For 123 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tom Long's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 3
Lowest review score: 20 George Lopez: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 123
  2. Negative: 10 out of 123
123 tv reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    The question of whether artificial intelligence can gain consciousness is obviously timely. The question of whether Wood and company can make Westworld as emotionally viable as it is fascinating to watch remains to be seen. Still, try looking away.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    Braugher is the rare actor who banks on control instead of pyrotechnics. And Ruben Blades gives him strong support as the hospital's administrator, Dr. Max Cabranes. [10 Oct 2000]
    • The Detroit News
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    Not strange enough to be scary, but probably strange enough to be fun. [17 Sept 2002]
    • The Detroit News
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    At first, it seems like your typical show from the CW, overstuffed with bushy-haired teens in a sci-fi situation. But after a while the series, based on a book by Kass Morgan, reveals influences ranging from “Lord of the Flies” to “Battlestar Galactica,” with more than a few hints of “The Hunger Games,” “Lost” and “1984” tossed in.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    The show is mostly a slow-burn look at Kyle as he tries to make sense of all the damage that seems to follow--and grow--around him. He may yet turn to prayer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    Raimi shows he hasn’t lost his horror chops in directing the first episode, particularly with a spinning flashlight tension-builder. And the bloody roots of “Evil Dead” are fully honored as well.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    By the end of the first episode you have little idea what’s going on; by the end of the fourth show the series is starting to gel a bit, but questions have been piled upon questions and soooo many characters have been introduced you need a scorecard.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    [A] promising mix of urban decay, moral corruption and brutal betrayal that’s likely to fuel Sun.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    The level of profanity here would likely give any real life vice principal a heart attack, and Gamby’s stupidity is world class. Eventually you realize he’s just a lonely, sad jerk in need of validation. Comedy, you’ll recall, is just tragedy upside down.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    As the season progresses, Mapleton re-emerges and it becomes a tale of two deeply weird cities. It may all be a tease, but give The Leftovers this: It is the strangest show on television.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    What The Newsroom lacks in vampires, serial killers and terrorist love affairs, it makes up for with topicality, intelligence and messy romances.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    Occasionally gory and suffused with black humor, there’s still a sunny sincerity to the show. Simply put, iZombie is death done cute.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    Although this is certainly the most narcissistic talk show in memory, it depends wholly on whether you enjoy Chelsea or not.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    Showtime’s favorite psychopath is watching his life unravel. Again. Which is tough for Dexter but probably good for the audience.... Last year, the ship was righted as Deb disintegrated and Dexter found true love. Will this season bring justice, cheap thrills or a violent conclusion? Hopefully, all of the above.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    Watching Shooter as a series is like falling back into a well-known and familiar story, just one with lots of guns. It’s downright comfortable. And that’s odd.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    Halt is wise enough to play this out against Gordon’s stress over providing for his family, Joe’s mysterious background and Cameron’s cute pixie haircut. The ad men in “Mad Men” changed a great deal; the people who put a computer in every home changed everything. And that keeps Halt and Catch Fire interesting.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    Whether viewers will feel too challenged by Ellie to smile along remains to be seen. Hopefully they won't; TV needs crazy-vain-brave risk-takers badly. [26 Feb 2002]
    • The Detroit News
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    It’s hard to say where The Bridge is going, but so far it looks like a trip worth taking.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    There are knocks in Seduced and Abandoned, but none of them seem that hard.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    The Middle East lends itself to intrigues, backstabbings, frontstabbings and long-term vendettas like few other places, and writer-director Hugo Blick lets his puzzle pieces assemble with slow, deliberate power and more than a few surprises.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    Handled correctly, this has “Lost” potential.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    The slow burn approach actually works nicely, assuming you can calm your appetite for immediate destruction.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    Family Tree is addictively silly stuff.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    Alliances are made and broken, power shifts go this way and that, blood is spilled, and wenches keep wenching. It’s oddly addictive, and the cast--made up mostly of British, Australian and Canadian actors--is as sharp as you’d expect from pay cable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    The potential for cop burnout exists with all the new crime shows this season, but "Trace" is among the most promising entries. [26 Sep 2002]
    • The Detroit News
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    Relentlessly dark and slow boiling, True Detective may promise more than it can deliver. But it still delivers quite a bit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    The Walking Dead may be starting to walk in circles, but the scenery is still spectacular and spooky.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    This is a solid, risky show with loads of potential. Keep it coming.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    Mamet is known for tight, pointed dramas, and he holds true to his rep here, creating a mystery, procedural and character study all in one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tom Long
    A period piece with serious punch, The Knick isn’t for the faint of heart.

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