For 507 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 28% same as the average critic
  • 19% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 My So-Called Life: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Weird Science: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Shoot's debut episode was smart, funny, and whiplash fast. ... Watching two subsequent episodes, though, I was dismayed to see how quickly Shoot deteriorated.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    This is now the problem with '24': The first season was a giddy novelty; the second season was a guaranteed tune-in to see if the producers could pull off the same trick twice. But now we know the rhythm of the series, and so its anything-can-happen energy has dissipated into a how-can-we-bring-back-fan-favorites waiting game.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Odd, but not off-putting.
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 41 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    I can't say I laughed a lot, but I like the premise and kind of dig the sheer novelty of a show that doesn't have characters forever addressing the camera.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    The Newsroom boldly wants to smother you in both ethical debate and its own self-reflected glory. [29 Jun 2012, p.58]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    If you crossed The Bachelorette with Supernanny and What Not to Wear, you'd get this sweetly drippy makeover show.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    There's just not much chemistry between Daly and Weber; if anything, it's all too easy to see why Weber's character gets on Daly's nerves. But given the talent involved, it's reasonable to hope this problem will be worked out.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Groening has created a group of characters whose personalities and motives are more vivid and detailed than the vast majority of sitcoms featuring flesh-and-blood actors.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Lea Thompson is giving a performance that's a model of modest team playing; if she and frequent episode director James Burrows had better-defined supporting characters and funnier lines, Thompson would be courting comparisons to Mary Tyler Moore.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Magic City burns with ambition. [13 Apr 2012, p.74]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    The Mowry twins are glowingly likable, and there's a nice comic tension between the deadpan Reid and the manic Harry.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Grace Under Fire is as close to kitchen-sink comedy as TV gets these days- intentionally drab and persistently one-note, it's The Honeymooners if Alice had had kids and dumped Ralph.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    A TV Movie that's the royal-family version of an Archie comic. [22/29 Apr 2011, p.89]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    What's missing in Mad About You is... madness. Unlike Seinfeld, it lacks the loopy quality — an affinity for the absurd — that regularly enables Jerry and his wacky pals to transcend the mundane. Already, a pattern is emerging in Mad: The best episodes are the ones in which Paul's whining finickiness annoys not only us viewers but Jamie as well.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    It has some of the off-kilter charm of Better Off Ted. [13 Apr 2012, p.78]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    I'd give "The New Normal" a slight edge because it's tighter and more assured, but the bigger, odder Go On ensemble bears watching too--for a few more episodes, at least.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Rider Strong['s] Shawn ... and [Ben] Savage's Cory play off each other like an old odd-couple comedy team, arguing and ragging on each other — nothing jaded adults haven't seen, but well-done amusement for a kid audience.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    The series is sort of fun, more of a USA Network "Characters Welcome" kind of show than a hard-boiled thriller. [11 Mar 2011, p.72]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    VR.5 is straining mightily to ape the series it precedes, the excellent X-Files. ... All this said, VR.5 is kind of charming, in its shaggy-cyberdog kind of way.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    [Perry] needs to put on a smilier face without losing his sharp edge: sunshine with the ability to inflict a burn.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Charmed is a bit thin in the plot department; the main things it has going for it are the sisters' pulchritude and the presence of Doherty, who is that rare item: a TV star who succeeds on the strength of her vitriol.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Too many Publics play out like liberal public-service messages.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Relying less on instinct and showy interrogations, Raydor commands her unit with a nice brusqueness, gathers clues, and solves cases with airtight logic. The primary problem with Major is its slow pace.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    This ethically debatable movie depicts her as a brat abroad, enjoying sex and drugs with her boyfriend, and implies Knox (who is appealing her conviction) did the deed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Lilyhammer splits the difference between lightness and the dark. [17 Feb 2012, p.63]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Unfortunately, neither of these [early] subplots is very nourishing, which is too bad. Having waited so long to begin its season, the show has the rare luxury of a nice, long run of first-run episodes, and it does build nicely on this momentum—in a few weeks ... But right now Andy's scenes with Theo verge on the eye-avertingly awful.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Amy does well by its topicality.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    The series has warmed up considerably.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    Tucked into a time period following the big, broad comedy of Raising Hope, Running Wilde seems like a boutique laugh factory. I wonder how long it can stay in business.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Ken Tucker
    This TV movie directed by Julian Jarrold focuses on the making of The Birds and Marnie, not two of the filmmaker's finest, and depicts Hitch as a self-pitying lecher. He might have been, though here, he's a dull one.

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