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 Rescue Me: 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Cinema Verite is short (not even 90 minutes), smooth and brisk.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Boston Legal represents a vast improvement over the final season of The Practice. [1 Oct 2004]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Louis-Dreyfus reaffirms her talents for playing exasperation and physical awkwardness. Christine stumbles repeatedly, but Louis-Dreyfus soars.
    • 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Chases, stunts and explosions fill the funny, flashy adventure.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Cheerfully oddball ... The Chronicle is like a big summer movie, but without the bombast.
    • 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
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Like other creatively ground-breaking series -- it slightly resembles Cheers, St. Elsewhere, Moonlighting and Twin Peaks -- Exposure beguiles its audience with unusual stories that take television to a new frontier. [23 Sept 1991, p.C1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    This creepy storytelling carries extra punch because the drama has an excellent, easy-to-root-for cast.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Sleeper Cell moves with more sophistication than most crime dramas.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    In any season, I'll Fly Away would stand out for its sensitive writing and acting. [7 Oct 1991]
    • Miami Herald
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The comedy is diverting enough, but the poignant drama makes Gilmore Girls special. This series may not fit conventional expectations for family drama, but the show succeeds on that turf anyway. Isn't that what television desperately needs: more family programming? [5 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Few new sitcoms this fall provide more pleasure. Or more identifiable humor. [13 Sep 1996]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Elfman has the power to bewitch America without wiggling her nose. [24 Sept 1997, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Wise's acting is the most awesome asset.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The overriding strangeness gives way to surprising moments of tenderness. [13 Sep 2003]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    The makers of High School Musical 2 wanted to avoid repeating themselves. They have succeeded. They have delivered a sequel that is both zanier and more dramatic than the original.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Dense, dark and disturbing, the new crime drama requires that attention - total attention - be paid to a bunch of unsavory characters. Many viewers will deem it an offer they can refuse. Yet patience pays major rewards, for EZ Streets holds surprising fascination. [27 Oct 1996]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    With its campy humor, poignant drama and potent scares, Primeval will appeal equally to adults and children.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    One of the better-assembled new series this fall. The comedy forgoes a laugh track and a studio audience in favor of a wonderfully true-to-life feel and unforced humor. [25 Sept 2001, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    A sleek whodunit with a superb cast and great promise. [22 Sep 2002]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Despite the Palin raves, Fey saves her best for this witty show.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Torchwood enlivens Saturdays, which has become a desert for viewers.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Hal Boedeker
    Refreshing, low-key and true to its small-town Texas setting, the series goes against the grain of most so-called current "family entertainment." This isn't another inane sitcom with dopey adults and unbearably cute kiddies. Everyone here seems natural, real. [1 Oct 1993]
    • Miami Herald
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    Smith perfected the style on "That '70s Show." This time, he plays a mean judge who holds Sam in contempt. But the evidence suggests that Worst Week is the fall's best new sitcom.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    The production, based on David McCullough's biography, unfolds as a lavish, sometimes stilted history lesson. The private story of the Adams family is more intriguing and fresh.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    The results in the season opener aren’t surprising, but they unfold in a satisfying way.

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