Michael Starr

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For 73 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Starr's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 House of Cards (2013): Season 2
Lowest review score: 20 The 100: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 73
  2. Negative: 8 out of 73
73 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Starr
    There aren’t many protagonists here, but that’s not the point; you don’t watch House of Cards for its uplifting message, but rather to see how much more Spacey, Wright, Kelly et al. can plumb the depths of emotional depravity.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Starr
    It’s both a learning experience and an emotional reminder of what can go wrong in that gray area separating man and machine.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Starr
    It’s equal parts outlandish, incoherent, funny, cartoonishly violent and confusing--all in a good way. It’s one of those series in which you just have to kick back and enjoy the ride.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Starr
    The show’s writing, pacing, flashback scenes and unexpected surprises fit like a comfortable shoe.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Starr
    Low Winter Sun grabs you by the lapels and pulls you--forcefully--right into its seamy, low-rent world of intrigue and double- and triple-crosses.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 88 Michael Starr
    It’s an energized, fun hour with lots of laughs, terrific cast chemistry and some surprises.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Starr
    Fallon made it clear that he’s fashioned The Tonight Show in his own image--so fasten your seat belts for what promises to be a fun, fresh late-night ride.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    On the surface, Burns and Novick strive for impartiality, but there's an undercurrent of cynicism throughout. And that's a good thing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    I have a sneaking suspicion that, over its next four installments, The Hour will ratchet-up the drama and intrigue and retain the excellence it's achieved thus far.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The pacing is quick, the plotline interesting and there’s even a touch of Walter White/“Breaking Bad”-type humor (read: dark) courtesy of Cranston. And with a supporting cast featuring Margo Martindale (“The Americans,” “The Good Wife”) and Peter Gerety (“Mercy Street,” “Public Morals”), Sneaky Pete is off to an auspicious start.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    Surviving Jack is very enjoyable, with Meloni delivering in a comedic role and ably supported by some clever writing and a solid cast.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    Lowe and Gadiot make convincing lovers, Socha provides the comic relief and Rigby is suitably sinister as the Red Queen.... Good family fun.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    It’s a solid start for a series that holds a lot of promise if given the chance to grow.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The acting here is terrific, particularly among veterans Okonedo (Oscar-nominated for “Hotel Rwanda”), Haysbert (“The Unit” and those Allstate commercials) and Lester (“Girlfriends”), who all deliver meaty, nuanced performances.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    I tend to judge a show's worth on whether I'll come back for more; I've already watched next week's episode of "Eastbound and Down," and I'll definitely be watching to see where Kenny's Mexican journey takes him.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    This Is Us has an appealing cast, solid writing and pathos aplenty.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    It’s nice that Will Ferrell plays (a skewed) version of himself in the second episode--he was likely corralled by his former “Saturday Night Live” cohort Amy Poehler--but Welcome to Sweden succeeds on its own merits.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    It’s all in good fun, lets us in on the joke and--save for one dumb plot device--is well done and believable in its contextual universe.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    Fans of the alternate reality/fantasy genre should enjoy “Emerald City,” and I think they’ll get a kick out of its parallels to “The Wizard of Oz,” and in trying to guess what’s coming next.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    There's nothing earth-shattering about Rizzoli & Isles, but it's a pleasant, hour-long experience with interesting characters and above-average writing, especially in the exchanges between Jane and Maura.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    [Sean Hayes is] the consummate pro, with impeccable comedic timing, fluid verbal and physical dexterity--a nod to Ball’s slapstick shtick--and a tendency to let others around him share in the laughs. That’s all on display in Sean Saves the World.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    It’s a cookie-cutter comedy that’s inoffensive, intermittently chuckle-worthy and totally predictable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The ingredients are there; they just need more seasoning.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    I don’t know if Back in the Game will have a long shelf life, or if it will turn Caan into a prime-time star (like son Scott on “Hawaii Five-O”), but I do think it’s worth a half-hour of your time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    [Spader’s] magnetic, chewing on the scenery so much that you can’t look away from him.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    Their stories are at turns intense, emotional, angry and humorous--and will capture your attention.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    Chiklis and Benz fit together like bioluminescent water and oil, but somehow the show is still surprisingly entertaining--in a "Heroes" meets "The Incredibles" sort of way.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The performances here are all good, and the chemistry between Cooper and, particularly, his lovers is palpable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    Crystal is in fine form and Gad is appropriately irritating (and funnier than I expected). The Comedians is more of an acquired taste than a “must-see”--and will appeal to those who enjoy satire and winking, self-referential show-biz tropes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    You’ll have to watch the series to really get into its flow. I was impressed by its big-bucks special effects which, for the most part, don’t get in the way of the show’s human element.