For 23 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Anita Gates' Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 80 Latino Americans: Season 1
Lowest review score: 30 Sex, Love & Secrets: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
23 tv reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Anita Gates
    When was the last time a series started off with nine complicated, well-developed characters, not including the colorful faculty? [29 Sept 1999, p.E8]
    • The New York Times
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Anita Gates
    Tony Shalhoub is not the only reason to watch Monk, a smart new detective series on USA, but the intriguing character he and the show's writers have created might have been enough.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Anita Gates
    The script, by Amanda Coe, has a dexterous sense of fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Anita Gates
    Latino Americans is the kind of polished, intelligent documentary series that PBS does so well.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Anita Gates
    Inspiring stories of brave men, women and children introduce us to Harry Washington, one of George Washington’s slaves, who ran away from Mount Vernon and joined the British Army; to the first sit-in (a refusal to worship from the “black pews”) at a Philadelphia church in 1786; and to Mound Bayou, Miss., an all-black town founded proudly by former slaves. But we’re left wishing there were time to learn more.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    Television now seems crowded with so many alien species with meaningful cultural characteristics that we hardly need any new ones, but "Farscape" has its pluses. [19 Mar 1999]
    • The New York Times
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    It does have a lively pace, a warm spirit, a contagious sense of fun, some very pretty 18th-century European settings and Peter O’Toole as the title character in his later years.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    Intriguing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Anita Gates
    It is very good at allowing viewers to feel superior.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Anita Gates
    The characters are intriguing in a lightweight way but could lose their appeal fast. Remember when Austin Powers was a brilliant comedy creation, the thawed-out 90's secret agent who still operated by 60's social standards? The joke just wasn't good enough to hold up three (and probably more) films, although that hasn't hurt the films at the box office. The clones, like Austin, may turn out to be a one-joke invention.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Anita Gates
    The series is slick and usually interesting, but until the final episode (covering the debate over withdrawal from Iraq), not completely compelling television.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Anita Gates
    The show has an admirable energy, but there's also an offensive smugness that it will have to do a lot to overcome.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Anita Gates
    Ms. Langton seems to be a good enough actress, but she doesn't have the lovable vulnerability that Ms. Bullock, at her post-"Speed" peak, brought to the movie role. And Ms. Langton doesn't exude the sexy spookiness of David Duchovny as Fox Mulder, the character who is clearly Angela's male counterpart. The show itself is inoffensive, if a little obvious, and could go either way.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Anita Gates
    This WB series, which has its premiere tonight, seems to want to be a dark dramatic version of "Sabrina the Teen-Age Witch Grows Up" or "Bewitched: The Single Years." Unfortunately, it just manages to make witchcraft look bland.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Anita Gates
    Surprisingly inoffensive.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Anita Gates
    It would be nice if Angela’s persona were truly distinctive, but, played by Ms. Spencer, she may turn out to be just another very pretty face.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Anita Gates
    Unfortunately, watching harried Americans run in and out of airports is not fascinating television, so "The Amazing Race" gets off to a less than gripping start. [5 Sep 2001]
    • The New York Times
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Anita Gates
    Both actresses are charming, and the first episode has some smart dialogue, but it's sabotaged by a glut of physical comedy, most of which doesn't work. [19 Sept 2002]
    • The New York Times
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Anita Gates
    "Mayday" is a run-of-the-mill television movie, but it does make its point: a lot of people in positions of authority these days are very bad guys.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Anita Gates
    The special effects on "Timecop" are below feature-film standards, but they're better than the Cockney accents.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Anita Gates
    Maybe Elaine, Ms. Louis-Dreyfus's character on Seinfeld, could have gotten away with some of this. But Elaine's outrageousness was in the context of a circle of equally callous, self-involved, slightly amoral friends.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Anita Gates
    [A] vapid soap.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Anita Gates
    Just one more comedy trying too hard.