Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

For 728 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 The Returned: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 American Dad!: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 398
  2. Negative: 0 out of 398
398 tv reviews
  1. Most of the time, it's... pretty gripping.
  2. Likable, if sometimes flat.
  3. It's a terrific idea. But it doesn't quite measure up to its potential.
  4. [It] would be an above-average Masterpiece [Theatre] installment.
  5. Close to Home is supposed to be playing on the dark-underbelly-of-the-burbs fascination supposedly stirred by Desperate Housewives. But it's basically just another lawyer/crime show with a mommy twist.
  6. The show is a sweetened, Americanized version of the 2002 film of the same name starring Hugh Grant, which was itself adapted from Nick Hornby's 1998 novel.
  7. Amusingly, head-spinningly over-the-top.
  8. Scorpion has a really cool and grabby pilot that moves at a jolting, jackrabbit pace. But the episode has the unmistakable aura of a magic trick.
  9. No question, this is a high-quality production with a fine cast that includes Marin Ireland, Brian Cox, Thomas Sadoski, Michael Nouri, and Penn Badgley. But it's also terribly stagey and saddled with a pretentious voice-over by Victor Garber.
  10. An enjoyable if inflated and overwrought four-part mini-series.
  11. Shot primarily in Kazakhstan and Malaysia, the series is richly atmospheric, lavishly produced, and artfully rendered. But you may find that the whole is less than the sum of its parts. It doesn't work nearly as well as drama as it does as sheer spectacle.
  12. Stitchers is cute and so slight in dramatic gravitas that it floats away into the ether.
  13. The premise is actually more promising than the one in HBO's The Leftovers, in which a portion of Earth's population just vanishes. But The Lottery is not as well-cast or -produced as that other 10-episode series.
  14. For adults, the thing plays a little like Fox's Prison Break.
  15. In its first week, the show has acquired a more expansive, scattershot tone. It feels less rehearsed than Leno's regime, but at times, out of control.
  16. There's plenty of that low-key humor that characterized Ed, and the show can be hilarious when the crew gets involved in Keystone Kops capers, but it drags in the middle ground.
  17. Looks like a standard procedural, but McDorman is adorable.
  18. Though painfully brief, the vibrant footage of acts like Passion Pit, D'Angelo, Dirty Projectors and Gary Clark Jr. on stage indicates that Made in America could have been a magnificent concert film. Instead, it's a pompous, overly earnest documentary, striated with flashes of brilliance.
  19. After all those promos, people have the feeling they've seen the whole first episode, which they probably have.
  20. The writers fill Chicago Med with just enough character work to make the players interesting.
  21. Most of its main characters carry the scars of what they've done and what's been done to them. The evil personified by the warden-turned-politico (Conor O'Farrell, CSI) is unrelenting. And unrelenting occasionally turns into predictable.
  22. An otherwise run-of-the-mill mystery with a big twist.
  23. When the guests--and we--have trouble telling the robots from the humans, things can get murky. Particularly when some of the "hosts" begin to show signs of remembering the traumas they've endured. It's as though the targets in a first-person shooter game suddenly developed PTSD. I think this is meant to bother us, but I don't know how long it will, based on the four episodes I've seen (there are 10 this season). ... The opportunity to watch Anthony Hopkins in a weekly series would alone be reason to watch, and here he's surrounded by people who can play at his level.
  24. Life Is Wild, is serenely benign considering its title, but some families should find fun in this foolishness from far away.
  25. Hardcore Evil Dead fans may find Starz's TV series disappointing. The series betrays the film's DYI legacy by using a great deal of digital animation for the fight scenes and gore. And as the CGI effects aren't particularly sophisticated, they give the action sequences a cheesy feel. Given the half-hour format, there is little space to develop the secondary characters.
  26. Potential pours from the screen, but the premiere has plenty of problems. People seem to be uncomfortable and trying too hard, just as they do on their first day in school or on the job.
  27. Smart guys from the outskirts of society have been solving tough cases entertainingly at least as long as Sherlock Holmes. The Mentalist simply presents another, along with no compelling reason either to tune in or turn off.
  28. It's slightly less entertaining than the moderately entertaining original, with a far-fetched connection that these undercover wonders somehow have something to do with the Navy, which is the "N" in NCIS, and who really cares what the "CIS" is?
  29. The Book of Daniel is different and ambitious enough to bear watching at least for a little while.
  30. What this project has, almost excessively, is mood. It should have traded in some of that rich ambience for a story that's halfway involving.

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