For 507 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 27% same as the average critic
  • 20% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Now and Again: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Weird Science: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The fourth season of Justified gives us exactly what we want: much laconic tough-guy humor from Timothy Olyphant's U.S. marshal Raylan Givens, much grandiloquent nastiness from Walton Goggins' drug dealer Boyd Crowder, and much swift violence.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Although Millennium hasn't quite found its tone, it's got great visuals and a commanding performance by Henriksen.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Lilly's first cold case is so TV predictable, there's no way to watch it other than as just an excuse to showcase Kathryn Morris -- to establish her as an indelible presence we'll want to return to every Sunday night.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    'Trace' understands that people watch weekly dramas to become involved in characters' lives, yet exec producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Co. have caught on to the idea that although we'd like a few clues here and there -- something to connect us to the characters -- we don't want to know too much. The mysteries should extend to personalities as well as to how crimes have been committed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    It's a measure of how absorbing Hell on Wheels is that each of these characters has evolved into someone we know and, in varying degrees,m root for. [10 Aug 2012, p.65]
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Everyone makes the nuttiness look easy. [10 Aug 2012, p.68]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Brooks remains quick-minded and vivid. [14 Dec 2012, p.66]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Extremely well acted, 'Six' is a show I'll keep watching; I'm just not convinced it'll be sucking up the same pop-culture air that 'The Sopranos' did.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Recently, ... we've been treated to what we like best about 'CSI,' which is lots of novel deaths.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    If you buy the overwrought emotions so ornately expressed, you'll buy this TV movie's conviction. I was occasionally skeptical, but sold by the terrific performances.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Its gimmicks are bolstered by vividly drawn protagonists and the show has a real understanding for the way L.A. can make you feel great — full of juice — while sucking you dry.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    You will feel guilty for laughing so hard, which is, I suspect, precisely the reaction David wants.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The performances are good but constrained by the parameters of scary-story acting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    One of the small miracles of Frasier is the way the show's high-strung, highbrow characters have managed to become mass-appeal favorites.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Louis-Dreyfus isn't quite believable as a vice president--even a sitcom VP whose lack of gravitas is the show's central joke. But she's still a joy to watch, especially when she shows off that famous gift for physical comedy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Both extremely funny and intelligent.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The Practice has the goods to be a don't-miss show.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Tone is everything in a detective show, and this one's is unique: easy-rolling yet prickly. [10 Sep 2010, p.82]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The throbbing red heart of The Vampire Diaries remains the tension between Damon and Paul Wesley's Stefan, and their mutual attraction to whomever Dobrev is embodying at the time.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Trump, with his perpetual scowl, petulantly thrust lower lip, and hoarse tirades ('I hate people to be late!'), is a surprisingly engaging -- and engaged -- host, managing to look genuinely puzzled by the contestants' bunglings, and airily refusing to remain neutral.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The X-Files' fourth season ... has been very uneven, with a few superb episodes propping up weak ones. ... Let's move the mythology along, shall we?
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Ritter and Post are skilled, likable actors, but neither of them radiates heat. What I liked best about the premiere, in fact, had nothing to do with romance: It was the opening scenes between John and his young children, Ben (Justin Burnette) and Elliot (Clark Duke)—funny, affectionate moments that carry the ring of complicated truth: family values redeemed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    What gives this film grit are the visual displays of her work ethic and her fierce determination to "bring R&B music back" to the center of current pop music, to "forget being cool" and reveal naked passion. [15 Feb 2013, p.60]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Even if it soon crashes and burns, this pilot for Flying Blind is easily one of the best debut shows of the year.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    No, 'The Sopranos' isn't the constant shock-of-the-new it once was; even its moments of abrupt, crazy violence are easily spotted. But there are still many scenes that are touching and devastatingly sincere.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    A simmering bit of silly suspense fun created by X-Files writer-producer Frank Spotnitz.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    What starts out lean and mean can grow flabby and sentimental, and flaws can turn into handsome plot twists. Which is one reason to just bite down hard and go with the show.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    A juicy, jauntily anarchic production.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Sound gaggy? It's not. Twain is incapable of treacle: She travels, talks, and even sings!
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Filmed with a muddy palette, the premiere hums with menace. There's lots of low-down action, with brass knuckles applied.

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