Detroit Free Press' Scores

For 250 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 1.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Deadwood: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Killer Instinct: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 157
  2. Negative: 0 out of 157
157 tv reviews
  1. Nothing revolutionary here. [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
  2. Fortunately, this sci-fi rookie, which aims for the younger, testosterone-tilting Fox audience, has a playful sense of humor to go along with its visually hyper sensibility. [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
  3. Though Doherty's return to prime time is only occasionally bewitching, Charmed, on first encounter, isn't without promise. [7 Oct 1998, p.5G]
  4. During its opening two episodes, Popular is basically content to be just another jaunty, semi-"Clueless" spoke on WB's glossy teen entertainment wheel. Great to look at, yes, but short on emotional depth. [29 Sept 1999, p.5E]
  5. A sometimes clever twist on the overly familiar crime drama format ... is ultimately bogged down in the same old gory homicidal cliches and whodunit solutions. [23 Jan 2005]
  6. Like Zuiker's first two installments of the series, "CSI: NY" is well made and well cast. But there's also something coldly understated and ordinary about it as well. [22 Sep 2004]
  7. The sex scenes -- yes, there's plenty of bare skin and rising erotic temperatures -- alternate between sensitive and slightly cheesy, a la "Red Shoe Diaries." [16 Jan 2004, p.6H]
  8. It's unfortunate that while Clueless looks fabulous, much of the fizzy comic energy of the film's bright teenybopper satire has been lost. [20 Sept 1996, p.9D]
  9. It's greasy, it's cheesy, it's a big heapin' platter of B-movie hokum. Now if only Tremors: The Series were as much clever fun as "Tremors," the witty, wild 'n' woolly 1990 monster flick it was inspired by. But it's not. Not even close. [28 Mar 2003, p.6D]
  10. Imperfect but promising. [14 Apr 2003]
  11. Despite the dependably daft charms of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, all the tinkering that's been done to "Watching Ellie" may leave you feeling like something funny has been lost. [15 Apr 2003]
  12. There are occasional funny moments amid the raging comic mediocrity.
  13. The few good laughs in an otherwise so-so show are supplied by the slyly wigged-out Beth Lacke.
  14. Screwloose, occasionally amusing...Yeah, Beavis and Butt-head would make fun of this show. Heh-heh-heh. [20 Jan 2003]
  15. Lopez loses because he's caught in the middle of a ho-hum sitcom with few real laughs -- much like ABC's very similar "My Wife and Kids" and "According to Jim." Oops. [27 Mar 2002]
  16. A tepid traditional sitcom.
  17. A lame, uninspired faculty farce.
  18. A pretty bland romantic confection.
  19. [A] trite little laugh-track factory.
  20. Crusading criminal prosecutor Annabeth Chase... [is] the most irritating lead character on any new drama series this fall.
  21. [A] cheesy carnival of reality TV.
  22. Just another tediously cliched crime procedural. Whodunit? Who cares.
  23. Disheartening proof that even the most talented producers sometimes concoct a prime-time crock.
  24. A tediously bloody bore.
  25. In terms of intelligence, wit and quality, "Desire" is a serious cut below most prime time drama series.
  26. A tediously insipid show that is perilously low on wit, intelligence or imagination.
  27. A ho-hum traditional sitcom filled with formula banter and cliched cuteness.
  28. Slick, cynical teen soap nonsense.
  29. This is by far the least charming--the lame, leering sitcom tales of two brainiac losers (Johnny Galecki, above, and Jim Parsons) goofily smitten by the babelicious girl next door (Kaley Cuoco). It's about as witty as a pocket protector.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The producers must have been living in a cave when they wrote this inept, misfiring social satire.

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