For 728 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Sons of Anarchy: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 The Bedford Diaries: Season 1
Score distribution:
728 tv reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Luckily, nobody overdoes the modernity angle in their acting and so Almost Human feels grounded -- dark, dirty and lived-in, almost like Blade Runner.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    Yes, it can often sound like a pulp setup bound to go sideways, but Banshee ends up being taut, entertaining and smart enough, and you won't completely turn your brain off.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    If you can’t love the rake in Keegan, then you sure can’t love the lawyer in him either (since it’s barely developed in the pilot). That leaves Rake as an overly familiar character study and an under-developed law procedural.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    There’s a lot of material to mine here and Goyer, Starz and Da Vinci’s Demons are off to an entertaining start.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Directed with aplomb by Mat Whitecross, who periodically decides, in the course of this four-hour feast, to stop making a movie about a man and instead make a Bond movie, Fleming is the kind of movie that winks at you constantly and you never get annoyed by the intimations.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Californication in Season 2 seems like its indulging a certain person's condition rather than illuminating the human condition, if you know what I mean - and I think you do.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    How about less ghost, more Margo? That might help A Gifted Man become better than very average.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Goodman
    No matter how you slice it, you won't find a quality cable series hiding inside.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Ultimately, there's nothing new about the bones of Grey's Anatomy. Somebody needs to reinvent the hospital drama, stat.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    The new show takes a wispy idea and stretches it past its limit, leaving no laughs, no character development and certainly no impetus to watch again.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Here it is, back for an eighth season of eight episodes, and the only reason to return to it is the culmination of storylines. Meaning, to come back to find out what happens to Vince and the boys (and their various girls). And that's really the problem.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Bad, then decent, then confusing. That's not exactly the trajectory you're looking for in a pilot.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Though Berlanti doesn't always get the balance right and there's no telling whether people will glom onto Eli the way they did Ally, having seen three episodes and been entertained through most of them is saying something, at least.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    This is a series that throws so much lunacy into the plotlines that even the writers on "Dynasty" must be hissing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Sometimes formula done entertainingly is just what the country wants to eat.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    His monologue was staccato and hit and miss--sounding more like his "Weekend Update" bits than a real monologue. And his first attempt at a recurring bit, "Venn Diagrams," was overly clinical and less than funny, despite some good material.... The back-to-back segments of Poehler and Biden offered an early hint that Meyers really can do interviews and that worries over that element of his arsenal are exaggerated.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    But this is what a great TV series does -- it mines difficult emotional ground. It's willfully complex, putting popularity at risk. It avoids convention and takes irregular dramatic steps. With that in mind, watch Rescue Me at your own risk.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    It seems like a middling Fox series with a monotonous glut of obscenities and some nudity tossed in to make it pay-cable worthy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The Pacific is a superb, viscerally moving and harrowing depiction of World War II and a worthy complement to "Band of Brothers" (2001).
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    The series is flat-out tone deaf; a limp drama and a grating, messy misfire as a comedy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's Close who makes "Damages" a series to contend with.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    A series so bad that it's daring you to watch. Don't.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    Murphy and Adler opt for the caustic in a series that probably had its best chance of success playing it more subtle and more sentimental, tossing in the barbs judiciously.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's not that '24' is desperate for ideas in Season 4. No, it was desperate in Season 2. It's that the humor is more blithely predictable now, less forehead-slapping in its preposterousness. As the adrenaline ramps up, the logic falls down. Again. [7 Jan 2003]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Unfortunately, The Goode Family isn't distinct enough or, ultimately, funny enough in the few episodes ABC screened to really worry about a future.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's rare to hate a series so thoroughly in the first five minutes and then have your mind changed (and stunned) by the creative comeback it mounts in the remaining hour. ... In fact, there's enormous potential to this series if the storytelling and writing stay strong.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    Sirens is a better than expected offering and probably better than the kickback it’s likely to get when it comes to faulty memories and dusty legacies.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Turn should be a lot more exciting than it is. It may eventually get there--but a lot of AMC’s series not named Mad Men, Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead never got there. And that’s an ongoing problem.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The problem is the lovely-to-look-at pilot, which unfortunately has a heavy dose of saccharine and corn mixed in. There's a voice-over that makes you think you're about to watch some heartwarming Christmas special, and there's dialogue that strains so much to be moving that it falls flat and stiff.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It does the near impossible for any extended-family drama: It manages to be poignant and funny without becoming ridiculously soapy and larded with cliches.

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