• 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
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 588 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 112
  2. Negative: 19 out of 112
  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 13, 2012
    0
    "Machine guns fired at him can't hit him!" This sums up the show. So if you like your shows to make sense, avoid this. Also, cheesy dialog galore. Typical TV trash. Full Review »
  3. 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 »