Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Aug 5, 2013
    75
    Cove is exactly What it aspires to be--uncynical, lulling and sweet. [12 Aug 2013]
  2. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Jul 19, 2013
    70
    This relaxing series about small-town lives is as burden-free as a day on the beach with an umbrella, a book and a breeze.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jul 19, 2013
    70
    Despite a certain built-in B & B preciousness, Cedar Cove evokes certain splendid shows of another time and place, including the late-great "Family" and the longtime Irish hit "Ballykissangel."
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jul 19, 2013
    70
    An able cast led by Andie MacDowell and Dylan Neal makes it stand out from the stream of interchangeable Hallmark movies that aim for the same tone and audience.
  5. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jul 18, 2013
    70
    In four subsequent episodes I've seen, the stories and characters get to breathe a bit. [MacDowell's] Olivia's just headstrong enough to stay interesting.
  6. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jul 19, 2013
    63
    It ain’t brain surgery and nobody’s going to win any Emmys, but that’s not why fans watch Hallmark.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 18, 2013
    60
    From the early evidence, though, there’s every indication a Hallmark series will be the same sort of television comfort food as a Hallmark movie.
  8. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 18, 2013
    60
    It's comfortable, uncomplicated, unchallenging entertainment, which makes it ideal for Hallmark's brand. Fans of Hallmark's movies will enjoy it; viewers who want to be more engaged and absorbed by a program may be bored.
  9. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Jul 18, 2013
    42
    The show takes place in the same tight-knit pseudo-Mayberry that serves as a locale for many of the channel's uninspired movies. [19 Jul 2013]
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 18, 2013
    40
    There’s still a distinction to be drawn between “light” and “weightless,” which is roughly where this new show registers--in part because the Olivia-Jack relationship is the only aspect with any resonance.
User Score
2.4

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Jul 16, 2014
    0
    Boring, poorly acted and dim! Please tell me we haven't come to this? Sex, Violence, explosions and bloody death or half-hearted, predictable, lacking in distinction and tepid. Who wrote the painful after comment chuckling? Small, nervous children do that. Are you targeting small children? Full Review »
  2. Oct 14, 2013
    8
    I have now watched all episodes of Cedar Cove. I must admit It has taken me by surprise as it does not follow the plots in Debbie Macomber's books. However, I find the show to be most enjoyable and intriging. It is low keyed but very enjoyable. The characters are developing. Full Review »
  3. Aug 5, 2013
    2
    Mediocre effort by Andie MacDowell, who comes across as unemotional, stiff, and very mechanical in her portrayal of the lead character. Would be like kissing one's sister as she seems to be just going through the motions.

    The lack of continuity of the characters, the plot and places within the movie make the viewer do a double take as to what they are really seeing the books have sold in excess of 170 million copies for a reason, why the movie elects to shun the book is a puzzle.

    B grade actors giving a D- performance in a low budget soap opera that would never hold it's own on daytime TV.

    Hallmark aims for 95% female viewers and in the age range of 25-54, no way the male population would be attracted to Andie MacDowell and so therefore it's low rating.
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