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 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hal Boedeker's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Rescue Me: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The 1/2 Hour News Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 362
362 tv reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Like other animated series, Family Guy revels in sending up popular culture. The Simpsons does it with wit and affection. Family Guy prefers shock value. [1 May 2005]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Mannion is most appealing when he doesn't play the hero. [7 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    This is a perfectly fine premise for a series, but the painfully average Falcone lacks drive, energy and sharp characters.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The madcap action turns repetitive in the premiere.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    I'll grant you the Soprano family story is vividly told and colorfully acted, but the mob intrigue can be grim, disturbing and tiresome. [16 Jan 2000]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    It's pleasant and low-key but also slight and forgettable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The show is a modern Mad Men, but without the mystery or the allure. Trust Me all too often feels like going to work.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    It is predictable and average, except for the stunning animals. They're ready for more close-ups.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Is Popular cynical or does it have a heart? If it sticks with Rue and Josh, the show might live up to its title. For now, I'd rather go to high school with NBC's "Freaks and Geeks". [29 Sept 1999, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The scattershot humor ranges from perceptive to sophomoric to blah. [6 Feb 2005]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Tarzan seems like such an iffy premise for a series. Our hero is evidently going to help Jane with her caseload, proving he can make it you-know-where and be top of the heap. Don't we have enough police in prime time so Tarzan can be himself? [5 Oct 2003, p.4]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    State of Mind seems a typical Lifetime series, with a good woman suffering because of a thoughtless man. Yet Taylor gives the show a distinctive kick by tartly conveying confusion and fury.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Though slickly photographed, Gideon's Crossing is a rickety star vehicle. Braugher doesn't have much support from the musicians, the writer or the supporting actors. [10 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The show's traditional approach explains its appeal as well as its limits.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Shalhoub, who's a producer on the show, stamps his character with a wonderful mix of poignancy and humor. [7 July 2002, p.4]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Cold and stale...Though sharply staged against New York locales, the show simply offers more of the same. Law & Order creator Dick Wolf came up with a marvelous formula for telling stories, but he's exhausting it. [30 Sept 2001, p.4]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The cast is heavenly in The Book of Daniel; the writing isn't.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The Evidence needs more distinctive twists to stand out in the overpopulated crime lineup.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Comparisons to Top Gun are inevitable, but NBC's JAG flies at lower and more predictable altitudes. This "Midlevel Gun" fires mostly blanks. [23 Sep 1995]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The real music scene invigorates the fiction... but the storytelling is often murky and too inside. The bigger problem with Platinum is that the two main characters, sibling record moguls, are the least compelling figures. [13 Apr 2003]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    There are limits in good drama, and there's not enough restraint in Queer as Folk...The series' bigger problem, though, is the three main characters fall short of dynamic. The British original of Queer as Folk featured three riveting actors...The American version, which is set in Pittsburgh, offers three handsome actors of lesser skill and versatility. [3 Dec 2000, p.F5]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Selfish Nick finds purpose in life by helping troubled children, and that plot could reverberate in a shaken culture. Yet The Guardian is utterly predictable and suffers for it. [25 Sept 2001, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Like "Queer as Folk", this drama about lesbian friends in Los Angeles too often settles for slick melodrama and racy content. Premium cable can offer wonderful freedom, but that's no excuse for resorting to sex scenes with such frequency.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Ritter remains in top comic form ... But his show ... is a mediocre effort that falls short of such ABC milestones as Roseanne and Home Improvement.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Another example of a main character being more intriguing than the plots.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Mohr is too frantic, and Marshall is too harsh, but Ed Begley Jr. delights as a goofy therapist.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Still, familiarity undermines the updated Fugitive. If you've seen the David Janssen series or the Harrison Ford movie version, you know how the story starts and how it ends. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Great actors and average, or worse, jokes add up to mediocrity in ABC's Madigan Men. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Smith takes many risks for broadcast television -- and reflects fascinating tensions in the medium.... But an old-fashioned concept trips up Smith.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Hidden Palms goes where other series have gone before and suffers in the comparisons. Veronica Mars has told mysteries with more finesse. Twin Peaks was odder with its eerie atmosphere. Dawson's Creek supplied sophisticated teen dialogue with more verve.

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