• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 23, 2008
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 70
    The CBS show has very little dramatic heft or distinction, but it's wily and brisk enough to engage you for an hour.
  2. 80
    In its solidly crafted premiere, the CBS drama demonstrates admirable restraint while still telling a reasonably interesting story.
  3. The tricks he performs are overshadowed by the glee with which Baker performs them. Like any good grifter, he gets a genuine thrill out of entertaining, manipulating, or confusing people.
  4. The Mentalist is safe, predictable, manufactured crime drama … and it works.
  5. 70
    Because as much as Baker's suavely sly version of a gotcha artist is a welcome addition, thanks to a few not-so-hidden laws of character-actor placement, you'll guess the pilot scenario's killer before anybody else.
  6. Psychological sleight of hand can't fill an hour every week. For that you need complicated, interesting crimes and complicated, interesting characters solving them. The Mentalist seems prepared to deliver just that.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    75
    The formula--must find murderer of beautiful woman before last commercial break--predates the dinosaurs, but also incorporates some satisfying twists.
  8. 80
    Stunning opening suggests the potential. It's Baker's show, and he excels. But guest stars impress, too.
  9. The Mentalist is anything but irksome, proving once again that watchable television isn't so much about originality--if something hasn't been done before, there might be a reason--as it is about execution.
  10. It's not groundbreaking TV, but the pilot does a good job of introducing the characters, their relationships, their potential relationships.
  11. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    70
    Its detective plots are cozily formulaic, its defining twist cheerfully preposterous. As cop-show comfort food, it's a kind of California fusion cooked up to appeal to people fed up with techno-beat lab scenes.
  12. This role is tailor-made for Baker, who has a flair for playing irreverent characters who are crucial to the success of the system even as they tweak its authority figures.
  13. Mr. Baker keeps The Mentalist easy on the eyes and brain.
  14. 75
    The Mentalist may be a copy, but it's a well-done copy sparked by an actor who has come into his own as a TV star.
  15. Its semi-psychic hero is intriguing enough and confident enough--not everybody can sneak a hypnosis-inducing trance into an exchange with a reluctant witness as deftly as he can--to bring viewers under his spell.
  16. 70
    Baker and his wily line readings and intimidatingly sly stares can snap the show out of occasional stupors.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 216 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 48
  2. Negative: 5 out of 48
  1. LordofFood
    Dec 29, 2009
    10
    Brilliant. Bruno Heller really thinks out the plot of the next episode and eventually makes it great. Simon Baker makes a good, sometimes Brilliant. Bruno Heller really thinks out the plot of the next episode and eventually makes it great. Simon Baker makes a good, sometimes cocky, smart, and observant Patrick Jane. Greatest show i've ever seen. Full Review »
  2. Debbies.
    Sep 30, 2008
    5
    I want to like it, because I really like Simon Baker. But I do not think it is exciting enough. I do not care for who the show has as the I want to like it, because I really like Simon Baker. But I do not think it is exciting enough. I do not care for who the show has as the murderer(s). So far the murders really do not make since. Full Review »
  3. BrandonN
    Sep 28, 2008
    10
    The first episode gave me me new hope for television.