Detroit Free Press' Scores

For 256 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Longford: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Killer Instinct: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 161
  2. Negative: 0 out of 161
161 tv reviews
  1. Some will find it appalling. Others just may find it appallingly addictive.
  2. Though the glossily well-made "Vanished" may prove intermittently diverting, it lacks any of the original serial thriller zing of far better shows like "24," "Lost" or "Prison Break."
  3. "Justice" offers slick, efficiently produced whodunit escapism without a whit of real originality or dramatic spontaneity.
  4. From start to finish, "Standoff" is slickly contrived, formulaic crime drama nonsense.
  5. A glossy hunk of over-the-top, sleaze 'n' tease melodrama.
  6. That morbid premise -- in addition to the so-so storytelling, devolving badly by the second episode -- sure feels morosely overwrought for 8 o'clock.
  7. There's nothing remotely fresh or original about "3 Lbs." But it is well made, reasonably diverting and lucky to be on CBS.
  8. Slick, predictably convoluted and pumped up on conspiratorial dread, "Day Break" may be a trifle late to the serial thriller party.
  9. "Big Day" just doesn't deliver many big laughs.
  10. Despite the presence of a capable cast of bumbling Robin Hood wanna-bes... "The Knights of Prosperity" quickly devolves into tepid, overwrought whimsy and struggles to sustain its premise.
  11. A haphazard farce that fails to find a consistently funny groove.
  12. Even with Blackthorne's occasionally engaging portrayal of Harry Dresden, this whodunit lacks the wit and imagination that might transform it into something special.
  13. There are moments of dizzy, semisweet fun to be had on the premiere. But the honeymoon could be short.
  14. Alternately engaging and annoying.
  15. The only thing missing is fresh, smart, unpredictable humor.
  16. With too many hints of recycled stock characters and formula thriller cliches, "Drive" sputters off the starting line.
  17. There's nothing remotely hip or ahead of the trendy zeitgeist curve about "Hidden Palms." But there are some of those agreeable guilty pleasures to be found, like cliffhanger twists at the close of each episode that keep the mystery bubbling.
  18. If you like watching culinary train wrecks, this is your show.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Would the creators of Kid Nation please go to their room for a time-out and come up with something more original?
  19. McKidd's a fine actor and there's promise here for an engaging romantic drama. But it's a bit too tangled, confusing and erratic in the opening weeks.
  20. Despite her extreme makeover, this new Bionic Woman is mostly slick, dull and portentously sullen.
  21. Big Shots isn't brilliant. And despite that attractive, well-matched male ensemble, the so-so series premiere lacks sufficient creative zing.
  22. Moonlight falls somewhere in the middle of the new paranormal pack. It's neither great nor awful.
  23. A decent, potentially appealing cast -- one that includes Fred Goss ("Sons and Daughters"), Faith Ford and Jerry O'Connell--has to make do with ho-hum storylines and writing that lacks anything resembling real snap and imagination.
  24. Far, far away from the cutting edge, Life in the Wild offers a family-drama walk on the mild side.
  25. Yes, the show's glossily generic. But the attractive cast clicks.
  26. Even with Walsh's star sizzle and an attractive, talented supporting cast that includes Tim Daly, Amy Brenneman, Taye Diggs and Audra McDonald, Rhimes still hasn't found her spinoff's storytelling groove
  27. Mr. Know-It-All can be rather irritating. [20 Sept 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Alas, most of the humor comes straight from the formula family sitcom factory. Nice cast, stale laughs. [20 Sept 2002]
    • Detroit Free Press
  28. You'll never regret missing Navy NCIS if you forget to watch. [23 Sept 2003, p.1F]
    • Detroit Free Press

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