For 141 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Bruce Miller's Scores

Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 30 Crowded: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 141
  2. Negative: 1 out of 141
141 tv reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Bruce Miller
    Both Paulson and Vance are Emmy-worthy. The miniseries is, too, primarily because it makes us care about a story that once seemed impossible to escape.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Bruce Miller
    While there are far too few Veep episodes each season, the ones that begin this, the sixth, are jewels to treasure. Unimpeachable, Veep remains the best comedy on television. Now, more than ever.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Bruce Miller
    Because Louis C.K. does everything but hand-deliver the series to the network (and maybe he does that, too), it’s entirely his vision. That’s something few hyphenates get a chance to reveal. Here, though, it resonates.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Bruce Miller
    Like Behind the Candelabra, its action isn’t measured in car chases and explosions. It’s charted in the lives it touches.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Bruce Miller
    The Night Manager is easily the best miniseries of the year--in a year packed with monumental ones. Hiddleston, Laurie and Bier aren’t just adding another credit to their resumes. They’re part of a series that’s quite likely a game changer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Bruce Miller
    Tossing Meyer into the election fray was a great idea, particularly since it gets away from the well-worn path she strutted last season. Now, out of her comfort zone, she’s bobbing and weaving with the best of them.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Bruce Miller
    Kohen, basing her series on Piper Kerman's memoir, immediately gives us characters worth watching.... Orange is the New Black is TV that'll have you talking for days.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Bruce Miller
    At times, True Detective just seems like an overlong episode of a standard television series. But the flashbacks and flash forwards give it heft and let Fukunaga push the actors.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Bruce Miller
    It’s involving--and just the series to keep your mind off the snow that's lurking. Fargo's still a prime TV destination.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Bruce Miller
    Although it’s two hours long, Going Clear speeds by.... Mesmerizing? If you’ve had even a passing interest in Scientology, Going Clear will fascinate in ways you never thought possible.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Bruce Miller
    Tyson's so perfectly cast, perfectly directed and perfected nuanced, Bountiful overflows with the kind of goodness we rarely find in TV movies.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Bruce Miller
    Sunday’s premiere provides the border and key pieces to the oh-so-attractive world that is Mad Men.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Bruce Miller
    It’s violent in ways you wouldn’t think; daring in areas you couldn’t imagine. It’s not your mother’s Fargo. But it does have the characteristics you’ve come to cherish.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Bruce Miller
    Murphy gives his eight-part series a lush old Hollywood look and lets both Lange and Sarandon have fun recreating the quirks that made the actresses so memorable. While Sarandon is a dead ringer for Davis, Lange has to work harder to find the outsized Crawford. Both are ably abetted by a host of actors as recognizable names.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Bruce Miller
    Downton Abbey seems just as fresh as it did five years ago.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Bruce Miller
    Wackier than the last outing, Season Three has a moment in the first episode that is both hilarious and appalling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Bruce Miller
    A compelling look at the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Bruce Miller
    It's probably one of the most original ideas television has produced in years. The reason? It's so quirky, it zags where others would zig. It also has that loopy sensibility that comes from a vivid imagination.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Bruce Miller
    It’s a fascinating documentary that’ll make you want to devour it all, no matter where you start.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    The new season has plenty of surprises (couples aren’t who you think they are), a reality check for Marnie and a nice showcase for Rannells.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    The Duffers captured the vibe quite nicely, tell a story that doesn’t seem watered down and emerge with a series that could be the summer’s equivalent of a large popcorn with plenty of butter and a kidney-busting keg of Coke.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    In Hollywood, it may be business as usual. But in Episodes, it’s fodder for great comedy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Masters of Sex is highly watchable, not fact. If you understand that, you’re going to enjoy it much more.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    It’s very much another desperate man in a desperate situation. Whether he’ll emerge better than Walter White is anyone’s guess. Dubuque, however, makes the journey just as intriguing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Vice Principals is as profane and outrageous as HBO comedies get. Once you realize where this is headed, you’ll want to stay after school just to see how it all plays out.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Writer Jane Anderson, cherry-picked four chapters and crafted them into a telling character study that covers 25 years of story.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Smart, funny and utterly intriguing, it sucks us in better than any procedural with an four-letter acronym.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    This Bates Motel requires more than just a one-night stay. Once you slip in you may not want to check out.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    On first blush, Deception is smart, stylish and involving. In time, it could drift. But, for now, enjoy the kind of storytelling that gives its core cast something interesting--and watchable--to do.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Sedaris plays crazy better than anyone. At Home is right in her wheelhouse. It manages to send-up the trivial and make it oh-so-important.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    While newcomers may wonder why so much is made of so little, they can’t deny the delicious one-liners Fellowes has written. Coupled with a driving score, Downton Abbey moves--in ways you never thought possible. It's good to see it back.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Like a gentler Monty Python venture, Galavant pokes, prods and pummels current events. It doesn’t get down and dirty, but it isn’t afraid to wallow every now and then. When it does so with a little song and dance, there’s enough fun to last longer than 30 minutes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    In a sea of formulaic comedies, this stands out as a lifeboat worth clinging to.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Through the limited series’ run, guilt is passed like a basketball. Sexual orientation, economic disparity and other headline-grabbing issues get their turn at attention. Best of all, Ridley works with a repertory company of sorts which gamely assume new roles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Director Steven Soderbergh walks a tightrope between camp and class and, if you make it that far, pulls it off.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    While Getting On might seem confining--and hardly funny--it’s one of the best workplace comedies on television. Like both versions of “The Office,” it embraces stray looks, asides and slyly funny commentary.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Girls was great last year. But this season it just got a little bit better.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    The show is smart--smarter than most on network television--and it has life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    While the past few TV seasons have had more than a few robot shows, this one bears watching, largely because it doesn’t insist there’s a “robots are good” or “robots are bad” way of thinking.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Consider how well-crafted they are, you might want to pace yourself and savor every precious moment.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Interestingly, a lot of nothing adds up to a big something.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Silicon Valley isn’t the kind of place you’d like to live (or even work), but it is a fun spot to visit. It makes you happy you never devised a single app in your life
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Kimmy gets a little smarter, too, and finds relations outside that circle of new life that embraced her last year.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    BrainDead comments better than a Sunday morning pundit, moves faster than a New York to D.C. train and never pauses to filibuster.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    By breaking the books into digestible chunks, it goes down smoothly and, yes, makes you want more.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Linney and company are masterful (Basso is a revelation); the final episode's writing is solid.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    This isn’t connect-the-dots storytelling. It’s a blast from the past that reminds us when cop shows succeeded because they were built on great writing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Sure, the show’s live sound was spotty in parts (too many lines were inaudible) but its energy was right where it needed to be, particularly in the big dance numbers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    The new TNT miniseries (it's on just three weeks in December) has plenty of in-your-face drama and heaps of atmosphere.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    That they’re both gone without realizing the full impact they made is probably the saddest part of a very fun journey. Bloom and Stevens didn’t miss a beat.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Written by Dan Fogelman, Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, the new musical miniseries on ABC has so many clever bits and witty songs you’ll think someone wrote a sequel to “Spamalot.”
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    The seventh season--subtitled “Cult”--is among the most smartly written and addictive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    All the Way works because Cranston is so determined to make Johnson relatable. He shows there’s more to the guy than baling wire and spit. Best of all, he isn’t afraid to let him look weak and afraid.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    The Bridge doesn't overwhelm with information--as too many cable shows do--but it does shock with revelations that fit nicely into the gameplan. Kruger and Bechir are fine leads, too.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    It’s better than an unadvertised special and more fun than a deep discount on Black Friday.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Ominous, creepy and utterly engaging, The Strain is like the perfect drive-in movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    An absorbing, intelligent new drama that gives the Batman mythology one more layer of depth.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    It slips into a world you probably never knew (or cared about) and finds a way to make you utterly invested.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    When it achieves its loftier goals, it’s usually quiet. Hunnam, in fact, is best when he doesn’t speak. He can convey plenty with looks, simple gestures. Katey Sagal is potent, too, as Jax’s mom and the queen of the SOA.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    It’s looser--and smarter--and it could just make believers out of those who never joined the conversation in the first place.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Like life, it unfolds in quirky ways. Knowing Dunham, its ending will leave questions: Will we get to see what great work comes from her character's experiences? Easily, this could be the "Go Set a Watchman" for something more.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    It’s a magnetic production, one that’s filled with precious performances that sparkle.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    The joy, though, is listening to Roberts’ Chanel Oberlin bark at her minions and security officer Denise Hemphill (a brilliant Niecy Nash) savor the show’s writing. They’re funny in a fresh, interesting way that fits nicely with Murphy’s social commentary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Fey and Carlock constantly keep audience members on their toes, thrusting ideas that sound so wacky they’d never work. And yet they do.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Aptly named, Genius is kinetic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    It recalls some of the better standup specials of the past decade. It hits on those R-rated topics she’s good at addressing and it lets her weigh in on the problems women face in Hollywood.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Silicon Valley is good. But “Silicon Valley 2.0” is going to be even better.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    Directed by David Semel, the first episode (now available on Amazon) sets a visual tone that immediately sets this apart from other thrillers.... By the second episode, you’ll want to know who’s really good and who’s bad and how the latter will meet their untimely deaths.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Bruce Miller
    The Deuce isn’t an easy watch, but it is a telling one. By the time the hairstyles and polyester settle down, it’s ready to explain how the industry took hold, what elements were at play and, essentially, who is teaching syllogisms and who’s crafting them.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    Like the comedians, the scripts try too hard. Once the stage is set (and those conceits are out of the way), I’m Dying starts to breathe and draw us in.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    By the time the first episode ends, “The Leftovers” has planted enough interest to make you want to stick around. By the time the third installment unfolds, the action really heats up.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    Episodes isn’t made for mass viewing. Its world is too insular (even for the biggest television fan); its take on success is limited. But LeBlanc is a good sport and Mangan and Greig are too good to be limited to British series.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    This is a very quirky, specific world that could repel the very people who might love it. It's a slow go but if you're not in a hurry, it might be worth dropping by.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    While Vicious plots don’t stick, they do entertain.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    Veep doesn’t have as many pointed one-liners as it did in the past (could the absence of creator Armando Iannucci be the reason?) but it still boasts a cast that’s as sharp as ever. The addition of John Slattery as a possible love interest is clever, but some installments get bogged down by a parade of guest stars trying to share a bit of the fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    Falco is such a nuanced actress she could elicit tears from a blank script. Anna Deavere Smith (as her boss) provides some challenge but most of the other actors are pushovers. Chestnut's addition could give her the resistance she needs.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    The show's producers don't veer too far from the reality mold in crafting their series. They get a lot of plot and character in the first hour but if they're counting on a revelation every week, they could be forcing the story.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    Little by little, Hello Ladies grows on you.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    The costumes, sets, choreography and makeup were incredible. And newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy? Outstanding. The only problem? The show was so packed with commercials the actors barely sang a song and it was time to cut to five or six ads. As a result, the story (what little there was) was impossible to track.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    The Jim Gaffigan Show works best when it’s housebound and forced to deal with a man who lives in boxer shorts and never seems too far from an all-you-can-eat home buffet.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    While it isn’t as much of a surprise as the first Sharknado, this one manages to up the ante and take advantage of its pop culture standing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    Jonah from Tonga, a new miniseries from the talented Chris Lilley that doesn’t have enough heft in each episode to prompt weekly return visits. If the episodes were shown in bulk, the whole would have an amazing impact.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    While Kemper’s mood can grate, she’s working from a very logical base. There’s the Elizabeth Smart innocence that suggests this does have legs. How long they can maintain the guise is anyone’s guess.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    The Wizard of Lies doesn’t have the pop of “The Wolf of Wall Street” or “The Big Short” but it does its best to give viewers a look at a man who still seems like an enigma. Complexity aside, it gives De Niro one more notch on his belt of highly detailed, award-winning characters.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    Andy Samberg may not be in Christopher Guest’s league--yet--but his latest mockumentary, Tour De Pharmacy, has plenty of moments that will make you snicker.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    “Black-ish” has found a great way of talking about current events without sounding like “Meet the Press.” The Carmichael Show will get there, too, once it lets its very good supporting cast get out and do more.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    Logan has the skills to make it anything but cheap. With a respectful eye on some of the public domain classics, he’s primed for a convention of forces that do more than just go bump in the night.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    Interestingly, Dexter settled into a groove that suggested it could go on for years.... If Dexter regains its eerie footing (and it appears it will), look for it to explode in the final weeks. Sunday's edition says the surprises have just begun.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    Olson does a great job as the title character, willing to go for anything if it lands a laugh. (Most times it does.)
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Bruce Miller
    This one doesn’t bother teaching any great lessons. It looks for the laughs, makes its points and gets out.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Bruce Miller
    Astronaut Wives moves as fast as a beach novel, covers more territory than a history book. But it’s history channeled through a distinct lens. The first episode was slow to launch, but the series could take off once we figure out who’s McSteamy and who’s McDreamy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Bruce Miller
    First Day of Camp’s success depends on your love for the original film and your willingness to sit through some comedic dry spells before you hit a gusher. It isn’t Old Faithful. It’s just a chance to rekindle old times.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Bruce Miller
    The variety--particularly if you watch them consecutively--shines through. Because it’s such a confined space, directors like Smith have to focus on the acting. The episodes are like little workshops. ... It's like any motel--hit and miss.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Bruce Miller
    Cute, initially, the bull-in-a-china-shop premise wears a little thin until you realize there are others in the family capable of embarrassing dad, too.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Bruce Miller
    Rather than produce a compelling documentary, they felt the need to insert themselves in a story that didn't require it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Bruce Miller
    Moments in the first episode suggest Defiance could be filled with the kind of minutiae "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" fans love. But its plot is so thin it could float away.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Bruce Miller
    Part Greek tragedy, part “Silence of the Lambs” offspring, The Following has an intriguing premise that almost rises above its layered plotting.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Bruce Miller
    Frequently, the mixed signals cross and Rogue seems unhinged. Stick with it, though, and you'll be rewarded with some nice moments that justify an unwieldy script.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Bruce Miller
    Because this series doesn't tell us anything about the character we didn't know (a Mr. G spinoff might have been much better), it's often like spending time in purgatory. The laughs are there. Ja'mie's just not easy to take.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Bruce Miller
    While parts of this are too broad, it’s crafted in such a way it can’t be ignored. Just when you think you’re ready to move away, Henson pulls you back in and Empire becomes the new song you can’t get out of your head.

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