Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,277 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Downton Abbey: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Tuesday Night Book Club: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 645
  2. Negative: 0 out of 645
645 tv reviews
  1. It is the epitome of slow drama, with action taking place off-screen while intentional silences wreak havoc in the hollow Tudor halls. The miniseries pays off along the way, particularly with Rylance’s extraordinary performance, and it also accumulates into something gripping in the last three episodes.
  2. From the brilliant performance by Michael C. Hall to the dryly witty scripting, Dexter secures a position near the top of another year's best list.
  3. This is pleasant and likable, at least for the length of the pilot.
  4. The pilot is better than it has any right to be--tensely paced, sharply directed, and creepy enough to make you look and look away at the same time.
  5. This is a classic guilty pleasure, with campy twists and a fabulously diva-esque performance by Stowe.
  6. After the forced opening minutes, it's the best multi-cam-com of the season.
  7. The tone tips awkwardly between crude and romantic, and a little of Azaria goes a long way. But I'm game for episode 2.
  8. As a weekly series, the effects need to remain impressive and the writers need to avoid falling into "Lost" and "Walking Dead" band-of-survivors rehash.
  9. The two leads are very charming, and the first episode sizzles with promise.
  10. All the potential here is in the show’s resistance to the joyless atmospherics that have become the bane of comic-book shows and movies.
  11. The bottom line is that "Ally McBeal" features wonderfully provocative scripts that are as clever as they are wise; supporting actors who are the definitive opposite of stock; and a carefully struck tone that balances the fantastic, the romantic, the sardonic, and the sincere. It is a uniquely imagined TV series that, with producer/writer David E. Kelley as the engine behind it, goes further than ever seemed possible. [14 Sep 1998]
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  12. How on Earth did creator Victor Fresco pull this crazy thing off? Even his best work, including “Better Off Ted” and “Andy Richter Controls the Universe,” didn’t quite indicate a mastery of the kind of droll, perverse humor dripping from his new Netflix comedy. The show really should not be as funny and likable as it is.
  13. Though Vento is the standout, consistently holding the screen and drawing the audience into Joe’s head throughout a compelling yet largely nonverbal performance, all of the cast are aces. It’s their grounded, believable chemistry that keeps The A Word from sliding into silly, saccharine territory. But what’s most impressive about the drama is its attention to detail.
  14. If you've been wondering about the art of series-TV writing, and how potent and resonant it truly can be, you need look no further than HBO's extraordinary new In Treatment.
  15. Some elements of the show are stronger than others. The ominous visual mood set by director Mark Romanek in the pilot is particularly striking and is helped along by the score, and the child actors do a good job of toeing the line between creepy and normal. The adults are less well-rounded, which, given the sometimes procedural nature of the plot, isn’t that surprising or that much of an obstacle to enjoying the show.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A clean, clear, and often compelling slice of TV, documenting the day-to-day unreal reality of Caitlyn Jenner, fresh from her public debut as herself.
  16. The only objection to this well-made comedy is overfamiliarity. [10 Mar 1997, p.C10]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In its gently twisted fashion, "Katz" is definitely inspired. [27 May 1995]
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  17. In the first four new episodes, her characters remain in their self-contained cultural warp, still only just beginning to mingle with hipsters and hard drugs and cold, careering artists, and, yes, black people.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The film, directed by Nelson George, is extraordinary as the basketball player and the man himself.
  18. Ultimately, Baskets isn’t a cold-hearted laugh at his expense. Chip’s downward spiral is affecting, and by episode three, I was emotionally invested in his journey.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Be forewarned: Cops may not be everyone's cup of tea. The language is raw, the emotions intense, and some of the scenes, like the one where a homicide unit fishes a cadaver out of a canal, are definitely not for the squeamish. But give credit to Cops' producers. They didn't want "pretty," and they didn't want Armani. They wanted the real stuff. What they got makes "Miami Vice" look like a cop-out. [7 Jan 1989, p.30]
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  19. Here, a strong cast and sharp writing prove to be a winning combination.
  20. The passive-aggression and the trivial battles build, and it begins to seem as though any of these characters could wind up being the murderer or the murdered. Big Little Lies will move you, and amuse you, all while it keeps you guessing.
  21. Sookie remains a compelling plucky heroine, undaunted by the violent strangeness of Bill's nighttime world but still holding fast to her moral center.
  22. It’s made with just the right amounts of mordant humor, light macabre atmosphere, pun-filled dialogue, and amusing performances to charm and engage.
  23. The uniformly solid acting pulls Mob City back from its occasional flirtation with the “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” precipice.
  24. These lives are familiar to us the way that folk tales are, which is to say that no matter how well we already know them they remain vivid and exciting and moving when told well, as they are here.
  25. What a treat it is to find a medical show that doesn't turn its talented MDs into bedside saints in order to calm viewers' fears about mechanical HMO factories.
  26. The emotional strains of keeping her secret from Ben (Iddo Goldberg) grow across the eight episodes and lend the season an unexpected poignancy.

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