For 346 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hal Boedeker's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Rescue Me: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Uncle Buck: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 346
346 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    Fox's Fringe doesn't feel especially extreme or original. Well-acted and smoothly produced, yes, but not special.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Hal Boedeker
    Exhausting. With documentary precision and harrowing efficiency, E.R. drops you in the emergency room and leaves you there to squirm. [17 Sep 1994]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Hal Boedeker
    Until the confrontation scene, Fresh Prince coasts along on the considerable charm of Smith, who is making his acting debut at 21. Many shows before it have relied on their stars, but that last scene gives an intriguing insight into what Fresh Prince could be. [9 Sept 1990, p.H1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Hal Boedeker
    Parenthood tries to capture the headaches of being a modern parent. Good enough, but it also supplies a sweet brand of aspirin to ease every pain. And at an hour tonight, it's too long. It will probably work better at the half-hour length it will have in future episodes. [20 Aug 1990, p.C1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 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
    • 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
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Mannion is most appealing when he doesn't play the hero. [7 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Though slickly photographed, Gideon's Crossing is a rickety star vehicle. Braugher doesn't have much support from the musicians, the writer or the supporting actors. [10 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    It might not seem new - I kept thinking of The Mary Tyler Moore Show - or consistently inspired, but there are enough reasons to tune in. Or rather, not to tune out this polished, middle-of-the-road comedy. [21 Mar 1995]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Too earnest, talky and hackneyed. [4 Mar 1997]
    • 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
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Comparisons to Top Gun are inevitable, but NBC's JAG flies at lower and more predictable altitudes. This "Midlevel Gun" fires mostly blanks. [23 Sep 1995]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Falls short of The Simpsons in two respects: It isn't especially funny. And the characters aren't that appealing. [28 Mar 1999]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Is Popular cynical or does it have a heart? If it sticks with Rue and Josh, the show might live up to its title. For now, I'd rather go to high school with NBC's "Freaks and Geeks". [29 Sept 1999, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 97 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    I'll grant you the Soprano family story is vividly told and colorfully acted, but the mob intrigue can be grim, disturbing and tiresome. [16 Jan 2000]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Like other animated series, Family Guy revels in sending up popular culture. The Simpsons does it with wit and affection. Family Guy prefers shock value. [1 May 2005]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Fans of the movie should beware. Tonight's opener feels like a vague replay of the film. [20 Sept 1996, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 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
    • 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Not knowing the characters better and not being able to tell them apart are constant hindrances. Weak on the human dimension, Band of Brothers adds up to a punishing experience. [9 Sept 2001, p.4]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The seventh season of the Fox thriller starts with four hours and some compelling plots....Then the plot twists pile up, and the action scenes can turn preposterous.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Watching Ellie is hardly another Seinfeld, a comedy that became a cultural landmark. Rather it's a quirky little series that leans too heavily on a gimmick.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Whedon's approach is intriguing, and the storytelling refuses to settle for simple heroics...Unfortunately, the drama and acting could be more compelling. [20 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Ritter remains in top comic form ... But his show ... is a mediocre effort that falls short of such ABC milestones as Roseanne and Home Improvement.

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