• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 15, 2007
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. "Raines" not only deserves an audience - with any luck at all, it deserves a renewal, and a firm spot on NBC's fall schedule.
  2. 75
    While this all sounds fresh, don't think for a minute you're going to be seeing anything that hasn't been re-packaged before.
  3. 75
    Intriguing and involving, if sometimes odd for oddness' sake alone, Raines is a novel twist on one of TV's oldest formats: the single, super-intuitive detective.
  4. 75
    Yes, the premise may be decidedly derivative, but it's all in the witty execution.
  5. 70
    Goldblum’s thoughtful, enjoyable presence is — rather than the one saving grace of an otherwise tiresome procedural — the centerpiece of a generally well-crafted drama, one that’s sprinkled with loving nods to Raymond Chandler and “Double Indemnity.”
  6. 70
    Goldblum... gives the character of Raines a solid and gratifying humanity, enough to lift "just another" cop opera into a considerably more rarefied realm.
  7. Working together, Goldblum and Craven create some of the most honest scenes in the genre.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    70
    "Raines" is both thoroughly conventional and thoroughly unconventional; in fact, it often revels in its conventionality.
  9. The show... doesn't seem to be aiming for anything higher than a comfortable middle ground, bypassing a chance to watch Goldblum send up our preconceived idea of Goldblum.
  10. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    60
    One thing's for sure: Raines is weird.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    This is a series for people with a reasonably high TV IQ, but not a particularly challenging formula.
  12. All of this might seem silly if it weren't for Mr. Goldblum.
  13. As close-ended procedurals go, "Raines" certainly offers an intriguing hook, but I'm not sure it's one with much staying power.
  14. "Raines" is one of those shows that are enjoyable time wasters if you don't know what else is available.
  15. 50
    It's a hallucinatory riff on an old noir tradition (is Raines being played for a sap by his own daydreams?), but the gimmick doesn't click. [19 Mar 2007, p.39]
  16. 50
    An average, unoriginal series.
  17. The show seems to take forever to get anywhere.
  18. The hallucination conceit is strange but not necessarily horrible.... The problem with “Raines” is that it tries too hard to be too many things at once.
  19. Nothing really wrong with Raines, but not much reason to watch, either.
  20. Goldblum has a commanding presence that may overcome the ho-hum storylines and overdone talking-ghost motif.
  21. [It] makes Los Angeles look as dreary and sluggish as Goldblum's performance. [16 Mar 2007, p.65]
  22. 38
    The script -- like the direction and acting -- is only half on.
  23. Raines' conversations with the dead... aren't exactly riveting.
  24. The hallucinatory gimmick can only do so much for the same old stories.
  25. All this talent can't make the premise - a police detective talks to murder victims - work.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 54
  2. Negative: 3 out of 54
  1. SusanL.
    Mar 1, 2008
    9
    "I see dead people." Crime victims, that is. Nobody does smart flakiness like Jeff Goldblum. I hope they bring it back.
  2. RoryO.
    Nov 27, 2007
    9
    Original. Believable. Easy to follow. Characters keep you very interested. Unable to guess the ending. WHERE DID IT GO? Bring it back or I could end up television set. Full Review »
  3. pamh.
    Aug 26, 2007
    10
    awesome show - intriguing - something unique! please please please renew it!