• Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 17, 2014
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Feb 13, 2014
    80
    Some of Star-Crossed falls into the CW’s well-trod comfort zone: young-adult romantic drama with a sci-fi twist. It shows extra ambition, though, by putting its outsiders so constantly and viscerally close to those who suspect and fear them. Add forbidden love, which can never escape the shadow of potential doom, and Star-Crossed could become both provocative and entertaining.
  2. Reviewed by: Carrie Raisler
    Feb 17, 2014
    75
    The politics are surprisingly complex ... That’s a lot of heavy lifting for a fluffy teen sci-fi romance, but so far the show acquits itself well, sticking the landing with its romantic moments and politically minded scenes in equal measure.
  3. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Feb 17, 2014
    75
    Turgid dialogue obscures intriguing ideas, amid uneven echoes of civil rights and supremacist crusades.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeanne Jakle
    Feb 18, 2014
    70
    I actually could imagine checking out more. Here's why: It's message. Set in a Louisiana high school in the near future, Star-Crossed may be a sci-fi tale, but it really is about something viewers of all ages and tastes can relate to: discrimination.
  5. Reviewed by: Laurel Brown
    Feb 17, 2014
    70
    Teen romance does play a major role in [Star-Crossed]... but there's a serious story of prejudice hiding underneath. That serious side--a look into the good and bad of humanity when faced with the "other"--is as compelling as it gets.
  6. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Feb 12, 2014
    67
    [An] efficient tale of humanoid alien teens being integrated into a high school.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Feb 7, 2014
    63
    All in all, Star-Crossed tries hard to differentiate itself, at least in its plotline, from its network stablemates. And in the CW’s world of homogenized TV, that’s enough of a reason to applaud the effort.
  8. Reviewed by: Lily Moayeri
    Feb 20, 2014
    60
    Star-Crossed is a by-the-numbers, odds-against, inter-species, teenage love story.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Feb 18, 2014
    58
    The emo-dialogue only sounds good if you’re just watching your first TV show..... The show’s decade-forward future is intriguing but inconsistent.
  10. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 13, 2014
    58
    Star-Crossed looks as though it intends to take itself very seriously as an allegory for a futuristic brand of race relations. It’s also a budding love story, with Emery and Roman blowing hot and cold for one another while a seemingly goodly human student named Grayson (Grey Damon) hopes to cut in and claim her.
  11. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Feb 18, 2014
    50
    It's hard to see how they'll keep this story engaging over time (which is not to say it can't be done). Star-Crossed is without question a cool concept. There's romance, testosterone overload (and whatever the Atrian hormone is), conflict, betrayal, family melodrama, red-plastic-cup parties, a little sci-fi. It's more than enough for liftoff.
  12. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Feb 17, 2014
    50
    The tone is mostly dreary and the plot with few exceptions goes precisely where you expect.
  13. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Feb 14, 2014
    50
    Star-Crossed never really catches fire.
  14. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 18, 2014
    40
    With a premise that's at least 20 years past its "fresh until" date, the issues in Star-Crossed get handled with mostly predictable, rote exploration to the point that one has to wonder, does this show matter? Probably not.
  15. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 18, 2014
    40
    The astrological outlook for Star-Crossed hinges almost entirely on whether the chemistry between Lanter and Teegarden yields the desired swoons. Because through two episodes, anyway, the impediments thrown in the way of their relationship, while duly soapy, aren’t interesting enough to make any of the supporting players pop.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Feb 17, 2014
    40
    The show, which goes, in its small parts and large arcs, where so many have gone before, is easy to mock. Yet within its bounds and even its baldly obvious analogies and soft political points, it is effective enough.
  17. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 24, 2014
    30
    Star-Crossed lacks humor, suspense or even heat.
  18. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Feb 17, 2014
    30
    There's a tentative blandness to 'Star-Crossed' that hindered my ability to care about any of its broadly sketched characters.
  19. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Feb 17, 2014
    30
    Star Crossed, with its gloomy-doomy vibe, its comic-book appropriation of big themes and the way it makes an alien encampment look like St. Marks Place on Halloween, may have trouble reaching beyond the teenage demographic.
  20. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 17, 2014
    25
    As vapid as it is unoriginal, Star-Crossed is sadly typical of a network that continually underestimates its audience.
  21. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Feb 14, 2014
    25
    The show makes little effort to create a sense of the potent clash--or erotic attraction--between cultures. [24 Feb 2014, p.38]
  22. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 11, 2014
    25
    The dialogue is so awful, it probably doesn't matter that most of the performances are inauthentic.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. Feb 18, 2014
    10
    A fresh new series that really keeps you wanting more! It really makes you ask yourself how will humans react if they came across alien life. I highly recommend it! Full Review »
  2. Feb 17, 2014
    10
    So excited for this show! Aimee Teegarden from Friday Night Lights, Matt Lanter from 90210, Malese Jow from Vampire Diaries, Grey Damon from Nine Lives... oh man. I will be watching every episode! Full Review »
  3. Feb 25, 2014
    5
    My review after two episodes: Its not bad and its not good either. I feels like the writers decided to throw "Twilight" (''We cant be together, I am a monster'' blabla) together with the 1960s athmosphere of segregation (Martin Luther Kings approach to equality vs Black Power approach vs whites only) and to make the story ''fresh'' (we are all a bit tired of Vampires, arent we?), they replaced the Vamps with Aliens. As simple as it sounds, it could be the base for a good show. Yet, the writers decided not to do anything further with it but build a cheesy and obvious love story on top of it. (Sometimes I really wonder where they get those writers from) What makes the Aliens so different from humans? At the moment all that is 'different' are Tattoos on their faces. They are all white and all attractive and are all fullfilling the stereotype of a typical westener. The fact that the little boy knew how to use a fork just fell right into the assumption that the alien race must have a western-like culture. There is lots of talk of "two worlds" and 'culture clashing', yet all they portray is one world, one culture. No explanation of why the two cultures are different and why they clash, and most importantly it is not explained why all the characters blindly hate on each other. Yet, the storyline has a fast pace and a couple of good twists, which distracts you from the lack of background information that would have given the show a lot more depth. Full Review »