• Network: Lifetime
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 31, 2011
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 27, 2011
    80
    Lifetime's new Against the Wall turns out to be first-rate drama. In fact, it's one of the best new shows of the year.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Aug 1, 2011
    70
    There's much here to suggest that, if everyone relaxes a little, good things will come.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Aug 1, 2011
    70
    Mostly Against the Wall is a pleasant surprise, with Carpani being a much bigger surprise.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 27, 2011
    70
    Against the Wall is not nearly as ambitious as "Chicago Code" was but there's a warmth to the characters and their relationships that should satisfy Lifetime's core audience.
  5. Reviewed by: Lesley Smith
    Aug 1, 2011
    60
    If the show has the courage to probe this very contemporary evolution, Abby's tenure at IA might provide grown-up drama for women of an age more often served by sexist sitcoms. And if not, Lifetime may be delivering just another old-fashioned family drama with nothing new to say.
  6. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Aug 1, 2011
    50
    Tonally, it's all over the place.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Aug 1, 2011
    50
    Against the Wall has little ambition.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Thomas
    Jul 29, 2011
    50
    Despite the pilot's pandering localism and cliched proclamations (about the town, the police, the teams), Against the Wall features some watchable performances (from Carpani and Baker, in particular) and a premise that might yield interesting developments down the line.
  9. Reviewed by: Jessica Shaw
    Jul 27, 2011
    42
    Is it too much to ask the self-proclaimed Television for Women network to create a strong female cop lead? Instead we get Abby Kowalski (The Glades' Rachael Carpani, who deserves better than this), an oh-so-cutely klutzy (oops--she walked into a pile of cans at the market!) internal-affairs detective who, even at age 30, is disturbingly trying to impress her cop daddy (Treat Williams).
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 29, 2011
    40
    Unfortunately, star Rachael Carpani's Abby Kowalski is the least interesting character in a not especially galvanizing show--no further investigation required.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 23, 2011
    10
    Great series about a law enforcement family and issues unique to multi-generational cop families - and breaking the blue wall opposed to internal affairs. Very good acting and characters. Full Review »
  2. Aug 11, 2011
    7
    Nice, simple series about detectives. Despite it looks like a usual American crime drama, Against the wall is about choosing between family or career. Maybe a little old fashioned, but not a bad choice for family time. Full Review »