• Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 10, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Oct 9, 2012
    70
    Arrow isn't quite a bullseye on its first shot, but it hits the target.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 10, 2012
    83
    Arrow has so much going for it, it doesn't need to linger on the past.
  3. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Oct 10, 2012
    75
    This slick action-drama is based on the comic book superhero Green Arrow. Prepare to quiver.
  4. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Oct 5, 2012
    80
    What "Nashville" on ABC and Arrow on the CW have in common, is appealing characters in well-plotted stories.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Oct 23, 2012
    83
    Your interest in Arrow depends on how much you miss the troubled-in-love, conflicted-by-family heroics of Smallville--it mirrors that series' setup.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 9, 2012
    75
    Arrow is a competently-made superhero drama with an appealing lead performance from Stephen Amell.
  7. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Oct 10, 2012
    80
    Smooth without being slick, textured but not self-indulgent, Arrow reminds us that the best stories we tell are both revelatory and a whole lot of fun to watch.
  8. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Oct 9, 2012
    70
    Arrow has a rather stylish neo-Goth look, and Stephen Amell (who played a dim-bulb gigolo in Hung) neatly balances his portrayal of Arrow between camp and Saturday-matinee ingenuousness.
  9. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 10, 2012
    60
    Arrow turns out to be a lively show, probably better than hard-core "Green Arrow" fans expected. That's a good start.
  10. 60
    Arrow is sincere and energetic but visually undistinguished.
  11. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 8, 2012
    100
    Solid start to what could--and maybe should--be a future CW franchise.
  12. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Nov 12, 2012
    88
    The CW's best show since Gossip Girl.... it has a forthright narrative seriousness, a respect for the gobbledy-gook that makes up any superhero's backstory--and a game cast performing with the correct degree of seriousness. [19 Nov 2012, p.35]
  13. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Oct 9, 2012
    80
    The pilot of Arrow is a darkly gleaming gem. If the show can keep up its cinema-quality action sequences and maintain an air of mystery to Ollie's agenda, this could be a really fun series.
  14. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 10, 2012
    70
    There's nothing particularly new about a superhero show, but Arrow exhibits a stylized ferocity that, in its initial hour at least, makes a positive enough impression.
  15. Reviewed by: Cynthia Fuchs
    Oct 10, 2012
    60
    It's an ingenious first two minutes of a series premiere, actiony and exciting and legible enough.
  16. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Oct 10, 2012
    75
    Arrow landed in my list of Top 5 pilots of the season, and I hope future episodes are as enthralling and well-made.
  17. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 9, 2012
    75
    The action is hot, fast and believable, achieved through quick-cut editing and spot-on direction.
  18. Arrow does what a solid pilot should: Suck us in, make us anxious to see what's next and set up several intriguing possibilities.
  19. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Oct 3, 2012
    70
    Arrow, proves to be both on-brand and entertaining--if you turn off the snark detector and downplay the need for plausibility or logic.
  20. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 9, 2012
    70
    This looks like a pretty tasty fantasy drama.
  21. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 10, 2012
    70
    Familiarity points deducted, Arrow is still a very slick piece of work.
  22. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 8, 2012
    67
    Arrow may not be a-point-ment television. But for starters at least, it's a sharper little tale than expected.
  23. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 9, 2012
    63
    Granted, it's all standard superhero stuff. But the action scenes are well-handled, the emotions and the characters mostly ring true, and the plot offers enough twists to keep you intrigued.
  24. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 8, 2012
    50
    Arrow certainly looks polished (having David Nutter direct a pilot virtually insures that), but there's only so much action an hourlong drama can afford, and the characters necessary to sustain the series are, initially, strictly two-dimensional, even with the island as a go-to flashback.
  25. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 14, 2012
    67
    There is absolutely nothing new about anything seen here and yet Arrow has nice aim.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 494 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 99
  2. Negative: 15 out of 99
  1. Oct 26, 2012
    0
    Awful show. May be suitable for kids, but if you're a fan of things like Homeland, Boardwalk, Wire, Suits, Dexter etc. then stay well clear. 45 mins of my life I won't get back unfortunately. Full Review »
  2. Oct 12, 2012
    10
    It's the best series premiere of this fall season. Everything is right and it has a thing that reminds me of Batman Begins. I only hope they keep it that way. Full Review »
  3. Oct 14, 2012
    0
    this was dire, a cheap knock off of the batman franchise. I to found the hundreds of rounds fired at the hero with none managing to nick him unbearable by the end. To say you have to suspend disbelief is a gross understatement, his disguise is essentially heavy mascara and a scowl. Its targeted at a specific audience and if your past a certain age this is not going to be for you. Full Review »