• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 30, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. 88
    With sharp camera work, pulsating music and no tedious, gimme-an-Emmy closeups, it's like CSI at warp speed. [4 Sep 2006, p.41]
  2. 80
    The premiere suggests that Bruckheimer has added to his lustrous record in crime: He's guilty of being outrageously entertaining again.
  3. 75
    The larger problem with Justice it that allows the plot to bury the characters.
  4. All the bases are covered, and if that doesn't make for the most inventive show, it makes for a quite watchable one. [1 Sep 2006, p.61]
  5. 70
    At the root, this is essentially Perry Mason redux, only the vibe is less ’50s genteel murder mystery than 21st-century shock and awe.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    70
    Jerry Bruckheimer's latest fun-to-watch procedural.
  7. 70
    A dazzling and gripping crime drama.
  8. 70
    Fox's strongest newcomer this season.
  9. 60
    Despite its jittery camerawork and souped-up graphics, "Justice" is just a reasonably well-made, meat-and-potatoes lawyer show.
  10. Imagine what “Boston Legal” would look like if Jerry Bruckheimer were in charge instead of David E. Kelley.
  11. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    60
    Justice's legal cases are not especially shocking or original, and the supporting characters are empty suits. But it's fascinating to watch for its style.
  12. "Justice" chugs along nicely, its plots gratifyingly tense, its dialogue sharp and uncluttered.
  13. Despite the intense look at the legal process, the show moves quickly.
  14. [It] makes defense work look as sexy as anything on the high-tech "CSI."
  15. Like all the Bruckheimer procedurals... you know what you're getting from the jump: solid but unspectacular acting and storytelling that will leave you satisfied without rocking your world.
  16. The pieces may be familiar, but there are enough new elements that prevent this series from feeling like a total rip-off.
  17. 50
    The format is what carries the day.
  18. The real problem with "Justice" is that the series is very average.
  19. With the unvarnished truth dangling like a carrot before a carthorse, there's ample reason for crime-show junkies to cling to "Justice," although some mysteries will be more worth seeing through to the end than others.
  20. "Justice" is slick, fast-paced and stylish, with enough twists to separate it from the glut of shows in its genre. But it's also one of the most extraordinarily cynical shows to come along in some time.
  21. 50
    "Justice" offers slick, efficiently produced whodunit escapism without a whit of real originality or dramatic spontaneity.
  22. For all its apparent technical accuracy and some real-world name-dropping, "Justice" feels no more lifelike than "Perry Mason."
  23. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    40
    While neither awful nor even particularly bad, there is an earnest silliness to the whole thing.
  24. 38
    I'm not positive, but I think "Justice" is terrible, at least the first episode.
  25. Tonight's new Fox courtroom drama series, "Justice," has plenty of [gimmicks]. What it doesn't have, though, is a persuasive reason to watch.
  26. 30
    [It] often sounds less like a television drama than a Criminal Procedures 101 lecture delivered at an offshore law school.
  27. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    All sizzle and no steak, producer Jerry Bruckheimer's latest hour occasionally feels like a parody of courtshows, what with its hyperactive pace, pointless "CSI"-type visual bells and whistles and misdirected premise depicting high-priced defense attorneys as semi-good guys.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 99 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 74
  2. Negative: 9 out of 74
  1. HarrietR
    May 4, 2008
    10
    BEST SHOW ON TV. Better than Shark. Please put it back on maybe on a different night like Saturday since there is nothing on that night worth watching. Full Review »
  2. SybilleM.
    Sep 24, 2007
    10
    not yet aired on German tv, I was able to get 12 episodes from a friend of mine on DVD - it really is one of the best shows I have ever seen. Two friends of mine have seen it, too. We all love it. I cannot believe this show has been canceled while shows like close to home are still running. Full Review »
  3. Jessica
    Aug 16, 2007
    9
    love it. I wish they would bring it back.