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. The first few episodes deliver something unique for reality television.
  2. House of Lies is giving him (and the rest of the actors) something fresh and different to devour, which makes it a show you need to consult with.
  3. Luck is a smart and ambitious series that looks to truly pay off in the home stretch.
  4. In all, The Loving Story is a perfect time capsule that illuminates the racist past of our country with a uniquely personal and poignant emphasis.
  5. With Life's Too Short, he [Ricky Gervais] again delivers.
  6. If people stay with it, what they'll find are exceptional performances, some truly fine writing and a premise, by virtue of being complicated, that could unspool some really interesting plotlines.
  7. The film isn't trying to break ground with revelations, so what it comes down to is whether Game Change is a good movie, as opposed to a balanced documentary. For the most part, it is.
  8. Your eyes are in for a treat, and Judd grows on you.
  9. Going into Season 2, the acting performances are the primary reason to tune in.
  10. The Borgias retains the intrigue and conniving family politics that made season one such a pleasure ride, but it all has more snap now, with Jordan spinning the plates with aplomb.
  11. The show from creator Nahnatchka Khan is fresh and funny, with fast-paced jokes and witty cynicism in abundance.
  12. A dynamic, vivid, well-acted look at two major 20th century writers who shared wars on the battlefront and at home.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the leisurely pace of the filming, which lacks a certain amount of dramatic tension, there's a fiery spirit to Push Girls that cannot be ignored.
  13. CBS has managed to create a period piece without relying solely on that factor as the cool conceit.
  14. Along the way, Elementary should prove rather conclusively that it's a solid cousin to Sherlock and will give fans of the character more chances to see him solve crimes.
  15. There is a slightly claustrophobic feel to some of the pilot--reminiscent of the feeling the revamped Battlestar Galactica gave--but you can't help but feel that on a submarine. Despite that, Last Resort manages to move at a feverish pace, with pulse-pounding twists and turns.
  16. Khouri's strong writing and sense of character prove the show is no mere soap--does an excellent job of identifying them [storylines] without spending too much time on them.
  17. It never flags in pace, and all the performances, even the smaller ones (like Gambon's), are enthralling.
  18. By the second episode, 1600 Penn neatly has found its compass on how to be a show about the first family and how to define the ensemble.
  19. Fellowes has a stronger hold on telling the individual tales of his well-drawn characters, and that pinpoint focus utterly redeems the series early on.
  20. The filmmakers at times push too hard for a sense of freshness and drama. But at its best, the seven-part series is a breathtaking chronicle of species both familiar and rare, some of them engaging in stranger-than-fiction behavior in otherworldly landscapes.
  21. Obviously Legit isn't yet in the realm of Louie, one of the best comedies on television, but like Wilfred before it, the show is setting its tone early and hitting that aforementioned sweet spot impressively.
  22. Ripper Street is a well-acted, well-written and compelling mystery series. And even better, there's no waiting around, wishing it would improve. It's alluring from the start.
  23. Travel shows have been done and done again, and it's hard to find one that breaks new ground. The most important element is usually not the scenery but the host, and BBC America found a great one in the British actor Dominic Monaghan.
  24. Boston’s Finest is a sleek and engaging work that is a world away from Southie Rules or even Cops, but it fits in perfectly with TNT's love of Law & Order.
  25. Expect a slow(ish) rollout for Bates Motel, as the first couple of episodes establish character and location, before things take an uptick during episode three. But there’s more than enough intrigue and entertainment--on top of Farmiga’s outstanding turn--to keep viewers wanting more of this new-style nonhomage to Psycho.
  26. Felicity lacks the quirkiness and the humor of "Ally McBeal." However, it has a warmth, a charm and a dramatic urgency that could, at least in part, justify the buzz. [28 Sept 1998]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  27. Even though the movie is loaded with enough to satisfy those who believe Spector did it, as Mirren’s role is written and Pacino’s performance hints at, the film seems eager to suggest Spector was found guilty mostly of being a freak. That have-it-both-ways storytelling doesn’t make Phil Spector a great legal movie, but it allows two exceptional actors and a talented writer a chance to play with reality.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If all of this sounds a tad far-fetched, it is. But the amazing thing is that - among the quaint setting, the particularly endearing cast and exec producer Greg Berlanti's sweet, engaging script, crammed with little surprises - this turns out to be a really pleasant ride. If there is a single new drama this season with multigenerational appeal, this is it. [16 Sept 2002]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
  28. This isn’t look-at-me journalism with a fitted Gap t-shirt. It’s more of a holy-hell-can-you-believe-this approach that fights perfectly on a cable channel trying to do something different.

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