For 226 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 10 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: 71 out of 226
  2. Negative: 20 out of 226
226 tv reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    What looks like a flat noir thriller could still make for a pretty entertaining police procedural.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The occasional half-decent joke aside, the pilot episode of (the real) Cult is largely derivative, with a style and atmosphere reminiscent of better CW shows like “Supernatural” and “The Vampire Diaries,” and a mildly interesting, at best, metaphysical-mystery component that feels borrowed from “Lost.”
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    It’s reasonably smart, reasonably interesting and reasonably well acted without being particularly good.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Golden Boy is a smoothly made but entirely generic show that rides the squad-room-as-family metaphor hard.
    • 86 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    As to whether the show will get back on track, the early signals are mixed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    It feels cobbled together, from the premise of “Chuck,” “Jake 2.0” and other shows to scenes and situations that recall better productions like “Person of Interest,” “Homeland” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    While Mr. Douglas glides through the film--demonstrating that his talent for portraying carnivorous lechery and polished duplicity works regardless of sexual orientation--and Mr. Damon is earnest and committed, the love, or whatever it was, between Thorson and Liberace never comes into emotional focus.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Hello Ladies is a diverting curiosity, nice to look at and good for a few squirmy laughs.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    This might be more amusing if Shane and Kim were more expressive or interesting, but neither evinces much personality.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    A perilously high-concept but intermittently pleasurable concoction that goes back to the future in several ways.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Turning Dracula into a fanged insurgent battling ruthless oligarchs is a nifty idea, and the electricity plot allows for diverting steampunk-meets-“Bride of Frankenstein” visuals. But nothing about the show is as much fun as it should be. The storytelling is slow and anemic, spelling everything out at length.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    It’s competently assembled and has a bland stylishness. What it lacks, at this point, is any kick in its storytelling: There are alienation, daddy issues and a looming love triangle, but they’re all pro forma.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Reign looks good (the pilot was shot in Ireland), moves smoothly and features CW’s characteristic bland but competent performances.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The flashback structure, which could have been cumbersome and distracting, is impressively seamless. But, despite these positives, things start to go off track as early as the second episode.... [Director Cary Joji Fukunaga] doesn’t show much ability here to animate Mr. Pizzolatto’s dialogue-heavy encounters.... There are some nice moments in the later episodes, and they’re the ones with the fewest words.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    A predictable mix of violence, sex and sentimentalism.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Brody Stevens is inventive but feels like a show you might see on a lot of comedy- or reality-oriented cable channels, and despite the presence of Mr. Galifianakis, it’s less interesting than the other HBO digital offerings.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Much of the time in the early episodes is spent on the preparations for this mission [for one last big score] and on laying out a complicated network of alliances and animosities, and it gets to be a slog. Helping to keep us interested are Mark Ryan, providing a comic touch as a grizzled quartermaster, and Luke Arnold as a not-so-charming rogue named John Silver, not yet Long.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    At least the Sopranos knew how to have fun.... Mr. Momoa and Mr. Henderson acquit themselves well without generating any heat or much of any feeling. The best work is by Julianne Nicholson as Harold’s damaged wife and Zahn McClarnon as a foot soldier in Phillip’s drug operation.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Sirens stands at the far end of a current spectrum in which jokes are considered too obvious and old-fashioned a way of getting laughs. Unfortunately, the show doesn’t replace them with funny circumstances or characters we care about.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    TV Land proves again that no one in basic cable does a more proficient, professional job of executing and packaging traditional sitcoms. What’s not so admirable: the creator and writer Matthew Carlson’s pilot script.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    When Dominion isn’t preoccupied with filling in its portentous back story, it provides some capably filmed action and a higher grade of acting than usual for this kind of show.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    It has more of the feel of a traditional family sitcom than the louder, jokier competition on Nickelodeon, but the humor is still pretty broad and the plotting blunt for anyone outside that age group.
    • 68 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    It most closely resembles the assembly-line Hollywood westerns that provide the model for the zombie genre.... The mundanely self-aware screenplay includes references to the zompocalypse and lines like “God, I hate moral dilemmas.”