Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 2,420 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 13% same as the average critic
  • 21% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Mad Men: Season 7
Lowest review score: 0 Justice for Natalee Holloway
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1861
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1861
1861 tv reviews
  1. SMILF finds its resonance--comical and emotional--in a no-frills attitude and unapologetic realism. [3 Nov 2017, p.57]
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  2. [Director Justin] Lin’s aesthetic palette may be admirably fresh for broadcast, but when it comes to the nuts and bolts of characterization, S.W.A.T. can’t help but feel as stale as the show it’s ostensibly modernizing. [3 Nov 2017, p.56]
  3. If the budget doesn't stretch to an excess of eye-popping CG, it is more than made up for by the walking special effect that is John C. McGinley, whose beleaguered, boozy ex-cop Stan is an enduring treat. [3 Nov 2017, p.56]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Gadon is an electrifying lead, and as our potentially unreliable narrator recalls her journey to notoriety, director Mary Harron lets her claustrophobia simmer until it crescendos in an eerie fever pitch. [3 Nov 2017, p.54]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This serious-minded Lifetime movie puts human faces on the water crisis. ... Most compellingly, viewers see the damage the poison continues to wreck on ordinary people. [20/27 Oct 2017, p.89]
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  4. There's promise, but the pilot doesn't make a strong case for spending money on yet another subscription service. [20/27 Oct 2017, p.88]
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  5. The cast remains full of delightful performers, but they sprawl in different directions, many of them boring.
  6. Thede has a kinetic delivery; she strolled onstage to roll through a titular “Rundown” that was one joke piled on top another. Not everything landed, though perhaps some people will never tire of “YOU GET A CAR!” Oprah references. What struck you was the mix of topics and approaches.
  7. The self-satisfied comedy can't get enough of the family name's innuendo--get it? Swallow?--nor the dull contrast between the Swallows' wholesome public image and cynical private life. They make for tiresome company. [20/27 Oct 2017, p.86]
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  8. Mindhunter explores grotesquerie, but the effect is good-humored. Here at the supernova-birth of modern evil, David Fincher has chilled out.
  9. Season 3 of Mr. Robot is a masterpiece, ballasting the global ambitions of season 2 while sharpening back to the meticulous build of season 1.
  10. The new DuckTales is better than the original show. Funnier, more ambitious. ... Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, and Bobby Moynihan were well-cast as the trio, giving the boys a jocky fraternal chemistry. ... Meanwhile, David Tennant is doing longtime Scrooge-voice Alan Young proud.
  11. Every line of dialogue might have been cut and pasted directly from another similar show, like newspaper letters in a ransom note. The characters are no more than the sums of their clichés.
  12. It's all old-fashioned fun, as inoffensively pleasant as afternoon tea. [13 Oct 2017, p.57]
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  13. While the pilot breezily sets up her [Fallon Carrington played by Elizabeth Gillies] family's decadent problems, there's something fuddy-duddy in the execution--high-camp trash reduced to bland high style. [13 Oct 2017, p.55]
  14. Riverdale's second season solidifies the series as a glorious addition to the pantheon of great teen dramas. [13 Oct 2017, p.54]
  15. White Famous is the oldest trick in Hollywood's book, a phony Horatio Alger story that's really a vanity project struggling to validate its own vanity. [13 Oct 2017, p.48]
  16. There really were a lot of plain-old mistakes: Missed cues, underexplained games, an exclusive clip from Riverdale cutting right over the guest’s introduction of that clip. ... Despite being more impressive in pure visual terms, the new TRL was also too stilted, weirdly unable to pivot from the rails laid for it.
  17. The overall effect is a worthwhile appreciation of one of Hollywood's all-time greats. [6 Oct 2017, p.55]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Accepting the celestial quirk takes a leap, but Kevin's dynamic with his grieving twin (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) anchors the tale and Ritter's charisma elevates it. [6 Oct 2017, p.53]
  18. An altogether charming sitcom with witty one-liners and up-to-the-minute cultural references. [6 Oct 2017, p.82]
  19. Although The Gifted lacks the tongue-in-cheek humor of Netflix’s Jessica Jones or The Defenders, it stays afloat with quality special effects and surprisingly excellent performances across the large ensemble cast.
  20. The 2017 reboot is a blithe, fizzy mix of the familiar and new.
  21. It could use more laughs, less hand-me-down mythology. Scott and Robinson have a good odd-couple chemistry and the John Carpenter-y synth soundtrack is just right. [29 Sep, 2017, p.55]
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  22. A thoroughly ridiculous tech-tinged procedural. ... Nothing that happens in the pilot seems legal, ethical or logical. [29 Sep, 2017, p.55]
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  23. Liar piles telenovela traits across six, pulpy logic-defying hours. What's left feel like less than the premise deserves: loopy melodrama classed up with British accents and high production values. [29 Sep, 2017, p.54]
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  24. The tactical precision and comms banter suggest Call of Duty adaptation, which could work with a cast this solid, and Neil Brown Jr is especially fun as a no-bull soldier. But the show's portrayal of modern warfare is too simplistic. [29 Sep, 2017, p.54]
  25. At best, it's a glossier Criminal Intent. ... Still, [Erik's lawyer Leslie Abramson (Edie Falco)] is barely a footnote in the first two eps, as the writers struggle to weave her into the early investigations. [29 Sep, 2017, p.54]
  26. The various cuts to Shaun’s tragic youth suggest tragedy that the show’s glibness can only render in the broadest strokes; bad dad, kind brother, dead symbolic rabbit. It’s actually a relief when the show separately establishes itself as a sudsy Diet Grey’s Anatomy riff, with British actress Antonia Thomas as an ambitious doctor-who-cares and Nicholas Gonzalez as a McDream-ish surgeon-who-doesn’t.
  27. It’s that focus on family, with Sheldon as an oddity and an outsider but still loved, that makes Young Sheldon sweeter than The Big Bang Theory. ... Although the humor--in the show’s pilot at least--is less reliant on what most people would call “jokes” and more reliant on “a tiny child in a bowtie saying the word ‘brassiere,’” as far as sitcoms go, it’s inoffensive and as comforting as Mrs. Cooper’s tater tots.

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