For 159 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 70% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Vicki Hyman's Scores

Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Handmaid's Tale: Season 1
Lowest review score: 25 Notorious: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 159
159 tv reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    American Gods is a bit too packed with these intriguing jaunts, and the narrative sometimes feels like it will run out of gas long before reaching its destination. (The first 8-episode season reportedly covers only the first third of the fantasy epic.) But that doesn't mean you won't enjoy the ride.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    Atwood's spare narrative is haunting in the horrors it only hints at. The Hulu adaptation is 10 episodes (and judging from the gripping first three, hopefully there will be many more). The narrative is more fully fleshed out, and obviously more visceral, but it still leaves a lot to the imagination.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Vicki Hyman
    This is supposed to be a cat-and-mouse game, but it's more like a kitten with a ball of yarn.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 42 Vicki Hyman
    The TV series is a rote procedural that dulls the film's premise further by making it an ensemble piece (the monomaniacal nature of Neeson's Mills is the point of "Taken") and has a lead actor, Clive Standen of History's "Vikings," most notable for not being Neeson.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    The basic structure is compelling enough--viewers don't even know who the identity of the murder victim is through much of the series, and the layered performances keep us in flux over who we'd like to kill off, and who we wish would do the killing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    The Missing is a feast--albeit the most chilly, emotionally devastating feast ever--for armchair sleuths.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    [Legion is] produced like a cerebral art house version of a superhero series, thrumming with precision and emotion where the genre usually calls for shock and awe, and assembled with an entrancing period aesthetic (it seems to be set in the early 1970s, but that could just be a side-effect of David's fragile mental state) and stunning, occasionally horrifying visual effects.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Vicki Hyman
    Newcomers to the franchise--there may be a quite a few, as 24: Legacy gets the prime spot right after the Super Bowl--may get sucked in, mostly thanks to Hawkins' charisma, although Miranda Otto is also very watchable as Rebecca Ingram, the tough CTU director who is leaving the agency to help her husband, played by Jimmy Smits, run for president.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Vicki Hyman
    Powerless has a high-flying concept indeed. Too bad it fails to take off.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Vicki Hyman
    TThe writing is stilted, with every other sentence from Rourke's mouth a ready-made movie poster tagline.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    Riverdale is not only coherent but often enthralling, an effectively moody and sometimes perverse melodrama that manages to revel in the high school tropes that Archie helped define decades ago while simultaneously subverting them.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Vicki Hyman
    With its over-the-top plot and rococo themes, it just comes across as Eurotrash--intellectually pretentious, but it sure is pretty to look at it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    The metaphorical gloom and doom of Taboo is likewise dense and relentless but so enveloping you can't help but be sucked in.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Vicki Hyman
    It's just as muddled as "Once" often is, and too ridiculous to be taken seriously as an epic as "Thrones," which is not surprising, given the show's long stay in development purgatory.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Vicki Hyman
    The first episode is not as edgy (or, quite frankly, as funny) as it thinks it is. Olson is a gifted physical actress but the woman-behaving-badly shtick starts off a bit toothless. The second episode is sharper.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Vicki Hyman
    They can sing, but not well enough to make you forget the sub-Lifetime made-for-TV-movie dialogue, whiplash plotting and utterly laughable dramatic moments.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Vicki Hyman
    Uneven performances and technical issues stopped the show connecting with viewers like 2015's superior "The Wiz."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    A sumptuous, stately but never dull look inside the life of Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy).
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Vicki Hyman
    The humor in Divorce is so bleak and the characters are so toxic that you may crave a "Silkwood" shower afterward.That's not to say there aren't funny lines or excellent performances by the core cast of Parker, Haden Church, and Molly Shannon and Tracy Letts as the awful friends whose mutual meltdown at a party sparks Parker's Frances to ask for a divorce. Trouble is, they feel like performances from different shows.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    Like the park, Westworld operates on many levels, and the ones that take place below the park are less successful than the vibrant but violent world the programmers have built above. ... The saving grace is the interplay between Ford's sensitive second-in-command Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright), obsessed with tweaking the code to imbue the hosts with ever more humanity, and the hosts, particularly Wood's Dolores, who can shift from sunny self-denial to clinical self analysis at a word from Lowe.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Vicki Hyman
    The procedural element is smartly done, the stakes realistically high, and Atwell's chemistry with Cahill's D.A. compelling.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    It's an infectious, engaging hour that sets up the rules of this universe efficiently and effectively (i.e., they can't double back to anyplace they might meet themselves), and the cast gels quickly.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Vicki Hyman
    The expensive-looking pilot episode, with its frequent use of unusual camera angles to suggest a world gone askew, effectively establishes the sinister vibe, with some genuine scares and plenty of gore. Daniels is particularly magnetic as the older, put-out-to-pasture priest haunted in more ways than one.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Vicki Hyman
    It looks cheap (even though CBS decided to scrap the entire original pilot and make a new one), the action sequences are rote, the dialogue is mostly generic, and the characters are all one-dimensional.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Vicki Hyman
    There's little visual style to Notorious, and the main case of the week is standard fare, a trying-to-be-twisty but quite predictable tale of a tech billionaire accused in a hit-and-run, while the B plot about a political blackmailing is completely forgettable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    The show feels realistic in the locker room, on the field and in the media circus that surrounds her. (The synergy with real-life Fox Sports commentators and on-screen graphics provides more verisimilitude.)
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Vicki Hyman
    This Is Us (from "Crazy, Stupid, Love" screenwriter Dan Fogelman) methodically weaves four seemingly disparate stories into a believable and emotional whole through tiny telling details, relatable moments, and conversations and confrontations that are funny, tender or painful, or all three at once.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Vicki Hyman
    This is the best network comedy of the season (yes, that's a caveat), with its deceptively easy balance of heart and snark.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    Designated Survivor has got a dynamite premise, but the premiere episode flounders when it leaves the White House for the ruins of the Capitol, where FBI agent Hannah Wells (Maggie Q) is spearheading the investigation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Vicki Hyman
    The first episode starts out whimsical and veers into freakish by the end, but I'm already invested in seeing where it goes from there.

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