Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,248 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Unan1mous: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 628
  2. Negative: 0 out of 628
628 tv reviews
  1. Olyphant creates a sense of suspended time whenever Raylan comes into contact with thugs--as if a gun standoff isn't so far from standing at a bar with a drink in hand. His Raylan is the kind of guy who doesn't say much, but gives us plenty to talk about.
  2. Its themes aren’t quite as ambitious [as "Downton Abbey"]. It can also be a tad precious. But there’s something pleasing about the way it captures a time of innocence and a family in recovery. If you like this kind of escapist fare--and you know who you are--then I expect you will savor this laidback, elegant entertainment.
  3. The shamelessness of Nip/Tuck returns intact, which is a good thing.
  4. For a new series, Sports Night already has a nicely developed sense of ensemble and texture. Charles and Krause show a natural chemistry as anchors and friends, and Robert Guillaume has strong presence as the imposing executive producer. The most appealing actor, though, is Huffman, who is dynamic as the committed producer who lives only for airtime. She's got caffeine running through her veins. [22 Sept 1998, p.C1]
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  5. It’s all fairly slight, when you take a step back from it, but ultimately that’s the strength of Looking and its closing movie. They comprise sweet, passing chapters in a small group of ordinary lives.
  6. If the show can stay as gripping as its premiere... it will be a welcome new prime-time puzzle.
  7. Unlike many cartoons, this one actually looks funny, and it constantly plays on its grade-school aesthetic for shock value, with great success. At its best, "South Park" is more a profane "Peanuts" than a downsized "Beavis and Butt-head." [13 Aug 1997]
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  8. I do think it has real potential to become a solid dramatic addition to the FX slate, as The Shield enters its final season.
  9. The story line is expertly structured, especially after the first hour's exposition, as potential explanations emerge and the pieces begin to fit together. And the writers maintain an all-important sense of humor, not just with the one-liners among the team members but with shrewd social satire.
  10. It has heart and wisdom, qualities that aren’t easy to bring to an animated show. The characters begin as stock creations, but the voice work and the writing give them added dimensions.
  11. The actor [Lewis], who uses a flawless American accent, makes Life worth a gander. And he is surrounded by a distinctive cast.
  12. Becoming Mike Nichols will make you want to go back and rewatch Stevens’s gorgeous and definitely American film, but only after you’ve paid a nice, long visit to Nichols’s greatest hits.
  13. The return of You’re the Worst is a welcome event, a great way to fill in some of the TV dead zone between now and the mid-September rush.
  14. The series presents an often-engrossing look at a unique cultural moment in America, when high-mindedness was in the saddle yet lawlessness was never so pervasive.
  15. Angel the WB's new child of "Buffy," is no ordinary spinoff, and it has the potential to become a witty hour of unearthly allegory in its own right. If it can maintain a sense of humor about itself, Angel, which stars David Boreanaz as Buffy's brooding former beau, may become one of those rare spinoffs that isn't merely a flat-out cash-in. [5 Oct 1999, p.D1]
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  16. Still, even if Curb has lost some of its original wallop, it remains a great comedy of manners.
  17. I was surprised at how much adrenalized horror there is to be found in the story, as it races forward into bloody human-zombie battles and scary entrapments. This isn't a wink-winkfest so much as a sly screamfest, with lots of post-apocalyptic misery and carnage afoot.
  18. It’s not a knowing satire like “Veep” or a subcultural ensemble riff like “Silicon Valley.” It’s a more obvious comedy about ignorance, insensitivity, ambition, and delusion, like “Eastbound & Down,” and it’s enjoyable if you don’t expect too much from it.
  19. Unlike some of the more uneven odd-couple series that have premiered in recent years, Apartment 23 could turn into a trustworthy address for laughs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sprightly, sharp, caustic and, most of all, funny. [21 Mar 1995]
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  20. The world is well-constructed, down to the details: By the third episode this season, Ulrich's hair has grown into a messy and convincing frontier mullet. And the characters are intriguing; Esai Morales is notable as an Allied States Army major who might soon be convinced that his superiors are up to no good.
  21. The potential to run into a rut, especially with the long-married Vicky and Joel, looms large. But when it does work, the relatable relationship tics of Better With You should wring a few chuckles from anyone who's ever been in love for any length of time.
  22. At first, the story lines are fragmented and listless. It all seems muddled. And then, at some point in episode three or four, when the characters and their story lines finally cohere, when the themes of impossible love and social rebellion begin to connect emotionally, Indian Summers becomes a formidable and thoroughly addictive narrative.
  23. The half-hour series is a wise, amusing, and poignant take on personal growth and the fears and freedoms brought on by change.
  24. A strange, fascinating, and sometimes brilliant contemporary take on the father of forensic crime-solving.
  25. Mr. Dynamite isn’t hagiography, and we hear enough about Brown’s personal flaws to make him quite human.
  26. After the forced setup, evolves into a rich portrait of hard lives and the possibility of healing. By episode 3, the miniseries feels like a smart crime novel, steeped in very specific locales and individuals.
  27. I promise you will roll your eyes at least once. And yet, each hour is so spellbinding, you may not realize you're leaving grip marks on your couch.
  28. The characters are fleshed out with multiple layers — at one point Aminata is granted something of a reprieve by a British benefactor, but he is by no means saintly — and moments of easy humor and romance are woven skillfully into the story.
  29. The fly-on-the-wall nature of the film, directed by Sam Jones, should appeal not only to fans of Dylan and the artists involved, but also to anyone interested in the process of songwriting.

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