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 9.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 The Osbournes: Season 2
Lowest review score: 16 Real Time With Bill Maher: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 507
507 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.

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