Michael Starr

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For 82 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 3.1 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: 61 out of 82
  2. Negative: 8 out of 82
82 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    The show runs smoothly, but the plotline just isn’t compelling enough for me to go rushing back.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    The series, in large part, fails to deliver on its fascinating premise. Simply put, it’s plodding, moves at a glacial pace and overreaches with too many diffuse narrative strands.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    This Is Us has an appealing cast, solid writing and pathos aplenty.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    Cosby’s gentle humor is a bit long-in-the-tooth.
    • 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.
    • 74 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    [Spader’s] magnetic, chewing on the scenery so much that you can’t look away from him.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    The Mayor needs more depth to take it beyond the standard sitcom formula.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Starr
    The show’s writing, pacing, flashback scenes and unexpected surprises fit like a comfortable shoe.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    All in all, it’s just plain unarresting, which is too bad.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • New York Post
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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