• Network: TNT
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 9, 2012
Season #: 1, 2, 3
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Mike Lechevallier
    Jul 9, 2012
    38
    There's occasional chemistry between McCormack and Cook, who looks too young for her part as a seasoned federal agent, but instead of trying to build a flimsy romantic bond between the two, the writers would be better served focusing on crafting more thoughtful professional enigmas for their main character to obsess over.
  2. Reviewed by: Lesley Smith
    Jul 9, 2012
    30
    [Perception is an] inept, and sometimes offensive, drivel, turning serious mental illness into a chic tic and woefully underestimating the intelligence of its audience.
  3. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jul 6, 2012
    25
    There's very little that's fun about Perception.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 59
  2. Negative: 6 out of 59
  1. Aug 1, 2012
    10
    McCormack is brilliant. This is a mix of Monk, the Mentalist and A Beautiful Mind. In response to somebody's criticism that the disorders areMcCormack is brilliant. This is a mix of Monk, the Mentalist and A Beautiful Mind. In response to somebody's criticism that the disorders are too outlandish--you mean too interesting? Would it be that great of a show if the mental disorders were ordinary? It's quirky yet smart, the dialogue is poetic, and the problems are complex yet simple to follow in context. Cook is very likeable and contrary to the opinions of some critics, she is smart and confident in her role. It's a nice break to have youth and excitement along with experience in a head law enforcement role, instead of the stereotypical cold, sarcastic and/or angry narcissist with a control fetish. I hope for many more seasons, and that the pretentious critics don't spoil it for the rest of us. Full Review »
  2. Jul 30, 2012
    3
    The first episode seemed interesting, but as soon as with the second episode it started to go downhill. The basic concept of the series is notThe first episode seemed interesting, but as soon as with the second episode it started to go downhill. The basic concept of the series is not bad, but the execution is. Most importantly, the foreshadowing technique that is used is essentially sloppy and not credible, the plots are clearly based on a very simple formula and so far there is no meta-plot visible. The main character is likable and quirky in a nice way, but unfortunately most of the other characters are not. Full Review »
  3. Jul 10, 2012
    6
    I've only seen the pilot, but I was pleasantly surprised by it. McCormack is excellent in his role, but they really need to give Rachel LeighI've only seen the pilot, but I was pleasantly surprised by it. McCormack is excellent in his role, but they really need to give Rachel Leigh Cook some backbone if I'm going to keep watching the show. TNT, USA, FX - they specialize in strong female leads. Even though Cook showed some gutsiness in tackling someone from a 2nd floor fire escape, she needs to be able to exude more confidence in her verbal exchanges to make it truly interesting. Full Review »