Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 1,718 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 15% same as the average critic
  • 20% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Bleak House: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Drawn Together: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1303
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1303
1,303 tv reviews
  1. Despite all the repetition and longueurs, this Downton Abbey frequently works, as the first one did, as a peppery little trifle.
  2. Annie Walker tackles a new case--but it feels like a distraction as the Ben mystery continues. [3/10 Jun 2011, p.109]
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  3. Until we find out what happened long ago, we'll just enjoy watching all the beautiful, golden-tanned people say awesomely ridiculous things like: "These guys really put the suck in seersucker."
  4. This show, which reunites the undeniably charming Bilson with The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz, is a goodie that mixes heartstring-tugging moments with lines like this: "There it is. Rock bottom. I just played 'Dixie' with my butt."
  5. Much of The Big C's unoriginal dramatization of cancer concerns is mitigated by the fresh, dynamic performances of Linney and Oliver Platt as husband Adam. [1 Jul 2011, p.67]
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  6. She navigates the sharky waters of high school, friends, mean cheerleaders, and cute boys with a snarky voice-over that makes her--and Awkward.--easy to fall in love with.
  7. It's the best show on MTV--and one of the best on any network this summer. [6 Jul 2012, p.71]
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  8. The show can simultaneously unsettle, comfort, excite, and amuse its viewers--something for everyone, if you, like Mr. Finch, like to watch.
  9. Not quite an Easy A, but certainly an easy B+.
  10. Work of Art remains TV's most enjoyable high/low, art/TV example of...cultural hybridity!
  11. It's time to pick a side, and I'm on whichever one the dude with half a face chooses.
  12. AHS is pretty much all scare, all the time: a whole lotta screams, sex, jolts, mashed faces, psychotic behavior, and dead babies.
  13. By this third episode, the tone has become open, generous, and alert to every sort of character.
  14. If you can get past the notion of Nighy being irresistible to every woman he encounters (I almost did), you'll get caught up in the carefully modulated intrigue.
  15. More and more, this series is looking like a minor classic, which I mean as a major complement. [20 Jan 2012, p.70]
  16. Host Graham Norton is a pro, able to score laughs from both elephant farts and the KKK in under 30 minutes.
  17. Bag of Bones is occasionally hokey, and Brosnan overworks his mad cackling, but the production is never less than creepily engaging. [19 Dec 2011, p.72]
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  18. It's a measure of how absorbing Hell on Wheels is that each of these characters has evolved into someone we know and, in varying degrees,m root for. [10 Aug 2012, p.65]
  19. The movie goes on a bit too long, but it makes up for it with finely tuned performances.
  20. You'll be intrigued by the 85-year-old showman, his legion of devotees, and the fact that he still tells rabbi-and-priest jokes.
  21. It does feel like the last of the fist pumps are fast approaching, but until then, soak up the sun and the new term "guido bingo."
  22. Lowe is (surprisingly) perfect as Chicago cop Drew Peterson, who's suspected of murdering his third and fourth wives. [20 Jan 2012, p.71]
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  23. Smash is often enjoyable. [3/10 Feb 2012, p.101]
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  24. What starts out lean and mean can grow flabby and sentimental, and flaws can turn into handsome plot twists. Which is one reason to just bite down hard and go with the show.
  25. The performances are good but constrained by the parameters of scary-story acting.
  26. Creator Kyle Killen has set up a provocative, appealing puzzler, full of knottiness for the intellect and emotion for the heart. [2 Mar 2012, p.70]
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  27. The show is a scrubbed-clean soap. [28 Sep 2012, p.66]
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  28. Season 3 opener backslides a bit into tired first-season silliness when Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) returns from Ghana with a new African name, Ababuo. But things improve when Cathy's slacker brother, Sean (John Benjamin Hickey), steps up as "guardian buddy" to Adam (Gabriel Basso) in the event that he ends up parentless.
  29. It has sharp writing and endearing characters.
  30. We know that a guilty, defensive Jackie is the best Jackie to watch.

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