For 818 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Arrested Development: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 The Vampire Diaries: Season 1
Score distribution:
818 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Intriguing and genuinely fun.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Credit Morgan, the original source material of the book (there is some deviation, according to Morgan) and BBC America for crafting an instantaneously addictive piece of television.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Expect a slow(ish) rollout for Bates Motel, as the first couple of episodes establish character and location, before things take an uptick during episode three. But there’s more than enough intrigue and entertainment--on top of Farmiga’s outstanding turn--to keep viewers wanting more of this new-style nonhomage to Psycho.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    If you're thinking that "TV Funhouse" makes "South Park" look like "Masterpiece Theatre," well, you're pretty close. The laughs here often are scatological, sexual or just plain childish and silly. Which, of course, is the whole reason for watching.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Your eyes are in for a treat, and Judd grows on you.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    A superb little series. ... The acting and writing is top-notch. There's a witty undertone that's much appreciated and enough pop culture asides to keep you going through the arcane structure.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The show from creator Nahnatchka Khan is fresh and funny, with fast-paced jokes and witty cynicism in abundance.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The escapism is sky high. Valley remains as charismatic as ever, with McBride's disdainful asides and Haley's chilly creepiness intact. It would be unfortunate if Human Target somehow got soapy or dumber, because good popcorn is rare.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    There's a corollary here to Louis CK and his FX series Louie, though Ansari and Master of None are not yet on that level.... What he's proving, with each episode of Master of None, is that he was the right choice for a fresh vision of a TV show.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The Borgias retains the intrigue and conniving family politics that made season one such a pleasure ride, but it all has more snap now, with Jordan spinning the plates with aplomb.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The combined performances here are exceptional. That work is helpful in glossing over some of the character flaws.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It's broad, but funny because it's broad--you get the tone immediately and go with it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Some of the character are so impressively conceived and fleshed out that they ignite the material. Brown’s work proves that Ridley’s material can be generationally spot-on and gender-specific.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Creator Elizabeth Meriwether manages to make the situations funny and lets Deschanel channel her charm--a winning combination.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    CBS has managed to create a period piece without relying solely on that factor as the cool conceit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Talented, magnetic, sexy and above all else extremely likable, Rodriguez is the glue that holds together the tonally difficult-to-pull-off Jane the Virgin series.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Even though the movie is loaded with enough to satisfy those who believe Spector did it, as Mirren’s role is written and Pacino’s performance hints at, the film seems eager to suggest Spector was found guilty mostly of being a freak. That have-it-both-ways storytelling doesn’t make Phil Spector a great legal movie, but it allows two exceptional actors and a talented writer a chance to play with reality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The first two hours go at a brisk, thrilling pace that allows for character development as well. A lot happens and there's a desire for more.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Created by Kevin Biegel, Enlisted comes out of the gates almost fully formed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    First, the series is completely on point with what the network is doing elsewhere (Arrow, etc.). Second, it's actually very well done. And third, it's wholly entertaining.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It's about characters and their slow unraveling along with the mystery at hand. Whithouse has assembled a superb cast of relative unknowns who support the main Hughes-Cox tandem and add layers (mother Hester, for example).
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Created and written by Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex), and directed superbly by veteran Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing), Manhattan kicks off with two gripping episodes that highlight a strong cast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    With Life's Too Short, he [Ricky Gervais] again delivers.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    So, during the course of three episodes, there's not much sucking up, enough dissing to keep the whole thing honest, tons of magnificent cars, fast driving and enough goofiness to make this Top Gear get off the line without any mishaps.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The good news is that Halt and Catch Fire is a triumphant pilot with excellent writing, impressive acting and a noteworthy cinematic visual style. ... But ultimately that means nothing until we see the next episode. And the one after that. And the one after that. So take this early praise with that caveat.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Credit Anfanger and Jacobson with quickly establishing a connection as the clueless brothers with big cinematic dreams. And, of course, credit Comedy Central with keeping up its streak.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It could be argued that Fox has pulled off something even more remarkable with the debut of the less-than-thrillingly titled Traffic Light, a romantic comedy whose concept was imported from Israel: because it is both funny and remarkably realistic.

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