Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,268 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 5.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Twin Peaks: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Unan1mous: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 638
  2. Negative: 0 out of 638
638 tv reviews
  1. A strange, fascinating, and sometimes brilliant contemporary take on the father of forensic crime-solving.
  2. Mr. Dynamite isn’t hagiography, and we hear enough about Brown’s personal flaws to make him quite human.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. You may or may not struggle with the heightened, heated-up filmmaking in London Spy, which is filled with artful camera angles and non-linear time leaps, but you will likely fall under Whishaw’s spell.
  8. Those [dialogue] imperfections never jolted me out of the spell Copper casts.
  9. As far as revisiting a tearjerker goes, Steel Magnolias reliably hits the funny bone and will assuredly send you to the tissue box
  10. You, Me and the Apocalypse is a genuine treat. No subliminal persuasion needed. The 10-episode series is wacky, likable, unique, and, at moments, effectively dramatic.
  11. The beautifully filmed half-hour comedy, lets Ullman clown around with her face and her voices and her wigs without confining her to too much story line.
  12. When you watch the show, which returns for season two tonight at 10, you'll find a legal thriller that's trashier and more fun than you might have expected.
  13. You'll love "The Sarah Silverman Program," but only if, like me, you have a healthy appetite for sick comedy.
  14. They’re not a sympathetic collection of characters, but they can be compelling in their twistedness.
  15. Compared to the grittier British version, the American Queer as Folk has a sweet, romanticized aura. At times, it even recalls the TV adaptation of "Tales of the City." The script has plenty of conflict, and the sexuality is hard-core, but the show also exudes an ensemble coziness and jokiness that finds the gang gathering regularly for late-night snacks at Debbie's diner. [1 Dec 2000, p.F1]
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  16. Sneaky Pete is not filmed with the inventiveness and style of the high-end cable and streaming shows. But the acting and the plots--including one featuring Alison Wright, who was Martha on “The Americans”--are enjoyable and amusing. They’ve won my confidence.
  17. The execution of the high concept is rich with many excellent details, gags, and characters.
  18. Like the epic Jenga tower that Phil is constructing, the show is really quite impressive, but it could all fall down just a little too easily.
  19. Once the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passes, and Johnson’s political strategizing is over, All the Way loses some momentum. But Cranston’s performance remains engaging throughout, as Johnson fights his way out of Kennedy’s shadow and into his own presidential light.
  20. The playful chemistry Dreymon and Cox have developed so well remains, adding poignancy to their star-crossed circumstances as the story unfolds.... There is plenty of spectacle in The Last Kingdom, but none quite as spellbinding as Alfred’s quiet intelligence.
  21. No gold mine of symbolism is worth a damn when the show itself doesn’t have good old storytelling mojo behind it. And, based on the premiere, V has enough narrative drive and character definition to pull viewers into the creepy suspense of its dystopian world.
  22. There are 13 stories--all good, some better--waiting for newcomers on Netflix. They're waiting to frighten, to invite you think about your life, to make you wince, and to make you laugh. Look, that's the signpost up ahead. Your next stop: Black Mirror.
  23. Man Seeking Woman dazzles with its ingenious set pieces, it also manages to work as an emotionally engaging narrative.
  24. Dexter enters season 3 on Sunday at 9 p.m. with an increasing--and pleasing--urge to make us like the curious man-child at its center.
  25. It's witty, irreverent, and joyously juvenile.
  26. There's no false modesty here, just a level-headed look back as Belafonte recalls decades of music, family, and activism, but mostly activism.
  27. There is no mistaking that this is a bromedy. But this is a smart bromedy. Ladies, don’t be afraid to watch. Out of the gate, Leary creates characters that are identifiable and likable.
  28. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is certainly trippy and visually dazzling, but it’s also a big-thought-provoking series crammed with scientific and historical fact. Hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, it is a transporting mass of CGI special effects and cartoon sequences, but it has the heft and scope of cable’s most esteemed science series, “Planet Earth” and “Life.”
  29. The show unfolds like a rich, gritty, and addictive novel, with some surprising detours and lots of transporting, grainy imagery.
  30. It’s an inviting, beautifully acted, and smartly written period drama set in the 1950s

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