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

Tom Shales' Scores

Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 Undeclared: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Category 7: The End of the World: Season 1
Score distribution:
392 tv reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    Since the show steadily improves as the first few episodes progress, Hung can hardly be written off as a failure.
    • 57 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    Like the homeliest puppy in the pound, there's something lovable about this clanky ode to romantic love; maybe it's just that the cast is so determined to put it over, no matter how foolish even the actors might find the material.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    The pace is languid and the ambiance laconic. Easy Money isn't the kind of show likely to clean up at Emmy time. But it has the same sort of eccentric, addled charm that marks an increasing number of current television shows.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    Like "Twin Peaks," it raises questions that it doesn't necessarily answer--but even the raising took a bit of daring, and "a bit" is more than one usually gets from television.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    Looking for a show to stave off "ER" withdrawal? Have Mercy; it's (you'll pardon the expression) strong medicine.
    • 64 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    A first-rate movie thriller has been turned into a second-rate TV show, but upper-second-rate, not lower. And among this season's new entries, with one or two exceptions, second-rate is about as good as things get. [16 Sept 1995, p.D01]
    • Washington Post
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    An agreeable comedic hour that makes no intimidating demands. [18 Sep 1985]
    • Washington Post
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Shales
    The crew of the new Starship Enterprise doesn't seem as intriguingly colorful as the original bunch. ... "Star Trek" aims to fill the eye and engage the mind; it has a long way to boldly go at both. But the new beginning is not without its rejuvenating properties, and there's nothing else on the air quite like it. [3 Oct 1987]
    • Washington Post
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Shales
    More of a let-down than a pick-me-up. [19 Apr 1990, p.E9]
    • Washington Post
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Tom Shales
    Helen Hunt's bright and flinty performance makes Jamie the kind of person one might like to get to know; she's spontaneous and fresh. But hangdog comic Paul Reiser... is tiresome and mechanical as Paul, and his stand-up comedy rhythms are monotonous. [23 Sep 1992]
    • Washington Post