• Network: Starz
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 7, 2014
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 80
    Created by Courtney Kemp Agboh, the Emmy-nominated writer/producer of The Good Wife, and fueled by a powerful yet understated performance by Omari Hardwick, the series captures the spirit of Fitzgerald's novel while telling a story that's very much of our time.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 5, 2014
    80
    Much of the real beauty of Power lies in the details, conversational and visual.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 5, 2014
    75
    The opening episode--already posted online--is a bit sluggish, but Power gets better in subsequent episodes. Starz, and Fitty, appear to have a winner.
  4. Reviewed by: Kyle Anderson
    May 30, 2014
    75
    The volatile combo of elements leads to occasionally sloppy storytelling, but the cast--particularly the icy Hardwick and the oft-nude Naughton--makes it a deeply bingeable guilty pleasure. [30 May 2014, p.115]
  5. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jun 6, 2014
    70
    While the series is not exactly imaginative or subtle (stretch limos, Chivas Regal, call girls), it’s surprisingly enjoyable.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 6, 2014
    67
    Hardwick might be the most jacked actor working on TV and has some nice moments with Loren as he tries to reconnect with a love that has only grown fonder over the years. But the dialogue, slathered with f-bombs, seems lazy, and there’s not much ur­gency to the plot.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 6, 2014
    58
    Power has some pull, but maybe not enough to win a tug of war. Its overall pacing could use a perk-up and its portrayals of minorities (who twice drop the n-word) might take more heat if 50 Cent wasn’t both calling the shots and rapping a theme song that includes the lyric, “I’m an undercover liar. I lie under the covers.”
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jun 6, 2014
    50
    It moves along, dutifully moving the players to their appointed plot points. And there are some nice performances; I would draw your attention to that of Naturi Naughton, as Ghost's wife, consistently a warm body in an often chilly show.
  9. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 6, 2014
    50
    Power is fine but it doesn’t live up to its title. It’s not a powerful drama because viewers have largely seen all its tricks, plots and character relationships before.
  10. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jun 4, 2014
    50
    The show was created by Courtney Kemp Agboh and has so much going for it--on the surface, anyway--that it's almost criminal that a powerful, attractive cast and high-end production values are hobbled by such a stupefying absence of originality.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 4, 2014
    50
    Mostly, this is undemanding escapism with all the requisite pay-TV trappings, along the lines of what Cinemax is offering in episodic form.
  12. Reviewed by: Alan Jones
    Jun 3, 2014
    50
    If The Sopranos, in all its intricacy, finds layers in its antihero that are relatable even as it reveals how damaged the man is by a life of violence, then Power comes across as nothing more than a warmed-over soap opera only superficially obsessed with Ghost's relationship to guns and drugs.
  13. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Jun 6, 2014
    42
    As it stands now, Power spends far more time telling the audience that everything is at stake for Ghost than showing how everything he holds dear is at stake.
  14. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jun 6, 2014
    40
    Power is a paint-by-numbers effort when Starz could really do itself a favor by putting a masterpiece in the market.
  15. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jun 11, 2014
    30
    Everyone seems to be imitating someone they saw in another gangster movie. It would be funny, if it weren't quite so tedious.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Jun 16, 2014
    10
    I absolutely love this show, i tune in with my girl every Saturday night so far and plan on continuing. Love the plot, the acting is great and the music continuously surprises me... 50 did a great job in conjunction with all of the others who helped put this show together! Full Review »
  2. Jun 8, 2014
    10
    POWER is a GREAT show! With Courtney Kemp (Good Wife) and 50 Cent on board there is a lot of hype and pressure and the first episode delivers! Great atmosphere, realism, suspense, mystery, and action make the first episode great. Omari Hardwicks's character GHOST is a drug dealer who has kids. This gives many story arcs and leaves him with something to lose. He is smart enough to see he cannot be a drug dealer forever but those around him can't. Theres conflicting love interests and amazing action and most of all SUSPENSE AND MYSTERY. This is a great show that will keep you hooked! Full Review »
  3. Jun 7, 2014
    7
    Good realistic story with no heroes in it.50 cent knows A to Z about hustling and real world drug deal scenarios can be seen in this.it has potential to be a good show and hope they make long run. Full Review »