Variety's Scores

For 1,970 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Rectify: Season 3
Lowest review score: 10 I Survived a Japanese Game Show: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 784
  2. Negative: 0 out of 784
784 tv reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Events in [the premiere] unfold rather briskly, marking an auspicious debut for the fourth season of this voyeur's delight. [28 Jun 1995]
    • Variety
  1. Yet if the fourth installment, presented by BBC America as one long movie, has a certain rote quality to it--especially after the title character’s break from the grind last time out--there’s still fun to be had in watching Elba occupy this role.
  2. If not nearly as gripping, creepy or tightly constructed as the five-hour "Children of Earth," Torchwood's fourth flight nevertheless remains grand, intellectually stimulating fun--precisely the kind of smart popcorn fare Starz has stated its intention to provide.
  3. Africa feels somewhat victimized by having been there and seen that. Still impressive in moments, based on the premiere, it appears to be less memorable than some of this collaboration's recent nature projects.
  4. Seeking to differentiate itself, Discovery has upped its ambitions in recent years with documentaries like "Life" and "Planet Earth." Even if Dinosaur Revolution doesn't quite rise to that level, it's a creditable stab at offering viewers a taste of life on a prehistoric planet.
  5. In its energy and penchant for the absurd, [it] resembles a latter-day version of "Pee-wee's Playhouse" pitched to the college-frat set.
  6. Nobody will confuse this with "L.A. Law" in its prime, but the vibe is similar to that show's more whimsical side--a breezy tone that carries through the handful of episodes previewed.
  7. While the two previewed episodes both play pretty broadly--there's also a warm spiritual side, which involves Boyce tending to his flock.
  8. Cleaned up, with violence relegated mostly to comic-book action, the pilot proves a semi-hoot.
  9. While 4th and Loud feels a little too understated to make anybody want to rock ‘n roll all nite, it’s not hard to root for this plucky underdog to make a little noise.
  10. While Rick and Morty isn’t necessarily the stuff dreams are made of, in its buoyant flights of fancy, it does betray a welcome attempt to dream just a little bigger.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Damages works best when it doesn't show its cards early on, so it's hard to make definitive judgments after only a handful of episodes. Predicaments and positions can often change, and seeing a character move from one end of the ethical spectrum to the other can be reinvigorating. Here's hoping there'll be a few such shifts along the way.
  11. So while the checklist of assets might not add up to 10, there are several things to like about this series, which bodes well for its desire--shared by TV and teenagers--to become popular.
  12. It's loud and only marginally coherent, but, for a made-for-TV version of a theatrical blockbuster, it looks utterly polished.
  13. It's such a bravura, tightly wound performance--played with restrained intensity by the kind of star seldom featured on American TV--as to keep one glued to the show right up until its slightly anticlimactic, disappointing payoff.
  14. Granted, the scripted bits were hit and (more often) miss, with so much time spent delving into the way-back machine as to become a trifle tedious. Then again, Hall can be somewhat forgiven for reveling in the moment, and his own enthusiasm--looking like someone genuinely happy to have this second shot--helped power through the clunkier elements.
  15. While Mozart is surely a niche confection, the show generally shines by proving long on charm even when it’s short on laughs.
  16. As constructed by series creators Lowri Glain, S.J. Clarkson and Rachel Anthony, there's a strong momentum to the serialized storylines, and the key players are so innately appealing.
  17. Men isn't a great series yet, but it has the assets to grow into one. And in the interim, watching it certainly isn't a Sisyphean task.
  18. As the program comes to an end with this final season, subtitled "War of the Damned," it's hard not to admire its improved quality and heightened sense of purpose.
  19. Instead of gratuitous thrills, the creatives--also including Remi Aubuchon (“Caprica”) and Michael Dinner (“Justified”)--emphasize story, with enough twists and turns in each episode to keep the target audience hooked.
  20. A Gifted Man is certainly earnest, in a "Marcus Welby, M.D." kind of way. Post-sale tinkering also improved the pilot, with Anna becoming Holt's conscience in a way that better explains her presence, while extracting some humor from their only-he-sees-her encounters.
  21. The neurotic, vaguely narcissistic star hardly treads any new ground, but Longoria manages to make her reasonably likable, despite all the requisite eccentricities.
  22. As with the earlier film, the men are virtually an afterthought, but the women shine --particularly Latifah.
  23. Even with some shaky performances, there’s enough happening--including a few genuine surprises in the first half-dozen episodes--to sustain interest.
  24. The show does feel as if it has extricated itself about as well as could have been expected from the corner into which it had been written.
  25. Mortimer and Wells are both fine, juggling dramatic moments with more farcical ones, but this is still a fairly slight project even by HBO’s less-exacting standards.
  26. Although messy and at times uneven, the one-hour series feels like a bull’s-eye with the sort of premium-cable space the distributor is eager to carve out with its original efforts.
  27. If it’s like most King adaptations, the payoff seldom equals the build-up, but in the opening salvo, King’s latest “Twilight Zone”-like premise clearly has the potential to get under one’s skin.
  28. In short, myriad things are going on all at once, some of them barely making sense, but all played with gusto by the talented (mostly British) cast.

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