For 41 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 75% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Vicki Hyman's Scores

Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Fargo: Season 1
Lowest review score: 25 Sleepy Hollow: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 41
  2. Negative: 4 out of 41
41 tv reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    True Detective keeps you on your toes, and will keep you glued to the screen.
    • 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
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    The show, stylishly shot and strongly written, throws a lot at the wall in the premiere.
    • 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."
    • 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).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    The macabre, marvelous Penny Dreadful does nothing halfway. As the saying goes, in for a penny, in for a pound.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    Solid but a bit staid.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    It's pretty grim stuff — but quite engrossing and worth your time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Vicki Hyman
    It's shot single-camera, mockumentary style like "Modern Family," but the set-ups aren't as outrageous and the writing, while funny, is not quite as sharp.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Vicki Hyman
    The ABC show is more blandly cast and written [thanrench import "The Returned"], but it's still capable on occasion of hitting you in the gut emotionally, if not scrambling your brains.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Vicki Hyman
    The pilot is carried on Kinnear's rascally charm and is heavy on quirk.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Vicki Hyman
    The pilot (only the first hour was sent for review) is well made with strong leads and several intriguing hooks. Almost Human is almost there.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Vicki Hyman
    It is all very campy and salacious (the young ladies are quite overcome after witnessing a bedding, although the resulting masturbation scene was trimmed from the pilot shown to the press), and historical accuracy takes a backseat to hair product and a driving contemporary soundtrack. But the show seems to be a bit aware of its own absurdity, which is more than one can say for some of the dreck the networks have served up so far this season.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Vicki Hyman
    The law students are an assortment of not yet very distinctive ambitious types, with the exception being audience surrogate Wes Gibbons (Alfred Enoch)
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Vicki Hyman
    Sometimes it seems that Darabont is more in thrall to the rise of the West Coast mob than to the story he's allegedly trying to tell.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Vicki Hyman
    The era is a rich vein to mine, and to their credit, the creators are light on pirate cliches--I do not believe one "aargh!" is uttered--but at the same time, there's a little too much emphasis on pirate economics and labor disputes than is necessary, and the sprawling cast and hierarchy a little hard to keep straight.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Vicki Hyman
    Produced by Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood"), About a Boy is snappy with some well-observed one-liners, but it's a fairly conventional sitcom about an unconventional family.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Vicki Hyman
    Gruffudd's characterization is a bit uneven; sometimes he's gruff and aloof and still pining over the loss of his World War II-era love, yet he's able to turn on the charm when he wants to.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Vicki Hyman
    Both Feldman and Milioti are appealing, but the show doesn't feel particularly fresh, and there's probably one gimmick too many.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Vicki Hyman
    Sanders' husband (Tate Donovan) and teenaged kids are each shielding their own secrets, uncovered by Carlisle and his crew--and covered up by them as well. Unfortunately, they're fairly pedestrian.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Vicki Hyman
    When the drama comes, shall we say, to a head, you'll be hard-pressed not to burst into laughter.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Vicki Hyman
    The grand, star-crossed romance between Alice and Cyrus is promising, and turning Alice into a willful Victorian riot grrl is a move that will resonate with many viewers. As in "Once," the computer-generated landscapes and creatures don't quite work--they look do look unworldly, but in a cheesy way.