Michael Starr
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For 64 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Starr's Scores

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: 46 out of 64
  2. Negative: 8 out of 64
64 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 88 Michael Starr
    The show’s writing, pacing, flashback scenes and unexpected surprises fit like a comfortable shoe.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The ingredients are there; they just need more seasoning.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    Their stories are at turns intense, emotional, angry and humorous--and will capture your attention.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The performances here are all good, and the chemistry between Cooper and, particularly, his lovers is palpable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    Crystal is in fine form and Gad is appropriately irritating (and funnier than I expected). The Comedians is more of an acquired taste than a “must-see”--and will appeal to those who enjoy satire and winking, self-referential show-biz tropes.

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