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

Hal Boedeker's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Rome: 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
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    I like this show, but am not bowled over by it, and I couldn't imagine racing home each week to see it. Kellie Martin had more compelling adventures on "Life Goes On". As for oft-invoked comparisons to "Catcher in the Rye", forget it. [25 Aug 1994, p.G1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    Unhitched is not frantic. The actors, led by laid-back Bierko, give appealing performances. If you don't mind a knockoff of Seinfeld, Unhitched could be for you.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    Fox's Fringe doesn't feel especially extreme or original. Well-acted and smoothly produced, yes, but not special.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    Excellent acting compensates for the confusing, far-fetched moments.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    Oprah's Big Give overflows with emotion, tears and hugs.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    There's reason to hope, especially for Baldwin's bold performance and the cutting dialogue.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Mannion is most appealing when he doesn't play the hero. [7 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    This is a perfectly fine premise for a series, but the painfully average Falcone lacks drive, energy and sharp characters.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The madcap action turns repetitive in the premiere.
    • 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
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    It's pleasant and low-key but also slight and forgettable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The show is a modern Mad Men, but without the mystery or the allure. Trust Me all too often feels like going to work.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    It is predictable and average, except for the stunning animals. They're ready for more close-ups.
    • 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
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The scattershot humor ranges from perceptive to sophomoric to blah. [6 Feb 2005]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Tarzan seems like such an iffy premise for a series. Our hero is evidently going to help Jane with her caseload, proving he can make it you-know-where and be top of the heap. Don't we have enough police in prime time so Tarzan can be himself? [5 Oct 2003, p.4]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    State of Mind seems a typical Lifetime series, with a good woman suffering because of a thoughtless man. Yet Taylor gives the show a distinctive kick by tartly conveying confusion and fury.
    • 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
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The show's traditional approach explains its appeal as well as its limits.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The cast is heavenly in The Book of Daniel; the writing isn't.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The Evidence needs more distinctive twists to stand out in the overpopulated crime lineup.
    • 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

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