For 693 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: 59
Highest review score: 100 Frozen Planet: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Hart of Dixie: Season 1
Score distribution:
693 tv reviews
    • 78 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Aided by a strong script that seems to recognize this [Next to fear, sadness would of course be the overwhelming shared emotion if some otherworldly force disrupted our social order.], Holloway and Callies come across as characters who know the real depth of a doomed world.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The first six episodes are so coolly, brilliantly executed (and flat-out fun to watch) that I found myself just reveling in their tone and craft. The show’s other co-creators--Brian Koppelman and David Levien, whose screenwriting credits include “Ocean’s Thirteen” and “Rounders”--have delivered a compelling and remarkably original story that is filled with florid, entertaining dialogue that ricochets from scene to scene.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The pace and writing are meaningful and sometimes verge on elegant, as Outsiders patiently explores the power dynamics in the town and the strange world on the mountaintop above.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    One girds oneself for some serious hammer time when an opening fight scene of History’s compelling and robust new drama series, Vikings, delivers all the expected gore and blood spatter.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    This is not an angry documentary; it's just such a downer--and necessary medicine for those who've remained personally unaffected by events of the last decade.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    DUI is irresistible, picking up where "Cops," "Jail" and other guilty-pleasure law-enforcement reality series usually don't go.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The first and second episodes drag a bit, taking a little too long to get to what The Comeback’s fans are here for--it’s more waiting on top of the nine years we’ve already waited. Soon enough, the show recaptures its old rhythm and we are rewarded.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The film triumphs in making viewers feel the true loss of the lives of people we never knew.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    A lavish, exciting, well-acted and admirably thorough movie adaptation of Herman Melville's 1851 classic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Director Nancy Buirski's engaging HBO documentary (a Valentine's Day treat, airing Tuesday night), rescues the Lovings from the perfunctory realm of footnotes and newspaper clippings and brings them into a more emotional light.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Creator Michael Weithorn (“The King of Queens”) effortlessly pulls Weird Loners past the usual pilot-episode blues to deliver a single-camera show that is harmlessly offbeat and even fun to watch (with something of a “Happy Endings” vibe), thanks to a cast that clicks instantly.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Ridiculous, yes, but also engaging--and maybe some relief for viewers who are preoccupied with politics but could still use a break from cable news. BrainDead is no “Good Wife,” but it does have the Kings’ sense of wit and momentum. It also, to some degree, displays their knack for timely social commentary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Effortlessly smart, easy to like and exciting to follow.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Thanks to Adams and Kreskoff's delightfully wicked power struggle, Hung feels fresher now than it felt last summer and more textured.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    There's exactly one hour left for a fall TV show that tells its tale in a deliberate, well-written and subtly acted way. That one hour belongs to Fox's Lone Star.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    Bessie is a thoughtful and at times stirring example of how a film can add texture to a legendary figure.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    I trust completely the template laid out for The Killing by the original "Forbrydelsen" (which I've not seen) and the artistic instincts evident in the first three episodes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The show is point-blank, but somewhat brilliantly so.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    This plot sounds laughably bizarre, but Hit & Miss has a strikingly strong sense of pace and character.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Hank Stuever
    The Flag is precisely the sort of film we should be making and watching at this particular distance from the attacks.
    • 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.

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