Motive : Season 1

  • Network: ABC , CTV
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 3, 2013
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    May 16, 2013
    67
    It’s a reasonably involving series made better by the chemistry between the two leads.
  2. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    May 16, 2013
    75
    Motive isn't ingenious enough to motivate imitations or spinoffs, but it's smooth and diverting. [27 May 2013, p.40]
  3. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    May 20, 2013
    70
    Its nonlinear, whydunit approach makes the show stand out. The fractured loop-de-loop narrative creates not just surprise but suspense.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. May 22, 2013
    8
    The series is entertaining. That is what it should be. If your are looking for art, change the channel, if you are looking for yet anotherThe series is entertaining. That is what it should be. If your are looking for art, change the channel, if you are looking for yet another entertaining, scripted crime drama you will like it. The victim and the killer are identfied at the start and the series is called "Motive", i.e. the "why" is the center of the plot. A little surprise, a little humor, a little "homicide cops & killer". Not boring, not "end guessable" and a must for hard-core Stargate- /SGU-fans. Full Review »
  2. May 21, 2013
    4
    Boring. The only other cops-and-robbers series that I can recall as having used this device of identifying the culprit from the git go wasBoring. The only other cops-and-robbers series that I can recall as having used this device of identifying the culprit from the git go was Columbo, and Motive is no Columbo. Once the audience knows who done it, the writers must come up with a lot more reasons to keep watching such a show than the trite banter that characterized the opening episode. Full Review »
  3. Feb 13, 2017
    6
    not much twist, it get less interesting because the killer exposed in the beginning of the movie. there is not much up and down in the movienot much twist, it get less interesting because the killer exposed in the beginning of the movie. there is not much up and down in the movie so after watching 3 seasons it gets pretty boring Full Review »