• Network: TNT
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 7, 2008
Season #: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. 100
    John Rogers and Chris Downey have created a show that's equally smart and diverting.
  2. 88
    So far, though, it keeps the techno-babble to a manageable level, and if it seems to owe more to other movies and shows than it does to real life, at least it's paying its debt in an entertaining fashion.
  3. Don't think Leverage is preachy--it's shrewdly conceived, and it moves along like a son of a gun.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Leverage's pilot is particularly entertaining. The cast is fine, direction is expert, writing above average, and Hutton's Ford is almost convincing. But the payoff feels laden with cheese of another sort.
  5. 80
    Even when Leverage flirts with serious issues, including the mistreatment of an Army reservist who is shot in Iraq by a private contractor, the dramatic tone is whimsical and tongue in cheek. This motley crew is a kind of guerilla comedy troupe that can pick pockets and empty bank accounts, too.
  6. The action is swift, the patter is clever, the casting is smart and the special effects are nimble, all of which adds up to a flashy hour of fun.
  7. The secret to the show’s success is not any of the overly familiar parts, but the nutty way Leverage throws them together. Also, Hutton is a great actor who generates plenty of crackle between Nate and his fellow fleecers.
  8. 75
    Though the pace is zippy and a fair amount of the dialogue is snappy, Hutton brings a distracted, melancholy air to the proceedings, which doesn’t slow things down -- his nuanced performance keeps the show on an even keel.
  9. 70
    Leverage isn’t quite as effortlessly intoxicating--it must make do with the dependable but suave-challenged Timothy Hutton--but when it works, the TNT series has a rascally tingle.
  10. The show fails only when it wants to make you feel something warm about their mission, rather than just letting you enjoy the icy suspense and snappy dialogue.
  11. 70
    Although it starts out on a glib, dopey note--as "Mission: Preposterous" crossed with "Ocean's Eleven"--the new TNT series Leverage develops with surprising swiftness into a decent, watchable action drama about wrongs being righted and bad guys getting what's coming to them.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Aside from an easygoing quality and mild comic flair, there's not much here to steal the hearts of viewers; instead, it's another modest, lightweight addition to TNT's diner-style menu of comfort food for a weary nation.
  13. Once TNT's new Leverage scrambles to its feet, it becomes an adept, fast-moving adventure yarn built on the familiar but serviceable premise that justice sometimes isn't best served through legitimate channels.
  14. The new TNT drama Leverage isn't a great show, but it may just be the exact right show at the exact right time.
  15. The choice of villains is unoriginal, if predictably lazy: Think greedy corporations. That tedium aside, there's a cast both likeable and great to look at.
  16. Leverage is far from great TV and not even close to really good TV, but when the bad-turned-good guys team up to do their thing, it's a passably entertaining way to spend an hour.
  17. 50
    All in all, even with an accomplished actor like Hutton, there's nothing special to set Leverage apart from other cookie-cutter dramas of this ilk.
  18. Leverage winds up seeming merely anachronistic, wrapping up with a cute resolution each week, the swine in handcuffs, not torn from the private hockey rinks of their Aspen vacation homes.
  19. Viewers who value character development, logic and plot consistency will be disappointed by this series that's sloppy when it comes to all three. It's often more concerned with looking cool and fun than making sense.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 100 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 100
  2. Negative: 6 out of 100
  1. PeterD
    Sep 5, 2009
    There's is nothing on television that is more fun to watch then "Leverage".
  2. Jul 1, 2012
    this tv show is a sensation of sorts it sucks you in to the plot right from the start and is a show worth following and after watching anthis tv show is a sensation of sorts it sucks you in to the plot right from the start and is a show worth following and after watching an episode you don't feel like you were wasting time Full Review »
  3. LauraC.
    Oct 13, 2009
    Great entertainment for the whole family: exciting, intriguing, funny. I love a good Robin Hood yarn and this one consistently delivers the gold.