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

Hal Boedeker's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Nine: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Uncle Buck: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 362
362 tv reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Jason Lee excels as scruffy Earl -- he's a Jed Clampett for the new millennium.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Roswell works so well because writer Jason Katims (My So-Called Life) has a deft touch. He based the show on a series of books by Melinda Metz. He taps into teen angst without going mushy, he writes humor without turning sophomoric, and he arranges tense situations without reaching. [6 Oct 1999, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The whole cast works at a fierce level.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The House-Wilson scenes bristle with edge and anguish. Their interplay builds through the hour to a staggering scene, one of the strongest in the show's history.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Wit and glamour sell this top-quality product.
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Hal Boedeker
    With Chicago Hope, Kelley demonstrates again that he can create memorable characters quickly and plunge them into arresting situations. [17 Sep 1994]
    • Miami Herald
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The risk-taking humor is a refreshing throwback to "All in the Family" and "Maude."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    Given the gamut of Lois' emotions, it's no wonder Teri Hatcher can't get a handle on her character. For his part, the handsome but wooden Dean Cain won't make anyone forget Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel -- not even the scene in which the hunky former pro football player wears only a towel. He's just So-So-Man. [12 Sept 1993, p.1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    What's most irritating about Big Brother 2, even more annoying than its desire to titillate, is its self-importance. These people carry on as if they were locked in a momentous event rather than just a silly game show about 12 strangers struggling to live together in a secluded house for a shot at the grand prize of $500,000. [12 Jul 2001]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The King of Queens isn't master of its time slot yet, but with consistent writing, it could follow in the tradition of The Honeymooners. [20 Sept 1998, p.F1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    'Til Death takes predictable, mean-spirited turns, and Garrett acts with off-putting self-satisfaction. His Eddie is no charmer like his bumbling Robert Barone.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Detective series generally are not known for charm or sunniness. But The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency revels in both qualities, with often exhilarating results.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    The carpoolers are funniest when they just sing along with the radio--not a good sign.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    A show that is sweet without being sappy, sexy without being sophomoric and witty without being nasty...This delight rests on the inspired casting of Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer as brothers tossed together during a family crisis. Their pairing could be the best sitcom partnership since Jack Klugman teamed with Tony Randall on The Odd Couple. [21 Sept 2003, p.4]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    The unhappy Fishers are unlike the unhappy Sopranos in a crucial way: They become less interesting as Six Feet Under unfolds in the first six episodes. And that is the kiss of death in television. [3 June 2001, p.4]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Smallville is a brawny beauty in a fall packed with new series that are mostly insipid weaklings. [16 Oct 2001, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The Tuesday programs are involving for the musical numbers, but the Wednesday installments resort to the lamest tricks to drag out the announcement of who is gone. The contestants' awkward group performances add little to the process and play like the worst of Las Vegas. [4 Sep 2002]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Abrams directs stunning action scenes, and he develops a shadowy world of long-term potential. Garner manages to keep the show involving in the sillier moments, such as when Sydney dyes her hair loud red and goes off to settle scores single-handedly...Garner plays this conflicted heroine with poignancy and grit. [30 Sept 2001, p.4]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    Despite a fine cast and a harrowing topic, The Cleaner rarely gets beyond the surfaces.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    This rousing, scenic contest could well set the entertainment standard for new series this season. [2 Sep 2001]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    The fall's biggest disappointment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    This juicy comedy-drama recaptures the fun of Desperate Housewives in its first season.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Darker and more adult than the campy Buffy, Angel works like a detective series with supernatural overtones: Raymond Chandler meets The X-Files. [5 Oct 1999, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    A legal thriller with the depth and structure of an engrossing novel.
    • 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
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Tonight's premiere traffics in strident put-downs before turning sticky. This show with a split personality needs analysis, not reviewing. [4 Mar 1997]
    • 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
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    Missing here is the complexity that makes shows like "L.A. Law" or "Hill Street Blues" fun to watch. Executive producer Dick Wolf has said Law & Order is not an ensemble show. What it is is a show about police and legal procedures -- and they're recounted in almost documentary fashion. Of course, as with so much TV law, time is collapsed and these complicated procedures are neatly wrapped up by the show's conclusion. [9 Sept 1990, p.H1]
    • Miami Herald

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