For 455 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hank Stuever's Scores

Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Malibu Country: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 82 out of 455
455 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    The show misses its mark--but not by much and not in any objectionable way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    The show is so tight--maybe too tight--that it starts to choke on its own power-tie premise in the first three episodes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    It's a handsome study in perfect mediocrity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    A sharply-made if slightly off-putting reality series that follows different advertising agencies each week as they compete for new accounts.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    The show gets off to a serviceable start--coolly conceived and professionally directed, at least in the one episode shared with critics. Where it goes from here is anybody’s guess at this point, but Extant’s creator and cast seem to be taking things seriously enough as a work of sci-fi origami, folded and layered with a certain precision.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Hank Stuever
    A large supporting cast helps Vegas appear to be compelling and classy. And then CBS lapses into its old habit, as Lamb and company squander all this intriguing potential trying to solve their first of many cases.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    A lavish, exciting, well-acted and admirably thorough movie adaptation of Herman Melville's 1851 classic.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    Even with its ample servings of va-va-boom, a lot of edgy potential is wasted in Nikita, the CW's retinkering of the much-tinkered-with story of the sexy assassin who is betrayed and hunted by "the Division," the top-secret government agency that trained her.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    Ostensibly an objective inquiry into the tragedy, the film is perhaps better interpreted as a study in the infinite and even seemingly inappropriate ways that people experience profound grief.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    Vice seems to be in search of some sweet spot between “60 Minutes” and “Jackass,” and there’s enough here to suggest that such a spot may exist. The concept could work, especially if Smith and his correspondents were more inclined to point the cameras away from themselves.
    • 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
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Buoyed by scalpel-sharp writing and even keener performances, The Big C (created by comedian and sitcom writer Darlene Hunt) walks a fine line of having it both ways. It's for people who are repelled by the warm-fuzzy, disease-o'-the-week dramas of cable television.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    So far, several story lines of small-town secrets and drama have fanned out and fizzled, making it hard to tell if “Bates Motel” wants to be compellingly chilling or just tediously unnerving.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    HBO's The Sunset Limited--faithfully adapted from Cormac McCarthy's 2006 play and directed by its co-star, Tommy Lee Jones--more than overcomes the challenge of getting a satisfying piece of theater to work on a TV screen.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Hank Stuever
    Too Big to Fail has momentum and a certain wonky remove, but is too epic in scope, as Gould's script struggles to match the breadth of the original journalism while the actors try to convince us that they understand all their lines.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Hank Stuever
    Sometimes it’s fun to get utterly lost in a drama like this; sometimes it’s better to turn around and keep driving.
    • 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
    • 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?
    • 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
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Hawaii Five-0 is a big bag of dumb fun, with a story told as tautly and smoothly as the surface of a Polynesian drum.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Hank Stuever
    A particularly taut and well-structured pilot episode lays out McCord’s essential struggles, while Leoni delivers a calm, cool and wry performance.
    • 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
    • 70 Hank Stuever
    Go On moves quite breezily--much like an NBC-flavored take on premium cable dramadies such as "The Big C" and "Enlightened." It's not as good as either of those, but it has the same happy-sad aura, with just a dash of "Community"-like absurdity to keep the speed limit up.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Beyond its breakneck speed and miles logged, Citizen U.S.A. couldn't be more easy or straightforward: From tiny ceremonies in county courthouses to massive arena-sized gatherings in big cities, Pelosi presents a surprising collage of that essential moment when people who've immigrated to the United States become official Americans.
    • 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
    • 67 Hank Stuever
    A solid prime-time soap with a burnt-crisp soul.

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