• Network: ABC , CTV
  • Series Premiere Date: May 20, 2013
  • Season #: 1
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13

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  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 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. Expand
  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 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.
  3. Jul 12, 2013
    1
    The show is called Motive. Enough said. Who wants to find out how a crime happened when we already know who the killer is? That already took the fun out of it for me. I care what the motive was but the could easily be a 5 minute show. Just ask the killer what the motive was and be done.
Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Lechevallier
    May 22, 2013
    38
    Motive flounders chiefly, however, because it expends lasting suspense by providing the audience with all the hard facts they need up front, subsequently granting them an invitation to leave the party early.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    May 20, 2013
    50
    The characters don't feel any richer here than they do on CBS' various cop shows, and the series doesn't even commit to how much it wants to keep you guessing about why the crime occurred.