• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 25, 2014
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Mar 27, 2014
    75
    Watch this one just for Zahn’s performance.
  2. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Feb 26, 2014
    75
    It’s an interesting conceit rooted in real behavioral science.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Feb 24, 2014
    75
    The dialogue often crackles; the educational aspect even makes exposition fun to watch. Zahn is quite good, and the supporting cast already has an entertaining ensemble energy.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 25, 2014
    60
    Mind Games is less complicated than Killen's other shows--which raises its chances until you factor in the dreadful time slot it will inhabit. Yet even though Zahn is a lot to take while having his bi-polar rants and motor-mouthed moments of anxiety, plus Slater's dubious end-of-the-pilot twist, there are elements in play with Mind Games that make it intriguing.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Feb 25, 2014
    58
    Mind Games is the kind of dramedy that could give you a brain cramp.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Feb 24, 2014
    58
    This compromise version emphasizes some of Killen's own weaknesses — he's not a procedural guy, as the cases on "Awake" tended to demonstrate.
  7. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Feb 25, 2014
    50
    The disconnect between what Mind Games wants to be and the show bubbling just under the surface makes it a bit of a puzzling viewing experience.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Feb 25, 2014
    50
    [Slater's] new show also needs to find its voice. Still, if there is something in its premise that recalls the straining-for-effect, too-clever-to-start setups of series like USA's "Psych" and "Suits," the first of those managed to run eight seasons in the end, and the latter has already been renewed for a fourth.
  9. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 25, 2014
    50
    At its heart, Mind Games is a case-of-the-week procedural with some serialized elements, but it's so dense with chatter there may be no mind tricks strong enough to convince viewers to stay tuned.
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 25, 2014
    50
    The deeper problem for Mind Games and creator Kyle Killen, whose Lone Star and Awake collapsed under similarly complex stories, is that it's awash in explanation, not just of the premise, but of the plot.
  11. Reviewed by: Marc Snetiker
    Feb 20, 2014
    50
    Christian Slater and Steve Zahn play brothers who manipulate people into making decisions, but the characters never register as a pair to root for, and their talents aren't so much dazzling as they are dull. [28 Feb 2014, p.65]
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 25, 2014
    40
    Conceptually interesting but rather thin in its “Mission: Impossible”-type moorings, the show weaves in some unexpected threads but does little to warrant a second thought.
  13. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Feb 24, 2014
    33
    The show proceeds at gale force, demolishing logic, plot, meaning and (most of all) pleasure in its path.
  14. 30
    I am not at all in the bag for Mind Games. There's no bag. Mind Games is an off-putting misfire.
  15. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 25, 2014
    30
    ABC hits a new low with Mind Games, an inexplicably and ridiculously convoluted drama which achieves the rare trick of making Christian Slater look like a master of understated acting.
  16. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 25, 2014
    25
    Mind Games just doesn’t work on any level.
  17. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 24, 2014
    25
    He's worked from an overthought idea and larded it up with remnants of other shows, and the result isn't worth your time.
  18. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Feb 25, 2014
    20
    Lovable con artists can work on TV, as they did in “Leverage.” They don’t work here, because at every turn the premise and plot get clunkier.
  19. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Feb 20, 2014
    10
    NBC's "Ironside" was probably the worst new show of the 2013-14 season but this is a very close second. And it's particularly loathsome because one has to watch talented actors like Steve Zahn and Christian Slater suffer through this manipulative nonsense.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Mar 25, 2014
    0
    Horrible. The basic idea is obviously about how NLP is used in order to influence unaware people subconscious in order to make them make agree about certain choices. NLP technique can obviously be performed only by serious professionals with a degree in psychology, who also must be sane in mind and body. What we have here instead, is a couple made of a crook and a mentally deficient brothers, who don't have the intellectual skills to do this.

    They also are unable to explain clearly that it is all about NLP. All they are saying is that they have some kind of miraculous skills, and are unable to explain wha the hell are they doing precisely. Apart of this mess, there is also the completely unnecessary fact that they are yelling for almost the whole running time of each episode. All of this makes the viewer only disturbed and annoyed. Don't waste your time on it. But if you still want to try it, be prepsared to be extremely annoyed. You have been warned.

    The writer has clearly no intellectual capacity to write this, and must stick to writing for Spongebob.
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  2. Apr 29, 2014
    10
    Mind games is very entertaining. the idea of mind manipulation is new and interesting and the main characters are lovable and fun. After watching the first five episodes I'm hooked and want to see what happens next.....I'm super bumbled to see that it may have been cancelled already Full Review »
  3. Apr 3, 2014
    7
    ABC has announced that they have cancelled Mind Games after only five episodes. Could the cancellation have anything to do with the fact that the last episode was about a scientist who was concerned about the dangers of GMOs? He lost his reputation fighting to show the corruption in the FDA, which was allowing a dangerous genetically modified food to be approved. Although we don't have genetically engineered cauliflower, this sounds a bit like what actually happened to scientist Arpad Pusztai, when he fought the release of GE potatoes. I'm sure this episode had the Biotech and Grocery Manufacturers unhappy, and they have been known to use their deep pockets to prevent anything to gain prominence which might hurt their promotion of genetically engineered (GE) foods or crops. GE ingredients are made from plants that are created in a lab by exchanging DNA between two species that would never happen in nature, to create new species. These new plants were introduced in our diets about 20 years ago, can now be found in 70-80% of our foods, have not had long-term safety studies, and are banned or at least identified in 64 other countries, but not the USA or Canada. The Biotech Industry and Grocery Manufacturers spent about $70 MILLION to prevent foods in California and Washington from being labeled. Pulling a show about GMO would cost a lot less! Talk about a Mind Game! Full Review »