For 695 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 The Americans: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Notorious: Season 1
Score distribution:
695 tv reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    Behind the Candelabra is one long downward spiral, a gratuitous tale of a man who drowns in his own opulent acts of denial.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    A passive-aggressive, implausibly meandering, poorly written and awkwardly acted effort that is mainly about miscommunication, delivering no more wisdom or insight about depression, bullying and suicide than one of those old “ABC Afterschool Specials” people now mock for being so corny.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    This trope--an actor playing a surlier, fictional version of himself--has been done to death already, and Don't Trust the B---- leans too heavily on the actor's state of celebrity limbo, filling in late-'90s jokes and references where the real laughs ought to be.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    The acrimony between the two men [Marc Maron and his father] doesn’t register as funny or entertaining. Louis C.K. has shown us, on “Louie,” what sort of deeper meaning can be mined in such deep contempt, but on Maron it just feels ugly and dull.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 25 Hank Stuever
    Part of the joke is that The Spoils of Babylon was utterly unwatchable, and that’s why the network never showed it; it seems they achieved that goal a little too well.
    • 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
    • 10 Hank Stuever
    The film lasts an agonizing 41 minutes a demonstrates a lack of tone, which means you’re never quite sure if you’re watching a comedy that intends to be purely absurd (such as “Zoolander”) or comically realistic (such as “Best in Show”). Even the tennis humor is badly served.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 0 Hank Stuever
    Boy, has she pulled the bangs over everyone's eyes with this atrociously cutesy sitcom.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    This show is so bad, it’s beneath even MTV.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 33 Hank Stuever
    Blindspot is a textbook TV exercise in the preposterous.
    • 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
    • 16 Hank Stuever
    One of the reasons it’s difficult to keep up is that Berlin Station is boring, as is its central character. As the spy we’re supposed to be rooting for, Armitage might as well be a cardboard cutout.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    Bereft of better scripts, the cast goes through the motions, half-hearted and cheerfully dazed.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    In trying to be about over-the-top characters, it forgets to be about people.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 10 Hank Stuever
    Despite its dour atmospherics and some attempts at higher-caliber acting from Kevin Bacon and a large ensemble cast, The Following is a trite, gratuitously violent exercise in still more stylishly imagined American horror stories. It is filled with melodramatic sleuthing that you've seen over and over. Enough is enough, isn't it?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 0 Hank Stuever
    Producers persist with this post-recessionary fixation on adult children who fall on hard times and move back in with a parent or two; it’s both the worst and funniest premise that marginally employed sitcom writers can currently conceive. And so far, it’s worked mainly as an indicator of quick cancellation.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    At this stylish intersection of a Lollapalooza concert and last weekend's Renn faire, we will fight to the death for the crown and all that, guided by Campbell's scrawny, underwhelming, indie-rock Arthur and a malevolently intriguing, shaved-head take on Merlin from "FlashForward's" Joseph Fiennes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 33 Hank Stuever
    It’s hard to imagine something more tone deaf to the realities of sickness and suffering, but here, in the wake of “The Fault in Our Stars” and other doses of teen weepies, Red Band Society thrives on the same ballad-drenched idea that 500 mg of platitude and hollow uplift cures all.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    Slapsticky and hollowed-out.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    Fact is, shows like this will never stop oozing out of Hollywood's groupthink writing rooms. "Perfect Couples," "Better With You," "Traffic Light" and now Happy Endings--each of them flat and mediocre in their own not-very-special way.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 10 Hank Stuever
    Ryan & Tatum has an unsavory viscosity to it, making all this soul-baring seem all too calculated.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    Whatever was supposed to be funny here very plainly isn’t.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Hank Stuever
    It gets old the minute it starts.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    Sorkin's writing lapses into self-parody, leaving savvier viewers to marvel at how quickly the show goes awry.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 16 Hank Stuever
    Based on a book series from the same author who ginned up The Vampire Diaries and drawing upon every market-tested trope the witchy-poo genre has to offer.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Hank Stuever
    Magic City suffers from endless predictability and a lack of creative storytelling.

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