For 693 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hank Stuever's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Atlanta: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Zero Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
693 tv reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Hank Stuever
    The show suffers from the same banal characteristics of most paint-by-numbers network sitcoms.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Hank Stuever
    Once you get past the utter silliness of the idea, Reign is kind of a kick.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Hank Stuever
    The only thing that’s crystal clear is that this won’t be a short trip, so it’s up to a viewer to decide if the show is languorously absorbing or just painfully slow. Two episodes in, my vote goes to painfully slow, while certain others may be tantalized by Falling Water’s many secrets.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Hank Stuever
    It’s an interesting spree--strewn with cameos from Jake Tapper, Rudy Giuliani, Bill Richardson and more--and Nolte seems to make more of the role than the scripts offer. But Graves is also somewhat leaden and obvious in its first two episodes, replete with a rebellious former first daughter (Helene Yorke) and a first son (Chris Lowell) who never felt loved.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Hank Stuever
    Ridiculous, yes, but it’s a show that is honest about itself, with a surprisingly endearing performance from Crawford. The question, of course, is: Did the world really need another “Lethal Weapon”?
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Hank Stuever
    Some of us won’t be able to watch MacGyver without feeling like we’re getting a lobotomy with an unwound paper clip; others will be delighted by this energetic, easygoing update.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Hank Stuever
    It's more of a character sketch than a fully realized story.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 Hank Stuever
    The tepid laughs here are already in need of a jolt, as Partners cries out for its Karen.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Hank Stuever
    Everyone here, including "Oz's" Eamonn Walker as the battalion chief, is working from the same medium-grim setting, with medium-grim dialogue, which quickly drags the story and action into the still-smoldering ruins of other fire-and-rescue dramas.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 58 Hank Stuever
    I’m therefore hesitant to write Westworld off as a dreary trot from start to finish; parts of it are as imaginative and intriguing as anything that’s been on TV recently, particularly in the sci-fi realm. It’s definitely not the cyborg “Deadwood” that some HBO fans were actively wishing for, nor does it roll out the welcome mat as a riveting, accessible adventure.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Hank Stuever
    Barry takes off so fast that a viewer hardly gets a chance to know him--or care much about where he’s headed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 58 Hank Stuever
    It takes at least five episodes for Indian Summers to gain a steady momentum, which detracts from its merits, which are seen in its acting, production values and notably adult sensibilities.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 58 Hank Stuever
    Boss works hard to resist the usual "this is how we do things in Chicago" nonsense and dutifully aims for a somewhat "Wire"-esque believability. Yet it can also feel like a burden to watch.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    An arty and somewhat entertaining movie with a muddled message.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    There's perhaps the coppiest cop show of the century so far, the soppy and self-satirizing CBS melodrama Blue Bloods, about an entire family--"the Reagans" yet!--involved in the crime biz.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    As Russ, Faxon is a one-note.... but it’s Greer’s performance as Lina (as well as Jenny Slate’s supporting role as Russ’s friend, Jess) that keeps Married alive.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    Mad Men is that rare thing that can be as infuriating as it is perfect. I’ve gone back and forth (and hot and cold) on it as much as a critic can; I warmed to it last season but feel a familiar chill this time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    If Rectify was winnowed down to the length of a feature film and shown at a festival, we could better judge whether or not it accomplishes what it set out to do. Delivered this way, as a meandering, weekly TV show (with commercial breaks), it has spread itself too thin.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    It's a handsome study in perfect mediocrity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    With the line between documentary and amusement-park ride now crossed, it's easy for a critic to start noticing Vietnam in HD's other narrative and technical shortcuts with filler and stock footage, splicing in wherever needed the images we have seen before, including those familiar payload-perspective views of bombs being dropped over the hills and villages.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    It's D'Elia and the other cast members who rescue the show from a wretched Whitney overload.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    The Diplomat does its stylish best to make the elder Holbrooke’s biographical details--the clip job, basically--zing with ambitious exploit and achievement.... As the film nears the two-hour mark, the son seems not much more closer to finding the father he seeks.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    Predictable to the bone--and at times maddeningly redundant--Victoria too often feels like a period drama about the making of a period drama, rather than a deep, authentic breath of rarefied air.
    • 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.”
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    For the most part, Girls is still wickedly written and, for some viewers, the best hate-watch around. Yet it too easily runs on fumes from a hipster era (circa 2012) that is already ossifying.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    You'll vaguely remember several shows that went pretty much like this one.

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