PopMatters' Scores

For 476 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 7.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Flag: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Get This Party Started: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 172
  2. Negative: 0 out of 172
172 tv reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In 10 years of reviewing film and television for various publications, no comedy has given me as much pleasure as The Office.
  1. Perhaps the most disturbing possibility--the subtext that makes Breaking Bad both enthralling and often unbearable to watch--is that Walter is becoming who he always was. He hasn’t changed. He’s been purified.
  2. The networks have been wondering how to compete with the no-holds barred nature of cable programming. This is it.
  3. While The Flag ponders the whereabouts of Shirley and Spiro’s flag, it raises other, broader, variously resonant questions too, questions concerning how symbols and icons become significant, as well as how stories are told and myths are disseminated.
  4. Treme sketches and interweaves stories and desires, hopes and disenchantments.
  5. Its layered and nuanced analysis of male identity makes Men of a Certain Age worth watching.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Again, Breaking Bad promises to be quite a ride.
  6. Simon's Treme is an equally astute portrait of "an urban people" still struggling to come back from a brink.
  7. Densely plotted and epic in scope, full of graphic violence and lots of sex, it's tremendously entertaining.
  8. At the same time [Eros Hoagland is taking pictures], his process is also the subject of a picture--shaped in part by the remarkable work of photographer and cinematographer Jared Moossy, who shoots all four episodes of Witness--a picture that shows both context and effect, the sort of broad view that might emerge from the most specific images.
  9. A fast moving mix of physical comedy and wry dialogue articulate this friendship, revealing its complexity and its depth.
  10. On Freddie Roach [is] Peter Berg's extraordinary six-part HBO series.
  11. Herzog listens and interjects his own helpfully perverse insights.
  12. Nurse Jackie offers both gripping drama and outrageous comedy.
  13. The brilliance is precisely a function of its incongruity.
  14. The show doesn’t only deliver fast-paced action and fine performances, but also, increasingly, poses questions concerning responsibility.

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