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

Hal Boedeker's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Rome: 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
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Stunning opening suggests the potential. It's Baker's show, and he excels. But guest stars impress, too.
    • 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
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    There were so many paths that Joe Doe could have gone that the chosen route is a disappointment. Prime time has enough crime solvers. John Doe might not know who he is, but what he becomes is all too familiar. [20 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    Viewers hoping for a rousing adventure instead will find a dark, grim and often repellent tale.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Another example of a main character being more intriguing than the plots.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Sleeper Cell moves with more sophistication than most crime dramas.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    This slight but charming comedy, which debuts at 9 p.m. Friday, offers a good cast along with questionable dialogue and a dicey premise.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Without Margulies, the case would be closed for Canterbury's Law. She gives the show a chance. Her biggest challenge will be overcoming the writing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    It was simply a blah variation on "Beverly Hills, 90210," which lasted a decade on Fox.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Television needs a stronger series on the subject, and military families deserve something better.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    It presents a comforting view of teachers, one familiar to anyone who has seen Sidney Poitier's instructor in To Sir With Love and Robert Donat's teacher in Goodbye, Mr. Chips. [29 Sept 1996, p.F1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    [A] pleasant sitcom ... The bawdy asides sound witty rather than smutty, and the show has been shrewdly assembled. [20 Sep 1998]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    It is still fresh, quirky, wonderful. [11 Oct 1990]
    • Miami Herald
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Classy, tender and plumb beautiful ... Old-fashioned and sweet, it is as accomplished in its way as NYPD Blue is in its. [2 Apr 1994]
    • Miami Herald
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    I found Fox's Lie to Me, about a brilliant deception expert, to be predictable, standard fare.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Hal Boedeker
    Dave's World is shrewdly observant. It's a success by more than a few nose hairs. [20 Sept 1993, p.6]
    • Miami Herald
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    These characters operate with unrelenting silliness. Only the Marx Brothers, in their prime, could have pulled off this caper.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    What should be a juicy family soap opera -- the family in question owns a food company -- comes off as a blah banquet.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The cast is attractive, the show's look is sleek, the pace is frantic, but Kitchen Confidential isn't especially funny.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Yet the sitcom from the 3rd Rock From the Sun creators also has imaginative sequences, clever plays on words and wonderful young actors who look their parts. This is one of the most promising new series this fall. [23 Aug 1998, p.F1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Hunter is so good that she may save this erratic show.
    • 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Of the three [alien invasion series], this CBS series boasts the best light show. It has assembled the strongest cast. Above all, it establishes the most involving story and the one most likely to bring viewers back the following week.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Louis-Dreyfus reaffirms her talents for playing exasperation and physical awkwardness. Christine stumbles repeatedly, but Louis-Dreyfus soars.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Camp Rock is glossy, all right, and should provide a glow for Walt Disney Co.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    With its campy humor, poignant drama and potent scares, Primeval will appeal equally to adults and children.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Ultimately, this series diminishes the king.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Carey is likable enough, but The Drew Carey Show needs polishing if it's going to grow on America. [13 Sep 1995]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Inspired comedy springs from the smallest things. [3 Jan 2004]
    • Orlando Sentinel

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