• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 7, 2014
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Mar 27, 2014
    75
    The good thing about procedurals is you can come and go and not miss much. The bad thing about procedurals is you can come and go and not miss much. Holloway, though, should be enough to keep you coming back.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jan 10, 2014
    75
    Intelligence is nicely done. [20 Jan 2014]
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 7, 2014
    75
    Holloway looks leaner than his Sawyer days and cleans up nice. Ory, such a spitfire on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” as both Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, seems tamed here, and unfortunately, a little dull.
  4. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jan 7, 2014
    70
    Breathlessly paced and festooned with some pretty groovy computer graphics--the chip allows Holloway to walk through scenes of past destruction in his mind--Intelligence isn't trying to be anything more than what it obviously is. The show is a panoply of familiar elements anchored by a new and attractive leading man.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jan 7, 2014
    70
    Cast, concept, execution--there's a lot to root for in Intelligence. But they'll be pushing a big rock up the hill week after week.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 6, 2014
    70
    For all the talk about tech, nothing here reinvents the wheel, but the action is crisp and the dialogue breezy.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Jan 2, 2014
    67
    The pilot sets up some promising intrigue but plays like the lowest-common-denominator version of itself: muscular action, a cutout Chinese villain, a rote twist, lots of Josh. Get smarter, please. [10 Jan 2013, p.66]
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jan 6, 2014
    63
    Intelligence may not be the most exciting show the new year will bring, but it is the kind of weekly adventure/mystery CBS does well--one that tells you what it is up front and is smart enough to deliver on most of what it promises.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jan 7, 2014
    60
    I want a show like this to be ridiculous and Intelligence is at its most enjoyable when it embraces the B-movie silliness of its concept. When it takes itself as seriously as it too often does, it ends up failing dramatically.
  10. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 7, 2014
    60
    A proficient if initially perfunctory action thriller that benefits immeasurably from its star's gruff, bluff machismo.
  11. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jan 7, 2014
    60
    The producers provide plenty of action, much of it triggered by the understandable fact that every enemy on Earth would like to get hold of Gabriel’s microchip, or find one of his own. In keeping with CBS’ tradition of action procedurals, Intelligence will solve cases of the week as well as grapple with longer-term dramas.
  12. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 6, 2014
    58
    For his first Monday night face-off against those two dramas, Holloway strips down to a glistening muscular torso while taking out his frustrations on a heavy boxing bag. But any visual stimulus is countered by Helgenberger’s continued struggles with the clunky lines given her.
  13. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 3, 2014
    58
    On the whole, Intelligence trafficks in the usual request to suspend your disbelief and then some, but it’s also mildly intriguing--especially in the idea that its macho lead character is also treated as a vulnerable prize who needs to be protected at all costs.
  14. 50
    Let's just call Intelligence competently made.... It's just fundamentally impossible to care about.
  15. 50
    There are nice moments, especially from Holloway, whose quips are vastly more clever than the rest of the show.
  16. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jan 7, 2014
    50
    Intelligence feels more like a dumb action movie.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jan 6, 2014
    50
    It feels cobbled together, from the premise of “Chuck,” “Jake 2.0” and other shows to scenes and situations that recall better productions like “Person of Interest,” “Homeland” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
  18. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 6, 2014
    50
    The show's special effects are relatively decent, especially when Gabriel activates his chip and can re-create events as his own personal hologram. But the stock prickly relationship between Gabriel and Riley, which will undoubtedly lead to trust and maybe something more, is tiresome as soon as it begins.
  19. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 6, 2014
    50
    Lots of cartoon violence mixed with--irony alert--not enough intelligence.
  20. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jan 6, 2014
    50
    Both ["Killer Women" on ABC, Intelligence on CBS] feel like paint-by-numbers hours, unsatisfying offerings that are difficult to recall an hour after you've watched them.
  21. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 6, 2014
    50
    Gabriel's super powers are the thing meant to set the show apart, but the Intelligence writers frequently do a poor job of differentiating how he's any different from someone wearing Google Glass.... That said, Holloway's charm did not get chopped away with his long hair.
  22. Reviewed by: Lesley Smith
    Jan 6, 2014
    50
    Intelligence might probe these questions more, and so become richer than the latest show about a tortured male genius outsmarting the bad guys. Or it might just settle for flashy graphics, great action scenes, and underused actors looking good.
  23. Reviewed by: Sohrab Ahmari
    Jan 3, 2014
    50
    The action sequences that ensue are intriguing enough. The trouble is that the show doesn't trust the viewer's capacity to infer. Nor does it tolerate the slightest ambiguity. Thus we get long, dull passages of dialogue.
  24. Reviewed by: Zack Handlen
    Jan 6, 2014
    42
    It’s always possible that Intelligence might warm to its subject, giving Holloway more to do than look morose and occasionally quip. As it stands now, though, Intelligence is a title that serves as a punchline.
  25. Reviewed by: Tim Molloy
    Jan 15, 2014
    40
    The attempt to ground the show in reality feels unnecessary and not fun, because nothing here is all that unbelievable.
  26. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 7, 2014
    40
    Maybe there’s an audience for this kind of thing--even though that audience would be better served watching Almost Human on Fox.
  27. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 6, 2014
    40
    Networks want their shows to look like movies these days, but the Intelligence pilot makes the border of Pakistan and Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., both look like Vancouver, where the pilot was filmed. It's a minor but telling detail in this unimaginative rehash.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
  1. Jan 20, 2014
    10
    Love it, I just love it. I have waited all week for tonight. I will be watching this show and hope they make it into a long success. JoshLove it, I just love it. I have waited all week for tonight. I will be watching this show and hope they make it into a long success. Josh Holloway's good guy, bad guy attitude is perfect for this show, he is a wonderful actor.... Full Review »
  2. Jan 8, 2014
    4
    Interesting enough show with nothing very special to make it a regular TV event. Only the pilot so far, but. The wise-a$$ hero hasInteresting enough show with nothing very special to make it a regular TV event. Only the pilot so far, but. The wise-a$$ hero has certainly been overdone in recent TV shows and it is right on top again with "Intelligence". Gets tedious. The top-notch Secret Service lady chosen to protect our hero is about as lackluster a character as possible. Pretty girl, and that's about it. Marge Helgenberger does her limited job on this show with efficiency.

    All-in-all a derivative show which will require an otherwise pretty boring Monday evening to build a large and regular audience.
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  3. Jan 29, 2014
    1
    Chuck wannabe.

    Why does this super soldier need a babysitter? And why shouldn't they expect him to look for his wife? What kind of
    Chuck wannabe.

    Why does this super soldier need a babysitter? And why shouldn't they expect him to look for his wife? What kind of husband wouldn't?

    Chuck was much better.
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