For 197 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 12.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Mike Hale's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 90 Louis C.K.: Oh My God: Season 1
Lowest review score: 10 Amish Mafia: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 197
  2. Negative: 17 out of 197
197 tv reviews
    • 69 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.
    • 59 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    It tries to combine elements of American mob stories and Scandinavian mysteries, seasoned with frequent overt references to "The Sopranos," but the mixture is pretty flat in the first episode.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Resolutely generic.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Nothing in the first two episodes of The Pauly D Project is more than mildly diverting, but that's still more than can be said for the reboot of the candid-camera prank show "Punk'd."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The show around them [the actors], at this point, looks too flat and schematically plotted to succeed as the type of lightweight summer fun we've come to expect from USA.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    The medical scenes are competent but forgettable, while the scenes of Charlie's peregrinations are sometimes interesting and funny but surprisingly infrequent.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    Across the four early episodes provided for review, Pierce's hallucinations are already beginning to feel like stunts covering up for a lack of ideas.
    • 57 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 50 Mike Hale
    [Peter Dinklage, Ciaran Hinds, Paul Kaye, and Dianna Rigg are] all fun to watch, even when their characters don’t have anything in particular to do besides relay information that we need to keep up with the story or keep straight the seven (so we’re told) warring families.
    • 56 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.
    • 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.