV show that comes to the air fully formed, as if everyone involved has been working together forever, instead of just a few weeks.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Adam Buckman
    "Dexter" is a proficiently produced crime drama. Its best feature is its star, Michael C. Hall, who applies just the right touch to playing the nice, polite serial killer who lives next door.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Adam Buckman
    "Huff" is one of the best dramas on TV and easily the best one airing currently on pay cable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Adam Buckman
    Titled Carrier, this series from Mel Gibson's Icon Productions might be the most candid look at everyday life on board a U.S. warship in wartime that has ever been filmed.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Adam Buckman
    It is no small feat to pull off the trick of interweaving so many characters and storylines, but the producers of "Six Degrees"... have accomplished it with admirable smoothness for a series that is just getting under way.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 88 Adam Buckman
    Kretschmann... delivers one of the finest performances seen on TV this year.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Adam Buckman
    You should be there on Sunday night to see the premiere of something new and hilarious, and completely different.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Adam Buckman
    Where most of the new shows I've been forced to sit through lately do just about everything wrong, Gilmore Girls gets most of the fundamentals right, especially the acting and writing. [5 Oct 2000, p.95]
    • New York Post
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Adam Buckman
    While this Sunday's premiere gets the season started a bit slowly, Episode Two is the rarest kind of TV show there is - one that you hope will never end.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Adam Buckman
    Bobulova is delightful to watch, playing the younger Coco as winsome, stubborn, independent and gifted. MacLaine, seen always with a cigarette between two fingers, has less screen time, but she commands every minute in which she appears.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Adam Buckman
    If they can maintain that level of intelligence, then John Doe stands a chance of becoming the kind of special series - like "The Fugitive" and "The Prisoner" - that people will talk about for years to come.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    High School Confidential is an illuminating documentary series more in the tradition of director Michael Apted's series of films, starting with "Seven Up!," that have been tracing the lives of its subjects since 1964.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    Though the miniseries represents a compressed and not entirely accurate history, it is moving enough to remind us of the sacrifices made by Adams and a great many other people to form a republic against almost impossible odds.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    When I was watching the first three episodes of "Heroes" provided by NBC, I couldn't wait for Hiro's scenes, which is not to say you should dismiss the rest of the characters on "Heroes."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    While Carell is sometimes guilty of overselling his character's eccentricities, his exuberance is offset by a laidback cast - including John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and Rainn Wilson (of "Six Feet Under") - whose deadpan reactions to their boss make for some of this show's best moments. [24 Mar 2005, p.130]
    • New York Post
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    To my amazement, I liked "Nikki." [8 Oct 2000, p.107]
    • New York Post
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    While its white-collar urban setting would seem to distinguish it from other reality competitions, it has some characteristics in common with them, including: a group habitat that looks just like others seen on MTV's "Real World" and other shows; and contestants who are all jerks. [8 Jan 2004]
    • New York Post
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    Project Runway is a lot like "The Flintstones"--with both shows, you're guaranteed a gay old time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    It is quite simply one of the most fascinating TV shows I have ever watched - warts and all.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    Watching Latifah's performance is the single greatest pleasure of watching this 90-minute movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    The show has loads of energy and charm, which is a necessity for a series whose storylines are not only implausible but, at times, not even remotely believable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    Tracking the many ways in which reality converges with fiction is one of the principal pleasures of Entourage, which otherwise explores some pretty well-worn territory in its new season.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    This is a series with potential.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    God only knows where they're going with this. The producers have made Joan's father the police chief of the small city of Arcadia, but I'm praying that CBS won't turn the Almighty into some sort of cosmic crime fighter...Whatever happens, I'm inclined to give Joan of Arcadia the benefit of the doubt. [26 Sept 2003, p.122]
    • New York Post
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    Wilkinson steals the entire movie with his portrayal of Baker, playing him as a brilliant, wily political strategist.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    And if there's one thing I love in a movie, it's a sadistic sheriff. I also love wild dogs, feral cats and hungry vultures, and this movie has them all.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    "Battlestar" is many cuts above the usual outer-space shoot-'em-up.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    Women -- especially young mothers juggling responsibilities at home and the office — will find much with which to identify in the story of Annabeth.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    Yes, amigos, Luis is often laugh-out-loud funny - a clich that Fox has my permission to use in its advertising for this show.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    Of course, it's a ridiculous, far-fetched sce nario, but it works be cause the producers of Reaper never take their subject too seriously.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    The audition segments are mostly hilarious.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    Rusty - as played by newcomer Jacob Zachar - is one of the most likable characters to come along on any TV show in a very long time.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    An otherwise promising CBS comedy series.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Adam Buckman
    Good premise, good start.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Adam Buckman
    Some of the 28-year-olds on "Conviction" appeal to me. Others do not.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Adam Buckman
    Great, great, great drummer, but a dull, dull, dull show.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Adam Buckman
    As in other TV serials of this type, the plot thickens long before it ever starts to thin.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Adam Buckman
    Sheen is so entertaining to watch that the series at least earns a 2 1/2-star rating. It also earns one on the basis of its name, which invites the irresistible parallel.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Adam Buckman
    As appealing as Applegate is, the show itself struggles to produce laughs.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Adam Buckman
    The show seems more oriented to female viewers than ever. [24 Sep 2006]
    • New York Post
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Adam Buckman
    With its loosey-goosey improvisations, Factory plays like a work-in-progress instead of one that was actually finished and really ready for prime time.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Adam Buckman
    Nothing surprised me enough, while watching 90210, to blurt out, "Oh my God!" but hey, I'm not as easily surprised as a 15-year-old from Kansas.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Adam Buckman
    It doesn’t feel like a comedy - because it’s not funny. [3 June 2005, p.3]
    • New York Post
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Adam Buckman
    It's not a bad scenario for a serialized drama, but be forewarned: The apocalyptic story unfolding on "Jericho" is, by nature, exceedingly gloomy, reviving memories of the Cold War and also serving as a reminder of the tense times in which we live now.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Adam Buckman
    Some of it is quite funny and so are the situations in which these four characters find themselves.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Adam Buckman
    The biggest question you'll be left with after tonight's premiere is a big, fat "why?"
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Adam Buckman
    In tonight's premiere of "Bones," for example, super-sleuth Temperance concludes from the young victim's bones that she was probably a tennis player -- a nifty conclusion, but one that has no bearing on the case. It's a factoid that leads nowhere, which is kind of where "Bones" goes in its premiere episode.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Adam Buckman
    A mushy, messy, medical melodrama that's pretty much identical to a dozen other doctor dramas you've seen many times before.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Adam Buckman
    If the makers of The Guardian can get their minds out of the men's room, this series has potential. [25 Sept 2001, p.83]
    • New York Post
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Adam Buckman
    There's a nice idea in there somewhere. Now, if CBS and the show's producers can get together on changing most of it, they might have something.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Adam Buckman
    Portions of "Free Ride" show promise, due mainly to the show's star -- Dean -- whose character remains grounded and sane, against all odds.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 50 Adam Buckman
    In the first two episodes provided for preview, the formula gets the plot across with minimal confusion, although you wonder at times if all the time-shifting and multiple storytelling is really necessary...Well, maybe. Because if this show gave it to you straight, it would run the risk of becoming just another violent L.A. cop show.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Adam Buckman
    The new "NY" shares with its "CSI" antecedents a predilection for dim laboratories and grim facial expressions. [22 Sep 2004]
    • New York Post
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Adam Buckman
    This guy has a great personality. Building a likable sitcom around him ought to be a no-brainer. So why haven't they done it?
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Adam Buckman
    The Rev is a lot like the rest of us. He matured and became dull.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Adam Buckman
    Too many serial killers threaten to overwhelm The Mentalist, whose charismatic lead character can stand on his own, if the show's producers would only realize that murders committed singly can be just as interesting as serial murders, and just as difficult to solve, too
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Adam Buckman
    "My Boys" is no improv comedy, but it also relies on unnecessary narration.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 50 Adam Buckman
    I used to like Arrested Development, and now I don't...So shoot me.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Adam Buckman
    The Wire looks and feels like an ordinary show from some other network that snuck on to the air while the HBO execs' backs were turned. [31 May 2002, p.122]
    • New York Post
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Adam Buckman
    It is overlong, contrived and utterly out of place on UPN. It plays like something left over that the network needs to discard before going out of business.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Adam Buckman
    Not that it's not a nice show, but it is precisely the kind of production for which the word "corny" was probably coined.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Adam Buckman
    The executive producers of this series are David Mamet and Shawn Ryan, but it has none of the panache of Mamet's plays and movies such as "Glengarry Glen Ross" or "The Spanish Prisoner," and none of the blunt force of Ryan's best-known work, "The Shield" on FX.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Adam Buckman
    This show is so cliched that it actually contains one of those scenes in which a camera makes a slow, 360-degree circle around Jaime as she gazes skyward.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 Adam Buckman
    The end result of all that effort, however, is a miniseries that's as dull and throbbing as a severe headache.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Adam Buckman
    In the CW's world, happiness is rubbing elbows with the rich and fabulous, and drawing the attention of various rich boys, while a soundtrack of chick-friendly pop tunes plays constantly in the background. If this sounds like happiness to you, then by all means feel free to join this "Privileged" class. You have nothing to waste but your time.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 38 Adam Buckman
    Like this movie, most of the passengers in "Mayday" are dead on arrival.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Adam Buckman
    The only fear engendered by this series is the fear that the NBC programming department has been possessed by Satan.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Adam Buckman
    In some way or another, this show is trying to be "Everwood," "Dawson's Creek," "Eight Mile" and "Hoosiers" all rolled into one. It would be a whole lot more accessible if it would just try to be One Tree Hill, whatever that is. [23 Sept 2003, p.79]
    • New York Post
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Adam Buckman
    The improvisations are sometimes so forced that I swear you can actually see the actors thinking about what to say next.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Adam Buckman
    Back to You is no brains.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Adam Buckman
    You've heard of artificial intelligence? How about no intelligence, which is the sum total of what went into transforming a 1980s TV show nobody cares about into a new, updated version nobody will watch.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Adam Buckman
    It became clear to me that Cavemen is extinct on arrival.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Adam Buckman
    I doubt I will ever watch a single episode of "Courting Alex" beyond this first one.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Adam Buckman
    As a talk-show host... he's a rank amateur who exhibits no discernible skills.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Adam Buckman
    Hr stupidity's a put-on (for her sake, I hope so), as is this entire show, whose concept is so convoluted that Fox had to devise a clumsy new term--"a comedy/reality hybrid"--to describe it.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Adam Buckman
    None of the characters in "Watching Ellie" are particularly likable, especially Ellie herself. [15 Apr 2003]
    • New York Post
    • 38 Metascore
    • 0 Adam Buckman
    This show is so atrocious it should earn everyone involved in it a lifetime ban from the TV industry. [8 Oct 2000, p.107]
    • New York Post
    • 56 Metascore
    • 0 Adam Buckman
    This show, which was once so thrilling and fun, has become full of itself, its characters spouting crazy nonsense.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 0 Adam Buckman
    About as appetizing as fried roadkill. [5 Feb 2005]
    • New York Post
    • 67 Metascore
    • 0 Adam Buckman
    About as charming as a headache and just as dull. [29 Sept 2000, p.113]
    • New York Post
    • 55 Metascore
    • 0 Adam Buckman
    That's basically the plot, folks, and just in case you were wondering, you don't have to laugh. This show too comes with torrents of hysterical laughter already provided. [6 Oct 2000, p.117]
    • New York Post
    • 25 Metascore
    • 0 Adam Buckman
    The characters are all so nutty it's like being trapped in a roomful of Kramers for a half-hour. [6 Oct 2000, p.117]
    • New York Post
    • 76 Metascore
    • 0 Adam Buckman
    For me, the problem really is casting. Next time one of these shows gets developed, I hope producers will resist the temptation to cast one of these skinny little pouty actresses in these commando-type roles.

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