Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 24, 2015
    83
    It’s a solidly told whodunit with a payoff that’s worth your investment.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Feb 13, 2015
    80
    The main subplots of Bosch gather power as they proceed.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Feb 12, 2015
    80
    The plotting and pacing are what draw you in. The series works like a good page-turner.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Feb 12, 2015
    80
    Both Harry's life and his work are messy and complicated. The series lets both aspects breathe, without pushing for neat resolutions.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 12, 2015
    80
    Bosch is by no means a revolutionary show like Amazon's "Transparent," but it offers smarter than usual cop drama fare, and it's certainly better than any cop show currently on a broadcast network.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Feb 25, 2015
    75
    Bosch’s dialogue is clunky at times, especially in scenes involving Bosch and his superiors. They look like somebody scolding a puppy and are hard to take very seriously. But the story is compelling.
  7. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Feb 17, 2015
    75
    "The Wire," this is not--but it's head over heels more calculated and even progressive than its broadcast brethren (when bringing those "distractions" back into the mix).
  8. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Feb 10, 2015
    75
    Bosch has grit; it just needs more grip. [13 Feb 2015, p.66]
  9. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 9, 2015
    75
    It feels like a detective movie or TV show from another era.
  10. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Feb 18, 2015
    70
    A well-done cop show that doesn't reach for too much and mostly accomplishes what it sets out to do is the sort of thing just about anyone can have on in the background.
  11. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Feb 13, 2015
    70
    Mr. Connelly is one of the writers and executive producers, along with co-executive producer Eric Overmyer of “The Wire” and much other fame. They know good writing, with not a word wasted. They know cop lore and lingo and what turns viewers on about the genre. There’s a solid cast. The rest... who knows? It just happens.
  12. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Feb 13, 2015
    70
    If Bosch doesn't soar, it's solid enough, and if you like the series, you're just a click away from all the books.
  13. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Feb 12, 2015
    70
    A slow but steady 10-episode drama from Amazon that begins streaming Friday.
  14. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Feb 12, 2015
    70
    Bosch, based on the best-selling Michael Connelly series of books, may not set the TV world on fire in terms of storytelling or innovation. It’s another cop show, after all, but it is a quality cop show.
  15. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Feb 13, 2015
    60
    The unsettled, rule-breaking personality of the central character, his affair with an underdeveloped female character, a murderer who's too clever by half--these things aren't hard to find on TV. And though Bosch is credible, the episodes I saw weren't at such a fantastic level of execution that I have to see more of it and feel the need to shout from the rooftops about it.
  16. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Feb 13, 2015
    58
    Bosch--at least in its first four episodes—eschews action, downplays the mystery, and uses conflict primarily to paint its hero as a troubled-but-noble champion, beset by small-minded jerks. Not until the end of the fourth episode does anything shocking happen that would compel casual viewers to click to see more.
  17. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 4, 2015
    50
    Good casting and a strong sense of L.A. noir make the series watchable enough, but four episodes in, this page-turner feels undercooked.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 104
  2. Negative: 4 out of 104
  1. Aug 18, 2015
    10
    Bosch does something that many crime, cop, detective shows don't: it remains compelling throughout the season and it doesn't suffer from aBosch does something that many crime, cop, detective shows don't: it remains compelling throughout the season and it doesn't suffer from a trite ending. In fact, Bosch is one of the few shows--along with Justified--where the dialog, story, visual aesthetics, even the opening sequence, set the tone really well. The whole show is realistic in a way that few are. There are no magical crime scene labs, no one has super powers, people rise and fall (and rise again) from grace, and most importantly, it highlights the arcane politicalness of being a Cop in a major city, that is really just trying to not look bad, ever. Can't wait for season 2. Full Review »
  2. Feb 16, 2015
    5
    Great pilot episode, but the show goes downhill from there, losing a little bit of its edge and realism with every subsequent episode. ByGreat pilot episode, but the show goes downhill from there, losing a little bit of its edge and realism with every subsequent episode. By Episode 6, we were tiring of it and hoping the end would come quickly. I think some of the lead characters gave up too! Full Review »
  3. Mar 31, 2016
    8
    Police murder/mysteries are a very hard thing to pull off. If the main character is good, then generally the story is bad. If the story isPolice murder/mysteries are a very hard thing to pull off. If the main character is good, then generally the story is bad. If the story is good, then generally the direction is bad. And round and round we go. The bottom line is that there's always something that prevents such shows from becoming true classics of the genre.

    With Bosch, everything is brilliant.... The acting, direction, storylines, plot twists, characters, music/score.... Except the script, and the variation in tone throughout the series.

    The hugely underrated Titus Welliver is truly excellent in the lead role, and heads up a cast who are pretty much all at the top of their game. The problem with the script comes from trying to blend too much source material into one narrative. The show is based on three books about the character of 'Harry' Bosch, and oh how that's abundantly clear. It's not so much what people are saying, but how their characters are seemingly there for either exposition, or to provide motive for Bosch (or the guy he's after). It could have been transferred from book to screen so much better.
    As for the tone, it's something a lot of television series suffer from. Is it a tough procedural police drama? Is it a pseudo-political thriller? Is it a violent tale of two people dealing with a psychological breakdown? Well, it's all those things, and more besides. So you jump from one 'tone' to another, as the narrative requires which, in a movie is fine as the shifts tend to be short and have an emotive/thought provoking response from the viewer.
    In a 10 part TV series, you kind of get used to it 'being' one thing, and are then bashed over the head with 10 minutes of violence, before being transported into Bosch's personal life with his ex-wife and teenage daughter....
    Whilst I appreciate the necessity of this, in terms of how the storyline(s) play out... Again, it could have been done much, much better.

    So, overall... Well worth watching. Compelling, thought provoking, well acted, scored, directed etc, etc, etc....
    Just understand that there are some big annoyances with the show, annoyances that with a little tweaking could have been minimised a great deal.
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