For 348 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 2.7 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: 45 out of 348
348 tv reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Viewers who find Twin Peaks too weird, thirtysomething too whiny and L.A. Law too slick should look north . . . north to Alaska . . . specifically to tiny Cicely, where Dr. Joel Fleischman resumes his medical practice tonight...But don't worry that Northern Exposure is overly odd. This gently witty show, from the creators of "St. Elsewhere", breaks the rules of television physics: It remains down-to-earth, yet soars. [8 Apr 1991, p.C1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Hal Boedeker
    In a season of too many three-child sitcoms, Frasier reminds viewers how good an adult sitcom can be. In its own way, Frasier is a family sitcom, one with meaning for middle-aged children. The father character brings a dark, but not oppressive, tone to the show, and Mahoney offers a performance full of pain and bitter humor. He gives Frasier a weight that other sitcoms, even Cheers, rarely have. [16 Sept 1993, p.G1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Hal Boedeker
    Reiser and Hunt have great romantic chemistry. [13 Sep 1992]
    • Miami Herald
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Hal Boedeker
    A striking, crisply edited show. The raw language, the series' other point of controversy, gives NYPD Blue an authentic flavor. Here is a series about bruised people, seemingly beyond redemption. This is the way they would talk. [21 Sept 1993, p.E1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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
    • 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
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The adult show supplies shocking twists. The tone ranges from passionate to campy to scary.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Not since Friends has a comedy been blessed with so many appealing performers matched to sharply drawn characters.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Eureka is neither as charming as Northern Exposure nor as sinister as Twin Peaks. Whatever it lacks in originality, Eureka still represents an oasis in this reality-infested summer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Nip/Tuck confirms that FX, after HBO, is presenting the most-adventurous series in cable these days. The surgery to deliver this energetic series has been, all in all, a rousing success.
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Brilliant acting propels this slight satire about Mary Whitehouse.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Heroes offers uneven acting, clunky dialogue and some flat figures.... Yet Heroes overcomes its flaws to present arresting, off-the-wall entertainment.
    • 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
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    An appealing cast and a flashy production style bolster familiar material.
    • 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
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Camp Rock is glossy, all right, and should provide a glow for Walt Disney Co.
    • 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
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The Riches has the makings of a bracing, provocative series.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Mamet skillfully balances the men's harrowing missions with their wives' sacrifices on the home front.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The special effects have wacky charm--not surprising for a series based on graphic novels. Yet the dialogue is even more special. Javier Grillo-Marxuach, creator of the novels and the series, gives his characters witty, distinctive things to say.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    This vivid series puts an ironic spin on nostalgia.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The show employs a terrific cast and runs with a promising premise.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    This amusing series is likely to leave you smiling rather than guffawing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Most crime dramas these days, from Law & Order to CSI, concentrate on procedure. Karen Sisco favors personality -- and what a wonderful change of pace it is. [1 Oct 2003, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The first-rate actors, led by likable Kranz, don't strain in their offbeat roles. Tambor adds another first-rate portrait to his gallery of goofballs. The usually reserved Klein is livelier than ever.
    • 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
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Secret Life feels a lot more authentic than many teen dramas.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The premiere suggests that Bruckheimer has added to his lustrous record in crime: He's guilty of being outrageously entertaining again.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    You couldn't wander in at this point and not be lost. Yet here's one series worth catching up with on DVD.

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