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

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. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 3, 2014
    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]
  2. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Feb 3, 2014
    Not only does this sort of McDonald's approach to crime drama represent a serious lack of network imagination, it also threatens the dignity of the original "Law & Order" as it clones its formula. Think of the show's trademark ching-ching as the equivalent of the Golden Arches. [29 Sept 2001, p.F1]
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 3, 2014
    Seldom has a fatally flawed concept been better executed than on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 14, 2013
    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.
  5. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 3, 2014
    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]
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 14, 2013
    [Vincent] D'Onofrio is so eccentrically entertaining, even his costar Kathryn Erbe seems fascinated. ... Add tight plotting, and CI is the L&O of the year.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Feb 3, 2014
    The best thing about the show is that its cast is so overqualified for it. Vincent D'Onofrio is one of the most inspired and versatile young actors of our time. He was unforgettable in an episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street" in which he barely moved; he spent most of it trapped under a subway car.
  8. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Feb 3, 2014
    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]
  9. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Feb 3, 2014
    Yet another chapter in the Law & Order franchise, fails simply because it comes nowhere close to the expectations established by its ancestor. [30 Sept 2001, p.H01]
  10. Deseret News
    Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Feb 3, 2014
    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]
  11. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    Thanks to the mesmerizing performance of Vincent D'Onofrio as New York City Det. Bobby Goren, this new series enhances the value of the brand.
  12. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Feb 3, 2014
    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]
  13. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Feb 3, 2014
    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.
  14. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Feb 3, 2014
    Criminal Intent should make the bird's tail-feathers droop with embarrassment. [29 Sept 2001, p.E-6]
  15. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Feb 3, 2014
    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]
  16. Arizona Republic
    Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Feb 3, 2014
    The talented Mr. Wolfwould disagree, but frankly, three is two too many. [29 Sept 2001, p.1E]
  17. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: John Levesque
    Feb 3, 2014
    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]
  18. Variety
    Reviewed by: Laura Fries
    Feb 3, 2014
    On the surface, the concept of Criminal Intent seems like a gimmicky way to milk some of the success from its predecessors, but in the capable hands of exec producers Wolf and Rene Balcer, who also serve as the show's head writers, it makes for taut, engaging television. This self-perpetuating franchise of cops and lawyers is hardly running out of steam. [28 Sept 2001, p.8]

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