Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 24
  2. Negative: 11 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    67
    Sure, Mick's life is ridiculoous, but you don't go lookin' for realism between "Ghost Whisperer" and "Numb3rs." [05 Oct 2007, p.67]
  2. 63
    Moonlight. It's basically "Angel" without the search-for-a-soul underpinnings that gave Angel depth, and with a more ponderous script and less adept cast.
  3. The focus is on the dangerous and forbidden relationship between Mick and Beth and his efforts to keep his past a secret. Whether there's enough material there to knit together a series remains to be seen.
  4. 50
    It doesn't go quite far enough into uncharted territory but gets off to a basically promising start nonetheless.
  5. 50
    Moonlight falls somewhere in the middle of the new paranormal pack. It's neither great nor awful.
  6. 50
    What's not fun? At least half of the rest of the show.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Abernethy
    50
    With a winning lead player and supporting cast, plus an interesting premise, Moonlight has potential.
  8. Moonlight is just a weak, generic private-eye drama with a vampire story overlay.
  9. The show plays like bad imitation noir where the private eye can occasionally sink his teeth into the villain.
  10. Something got lost between concept and execution, and instead of suspense we get silliness
  11. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    40
    Alex O'Loughlin is bogged down by trite dialogue, half-hearted support, perfunctory exposition, and better-to-look-good-than-make-sense production priorities.
  12. While it is formulaic and slow-paced, Moonlight is stylish entertainment with a charming star aimed at a specific audience--the folks who stay home Friday night and watch CBS.
  13. 38
    Moonlight, unfortunately, doesn't trust its audience and so falls to exposition via a fake talk-show interview at the beginning, and then throughout with dialogue dully delivered by Internet investigative reporter Beth Turner (Sophia Myles).
  14. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    [Mick and Beth's] across-the-decades bond, however, doesn't compensate for how pedestrian the initial story is -- playing like a conventional detective show, with Mick showcasing his otherworldly powers (strong, and very, very fast) only during a passable action sequence in the final act.
  15. 30
    The direction is flat-out awful (there are many choppy shots from bizarre, if not inexplicable, angles). Much of the dialogue is groan-inducing, the acting by some of the guest actors is jaw-droppingly wooden, and I guessed who the villain was way before the halfway mark.
  16. It's hardly bloodcurdling adventure, but it doesn't bite.
  17. In almost every way, Moonlight demands that we question the grounds for its existence.
  18. 30
    Much of Moonlight is amateurish, but nothing is more amateurish than the artificial chemistry between O'Loughlin and Myles.
  19. I don't know exactly why Moonlight, which acquired "Veronica Mars'" adorable bad boy, Jason Dohring, as a second-round draft pick, seems so very lifeless.
  20. 30
    The hacky writing is interchangeable with any of CBS' police procedurals, and the boy-band good looks of Alex O'Loughlin as the detective, Mick St. John, inspire neither fear nor dark sexual longings
  21. This one is almost impressively wonderless.
  22. It's just heinous. Absurd, laughable, painful to watch--you name it, Moonlight has it all.
  23. This vampire detective show (sorry, can't resist this) is one that first bites, then sucks. Hard.
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 539 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 396
  1. Apr 27, 2015
    8
    Was surprised at how unpopular this show was... Alex O'Loughlin leads this crime procedural with aplomb, and the build up of tension betweenWas surprised at how unpopular this show was... Alex O'Loughlin leads this crime procedural with aplomb, and the build up of tension between Mick and Beth is more than palpable. Full Review »
  2. Dec 20, 2010
    10
    There are some good lines and some cheesy ones, but the main thing that will make or break it for you is how you feel about Alex O'Loughlin.There are some good lines and some cheesy ones, but the main thing that will make or break it for you is how you feel about Alex O'Loughlin. Personally, I don't understand the bad reviews for his acting--what others call stiff, I'd call subtle, but whatever (I think Americans' taste is closer to Bollywood than the BBC). And he's gorgeous. Full Review »
  3. Dec 7, 2010
    10
    I really loved moonlight. I watched the first season in 3 days and I am really hoping there will be a second one. Mick st john is a veryI really loved moonlight. I watched the first season in 3 days and I am really hoping there will be a second one. Mick st john is a very intriguing character. Full Review »