For 521 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 7.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hank Stuever's Scores

Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Nashville (2012): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Zero Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 87 out of 521
521 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    A fascinating new PBS documentary.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    All of which is to say that even for the most open minds, Game of Thrones can be a big stein of groggy slog. On the plus side, the first six episodes are impressively free of sorcery and special effects, and instead rely on the stuff of any deeply dark HBO epic: corruption, deceit, illicit sex (incest in this case), unflinchingly gory violence, and a willingness to kill off a prominent character or two in the service of plot.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    As Feynman, it takes the workmanlike Hurt a little too long to shuffle through the slate of go-to moods and characters he’s played already, but he eventually lands on a unique and compelling take on the man.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Scorsese (with Tedeschi’s help) has found a more worthy sweet spot between introducing viewers to a whole other world and simply making film tributes to people he knows and likes.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    Orphan Black has apparently just scraped the surface--not only with the overall narrative arc but with the depth of character development in each of the clones that Maslany plays.... [However] It is chewing so voraciously through its story lines--at such a rapid pace--that it often verges on collapse.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    Smash is a case where not bad is plenty good enough.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    The instant the duct tape is ripped off his mouth by his captors, a certain Saul-ness kicks in and Odenkirk’s talent is on full display as Jimmy delivers a pleading, philosophical monologue on--among other things--the awful nature of revenge.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Elliot may just be another of TV’s millennial hackers-in-hoodies, but Malek’s subtle yet strong performance indicates that there is something wounded and believable about this kid, drawing out the viewer’s sympathies--and suspicions.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    A shipshape, neato-burrito side project that finds the right balance between hype and hyperspace.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The wickedly addictive (if typographically annoying) UnREAL [has] far more heft and purpose than its premise might seem to contain, is a show within a show.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    Ellis, particularly, gives a lead performance that is strong enough to mask some of the script’s problems.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    An enjoyable dramatic movie.... [But] Because it’s a film both by and for the devoted, An Adventure in Space and Time tends to too easily revel in its own creation myth, veering quickly into a tidy, Hallmark-like ending.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Looking feels spot-on and real; it falters only when it occasionally pauses to let one of its characters gaysplain, in dialogue, a subject that it believes a larger audience might not get.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    The good news about Sonic Highways is that it doesn’t have enough time to bore us to tears.
    • 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).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    The first episode of Last Week Tonight (and, to be clear, it is only the first episode, with plenty of potential and room for improvement) demonstrated little in the way of innovating or improving on “The Daily Show’s” prevailing concept.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The beady-eyed Durst is a wily but generous interview subject, but where The Jinx really succeeds is in its fantastic attention to pace and detail, particularly in reenactments that are far and away better than what we usually see on “48 Hours,” et al.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    In the Flesh skillfully navigates several genres at once, all of them heavy, none of them comic.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    [The] new episodes are no great shakes, but they do find Futurama humming along.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Hank Stuever
    It’s difficult to know whether Fortitude aims to be a “Broadchurch on Ice” or, at its most extreme, a riff on John Carpenter’s “The Thing.” In its favor, the show has an irresistible setting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The show is point-blank, but somewhat brilliantly so.

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