For 63 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Starr's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 House of Cards (2013): Season 2
Lowest review score: 20 The 100: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 63
  2. Negative: 8 out of 63
63 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Starr
    The show’s writing, pacing, flashback scenes and unexpected surprises fit like a comfortable shoe.
    • 59 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    [Spader’s] magnetic, chewing on the scenery so much that you can’t look away from him.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The ingredients are there; they just need more seasoning.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    Their stories are at turns intense, emotional, angry and humorous--and will capture your attention.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The performances here are all good, and the chemistry between Cooper and, particularly, his lovers is palpable.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    It’s a solid start for a series that holds a lot of promise if given the chance to grow.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Starr
    Newly minted Late Night host Seth Meyers hit a few early potholes during his inaugural show Monday night--but eventually found his sea legs and drove his new 12:35 p.m. show to a solid, if unspectacular, debut.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Starr
    Taxi Brooklyn isn’t a game-changer, but it’s a well-written, solid summer offering that’s worth checking out.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    Conan O'Brien's new show, Conan, finally debuted on TBS last night after months of hype--looking pretty much like his two former shows, "Late Night" and "The Tonight Show."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    Combat Hospital has the look, feel and pacing of an old "M*A*S*H" episode--minus the humor and preachiness--and the soapy elements of fellow ABC hospital drama "Grey's Anatomy" (a smarmy British doctor, nervous newbies and the no-nonsense unit chief--with the heart of gold, of course). But these aren't necessarily drawbacks. This is an episodic TV drama, after all.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    It's mentally exhausting, at least in tonight's opener, to figure out exactly what the heck is going on here, and in which reality we're placed at any given moment.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    The ["quirky-genius" cop] genre is getting a bit moldy around the edges--and Perception doesn't add much to the tired mix.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    It’s just that we’ve seen most of this before, and despite its creative pedigree and a solid cast--fronted by the always reliable Ving Rhames and Alfred Molina--there’s not enough to set Monday Mornings apart from “ER,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” et al.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    Barr is suitably creepy as Chris and McCormack--while slightly miscast--turns in a solid performance. For true-crime buffs only.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    The show runs smoothly, but the plotline just isn’t compelling enough for me to go rushing back.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    It’s well-shot, professionally acted and adequately paced--but, at least to me, it’s missing that spark of originality that will keep viewers coming back week after week.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    Hardcore fans will appreciate the interwoven, intricate storylines, and what the show lacks in “oomph” is partly compensated for by terrific cinematography and solid acting. For diehards only.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    Sleepy Hollow has an interesting premise and some terrific CGI effects (re: the Headless Horseman), but I didn’t buy into the show’s mystical/mythological/sci-fi overtones, a mishmash of history, witchcraft and muddled Biblical prophesy that left me confused instead of intrigued.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    Both McConaughey and Harrelson turn in first-rate performances--you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that they disliked each other in real life, such is the animosity between them. But the writing is a bit overblown and the pacing static--at times downright glacial.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    While Dancing On the Edge features what should be a compelling story, acted by a top-notch cast underscored by a terrific jazz soundtrack, it’s not quite as riveting as I expected.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    There are some artsy shots underscoring Clyde’s premonitions and Bonnie’s obsession with a music-box ballerina, but they’re throwaways at best and lend absolutely nothing to the saga.... The performances here are fine.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    It’s more fun hanging out with some of the other girls.... More of them please--and less of the Hannah and Adam show.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    Hannibal was lauded last season for its stylized look, which is on display here. Fishburne, as usual, is solid, and I like Dancy’s interpretation of Graham (just the right amount of despair without descending into self-pity).
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    [Ricci] doesn’t add much depth here to her TV portrayal of Lizzie, a rebellious sort (she steals from her stepmother and barks at her strict father) living in a stifling, emotionless house with her sister, Emma. Blame some of that on the movie’s writing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    All in all, Star-Crossed tries hard to differentiate itself, at least in its plotline, from its network stablemates. And in the CW’s world of homogenized TV, that’s enough of a reason to applaud the effort.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    After a while it starts to feel a bit like “The Wonder Years,” with Baker in the role played by Fred Savage and Bateman as that show’s unseen narrator Daniel Stern, commenting sagely on how Mel and Joyce’s divorce has brought the family closer together in so many different ways. Still, Growing Up Fisher has potential, and Simmons tackles his role with good-natured authority, without descending into glibness.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    The show moves along at a nice clip, the cast is pleasant, given the predictability of their sitcom-y characters, and they mesh nicely as an ensemble.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    The writing here isn't very snappy, Steve and Emmy are one-dimensional cutouts and Russell, the former "Felicity" star, looks uncomfortable playing it for laughs.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    To use some Southie Vernacular, I would just book it ("run as fast as you can") from this wicked ("very") mediocre show which appears destined for the TV barrel ("trashcan").
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    [Alpha House is] not very memorable or notable, at least not in the pilot episode that’s been made available for review.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    All in all, it’s just plain unarresting, which is too bad.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    Yet another in the assembly line of fantasy/sci-fi shows, it offers little in the way of thrills, suspense or drama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    It [the (pseudo-documentary) cameras] was effective in The Office; here it’s just repetitive and annoying.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    What saves Enlisted, just barely, is the effort put in by Stults, Lowell and Young, who all seem to be having a good time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    Cosby’s gentle humor is a bit long-in-the-tooth.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    Wahlburgers can use a dash of humor to spice up an otherwise-lackluster, “seen it all before” series.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    The standard-sitcom format of Partners, with its forced laugh track and cookie-cutter supporting players--Alan’s spoiled step-daughter (McKaley Miller), Marcus’ bow-tie-wearing gay paralegal (Rory O’Malley)--makes it difficult to really invest too much time in the Partners premise.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 37 Michael Starr
    Better Lives lacks the ensemble chemistry and clever writing of “HIMYM,” and seems content to rely on a non-stop barrage of sophomoric sex jokes and double entendres.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 37 Michael Starr
    It’s not funny.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 37 Michael Starr
    The sitcom is cookie-cutter and one-dimensional--with thinly written characters and, most notably, a hyperactive laugh track that’s really grating.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Starr
    There's nothing fresh or original, and certainly no reason to watch this show, unless you're a fan of this ilk of staged "reality" (see "The Kardashians").
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Starr
    It's all a muddled mess of computer-generated battlefield scenes, gratuitous bare-breast-and-buttock shots (men and women--there's no favoritism here) and "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon"-type photography.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Starr
    [Princesses: Long Island] just might be the dumbest 45 minutes of TV.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Starr
    There’s nothing much going on here besides flirting cowboys and lots of beer-drinking, the producers pile on the supposed “drama” with the requisite reality show staples: forced conflict augmented by quick-cut editing and doomsday music and staged scenes.... Hoof it away from here ASAP.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Starr
    I just can’t shake the feeling that I’ve seen it all before--and that The 100 is another piece of The CW’s generic series puzzle.