For 362 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Hal Boedeker's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Jane Eyre
Lowest review score: 0 Uncle Buck: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 362
362 tv reviews
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Most crime dramas these days, from Law & Order to CSI, concentrate on procedure. Karen Sisco favors personality -- and what a wonderful change of pace it is. [1 Oct 2003, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Though slickly photographed, Gideon's Crossing is a rickety star vehicle. Braugher doesn't have much support from the musicians, the writer or the supporting actors. [10 Oct 2000, p.E1]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Tarzan seems like such an iffy premise for a series. Our hero is evidently going to help Jane with her caseload, proving he can make it you-know-where and be top of the heap. Don't we have enough police in prime time so Tarzan can be himself? [5 Oct 2003, p.4]
    • Orlando Sentinel
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Hal Boedeker
    All the actors do well. They can't do good, however, because they're in service of an obnoxious show. The surfaces look inviting in life as we know it, but there isn't a lot of show there.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    This is a perfectly fine premise for a series, but the painfully average Falcone lacks drive, energy and sharp characters.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Hal Boedeker
    Cheerfully oddball ... The Chronicle is like a big summer movie, but without the bombast.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Like "Northern Exposure," Maximum Bob is one summer series worthy of the regular season lineup. It's just too good and too clever to last one summer. Maximum Bob deserves a maximum run.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Hal Boedeker
    The show reduces some of its actors, notably Cole, to stereotypical shtick. There are too many characters and too many emotional shifts, but not enough depth. Viewers who visit the neighborhood of Brewster Place won't get close to its people. [1 May 1990]
    • Miami Herald
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Hal Boedeker
    Classy, tender and plumb beautiful ... Old-fashioned and sweet, it is as accomplished in its way as NYPD Blue is in its. [2 Apr 1994]
    • Miami Herald
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Hal Boedeker
    In the series, the effects are on par with the storytelling: Both are inept.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Hal Boedeker
    Refreshing, low-key and true to its small-town Texas setting, the series goes against the grain of most so-called current "family entertainment." This isn't another inane sitcom with dopey adults and unbearably cute kiddies. Everyone here seems natural, real. [1 Oct 1993]
    • Miami Herald
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Ritter remains in top comic form ... But his show ... is a mediocre effort that falls short of such ABC milestones as Roseanne and Home Improvement.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Hal Boedeker
    Watching Ellie is hardly another Seinfeld, a comedy that became a cultural landmark. Rather it's a quirky little series that leans too heavily on a gimmick.

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