For 375 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hal Boedeker's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Rescue Me: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 The 1/2 Hour News Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 54 out of 375
375 tv reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Hugely entertaining...Among the new spring series I've seen, Sliders stands out as the most enjoyable. "What-might-have-been" is usually a pointless exercise, but here it makes for some rousing entertainment.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    The print ads for The Commish go: "Loves pasta. Sings opera. Nails scum. . . . A police commissioner you gotta love." Viewer, you don't gotta at all. The Commish and ABC should go nail themselves. [28 Sept 1991]
    • Miami Herald
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    The cornball Walker, Texas Ranger looks like a parody early on; it has the strangest camera angles since Batman. Soon enough, it's clear this is just another violent show filled with cartoonish villains, helpless victims and a taciturn martial arts hero who lets his hands do the talking. The low point comes when a rapist ogles his victim a second time and confides to pals, "Just chalk it up to hormones." [21 Apr 1993, p.E7]
    • Miami Herald
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Hal Boedeker
    Party of Five is easily Fox's best new series this season...The young actors, especially Wolf, give heartfelt performances, and when they talk about their departed parents, the pain comes through. There are some Fox touches -- the knockout new nanny, for one -- but Party of Five is far from being a life-without-parents fantasy. [12 Sept 1994, p.C1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Wonderland, which debuts at 10 on WFTV-Channel 9, should carry a warning: It's a tough, tough show...When Wonderland slows down, it can be quite effective. The National Mental Health Association complains that the series distorts the mentally ill, but the portrayals are wide-ranging.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    You have to hope the show is therapeutic for Titus, because it has little entertainment value. [19 March 2000, p.F1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Making the Band proves highly watchable. This story of a bubblegum band gives you something to chew on. [24 March 2000]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    Considering what's at stake, the show could use more edge. It settles instead for sweetness. [9 March 2000, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    The Beat needs more reinforcements because the main characters aren't strong enough to carry a show. Andre Braugher had more help on Homicide.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    Daddio and Battery Park are wisps of shows, so slight and feeble that they're not ready for prime time. They're not ready for anything, really. Lumping them with Friends and Frasier only makes them look punier.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    Daddio and Battery Park are wisps of shows, so slight and feeble that they're not ready for prime time. They're not ready for anything, really. Lumping them with Friends and Frasier only makes them look punier.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    You would do better to go out Saturday night than settle for this sappy supernatural thriller. [5 Feb 2000, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    City of Angels, a good but uneven show, crackles when depicting romance or behind-the-scenes intrigue. But in addressing race, the show can turn preachy, earnest and trite. [16 Jan 2000, p.F1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    Cop Rock is neither a realistic police drama nor a convincing musical. It's an experiment that's rarely arresting. [26 Sep 1990, p.D1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Hal Boedeker
    I like this show, but am not bowled over by it, and I couldn't imagine racing home each week to see it. Kellie Martin had more compelling adventures on "Life Goes On". As for oft-invoked comparisons to "Catcher in the Rye", forget it. [25 Aug 1994, p.G1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    Tasteless Tucker tuckered me out. [1 Oct 2000]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    It's pleasant and low-key but also slight and forgettable.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    ABC takes television to lower depths with That Was Then, which starts in a dreadful spot and keeps doing variations on it...This annoying show will push you out of the house to enjoy Friday nights.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    Like Whoopi, Luis just barrels along on coarse writing and over-the-top performances. This obnoxious show is the salmon doughnut of sitcoms. [19 Sept 2003, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    The horrible Hawaii suggests that crimefighting has degenerated to idiotic levels since "Hawaii Five-O" and "Magnum, P.I." The new protectors of paradise work in such stupefying ways that you want to shout at the screen, "Book 'em, Danno!"
    • 78 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    It's laudable that the show goes without a laugh track and studio audience. Going without appealing characters, however, is foolhardy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Swift pacing energizes the movie, and Schulman writes compelling scenes for the large cast. Many actors, who have only one scene to make an impression, meet the challenge splendidly. [11 Sept 1993, p.G1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Hal Boedeker
    Given the gamut of Lois' emotions, it's no wonder Teri Hatcher can't get a handle on her character. For his part, the handsome but wooden Dean Cain won't make anyone forget Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel -- not even the scene in which the hunky former pro football player wears only a towel. He's just So-So-Man. [12 Sept 1993, p.1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    No matter how The Tick fares, Warburton is giving a show-stopping, larger-than-life performance that should send his career zooming. Stand back and watch him go for as long as he can.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    The Flash is one of the most pleasant surprises of the fall season. It's one of CBS' best new shows, and it is spectacular- looking. [20 Sept 1990, p.G1]
    • Miami Herald
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    It's an intriguing but emotionally sterile show, with flashy effects and flimsy characters.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    For a show about witches, Sabrina could use more tricks. The star's mother, Paula Hart, serves as an executive producer, yet Sabrina often looks less like a labor of love than run-of-the-mill kids' show. [27 Sept 1996, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    The superficial Birds of Prey illustrates the drawbacks to splitting chores three ways. The hair, however, is magnificent.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    There needs to be some inducement to watch this empty exercise in style, and more than $1 million isn't enough. [17 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    The filmed series carries no laugh track, and that's merciful because there is nothing remotely funny. [24 Sept 2002, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel

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