PopMatters' Scores

For 481 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 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Flag
Lowest review score: 0 Get This Party Started: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 177
  2. Negative: 0 out of 177
177 tv reviews
  1. With more time, this Coma might have provided more thrills and chills, and also explored some of the monumental issues raised by changing technologies, corporate interests, and political frameworks. Unfortunately, it doesn't do any of this.
  2. Some of this talent is visible in the premiere episode's poetic counterbalancing of empty landscapes and claustrophobic casino back-offices, and actors' convincing performances.... When it comes to plotting and scripting, though, Vegas is far less sure-footed.
  3. The standard pieces are all here, just fit into the hour in a different order.
  4. It is to say that this mimicking is just that, as if the creators here have watched those shows ["24" and "Homeland"], but have no original inspiration, and instead think that plot twists in and of themselves make a drama bracing.
  5. While you want to love the mere existence of Octavia Spencer on TV every week, the show works awfully hard to make this hard.
  6. Even with all its CGI trappings and somber Washington, D.C. setting, Threshold feels minor, an amalgam of The Abyss and maybe Dark Skies.
  7. The comedy that does occur in How I Met Your Mother isn't enough to compensate for its inconsistencies.
    • PopMatters
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Criminal Minds confuses critical thinking with supernatural abilities.
  8. Feels strangely empty and hamstrung.... If you like your soaps without novelty, nuance, or bite, Related has four girls for you.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    These stereotypes (the befuddled one, the needy one, the sexist pig) hardly make for the most engaging cast of characters.
  9. Only Kroll managed to wring any comedy out of this ham-handed premise.
  10. Carpoolers opted to careen straight into a gender war minefield, with stock male characters looking hapless amid a seeming pack of controlling, lazy, and deceitful women.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Not at all intelligent, the show is pretty much immune to any form of legitimate criticism, and further, it will likely be gone within the first few weeks of this television season.
  11. His being stuck there no matter who shows up, in addition to his out-of-joint flashbacks, makes Crusoe seem something like a proto-Survivor contestant or, weirder, a proto-cast member on Lost. None of this bodes especially well for the series, in terms of repetition and limitation.
  12. It’s a co-production with an outside company, poorly scripted and directed.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Set against Reaper‘s slackers and the largely limited actors who portray them, Wise will having you rooting for the Devil.
  13. Jack delivers to every brilliant-offbeat doctor expectation, which means that for all his hyper-performative charms, Jack is also tedious, right down to the zipper in his forehead that marks commercial breaks.
  14. Even the flashy action is of a piece with all this conventional structuring, as Chance regularly takes a few minutes to run and jump or punch and shoot. Such predictability does Human Target no favors.
  15. Even as you’re hoping that she won’t have to conjure up variations on this explication theme every week, she does it a few more times in this episode alone.
  16. Even though Parenthood‘s parents are all making completely misguided choices, the series doesn’t consider these as a means to education, through which the adults might reach that kind of self-awareness. That lack of consideration is the series’ most unfortunate waste of a promising storyline, one that could have imbued this second version with something refreshing or even revelatory.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    With all these suds in the way, the premiere is muddled, so concerned with leading us by the nose to get the backstory that it never asks us to care about anyone.
  17. What makes Justin's dad funny is the brevity. Without it, $#*! My Dad Says is not.
  18. By the end of The Breakfast Club, the kids have learned that each of them is not solely a Brain, a Princess, a Criminal, a Basket Case, or an Athlete, but individuals who defy categorization. If only the characters in My Generation--and its dwindling viewers--were afforded the same opportunity.
  19. Like the Osbournes, Whitney and Bobby, the Simmons, the Kardashians, and the Hammers, they perform themselves: they talk to the camera, they act out, they make complain and look to score points.
  20. The "medical drama" is far too paltry to sustain the series without ramping up the relevance of the war context.
  21. While options during the era were surely limited, the show's broad strokes don't do justice to the choices women were making, or their self-awareness while making them.
  22. I Hate My Teenage Daughter offers precious few chuckles and lots of angst and argument.
  23. This unchallenging adaptation of Chris Bohjalian's bestseller wishes it could be American Beauty. Or maybe Desperate Housewives.
  24. [Perception is an] inept, and sometimes offensive, drivel, turning serious mental illness into a chic tic and woefully underestimating the intelligence of its audience.
  25. Animal Practice seems to know exactly what it wants to do, it just isn't any good at it.

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