Michael Starr

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For 79 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Starr's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 House of Cards (2013): Season 2
Lowest review score: 20 The 100: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 79
  2. Negative: 8 out of 79
79 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Starr
    There aren’t many protagonists here, but that’s not the point; you don’t watch House of Cards for its uplifting message, but rather to see how much more Spacey, Wright, Kelly et al. can plumb the depths of emotional depravity.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Starr
    It’s both a learning experience and an emotional reminder of what can go wrong in that gray area separating man and machine.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Starr
    It’s equal parts outlandish, incoherent, funny, cartoonishly violent and confusing--all in a good way. It’s one of those series in which you just have to kick back and enjoy the ride.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Starr
    The show’s writing, pacing, flashback scenes and unexpected surprises fit like a comfortable shoe.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Starr
    Low Winter Sun grabs you by the lapels and pulls you--forcefully--right into its seamy, low-rent world of intrigue and double- and triple-crosses.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 88 Michael Starr
    It’s an energized, fun hour with lots of laughs, terrific cast chemistry and some surprises.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Starr
    An all-star cast--Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern, all of whom live up to their advance billing--and an absorbing story (courtesy of TV vet David E. Kelley) that will keep you guessing each and every step of the way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Starr
    Fallon made it clear that he’s fashioned The Tonight Show in his own image--so fasten your seat belts for what promises to be a fun, fresh late-night ride.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    On the surface, Burns and Novick strive for impartiality, but there's an undercurrent of cynicism throughout. And that's a good thing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    I have a sneaking suspicion that, over its next four installments, The Hour will ratchet-up the drama and intrigue and retain the excellence it's achieved thus far.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The pacing is quick, the plotline interesting and there’s even a touch of Walter White/“Breaking Bad”-type humor (read: dark) courtesy of Cranston. And with a supporting cast featuring Margo Martindale (“The Americans,” “The Good Wife”) and Peter Gerety (“Mercy Street,” “Public Morals”), Sneaky Pete is off to an auspicious start.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    Surviving Jack is very enjoyable, with Meloni delivering in a comedic role and ably supported by some clever writing and a solid cast.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    Lowe and Gadiot make convincing lovers, Socha provides the comic relief and Rigby is suitably sinister as the Red Queen.... Good family fun.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The cinematography here is excellent, creating a foreboding atmosphere, and the cast is, by turns, clueless, shrill, heroic, stunned and angry--King’s usual recipe for horror.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    It’s a solid start for a series that holds a lot of promise if given the chance to grow.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The acting here is terrific, particularly among veterans Okonedo (Oscar-nominated for “Hotel Rwanda”), Haysbert (“The Unit” and those Allstate commercials) and Lester (“Girlfriends”), who all deliver meaty, nuanced performances.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    I tend to judge a show's worth on whether I'll come back for more; I've already watched next week's episode of "Eastbound and Down," and I'll definitely be watching to see where Kenny's Mexican journey takes him.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    This Is Us has an appealing cast, solid writing and pathos aplenty.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The elements that made Narcos so compelling in its first two seasons are all here: the familiar opening credits and music, lush cinematography and plenty of suspense as we get to know some of the new characters. Pascal stays true to form as the laconic Javy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    It’s nice that Will Ferrell plays (a skewed) version of himself in the second episode--he was likely corralled by his former “Saturday Night Live” cohort Amy Poehler--but Welcome to Sweden succeeds on its own merits.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    It’s all in good fun, lets us in on the joke and--save for one dumb plot device--is well done and believable in its contextual universe.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    Fans of the alternate reality/fantasy genre should enjoy “Emerald City,” and I think they’ll get a kick out of its parallels to “The Wizard of Oz,” and in trying to guess what’s coming next.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    There's nothing earth-shattering about Rizzoli & Isles, but it's a pleasant, hour-long experience with interesting characters and above-average writing, especially in the exchanges between Jane and Maura.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    [Sean Hayes is] the consummate pro, with impeccable comedic timing, fluid verbal and physical dexterity--a nod to Ball’s slapstick shtick--and a tendency to let others around him share in the laughs. That’s all on display in Sean Saves the World.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    It’s a cookie-cutter comedy that’s inoffensive, intermittently chuckle-worthy and totally predictable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The ingredients are there; they just need more seasoning.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    I don’t know if Back in the Game will have a long shelf life, or if it will turn Caan into a prime-time star (like son Scott on “Hawaii Five-O”), but I do think it’s worth a half-hour of your time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    [Spader’s] magnetic, chewing on the scenery so much that you can’t look away from him.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    Their stories are at turns intense, emotional, angry and humorous--and will capture your attention.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    Chiklis and Benz fit together like bioluminescent water and oil, but somehow the show is still surprisingly entertaining--in a "Heroes" meets "The Incredibles" sort of way.

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