For 392 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tom Shales' Scores

Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Sports Night: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Head Cases: Season 1
Score distribution:
392 tv reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    Demonstrates plenty of marksmanship in the old aim-to-please department. It has a nice convivial camaraderie going for it, and one fail-safe ingredient in reserve: the proverbial cute baby. [22 Sept 1987, p.D1]
    • Washington Post
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    For all its shortcomings and flat flourishes, Crusoe has one very significant thing going for it, a virtue that can be summarized in four reassuring words: At Least It's Different.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    " 'Til Death Do Us Part" would be sort of ultimately ordinary, the very definition of a negligible trifle, if Waters weren't lurking around.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    There isn't much in "Supernatural" to engage viewers older than Sam and Dean, but it's certainly not the worst of the new troop of spookers.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    Distracting and annoying as some of its bad habits are, "John Doe" is still hauntingly distinctive enough to warrant further investigation. Who knows but that eventually we may even find -- yes, I'm going to say it -- Doe a dear.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    Menace so permeates the atmosphere that a certain glum predictability has set in to the scenes. [28 Oct 2003]
    • Washington Post
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    Stylista is--what is the phrase?--like a little tick that you want to flick off, but it's no worse than other reality games that have come before and will come after.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    Moving up to the big time, and relocating to the earlier time slot, seems to have robbed Conan of much of his charm. Much--but not all.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    While the film could not be called a rollicking success, it seldom if ever pauses long enough to be ordinary, complacent or conventionally minded.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    The laughs generated are not subtle, but at least they're there.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Shales
    Accidentally on Purpose doesn't have the smarts to be the salvation of a genre, but neither does it look like the torpedo to sink the ship. Not great, but nothing heinous.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Shales
    The basic formula is by now so groaningly familiar, and the premise so weak and weary, that there's only the "reality" part of this docu-game, or whatever it ought to be called, to tempt one's interest, and that not much.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Shales
    Often engaging, inventive, well acted and wickedly funny, Picket Fences keeps shooting itself in the foot with tastelessness disguised as daring. Irritating as it may frequently be, however, Picket Fences also seems the new fall drama most likely to become habit-forming. You may love it, you may hate it, but you're liable to be hooked. [18 Sept 1992, p.D1]
    • Washington Post

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