Michael Starr

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For 94 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Starr's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 House of Cards (2013): Season 2
Lowest review score: 12 Tell Me a Story: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 94
  2. Negative: 11 out of 94
94 tv reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    If your personal tastes run to off-kilter comedy, then this weird, atmospheric spy caper, back for Season 2 on Amazon, is right up your alley: think of a series mixing the offbeat sensibilities of the Coen Brothers with the quirky darkness of David Lynch.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 12 Michael Starr
    The first two episodes are so convoluted, long-winded and expository that the dramatic payoffs, when they finally do arrive, seem anti-climactic.
    • New York Post
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    Fillion fans will be happy to see their hero back on the tube; for everyone else, The Rookie has a “been there, done that” feel.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    Consider FBI an hour of TV comfort food. It will keep you satisfied until the next episode, without any binge-worthy cravings for Peregrym, Sisto et al. in-between.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    New Amsterdam will satisfy fans of the genre. It’s somewhat predictable, with a moderate dose of prime-time soapiness. But with Eggold’s strong performance and an interesting supporting cast, this show could be the right prescription to attract a following.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    Hagerty and Ingram do, at times, veer toward predictability but it doesn’t impede the series overall feel (and, let’s face it, this is a series that needs viewers to be emotionally invested in its characters.) Willimon’s writing, pacing and sense of place, so evident in “House of Cards” (particularly in Seasons 1 and 2) resonates here.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    The narrative bulk of the series is relayed through Joe’s internal monologues (another stalker trope) but I will says this: the series, while at turns cheesy and predictable, is also watchable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Starr
    Disenchantment was billed as “an adult animated comedy fantasy series” but misses its mark, since it’s neither “adult” nor is there much comedy. The 10-episode series will appeal more to a preteen sensibility than to anyone over 14 and it’s got plenty of, well, cartoonish violence a la “Itchy and Scratchy” from “The Simpsons.” What it doesn’t have is the charm or wit of that series--either in its storyline or its characters--and mostly plods along with only the occasional throwaway line eliciting a smile.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The pacing is brisk (there’s tension-building soundtrack music that sounds a lot like a Muzak version of Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up”) and the cutaway segments with Poehler and Offerman are used to full advantage. ... Making It should strike a chord for viewers who love to work with their hands--or wish they possessed that talent.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    Overall, the premiere episode tries too hard to hit too many topical targets in its 22 minutes. It’s all over the map, failing to distinguish itself from other by-the-numbers sitcoms in recent years.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 37 Michael Starr
    You will struggle to care. ... The largely unknown cast is fine, but they’re working with such bland material that it’s hard to work up much enthusiasm.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The pace is brisk, the gang’s all (eventually) here and there’s a lot coming down the pike--so settle in for the ride.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    [Hit the Road] seems compelled to revel in sophomoric toilet humor and sex jokes. ... Hit the Road does hit some high notes with clever writing and a few laugh-out-loud moments--abetted by good chemistry between Alexander and Amy Pietz as Ken’s wife, Margie “Meg” Swallow.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    The Mayor needs more depth to take it beyond the standard sitcom formula.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    The new series SEAL Team typifies the CBS procedural: by-the-numbers, safe and predictable enough to satisfy even the most casual viewer. That’s not to say that the military drama, starring David Boreanaz (late of “Bones”), doesn’t have its plusses. It does, in that meat-and-potatoes, formulaic kind of way that neither surprises or disappoints.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    It’s got top-notch special effects and terrific makeup (for its space-alien characters). But it just doesn’t quite gel. At least not yet, anyway.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The elements that made Narcos so compelling in its first two seasons are all here: the familiar opening credits and music, lush cinematography and plenty of suspense as we get to know some of the new characters. Pascal stays true to form as the laconic Javy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    Snowfall takes a while to get going--and has a tough time, at least in its first two hours, meshing its three main storylines into a pulse-pounding narrative.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The cinematography here is excellent, creating a foreboding atmosphere, and the cast is, by turns, clueless, shrill, heroic, stunned and angry--King’s usual recipe for horror.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    The cast is quite good — though Leo overdoes the tough-mother-hen bit-- and for actors not schooled in standup comedy, Griffin, Santino, Graynor et al. fire off one-liners (both funny and derogatory) with the panache of seasoned on-stage comedians. ... It’s hard to root for a coterie of self-involved, vicious people with nothing likable about them.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Starr
    An all-star cast--Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern, all of whom live up to their advance billing--and an absorbing story (courtesy of TV vet David E. Kelley) that will keep you guessing each and every step of the way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The pacing is quick, the plotline interesting and there’s even a touch of Walter White/“Breaking Bad”-type humor (read: dark) courtesy of Cranston. And with a supporting cast featuring Margo Martindale (“The Americans,” “The Good Wife”) and Peter Gerety (“Mercy Street,” “Public Morals”), Sneaky Pete is off to an auspicious start.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    Fans of the alternate reality/fantasy genre should enjoy “Emerald City,” and I think they’ll get a kick out of its parallels to “The Wizard of Oz,” and in trying to guess what’s coming next.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    You’ll have to watch the series to really get into its flow. I was impressed by its big-bucks special effects which, for the most part, don’t get in the way of the show’s human element.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    The acting here is terrific, particularly among veterans Okonedo (Oscar-nominated for “Hotel Rwanda”), Haysbert (“The Unit” and those Allstate commercials) and Lester (“Girlfriends”), who all deliver meaty, nuanced performances.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Starr
    It’s equal parts outlandish, incoherent, funny, cartoonishly violent and confusing--all in a good way. It’s one of those series in which you just have to kick back and enjoy the ride.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    The show’s pacing is brisk, the acting is fine on all fronts (the British-born Atwell’s American accent slips a bit here and there) and it’s nice to look at--which just might be enough to keep Conviction going.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Starr
    This Is Us has an appealing cast, solid writing and pathos aplenty.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Michael Starr
    Taken as a whole, the problem with Marseilles is that not much happens once its main premise is established.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Starr
    The series, in large part, fails to deliver on its fascinating premise. Simply put, it’s plodding, moves at a glacial pace and overreaches with too many diffuse narrative strands.

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