Philadelphia Inquirer's Scores

For 571 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Larry Sanders Show: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 Family Guy: Season 4
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 303
  2. Negative: 0 out of 303
303 tv reviews
  1. If musical theater gives you goose bumps, congratulations. You just got a front-row seat. If it doesn't enthrall you, Smash will strike you as almost unbearably tedious and pretentious.
  2. The drama really piles it on: Catherine's only hobbies seem to be cutting herself on her tummy and hips with a razor and collecting paintings of famous serial killers' childhood homes. Midway through, the pilot improves considerably--and gets even stranger.
  3. Its success is due largely to the costumes, set dressing, and comeliness of the two leads, a smoldering Max Irons (son of Jeremy) and radiant Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson.... The problem with The White Queen is its pace, slowed by ponderous exposition and arcane bloodline conspiracies.
  4. Low Winter Sun goes for a mood darker than noir. It's atmospheric, but the air it generates is noxious.
  5. Despite a number of funny lines sprinkled through the script, this History isn't very memorable. It seems more like Larry David's What I Did on My Summer Vacation project.
  6. It's a show-off show, the most impressive new series of the season, of many seasons, but it has one big deficit. Like the Tin Man, it has no heart. Maybe it will grow one, and it will certainly bear watching for a few weeks to see if it does. [22 Sept 1999, p.C01]
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  7. You may also laugh at some of these jokes, because Michael Rapaport, who plays Daddy Dave, delivers them with such bravado.
  8. As enjoyable as it is to watch, it seems at the same time ridiculously far to go for a joke. You can't escape the feeling that an extraordinary amount of time, money, and talent have been spent on a thin premise.
  9. It's a supernatural mystery, involving a few ghosts, a little time travel and lots of crazy people. People who have been missing The X-Files might really go for The Lost Room.
  10. Subtract James Woods from Shark, and you'd have an empty carcass. Instead, you have a carcass with James Woods and all his crazy energy inside.
  11. An uneven, if promising, period drama set during the American Revolution.
  12. Despite the loud music and all the supposedly ominous foolishness, blood that even spatters the camera lenses, and a sexy proto-vamp who often manages to wear almost no clothes (OK, maybe not despite her), I kind of liked the stupid thing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Most of the time, it's... pretty gripping.
  13. It's a terrific idea. But it doesn't quite measure up to its potential.
  14. [It] would be an above-average Masterpiece [Theatre] installment.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Amusingly, head-spinningly over-the-top.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. An enjoyable if inflated and overwrought four-part mini-series.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. For adults, the thing plays a little like Fox's Prison Break.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. After all those promos, people have the feeling they've seen the whole first episode, which they probably have.
  27. An otherwise run-of-the-mill mystery with a big twist.
  28. Life Is Wild, is serenely benign considering its title, but some families should find fun in this foolishness from far away.

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