For 507 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 27% same as the average critic
  • 19% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Girls: Season 1
Lowest review score: 16 Weird Science: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    'Deadwood' creates from the git-go a villain for the ages in Al Swearengen. McShane's slicingly deep voice is like a bowie knife stuck in the series' heart, but instead of stopping its action, he brings the show to pumping, bloody life.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    For a show with such superb acting -- all honor to Boreanaz, who's got macho vulnerability down to a smooth essence not achieved since James Garner in his 'Rockford Files' days, and to Amy Acker, who has gone from victim to sexpot to villain without ever hitting a false note – 'Angel' is surprisingly rife with leaden lines like 'Rules can be broken; all you have to do is push hard enough.'
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    AHS is pretty much all scare, all the time: a whole lotta screams, sex, jolts, mashed faces, psychotic behavior, and dead babies.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    If you find the premiere poky, stick with it: Episodes gets funnier with each succeeding episode, and the acting is superb. Yes: Matt LeBlanc = superb.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The premiere episode of Dharma & Greg delivers rather more than you might expect; it has the zing of a '30s screwball comedy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Sometimes it takes a little while for a show to hit its stride, and watching Las Vegas for the first half of its first season was a crapshoot. ... So the series pumped up the guest-star quotient. That's when the fun began, around the turn of this year, when people as diverse as Paris Hilton, Sean Astin, Dennis Hopper, and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath began showing up.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The debut episode isn't quite the laugh machine you'd expect from a guaranteed winner wedged between Seinfeld and ER. Clearly, what Veronica's Closet has going for it above all else is Alley's bleep-'em-all blitheness, her gift for turning a tantrum into operatic hilarity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    There's all the slamming violence you might want in your gas-fumed escapism, mingled with real-world difficulties.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Designing Women's quandary is that its new characters are just variations on old ones. ... To date, the results have been extremely uneven — some weeks Allison is a whining drag; others, she's a sharp-tongued asset on a show that's gotten a little softheaded.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    At its strongest, it freshens those themes without melodrama, opting instead for slow-boil tension. The challenge for this artful series is whether that boiling point is too slow for viewers raised on WWE Raw and mixed martial arts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Boss may be florid, but its peeks into backroom in-fighting, at favors promised and betrayed, remain strong elements in its favor.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    By this third episode, the tone has become open, generous, and alert to every sort of character.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Family Matters offers a picture of black family life that takes its middle-class ordinariness for granted, which is unusual for TV. Even more unusual, it's a show you can watch with your whole family, and chances are, everyone will get a few good laughs out of it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Dead is beautifully shot, but what it's shooting are former humans with rotting skin and bleating agonized groans. And like the comics, there's great, grim humor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Outrageous lewdness and delightful non sequiturs speed by, which makes each episode rewardingly rewatchable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    He's always making his audience come up to his level, instead of lowering himself to theirs. He's gonna do just fine. But more Andy, please.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The show can simultaneously unsettle, comfort, excite, and amuse its viewers--something for everyone, if you, like Mr. Finch, like to watch.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    All the performances are skillful, with Heaton and Flynn especially adept at conveying an affection--for each other, for their kids (who also include Atticus Shaffer and Charlie McDermott)--undimmed by their weariness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Viewers who don't know a Trekker from a Tribble may nevertheless be drawn into the orbit of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the latest, darkest, and densest TV Star Trek yet. If the original Trek is the Old Testament of television science fiction and Star Trek: The Next Generation its New Testament, then Deep Space Nine is the Apocrypha — mysterious variations on Trek lore that work as ripping tales in their own right.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The weakest aspect of Seinfeld is a wacky next-door neighbor played by Michael Richards. Richards is doing little more than an impersonation of Christopher Lloyd's Jim on Taxi, and he ought to cut it out.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    I stopped watching Chicago Hope early on last season; it had gotten too soapy, and I missed crazy boys Mandy Patinkin and Peter MacNicol. Compelled by critical duty to catch up this season, I've gotten hooked again.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    L.A. Law remains consistently, almost defiantly, entertaining.

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