For 358 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 21% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 73% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Hale's Scores

Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 90 Louis C.K.: Oh My God
Lowest review score: 10 Amish Mafia: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 358
358 tv reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    As to whether the show will get back on track, the early signals are mixed.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    It’s reasonably smart, reasonably interesting and reasonably well acted without being particularly good.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    An Adventure in Space and Time turns out to be an entirely conventional backstage drama, moving at a leisurely pace and making every reversal and triumph easily comprehensible for an audience that may not have seen the original show.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Hand of God, while smoothly made, nice to look at and mostly well-acted, is also a cautionary example of the pitfalls of the new style of serialized drama. It’s trying to do several things at once, but it doesn’t feel particularly layered or complex.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The sociopath’s escalating series of offenses almost seems reasonable at first--he just wants to be left alone. Directed by Paul Whittington), The Widower has a surprising undercurrent of humor, but it’s not enough to keep the unexceptional story interesting across three hours.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    It’s the last of the big-four British costume dramas of recent years to make its American public-television debut, after “Downton Abbey,” “Call the Midwife” and “Mr. Selfridge,” and it’s the most frivolous of the bunch, which is saying quite a bit.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    It’s all very hard to take seriously but not that hard to enjoy--the show and the cast are admirably committed to the craziness they’re perpetrating.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The problem is more likely to be the generic nature of Emily's misadventures, and the soap opera implausibility of the medical stories, which is extreme, even for the genre.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    "Catfish" was a clever riff on a found-footage thriller, Catfish: The TV Show is a standard reality series mixing elements of the dating and rehab-therapy genres.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    For a short-form digital series, Play It Again, Dick is fairly amusing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The writers may work their way out of this corner and Mr. McIntyre, who's a bit lightweight at this point, may grow into the central role. In the meantime there are still touches of the unbridled campiness that made the first season amusing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The Bridge still feels like a show caught between two masters. It has a lot of the pieces it needs to actually be a compelling murder mystery--some good performances in key roles; an evocative, sun-blasted look; and an ability (presumably Mr. Reid’s) to concoct creepy, suspenseful scenes. Yet we’re still waiting for it all to come together.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    [The cast] all do their best to provide what every comic-book adaptation needs and so few achieve, which is a little soul, some human substance at the core. Powers shows occasional, fitful signs of that kind of life, though in the long run it may be just too threadbare to get there.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    This might be more amusing if Shane and Kim were more expressive or interesting, but neither evinces much personality.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Franklin & Bash has some of the ingredients of perfectly adequate summer filler: it's handsomely shot; the writing, line by line, is as good as or better than that of most of the cable competition; and there are appealing actors like Malcolm McDowell, Reed Diamond and Ms. Davis in supporting roles. The problem is that Franklin and Bash themselves are resolutely uninteresting.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Damien the TV series is a fairly generic supernatural conspiracy thriller with elements of the police procedural, a well-populated genre.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Most of the elaborately introduced plotlines fizzle out (or simply vanish), and the final surprise is the worst kind of twist ending, arrived at arbitrarily and seemingly presented for its shock value.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The show suffers from a failure to commit: resolutely charting a middle course between cheese-ball parody and something darker and more sophisticated, it manages to be both over the top and consistently flat, too silly to take seriously and too dull to care about.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Overall, though, nothing lives up to Mr. Cross’s previous standard of breathless improbability. The murderer, the mystery and the gruesome tableaus all feel tepid and familiar.... Mr. Elba, as Luther, is still gratifyingly larger than life.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Hit & Miss is so slow and earnest and teachy--several scenes involve Mia's young son exploring his own sexual identity by donning a dress and headband--that much of the show seems to be performed on tiptoe, and a giggle seems like the appropriate response.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    This material is hit-or-miss--it’s a difficult thing to pull off consistently--but for fans of their style, it’s its own reward.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    In the three-night mini-series Rebellion, serious historical drama goes up against tedious soap opera, and the battle ends in more or less of a stalemate.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Resolutely generic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The show does a creditable job of cataloging the novel's themes, but it has more trouble capturing the story's Victorian-style sweep and texture.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Bonnie & Clyde is thoroughly inoffensive and resolutely middle-of-the-road, a big slab of a story about a doomed love affair between two nice, good-looking kids who had some really bad luck.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Outsiders is a fantasy-tinged family saga that promises to be a hoot but turns sluggish and humdrum after a few episodes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    What we get is an unwieldy and mostly humdrum combination of mob tale and backstage musical.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Very little that Mr. Fox, or anyone else, does in The Michael J. Fox Show, which starts on Thursday night, will force you to laugh. Everything about his return to sitcom stardom is mild, tucked in, determined not to offend.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    All those profiled are on their best behavior, and the show is so focused on teaching that it goes for long stretches without entertaining.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The entire season will be available on Friday morning, and, in one sitting, you can cruise through the so-so story and find out before lunch what the future holds for Linden and Holder.

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