• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 5, 2006

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 20
  2. Negative: 10 out of 20

Critic Reviews

  1. The series' unique angle lends itself to interesting psychological drama as it explores the hows and whys of hostage negotiation - even as it dishes out a heavy helping of FOX's de rigueur hoppin' hormones.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Gillian Flynn
    Standoff doesn't recreate the genre, but it certainly refreshes it. [15 Sep 2006, p.64]
  3. The main thing in its favor is the chemical tension between its stars. That may not be enough, but it's something.
  4. 50
    It's hard to say what seems sillier: the show's misplaced attempts at comedy or the intuitive leaps that allow the agents to solve the case.
  5. 50
    From start to finish, "Standoff" is slickly contrived, formulaic crime drama nonsense.
  6. Can we negotiate for a better premise if we release some hostages?
  7. There's potentially a good show here; the pilot's just a miss.
  8. The standoffs... are less than exhilarating thrill rides.
  9. Chemistry is supposed to be the binding element of “Standoff,” and the two leads, while appealing in their own right, seem neither well matched nor sufficiently mismatched.
  10. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    "Standoff" does seem to emerge miraculously out of the fumes of '70s TV - a near-perfect reformulation of every bone-weary cliche, every hackneyed piece of cop chatter (Dan Tanna lives!) that last-century TV glorified in.
  11. These actors more than deserve a series of their own. They deserve a good one, and "Standoff" isn't it.
  12. 38
    If Matt and Emily blow up, the show doesn't get a second episode. Because they'll be dead. Keep your fingers crossed.
  13. I’m having a reverse case of Stockholm Syndrome with “Standoff”: The more time I spend with it, the less I like it.
  14. 30
    The tonal dissonance in "Standoff" is deafening, like pairing up, say, Jewel and Meat Loaf for a duet.
  15. 30
    "Standoff" isn't a terrible show, it's just an unnecessary one.
  16. The series premiere suffers from a catalog of problems longer than most demand lists.
  17. "Standoff" fails to connect on almost every level.
  18. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    An awkward pairing of adult relationship drama and procedural cop show, "Standoff" bombs on both counts.
  19. Never mind the unbelievable premise -- the way the audience is introduced to it is so strained it's painful to watch.
  20. 10
    It's hard to imagine a civilized audience of any significant size wanting to sit through these trumped-up conflicts and lazy-daisy crises week after week.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 48
  2. Negative: 4 out of 48
  1. JC.
    Aug 10, 2007
    This was one of the only shows that I actually looked forward to... it was easy to get into the show with the actors involved.
  2. Sheila
    Jul 23, 2007
    I am very disappointed that the show was canceled. It was 1 of only 2 shows I looked forward to all week and Ive already started watching I am very disappointed that the show was canceled. It was 1 of only 2 shows I looked forward to all week and Ive already started watching past episodes on myspace. Full Review »
  3. MaryM.
    Jul 9, 2007
    I enjoy the romance of Matt and Emily and I find the hostage negotiations interesting.