For 506 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 11 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ken Tucker's Scores

Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 7
Lowest review score: 16 Real Time With Bill Maher: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 506
506 tv reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    By concentrating on what it means to practice polygamy in the 21st century, the series again comes close to achieving its goal of defining what it means to be a family.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Some viewers may find The Killing a little too cold and deliberate, but give it time. Its intensity builds steadily, giving the series unexpected power.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Blood creator Alan Ball knows how to juggle multiple pretty people and knotty, danger-stuffed story lines for the maximum amount of breathless romance and over-the-top action.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Sound gaggy? It's not. Twain is incapable of treacle: She travels, talks, and even sings!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    There's all the slamming violence you might want in your gas-fumed escapism, mingled with real-world difficulties.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The sheer, cynical heartlessness of nearly everyone on-screen--from a wonderfully blunt Tony Shalhoub as Morgan Stanley's John Mack to Topher Grace as a calculating Paulson aide--is both dismaying and riveting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Despite all the repetition and longueurs, this Downton Abbey frequently works, as the first one did, as a peppery little trifle.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Much of The Big C's unoriginal dramatization of cancer concerns is mitigated by the fresh, dynamic performances of Linney and Oliver Platt as husband Adam. [1 Jul 2011, p.67]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 65 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Work of Art remains TV's most enjoyable high/low, art/TV example of...cultural hybridity!
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    By this third episode, the tone has become open, generous, and alert to every sort of character.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    If you can get past the notion of Nighy being irresistible to every woman he encounters (I almost did), you'll get caught up in the carefully modulated intrigue.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    More and more, this series is looking like a minor classic, which I mean as a major complement. [20 Jan 2012, p.70]
    • 47 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Bag of Bones is occasionally hokey, and Brosnan overworks his mad cackling, but the production is never less than creepily engaging. [19 Dec 2011, p.72]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 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]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The movie goes on a bit too long, but it makes up for it with finely tuned performances.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Smash is often enjoyable. [3/10 Feb 2012, p.101]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 73 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The performances are good but constrained by the parameters of scary-story acting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    Creator Kyle Killen has set up a provocative, appealing puzzler, full of knottiness for the intellect and emotion for the heart. [2 Mar 2012, p.70]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    The show is a scrubbed-clean soap. [28 Sep 2012, p.66]
    • Entertainment Weekly
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    We know that a guilty, defensive Jackie is the best Jackie to watch.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Ken Tucker
    This eccentric romantic comedy deserves a chance to survive.
    • 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.