For 459 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 63% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hank Stuever's Scores

Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Scorpion: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 84 out of 459
459 tv reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    Creator Vince Gilligan's much-lauded meth lab saga Breaking Bad, which is back for what looks to be another superior season Sunday night on AMC, is one of those shows that comes from such a dark hole of the American cultural psyche that you sometimes have to wonder how it ever made it on TV.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    what else can I do but yap excitedly and try to get you to watch one of the best shows on TV right now? The first four episodes of the new season will not disappoint fans.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    Once Upon a Time is a smartly-crafted reward for fans of light fantasy, with the right mix of cleverness, action and romance.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    It joins "Planet Earth" and "Life" to reign as a triumvirate in Best Buy showrooms. Nothing looks better, sounds better.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    The cast is marvelous, the gritty, post-war set pieces are meticulously recreated and, even with all the warm-water enemas and splattered afterbirth, the story always has its eye on uplift and good cheer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    Nashville never strays too far from its real story--the ups and downs of glitzy stardom, with Britton and Panettiere performing their own vocals.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    Game of Thrones is like no other TV show around right now--brilliant, exasperating, enthralling, and, if you let it become so, hard work.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    It’s among the best detective shows--and perhaps even among the best dramas--in several years. It will break your heart and keep you guessing all the way through.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    In Jenji Kohan’s magnificent and thoroughly engrossing new series, Orange Is the New Black, prison is still the pits. But it is also filled with the entire range of human emotion and stories, all of which are brought vividly to life in a world where a stick of gum could ignite either a romance or a death threat.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    The characters get better and more complex, the story builds, strange things start to happen and now I can’t wait to see how its interweaving plots unfold.... It’s rare that a show can intuit what the viewer wants and deliver it, but that’s precisely what happened.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    Watching this season’s first three episodes, one is struck by how sumptuously far this epic now spreads.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    This is a long way from a half-hour sitcom about a dysthymic guy comedian and his everyday nuisances. It’s good to see that Louie intends to keep pressing our limits.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    n terms of character and ambitious writing and acting, Orange Is the New Black is certainly one of the best shows going, however you choose to watch it
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    It is intelligent, witty, quick-paced and surprising; it is tragic without being emotionally devastating.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    What makes Homeland rise above other post-9/11 dramas is Danes's stellar performance as Carrie--easily this season's strongest female character, who is also hiding some personal secrets of her own. The latter half of the first episode is exhilarating. I'm hooked.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    Though imbued with epic sweep, Hell on Wheels is a western at heart, even if that heart is cold.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    Everything about The Mindy Project is so very Kaling and happily spot-on, starting with the strength of the jokes and dialogue.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    A refreshingly taut and well-executed futuristic sci-fi series about a group of 100 jailed juvenile delinquents who are banished from an orbiting space-station colony and sent to live on Earth--97 years after a nuclear apocalypse.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    A particularly taut and well-structured pilot episode lays out McCord’s essential struggles, while Leoni delivers a calm, cool and wry performance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    Virgin Territory isn’t lurid or easily embarrassed. That’s (sometimes) the wonderful thing about this social-network generation: They’ll talk openly about anything, everything.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    The Honorable Woman is a slow-building but gripping story, regardless of where you stand on Mideast politics; Gyllenhaal delivers a remarkably measured and moving performance.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    Transparent is the best streaming-network pilot since Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black.”
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Community stands on its own intangible excellence.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Boardwalk Empire is doing what I wish Prohibition had done--it's tempting me to stick around for one more.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    As television, Girls is disturbing, sharply honed and even wickedly funny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Thanks to Louis-Dreyfus, and the show's remarkable knack for dialogue and timing, Veep is instantly engaging and outrageously fun.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Enlightened comes through with a triumphant eight-episode arc that broadens its characters, quickens the pace and finishes strong.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    A powerful and unforgettably thorough HBO documentary, is not only an exploration of what happened (difficult questions linger, particularly about the response of the town’s police to the initial 911 call), it also invites a frank and remarkably even-handed discussion of what sort of punishment could ever fit the crime.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Absorbing and deeply inspiring.... The film ably transitions to and from its parallel stories of uplift and defeat.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    It’s a precise, sharply executed sendup of the high-tech, billionaire-making culture and economy of Facebook/Google/Apple/Amazon/Yahoo that has infiltrated (“disrupted,” as they say) contemporary life. Better still, Silicon Valley is also here to make you laugh.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    By the third episode, Fargo confidently stretches in a direction that is uniquely satisfying.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    The Roosevelts delivers on its subtitle, drawing such a full and close portrait of the extended clan and their social and political circles that a viewer can’t help but feel connected to them, faults and all.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Though its central mystery may feel old hat to aficionados of the genre, The Missing seems to have a deep respect for its audience. Its red herrings are few and its emphasis on people and their feelings help elevate the series to another level.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    It’s a gloriously thoughtful wallow in the subtle and sometimes even insecure ways that families and friends relate to one another.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Overdoing things is one of Murphy's trademark flaws, but this show has a captivating style and giddy gross-outs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    It's a beautiful downer of a show that becomes more revealing and absorbing as it moves along.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Elementary exhibits enough stylish wit in its mood and look to quickly distinguish itself from the latest British "Sherlock" series.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Bartha and Rannells's characters display yin/yang neuroses that keep their characters interesting, but as Goldie, the would-be surrogate, Georgia King is unfortunately bland.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    “House” comparisons will surely abound, but Rake is easily one of the more confident network dramas to come our way of late.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Gotham respectfully riffs on the DC canon, but it’s a whole lot better when it experiments with--and even subverts--the oft-trod territory of Batworld.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Depending on how far it’s willing to press and poke at the issues it raises, Black-ish displays a welcoming sense of humor that might be illuminating in the present context.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Although Jane the Virgin could easily devolve into a frenetic sendup of telenovela cheesiness, it is a remarkably sure-footed, enjoyable dramedy full of strong performances, particularly from Rodriguez.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Cristela resembles past attempts to graft multiculturalism onto the vanilla-fied vapidness of the American sitcom format. But Cristela wins the day with its easygoing attitude and superbly smooth cast. Alonzo has a bite to her wit that is reminiscent of the earliest, best days of “Roseanne.”
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    The pilot (the only episode made available to critics at press time) has some difficult scenes, including an act of marital rape (or something like it), yet the acting is strong and the story is compulsively intriguing. The first thing you want from The Affair is to see where it leads.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    The cast is terrific, and some of the lines are screamingly funny, but there’s also an empathetic, moral undercurrent to the story--the usual cautionary tale about having all your dreams come true.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Thanks to Adams and Kreskoff's delightfully wicked power struggle, Hung feels fresher now than it felt last summer and more textured.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Sons of Anarchy may be wild fantasy and melodrama, but it is tempered by a feeling of verity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Louie intelligently harnesses the dark cloud that follows a truly funny man everywhere he goes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Hawaii Five-0 is a big bag of dumb fun, with a story told as tautly and smoothly as the surface of a Polynesian drum.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Without feeling like it's leading us on, Rubicon is a tightly woven and urbanely acted tale for people who like to mull.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The first six episodes (which I've watched, dutifully at times) draw you in but sometimes feel overstuffed, overproduced and weirdly gauzy where the series means to be an exercise in crisp, razor-sharp filmmaking.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Effortlessly smart, easy to like and exciting to follow.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    There's exactly one hour left for a fall TV show that tells its tale in a deliberate, well-written and subtly acted way. That one hour belongs to Fox's Lone Star.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Buoyed by scalpel-sharp writing and even keener performances, The Big C (created by comedian and sitcom writer Darlene Hunt) walks a fine line of having it both ways. It's for people who are repelled by the warm-fuzzy, disease-o'-the-week dramas of cable television.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    There's a tender and no-nonsense tenor to it, which is a welcome switch from most of reality TV's junky tropes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    This is not an angry documentary; it's just such a downer--and necessary medicine for those who've remained personally unaffected by events of the last decade.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The show is point-blank, but somewhat brilliantly so.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Using the audio from the radio episodes and then supplying a sort of 1960s-style Hanna-Barbera wash of cheap animation to more fully illustrate the inanity of their conversations, Gervais has landed on something quite special that can be scorchingly funny.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    HBO's The Sunset Limited--faithfully adapted from Cormac McCarthy's 2006 play and directed by its co-star, Tommy Lee Jones--more than overcomes the challenge of getting a satisfying piece of theater to work on a TV screen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    I trust completely the template laid out for The Killing by the original "Forbrydelsen" (which I've not seen) and the artistic instincts evident in the first three episodes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The show is also refreshingly entertaining, even when it relies on familiar cliches of the singing-competition genre.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Beyond its breakneck speed and miles logged, Citizen U.S.A. couldn't be more easy or straightforward: From tiny ceremonies in county courthouses to massive arena-sized gatherings in big cities, Pelosi presents a surprising collage of that essential moment when people who've immigrated to the United States become official Americans.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Gosh, that's a lot of derivative teen-movie influences for a half-hour show. Yet the swift pacing and simplicity of Awkward remind us that awkwardness can still be freshly painful and funny material, so long as there are still teenagers and high schools.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    A lavish, exciting, well-acted and admirably thorough movie adaptation of Herman Melville's 1851 classic.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    A surprisingly stylish and addictive new counterterrorism series.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The show seems somehow sleeker and better paced. Characters may now be people first and archetypes second. This has the subtle but immediate effect of making The Walking Dead less predictable and more frightening.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The interplay between Arnett and Applegate has an instant crackle to it, especially when they argue about which one of them got the least sleep during Amy's latest tearful night. Just as one's interest in Up All Night's domestic cliches may flag, "SNL" alum and "Bridesmaids" co-star Maya Rudolph is here to lift the show up several notches as Reagan's boss.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    This new season starts off strong.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Paradise Lost 3 is perhaps the most interesting and well-made film of the trilogy
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Director Nancy Buirski's engaging HBO documentary (a Valentine's Day treat, airing Tuesday night), rescues the Lovings from the perfunctory realm of footnotes and newspaper clippings and brings them into a more emotional light.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    My own enjoyment of The Killing begins and ends with the gloom so brilliantly conveyed by its pace and performances.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    This plot sounds laughably bizarre, but Hit & Miss has a strikingly strong sense of pace and character.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Political Animals verges right up to the edge of ludicrous with the right combination of salty-sweet and silly-smart.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The mind reels with possibility, and even hope, which is why we keep coming back to stories like these.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    It's all so real it verges on the mundane, but the show is also strong and necessary medicine for these times.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    People who think the Kennedy cake has been overfrosted surely won't fall for it, even though the film is undeniably moving. No one in the film tells all, certainly not Ethel.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Most of History of the Eagles is rich in detail and bemused reflection, perhaps because sobriety has worked wonders on some of the band members’ sense of recall. Frey, Walsh and Don Henley are wonderful storytellers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Bates Motel turns out to be a worthy reimagining of the Norman Bates story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    One girds oneself for some serious hammer time when an opening fight scene of History’s compelling and robust new drama series, Vikings, delivers all the expected gore and blood spatter.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    In the Flesh skillfully navigates several genres at once, all of them heavy, none of them comic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    It’s mainly an intelligent crime drama, and a real step forward for Sundance, which is bringing more original programming to its slate. As slow as it seems to go at first, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you’re addicted.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    A fresh and even stirring reminiscence.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    A fascinating new PBS documentary.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    It has a seamless and almost hypnotic quality to its narrative, and it’s easily one of the best debuts this year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    It is a uniquely rendered creepshow that specializes in meaningful silences, emotional stress and dour moods. In so doing, it takes its place among recent miniseries that artfully elude their genres.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    An engaging, hour-long documentary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    I think the show is a fitting document for our times, good or bad. Mostly (oddly) good.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    We have to take the good things about Boardwalk Empire (the acting, the authenticity in its exquisite details and most of the writing) along with the bad (the repetitiveness, the plodding).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Our Nixon is mainly a collage of images and sounds that tell a familiar story in an entirely new and mesmerizing way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The Flag is precisely the sort of film we should be making and watching at this particular distance from the attacks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Burton and Taylor is intelligently winnowed down to a moment in time, firmly planting itself in the last days of disco.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The first five episodes of Season 2 are as good or better as what we saw in Season 1.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    I admit to being underwhelmed by some of Lilley’s previous efforts, but Ja’mie is an enjoyably sick wallow in the evil that lurks in adolescence, as well as a formidable exercise in extreme portraiture.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Weirdly enough, Getting On (adapted from the original BBC series) is a witheringly efficient work of satire, easily confident about the humanity and absurdity it’s trying to portray.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Vikings exceeds expectations, so long as those expectations aren’t up in “Game of Thrones” territory. What could be a silly exercise in quasi-historical swordplay is instead an earnest, tightly told family drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Review is one of Comedy Central’s most effortless and truly funny new shows in a while.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The show delivers on an exceedingly intriguing premise, with some of the most beguilingly morose performances delivered this year. It’s a strange but good wallow.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    You’re the Worst immediately finds what all comedies hope for: character chemistry and a certain zing to the writing, transcending its naughtiest nature with a disarming taste of sweetness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Though not as artfully constructed as Penny Lane’s excellent documentary “Our Nixon,” which aired last year on CNN, Nixon by Nixon is similarly judicious in its use of visuals and old footage.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    A shipshape, neato-burrito side project that finds the right balance between hype and hyperspace.

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