The Hollywood Reporter's Scores

For 1,004 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Sports Night: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 10.5: Apocalypse: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 545
  2. Negative: 0 out of 545
545 tv reviews
  1. There’s not much that’s particularly fresh in Mr. Selfridge beyond the premise, and whether that deserves eight parts is up to you.
  2. How to Live With Your Parents is a fish-out-of-water story, naturally, and thus seems all-too-familiar. But the show is spiked with enough talent (hard to go too wrong with Chalke, Perkins and Garrett) that it could conceivably find an audience.
  3. The Moment produces some genuine emotion, but a lot of it feels too predictable and, worse, generic.
  4. Most of those who are chosen to compete seem worthy of winning, despite questionable polish or know-how. But also like The Job, any competition show that lacks celebrity judges, viewer ability to interact, or even the ability to see any competition besides pleading, may not ultimately draw much of a crowd.
  5. Does Someone Have to Go? is not easy to watch, though it is engrossing to see how alliances are formed and trust is broken.
  6. Ultimately, both series [Sinbad and Primeval: New World] are the TV equivalent of summer beach reading: popcorn fun while they last, but don't expect a lasting impression.
  7. Ultimately, both series [Sinbad and Primeval: New World] are the TV equivalent of summer beach reading: popcorn fun while they last, but don't expect a lasting impression.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Skerritt sleepwalks through most of the show, Baker allows her bemused mom role to settle into an assembly-line dog trot, and the Brock children take precocity to a new level of annoyance. [18 Sept 1992]
  8. Mostly, it feels like a big missed opportunity.
  9. The bad wigs and fluctuating accents are counteracted by Mary Harron's dream-like direction, and the emphasis on plot points rather than character development is occasionally shaken by some of the noteworthy performances (such as Virginia Madsen as Smith's hard-bitten mother).
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The opening hour is too loaded down with cliched angst to stimulate much more than the libido of its target teen audience. [22 Sept 2003]
  10. There’s nothing overtly bad about the first two episodes of Dracula but neither was there anything compelling.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The supporting cast was strong: Laura Benanti was appropriately sultry as Elsa Von Hottie, while Christian Borle was appropriately hammy as Max Detweiler and someone should find a way to have McDonald sing audiences into every commercial break.... And yet, without Underwood and Moyer selling us on this legendary love story, The Sound of Music Live plays like very expensive karaoke.
  11. If you can’t love the rake in Keegan, then you sure can’t love the lawyer in him either (since it’s barely developed in the pilot). That leaves Rake as an overly familiar character study and an under-developed law procedural.
  12. Though the movie is fine as a sweet, inspirational tale about determination through injury and many other stumbling blocks, nothing within it is as moving as the final montage, which is just actual footage from Douglas' incredible gold medal-winning London performance.
  13. Simmons does his usual solid work in this role, and he's got all the physical comedy in the playing blind (and faking sight) bits. Elfman makes another solid statement that she should be in something much better (this coming off her fine work in 1600 Penn; she hasn't lost any comedy chops). Together they're just undermined by, well, syrup.
  14. His monologue was staccato and hit and miss--sounding more like his "Weekend Update" bits than a real monologue. And his first attempt at a recurring bit, "Venn Diagrams," was overly clinical and less than funny, despite some good material.... The back-to-back segments of Poehler and Biden offered an early hint that Meyers really can do interviews and that worries over that element of his arsenal are exaggerated.
  15. It’s exciting to watch Momoa and Henderson give riveting performances, so it’s not like there’s nothing to recommend here. It’s just that in watching them do it, you wish the story was giving them more fodder and not bogging itself down in side arcs.
  16. Turn should be a lot more exciting than it is. It may eventually get there--but a lot of AMC’s series not named Mad Men, Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead never got there. And that’s an ongoing problem.
  17. Its efforts at grainy, gritty realism (e.g. a quality visually tried for in occasional stop-go cuts) comes off more as MTV hip-hop style than storytelling with true inherent significance. [30 Sept 1996]
  18. The show's great cast gives it a lot of potential, and they work hard in the pilot to make their thin material viable.
  19. Despite having Berry and a sci-fi idea that, while not super-original, is still intriguing, Extant lays flat for most of the hour, failing to set the hook.
  20. And yet, after watching the first two episodes, it's a shame that Legends (and TNT) weren't a bit more ambitious with the show. The pilot is splashy and action-packed, but overall the lack of complexity--and yes, I know I cited that as a plus earlier--makes it less satisfying.
  21. Although it would be extraordinary for any series to match the level of political complexity and realism of "The West Wing," this one barely tries.
  22. Check your brain at the door and you'll find a potential guilty pleasure lurking within.
  23. Finnigan, who was so right in NBC's loopy comedy "Committed," lacks the heft for the role of the no-nonsense prosecutor. Not that, as written, the role would be easy for anyone. It requires Annabeth to be a vigorous and energetic protagonist and, simultaneously, a weepy young mother with postpartum blues.
  24. A fairly pedestrian comedy that needs all the studio-generated laughter it can muster.
  25. There's little point in critiquing the acting other than to say this isn't a production that will embellish anyone's list of credits. Nearly everyone here is a caricature trying to make the best of a miniseries that is all about the special effects.
  26. Despite its pedigree as a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation, "Silver Bells" is only slightly more sophisticated than an after-school special.
  27. This depiction of John Paul II as half human, half saint -- though hardly unexpected and possibly even warranted -- leaves us with a character that is less dimensional and less relatable and, consequently, less interesting.

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