For 75 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ann Hodges' Scores

Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Woops!: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 75
  2. Negative: 8 out of 75
75 tv reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hodges
    Forget the sags and disappointments of last year. For season three, creator and producer David Chase gets it right again. [3 Mar 2001]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hodges
    Homicide is a cop show of a different kind, a rare TV combination of writing to die for, brought to life from the pages of a bestseller, by a knockout ensemble cast, and the production smarts of one of Hollywood's hottest Oscar-winning filmmakers. [31 Jan 1993, p.3]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hodges
    Subtle, sophisticated, witty, cutting and right on target. [14 Aug 1992]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hodges
    The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles is so good I'm almost afraid to say how good it is. I've learned from sad experience that TV's good things are quite regularly the first to go. [1 Mar 1992, p.3]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hodges
    I think Curb Your Enthusiasm is funnier, smarter and classier than Seinfeld. [13 Sep 2002]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hodges
    This season's best series. ... It's extremely well-written, and the operating scenes are so realistic that you may cover your eyes. It's life-and-death drama but leavened with a little dark humor. And it works. [17 Sep 1994]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hodges
    Daniel Benzali is terrific as Theodore Hoffman, the big L.A. defense lawyer, and he's backed by a fine ensemble, including the young hungries of his firm...If you want to see TV series drama as good as it gets this year, this is it. [19 Sept 1995, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Ann Hodges
    The cast here is a standout, down to the smallest parts. ... And this production is super-slick, from camera work to moody musical score. The script is sharply cutting edge. The step is relentlessly slow, with violence as the pace-breaker. [27 Oct 1996]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Ann Hodges
    Nip/Tuck is what the doctor ordered to put a little wicked dramedy in a silly sitcom-ed out TV season. [20 July 2003, p.3]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Ann Hodges
    The responsibility for Gideon's Crossing rests with Braugher's appeal, and he's up to it. The rest is up to the scripts, to make Ben more human and the stories less dark and down. [10 Oct 2000, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Ann Hodges
    A show for grown-ups, with a witty script, a charismatic cast and the good sense to leave the messages on the cutting-room floor. [21 Sep 1998]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Ann Hodges
    Born-again Murder One has what makes a hit: terrific script, slick production, great casting and a charismatic star. [10 Oct 1996, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Ann Hodges
    But before your eyes glaze over, the good news is, it still works. And this slick, big-budgeted, action-packed pilot gives it the high-profile send-off to bring even skeptics around. [6 Oct 2000, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Ann Hodges
    Gilmore Girls has got something - maybe just what it takes to grow on you. [5 Oct 2000, p.4]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Ann Hodges
    With a little TLC, the clone could turn out to be better than the original. [23 Sep 2002]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hodges
    Freaks and Geeks shows promise of touching the same common chord that The Wonder Years played so well for the classes of the '60s. [25 Sept 1999, p.7]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hodges
    What makes Sports Night such a standout is Aaron Sorkin's crisp and clever script. It's crammed with characters who seem full-fleshed and real after just one encounter. And, trust me, you do NOT have to be sports fan to get it. [22 Sept 1998, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hodges
    This ensemble cast is top-drawer, the pace is lightning-fast, the dialogue crackles, and the halls of the West Wing hustle and bustle. With all that energy, this is not a show to watch with one eye on something else. Attention must be paid. [22 Sept 1999, p.H1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Ann Hodges
    The dialogue is smart, and the comedy is edgy, and from the six already previewed out of this 13-episode run, the characters may drive you crazy with their constant navel-gazing, but they do grow on you. [3 June 2001, p.2]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Ann Hodges
    The Huntress has a lot going for it. O'Toole is smashing, the script is a nice mix of comedy and action, and these quirky but well-drawn characters actually have heart. [26 Jul 2000]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Ann Hodges
    There are more than a few good laughs in tonight's episode, and next week's is even better. [17 Sep 1991]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Ann Hodges
    I'm betting on Bette to get better as everybody settles down and lets the show settle in. [11 Oct 2000, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Ann Hodges
    It's mildly amusing for openers, but if chasing women becomes the weekly theme, Madigan Men could become a bore. [6 Oct 2000, p.10]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Ann Hodges
    It's the old Northern Exposure trick again. Quirks and eccentrics abound, but they could grow on you. It's nicely done, with an air of sweet innocence by David Letterman's production company, with former Late Show producers Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman at the helm. [7 Oct 2000]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Ann Hodges
    The best comedy ensemble to come along in a while. [21 Mar 1995]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Ann Hodges
    The District's success rests strictly on the shoulders of Nelson's Mannion, and in this opener, he comes on like gangbusters. But will bigger-than-life bluster and arrogance wear well? We'll see. [7 Oct 2000]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Ann Hodges
    You don't have to have seen "Soul Food," the movie, to get right into it. [28 Jun 2000]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Ann Hodges
    A winner. [20 Sep 1991]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Ann Hodges
    If the next 23 hours are half as spellbinding as tonight's - and, of course, providing that the TV audience is ready to find a terrorist attack entertaining - 24 could still be the hit of the season. [6 Nov 2001]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Ann Hodges
    The writing is sharp, and the show is surprisingly sweet and innocent. This is one teen show that could appeal even to "The X-Files" fans, thanks, no doubt, to the interesting credits that Roswell's executive producers bring to this unique and promising mix - David Nutter of "The X-Files," Jason Katims of "My So-Called Life" and Jonathan Frakes, star of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." [6 Oct 1999, p.H1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hodges
    It works. It's different. It's fun, offbeat and charming. [31 May 1990, p.5]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hodges
    Felicity is a stylishly produced, appealing show, with a likeable ensemble of players. Even though the romantic triangle is and will remain the centerpiece, the best thing about the show is that in the college setting there's plenty of new territory to explore the experience of coming of age. [29 Sept 1998, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hodges
    It's a taut, action-filled opener, and Garner's charisma and agility in this demanding role give it a special glow. If America's in the mood at all for spies and terrorists, this show's the semi-Superwoman version. [29 Sept 2001, p.9]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Ann Hodges
    And we learn more about the lives of Stabler and Benson than Wolf usually reveals in a whole season with his L&O detectives. [20 Sept 1999, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hodges
    It's seldom been done on television any better - in terms of production or acting. The script is intelligent, Potts is terrific, and her students (Vicellous Reon Shannon and Tamala Jones, in particular) are good, too...As a weekly series at 7 p.m., though, Dangerous Minds needs to lighten up a little. It's a bit dark and down. [30 Sept 1996, p.6]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hodges
    This gangster saga works best when its hero is in peril. The whackings and the miserably boring lives of thugs - who appear to do nothing but hang around a dumpy pool room bar when they aren't killing each other - are old stuff by now. The double life with the Pistone family adds a different diversion, and there are occasional attempts at humor. [4 Apr 2000]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hodges
    JAG's a long, long way from just another courtroom scene. [23 Sep 1995]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hodges
    Despite its "dj vu" premise, That's Life goes into this TV life with a fair number of promising moments. What's not to like, if the scripts can manage to come up to this solid cast, and Kent's considerable charisma? [29 Sept 2000, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hodges
    The humor is meaner and the laughs less free and easy. [22 Jun 1994]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hodges
    A surprisingly sweet, frequently funny show. [28 Jan 1997]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hodges
    May leave you exhausted. [17 Sep 1994]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hodges
    It's fantasy, but it's fun. [6 Oct 1998, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hodges
    Tremors: The Series may surprise you. It's silly, but some of these scares do make you jump. And when the smart shines through, it's fun. [23 Mar 2003, p.03]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hodges
    Smallville's charismatic star, Tom Welling, has the right stuff to be an overnight teen idol, even without flying around in a Superman suit. [16 Oct 2001, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hodges
    There's enough humor in this escape route entertainment to bring you back for more. [11 Aug 1996, p.1996]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hodges
    Too bad this show doesn't run outtakes. Wouldn't you love to hear what the victims of Ali's ambushes had to say about him? [20 Feb 2003, p.4]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Ann Hodges
    Fast and funny. [25 Mar 1999]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 35 Metascore
    • 67 Ann Hodges
    The emphasis in this series opener is on action. What's missing is the more gentle humor and fantasy that marked the miniseries as a family treat. [26 Nov 2002]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Ann Hodges
    The Guardian is manipulative, sad and a little strange. But it does put a new face on the old lawyer series, and as its new star, Baker could live up to his advance billing as a breakout. [25 Sept 2001, p.6]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Ann Hodges
    Ritter has a well-honed sense of comedic timing, and some of the lines are clever, for a change. This one could grow on you. [15 Sep 2002]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Ann Hodges
    Watching Ellie is better than bad, but it could be - no, should be - a lot more fun than it is. [26 Feb 2002]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Ann Hodges
    Just cool the frantic efforts to be funny. Go for real family fun instead. [13 Sep 1996]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hodges
    Popular is the show to separate the teens from the grown-ups. [29 Sept 1999, p.H-1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Ann Hodges
    This is hardly a plot to test Hercule Poirot's little gray cells. It is a fairly typical movie-of-the-week type action-lawyer show, and Reggie's a nice change as the strong-woman-hero character. 16 Sept 1995]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Ann Hodges
    So far, the plot's in place, but Dead Zone's good old gotcha is minimal. And in anything claiming to trace its roots to Stephen King, minimal chill factor could be risky - maybe even the kiss of death. [15 June 2002, p.9]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hodges
    They've already shot 13 episodes in New York City (long before Sept. 11), and the title's name recognition could draw a crowd...Without better scripts and acting to back it up, though, this Law & Order spin-off could wind up eating some of those first 13. [29 Sept 2001, p.9]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hodges
    That '70s Show does have its amusing moments -- without marijuana. And it does have nostalgia on its side. [23 Aug 1998, p.3]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hodges
    Fantasy and cute shtick are on overkill here; Scrubs would be better without those elements. [2 Oct 2001, p.8]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hodges
    For now, we have a prologue to set the scene and a large cast to get to know, amid unspectacular special effects, a few punch-and-shoots, and no alien beings at all. [20 Sept 2002, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 Ann Hodges
    That stupid daddy thing has got to go before it ruins a good college try. [25 Sept 2001, p.6]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Ann Hodges
    From the creator of "L.A.Law," Picket Fences has all the oddball characters and eccentric behavior that made "L.A. Law" the hit it has been. But in this setting, they ring a false note that's more grating than ingratiating. [18 Sept 1992, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Ann Hodges
    Aside from Kurtz, everything else in this makeover is about the same. That's not good.[9 Sept 1996, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 Ann Hodges
    Don't waste time trying to follow it. This convoluted camcorder e-mess is already freaked out to reboot mode behind the scenes, and the grade drops accordingly. [6 Oct 2000, p.10]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 Ann Hodges
    Once is quite enough to send C.S.I. back to the lab. [6 Oct 2000, p.10]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hodges
    In this disappointing opener, though, the pace is more frantic than fun, and the plot about the token gay is neither clever nor funny...The one cinch about Spin City is that Fox wants a hit just as much as ABC wants one. They'll just have to try harder; you can bet they will. [17 Sept 1996, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hodges
    It's somehow not as funny or as clever as it's meant to be. It tries very hard to be sophisticated, provocative and kinky. But underneath the big city smugg-and-smirk of these junior would-be movers and shakers are some very lonely people. [6 June 1998, p.11]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Ann Hodges
    Friends is the new "Seinfeld" wannabe, but it will never be as funny as "Seinfeld." Even as "Seinfeld" is now, which isn't as funny as it used to be.[22 Sept 1994, p.10]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Ann Hodges
    Bathroom is an apt description of the humor level and the language. [21 Sept 1998, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Ann Hodges
    Its makers must be blind to do a hype-the-hip-young-crowd sitcom about instant sex in this age of AIDS. [11 Sep 1992]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hodges
    The opening production numbers are Las Vegas cheesy, Nikki's running battle with Dwight's mother is mean-spirited, and the jokes run from rank to raunch. [7 Oct 2000]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hodges
    Big Brother is that deadliest of TV sins: It's a Grade D bore. [8 Jul 2000]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hodges
    No doubt Lopez is a very funny fellow, but this script isn't. And the writers are the ones to blame, too, for all these tacky jokes about little girls entering puberty and George's digestive problems and wind-passing. The mother-of-mean-mothers gimmick is beyond mere tacky. It's gross...George Lopez is a goner - the sooner, the better. [27 Mar 2002, p.1]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Ann Hodges
    The Family Guy is worse than dumb; it's not funny. [30 Jan 1999]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 24 Metascore
    • 0 Ann Hodges
    It's just about as huge a bomb as might have been expected. [25 Sep 1992]
    • Houston Chronicle
    • 38 Metascore
    • 0 Ann Hodges
    Hype is the WB's unforgiveable offering of the season, a disgustingly smutty sketch non-comedy show. [7 Oct 2000]
    • Houston Chronicle

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