• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 16, 2016
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 8 out of 11

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 15, 2016
    50
    CBS has wisely cast familiar faces in key roles, which gives the show a leg up given that the characters can barely pass for one-­dimensional.... There’s something comforting about the fantasy of a government task force leaping to your aid hours after a vacation takes a detour to hell.
  2. Reviewed by: Pilot Viruet
    Mar 16, 2016
    42
    Criminal Minds doesn’t [turn] away from graphic depictions of violence and Beyond Borders takes it one step further, to a point where gratuitous violence doesn’t build the narrative but instead completely detracts from it.
  3. Reviewed by: Mitchel Broussard
    Mar 16, 2016
    40
    No doubt plenty of people will be able to ease into the show’s groove thanks to its workmanlike adherence to the franchise’s established and efficient structure, but anyone unmoved by procedural formula won’t find much excuse to go beyond their already established borders.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Mar 15, 2016
    30
    Beyond Borders, like its predecessors, is by no description a good show, but you can see the warm-bath appeal of its consistency and the insidious way in which it combines splatter-film scare tactics with pop-psychology platitudes and affirmations.
  5. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Mar 15, 2016
    30
    I long ago decided that "UnSub" might also stand for unsubtle, and that I had enough things keeping me up nights not to be spending time with the fearmongers of Criminal Minds. But for those for whom one hour of paranoia is never enough, Beyond Borders offers a glimpse of a wider world, though one perhaps too frightening to be explored in person.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 15, 2016
    25
    The last thing we need as viewers is any show this terrible, scary or not.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 15, 2016
    25
    Beyond comprehension, beyond silly, beyond words.
  8. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Mar 16, 2016
    20
    In other words, more of the same, with the added twist that all the victims are American and all (or most) of the criminals are not.... Imagine the situation reversed--a show in which tourists to America were continually victimized in horrific ways--and you see the problem.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 14, 2016
    20
    Logistically, the producers get some credit for approximating all these far-away locales. But any ingenuity pretty much ends there, and Sinise’s character is so gruff and gravely as to make David Caruso’s old “CSI” role look emotionally effusive.
  10. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Mar 16, 2016
    10
    The opening hour, premiering Wednesday after Survivor and Criminal Minds--and those are exactly the two shows Beyond Borders combines with appalling cynicism--finds Garrett and his team winging off to Thailand, where a couple of young American women, volunteering on a farm, are taken captive by a demented-looking local. (Given that despicable behavior by foreign populations is baked into its premise, Beyond Borders is, you can be sure, going to be charged with xenophobia or worse by some offended viewers very quickly.)
  11. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Mar 15, 2016
    10
    Moving on from the prevalent misogyny of the original Criminal Minds, CBS' new spinoff Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is a pure distillation of xenophobia. A shameless combination of international b-roll and Trump Era paranoia.
User Score
3.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 60
  2. Negative: 35 out of 60
  1. Mar 18, 2016
    2
    Do you enjoy "Criminal Minds?" Would you like it better if the profilers were solving crimes in foreign countries, jetting around and wastingDo you enjoy "Criminal Minds?" Would you like it better if the profilers were solving crimes in foreign countries, jetting around and wasting tax payer money to save Americans too dumb to avoid desperate situations? If you answered yes, "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" is for you. If not, avoid the stench of this tepid failure of imagination like the plague that it is. Full Review »
  2. May 1, 2016
    0
    Probably the most offensive piece of garbage on television in a long time. First of all, the premise - that there is this elite branch ofProbably the most offensive piece of garbage on television in a long time. First of all, the premise - that there is this elite branch of federal law enforcement ready to jump on a moment's notice at the hint of foul play against in American citizen traveling abroad (and how many millions of dollars does each of these operations cost?) is in itself completely flawed. Americans get into trouble abroad every day and the reality is you're lucky if you can even get someone at the local embassy to answer the phone and if they do answer, you'll get a thirty-second brush off that it's a local law enforcement issue and there's nothing we can do. But now we have this xenophobic, USA #1!!!! trash that (there's no place like home! - how many homicides stateside every year?) tells us we are so superior that incompetent inferior ineffectual local police forces will gladly allow our superior agents to waltz right onto their turf, usurp their own leadership, direct the investigation and sort out a crime they could never have done on their own.
    Oh, and by the way, the writing is formulaic, the acting stiff, the characters shallow. Avoid this garbage at all costs. It's an embarrassment.
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  3. May 27, 2016
    0
    I don't know which country, culture and city you depicted in "The Matchmaker" but, this is not Turkey and this is not Antalya!!...And we don'tI don't know which country, culture and city you depicted in "The Matchmaker" but, this is not Turkey and this is not Antalya!!...And we don't wear like Arabs... Crappy show, at least someone should have made some research... Shame on you Full Review »