Boston Globe's Scores

For 1,269 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 5.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Sons Of Hollywood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 638
  2. Negative: 0 out of 638
638 tv reviews
  1. Thankfully, this season Dexter continues to play with our moral bearings, which is the show’s best quality.
  2. These shortcomings [acting by Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, and story continuity] don’t ruin The Man in the High Castle, even if they prevent the drama from rising to a more rarified status. It’s a compelling addition to this year’s already long list of worthwhile TV shows.
  3. Aliens in America is decent, and quiet, and genuinely sweet.
  4. While not every moment works--or even makes sense--the most vital link between old and new is Odenkirk and Cross’s almost-sacred dedication to following the funny as they see it. Viewer mileage always varies the most when it comes to comedy, but dedicated “Mr. Show” fans will likely be happy to spend a little more time W/Bob and David.
  5. The pilot is beautifully shaped, the themes of building your own meaning in life are smart, and the actors already seem to know their characters.
  6. It's beautifully filmed in and around Washington, D.C., it's well-acted, and it's cleverly written by Beau Willimon.
  7. Burns and Novick know that what happens on the field makes baseball interesting--and what happens in the hearts and minds of its followers is what makes it great. That mingling of action and ardor (technical expertise, too) is what makes The Tenth Inning such fine viewing.
  8. This season is very good, but it’s only four episodes, and they’ve been tragically whittled down by BBC America to make room for commercials. The result is choppy, with a few critical connections missing in the investigation of Luther and in the progress of Luther’s relationship with Mary.
  9. It has become a powerful, promotional machine, long on hype and short on the human feeling--the glee--that once made it so addictive.
  10. Based on the first five new episodes, I'd say Boardwalk Empire does recover, mostly if not completely, but only after a period of creeping aimlessness.
  11. 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.
  12. It remains what it has been for years--a pretty melodrama, whose characters we’ve come to know well, grounded in a thought-provoking historical moment.
  13. This documentary, which promises to twist and turn a bit with each new episode, is one of those macabre sagas that once again proves that truth is stranger than fiction. The most haunting part of The Jinx, though, is Durst himself and his ice-cold eyes. They’ll send chills right up your spine.
  14. This is still not conventional TV, but season three gets closer, and that’s not an entirely bad thing. The cringe ratio is down--slightly--and characters begin to emerge in unexpected ways.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The New Edition Story tells the story with verve and charm, meticulously re-creating videos and photo shoots and, more notably, creating rootable characters out of already-familiar stars.
  15. If there's a glaring flaw, it's in the character of Dr. Eleanor O'Hara (Eve Best). As comic relief, she's far too thin. Nurse Jackie has much richer, darker comedy to offer.
  16. Can Alias work on a weekly basis? While the Alias pilot plunges forward effortlessly, it also leads to some fairly complicated twists involving Sydney's father (Victor Garber) and the nature of her agency. These twists could make future episodes overly layered, or too dependent on backstory. Also, any CIA suspense series, with or without a flashy pilot, faces the challenge of coming up with 20 or so fresh espionage plots each season - no easy task.
  17. A larger shortcoming of the documentary is that it shows Nixon in an almost unrelievedly unflattering light. His presidency had substantial achievements to go with the failures and fiascoes, and he was a far more complex man than the relentlessly grim bozo seen and heard here.
  18. Dexter is a masterfully creepy-funny serial-killer series, and it continues to both frighten and amuse as it enters its fifth season.
  19. 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.
  20. As far as revisiting a tearjerker goes, Steel Magnolias reliably hits the funny bone and will assuredly send you to the tissue box
  21. What I like most about Stranger Things is the way the Duffer Brothers never short-shrift the emotional content of the show in favor of thrills and CGI. ... [Ryder's] hysteria can be grating. At points, she’s almost a parody of a crazed mother, one that might fit in more on a different, more comedic show.
  22. It’s an unusual piece of work that has real promise, not least of all because it is so unusual.
  23. 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]
    • Boston Globe
  24. An informative and haunting new Showtime documentary about the legendary comedian-actor-writer
  25. 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.
  26. A surprisingly stylish adaptation of a story that would seem to be played out after so many incarnations on the small and big screens. If Smallville can keep its supernatural plots engaging, and avoid focusing solely on Clark Kent's familiar teen alienation, it could evolve into a top-tier WB series. [16 Oct 2001, p.D16]
    • Boston Globe
  27. The show is an intelligent addition to the Fox lineup, with both the broad canvas of "The Wire" and the street procedural of "NYPD Blue" in its DNA.
  28. America Ferrera is instantly and consistently likable as Betty.
  29. There may be a smaller number of top-notch newbies this season, but Raising Hope, a celebration of parenthood and childhood, of small joys and big struggles, is certainly one of them.

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