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 Jane Eyre
Lowest review score: 0 Uncle Buck: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 362
362 tv reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The show stumbles at maintaining a breezy tone and a professional sheen.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Even if you know Jane Eyre, you don't know her like this.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    These characters operate with unrelenting silliness. Only the Marx Brothers, in their prime, could have pulled off this caper.
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Hal Boedeker
    Ben Stiller pulls off so many inspired skits in Sunday's premiere that his series ranks as one of the fall's most promising. ... Just try to overlook the weak material. [26 Sep 1992]
    • Miami Herald
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    The plots take such silly turns that Pepper Dennis makes The Mary Tyler Moore Show look hard-hitting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    "The power of three will set us free," the sisters chant. They are good witches. They just aren't particularly interesting witches. Yet. [7 Oct 1998, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Like "Northern Exposure," Maximum Bob is one summer series worthy of the regular season lineup. It's just too good and too clever to last one summer. Maximum Bob deserves a maximum run.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Secret Life feels a lot more authentic than many teen dramas.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    Sit Down, Shut Up is a disaster.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Few new sitcoms this fall provide more pleasure. Or more identifiable humor. [13 Sep 1996]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    This “24? seems more realistic than usual, and it offers many exciting moments. Yet there are many familiar distractions that underscore how “24? has aged. All in all, the new season is a mixed bag.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Too earnest, talky and hackneyed. [4 Mar 1997]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    Unlike so many new series, Ally McBeal has a voice, a smart point of view and a promising conflict. [7 Sep 1997]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Here is one of the finest new shows of a dismal season. [4 Jan 1993]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Hal Boedeker
    A stylish but familiar high school story, one that's considerably easier to take than two of this TV season's other back-to-school efforts: "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" and "Ferris Bueller". And, it's less frenetic than "Hull High". The show's greatest assets are Priestley and Doherty, who are appealing even when the storylines aren't. [4 Oct 1990, p.G1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Traffic: The Miniseries is ambitious and adult in ways that put most broadcast miniseries to shame. It unfolds with such potent grittiness that it seems, at times, like a documentary. The cast contains many actors who aren't familiar faces on television, so the script's frequent twists pack even more punch. [25 Jan 2004]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    An appealing cast and a flashy production style bolster familiar material.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Brilliant acting propels this slight satire about Mary Whitehouse.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Chases, stunts and explosions fill the funny, flashy adventure.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    It goes boldly and unapologetically where dozens of series have gone before.... If that's disappointing, the fifth Trek television series still has more going for it than either Deep Space Nine or Voyager did. And yet, Enterprise isn't going to challenge the supremacy of Next Generation or the beloved status of the original series. [26 Sep 2001]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Hal Boedeker
    This extreme drama often astonishes with its scathing take on American vanity...Nip/Tuck is an intense, adult show with complex characters and jaw-dropping twists.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Above all, Arli$$ succeeds because it has a sharp point of view and a subject worth lampooning. It might not be in the same league as The Larry Sanders Show but give it time. It definitely has the look of a winner. [10 Aug 1996, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    What a cast. What a waste. ... Numb3rs doesn't have the humor of CSI, the passion of Without a Trace or the nervy style of Cold Case. [23 Jan 2005]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Cinema Verite is short (not even 90 minutes), smooth and brisk.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    This show isn't diverting enough to be a guilty pleasure, but it has a professional sheen that makes it more like a drama than a reality series.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    This vivid series puts an ironic spin on nostalgia.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Hal Boedeker
    Reiser and Hunt have great romantic chemistry. [13 Sep 1992]
    • Miami Herald
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The adult show supplies shocking twists. The tone ranges from passionate to campy to scary.

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