Orlando Sentinel's Scores

For 390 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Felicity: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The 1/2 Hour News Hour: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 165
  2. Negative: 0 out of 165
165 tv reviews
  1. The WB series is well-acted but runs its coming-of-age theme into the ground. [20 Jan 1998, p.D1]
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  2. Mostly, Crossing Jordan comes off like a lighter, jokier version of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, last season's surprise hit. The triteness engulfs appealing Hennessy and her co-stars. [16 Sep 2001, p.4]
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  3. NBC's American Dreams, opening in 1963, too often plays like a sentimental journey or a clumsy history lesson. [29 Sep 2002, p.4]
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  4. In Now and Again, Caron shrewdly baits more hooks than a fishing tournament. The lures are irresistible. [24 Sep 1999, p.E1]
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  5. The series seems to be aiming for Twin Peaks-style strangeness, but the show's odd strands dangle rather than come together in gripping fashion.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Letting the viewers feel like they were in on the fun was Moonlighting's greatest asset. First impressions indicate it will be a strength of Cybill as well. [02 Jan 1995, p.D1]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although it could have been wrapped up in 90 minutes without hurting the plot, and despite Lansbury's characterization getting a mite precious at times, the premiere is colorful, stylish entertainment, pleasantly free of acrobatic automobiles and chock full of semi-campy cameos by the likes of Keith, Ned Beatty, Arthur Hill and Anne Francis. [28 Sep 1984, p.E]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The premiere runs too long, but the cast is amiable and the special effects are amusing if not exactly eye-popping.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There is, however, a certain warmth to the show -- maybe the openly affectionate relationship between Steve and Elyse (which grosses out daughter Mallory) -- that makes me hope that creator-writer Gary David Glodberg learns how to better translate his intriguing premise into scripts. [22 Sep 1982, p.E1]
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    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Overall, there's nothing wrong with "The Love Boat" that couldn't be remedied by sharper writing, better casting, more original situations, an end to the indefatigable laugh track or, barring those changes, an enormous tidal wave. [24 Sep 1977, p.24]
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  6. The miniseries, airing Sunday and Wednesday, tries to shatter Hollywood glamour by examining how Norma Jean Baker suffered in becoming the icon Monroe. But the heavy-handed approach will send viewers fleeing in droves from this relentlessly dark psychological portrait. [13 May 2001, p.4]
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  7. Mr. Rhodes has many problems, starting with language and taste. [22 Sep 1996, p.F1]
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  8. The remake isn't first-rate King because it saves most of the terror and special effects for the second half. More than 500 effects decorate the program, and the eerie cinematography helps transform Melbourne, Australia, into New England...In the lavish visuals, acrobatic vampires prowl ceilings and expire with ferocious flourishes. These bloodsuckers have different but very splashy ways of exiting the planet...Those images should satisfy moviegoers who can't get enough visual magic at the multiplex. But great acting serves the show better in the long run. [20 June 2004]
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  9. Legend has it that 23 people disappeared at Rose Red. On the strength of King's name, millions more are bound to get lost there. So a warning: It's a long, punishing program that will leave you stupefied in Seattle. [27 Jan 2002, p.4]
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  10. The Stephen King miniseries on ABC have underwhelmed me. I found The Shining tarnished, The Langoliers laughable, The Stand rickety, It exhausting and The Tommyknockers oh so knockable. Storm of the Century, however, wowed me. It is the most effective King miniseries the network has presented. In this genuinely unsettling epic, good and evil face off on a small Maine island pounded by a nor'easter in 1989. [14 Feb 1999]
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  11. But the running time unwisely inflates this intimate story of a three-member family coming apart at the isolated hotel in the Colorado Rockies. The Stand was an epic. The Shining is not... The extreme length, however, leads to tiresome repetition. Horror and suspense are better served in small helpings. Even Alfred Hitchcock would have been daunted by these conditions. [27 Apr 1997]
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  12. The first hour, "Battleground" with William Hurt, is brilliant, but the next three are repetitive, talky or derivative. [9 July 2006, p.10]
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  13. Unlike the last King novel-turned-miniseries, It, which made clowns the stuff of nightmares, Tommyknockers won't frighten small children or household pets...Tommyknockers is more sci-fi than horror show - a close encounter of a second-rate kind. What a shame. [9 May 1993, p.D1]
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  14. Among new series this season, Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital is the biggest disappointment, a botch of monumental proportions. Next to it, NBC's misbegotten Coupling looks quaint. [29 Feb 2004, p.4]
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  15. 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.
  16. The Commish is a conventional cop series that will rise or fall on the strength of its main character, so it may have a shot. Chiklis, a stumpy dynamo who played John Belushi in Wired, is instantly likable as Scali, an "unorthodox" police commissioner in suburban New York.
  17. 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.
  18. You have to hope the show is therapeutic for Titus, because it has little entertainment value. [19 March 2000, p.F1]
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  19. Making the Band proves highly watchable. This story of a bubblegum band gives you something to chew on. [24 March 2000]
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  20. Considering what's at stake, the show could use more edge. It settles instead for sweetness. [9 March 2000, p.E1]
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  21. The Beat needs more reinforcements because the main characters aren't strong enough to carry a show. Andre Braugher had more help on Homicide.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. You would do better to go out Saturday night than settle for this sappy supernatural thriller. [5 Feb 2000, p.E1]
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  25. 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]
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