For 684 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: 58
Highest review score: 100 Frozen Planet: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Hart of Dixie: Season 1
Score distribution:
684 tv reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Enlightened comes through with a triumphant eight-episode arc that broadens its characters, quickens the pace and finishes strong.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Boardwalk Empire is doing what I wish Prohibition had done--it's tempting me to stick around for one more.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Whatever reservations I had about Season 1 were eliminated after watching the first two of the new episodes, which add the perspectives of Helen and Cole.... Adding Helen and Cole also lifts The Affair to a new level by showcasing Tierney’s and Jackson’s considerable talents. Both deliver exquisite variations on heartbreak.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Community stands on its own intangible excellence.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    If the point is to spare no expense in attempting to make a flawless, fascinating premium cable narrative about a set of people--mostly men with enormous egos--who have extreme and often criminal problems in a glamorous period setting, then this is precisely what HBO has accomplished--again.... Through characters like Devon, Jamie and Lester, Vinyl has very thoughtfully dotted its i’s and crossed its t’s in terms of diversity, but testosterone is still clearly HBO’s most addictive (and preferred) substance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    It’s a precise, sharply executed sendup of the high-tech, billionaire-making culture and economy of Facebook/Google/Apple/Amazon/Yahoo that has infiltrated (“disrupted,” as they say) contemporary life. Better still, Silicon Valley is also here to make you laugh.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Hank Stuever
    Hauntingly effective.... Going Clear’s only small problem is how much of Wright’s book it tries to cram into two hours.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    [An] endearingly ribald six-episode dramedy import from British TV.
    • 79 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Divorce struggles at first with tone, leavened somewhat by comically absurd supporting characters (including “Saturday Night Live” alum Molly Shannon as a friend of Frances’s who pulls a gun on her own husband during a 50th birthday party). ... Divorce is best when it sticks to its title.
    • Washington Post
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    The common thread, of course, is the marijuana, which neither increases nor decreases the happiness in its users; it’s simply another form of brief release from the human condition, which High Maintenance portrays with subtly observed skill.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Wile I’d like to see another few episodes to make sure, there’s something comfortably gooey right away about This Is Us, reminding us once more that amid all the high-functioning detectives, emergency-rescue personnel and secret-agent superheroes covered in cryptic tattoos, there are very few network dramas aimed at viewers who are simply interested in everyday people and how they feel.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    This is a TV show in an admirably old-fashioned sense of the word, with a tight, action-packed pilot episode that is casually fun and intriguingly executed. There’s also a thought-provoking science-fiction premise that doesn’t clumsily reach for the profoundly metaphorical.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Judging only the pilot episode, the banter between them (Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel) can be fun and Gilligan’s influence lends a nice, creepy sheen to the notion that menace lurks anywhere, even (or especially?) in the upper Midwest.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Gotham respectfully riffs on the DC canon, but it’s a whole lot better when it experiments with--and even subverts--the oft-trod territory of Batworld.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Bartha and Rannells's characters display yin/yang neuroses that keep their characters interesting, but as Goldie, the would-be surrogate, Georgia King is unfortunately bland.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    The cast is a sturdy gang of seasoned pros (it’s particularly pleasing to see Wiest in a comedy). And though they’ve probably got nothing new under the sun to tell us about family dynamics, sentimental moments and delicate rites of passage, they seem like nice people to have around for a few laughs.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Something about this show just works from the crisply polished start, using a premise that is squarely within one of CBS’s favorite wheelhouses--the edgy hero who is gifted with extraordinary mental powers that he or she directs to the purpose of solving crime.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Cristela resembles past attempts to graft multiculturalism onto the vanilla-fied vapidness of the American sitcom format. But Cristela wins the day with its easygoing attitude and superbly smooth cast. Alonzo has a bite to her wit that is reminiscent of the earliest, best days of “Roseanne.”
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    “House” comparisons will surely abound, but Rake is easily one of the more confident network dramas to come our way of late.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Bring your 80-cents-on-the-dollar outrage here, for an entertainingly upright tale of the fight for equality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    The cast is terrific, and some of the lines are screamingly funny, but there’s also an empathetic, moral undercurrent to the story--the usual cautionary tale about having all your dreams come true.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    The writing is breezy and the cast seems to be having fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Home Fires is noticeably cheesy in parts (feel free to enhance your fun by supplying arch commentary to the dialogue), but it’s also easily absorbing. Also, for those paying close attention, the series is a contextually and satisfyingly feminist take on war.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    Although the writing and storytelling in first episode (which Amazon first shared with its Prime customers earlier this year) come off a little clumsily, overall it’s a fascinating launch for an espionage series. The Man in the High Castle is also expertly and realistically imagined.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Hank Stuever
    The pilot (the only episode made available to critics at press time) has some difficult scenes, including an act of marital rape (or something like it), yet the acting is strong and the story is compulsively intriguing. The first thing you want from The Affair is to see where it leads.
    • 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.

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