For 362 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hal Boedeker's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Rescue Me: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 The 1/2 Hour News Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 362
362 tv reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    The carpoolers are funniest when they just sing along with the radio--not a good sign.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    A broken toenail, discolored nipples and bullet wounds figure prominently in CBS's CSI. They make deeper impressions than the characters, crime scene investigators in Las Vegas. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    NBC deserves points for trying something different, but the results are often pretentious and silly. The best moments belong to Egan, who handles his chores simply and directly.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    Even with all that support, George Lopez looks like a wispy, amateurishly performed show serving jokes that are bland, coarse or predictable. Lopez has a talent for delivering one-liners but he's a limited actor. [27 Mar 2002, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    As an A&E miniseries, the Michael Crichton novel unfolds as a fast-moving thriller with many jolting sequences. Unfortunately, the mini's makers fumble the most crucial action sequence. They're all thumbs, and the results are stupendously silly.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    The problem is that the new show makes the original look far better...There isn't enough special yet about this Special Victims Unit. [19 Sept 1999, p.F1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    The series offers undeniable shock value - it's a Scared Straight! for adults. But for all its technical dazzle and bracing content, Oz never overcomes a dramatic hurdle: It's nearly impossible to care about the characters. [12 July 1997, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    The results suggest that everyone involved looked at American Idol too closely. And this time around, everyone is startlingly off-key.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    Like Whoopi, Luis just barrels along on coarse writing and over-the-top performances. This obnoxious show is the salmon doughnut of sitcoms. [19 Sept 2003, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    Unfortunately, the scripts put the stricken through such horrendous suffering that the show becomes an endurance test for the viewer. [14 Nov 2004, p.3]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    This show is for people who find Lithgow's shameless shtick uproarious.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    These characters operate with unrelenting silliness. Only the Marx Brothers, in their prime, could have pulled off this caper.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    It's Designing Women without the heart, Sex and the City without the wit.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    Nasty putdowns, a family trip to the mall and a parents' heart-to-heart produce boredom. These are greetings to ignore. [20 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    Schlatter is smug and superficial, nothing more. He has no chemistry with his love interest, the pretty but vacant Sloan (Ami Dolenz). The other actors are reduced to slogging through caricatures. It's going to get pretty boring, week after week. [23 Aug 1990, p.1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    Bad timing and bad taste damage Drive. No repair job can salvage this vehicle.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    Danson throws himself into the role with good humor, but Help Me Help You yields little good humor.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    The show reduces some of its actors, notably Cole, to stereotypical shtick. There are too many characters and too many emotional shifts, but not enough depth. Viewers who visit the neighborhood of Brewster Place won't get close to its people. [1 May 1990]
    • Miami Herald
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    Sophomoric, gross and unfunny. It's great that a comedy wants to take chances - many sitcoms don't - but the adult-aimed South Park goes too far. [13 Aug 1997]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    It was simply a blah variation on "Beverly Hills, 90210," which lasted a decade on Fox.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    The setup produces neither juicy soap opera nor original, searing drama. The Bedford Diaries is a limp noodle.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    The show ought to be more than a sophomoric aliens-meet-humans smutcom. It should be an advancement on My Favorite Martian and Mork & Mindy. But it's not. [9 Jan 1996]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    Despite a fine cast and a harrowing topic, The Cleaner rarely gets beyond the surfaces.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    The business deals might have been artful, but the show certainly isn't.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    The Black Donnellys is not top of the world... or the second coming of The Sopranos. The new drama is old wine poured into fancy, contemporary bottles.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    Family Guy aims to be outrageous, but the frantic farce veers to the tiresome and mean-spirited. [11 Apr 1999]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    The writing and acting push so hard that the characters come off as annoying, like the fast-moving show around them.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    In the Motherhood represents ABC's feeble attempt to transform a successful Web series into a sitcom. The main problem: The three moms are mighty annoying.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Hal Boedeker
    Extremely irritating. [26 Sep 1992]
    • Miami Herald
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    ABC takes television to lower depths with That Was Then, which starts in a dreadful spot and keeps doing variations on it...This annoying show will push you out of the house to enjoy Friday nights.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    Dim. Ryan is not to blame. Jaime, rebuilt after a horrific car accident, must live in a grim, punishing world and associate with joyless characters. Speedy Jaime can't outrun this train wreck.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    In the series, the effects are on par with the storytelling: Both are inept.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    Despite the cast, Jezebel James is not a momentous arrival.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    A strong candidate for worst new series, ABC's The Trouble With Normal looks for humor in neuroses. The Bob Newhart Show succeeded in this tricky territory, but Normal proves witless and worthless. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    When you saddle up with CBS' new Magnificent Seven, you're in for trite violence, far-fetched situations, dull characters and saddle sores. [3 Jan 1998]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    Saget plays a cynical dad, but his acid outlook isn't enough to juice up this blah comedy, which was originally slated for The CW.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    Cringe-inducing... In a season of duds, the show is more jaw-droppingly bad than Jason Alexander's witless sitcom "Bob Patterson" and John McEnroe's foul game show "The Chair." [23 Mar 2002, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 78 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    It's laudable that the show goes without a laugh track and studio audience. Going without appealing characters, however, is foolhardy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    Most of the time, [Lehr] and the show are insufferable.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    WB's Hype is more often vulgar than funny. [8 Oct 2000, p.F1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    Better to wait for the big-screen movie of "Sex and the City," arriving May 30.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    Tasteless Tucker tuckered me out. [1 Oct 2000]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    A pretentious and talky botch, John From Cincinnati won't fill the void left by The Sopranos.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    This little pipsqueak of a show doesn't deserve the wider forum of broadcasting.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    A coarse, exceedingly obnoxious show.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    The horrible Hawaii suggests that crimefighting has degenerated to idiotic levels since "Hawaii Five-O" and "Magnum, P.I." The new protectors of paradise work in such stupefying ways that you want to shout at the screen, "Book 'em, Danno!"
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    Sit Down, Shut Up is a disaster.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    What About Brian traffics in flimsy liaisons, soapy squabbles and sophomoric sexuality.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    One of the more embarrassing new series this season.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    You have to be a huge fan to sit through this slog. The vapid dialogue, stupid situations and inept performances make it highly unlikable.[20 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    There are vivid reminders of the era's ugly clothes and hairstyles. But the writing is obvious and ham-handed.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 10 Hal Boedeker
    The sheer cheesiness of it all is astounding, and it's bad cheese, not the campy variety that can offer guilty pleasures.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Hal Boedeker
    The fall's worst new comedy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 10 Hal Boedeker
    Wretched. [16 Apr 1993, p.E5]
    • Miami Herald
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Hal Boedeker
    Unan1mous, the worst new series this season, accomplishes the unthinkable: It makes Big Brother look respectable.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Hal Boedeker
    Kath & Kim features Molly Shannon, adapts an Australian hit and joins the NBC lineup at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The results are simply dreadful. That is all.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 10 Hal Boedeker
    So far, Big Bro is a big bore. ... In devoting so many hours to amateurs, CBS reduced its prime time to bad home movies. [11 Jul 2000]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 25 Metascore
    • 10 Hal Boedeker
    The fall's lamest new comedy.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 10 Hal Boedeker
    It's a bore, bore, bore.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 Hal Boedeker
    Uncle Buck is a tasteless, witless disaster. [10 Sept 1990, p.C1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 13 Metascore
    • 0 Hal Boedeker
    "Weekend Update" on its worst night isn't this bad.

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