For 55 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Rick Porter's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Boardwalk Empire: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Work It : Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 55
  2. Negative: 4 out of 55
55 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Porter
    No other new show this fall is attempting to tell a bigger story, and we're hoping the rough patches smooth out and it fulfills the potential that's there in its very strong cast and premise.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Porter
    There's enough in the premise and the performances (particularly those of Garcia and Neill) to keep us watching, but to really hook us in Alcatraz needs to decide what kind of show it wants to be.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Porter
    Where the show stumbles a little is in the case itself.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Porter
    A cool premise can only take a show so far, and there's some work to do on the character front to make the show worthy of using all available technology not to miss.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Rick Porter
    The four guys at the center of the show, in addition to actually being friends before the cameras came around, are portrayed as caring, involved dads, albeit with a few sitcommy quirks.... But thinking the dads on Modern Dads are somehow unique is really not capturing the whole picture.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    Once you get past the idea that the bad guys are working for the good guys, it's a pretty by-the-numbers crime show.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    It's a not always comfortable mix of action, drama and comedy, and if it's far from the worst new series to hit the airwaves this season, it's also not at the top of the list. It's a little too middle of the road for its own good.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    It still carries a decidedly throwback vibe, and the ongoing bluster about the state of manhood in the world feels, at best, two steps behind the times.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    It's a show I would really like to like, and there are elements present in the pilot that make me want to see how it's doing by, say, episode four or five, but it's not there yet.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    It's a fairly standard crime procedural whose hook doesn't really add much--and actually seems like it could be an obstacle further down the road.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    Lucas is actually quite good as Mitch, as is Molly Parker as his wife, Abby. The issue lies more with the mechanics of the plot.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    The show feels like it should be better.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    The cast is good enough and the premise strong enough to carry it. Right now, though, Deception is a show that doesn't know what it is.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    Merchant uses his gangly physicality (at 6-foot-7, he towers over everyone else on the show) to good effect in scenes when Stuart is on the make. Despite that, though, and despite the fact that Merchant is willing to make himself the butt of the joke, Hello Ladies doesn't quite pull off the trick of making Stuart someone you want to spend week after week seeing.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    It's hardly the worst show of the fall, but it never really lands.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Rick Porter
    The disconnect between what Mind Games wants to be and the show bubbling just under the surface makes it a bit of a puzzling viewing experience.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Porter
    Despite being populated with likable actors giving mostly solid performances, it's hard to escape the feeling that you've seen this before.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Porter
    Now that finished episodes are out there, we can tell you that it's not great.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Porter
    Just know going in that you'll be far better served by acknowledging the towering silliness of the plot, because it's just about impossible to take it seriously.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Porter
    Lifetime chose to tell a by-the-numbers tale of passion gone wrong rather than the potentially compelling (if lurid) courtroom story that played out on news channels for weeks earlier this year.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Rick Porter
    You might feel bad for the wine, and maybe for the hour you could have spent doing other things. You probably won't feel bad for Sara or Jack.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Rick Porter
    The show is so overstuffed and dancing so fast in its effort to achieve cultdom that it forgets some basic things, like making us care about the characters in the middle of this whole mess or drawing some clear stakes for what happens.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 10 Rick Porter
    It's the kind of sitcom writing that gives sitcoms a bad name.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 0 Rick Porter
    When you add to that a string of obvious, unfunny cross-dressing jokes and a set of female characters that are barely even one-dimensional, the premise pretty much collapses entirely.