• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 22, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 24, 2012
    91
    A bit melodramatic, a bit manipulative, Touch is still one of the best pilots of the 2011-12 season to date.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Landweber
    Jan 25, 2012
    80
    So far, its mix of spirituality and science, familial and global struggles, is galvanizing.
  3. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Jan 24, 2012
    80
    There is a sense of adventure and uplift in Touch that is rare in current procedurals. It might just be enough to connect it to an audience thirsty to see Sutherland save the world in quieter, smaller increments--and with the occasional smile.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 16, 2012
    75
    The one great redemptive asset--and it's significant--is Kiefer Sutherland. [26 Mar 2012, p.41]
  5. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jan 25, 2012
    75
    Overall, the first episode delivers a suspenseful ride around the world, peppered with some tear-jerking moments.
  6. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jan 24, 2012
    75
    Yes, the show is intriguing, and it's great to have Sutherland back on TV. But frankly, it's awfully complicated.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jan 20, 2012
    75
    There's heavy-handed imagery, and the show will rise or fall depending on the different weekly encounters with Jake. [27 Jan 2012, p.68]
  8. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 25, 2012
    70
    Viewers should try to connect with Touch. There's something intriguing about it.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 25, 2012
    70
    [Touch is] emotionally compelling but wildly fantastical and undeniably manipulative.
  10. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jan 24, 2012
    70
    We'll see if audiences can tolerate the notion of profound interrelatedness as weekly entertainment.
  11. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jan 24, 2012
    70
    The pilot for Touch is actually rather intriguing and well-executed. My problem with the show is projecting how well it will play a couple of months into its run.
  12. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Jan 23, 2012
    70
    It's Mr. Sutherland's portrayal of the father--unyielding in his effort to break through to his mute child and grasp what he's trying to say with his numbers--that is the heart of this story, the power likely to sustain this promising enterprise.
  13. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 25, 2012
    67
    Touch needs more work grounding its reality before any of these fantasies take flight.
  14. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 24, 2012
    67
    It's an interesting, emotionally manipulative but still effective hour of television.
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 22, 2012
    63
    Unfortunately, [Sutherland's] disciplined performance is done in by an undisciplined show that moves too slowly to put limits on Jake's powers.
  16. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Jan 24, 2012
    63
    It's all very new-agey and a bit pretentious.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jan 24, 2012
    60
    The 11-year-old boy at the center of the story has never spoken and is also the show's narrator. It's a perfectly acceptable device, if not a particularly interesting one in this case.
  18. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jan 24, 2012
    60
    Nothing about these connections feels particularly earned and many of the twists and turns of the pilot feel contrived and obvious, especially toward the end.
  19. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 24, 2012
    58
    Its spirit is willing, but the construction has foundation problems.
  20. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 22, 2012
    50
    In some parts, Touch is pleasantly moving and even tightly woven, until it becomes too blunt in its purposeful yanking of heartstrings.
  21. 50
    What's on the screen is a likable but dumb TV version of what the film scholar David Bordwell calls a "network narrative."
  22. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jan 25, 2012
    50
    It still remains to be seen what it looks like as a series; with some stronger writing and deeper character work, it could build on its math-superpower idea to make something intriguing and emotional.
  23. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 24, 2012
    50
    Touch feels like yet another series--last week it was Alcatraz--that seemed like a better idea for a one-shot movie than a weekly TV series.
  24. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 24, 2012
    50
    It's not clear from one episode whether the show's warm and fuzzy message can successfully counterbalance implausibility.
  25. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 23, 2012
    50
    Touch has its "We Are the World" heart in the right place. But like another song says, we don't need another "Heroes."
  26. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jan 25, 2012
    40
    For all its numbers wizardry, the overmanipulative Touch doesn't yet add up.
  27. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jan 24, 2012
    40
    Ironically, given a show that so clearly wants to touch its audience--from that weighty one-word title on down--we have met, apart from Martin, hardly a single character who incorporates more than the hint of an actual person.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 81 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
  1. Apr 6, 2012
    4
    Jake! Jake! Jake! Jake! Jeez, if I hear "Jake!" one more time, I'm going to go mad. I've even caught myself counting the number of times the Sutherland character utters it, a very bad sign. Can't the writers come up with something less repetitive and maybe a few synonyms for "wait!" as well? And what about his autistic son's intolerance for physical touch? Yeah, I realize that's tied in to the theme of the series, but are we ever going to get beyond the threat of his going ballistic whenever it happens? Again, writers please come up with some alternatives to this gutteral screaming scenario, will you, puhleeeze? Full Review »
  2. Mar 22, 2012
    10
    From what I have seen so far , this is utterly brilliant.The story is intelligent and engaging.One of the best things I have watched in a long time.How the story links together is good and the acting is pretty good. Full Review »
  3. Mar 25, 2012
    8
    This is a brilliant show. The way everything comes together at the end of the "first" episode is amazing. The acting could use a boost, its a bit sub-par, but man is Jake an absolute genius. The way everything comes together, and all of the storylines clash is just like the movie Crash. Its absolutely brilliant. This show really shows us that anything is possible. This show definitely makes me look forward to thursdays. 8.5/10 Full Review »