For 689 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 7.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hank Stuever's Scores

Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Almost Human: Season 1
Score distribution:
689 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    It’s hard to believe that Grease was once subversive; what viewers saw on television Sunday night seemed somehow cleaner and more perfunctory and cute. It was a fabulous, well-scrubbed and flawlessly executed show that could have been just a little bit greasier.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    Though I do not begrudge Ray Donovan its sense of momentum or tension, I was immediately struck by a desire to simply see more of Ray doing his job for a few episodes rather than seeing him deal with his brothers’ various problems.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Hank Stuever
    The series is so exquisitely conceived and structured--and so remarkably acted by a top-notch cast that includes two of Hollywood’s most resolute performers, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon--that the soapy layer quickly rinses away in the first episode. What remains is a deeply absorbing, highly addictive murder mystery matched with a carefully considered psychological work-up of an elite community.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    Supergirl is a cheerful and spot-on adaptation, skillfully accomplishing the difficult task of making a corny comic-book story seem not only believable but also welcoming to those who’ve tired (or never enjoyed) the genre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    There’s not a lackluster performance among the superb cast members of Bloodline; Chandler and Cardellini, especially, are in top form. Nevertheless, it’s Mendelsohn, as Danny, who makes the best of a script that at times seems overly opaque.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    When the stump of Ash’s right arm connects once more with his famous chain saw, you know it’s time to party, and pretty soon everything in the show looks like an explosion at the Ragu spaghetti-sauce factory. It is indeed the happiest of Halloweens.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    As lovingly written and organized as it is, the viewer must divide his or her time picking up on different scenarios and moods, caught between rather ho-hum murder cases and this other, more beguiling attempt to craft a show that is about the nature of loss and grief.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Thrilling and occasionally provocative.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    Guest has assembled a worthy and adept ensemble of oddballs. But it remains to be seen if the story itself will catch on.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    For its epic investment, Living in the Material World still feels like only part of the story.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    It's a beautiful downer of a show that becomes more revealing and absorbing as it moves along.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Hank Stuever
    If you haven’t been reading Marvel Comics lately... then the show can feel somewhat exclusionary and, frankly, a little too cornball and cutesy about its own geekiness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Gosh, that's a lot of derivative teen-movie influences for a half-hour show. Yet the swift pacing and simplicity of Awkward remind us that awkwardness can still be freshly painful and funny material, so long as there are still teenagers and high schools.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    The pilot episode is stylish and swiftly paced, but that’s all it is, and despite some intriguing plot twists, there’s not a lot of motivation to keep coming back.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    The show feels new again, but that doesn’t mean it feels fully refreshed, nor is it immune to painting itself into the same sort of corners it got stuck in before.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Hank Stuever
    It's an adrenalin-doused premise that is handsomely executed, but it feels like we get to Defcon 2 way too fast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    This new, more mild Upstairs Downstairs, which makes its American premiere on PBS on Sunday night, is a three-part epilogue that feels more like an unfinished afterthought.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    The new episodes push the saga in a few initially intriguing directions, but the cast keeps expanding into an overpopulated mishmash of disparate story threads that no longer weave together as a whole.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    'Klondike' is not going to win awards for its lackluster screenplay and penchant for melodrama, but it does have some of the plucky energy you’d enjoy at one of those faux-saloon dinner theaters, where the gradations between good and bad hardly exist. It comes across almost like a musical without any songs, and before long, you’re swept up in its crisp visuals and steady pace.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    While it's not perfect, Bunheads is a happy find, a ray of authenticity on a summer TV schedule filled with so much artificial light.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Most of History of the Eagles is rich in detail and bemused reflection, perhaps because sobriety has worked wonders on some of the band members’ sense of recall. Frey, Walsh and Don Henley are wonderful storytellers.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    An intriguing but often clumsy new movie about the making of the TV show.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    Tiny flaws come close to undermining the success of Game Change as a mere film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    Humans does have that pleasingly antiseptic feeling of euro-cool about it (think of how the Benedict Cumberbatch “Sherlock” series looks, or BBC America’s “Orphan Black”), which can sometimes lure viewers into the belief that they’re watching something classy and sophisticated, when really they’re just snacking on the TV equivalent of rice cakes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Elementary exhibits enough stylish wit in its mood and look to quickly distinguish itself from the latest British "Sherlock" series.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    Where the original series had a clear through line and a strong sense of the grief that surrounds murder, the new Broadchurch unsuccessfully juggles several more plots and characters, grafting an older case onto the (surprisingly still ongoing) Latimer case.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    The show seems markedly improved from its earlier efforts and somehow more confident in its writing and sense of nuance. It's also funnier.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    The meandering approach does manage to excavate some fascinating tales and memories.

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