• Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 28, 2012
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 34
  2. Negative: 12 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Jun 27, 2012
    50
    If the series was actually a disaster, that might at least be captivating, but as is, Anger Management is just an average sitcom with a few good laugh lines here and there that could star any middle-age actor
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 28, 2012
    25
    It wants you to believe that Sheen is playing the most sane, vulnerable man in the world, yet he still comes off like a creep.
  3. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jun 27, 2012
    50
    Anger Management is a so-so sitcom peppered with equal parts funny lines and groaners.
  4. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jun 28, 2012
    50
    Anger Management is a perfectly acceptable, standard-issue sitcom.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 27, 2012
    50
    Anger Management is Charlie Sheen doing what Charlie Sheen does-- on-screen. It's not artful, it's not elegant.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jun 27, 2012
    50
    It is not a train wreck; it's just a train--chugging along from A to B, carrying the people, delivering the freight.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jun 28, 2012
    50
    Anger Management is kind of a mirror image of Sheen: scabrously, outrageously funny at times and monotonously one-note at others.
  8. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 28, 2012
    80
    It's a big cast where every piece fits, and at least upfront, the writing and jokes are good enough that Anger Management only uses sex gags where they work, not to cover up any lack of other ideas.
  9. 30
    The dialogue is so weak, the characters so thin, and Sheen's performance so uncommitted that Anger Management sleepwalks across the screen.
  10. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jun 18, 2012
    75
    The laughs can carry the show, so they seriously don't need the canned laughter and traditional TV sitcom sets. It keeps it all too safe. But so far? Not so bad.
  11. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 25, 2012
    58
    Not great comedy, but hopefully the beginning of long overdue recovery process for a talented, troubled actor.
  12. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 22, 2012
    38
    For now, it's a mess. [2 Jul 2012, p.37]
  13. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jun 27, 2012
    70
    [Anger Management is] funny in that way where you might see the joke hanging there and even if it's a little bit obvious, you're happy enough when the actor hits it.
  14. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jun 28, 2012
    70
    Anger Management turns out to be a likable, nicely loaded sitcom.
  15. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 27, 2012
    40
    Sheen's obvious, minimally funny new sitcom.
  16. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jun 28, 2012
    20
    The network has risked its own reputation for cutting-edge, genre-busting shows by churning out a sitcom whose main joke is how derivative, unfunny, and unconvincing it is.
  17. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Jun 27, 2012
    0
    Anger Management is a colossally wasted opportunity for both Sheen and FX.
  18. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jun 26, 2012
    10
    Unlike most new series, and certainly unlike every other series on FX, it is totally uninterested in originality.
  19. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jun 26, 2012
    50
    This is all fairly predictable stuff and makes for a show that you'd watch because of the cast but would never put in the top tier of TV shows or talk about the next day at the office.
  20. Based on two preview episodes, Anger Management is at least more interesting than "Two and a Half Men" (take that, Ashton Kutcher). That's certainly not saying much, though.
  21. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jun 25, 2012
    0
    Anger Management isn't going to bring that [good] actor out though, and it isn't even trying to, as it's just another cynical cash-in that lamely tries to milk laughs from casual, unquestioned dehumanization.
  22. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Jun 27, 2012
    30
    They [the producers] have failed to uphold their usual high standards, having not mastered the calculus of delivering the boorishness for which Sheen loyalists thirst while simultaneously tinkering with themes of redemption.
  23. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Aug 27, 2012
    37
    Sheen and Bruce Helford ("The Drew Carey Show") have conspired here to create a show completely free of ambition to be anything except a showcase for Charlie Sheen.
  24. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jun 15, 2012
    60
    Anger Management is really just a slightly more content-dangerous network sitcom.
  25. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jun 27, 2012
    0
    Despite the careful attention to image enhancement possibilities, the core ugliness and toxic narcissism of Anger Management are impossible to ignore.
  26. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jun 27, 2012
    50
    Anger Management is at heart a simple, old-fashioned sitcom, with raucous recorded laughter and predictable one-liners.
  27. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jun 28, 2012
    50
    It's sometimes broadly funny and sometimes broadly bad.
  28. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 28, 2012
    10
    With its deafening laugh track and its banal barrage of gamy insult humor, it intrudes on FX's otherwise distinctive comedy lineup like an obnoxious drunk uncle who's not as funny as he thinks he is.
  29. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 27, 2012
    58
    They're [the initial episodes of Anger Management are] somewhat more amusing than expected.
  30. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 27, 2012
    37
    What fans are about to discover is that Goodson is a less amusing character than the one Chuck Lorre created for Sheen at Men, and that Sheen's new show is a pale substitute for his old one at its height, and not much of an improvement on Men at its depth.
  31. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 15, 2012
    60
    This is, quite simply, a Frankencom, stitched together from pieces of other comedies. To their credit, Sheen, the talented cast and seasoned writers know how to make it all look slick and polished.
  32. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Jun 28, 2012
    70
    The accomplishment here is that tight writing and editing, a solid cast with good timing and Mr. Sheen's chops as the ne plus ultra of sitcom performers, make the whole thing feel, if not entirely fresh-then crisp.
  33. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jun 27, 2012
    40
    Nothing in Anger Management is all bad, but not much of it is better than half-good.
  34. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Jun 28, 2012
    40
    Now that finished episodes are out there, we can tell you that it's not great.
User Score
5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 120 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 34
  2. Negative: 15 out of 34
  1. Jun 30, 2012
    1
    Didn't laugh one time and don't understand how this is on the same network as Wilfred and Louie. Obviously they don't care about how good thisDidn't laugh one time and don't understand how this is on the same network as Wilfred and Louie. Obviously they don't care about how good this one is compared to their other shows. Full Review »
  2. Jun 29, 2012
    0
    Derivitive Horse crap. Speaking of horses someone should take the lazy writers, nay everyone involved with this trainwreck and put them outDerivitive Horse crap. Speaking of horses someone should take the lazy writers, nay everyone involved with this trainwreck and put them out of our misery. To call it a trainwreck is unfair to trainwrecks. At least one is compelled to look at a trainwreck. This schticky, contrived, cliched scrambled vomit is an insult to the other quality comedies on FX. Full Review »
  3. Jun 30, 2012
    10
    ...sure the show has room for improvement... but its hardly derivative... need to see where they take it... and I'd rate it just for bringing...sure the show has room for improvement... but its hardly derivative... need to see where they take it... and I'd rate it just for bringing Charlie Sheen back! Full Review »