For 404 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tom Shales' Scores

Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Scrubs: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Winner: Season 1
Score distribution:
404 tv reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Tom Shales
    It still isn't quite the hugely confident, competent hit one longs for--especially considering that "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels is an executive producer--but it's high in quality, as well as in spirit.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    The results are often wickedly amusing.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    The overall effect is pleasing, light, cheerful.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    Frasier at this point seems much more amusing when he's at home contending with his father than when he's at the workplace fielding phoned-in woes. But wherever he is, he's clearly in good hands -- the hands of old pros who still have the brash enthusiasm of young Turks. [16 Sept 1993, p.C1]
    • Washington Post
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    Spin City is firing on all cylinders. It's a slick little contraption custom-built by professionals, and if it's not exactly full of surprises, at least it's roaringly competent. [17 Sept 1996, p.B01]
    • Washington Post
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    It isn't innovative or brilliant, but there's some kind of joy to be had from watching the parts of the machine fit together just right and operate slickly and smoothly.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    Baker and his wily line readings and intimidatingly sly stares can snap the show out of occasional stupors.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    The production is nothing if not rich, awash in muted hues, populated with rivetingly complex characters and yet disappointingly low on spectacle.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    What lifts "Evidence" well above the clamor of standard cop shows is the charisma between its two male leads.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    Although it starts out on a glib, dopey note--as "Mission: Preposterous" crossed with "Ocean's Eleven"--the new TNT series Leverage develops with surprising swiftness into a decent, watchable action drama about wrongs being righted and bad guys getting what's coming to them.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    Mamet offers a kind of thinking person's war movie for a nation that is, indeed, at war.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    "Brewster" improves on the original and has the look of a warmhearted winner. ... It's corny, it's old-fashioned, it's predictable, and it works. [1 May 1990]
    • Washington Post
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    It's surprisingly sweet and cleverly hilarious. ... The show may not exactly blaze new trails, but it treads some old ones with finesse and veracity -- and even, thanks largely to Ritter, an endearingly rumpled charm. [17 Sep 2002]
    • Washington Post
    • 21 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    The fact that Meaney has a slightly Gleasonesque persona gives his exchanges with Meadows, so long ago Alice Kramden, a nostalgic oomph. Cheering memories of "The Honeymooners" hover over the proceedings -- the icing on a fast-frozen devil's-food cake. [10 Sept 1990, p.B1]
    • Washington Post
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    "Sons & Daughters" turns the banalities of family life upside down and inside out and finds something new, and even something cherishable, in many of them.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    A dazzling and gripping crime drama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    A persistently diverting journey by producers and camera crews in search of the glib, the flippant and the ostensibly hip of Southern California.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    It's superior to the movie. Both were produced by veteran Irwin Winkler. Brooke Langton, inheriting the role played in the film by Sandra Bullock, is more attractive and is able to project what Bullock lacks: warmth and vulnerability. [18 July 1998, p.E01]
    • Washington Post
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    Goldblum... gives the character of Raines a solid and gratifying humanity, enough to lift "just another" cop opera into a considerably more rarefied realm.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    The two-zany formula still works for movie after movie, and the occasional TV show. Case in point: Tonight's Testees, airing on the risk-happy FX network; the comedy doesn't push boundaries so much as trounce and trash them.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    For what it is, it's an extremely accomplished piece of work -- unsettling in ways that few suspense thrillers manage to be.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    Ambitious, adult and sexually sophisticated, another signpost along the road toward increasingly serious, and much more personal television. [26 Apr 1988]
    • Washington Post
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    For a cartoon, it's defiantly slow, sometimes a virtual still-life. And yet there's something curiously compelling about its utterly trivial everyday goings-on. [11 Jan 1997]
    • Washington Post
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    If it isn't pure gold, it still has bright, shiny moments--and unlike so much of what's on TV these days, it's much more likely to make you laugh than cry.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    Little Britain USA isn't precisely the same television show that's been slaying audiences and collecting awards in England and Australia for the past several years, but it's close.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    "Love Monkey" is easy to dismiss yet hard to dislike.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    It may be a case of going too far but in such a crazy-daisy way that it can't help but be entertaining. [2 Oct 2004]
    • Washington Post
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    Perfectly respectable family fare, yet not so perfectly respectable that it's drippy. [27 Sept 1996, p.D01]
    • Washington Post
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    Do we ever feel as if we're really there, in Henry's court, half a millennium ago? Perhaps not, but a splendid cast and sumptuous production details make "The Tudors" a rollicking and resplendent show, if never a deeply affecting one.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Tom Shales
    Most of the actors make their characters zesty and likable, if on occasion too glib for their -- and our -- own good.

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