For 502 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 62% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hank Stuever's Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Call The Midwife: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 86 out of 502
502 tv reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    Freak Show is certainly telling a weird story, but it’s not all that scary and, worse yet, the characters are already launching into tedious monologues about civil rights for geeks.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    A wonderfully absurd, 10-episode serialized mini-epic about two self-absorbed brothers in suburban Florida whose filmmaking ambitions take a sudden turn into a dark, hilariously violent misadventure.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    Detailed, but not terribly illuminating.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Hank Stuever
    A lushly produced but ultimately unthrilling dramatic miniseries version of the story.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Hank Stuever
    Davis is overqualified for the material, and, yet, like Kerry Washington before her, she brings an added dimension to the part of an intimidating yet vulnerable woman. Meanwhile, through the hammy uses of flash-forwarding, it’s barely any time at all before Annalise’s ambitious students are tasked with covering up their own homicidal tendencies.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    The show misses its mark--but not by much and not in any objectionable way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    The show is so tight--maybe too tight--that it starts to choke on its own power-tie premise in the first three episodes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    It's a handsome study in perfect mediocrity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    A sharply-made if slightly off-putting reality series that follows different advertising agencies each week as they compete for new accounts.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    The show gets off to a serviceable start--coolly conceived and professionally directed, at least in the one episode shared with critics. Where it goes from here is anybody’s guess at this point, but Extant’s creator and cast seem to be taking things seriously enough as a work of sci-fi origami, folded and layered with a certain precision.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Hank Stuever
    A large supporting cast helps Vegas appear to be compelling and classy. And then CBS lapses into its old habit, as Lamb and company squander all this intriguing potential trying to solve their first of many cases.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    A lavish, exciting, well-acted and admirably thorough movie adaptation of Herman Melville's 1851 classic.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    Even with its ample servings of va-va-boom, a lot of edgy potential is wasted in Nikita, the CW's retinkering of the much-tinkered-with story of the sexy assassin who is betrayed and hunted by "the Division," the top-secret government agency that trained her.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    Ostensibly an objective inquiry into the tragedy, the film is perhaps better interpreted as a study in the infinite and even seemingly inappropriate ways that people experience profound grief.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    Vice seems to be in search of some sweet spot between “60 Minutes” and “Jackass,” and there’s enough here to suggest that such a spot may exist. The concept could work, especially if Smith and his correspondents were more inclined to point the cameras away from themselves.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    Wilfred would appear to be crafted from a can't-miss, indie-hipster aesthetic, which may be part of the problem: The show is cool to the point of being cold. The bark is all snark. It doesn't work.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    Once you strip down the predictable jokes (Will teaching Marcus about “the bro code of silence”; letting Marcus eat forbidden barbecue ribs), you’re left with a banal arrangement of gender and social stereotypes.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    So far, several story lines of small-town secrets and drama have fanned out and fizzled, making it hard to tell if “Bates Motel” wants to be compellingly chilling or just tediously unnerving.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    Too Big to Fail has momentum and a certain wonky remove, but is too epic in scope, as Gould's script struggles to match the breadth of the original journalism while the actors try to convince us that they understand all their lines.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    Sometimes it’s fun to get utterly lost in a drama like this; sometimes it’s better to turn around and keep driving.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Hank Stuever
    The old clips are still a hoot, but there's a limit to how much compressed air a viewer can take, listening to a bunch of old men talk about how funny their friend was.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    That path [Will Ferrell/Jack Black/Zach Galifianakis school of oddballery] is fairly well trod at this point, as is the "New Girl" vibe Ben and Kate reaches for. Some funny lines still manage to peek through.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    All of these characters and situations are mildly interesting, but it's difficult to know from just a couple of episodes if they're ever going to become desperately interesting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    The Event is an intentional mess, daring you to go wherever it thinks it's going. Within the first five minutes, potential viewers will have to make their own personal choice: Am I up for this?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    It’s a live-action comedy that often moves and thinks like a cartoon, to great effect.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    Schumer’s sharpness comes through best in such moments, when she’s in stand-up mode and taking significant risks beyond the genre’s still-customary boundary lines of gender.... Meanwhile, her sketches and woman-on-the-street interviews with passersby feel burdened with the task of pleasing a male audience (while enlightening them a scoch).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Hank Stuever
    In the first four episodes, there isn't anyone or anything to root for, other than history's corrective hand.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    Go On moves quite breezily--much like an NBC-flavored take on premium cable dramadies such as "The Big C" and "Enlightened." It's not as good as either of those, but it has the same happy-sad aura, with just a dash of "Community"-like absurdity to keep the speed limit up.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 42 Hank Stuever
    The cast is adequately charming (if completely cliche), and the show is perky and occasionally sharp, but “A to Z” is also a prime example of the sort of perfectly acceptable yet thoroughly mediocre fall TV show that’s all too easy to ignore.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    For sitcom's premise sake, Kat reluctantly offers Caroline a place to stay, and before you know it we're watching a lukewarm revamp of "The Odd Couple."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Hank Stuever
    A solid prime-time soap with a burnt-crisp soul.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    The first three episodes are all hints and shadows and squandered time, while the show’s most intriguing context and premise--life in a forgotten and neglected tribe--gets lost in all the meandering.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Bates Motel turns out to be a worthy reimagining of the Norman Bates story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 0 Hank Stuever
    Boy, has she pulled the bangs over everyone's eyes with this atrociously cutesy sitcom.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    This show is so bad, it’s beneath even MTV.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Hank Stuever
    As revealed by the first four episodes of the second season, even a tweaked Newsroom is a still pretty much a bore.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    It's a whole lot of techno-hooey, relying on screenwriter-friendly leaps of logic. Emerson turns out to be a one-note actor, but Caviezel is appealing in a particle-board sort of way.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    A conceptually smart but only moderately funny comedy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    It’s a well-meaning, good-humored, hospitable hour of television, reminiscent of the nascent days of cable reality shows in the early 2000s, before everyone figured out that ratings success meant being nasty, famous and selfish.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    The crime (and the crime solving) can’t hold a candle to the delight of watching Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy drift apart and then back together in a refrain of their story of obstinate love--a task Rhys and Maxwell Martin acquit themselves of quite well.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Hank Stuever
    Janney and Faris seem to have fun, even when the material in the pilot episode is a tad too seedy and even off-puttingly icy. If Mom could dial it down a notch, it would find a better balance between bawdy and snide.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, which is based on a book by Howard L. Bingham and Max Wallace, is best when it revels in the astonishing whiteness and occasionally ridiculous ways of yesterday’s high court.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Hank Stuever
    Although it has some nice moves and the occasional tense moment, the show's visual allure quickly leads to aggravation.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 16 Hank Stuever
    Maria Bello was convinced to star as Det. Jane Timoney, bravely attempting to make up for a so-so script by donning a fedora and laying things on about 10 times too thick.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    Shows like those lean more toward seriousness and away from the colorfully ridiculous old comic books. Although this often strikes non-fanboys and non-fangirls as woefully atonal, it mostly works here, but it would be nice if No Ordinary Family had more humor about it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    No one can survive Surviving Jack’s hollow and formulaic dialogue, which is bursting with jokes that are half-funny at best.
    • 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
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    Fallon complies, respectfully and skillfully, with The Tonight Show's apparently inviolable formats (the opening monologue of jokes; the fact that at least part of the show must be conducted from his desk) as a bridge to the more goofy and innovative sketch comedy he prefers. He keeps looking for ways to delight us, surprise us. It can so easily stray into irritation--and the yawning brought on by all the fawning--but you can’t really fault the guy for trying to send people to bed happy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    Meant to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurial can-do spirit, Quirky instead eerily reflects the vapidity of the American economy and employment picture, where ideas trump labor and success is measured by top-level paydays instead of actual toil.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    Bereft of better scripts, the cast goes through the motions, half-hearted and cheerfully dazed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Hank Stuever
    GSN's new game show, The American Bible Challenge, is just as dull as it sounds, like mandatory fun time at Sunday school.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Hank Stuever
    It's more of a character sketch than a fully realized story.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Hank Stuever
    Even with a lavish two-hour premiere, Terra Nova could stand to slow down and admire the world it has taken us to--Earth, 85 million years ago. Still and all, it's a dazzling debut, with a variety of compelling mysteries to get itself going.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    The result was assured, quick-paced and enjoyably flavored with a few spicy dashes of Brian Williams's dry rub.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 33 Hank Stuever
    It wants to be funny, it wants to be urbane, it wants to be human and it wants to nail every line. Where it fails miserably is in premise and character.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    Covert Affairs (could there be any title that sounds more like being stuck at the airport with nothing to read?) at least does us the favor of introducing storylines that transcend the usual case files.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Hank Stuever
    Almost everything about Life's Too Short somehow echoes pieces of all of Gervais's previous TV work, which makes this show seem particularly limp.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Hank Stuever
    Trophy Wife is the only new sitcom [this fall] that clears the double hurdles of cast chemistry and story pacing in the pilot episode.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    It’s all done with a cold efficiency and a gloomy, disinterested tone.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    A surprisingly stylish and addictive new counterterrorism series.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The mind reels with possibility, and even hope, which is why we keep coming back to stories like these.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    It is stylish, hammy, sexy, dirty, devilish, laughably bad TV, the guiltiest pleasure since the network unveiled "Revenge."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    It's a fine line with Coco. For every funny line he squeezed from his anger Monday night, he missed the point of pathos.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Hank Stuever
    Throughout the pilot, you’ll wonder why this couldn’t all be handled in a mediocre two-hour action movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    Every detail has been attended to, every format and traditional segue honored; there is absolutely nothing to quibble over with the show's tone and pace. Which is, itself, a quibble.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    In some parts, Touch is pleasantly moving and even tightly woven, until it becomes too blunt in its purposeful yanking of heartstrings.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    An awkwardly funny and occasionally heartbreaking attempt to peel back the many meanings and layers of friendship.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    In trying to be about over-the-top characters, it forgets to be about people.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Hank Stuever
    McKellen and Jacobi seem to have a fun time slinging the insults, but before long, the show starts repeating itself, almost as if it’s going senile right before our eyes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Hank Stuever
    Though I’m not in love with the idea of another sitcom in which a woman fixates on engagement rings and wedding planning, it’s impossible to resist the fluidly written, sharply performed quips and pop-culture references that are effortlessly strewn across Marry Me’s pilot episode.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    Scouted gives the first impression of merely being a show about models, it turns out to be a watchable session of human sacrifice lite.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    You don’t have to take Crisis too seriously; it will happily do that for you, spreading its pompous misery evenly among a cast large enough to fill at least three or four mediocre TV shows, if you count all the teenagers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    Though imbued with epic sweep, Hell on Wheels is a western at heart, even if that heart is cold.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    Once assembled, Mob City has a slick sheen and a sure trigger finger that unleashes a stream of bullets. But the guns here are the kind that go “ho-hum” instead of “bang-bang.”
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    Henderson gives a lunky, forgettable performance, coming nowhere near anyone's idea of a stronger, meaner version of J.R. Thanks to the rest of its ensemble, however, the new Dallas gains some traction and kicks up a little dust.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    Detroit 1-8-7 comes across, despite the strong performances, as wan and halfhearted. Dividing each episode into two cases, and labeling them onscreen (as Tuesday night: "Pharmacy Double" and "Bullet Train") may be convenient, but it seems part of an especially unimaginative approach.
    • Washington Post
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Hank Stuever
    For those many millions of broadcast TV watchers who never saw Broadchurch ... Gracepoint still has plenty of potential to be a real treat; it’s clearly something different from the maxed-capacity morgues of prime time’s many procedural crime dramas. It’s a better quality of murder mystery all around.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    There is something to like in Alcatraz's smooth momentum. The show has a spirit that comes through in spite of the flavorless cheese crumbles piled atop it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Hank Stuever
    There's something blandly nutrition-less and sugary about Mike & Molly, CBS's new Hostess Twinkie of a Monday night sitcom.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Hank Stuever
    666 Park Avenue will have a little of what "American Horror Story" is having, obviously, even if its frights aren't nearly as jumpy.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    I think the show is a fitting document for our times, good or bad. Mostly (oddly) good.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 0 Hank Stuever
    Another dull example of the manufacturing of sci-fi factory goods with the (increasingly devalued) J.J. Abrams label slapped on.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Hank Stuever
    Banshee has the audacity to behave as though its bloody violence, implausible set-up and studied ugliness is somehow vanguard television. In fact, it's just more of the same.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    Da Vinci’s Demons breezily and capably finds a balance between amusing wit and dour drama.

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