For 227 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 18% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 77% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Hale's Scores

Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 90 Louis C.K.: Oh My God: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Amish Mafia: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 227
  2. Negative: 20 out of 227
227 tv reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    Retired at 35 will send you to the liquor cabinet, hoping to kill a few memory cells. It starts with the writing, which is bland and cliched, even by old-school-sitcom standards.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    With none of the flair or self-deprecating wit that have defined other British sci-fi imports ("Torchwood," "Primeval"), Outcasts strands a number of talented performers, including Mr. Bamber, Eric Mabius and Liam Cunningham, on a world of wooden dialogue and interplanetary cliches.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    The expansion emphasizes the sameness of his writing and his performances, and makes the payoffs of the jokes feel small.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    The case of the week and the background story seem to be competing to see which can be sillier.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    It's diverting, a little sad, a little boring, full of geeky macho posturing and ultimately pointless, much like a Wednesday afternoon in a comic-book shop.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    Based on its first two episodes, Lifetime's Client List makes even a dead fish like HBO's "Hung" look steamy.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    If you've been on a sidewalk in the meatpacking district in Manhattan at 2 or 3 in the morning, though, you've probably seen something a lot like Brooklyn 11223: the stagger toward the cab, the yelling match across Ninth Avenue. It's pretty much the same performance.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    It's a disheartening misfire: a big, bland historical melodrama built on platitudes about honor and the writing life that crams in actual figures and incidents but does little to illuminate them, or to make us care about the romance at its center.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    The result is a show that looks like a beauty pageant crossed with a slave auction.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    This celebration of friendship feels so sour and joyless.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    Those who don’t find Hannibal fatally slow and pretentious can stick around to enjoy the superior production values and the stylishness of the pilot, directed by David Slade with an ominous suggestiveness reminiscent of David Fincher.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    The problem with Vice isn’t its insistent aggrandizement but its excessive softheadedness. It’s journalism at the intersection of shallow and gullible, where they meet, high-five and compare tattoos.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    In “Once Upon a Time,” the multiple time streams were clever at first but proliferated to a point of wearying confusion. Wonderland skips straight to bewilderment.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    Star Crossed, with its gloomy-doomy vibe, its comic-book appropriation of big themes and the way it makes an alien encampment look like St. Marks Place on Halloween, may have trouble reaching beyond the teenage demographic.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    Labyrinth is too plodding and literal to rise to the level of camp, which could have saved it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    The writing is mostly painfully unfunny.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Mike Hale
    Presumably Legends is meant to seem more serious than those shows ["Rizzoli & Isles" and "Major Crimes"] and skew more male in its viewership, but it succeeds only in being more mechanical, predictable and thin.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Mike Hale
    Nothing Mr. Schneider has done over the intervening years, however--not even licking his own crotch in "The Animal"--has been quite as degrading, for him or his audience, as Rob, his new autobiographical sitcom on CBS.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 10 Mike Hale
    Reality TV doesn't get much cheaper or crasser than this, and just to clinch its rock-bottom status, the show fills out its picture of rural menace by momentarily citing the 2006 mass shooting at a Lancaster County Amish school.