Michael Starr

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For 73 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 36% 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: 63
Highest review score: 100 House of Cards (2013): Season 2
Lowest review score: 20 The 100: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 73
  2. Negative: 8 out of 73
73 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    The show’s pacing is brisk, the acting is fine on all fronts (the British-born Atwell’s American accent slips a bit here and there) and it’s nice to look at--which just might be enough to keep Conviction going.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    The show runs smoothly, but the plotline just isn’t compelling enough for me to go rushing back.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    It’s all very predictable, with a few genuinely funny moments.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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").
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    Wahlburgers can use a dash of humor to spice up an otherwise-lackluster, “seen it all before” series.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    Cosby’s gentle humor is a bit long-in-the-tooth.
    • 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.

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