For 62 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 2.5 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 62
  2. Negative: 8 out of 62
62 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.