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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 3, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
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  • Summary: The killers and victims are shown at the beginning of each episode of the imported Canadian mystery series as Detective Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman) and her partner Detective Oscar Vega (Louis Ferreira) seek to discover who and why the killer(s) did it.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    May 16, 2013
    Motive isn't ingenious enough to motivate imitations or spinoffs, but it's smooth and diverting. [27 May 2013, p.40]
  2. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    May 20, 2013
    Its nonlinear, whydunit approach makes the show stand out. The fractured loop-de-loop narrative creates not just surprise but suspense.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    May 16, 2013
    It’s a reasonably involving series made better by the chemistry between the two leads.
  4. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    May 15, 2013
    Instead of being a whodunit, Motive is a "whydunit," which, except for the appeal of the show's star, amounts to a "whocares."
  5. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    May 17, 2013
    Lehman is good, most everything's OK, but nothing is especially fresh or compelling.
  6. Reviewed by: Dorothy Burk Vasquez
    May 20, 2013
    The standard pieces are all here, just fit into the hour in a different order.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 20, 2013
    You've heard of open-and-shut cases. Motive is more like open and yawn.

See all 14 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. May 22, 2013
    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. Jul 29, 2014
    Set in and around Vancouver, this police crime show is fun to watch. I like the single story plots (no long-term subplots to struggle with interminably through. Nice plot twists. Good chemistry between all the lead characters. A pleasant change from today's heavy cop shows. Expand
  3. May 21, 2013
    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. Collapse
  4. Jul 12, 2013
    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. Expand