• Network: USA
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 30, 2001
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18

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Critic Reviews

  1. Deseret News
    Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Feb 3, 2014
    60
    Criminal Intent is yet another watchable Law & Order, which has become TV's most popular cop/lawyer show. But does three Law & Orders constitute too many Law & Orders? Maybe. [29 Sept 2001, p.E08]
  2. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Feb 3, 2014
    60
    Cold and stale...Though sharply staged against New York locales, the show simply offers more of the same. Law & Order creator Dick Wolf came up with a marvelous formula for telling stories, but he's exhausting it. [30 Sept 2001, p.4]
  3. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 3, 2014
    50
    It's not a bad show, just nothing special or innovative. It's another plot-driven, bland character drama from executive producer Dick Wolf. [29 Sept 2001, p.C-6]
  4. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Feb 3, 2014
    50
    They've already shot 13 episodes in New York City (long before Sept. 11), and the title's name recognition could draw a crowd...Without better scripts and acting to back it up, though, this Law & Order spin-off could wind up eating some of those first 13. [29 Sept 2001, p.9]
  5. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Feb 3, 2014
    50
    The best thing Criminal Intent did was dump its low-brow, lower-IQ pilot. What remains, though, is routine at best, the violent master criminal planning a million-dollar diamond heist in the premiere naturally proving no match for the brilliant, X-ray-sighted Goren.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 14, 2013
    50
    Told mainly from the perspective of the criminal, L&O:CI has a superb cast (Vincent D'Onofrio, Courtney B. Vance, Jamey Sheridan). But you can't get past the fact that you've seen this all before, just assembled differently.
  7. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: John Levesque
    Feb 3, 2014
    40
    It looks like a lot of cop shows that have gone before, no matter what Wolf says about its criminal-based perspective. [29 Sept 2001, p.E1]
  8. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Feb 3, 2014
    40
    But it's going to take more than two or three minutes of near-art near the end of each hour to keep this series on the air. [29 Sept 2001, p.2D]
  9. Arizona Republic
    Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Feb 3, 2014
    40
    The talented Mr. Wolfwould disagree, but frankly, three is two too many. [29 Sept 2001, p.1E]
  10. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 3, 2014
    40
    Mr. D'Onofrio is the best reason to watch Criminal Intent, particularly when he's in full metal insult mode...The show otherwise is weak from a story standpoint. Clues fall into place with remarkable, sometimes unbelievable precision. Wrongdoers are too easily broken down or duped during interrogations. The criminals' minds frankly aren't all that interesting anyway. And unlike its two fellow travelers, there are no palate-cleansing trials in Criminal Intent. Episodes instead end in abrupt arrests. [30 Sept 2001, p.3]

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