PopMatters' Scores

For 485 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 62% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Flag
Lowest review score: 0 Get This Party Started: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 179
  2. Negative: 0 out of 179
179 tv reviews
  1. Yet another medical-mystery-forensics drama set in a large American city.
  2. The trouble is, they don't surprise you. Their routes to redemption are laid out early and often.
  3. In another series on another network, Kate might have stood out. Stuck on USA, though, she's an extraordinary woman on an ordinary show.
  4. The series proceeds to follow Jenny’s remarkably bland course of revelation.
  5. The promos for New Girl suggest that it's something new or at least mildly unusual. But its first episode looks like more of the same.
  6. While you want to love the mere existence of Octavia Spencer on TV every week, the show works awfully hard to make this hard.
  7. The standard pieces are all here, just fit into the hour in a different order.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The individual performers, enthusiastic as they seem to be, are hardly helped by this approach. Shannon and John Michael Higgins (who plays Kath’s new boyfriend, Phil Knight) are both used to playing lovable buffoons. But their time is largely wasted here.
  8. The story is silly, but not trashy enough to make it your latest guilty pleasure.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Hart of Dixie doesn't look to be much more than what you'd unfortunately expect.
  9. Unforgettable is a show cobbled together from the once good bits of once good shows.
  10. The show is, in various ways, just such a trick, not quite convincing viewers that its shtick is authentic, but granting that those viewers get the joke (and will forgive, and even enjoy, the cheesy results).
  11. It's as though the show imagines that if can just cut from one event to another fast enough, no one will notice how shallow it all is.
  12. While the interviewees here can look back and put pieces together, fragmentation and lack of focus may be Gettysburg's most authentic effect.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The two-hour Season Four premiere sends FBI Special Agent Seely Booth (David Boreanaz) and forensic anthropologist Bones Brennan to England, and the result is disappointing, lacking the series’ usual wit and cool science-y stuff.
  13. What's ultimately frustrating about The Event is not the lack of answers (though the pilot does conclude with Sophie telling President Martinez, "I haven't told you everything") or the dreadfully lazy characterizations. It's the insistence that the plot somehow taps into something that's happening right now in the United States.
  14. Unfortunately, clumsy writing gets in the way of potential insight.
  15. For starters, they need to offer intriguing characters and meticulous plotting. The first episode of Chase provides neither.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The first episode offers little to recommend. However, if the show can keep up with the boys as they undergo their own awakenings, then it might eventually offer something fresh to the campus comedy canon. If not, the series will become a comedy of last resort.
  16. Had Keenan and Lloyd devoted more time to providing their characters with depth and less to flinging insults, viewers might have developed empathy for them and better understood why they feel such aggression toward one another.
  17. If you strip away the designer shoes and drinks, the show is left with all the hallmarks of a typical teen melodrama.
  18. The show seems aware of the questions raised by this narrative dynamic, but hasn't sorted out a way to do more than note them.
  19. Filmed and set in a soggy, green-washed Portland, Oregon, its procedural plotting and visual flair carry it along when it occasionally lapses into something like camp.
  20. The navel-gazing tenor doesn’t always obscure Parenthood‘s thought-provoking moments, which often also showcase clipped, witty scripting, and lucid acting.
  21. It’s as if quarterlife comes with a prefab drinking game: take one shot when the waterworks start, another if the word “scared” follows.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It doesn't help that the vehicles reviewed thus far aren't surprising (Lamborghinis, Mustangs, Aston Martins), but the shenanigans the hosts set up for themselves can be thrilling.
  22. Unsupervised appears content to amble along, reiterating what we've seen before.
  23. Anyone who learned politics from The West Wing will feel adrift in Commander in Chief's vacuum. Where are the polls, the clamoring press? We get little proof that the nation President Allen governs even exists.
  24. As George W. Bush describes his thinking on September 11, it's hard not to wonder, well, what he was thinking. It's a mystery that remains unanswered in George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview.
  25. We cheered for Jack McCoy to convict the scumbag criminal on Law & Order and for Ally McBeal to speak out for the wrongly accused. Here, there are no easy answers, but the difficulty doesn't tax viewers' intellectual curiosity so much as their patience.

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