For 410 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 13.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tom Shales' Scores

Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 NYPD Blue: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Hidden Hills: Season 1
Score distribution:
410 tv reviews
    • 50 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
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    It's not an easy task to figure out where the thing is going, but it is intriguing watching it go there.
    • 45 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    ALF himself is funny enough to keep the show bubbling. He has a sardonic insouciance. [22 Sept 1986, p.C1]
    • Washington Post
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    An agreeable comedic hour that makes no intimidating demands. [18 Sep 1985]
    • Washington Post
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    There are, in fact, simply too many characters chasing each other up and down the seven hills, and viewers who try to keep track are in for maddening frustration. If only people would address one another by name once in a blue moon, that would help a little. [28 Aug 2005, p.N01]
    • Washington Post
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Tom Shales
    Very slick and very shiny, full of impassioned confrontations and noble utterances. [17 Sep 1994]
    • Washington Post
    • 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.

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