For 346 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hal Boedeker's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Joan of Arcadia: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Uncle Buck: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 346
346 tv reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    The setup produces neither juicy soap opera nor original, searing drama. The Bedford Diaries is a limp noodle.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 0 Hal Boedeker
    "Weekend Update" on its worst night isn't this bad.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    Sit Down, Shut Up is a disaster.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    Better to wait for the big-screen movie of "Sex and the City," arriving May 30.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    Bad timing and bad taste damage Drive. No repair job can salvage this vehicle.
    • 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
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    A coarse, exceedingly obnoxious show.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Hal Boedeker
    Unan1mous, the worst new series this season, accomplishes the unthinkable: It makes Big Brother look respectable.
    • 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
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    It was simply a blah variation on "Beverly Hills, 90210," which lasted a decade on Fox.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Hal Boedeker
    The fall's worst new comedy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    Most of the time, [Lehr] and the show are insufferable.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    This little pipsqueak of a show doesn't deserve the wider forum of broadcasting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    The business deals might have been artful, but the show certainly isn't.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    Danson throws himself into the role with good humor, but Help Me Help You yields little good humor.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    A pretentious and talky botch, John From Cincinnati won't fill the void left by The Sopranos.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    One of the more embarrassing new series this season.

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