For 70 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 25% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Vicki Hyman's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Better Call Saul: Season 1
Lowest review score: 25 The Royals: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 70
  2. Negative: 8 out of 70
70 tv reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    How will Better Call Saul play for those unfamiliar with "Breaking Bad"? It still works, provided they're content with Gilligan's trademark loopiness and the show's leisurely (but confident) pace.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    True Detective keeps you on your toes, and will keep you glued to the screen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    The four lead characters don't come off as deliberately, purposefully awful. In fact, they're so likable that their self-sabotaging almost adds to their charms. You're rooting for everyone, even when they're at cross-purposes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    For fans of the original movie, there are a number of callbacks to savor.... We're looking forward plenty of long, cold winters.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    The premiere episode is riveting--the best pilot I've seen this fall. (That admittedly is not saying much.)
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    Fortitude's allure is its off-puttingness; those making a home there must indeed be tenacious, and with Fortitude, the same tenacity is required of its viewers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    Mendelsohn is superb as Danny, who shifts between vulnerability and venality with a swiftness that will leave you breathless. And there is an authenticity to the interplay between these adult siblings, freighted with unspoken accusations, long-held grudges, bitter rivalries and yes, even love, hinted at in flashbacks and fleshed out in a shocking flash-forward.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    This is a smart, simmering human-scale crime drama that transcends the superhero genre.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    It's not a talky show; there's as much to be gleaned here in what is not said as what is. The moodiness of the production also goes a long way in helping us suspend our disbelief.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    The show, stylishly shot and strongly written, throws a lot at the wall in the premiere.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    A penetrating, demanding examination of race, faith, the pitfalls of self-righteousness and limits of parental love.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    The city--neon-washed, Chanderlesque, somewhat anachronistic--is itself also a character, and it turns what could be "Law & Order: Gotham" into something infinitely more layered and watchable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    The macabre, marvelous Penny Dreadful does nothing halfway. As the saying goes, in for a penny, in for a pound.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    The writing is sharp, and laughs are both low (Ehrlich commissions a Latino graffiti artist for a street-cool logo that turns out to be incredibly, hilariously vulgar) and high (in the same episode, Ehrlich's repeated attempts to avoid coming off as racist come off as racist).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    The deliberate pacing and slow revelation of key motivations and certain relationships don't make it easy on viewers, but you didn't tune in for "Law & Order: Mahwah."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    Even though the show moves confidently and hilariously in a new direction in the second episode, at the same time it feels like the first half of a very smart, sharply edited feature film, not a sitcom with weekly obligations.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    It's pretty grim stuff — but quite engrossing and worth your time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    The pilot offers a number of interesting swerves, and Anderson and Mulroney are always watchable, but Crisis shares sustainability issues with CBS' "Hostages."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    While Sinatra die-hards may find all this too familiar, there are still intriguing revelations throughout.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    What could be a relentlessly grim procedural (again, "The Killing") is instead a compelling drama that works (so far, at least) on a number of levels: as a mystery, as an idiosyncratic buddy story, and as a textured sociopolitical treatise. But don't let the latter scare you off.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    Solid but a bit staid.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    The show is soapy for sure, but only at the end of the premiere does it descend into the borderline sappiness that could have been its calling card. It helps that the entire cast has charisma to spare--even the kid in the coma.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    A cheeky mash-up of police procedural, screwball comedy, and horror parody with lots of heart. And, yes, lots of brains.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    The CW has done an impressive job building a snappy show out of one of the goofier heroes of the DC universe.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    It's funnier than most of what's on television these days, but it never coalesces into something spectacular.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Vicki Hyman
    The jokes are tight, and Anderson, whipsawing between smooth playa and high-pitched dismay, is a very likeable lead. There is is a feel-good resolution, although not quite as sappy (and sappily effective) as those on "Modern Family."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Vicki Hyman
    The cases-of-the-week here are not groundbreaking but some are a bit wacky (death by maple syrup), and Battle Creek promises at least one grand mystery--if Duhamel's FBI agent is such an ace, what did he do to rate a posting in beleaguered Battle Creek? Agnew is chomping at the bit to find out, and so are we.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Vicki Hyman
    What makes a marriage work, and what sacrifices are worth its maintenance and upkeep, are plumbed here with surprising dexterity.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Vicki Hyman
    The pilot is carried on Kinnear's rascally charm and is heavy on quirk.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Vicki Hyman
    Enlisted is not groundbreaking comedy, but it's dependable and heartfelt--and sometimes that's all you need in your foxhole.

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