For 751 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Girls: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Til Death: Season 1
Score distribution:
751 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    House had enough going against it, but if you strip it of its boldness in favor of rote (and predictable) drama, then you might as well bring in the priest.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    In the best tradition of light but engaging (and highly entertaining) dramas, Burn Notice is plain and simple fun--you want to come back every week.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It never flags in pace, and all the performances, even the smaller ones (like Gambon's), are enthralling.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Even though In the Motherhood may have universal appeal, overly familiar premises can lead to lameness, so ABC better hope the rest of the episodes play more like the one on Thursday and less like the one a week later.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    [Creator and writer Ann Biderman has] created the most testosterone, rough and intelligent drama in ages.... Early sneaks of Ray Donovan hinted that Showtime might have a real gem on its hands, but four episodes provides an absolute exclamation point.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It has a goofy charm and outsize ridiculousness that wins you over -- even if you'd prefer more snark.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    There are moments when events become too pat or get too cute. Occasionally the show mysteriously falls into a rut of old cop-show cliches. But those times are few, fading from memory because there's enough potential and quality elsewhere to make you forgive and forget.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    "Pepper Dennis" is so poorly written that the hokey dialogue not only besmirches journalism, but television journalism, which really takes some serious hackery to accomplish.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    By having everyone around Jackie seem daft, quirky or incompetent--an attempt at humor, one would guess--the series never felt connected. Those elements improved by the ended of Season 1 and have, for the most part, been ironed out in the early episodes of Season 2 (though the tone will need to be monitored).
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    If people stay with it, what they'll find are exceptional performances, some truly fine writing and a premise, by virtue of being complicated, that could unspool some really interesting plotlines.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    A quirky and hilarious gem.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Dern, Wilson, Ladd, White and Sharp are excellent in this strange little vehicle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    The pilot is one of those good-not-great propositions that many pilots are, particularly those trying to establish a complex world.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    It’s certainly an intriguing pilot--you can’t take your eyes off of Spader and the writers have thrown in a couple of other interesting twists.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Although the cases in Raising the Bar are apparently influenced by real-life cases, they tend to be either predictable or predictably unpredictable, however you want to look at it. In combination with the characters, this makes Raising the Bar about an average law series. That's pretty good for TNT, but less than expected from Bochco - fair or not.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    There is a slightly claustrophobic feel to some of the pilot--reminiscent of the feeling the revamped Battlestar Galactica gave--but you can't help but feel that on a submarine. Despite that, Last Resort manages to move at a feverish pace, with pulse-pounding twists and turns.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    45 minutes of bad writing, bad acting and bad storytelling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Screenwriter Amanda Coe is to be credited not only for developing such rich characterizations, but also for the delicacy of the show's satiric point of view.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Beers and his crew are old hands at this, and they wring the drama out of Coal very quickly and compellingly. They get beyond the danger into the emotional territory, and that's where the gold is.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    A charming but underwhelming pilot.... The second episode is dismal, sucking all the air out of whatever hopes you might have had for that one.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    "The West Wing" needs changes, and it needs them now. Without a revamping of the show in some significant fashion, it runs the risk of losing its importance, dropping its political cachet and looking for all the world like a fine, if not sterling, bit of Hollywood fictional fluffery.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Over the course of six hours it delivers bold, cinematic on-location action, announces itself with sweeping, dramatic dialogue (admittedly, not for everyone) and scatters excellent acting across the small screen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Fans can read into it whatever they want, but the series' greatest strength is the vampire quality of accepting fate and reveling in it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Tim Goodman
    By the time the second hour comes on Monday and tries to give these characters some dimension, you already know that the talent on both sides of the camera simply isn't there to make this a worthwhile trip.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It’s clear, then, that the allure and the annoyance of the series rest in the same area. FX gets “Nip/Tuck” to stand out in a crowded field by being provocative both under the knife and under the sheets. Sex and surgery are the draw, but the acting, the emotional battlegrounds and even the issues raised are ultimately the reasons the series excels.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Episodes, which got uproarious laughter in cut-down form at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in July, does not disappoint an ounce as it rolls through a seven-episode season. It also signals a savvy return to television for LeBlanc, who manages to be the butt of the joke one moment then hilariously likable the next.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's painfully derivative on so many fronts that it sometimes seems you're watching five reality shows at once.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    In Cinema Verite, 90 minutes might not do justice to the historical impact of An American Family. But it makes you wish there were 90 more minutes to the story, which is saying something.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The film isn't trying to break ground with revelations, so what it comes down to is whether Game Change is a good movie, as opposed to a balanced documentary. For the most part, it is.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Along the way, Elementary should prove rather conclusively that it's a solid cousin to Sherlock and will give fans of the character more chances to see him solve crimes.

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