For 720 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hank Stuever's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Veep: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 New Girl: Season 1
Score distribution:
720 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    Ozark is simply too busy to contextualize its story and surroundings. Having swum out too far in its own murky waters, the show frantically kicks and flails its way to an open-ended conclusion that doesn’t quite feel like it was worth all the trouble.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    As you binge along, you’ll notice that things seem to gel nicely around episode 4-ish through 7-ish, as Santa Clarita Diet finds a balance and settles down. Even Barrymore’s struggling performance takes on a certain charm. But that momentum falters as the series searches for a suitable climax.
    • 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?
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    The Wizard of Lies is determined to play things straight and footnoted, which would be fine if viewers had tuned in for a documentary. When what we’re really here for is De Niro, Pfeiffer and some drama. Things don’t really get good until a flashback to a company dinner Madoff threw for his employees the summer before everything came tumbling down.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    It’s hard to tell whether Ballers means to make the high life seem as rote and empty as it does (my hunch is that the producers and writers are given more to bouts of envy than sermonizing), but the show and its actors are so much better when zooming in on serious matters.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 40 Hank Stuever
    With its crowded field of producers (including Rashida Jones), Claws has a difficult time with coherence, feeling like a half-hour show that learned way too late that it was going to be a one-hour show. ... As Uncle Daddy, Norris is unfortunately more clownsome than fearsome, and, bereft of better writing, Nash leans too heavily on stereotype as a way to give her character a little more life.
    • 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
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    It’s all done with a cold efficiency and a gloomy, disinterested tone.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    A likable but largely forgettable comedy.
    • 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
    • 40 Hank Stuever
    She’s occasionally pretty funny, but, in its first two episodes I’m Sorry never spares even a second to make the case that viewers would enjoy hanging out with her.
    • 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.

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