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 Generation Kill
Lowest review score: 0 The 1/2 Hour News Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 362
362 tv reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Remains one of TV's best sitcoms. [19 Jul 1995]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Adult, hard-hitting and tough-talking, Murder One represents the apex of TV series production. Everything is first-rate, from the writing and acting to the photography and music.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The show steadfastly avoids romanticizing characters who are repellent, violent and selfish, and it offers a dark, unsparing vision of family life. [4 Mar 2001]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    The Sopranos unfolds at a more absorbing and imaginative level than TV's strongest series, from ABC's Lost and Grey's Anatomy to Fox's 24 and House.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    The Wire doesn't receive the attention of other HBO dramas, but it should. It often surpasses them in the chances it takes and the stories it tells. [1 Jun 2003]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    The thrill of Homicide comes in listening to some of the snappiest dialogue on television. David Mamet should admire Attanasio's lines. The show -- filmed in Baltimore -- looks good, but it sounds better. [30 Jan 1993, p.E1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    A master showman, Ryan hooks the audience with an opener that makes seeing the second episode mandatory... The early episodes hint at the great potential of the supporting cast. Catherine Dent is touching as a policewoman who rues her past with the married Mackey. Michael Jace exudes a fine air of mystery as a rookie officer. And Walton Goggins fidgets compellingly as Mackey's uneasy conspirator. [12 Mar 2002, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    It is still fresh, quirky, wonderful. [11 Oct 1990]
    • Miami Herald
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    I like this show, but am not bowled over by it, and I couldn't imagine racing home each week to see it. Kellie Martin had more compelling adventures on "Life Goes On". As for oft-invoked comparisons to "Catcher in the Rye", forget it. [25 Aug 1994, p.G1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    This isn't the stuff network sitcoms are made of, but that's what makes The Larry Sanders Show so special. Adult, darkly funny, it jabs the medium for its excesses and pretentiousness. [2 Jun 1993]
    • Miami Herald
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Scathing but hilarious, the series finds its richest material in spoofing showbiz pretentiousness. ... [Shandling] has brought something new to the sitcom format: a devastating commentary on the medium itself. [15 Aug 1992]
    • Miami Herald
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    The Corner, which is more daring than "The Sopranos," deserves some of the critical hosannas showered on the mob series. [16 Apr 2000, p.F1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    A warning: Once hooked, you'll be with the show to the end. [30 May 2006]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    There's no contest for the outstanding new series this fall. NBC's Boomtown looms over the competition like a giant surrounded by mostly pygmies. [29 Sept 2002, p.4]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Last summer's best series was FX's Rescue Me, a daring comedy-drama about New York City firefighters. It's a good bet this imaginative, adult show will repeat as the top series this summer. In its second season, which begins Tuesday, the program has lost none of its nerve or verve.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    The first four hours confirm that 24 remains powerfully addictive.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    In a tepid era for sitcoms, this risk-taking series can astonish. [8 Sep 2007]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    A hugely likable sitcom is born.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Brooklyn Bridge is like a Woody Allen movie without the neuroses, The Wonder Years without the precious narration. Touching and amusing, it is the outstanding new series this fall. [20 Sep 1991]
    • Miami Herald
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    This wonderful film avoids turning stilted or self-important.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    A rousing thriller loaded with nifty gimmicks and head-spinning twists. [6 Nov 2001]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    This quirky comedy-drama stands out as one of the real pleasures among the 35 new series...It is funny, but also tender and nostalgic. This is one homecoming dance you don't want to miss. [25 Sept 1999, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Inspired comedy springs from the smallest things. [3 Jan 2004]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    The vintage look carries a potent, contemporary kick. Here's the rare series that lives up to the advertising hype.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The irreverent comedy manages to be affectionate, thanks largely to Kaczmarek, who plays the mother with wisdom and sass. [9 Jan 2000]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    A show so mesmerizing it can make you feel young again, Felicity pulls off that feat without special effects or time-travel machines...This new series has other assets: poignant writing, superb actors, recognizable situations. [29 Sept 1998, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    What we have here is a love story, a lawyer show, a man-goes-home plot and a small-town celebration rolled into one. Look closely and you'll see bits of Providence, L.A. Law, Northern Exposure, The Andy Griffith Show and other series in the mix...But what might have been derivative becomes fresh and charming through deft execution. [8 Oct 2000, p.F1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    The Pacific balances the visceral virtuosity of its war sequences with poignant, stirring portraits. Once you sign on, you have to see what happened to these men--the sign of expert storytelling. An epilogue supplies crucial updates.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The show echoes everything from Gilligan's Island to King Kong. But the parts have been assembled with a flair that makes Lost a genuinely eerie experience. [22 Sept 2004, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Daring and raw, FX's Rescue Me takes astonishing risks.

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