• Network: TNT
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 23, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. 75
    What we have here is a show Hunter has produced acceptably well and acted with immense, believable intensity. It's a fairly gritty TV role served with a spoonful of lightheartedness.
  2. All told, this series is pleasantly unexpected, taking chances on TNT when it seemed the channel's DNA wouldn't permit that level of risk. If the writing continues to hold up, viewers could be in for a better ride than the one Hunter is already taking them on by herself.
  3. 50
    The ensemble company, including the always-wonderful Laura San Giacomo, who plays her friend, never misses a beat. Too bad this series--which tries too hard--misses a stanza or two.
  4. 60
    Hunter is so good that she may save this erratic show.
  5. It relies on intelligence and resourcefulness rather than divine providence.
  6. 80
    The good news is that the smartly written "Saving Grace" is not a mess. In fact, it's one of the most distinctive new shows of the year.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    The show's blessings, however, are more earthy - beginning with Hunter, who oozes anger, sexuality and irreverence, sometimes all at once. San Giacomo is perfectly cast as her friend and sounding board, and Johnson, Rippy and Woodbine all deliver solid support, with the jailhouse sequences among the show's best.
  8. 80
    Saving Grace is my second-favorite cable drama this summer ("Mad Men" being the obvious front-runner), thanks to the excellent cast (Kenny Johnson and Laura San Giacomo, among others), and the fact that Hunter plays Grace with so much authenticity and scratchy sweetness.
  9. Reviewed by: James Norton
    70
    The acting is strong, the music is good, and the show's not likely to leave many viewers lacking an opinion.
  10. [Hunter] captures well the worn-to-the-bone, irritable and slightly skanky buzz of a person living on too little sleep and too many medicinally applied Cokes, while infusing her character with a gentle heart and a sudden, dazzling smile. But much of the rest of the show is tediously familiar.
  11. This is not a shoot-the-moon, wholly unique story, but it's comforting and thoughtful.
  12. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    70
    The details of the play between Hunter and her co-stars are engrossing enough that you're glad to let the big arc sail over your head.
  13. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    70
    Self-consciously edgy while flirting with cosmic schmaltz, Saving Grace is overdone, but not run-of-the-mill.
  14. The pieces shouldn't fit together--Earl's celestial presence with Grace's raging sex life, discussions of metaphysics with police procedural plots--but somehow they do.
  15. 40
    At present it suffers from a problem that predates not only television but radio and theater as well: Too many cooks, or at least too many ingredients bubbling to a busy and irritating boil.
  16. The main reason to watch can only be Holly Hunter.... Although she's a prisoner of the material, her performance is so good that it can distract you from this otherwise simplistic take on a complex issue.
  17. 30
    Hunter seems to mostly flail in a show that is too unremarkable for her talents.
  18. We're left with a heap of hocus-pocus that will offend some viewers and seem pretentious or silly to others.
  19. Writer/creator Nancy Miller ("Any Day Now") imbues the show with touches both subtle and a little overwrought but the divine "Grace" still offers stronger characters and better stories than many other summer series.
  20. Grace has a world of promise with thoughtful writing by Nancy Miller ("The Closer," "Any Day Now"), an intriguing take on the nature of faith and a sheer force-of-nature performance by Hunter.
  21. 37
    The real sin here is the way the show wastes Hunter, a terrific actress with a proven ability to make tough women compelling.
  22. Only an actress of sublime abilities could lift this material from the downright silly to something intriguingly watchable.
  23. [The writers/producers] don't seem to have faith that their antiheroine and setting are compelling enough on their own, so they've added this superfluous otherworldly layer to keep views intrigued. [27 Jul 2007, p. 58]
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 45
  2. Negative: 23 out of 45
  1. CathyK
    Dec 19, 2007
    3
    I wanted so bad to like this show because I love HH, and I will continue to watch it, but it is so shallow. The writers never take time to develop either the personal spiritual journey of Grace or the criminal cases; so as a result, both suffer. The spiritual journey is by far more interesting than the mundane crime solving storylines. And, what's up with last night's line of her asking a dog if he was God? Please, people, just because it's God spelled backward doesn't mean you have to be so hard up that you make it part of the script. Full Review »
  2. Linker
    Sep 25, 2007
    4
    Still not quite sure what to make of this show. They act like Grace is a terrible person and yet, somehow, so lovable and wonderful to everyone around her. But she isn't really all that likable to me, I just don't feel any connection to somebody who is that big of a slut. And the story isn't usually interesting enough to hold my attention. At this point, Laura San Giacomo is the most interesting and enjoyable character in the show. Full Review »
  3. JaniceJ.
    Sep 14, 2007
    0
    THIS SHOW IS PAINFUL TO WATCH....too much of Holly - not enough story line.