St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Scores

For 275 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 The Normal Heart
Lowest review score: 0 Dads: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 196
  2. Negative: 0 out of 196
196 tv reviews
  1. Deception isn't like super-soapy "Scandal" or over-the-top "Revenge" (which has gone seriously downhill this season) in that both the story telling and the acting seem more realistic.
  2. The series itself turns out to be less "candid and comic" (as HBO puts it) than tired and tacky. [4 June 1998, p.G6]
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  3. People who like procedurals will enjoy playing along. But the real charm of the series--as in a lot of cable originals--is in its ensemble.
  4. The Firm is tedious but not terrible; whether it will be watchable depends, one, on how much you like legal procedurals and, two, how the ongoing McDeeres-in-jeopardy plot is handled in future episodes.
  5. The Job, with Lisa Ling as host, is taped in front of a live audience, which keeps it from being too downbeat. The interviewers are honest but encouraging, and even those who are eliminated are told precisely why and given advice about other opportunities.
  6. It's kind of charming, and sporadically funny, but nothing special. [23 Sept 1993, p.8G]
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  7. Adrien Brody is impressive as Houdini in the History Channel's two-night biography, and many of his stunts are re-created (and explained) in fascinating detail. But the miniseries, a co-production with Hungary, Houdini's home country, is too slow and too-often hokey to rate a rave.
  8. Viewers may be attracted to Backstrom because of its charming supporting players as much as its abrasive hero. The whole thing grew on me in the course of three episodes provided for preview.
  9. Brewster Place has chosen to forgo sophistication or subtlety in favor of little homilies that come off just a tad heavy-handed. [30 Apr 1990]
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  10. Saldana seems to be sleepwalking through most of it, and we rarely feel Rosemary’s fear. Rather than jumping in your seat, you’re more likely to pick up a magazine.
  11. Perhaps over that time, it will evolve into the buddy dramedy it needs to be. Until then, though, it's just another police procedural, and prime time already has plenty of those.
  12. In the end, even if you've seen if before, Ring of Fire is a better than average Lifetime movie that will leave viewers hand-clapping, singing along and maybe sniffling a little.
  13. The show (co-created by Spelling) is standard-issue cable sitcom, with acting that's too broad (Garth is the exception here) and a laugh track that's loud and awkward.
  14. The original pilot was a mess, confusing and annoyingly full of holes, but an extremely well-cast mess with a lot of potential. [17 Sept 1995, p.6C]
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  15. The tone is mostly dreary and the plot with few exceptions goes precisely where you expect.
  16. As executed, it almost seems like a parody of the genre.... Beghe's growly, macho performance is hard to stomach, getting in the way of even noticing the attractive supporting cast.
  17. If you're in the Sharknado fan club, you'll probably like the sequel. If not, you'll probably ignore it and watch something else. In either case, enjoy.
  18. Saving Hope is pretty easy to watch, despite its abundant potential for eye-rolling.
  19. It's still hard to expect much out of a sitcom arriving on broadcast TV in summer. In the case of NBC's Undateable, that's a good attitude. If you get a few laughs out of it, great. Otherwise, no hopes will be dashed.
  20. It does what it sets out to do: that is, adapt the book faithfully and still make an entertaining film.
  21. It breaks absolutely no new ground, but it's lively, fast-paced and enjoyable enough, if you like this sort of thing.
  22. As for the story, it's so murky and convoluted that following it requires a lot of work--far too much work for something so flat-out ridiculous.
  23. In the first two episodes, a lot of the gags are just stupid: a stuffy man gets a cake in the face; Mary gets caught in a medieval chastity belt...But Taylor makes Mary easy to like, and John Cameron Mitchell provides nice counterpoint as her pal Derrick, who works in fashion photography and has an ironic comment on everything. [9 Sept 1996, p.6D]
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  24. Family Matters has assembled one of the most broadly appealing casts seen in recent years. Reginald VelJohnson, who played the sympathetic cop in the movie "Die Hard," is almost irresistible as a character. And yet the show's concept is so familiar that Family Matters will have to struggle to be fresh, to avoid going over old ground, to give its characters texture and definition. The potential for some excellent comedy is certainly here. [18 Sept 1989, p.1D]
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  25. If you enjoy animal sight gags, Animal Practice will provide at least a few laughs.
  26. Adapted from a Dutch series that was surely better than this, Red Widow is trite and tedious.
  27. Young & Hungry is nicely paced, and even in the first episode, the humor is character-driven. It's as uncomplicated, and tasty, as a good grilled cheese.
  28. The writing is clunky, Phillippe is stiff and Lewis overacts like a cop in some parody of cop shows.
  29. [The cast] throw themselves into Kirstie wholeheartedly, but it's hard not to feel that they're slumming.
  30. Beautiful but dull, at least in the early going.

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